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TA Day 39, Mangaokewa Road to Ngaherenga campsite – 33 km

A cold snap was supposed to quell the rain, but King Country is the wettest part of New Zealand.
A cold snap was supposed to quell the rain, but King Country is the wettest part of New Zealand.

More and even more rain, but finally the sun is up and the sky is pink. I am starting to doubt my capacity to complete this trail if the rain and mud continue. The misery of wet feet is seeping into my soul. Thank the goddess for a respite with these trail angels, Allan and Marianne.

What’s happened to stop the rain is a cold snap, but it’s supposed to move on in the coming days. It will be a long, possibly boring day on road, but at least easy walking and no mud!

Black clouds chase me, a half rainbow in the middle as I go up a steep grade. Nope, the rain is not really stopped as it just starts pouring again, but all I can do is just keep plodding along in it.

It's a long boring walk on a country road, but the landscape is fascinating.
It’s a long boring walk on a country road, but the landscape is fascinating.
Cows everywhere amongst odd cone-shaped hills.
When the clouds finally lift, so do my spirits.
When the clouds finally lift, so do my spirits.

And then, just like that it clears. The air is cool and delicious up this high. Maybe the storms will moderate. In Te Kuiti a guy offered me a ride past all this. Marianne told me she saw me on the road and is usually the one to pick up hikers but thought this time, “Walk on!” She was surprised when Alan had me in his car heading up the hill to their home. There’s something in walking it all. You sometimes feel like hell, but then again, there’s a sense of accomplishment and invariably, things will change. It can’t rain forever, can it?

Blow Carting near Ahipara.
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TA Day 4, Utea Park to Ahipara, 32 km

The long pathway begins with a long beach walk.
The long pathway begins with a long beach walk.

Definitely a better night at Utea Park and I do feel a bit sheepish that I was so maudlin last night. I think we’re still sizing each other up. I even had a dream I was still back in Saint Paul planning and not actually doing the trail. I guess my psyche needs time to catch up.