Hiking Te Araroa - Hadfield's trail blog 2015/2016/2017
We got away on time for the bus trip to Bulls and arrived there about 0850. It was only just over 21km of road walking to Feilding today - GPS track is here:
We stocked up at the 4-Square supermarket with some lovely lunch stuff! Franziska found some rolls that were close to German-style bread and the nice lady in the bakery section offered to fill them with meat and salad for her!
It's a short "story" today as it was simply country road walking through typical rolling farmland, pretty much all the way to Feilding - not all that exciting really! Closer to Feilding we spotted a lamb just lying in the grass beside the highway - it was pretty dopey and the flies were starting to hang around. Belinda decided a rescue mission was in order, so she carried it up the road for a short way to where she could get it back over the fence. It appeared dehydrated so she got some water into it and it appeared to perk up and start eating so hopefully it will recover OK!
We had about 2.5km to go to where we were planning to stop when Grant and Joan appeared in the car! They had been in Feilding for a long lunch and decided to see if we were nearby. So we dumped our packs in the car and "danced" our way into town for the last bit - amazing how much easier it is without the weight on your back! Grant came back to pick us up half an hour later after we had stopped at a service station to get a sorbet and a cold drink each! Then it was back to our Feilding "home" for a shower and lovely meal - and a bit of washing :-). Our plan is to have a rest day tomorrow, so looking forward to that!
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"!!