Day 40 Rescued
Monday 18 November
Distance 100m (to the ablution block and then the car)
At 4am when I woke. Had to walk approximately 50m to the ablution bloke and returned to my cabin completely exhausted. I made up my mind at that point that having my parents, who are in their 80s, rescue me and take me home to a warm bed and home cooked meals was the most sensible idea.
My theory is the cold got worse because I couldn't get a donut yesterday. The shingles probably haven't helped my defenses either. Adding to my decision to rest a few days is the pouring rain, and the next section is 29km over some hills to Mercer, and there is nowhere in between to stay or camp. The trail notes also say after heavy rain part of the track next to the wetlands becomes flooded.
Mum and Dad picked me up and I am now in Paeroa realising no matter how old you are, you are never too old to need your Mum and Dad when you are feeling poorly. Thank you both for coming to get me - you are my very own personal trail angels.