Jan 3rd: We arrived in the small community of Waitomo around 3:30 pm. A small tourist town that features the famous
Foot note: Peter was the one who gave my brother,
Beni, a book titled,“The Greatest Hikes in the World”, for Ben’s 18th birthday, and in the book the “ Appalachian Trail” was featured. The rest, as most of you know, is history!
Jan 5: We were just south of the town of
and had left our camp site round about 7:30 am, to continue down a somewhat remote country back road. This road walk is a by pass due to the trail being closed temporarily in this area. After about 2 hours into our hike on this quite road…only 4 cars had passed us…as we climbed a hill, we noticed a vehicle slowing down as it passed us. We watched as it stopped and turned around heading back toward us…no idea why. Then suddenly, I recognized the driver...my 1st cousin, Anthony Paroli, and his partner Dalena…Unbelievable! Te Kuiti
Dalena’s family owns a farm in the area, and they were up from
on a visit and were heading out to go shopping. Easy to guess what followed...we stayed the night with Delana’s warm and very hospitable family, and had a great time, a great feed and a personal tour of the farm! Wellington