This time next week I will be walking along Ninety Mile Beach, hopefully in glorious sunshine and not in a howling gale and having free skin abrasion treatment.
The last couple of weeks has been busy with preparing my house for tenants, final gear preparation and saying my good-byes to friends and family. I have even managed to get in a couple of tramps with the local club. My Whiteboard is nearly cleared off.
I have been to the Chiropractor, Physio, GP, hairdresser and I have even had a Colonic Irrigation. So hopefully my body is ready to go and I am not as full of sh*t as I usually am. The Physio (nice young fella) has given me some excersices to help keep my hips in line and my legs working so I am carrying a tennis ball to assist with these. I will try and instigate Excercise Hour each evening as there won’t be Happy Hours on the Trail. No-one has developed dehydrated alcohol yet.
My Back Country dehydrated meals have been repackaged to save weight. and I have the first couple of weeks food organisied. After that we will stock up as we coem to shops.
During my cleaning up I found some scribblings ( see below) of mine from 2009 – 10 years ago. I was reading “Te Aroroa – New Zealand’s Trail” by Greg Chapple in my tent. I noted his comment “Look at the last 10 years of your life and the next will be the same unless you do something different” . Since I wrote that I have spent 8 years in Taranaki, where I learnt a lot about the oil and gas industry, made new friends, did a lot of tramping, and received a nomination for New Zealander of the Year. Two years ago I moved back to my family base Palmerston North, and made the decision that I would do the Te Araroa this summer. So, Greg, I am on my way.
I have been out helping clear 300 metres (0.01%) of the Te Araroa track not far from Palmerston North. We chopped gorse,blackberries and flax back and I hope that it is still clear in about 3 months time when I go through that area. It was very satisfying to be doing my bit. There was a group of men in the 70’s and 80’s building a sleeping platform in a shelter that they had built for us. I am humbles to know how many people volunteer their time and skill to make this trail work for us.
Thanks to all the people who gave me vouchers for my last big birthday. They have been used to make sure I have good gear to take with me.
Also thanks to all of you who have signed up to my website. I know there will be times when I will need your feedback and encouragement to keep on ticking off the 4.5 million steps.