Days 6, 7, 8 & 9 – Recovery Mode Activated

Not too much has been going on these past few days. I’ve been keeping my feet elevated, soaking regularly in Chlorhexidine (a fancy anti-bacterial soap) and consuming my antibiotics according to instruction – all while trying to keep patient and not bored out of my mind.

Salt water foot bath at the end of 90 Mile Beach- Ahipara

Luckily there is some good news to report. My blisters have dried out and feel comfortable to walk on. My knee and ankle have finally repaired themselves and feel OK without pain relief. I’m ready to go!

4x Daily foot bathsNew shoes - swapped out hiking boots for cross trainers

I have also been the recipient of some fantastic Kiwi hospitality. At the BBQ on Saturday, I met Greg and his wife Yumi, who run Tuatua Rentals in Ahipara. Greg offered to take me to my Drs appointment on Monday, and I accepted his gracious offer.

Come Monday, Greg and I headed to Kaitaia and after a visit to: Clinic, Pharmacy, Hunting and Camping Store, Shoe Shop, Post Office and Supermarket – over a period of a few hours, Greg invited me to an authentic Thai dinner at his house. I gratefully accepted.

Yumi’s home cooked Thai dishes!

I have not experienced such hospitality in a long time. Yumi had made a fantastic Thai dinner and Greg picked me up, dropped me off and made sure I had a cold beer in hand throughout our evening together. This kind gesture meant so much to me, having been stuck in my room mostly for the past five days. Greg and Yumi are a great asset for New Zealand, as they regularly help out and open their doors to tourists and TA walkers – so if you are in Ahipara, please be sure to drop in and say hi, or if you need a lift to Kaitaia to resupply, drop them a line.

The legendary Greg & Yumi + hiker trash :)

Belly full and body close to 100% I’m excited and looking forward to battling the forests. I’ve had updates from the original TA team I set out with, and it sounds like it will be both a physical and mental challenge. I’m hopeful with the lessons learned on 90 mile, plus the advice and assistance coming in from all directions, that I am well prepared for this next phase!

Some of the reasons for the mandatory rest days!

6 thoughts on “Days 6, 7, 8 & 9 – Recovery Mode Activated

  1. It’s so nice to hear a story of good hearted people who naturally and instinctively reach out to support and encourage others., people they don’t even know. It must have been so nice to have someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through, and to have guidance from those who have moved on so you know to expect coming up. I’m glad you took time to heal, and wish you all the best for the next part.

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  2. I suffered similarly but bailed out for repairs for two weeks on reaching Hikutere. Just look after them when you start back, minimise pack weight, shoes and socks off often – let them breathe. I am a 100% road & section hiker currently at 914km and I still am very wary on long road sections. Good luck.


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