Day 68 – Paekakariki to Porirua

Paekakariki to Porirua

29kms

Total 1647kms

Before leaving town we had a coffee at a cafe and then joined the Paekakariki Escarpment track for 10kms through to Pukerua bay. The track has amazing views up and down the coast and sidles the hills above SH1 and the railway line. It was a great walk. We stopped at another cafe by Plimmerton beach and then carried on to Porirua. Most of the walking after the escarpment track was along footpaths and cycle ways running parallel to the highway.

On the way to Plimmerton I checked my online lotto ticket and I had won $609! One number away from first or second division! I have been playing the same numbers every draw for about two years now. What’s interesting is that I had picked the five numbers from all our birthdays. Abby 6, me 8, Jesse 15, Ayla 26, and Katie 31. If only I had picked the year Abby was born for the last number!

So anyway, Jesse and I stopped at McDonalds in Porirua and had a big feed that we had been fantasising about for a week. Then we finished by climbing Colonial Knob to the lookout point. I thought it would be good to finish there and knock out a big hill so I wont have to do it tomorrow. I had asked James to pick me up from there. When I got up there I realised there was no car access so I had to walk back down again. Before I walked back down I said goodbye to Josh and Jesse. It has been a pleasure walking with them and they are both really neat guys. I hope to walk some sections of the south island with Jesse in a few years from now.

Now I’m at James and Hayleys enjoying a catch up with them and the kids and enjoying their luxurious home.

I will not be needing my big back pack for the last two days which will be nice and I can smash it out tomorrow by 1pm with an early start. Katie will be flying in at lunch.

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