Giving into my cravings: legumes, meat and red wine ;-)
A bit disappointing, but hopefully the urethane will see them through to Wellington! While I was at it, I picked up some inov8 313 GTX to try as an alternative. I'll give everyone an update on how my gear is going in a day or two.
I did some planning, and looked at my food situation. I've hit the wall a couple of times in the afternoons despite having a large lunch- I suspect it was a lack of carbs at lunch that may be the culprit. So I've rejigged the menu a bit:
Breakfast consists of muesli, chia seeds, goji berries, dried fruits and a multivitamin and mineral supplement; after that I snack every hour on nuts, dried fruit and m&ms :-); lunch is multigrain crackers, cheese, bier sticks and peanut butter; dinner is usually couscous, olive oil, a flavour sachet such as a fajita mix, freeze dried veggies, and chocolate or liqorice tea for dessert. I carry chicken noodle soup and coffee sachets to help warm up when I set up camp or just need some extra morale; and of course the booze bag- at the moment I have a very nice Dunedin distilled whiskey. Six days of food looks like this:
Day 34: A zero day. The best bits about this day has been getting a great massage from Lisa at Forme Day Spa- she also offered advice on stretching and some yoga poses she thought might help my body cope. Thanks Lisa! I also caught up again with Bec and family, travelling on their way back to Auckland to fly home. She was kind enough to shout dinner, which was brilliant! Lastly, I caught up on a movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. So a fantastic day.
Day 35: On the way to Pirongia. I wasn't sure if I would reach the Northern campsite by nightfall, but gave it a crack anyway. On the way out of the city a gent out walking his dog stopped to chat, and gave me the good oil on what to expect of the trail up to Pirongia. Turns out he was spot on. Cheers, mate. It was then a small detour through Tuatea Arbortorium, which I found fascinating. Unfortunately I had my goal to meet so pressed on, but not before catching sight of a fairly rare Moa, hard to spot nowadays ;-)
Had lunch at a nice wee cafe opposite the petrol station, had a pleasant chat with a couple who teach nearby, and also met this fella, who was dead keen on my mince and cheese pie.