Today 33.5 km. Total 1078 km (+8). 8 hours 45 minutes (1030-1100, 1130-1945).
After another great night sleep I ate the complementary breakfast and just lay there reading until 0930 when I started packing my stuff back up. At 1000 I was ready to go and as I was closing the door I saw Anne. She raced off to get her camera to take my photo for the motel Facebook page - I am famous now. We hugged and I was in my way.
I was stopped on the Street twice by people curious about what i was up to and they were all very supportive. I stopped at the outdoor shop to buy a replacement pocket knife as I lost mine during the walk beside the river after Te Kuiti. The staff were really interested in TA so it was a little while before I finally left. They had mentioned that they had seen a hiker at the post office so I detoured there but he had left. I finally left Taumaranui at 1030 going past the Rotary Moa (a statue of a Moa which is an extinct bird donated by the Rotary Club) , a Marae and an old train that is now a food shop.
A few km out of town is the holiday park and I stopped in to see if there were any TA trampers the to do the river with but no luck. I gave the owners some more information on my timings. The owner was very friendly and helpful, even though I was not staying there.
I left there 1140 and made it only a couple of km before stopping again, this time for a double scoop hokey pokey ice cream which I ate while walking.
From there it was a long hot slog into Owhango and I was offered a ride by two people along the way. The only breeze was the cars and trucks going past and I was roasting in the hot sun.
I arrived in Owhango at 1545 and stopped at the cafe for a smoothie and a Peacan Slice with cream. I stayed there 30 minutes chilling out and then talking to an amusing couple who had just finished moving from Auckland to Taumaranui for good.
Then it was a short road walk to Owhango Reserve and the start of the 42nd traverse. This is a trail usually done by mountain bike and I had done this several years ago. From a trampers perspective it is just a gravel road through bush and I was not terribly excited by it, much more fun by bike. There was one stream crossing that I built a little bridge to let me jump across so I could keep my feet dry. I didn't want them wet just before camping for the night. I then started looking for a campsite which wasn't easy given how steep everything was. Eventually I found a nice site and settled in for the night.
Dinner was pumpkin soup with potato flakes for the main.