Hi everyone and welcome to my website. In about 3 weeks time I will begining Te Araroa – New Zealnds Longest Trail. It is a 3,000km walk from the top to the bottom of my home country, New Zealand. I would love to have you all along with me, even if it is from the comfort of your own homes. I look forward to seeing your comments and know there will be times when I will need your encouragment to keep going. So please Subscribe to the site. For those of you who follow me on Facebook the updates will be available there too.
I finished full time work early December last year and since then have filled my time with a couple of trips to Perth to spend time with my son and his family, as well as earning a few more dollars doing some interesting temporary jobs. (I know all about chicken bits now!)
The rest of my time has been filled with preparing for this damn long walk. I have read copious amounts of information, blogs, searched websites and generally filled my days getting more excited about the prospect of Te Araroa each day. Regular phone calls and meetings with Frances, my trail buddy, have meant we have basically got ourselves ready to go. Frances and I are both wanting to just let things evolve along the way so haven’t got into too much detailed day by day planning. Her parents are driving us up to Cape Reinga ready for us to start on 15 October.
The local hospital is renting my house for 6 months for a locum Doctor and her daughter so I am now tidying up my personal stuff to store in the ceiling and out of their way.
I haven’t done much training, and hope that the first few weeks walking will suffice. We will take it easy to start with by having days with no walking (Zero Days) about every 4th day or so until we get trail fit, then spread them out to about every 10 – 12 days. We will have a few days off at Christmas to catch up with our families and expect to be soemwhere between Palmerston North And Wellington by then.
So have a wander around this website and get ready to enjoy this adventure with us.