Last I wrote, we were in Kaitaia resupplying. We were worried about getting a hitch from Kaitaia back to the trail in Ahipara. We made a sign and asked the locals for the best spot to hitch. Within the few minutes we were walking to the spot with the sign not even held up, a woman drove up and rolled down the window. “I had a hard time reading your sign because it was turned down, but hop in, I can take you to Ahipara!”
We stood there and questioned it for a bit, looked at the map and it seemed going left could be correct. So left we went. After about 3K (1.8 miles), we decided it was the wrong way and backtracked in disgust. Grrrr.
On Days 8 and 9, I’ll spare you the details, but we hit a few more frustrating points and wasted tons of time assessing our notes and map and compass.