Day 71 – Monday 22nd December

Araharakeke and Colonial Knob

Start Point: Pukerua Bay

Finish Point: Johnsonville/Mt Kaukau, Wellington

Distance: 34.1km Time: 7 1/4 hours

Today Emma from Otaki and Kathy from Wellington joined Graeme and I walking. We started out from the Pukerua Bay Train station at 8am and had the Ara Harakeke Track that meandered beside the motorway. We yabbered away and passed the time quickly. The track was wide enough for the four of us to walk side by side.

We came into Plimmerton and used MacDonalds for their toilet and chairs. We then walked on and headed passed the Police College, adrenalin centre and a coffee cart. Of course that was too tempting. I got a coffee milkshake that was delicious but I did regret it a bit later when it made me feel bloated. Not the best walking fuel.

We walked into Porirua and stopped at a park to eat our lunch. Once fuelled we headed to the Colonial Knob Walkway. This was a beautiful track by a stream and under cover. This was nice as the day was heating up. Going up had loads of stairs and then went to grass covered undulating until we hit the top of the knob. More jokes and photos.

Heading down passed sheep and into Spicer Forest was lovely. This track had switchbacks down the hill and was soft footing underneath. We came out onto a road and had a 5km road walk to finish. This was the worst part of the day and it was hot.

We staggered on with sore feet and Emma started singing the song “We’re on the road to nowhere”. It did feel like that. We finally made it to our end point and sat down and took our shoes off. The two best things that can end a day walking. But the best was to come…….Gene, Kathy’s husband came to pick us up and he bought along beers. Utter bliss!

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