Tag Archives: Te Araroa

Intense rest is pretty intense

For a week I’ve been sporting this stylish ‘moonboot’ to restrict the flex in my right ankle and help me with “intense rest”. Doctor Mel at SportsMed, though impressed at how fast the severe swelling has gone down, has ordered … Continue reading

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The doctor gets tough

If only my shin was as gorgeous as the Pudding Hill morning… instead I knew it needed rest so an SOS to Claire in Ashburton soon had me gorging myself on home baking and teaching Jonathon (Scout) and Jack (Cub) … Continue reading

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Why I love my sponsors

I’ve been asked several times along my journey whether I managed to secure any sponsorship. Whilst I was unable to find a “here’s a tonne of cash” benefactor (and hence very appreciative of everyone who has pre-bought my book to … Continue reading

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Crossed the Rakaia without getting wet!

After a hectic afternoon in Arthur’s Pass setting up an Indiegogo campaign to (fingers crossed!) garner some further donations to fill the I-need-to-eat-more fund, I beetled my way past Klondyke Corner to Bealey, arriving at the ever-so-cute Bealey Hut in … Continue reading

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Crampons and ice-axe, anyone?

So much has happened since I last was able to post an update… here are the highlights: Got a ride to Christchurch with Nicky from Blenheim. Attended the Queen’s Scout Award presentation with the Governor General and a dozen very … Continue reading

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South Island (+ Bluebridge) pics

Thought you might like to see some of the country I’ve been walking and people I’ve been meeting…  

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I’m still alive!

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Amazing how flat a map is when it’s spread out on the floor of a warm and comfortable lounge. Gives an impression that a proposed route will be a stroll through … Continue reading

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My head hurts

For two reasons… but firstly, an update: After leaving the fabulous ‘kept me dry and warm’ Trail Angels called Chris and Sharon I walked up (and down) a very steep hill – with fabulous views – to Havelock. I now … Continue reading

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Queen Charlotte complete

Quick update: it’s been a whirlwind couple of days! The friendly team at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry and L.A.Fitness got me all sorted across the water. I walked the treadmill the entire sailing, much to the amusement of many of … Continue reading

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Before and after pics: shoes

It was by accident I started this adventure with shoes strongly recommended by other long-distance trekkers: Merrell Moab Ventilators. I’d already had them about a year. They were comfy and grippy and light. I’d got them cheap from an outdoor … Continue reading

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