Total km: 349 km
I am writing this as I am laying in my tent listening to NZ song birds and wow what a big day it has been.
I woke up early at 5:45am at a tent in Taumaruni kayak hire. By 7:15am I was out the door, walking my first proper road section in the TA to Owhango. I was also carrying about 7 days of food.
The morning had glorious weather. And I saw an Ostrich for the first time in my life! By 1:30pm I got to Owhango with really sore shoulders, partly because I repacked my bag, listening to advice of others when I should have trusted my instinct and knowledge and put the weighty stuff towards the base of my pack. I think women typically have weaker shoulders and therefore best carry most pack weight so it sits on the hips. Nonetheless I listened to the advice of two men who said my pack was swaying. Sometimes I am an idiot.
In fact I was 3km outside Owhango sitting by the side of the road drinking water and eating melted maltesers while Alex and Anne came by and I ended up repacking my pack to how it originally was.
Alex and Anne ended up walking to Owhango and on to do a decent chunk of the 42 Traverse bringing our day to 34.5km. We ended up camping at a clearing past mako stream next to poisoned blackberries.
The only nub is my feet - callouses and two blisters are forming from all the unsealed and sealed road walking with a heavy pack. Still I have put my feet in my hand knitted merino socks and will check them again tomorrow morning.