Teal Bay – Helena Bay
It rained through the night and when I woke up it stopped for a while. I should have taken that opportunity to pack up but I enjoyed just being still, listening to the forest wake to a new day. In that time the rain started up again. Packing always takes so much longer in the rain. The track today was all up on a ridge and passed by a couple of high points.
It rained all morning but the trail was well-formed and easy to follow although quite slippery. Some sections were quite overgrown and steep but overall the track went downhill. I decided to depart the ridge and walk down to the road because I could see that it was not raining lower down. Also there were a few slips coming up which I had read about and apparently a fair amount of bush-bashing would be required to bypass them. I didn’t see any streams even though it was raining. I passed by a church and knocked on the door. John and Jackie were inside and they invited me in. They allowed me to fill up my water bottles and also gave me an orange, apple and a sandwich. I said that I still had enough food in my pack but they insisted I take their food. How grateful I was and it was a real treat to munch on some fresh food for a change. Thank you John and Jackie for your kindness. I really enjoyed meeting you both. So it was road walking for the rest of the day.
Another driver stopped to see if I was alright and asked if I had anywhere to stay for the night and was concerned for me because it was almost night. I am always grateful when people stop to make sure that I am ok. I’ve never come across such friendliness in any other country.
I reached Teal Bay just after 6pm. Gordon and I were lucky enough to stumble across David and Maureen on our way up to Cape Reinga when we were looking for a place to keep one of the food boxes. David and Maureen kindly offered to keep it for me. I knocked on their door and they immediately invited me in. Nice to be out of the rain at last! David and Maureen were incredibly kind and helpful. My washing was done and I even had dinner cooked for me and dessert too! This just doesn’t happen on other hikes I’ve been on. I had a guest bedroom to sleep in and after a long wet day I sure did sleep well. You’re right Norm, it’s the sleep of the eternally knackered!
One other place worth mentioning before I end off todays post, is the art gallery and cafe which over looks Helena Bay. If you happen to be in the area it’s worth a visit. Pete and Jo, I was thinking of you while I hiked passed. At the time I was thinking of how nice it would be to drop in for another chat. I would have done so had I not been running behind.