The knee is still being a bit of a pain but we decided it might be time to test it and the new knee brace with a little walk that wasn't too challenging in terms of ups and downs. This is an official part of the TA, so we could tick a little more off! Ended up doing 9km - 7km of TA plus another 2km up the hill to "home".
Link to TA part of walk
We have done this walk before so no surprises - a very pleasant stroll rounds the coastline. A mix of rocks, beach and tracks in the hills above the water.
Apologies for including a selfie - luckily my arm is almost as long as some of those selfie sticks!
The knee is not too bad the day after the walk so hopefully that's a good sign. Having another rest day today and plan to strap on the knee brace and try and walk the 20km or so from Kerikeri, through Waitangi forest, to Paihia tomorrow. That doesn't look too rough so will hopefully provide another useful indicator of progress with the knee.
I'd like a reasonable level of confidence in the knee before heading back to complete the bit from the end of Herekino track through to Kerikeri. That section will be maybe 4 days of stuff similar to Herekino, but even higher, so will be a stern test for the knee.
Will keep you posted. In the meantime we're continuing to enjoy the Opua hospitality!
Belinda and Anthony (aka Tony) Hadfield made a decision, in their late 50's, to do something a "bit different" and walk New Zealand's 3000km Te Araroa Trail over summer 2015/16 - although updates will now tell you that this plan will take longer now!!. As the old saying goes - "don't leave home 'til you've seen the country"!!