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Alistair and Gail
Begins: Nov 1, 2017
Date: Wed, Dec 6th, 2017
Start: Hamilton Backpackers Central
End: Hamilton Backpackers Central
Daily Distance: 0
Trip Distance: 762.0
Min Temp: 12
Max Temp: 29
People Met: 4
Entry Visits: 91
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I am up 3 times in the night but we manage to sleep in until 7:15. Soon after 8:00 we go downstairs for the free breakfast. There is weetbix, rice cereal, milk, tea, coffee, white and wholemeal bread with butter, peanut butter, jam and marmalade. Other people are here but no other TA hikers. We eat our fill.
After 9:00 we go our separate ways - Gail goes to get a new stuff sac and allergy tablets and I go to dispose of the petroleum distillate I got from Rangiri and to have my beard removed. I tried using the petroleum distillate the night before last and it burned with a lot of black smoke and flame and seemed out of control and did not heat supper up much. I head for the recycling depot about 3km away but persuade a tyre shop to take it before I get too far. I then go to the barber on Barton Street. The lady gave me and another customer a small measure of Port. It was a very welcoming place and I chatted to them about Te Araroa then a guy who will be cycling the length of the country next year came in. After a haircut and beard removal I go to Bivouac to buy a new 2 litre platypus, they have 750ml ones on sale and recommend I go to Trek n Travel to see what they have. The lady there says they are expecting a shipment of them today and she will call us when they come in.
Gail and I had arrange to meet at Valentine's buffet on VIctoria street at noon. We passed this place last night after having supper and decided we would have lunch here today. It is 11:30 so i go and sit under a large tree in a nearby park and study our route out of town. The day is already hot and 30C is forecast. We met at noon and go into Valentine's. They offer a 10% discount for people over 65 so I get the discount. There are several cold fish dishes and salads, roast beef, ham, roast potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, teriyaki salmon, butter chicken, chips, pizzas as well as cheesecake, assorted other cakes, jellies and canned fruit. Also ice cream, cheese and biscuits and tea and a coffee machine dispensing various drinks. We sample most of that and leave the place well satisfied.
On the way back to the room we stop in at the DOC office on Rostrevor street to hopefully talk to someone about the process to book the whanganui river section of our journey. Do we book campsites then hope to get kayaks or get the kayaks and then hope to get campsites. We get there at 13:50 and it seems every on is out for an office lunch. Staff return and some say whanganui is not part of our district. One new member of staff notices we have been here a while and tracks down someone with some knowledge, then the new staff member phones the whanganui office and we speak directly to the lady there.she says to get the kayaks or canoes first, they tell us about the river and then she will likely be able to get campsites for us as we are just a group of 2. We are likely to be there between Christmas and new year and that will be a busy time and we might have to do some short days and other much longer days between campsites and she confirms we can go all the way to whanganui holiday camp. This is all helpful to us.
On the way down from the 4th floor the elevator stops at the 1st floor. A lady gets in and Gail asks whether the people near the elevator were trying to get rid of the muffins on the trolley and the lady says yes. So she pushes the 1st floor button and we go back to the 1st floor and get 4 buns, 3 muffins and some chicken. Gail like me is always liking for food nobody wants. At work I used to go round coffee stations in the building after lunch look in for food left over from meetings and I often found some.
Back at the backpackers I do some financial transactions on the cable linked computer and yes, our pensions and income are still coming in OK.
We get a message that the platypi have arrived so we walk back to Trek n Travel and buy a platypus which has a different top to our present ones. Next we board the free CBD shuttle bus to go to the Paknsave and get food for the 6 days and 5 nights we reckon will elapse before we reach Te Kuiti. We spend $ 72 but they do not have the same 1 kilo Christmas cakes that I got at kataia so I go to the nearby Countdown and get one of their 700 gram ones. Shopping at Countdown seems a lot easier than at PaknSave. Also it looks lime PaknSave is owned by Weston who ownes many grocery stores in Canada. We return to the kitchen near our room and repackage much of the food. We then pack our packs, I do the accounts and notes and we are both lying down by 21:55.
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: www.teararoa.org.nz