Today was a day without plans once again. Alex mentioned he’d like to take us to the national park, but he had a few things to do in the morning so I waited up catching up on Internet, reading and generally doing nothing.

Late afternoon, we all left for the short hike. It was warm and I was sweating buckets, but the Te Araroa legs were good on climbs and some of the broken trails. The trail on this park is better maintained than 90% of the Te Araroa trails, but it’s an unfair comparison. The walk was easy and we reached the turtle beach at the other end. It was a quiet spot with just a few Gung Ho walkers and a few others who showed up on boats. But none of the commercial crap here and it was nice to spend some quiet time here.

I walked in to check the turtle conservation with a few babies floating around in a tank. Nice to know that the conservation efforts are being done in earnest.

The walk back was equally easy and I powered thro the climbs. After we came out, Alex led us to a night market with tons of food on offer. I was hungry and more than that, thirsty, so I grabbed a nice bit of sugarcane juice followed by fried mushrooms, some kueh, idiyappam, and spring rolls. Awesome collection of grub there.

Later part of the evening was quieter with me resting and making sure my passport is there for the morning visa run. Hopefully, it won’t be too crowded.

Distance: 0 km
Ascent: 0 ft
Descent: 0 ft
Time in saddle: 0:00 hrs
Expenses: Sg$ 22.84 (60$ for bike supplies)
Comments: hike thro the national forest!

Alex, Andres and Chris, along the National park

That's me powering my way through in the heat.

Turtle beach was a nice place and quiet.

Old and New piers.

Kueh Stall!

Idiyappam with coconut and brown sugar. yummy!

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