Tree fern fiddlehead in the Dome Forest.
Auckland

TA Day 20 – Pakiri beach to Dome Forest – 26 km

Sunrise on Pakiri beach after a wonderful sleep on pingao and hairstail grass with a Norfolk Pine looking on.
Sunrise on Pakiri beach after a wonderful sleep on pingao and hairstail grass with a Norfolk Pine looking on.

A sunrise over the South Pacific. Not a bad way to wake up. Though I faff about in the warmth hoping the sun will dry the dew. No such luck. Once I open the thermarest valve, game is on and I begin to pack, wet or not.

I don’t like the face I see, wrinkled and saggy but console myself with what my body still can do. The beach is pristine and empty except for one straw I carry out and an awaiting surf board. Mist rises in the distance, ghostly white in the hot sun.