Monthly Archives: December 2010

Moo goes the cow

Why is it that juvenile cows bunch together and follow me as I pass their paddock? Weird. Today was another 26km from Huntly to Ngaruawahia and along River Road towards Hamilton, past all the multi-million dollar homes which overlook the … Continue reading

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Clean shirt, kilometres and weight loss

I’ve mentioned my ‘bounce-box’ before: it’s a small crate with some spare gear, razor and extra clothes in it, which bounces to my next major destination. Big thanks to my Christmas Eve walker Craig for dropping it off to me … Continue reading

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Does Huntly have a power station?

Oh inner-spring mattress, you beacon of all that is good in the world, thank you for a wonderful night’s sleep. The forecast for today was pretty yuck-like. Yet it was still warm and although heavily overcast and windy, the morning … Continue reading

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Mangatawhiri to Rangiriri

Maybe it’s the consecutive days of walking that are taking a toll, but these days were particularly taxing. It took half a day to walk Mangatawhiri to Mercer, where I sat and finished off the pita bread, cheese, salami and … Continue reading

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Te Araroa Christmas

I’m sorry to report that Santa does in fact need a chimney to find you!  😦 But the best present I could hope for was waking to a fine Christmas morning. More time spent strolling through the Hunua Ranges, until … Continue reading

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Clevedon to Mangatawhiri Dam with Craig

Nothing like an early start on Christmas Eve. I’d arranged to meet Craig Bleakley, fellow Scout Leader and gatekeeper of Parks for the regional council, at 8am for a day’s walk together. Early hiccup: I got the meet-point wrong and … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Wherever you are, whoever you’re with, whatever you’re doing… may your day be special. Festive smiles, Stuart

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