Total km: 377
It is always challenging trying to take a dump in the woods at the best of times. At 3am in the morning because you have diarrhoea is another layer of complexity. Nonetheless that was the start of day 24.
After vacating my bowels I did feel better though conscious dehydration was setting in a bit. I then went to sleep and slept in til 7:20am, with Anne and Alex Borge packing up camp!
Within 20 minutes I completely packed my tent site and ready to walk. No breakfast was needed or wanted just yet; a muesli bar for the road was all I took and a heavy back pack - again!
It was a hard day. The 42 Traverse was long and my stomach was still settling from the night before. It was just really hot and humid at times. But green, almost tropical.
By the time I got to Waione-Cokers track the 42 Traverse was a dream in comparison.
The WC track became a muddy clay slip and slide theme park; with the ride of the day being the mud tunnel. Oh yeah, that’s looking upwards.
There were also a lot less creeks to get water than I anticipated. This meant throughout the day I was done about one litre of water I should have been drinking.
Once the rain set in the track became worse; at least my feet were not hurting as much in mud. Though my shoulders were always really sore today. So so sore!
It was just a hard slog.
And Tongariro got nearer ... and nearer ...
By the time we got to the holiday park I paid that extra $5 for the hot tub. It was the best $5 spent. Ever.
I also drank 1.5L of water and that made me feel better too.
Special mention goes out to Compeed and Whittaker’s caramel filled chocolates.