I walked into town and bought some stain remover, and hit up the library for $2 discard books (copies of The Two Towers and The Return of the King... it seems only fitting to re-read them whilst one is here in New Zealand). I also bought a tube of waterproofing treatment for my hiking boots, which are definitely showing signs of wear and tear due to all the tramping around I am doing. The stain remover is for my coat; this afternoon I finally attacked the coal and oil stains on my green raincoat left (mainly) by Locie #428 at the Weka Pass Railway, which primed all over me on October 18th. While it will never look perfectly spotless again, I hope I can at least get it to a state where it's not readily evident that a steam train belched boiling water and coal fragments all over my unsuspecting form.
That essentially sums up the excitement of my day; hunched over my coat in the laundry room, a bottle of Shout stain remover in my hand, and my fingernails worn down by repeated scrubbing. However, it is nice to simply stay in one place for a few days; just to feel a little bit more relaxed and in control, not being herded from one location and activity to another. I even managed to create my profile on the WWOOFing website, and do a little research into WWOOFing locations on the West Coast for later on when I am done travelling.
Tomorrow Lewis, Rhys, and Dave are going for a hike up Roy's Peak Track, and have invited me to go with them, but I'm not sure because a) I want to go to a movie early tomorrow evening and I don't think we'd be back in time and b) I'm supposed to be using this time to recover from my cold, not subject myself to an 11km trek up a mountain. But then again, I can always go to a movie the night afterward, and hiking opportunities with buddies are not to be passed up (it gets lonely hiking alone). I'll make my decision tomorrow morning.