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Published: November 18th 2018
Up at a more reasonable time, as do not have to be out until 10am; I have no idea how I am going to come with early shifts when I get back to work, I could used to these late starts.
Once I sort myself and the van out for the day I head to the car park by the beach, with the intention of seeking a walk out for the day. There was a surfing competition going on, so stayed a while, listed to the music, took in the atmosphere, with no idea if anyone out there was actually any good.
Decide to make a move and generally head south to Tauranga with no particular plans. I start to get itchy eyes again even though I have taken an antihistamine, I wondering if is it actually the air conditioning in the van that is triggering it.
I pull over for a coffee and start to write my last blog, I got chatting to a group of ladies who had a beautiful dog with them, I was not sure of the breed, so I asked them; a Russian Wolfhound was the answer. As I said my good byes they asked where I was off to next, not sure I said, just had a coffee we will see where we end up for lunch. They agreed that this was thieir kind of travelling.
I carry on southward and see a sign for Katikati Bird Gardens and turned off the main road. The road took me passed loads of avocado orchards. The entrance fee included a bag of bird food. The site was not very big, but is was well planned and the walk was quite long and you did feel as though you were walking around in circles.
The resident chicken and bath population knew the drill, visitors mean food, every turn I took there was a scramble from the undergrowth as a hen and her chicks waited for food.
I did a little retail therapy at the shop and the owner asked where I was headed next, South wax a much detail as I could give him. He suggested I visit Mount Maunganui. Finally, I had a destination for the day.
Drove through Taurangi, which has a very busy port, got to.my destination. My god it was busy; I forgotten it was Saturday, I end up parking quite a long way out of town but still by the beach. Parked up, rustle up some lunch and watched the world for a while.
After lunch I walked along the sea front for about a mile and walked back along the beach, paddling as I went along. The have great system here of numbering the entrances to the beach, got back to the one near the van and head off the beach. Ow! The dry sand was bloody hot.
I have a snack a watch the world for a bit, not long after I sat everyone was heading up from the beach, high tide i am guessing. Some people made 2 or 3 trips to recover their stuff, chairs, cool boxes, body boards, young children too tire to walk.
I head of in search of the local campsite, which is at the base of Mount Maunganui. I book I’m exhausted after another day of sea air and walking. I ask where the nearest cat machine and shop are, park my van up, make a cuppa and have a 5 minutes.
I walk towards the town via the beach at the other side of the peninsula, this was one overlooks a very busy harbour, so no surfing here. This walk seems longer than the 15 minutes the receptionist told me.
Head back to camp through a very busy night life, loads of bars and restaurants spilling on to the street.
As I was walking back, I was think what could I have to eat, not feeling her inspired by the contents of van, I had no idea what I was going to cobble together tonight. The I spied it, opposite the camp site entrance, a Turkish Take Away, a kebab shop to you and me. Walked in order a lamb kebab and headed back to the van. I was so tired, I actually started to fall asleep eating my kebab; and not in a drunk sort of way, where you find it half eaten on the pillow the next day.
Finally finished by kebab and turned in for the night.
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