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Alistair and Gail
Begins: Nov 1, 2017
Date: Tue, Jan 9th, 2018
Start: Bunnythorpe Tavern - km 1494
End: Palmerston North Holiday Park - km 1508
Daily Distance: 14
Trip Distance: 1,517.0
Hours Hiked: 4
Min Temp: 13
Max Temp: 24
People Met: 3
Entry Visits: 105
Journal Visits: 10,461
Guestbook Views: 220
Guestbook Entrys: 18
Everything close to the square at Palmerston North
It is noisy when a train goes by as the crossing bells ring then the train passes and then the bells stop. Some trucks are very noisy also but I only hear a couple of each in the night so must have slept through most of the noise. I do not even have to get up in the night. We get up at about 6:00. The half moon is high in the sky and there is a bit of low cloud but it looks like it will burn off. We have muesli and drinks then pack up and leave at 7:10 shortly after Rob.
Some more quiet road walking by the railway then we parallel the line through fields and have 4 stiles to climb over and we cannot remember the last time we saw a TA stile. The sky has now clouded over and the cloud is down over the hills. We then walk south on another road and after 4km come to a Countdown and next door is a bakery. I go in and get a chicken and vegetable pie. Rob is here and he has a bacon and egg pie. We walk on south until we join the river pathway. We talk to 2 lady trampers cycling and they say bad weather is forecast. The pathway is very pleasant as there is little sign of, or noise from, the city. Rob passes us before we get to the Fitzherbert bridge. The weather has brightened a bit. We take the road route to the holiday park as we are not sure whether there is access to it from the pathway. We find that the holiday park entrance is accessible from the pathway. Rob is here and we are allocated the site next to him.
At about 13:30 we start the 2 km walk to the Palmerston North town centre. We go to the I-site in the square and ask where the post office is, where the Macpac store is and where I can get a new watch battery fitted. The lady is very helpful and directs us to all 3 places and they are all close together. This already seems a nice hiker friendly centre with all places we need being close together and we already know paknsave and countdown are close by. I put my watch into Goldsack jewellers who promise the watch will be ready in 2 hours. We collect Gail's shoes from the post office, they were mailed from Hamilton and they do not charge the storage fee. I post my used maps and brochures to Christine to lighten my load very slightly. We go to Macpac and Gail gets new shorts. We go to Countdown and get supplies for 2 nights and 3 days to get us the 62 kms to Levin. We eat a $ 1.80 (on sale) pack of mini donuts in the park before I collect my watch from the jeweller.
On the way back we stop at a takeaway place on Cook Street and buy the $ 10 special which consists of 5 fish bites, 2 spring rolls and a scoop of chips. We eat some of it at a bench on the way back and the rest in the kitchen at the holiday park along with a bottle of beer. There is a brief shower of rain. We decide to stay in the kitchen - Gail reads while I type notes. Yesterday's notes failed to send then they disappear when I try to resend them. So I have to recreate them. We talk with Rob before going to the tent at 21:15.
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: www.teararoa.org.nz
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