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Rā 210 Rāpare, 28 o Hōnongoi

The weather is wild tonight – horizontal rain, thunder, lightning and very windy. Tin roofs make it sound worse than it is – a bit like tents!  Today has been a bit like a weather sandwich…we awoke to heavy rain but by lunchtime the sky was blue,  fluffy white clouds scudded around and the sun was shining.  I was tempted out for a wee walk,  a bit of fresh air.  Not sure that nature quite knows what to make of this winter. There was definitely a touch of spring in the air.  Magnolia trees in flower, camellia bushes boasting splashes of bright colour, jonquils bursting bright yellow and birds chirping and chatting when they can in between the rain showers.

I love the delicate colours of this Hebe and its shadow on the lichen encrusted bright blue of the letterbox. (please correct me if I’m wrong and it isn’t a Hebe!)

Day 93 April 2nd 2016

Oxfam Trailwalk 100km Day
How many words can sum this up?

Blisters
Sore muscles
Awesome support team
Amazing team mates
Digging deep
Challenging terrain
Challenging weather
Stunning views through the mist
Beach walk
Stairs
Hills
Mud
Cow Slurry
Gravel roads
River crossings
Rock scrambling
Clay mud sliding
Steep,  dangerous descents
Railway lines
Thunder and lightning
Torrential rain
Driving wind
Hidden or non-existant trail markers

21 hours of wet feet
A huge sense of achievement

We had it all,  but we made it! Never again!  Much more demanding than Taupo and probably too hard for many. The fastest team did it in 15hrs20,  in Taupo the fastest is close to 12hrs which is an indication of how much harder the Whakatane course is. It also puts our time of 21hrs  into perspective.  Last year we were closer to 18hrs30. Into recovery mode!

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Not supposed to be a river crossing,  but it was…

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