26km total 704km
8.5 hours total 196.5 hours
After my second breakfast (pancakes yeah) I legt the service station at 9h30. Immediately the track went into a tramping standard one and soon I was scrambling, sweating and fighting my way through the swamps and the abundant vegetation. Some sweet cake was waiting for me at the top and it was great! Then the track got back down to the state highway and the busxho waking went on and on and on. It was really a tiring exercise and I was slow because I wasn’t seeing where I put my feet and high vegetation ask for a little bit of more exercise. Then the trail goes on a stop bank to a path near the Waikato river. The local pumpingstation provided me an opportunity to refill my bottles so I had again enough water for the last 8km. These were through farmland and the fantastic number of turnstiles (barrier crossing) made it an exhausting exercise. Finally I arrived at Rangiriri where a got some nice pie, a few beers and a huge salade at the tavern. I am for once really tired and will sleep well.