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.
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!
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.
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.
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!