Whanganui 1362 to Palmerston North 1476 (day 69-73)
After a couple of days recuperation in lovely Whanganui (Tasy Indian food, craft beer, art gallery, and lots of just chilling out) we set off on a pretty grey day through mainland Manawatu. After a cool 1919 elevator ride, the highlight was getting completely drenched walking along a back road. Scenic though it was, the wind and rain won. We stuck our thumb out when we got to SH3 20km later.
Bulls was ‘acceptabull’ with a lovely bnb and another TA walker to chat with, then on to Feilding, via a quirky Mt Lee’s Reserve – remnant of native bush, surrounded by farmland. We stayed at a rustic old hotel, and went to a fun Irish bar for the evening.
Weather delayed our start the next morning, and meant we met the mayor! She spotted our packs, and came over to explain how much effort they were going to to take the trail off road. Fingers crossed that comes off!
The last stretch around Palmerston North was lovely – shared path along the river. Still concrete, but a lovely stroll, chatting with locals and patting dogs. Then catching up with a cousin for great kai and company. A bit of a worker stretch of the TA, but then, that is the countryside too.