Death by Ice-cream
We carried on to Pukenui and once there Jo said I could stay in her sons room for free. I started to get settled in and put the bike together mainly to check that there was nothing I would have to deal with the next day. Settling into my room I saw some things in the room with his name on them and maybe this is why Jo was so generous as his name was Jacob. It seemed that I was seriously falling on my feet with all the positive things that had happened so far and I hoped it continued that way for the next two weeks. The next day I didn't have too much to do and it was only a 40km ride up to my next stop Waikiki Landing, but I did help Jo replace one of their water pumps for the holiday park, this was pretty easy but it felt great to give something back to Jo.
|View from the Pukenui Holiday park, http://pukenuiholidaypark.co.nz/|
It was pretty strange hanging around Pukenui knowing that the first wave had already stated and two days into it. I went and had a chat with someone else staying in the park that was doing the Tour Aotearoa. When I eventually left Pukenui I bumped into two more TAer's at the Pukenui four square, it was great to meet other people doing the TA and it added to the excitement that I was feeling. It was great to get on the bike and it was a very nice 40km ride from up to Waitiki land where I was meeting a couple of my fiends also doing the TA. The rest of the day was spent talking about what lay ahead of us all, meeting a few others that were in the last wave start and obsessing over gear and packing of the bike. That night was spent with 4 humans in a bunk room and about 100 Mosquitoes buzzing around, we killed as many as we could before attempting to sleep in the unbearable heat in the small bunk room. Tomorrow the 24th of February would be the start of an incredible journey spanning the length of New Zealand using as many of the New Zealand Cycle Trails as practical. I was seriously excited but also rather apprehensive as I had never done anything quite like this before.