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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Te Waihou..The New Water

One trouble with small campervans without toilets ( and yes they had the self-contained sticker on the window) and I know full well no waste water tank and no loo was on board that van. How do I know? Well at 4 am I was woken by voices saying they were going to pee in the bush and then the bloody side door was slammed so hard it rattled the motorhome!! Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't self-contained mean a toilet onboard and a waste holding tank?

Up by 6am. Tried to sleep but the mind was going into overdrive so gave up as a bad job. Eventually nudged Ian awake so we could have a cup of tea.

On the road by 8.30 making our way to the Te Waihou walkway and Blue Springs. Click here to read all about this crystal clear pure river. We were advised to go to the Leslie road carpark, not so far to walk and it seems everyone else had the same idea. We tagged onto the end of a long line of parked cars, donned sensible shoes, smothered each other in anti midge spray and set off for the 4 km trek. 1 km later and we had arrived! Seems the 4 km walk was from the Whites road carpark not this one. What a beautiful river and even when we reached the Spring it was decided to continue with the walk. In the end, we did manage the 4 km and enjoyed every step along the route.

Blue Spring

Look a lone fish!
Lucky to see some of the wildlife along the river,

Some kind of Hawk? Without seeing the head and beaks I'm quite baffled.

Eating a Crayfish

For those that read our adventures in New Zealand 3 years ago, you will remember our zip wire experience. Having made it to Rotorua we called in at Canopy Tours to discover a new Ultimate Canopy tour, higher, longer and even more spectacular than the original. Well, we just had to go for that so come Tuesday we will be flying high once again over the ancient rain forest.

We booked into a paid campsite this evening. I desperately need to get some washing done and having got a powered site, can finally fully charge laptops, tablets, phones, dongle and most important the electric toothbrushes. 


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