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OK, I cheated. I wanted to get to Wanaka quickly to but a Kindle and do some shopping so Angelynn and I hitched while Silvan walked.

Although the kindle purchase failed I still consider the idea successful due to having a rest day and buying new underwear and boot creme.

I am unsure whether my boots are going to make the last 500km. There are holes developing and cracks widening. They don't seem to be handling the constant soaking and drying very well.

Wanaka is a nice town but so many people and so busy we all feel a bit overwhelmed.

Which reminds me.....

Beards. I have always wanted one but have never really had a good shot at growing one until now and that ended today. What annoying things. You can't eat without food getting in it or chewing on yourself. Soup is a tragedy. Even a drink ends up half in your mouth and half in your mustache. I felt like the Mitchell and Webb mustache skit. So it's gone and now I have a strange white face. This may take some getting used too.


  • Life is easier without a beard.
  • It seems like I do a lot of hitching when I reread this. I think it was because I was taking the whole thing a lot less seriously and just having fun.
  • Wanaka is a very nice place.

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