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Inter City bus lines comes through Turangi, the self-styled trout fishing capital of the world (where fishing will set you back $120 NZ), at 1:10 a.m., less than two hours from now.

It comes through more than once, but this way we save on hostel fees. We can sleep on the bus… at least in theory. We arrive in Auckland at 6:50, catch the airport shuttle, and leave the country at 11:40. There’s an exit fee of $25 per person, so we’d better have some cash left.

We’ll be into Spokane at 9:25 pm.m local time. Tomorrow will be, to date, the longest day of my life: 43 hours total. Meanwhile, I wile away the hours at Extreme Backpackers, having paid 10 bucks for the honor of staying until 1:10 a.m. Maybe I should try to take a nap on the couch.

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