Day 52 Stunning Rain
Saturday 30 November
Pirongia to middle of nowhere.
Start time 9.30am
Elevation About 400m
Brilliant day. The first 16km was all road but I was loving my book and hardly noticed it. Covered the distance in less than 4 hours. Then it was across a mixture of farm land and bush. At about 3.30pm I sat down for a break and had a bit of a Nana nap. Felt re-energised to go further. I had no designated camp site, although wanted to get as far as possible so tomorrow would be a short day to Waitomo and I could hopefully fit in a tour of the caves as I haven't been there for years.
Early evening when I was starting to think I should start to find a flatish site, I could see the massive black clouds gathering. Fantastic photo opportunities - less fun to put up your tent in the rain.
Shortly after taking the photos the heavens opened. After about half an hour walking in the rain, which I love (I know weird), I thought I had better find a place to camp. Didn't take long. As soon as my tent was up and I was snug as a bug in a rug, it stopped raining. I'm right in the bush and I have a Morepork really close to my tent. Also a possum which sounds a whole lot bigger than it actually is - well that's what I'm telling myself.