Tora Coastal Walk - day 1
Trip Start Oct 21, 2006
115Trip End Mar 21, 2008
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The eager anticipation that we have built up for this, based on some amazing photographs on the internet, wanes temporarily as the car curls through the steep Rimutaka range, leaving my stomach a corner behind at each hairpin turn.
Once through the mountains, we pass the small town of Martinborough and veer off into some genuinely rural country. In time, even the paved road gives way to gravel and the signs of civilization grow fewer and further apart.
Kiri, the lady who runs this leg of the operation, drops by to explain the directions to us and answer any questions. She is very nice but one gets the feeling that she misses human interaction, living way out here, as she is very keen to talk and talk. Dinner has been pre-cooked for us by Kiri, so it just needs a bit of heating up and we tuck into the delicious country fare.
On a different note, we are now into the month of November or, as it is known to many Antipodeans, Mo-vember. This is the month in which many Kiwi and Aussie blokes grow moustaches in support of prostate cancer research.. This worthwhile and potentially humorous event has been going since 1999 but this is the first time that I am going to join in the 'hirsute pursuit' - watch this space.
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