After much disorganization and manic texting first thing this morning, we finally got our acts together and set out to do the Coast to Coast Walkway. The pamphlet from iSite didn’t provide too many details but there were essentially 4 adults looking to have a leisurely 4 hour walk on a beautiful sunny Saturday so how bad could it be.
Turns out it was a game of Where’s Waldo as we walked up and down a mountain as well as a dormant volcano and then kept walking around looking for these yellow markers with arrows pointing us in the right direction. The markers were found on posts, poles, and even on the ground. I’m not going lie – after the first 1/2 hour, there was a mini celebration every time we spotted one of these markers to confirm that we were still on the right track. As we continued walking – we realized that the 4 hour time estimate was a low ball one as it was going to take way more time to complete the walk (granted we did veer off course to get more water and supplies to keep ourselves feed and hydrated).
By the time we could see the water of the other coast – we were sporting weird tan lines, slightly more pink/red then we were in the morning, covered in dirt and sweat as well as approaching the 6 hour mark with visions of a drink or two at the finish line fuelling us to truck on. Turns out there aren’t restaurants and bars surrounding the waterfront at Manukau Harbour and it was the most bitter-sweet experience as we collapsed by the final marker letting us know that the walk had finally come to an end.