Today was the most A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. day we have had so far. Some of the best bits were not captured on camera. For a mere few seconds a young brown fox with a white-tipped tail stopped on the path just meters ahead of us, looked back at us and then disappeared into the brush. It didn’t last long, but it was a magical moment.
Standing directly above an eagle’s nest and watching two birds take off from the rocky ledge, their wings whooshing with power as they flapped up in front of him is a memory that will stay with Micaiah forever. The rest of us, standing a far more sensible distance away from the edge, were equally awed as they rose into the sky and circled above us. They crossed the river and landed on the other side – even at that distance they looked enormous.
Perhaps we appreciated today more than we might have if we had not been walking through grain fields for so many consecutive days. Today there were trees. We hadn’t realized how much we are accustomed to having trees around.And there were cuckoos calling from them.
Today was made easier by the fact that we were on the road by 6:30am and it was COOL. By 10:30 it had reached 27 degrees, but two hours later we would arrive, having flown through 27.5km. Starting earlier meant we were able to catch up and overtake an Italian girl and Japanese couple (by the way, it’s lovely to have Spanish as the lingua franca between kiwis and Japanese), and we caught “the three kiwis”. These guys, along with a friendly Spanish couple are our new travelling companions.
Distance: 27.5km Total Distance: 596km