Russell to Oakura
KM walked today : 24km
Total KM walked : 288
Today started slowly with both Hannah and I suggesting we could have a rest day. The weather looked miserable and the caravan was very cozy. I had a great nights sleep and could have easily curled up in the caravan and spent the day writing. Yesterdays melancholy was still around even though I had slept really soundly. I was still feeling depleted of energy. The notes indicated that the track was going to be quiet picturesque and it was , really lovely, difficult but enjoyable. However drizzling rain and cold turned it into a miserable day and to top it of I attempted a triple somersault in the pike position into the creek when my foot slipped and cracked my head. The track traversed the Papakauri Stream and after several ups and down getting in and out of the creek and my tumble it was decided to walk in the creek bed. We finished the day with a Road Walk into Oakura a small township 2km of trail. Wet and miserable we opted to pay for a caravan to dry of and get warm. In the park with us are a group of fisherman who come to Oakura every year to fish and each year they have “The Great Curry Cook Off” and we were asked to be judges so we all got a feed of several curries, which helped in the warm up process,
HIGHLIGHT: Getting a dramatic picture of me with blood pouring down my face. *NB* David was more concerned about me than getting a photo of my cut but under my tearful instruction he got the photo before fixing me up
LOWLIGHT: My little tumble into the creek destroyed all our business cards.
Today I am grateful for the universe’s protection, I could have really gashed my head open instead it only grazed it. Grateful again for getting the last caravan available so we didn’t need to be out in the rain.