I woke the following morning at my friends Mel & Jerome’s and hobbled into their kitchen with what can only be described as a GIANT kankle! It wasn’t painful, it wasn’t red or bruised nor had I grown a 6th toe, it was just BIG! The only thing I could put it down too was a very minor slip going down Raetea in the mud that was the kind of twinge you don’t even wince at nor care to even look down. Maybe it was that followed by another 20km of running with a 10Kg pack on, who knows but it was a big momma! My day mainly involved mulling over Mel & Jerome’s epic tea draw. At least I could entertain myself with thoughts of Mel charging into Puketi forest to help save me from what she thought must of been me attempting to describe a stalker ‘male, black & white, skinny yet well behaved’ - My first text stating that I had found a dog hadn’t gone though at this point…I did wonder afterwards what stalker is described by the stalkee as ‘well-behaved’?! I think Mel missed that bit too in her panic to get to me hehehe.
Friends to the rescue, by the end of the day I’d tubigriped it, taken some meds and had a trip to the black sulphur hot springs of Ngawha. Here you feel like you’ve walked onto the set of the Flintstones, with its caveman looks but its absolutely the best experience. Each pool is named & with different temperatures, as you’ll see below, with some raising to such high temperatures - namely ‘The Doctor’ at 48*C - they have to close for the night!