But it was an unexpectedly long walk and when I finally reached the road it was far later than anticipated, around 4 pm. After considering my options, I decided on a Night march to a campsite at the start of the Pareore Forest. This involved an additional 35 km road verge walk through the night, finally arriving at midnight having walked through drizzly rain and pitch darkness to set up my hammock and be asleep by 0100.
During setup of my camp I couldn't really see anything other than grass and trees. I did hear mysterious noises nearby which I decided to ignore until daylight. Of course it rained hard throughout the night!
Day 42. Overnight rain filled up my water bottles after I rigged them from my tarp to collect fresh water. I got up and the mystery noise was solved! Another hammocker!
I also had a chance to see where I had set up in darkness the night before.