A welcome sign and snacks left by trail angels.
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TA Day 8, Puketi Forest to Kerikeri – 27 km

A stile takes Blissful off the forest track and onto farmland where trail angels left a basket of oranges.
A stile takes Blissful off the forest track and onto farmland where trail angels leave a basket of oranges.

The morning comes full of birdsong. The first few nights – especially going this hard – are tough. My legs feel great now, but laying down, they seize up and I shift nearly all night. Woe to the neighboring tenter!

My eyes have their ordinary “check-on” bags, and this morning a bonus – wrinkles! But hey, in this humidity, my hair looks fabulous. At least I’ve got that going for me, though not sure if it’s these killer first days or my aged self, but I am going full on gray (at last!)

Looks like Andi – make that Ondi – and I will tackle the kayaking section together in the coming days. We both want a pause in Kerikeri and so will be well timed. I find her a bit prickly, but she did hunt down the best site here far from the ukulele strumming party hikers. Nice enough, but not quite my cup of tea.

A cleaning station for our shoes to try to stop the spread of Kauri Dieback.
A cleaning station for our shoes to try to stop the spread of Kauri Dieback.
Settlers worked hard to clear the New Zealand bush for pastureland.
Settlers worked hard to clear the New Zealand bush for pastureland.

We both pack fast and agree how much we like the little routines of thru-hiking. Funny we also use the same tent. Friends suggested to me before I left that the day-after-day of walking would be boring.

To revisit the topic, isn’t everything a little boring some of the time? The fact is, every day is different, around every bend is something new for the eyes. And isn’t that where attitude comes in?