Land of the Long To Do List
Hi to those that are wondering where the bloody hell am I. I’m not one for sending group emails but it’s times like these where – it’s got to happen.
It’s about time I send this email off because there are some people who I still have not contacted since leaving Australia for this grand trip.
I am behind schedule and, I’ve had to spend more time hiking during the day which, for me, is a plus of course but the downside is that there isn’t much time left for keeping in touch with those that I would like to be in touch with – that’s you! I had great plans of keeping in touch with everyone but the communication part of this trip has not been easy at all. In fact it has been very frustrating.
A quick update whilst I have the rare opportunity to email access – Yesterday I arrived in a smallish town called Wanganui which is on the south-west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. I should have started the South Island by now so I have some catching up to do before winter gets me. Whilst here I’ve been fixing a few things, arranging a replacement water purifier to be delivered to me further down the track, hanging the tent out to dry, packing for tomorrows next section, washing clothes, hanging the washing up, rain comes down hard and wets the almost dry washing so put clothes in dryer till some shrink, writing the daily journal which I am a bit behind on (don’t ask me how far behind :)), replying to blog comments way to briefly for my liking, finding a place in town that can make a healthy meal because it’s been a while since I had one (a healthy meal), wax the boots again, get the other strand of hair cut, arrange more funds to be transferred to my NZ bank account which took too long at the bank, grocery shopping, cook dinner. That’s a typical day off from the trail and after all that I feel like a day off.
So, I am basically saying that whilst I have not been in touch I do think of you during my days here. There will come a time when I stop being so busy and will finally get to catch up with you and find out all that you have been doing whilst I’ve mainly been hiking, camping and killing sand flies.
I’m not sure when I’ll next see the internet in the up coming weeks as I make up a bit of time on this trail.