Oct 21 day 51 Wanganui 0 km
Excellent morning, wandered downtown, stopped at a couple of coffee shops, got caught up on email and other messages, bought new shoes at Kathmandu (not a day too soon), visited the steamboat museum and wandered about a bit more. Great part of town near the river. The one restored boat, the Waimarie, was moored out back of the closed museum (they had multiple feet of water from the flood a few months back). The boat draws 2 feet, is powered by steam and used to go all the way up to Whakahoro. I have no idea how that was possible unless they did a lot of channel clearing. Today it cruises on the lower part of the river. Spent a long time this afternoon back at the Rutland Inn, slowly savoring a Lakeman Pale Ale and working on the Pennine Way book. Later I resupplied at the New World, dropped by the hostel and planned the next two days hikes. Returned to the Rutland to try their classic burger (highly recommended by both Leo and Remi). Like the burger, it was a classic zero day. Bring on the rest of the trail.