Day 4 This Beach is Long
The morning started well. I had a good night sleep, woke up early, took a slow start to the day waiting for the high tide to pass, and had another awesome blueberry milkshake. A few of us left at the same time and spent the morning taking breaks together. I arrived at the half way point feeling great and decided to make it all the way to Ahipara. I could see it in the distance and that was enough to motivate me. It was much warmer today but not too hot. There were a lot more vehicles on the beach and people fishing and a few brave ones swimming.
With about 7km to go my feet and ankles started stinging all over, and it progressively got worse. I didn't want to take my shoes off as I have been doing at each break to give them an airing, because I was concerned I wouldn't want to put them back on.
I took a photo at the 100km mark. The smile in the photo is forced - I was not feeling the joy!
Got to the Ahipara Campground and booked into a cabin with a bathroom as I didn't think my feet would actually work once I got my shoes off. The surprise in my socks are feet and ankles covered in welts. Ahipara has a dairy, petrol station, fish & chip shop and fire station so have to decide how and when I will get to Kaitaia to find a pharmacy.
That is a decision for tomorrow depending on how my feet are. If you don't want to see my feet don't scroll to the photo at the bottom :).
That is 90 Mile Beach completed. It has gone incredibly fast. Other than my feet all the other parts of my body feel fine. The pack I have hardly noticed. It fits really well and the weight is good. The have listened to one full audio book, a novel, which helped keep my mind occupied.
Strange fact of the day. The fitbit I wear thinks I climbed 25 flights of stairs today. Not bad for walking along the 31km at sea level.