Day 17. The Dome. November 19, 2015.
Mangawhai Heads km 450.5 to almost the Dome Cafe Km 502
Tony helped us out big time this morning. He knew that the track notes say an option is to get a boat ride over to the spit. He offered to take us across in his boat. A 5 minute ride saved us about 5 km and it was a pretty walk. Even in the rain.
By the time we got to Pakiri Holiday Park (holiday park means camper vans, motorhomes, usually a kitchen, camping options, showers, and sometimes a store) we were a bit wet, cold and ready for a break. Food revived us and we were back walking.
The Tamahunga Track was next. It was muddy and slippery. The last couple of kilometers down to Govan Wilson Rd was some of the most ridiculously constructed trail I have ever seen. It wasn’t constructed at all. It was just hacked thru the bush on steep muddy clay and often one shoe width wide. I survived it so maybe it wasn’t that bad. And Nathan didn’t have any trouble at all.
After a few kilometers of wonderful road walking we entered the Dome Forest. Back to slip and slide. At one point there was a short detour. The vines and branches made me fall 3 times in about 5 minutes.
It’s so hard to guess how many kilometers is reasonable for a day. I told Nathan that I couldn’t walk any faster and that I didn’t want to night walk thru the forest. I almost stopped at the one place I could have camped but it seemed like it was still possible to finish this track tonight. When we got to the top of The Dome it was nearly dark. Of course I didn’t have my headlamp out. Nathan gave me his. We continued down until we got to the lookout. There was room to camp and so we did.
We can see the lights of some town below. It isn’t raining. I don’t have to worry about falling any more. Life is good. And in 1 km there is breakfast.