Te Araroa – Day 28

Stillwater Holiday Park to Auckland CBD – 34km (581km total)

The day started early as we needed to hit Okura River at 6.51am for low tide in order to be able to cross it. This was the river I was most worried about as I had seen photos of people crossing it with their bags held above their head, because depending on how tall you are it can come up to chest or neck level at low tide. Thankfully, the crossing was fine. It came up to just under my chest, so I did have to hold my bag above my head, but so did the guys. However, just before the crossing, it happened again. Yes, I fell over again! 🤦🏽‍♀️ The estuary was muddy and slippery and everyone was doing little skating slides as they walked. As this was happening, I thought to myself ‘walk carefully, you are not going to be the one who falls today’ then the next step I took, my feet slid out from under me and I was on my side in the mud. All I could do was laugh. So I’m up to double digits.

Me crossing the river. Wasn’t as deep as I thought it might be. 🙂

It appears that these things just happen to me. Later in the day we were walking along a coastal platform which waves would hit against and if they were big waves they would send spray up. Of course as we walked along, I got hit by the spray and got drenched, but did the person walking in front of me or behind me? No, they did not. It’s just me. Again, I laughed at myself and so did everyone else about my luck. 😆

Why is it that no one else gets wet walking along these things, just me? 🤷🏼‍♀️

Most of the day was spent either walking through suburbia or along Auckland’s beaches. I enjoyed it. Although the enjoyment may have been helped by the fact we stopped 3 times. Twice at cafes and once at a dairy (corner store), where I got my chai, coke, ice cream fix.

Mmm, cheesecake. So good, and I remembered to take a photo of it before I had finished eating it

As we were walking the suburban streets a kid yelled out ‘Where have you walked from?’ I was going to reply where we had walked from today, then I though nah and shouted back “Cape Reinga” The reply was the funniest thing ever and can’t be replicated in a blog, because you can’t replicate a Kiwi accent, but imagine if you can a kid replying in a great Kiwi accent, “Jesus! You’ve got to be kidding me!” (If you haven’t seen the movie ‘Boy’ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560139/ do yourself a favor and go watch it, then the reply will make a lot more sense).

Then it was a short ferry ride from Devonport across to Auckland CBD, where I will be spending a well earned day off tomorrow. According to my Strava I have walked 198.3km this week. So, I am going to try to do as little as possible tomorrow.

Oh yeah, made it to Auckland 🎉

Today I am am thankful for Auckland Beaches.

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