Day 39 No Donuts
Sunday 17 November
Papakura to Ramarama
Elevation: Approx 100m
AM. I didn't sleep after 4.30am. My throat is raging and my body is unwilling to move. I will do a short day today and re-evaluate tomorrow morning on my next step. I am very fortunate to be in the vicinity of my Mum and Dad. They live about an hour away in Paeroa.
PM. All road walking and despite the minimal distance without hills I am totally spent. After the first 6km I reached Drury at 11.30am, and I had already had enough. The local Irish pub beckoned me, so an early lunch it was. Downed a pint of iced water to try and sooth my throat and I remained there for over an hour. When I had out stayed my welcome I continued on, taking breaks every 2km.
The sun was hot, although I think on any other day it might not have felt that bad. I had my audio book on and simply focused on one step in front of the other. There were no donut stops available so I had to do the afternoon un-medicated.
I arrived at Ramarama Caravan Park at 2.30pm to the cabin I had booked that morning. The weather forecast was for heavy rain overnight and the prospect of being in my tent was not one I relished, so the cabin it was. I lay down on the bed and immediately fell asleep for a couple of hours.
Mum and Dad contacted me and offered to pick me up and take home to rest a few days. Eternal optimism had returned after my Nana nap so I said I would call them in the morning if I needed collecting.
Another early night and here's hoping I am sufficiently recovered by the morning.