Ratana Summit to Mangamuka Bridge Dairy
KM walked today : 18km
Total KM walked : 158km
On the promise of great burgers at the Munamoka Diary we were up at 5am to tackle the last 18kms of the Ratea Forrest. None of us were in good spirits due to the track condition yesterday and we expected more of the same. The first 10km was slow going with horrendous mud and sliding it took 6 hours to do 8kms. ( We usually do 4-5kms per hours). Then a gift from the universe the track turned from a muddy root infested slide to a grassy forestry track. Then a 8km road walk which is hard on the feet but a rest from the terror of the muddy slide. The reward for our effort today ...... freshly made egg cheese & tomato toastie, carrot cake, and Pepsi.
Have to mention that we didn't walk the last 750m into Mangamuka . About 2km from the diary a car pulled up and asked did we want a lift we all said no. About 15 minutes later the same car pulled up and the driver said "Mum said if you want burgers you have to get in now as she was closing up" We all piled in.
We were so buggered that we asked the lady (Eliza) could we stay in the abandoned shop next to the dairy so that’s where we slept just on State highway 1 with logging trucks going by all night.
HIGHLIGHT: Eliza the dairy owner and the great toasties
LOWLIGHT: The state of my legs when I cleaned all the mud of they where scratched to pieces with 2 massive bruises.
Today I am so gratefull for the generosity of the people of NZ, they are so beautiful in their simplicity of grace. Grateful to have now made it through 2 Forrest’s and grateful for David making me continue on after yesterday. He told me I could do it and then helped me all day to get through.