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Alistair and Gail
City: Coleman
State: Alberta
Country: Canada
Begins: Nov 1, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Nov 10th, 2017
Start: Paihia YHA
End: Paihia YHA
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 224.5
Hours Hiked: 7.5
Min Temp: 5
Max Temp: 20
Breaks: 4
People Met: 6

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 123
Journal Visits: 7,406
Guestbook Views: 176
Guestbook Entrys: 15

Journal Plan

Rest day in Paihia

We sleep in until 8:00. No storm has arrived so far. We cook the bacon and eggs. After laying out mostof our gear we check the weather forecast and it is still for rain and strong winds today and tomorrow - not ideal for kayaking the next section. Just as we are about to phone the kayak company there is a knock at the door. Dan from the kayak company is downstairs. He is getting a group together for kayaking tomorrow, are we interested? We say yes but I express weather concerns. He says the weather forecast maybe wrong but he will not allow the kayaks to be used if the weather is unsuitable. He will make a decision later. We then walk down to the town centre and get groceries for the next 5 days/4 nights and some supplies for today. The weather is overcast mostly but little wind. After lunch of meat pies and beans, Gail does laundry, i write notes, we repack food and rest. I wander down to the beach. I talk to a Czech couple who have been working as cherry pickers and at ski resorts and travelling in a van they have customized for almost a year. The ocean water is not cold. I pass by the kayak company and see Dan. The weather is very uncertain and he will decide at 9:00 tomorrow. We may kayak from Opua about 6 km away instead of from here depending on the wind. Time for supper. Gail heats up the other 4 meat pies ( we got a deal of 6 for $ 6.80 ) and cooks carrot, mushrooms, tomato, red pepper or capiscan as it is called here, and broccoli. Gail justhas one pie so there will be one for breakfast. We have rice pudding and pineapple for dessert. We pack in the evening so as to be ready for tomorrow. If kayaking is not on we will likely stay here for another day rather than walk the extra 20 kms.


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Alistair And Gail Hike Te Araroa

Te Araroa is a 3000-km trail stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South. Down the coastline, through the forest, across farmland, over volcanoes and mountain passes, along river valleys, and on green pathways through seven cities. Learn more:


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