Day 41 – roads, heat and trying not to go crazy

Date: 26.12.2019 Ta km: 891-931 honesty box campsite to Timber trail km3 Hitched: 7km Actually walked: 33 Dry feet: yep The whole day would be just (gravel) road walking. Something I was not particularly looking forward to as my feet seem to hate road walking. We were trying to keep ourselves entertained, listening to music, … Continue reading Day 41 – roads, heat and trying not to go crazy

Day 40 – unmarked farmland and meeting Gary

Date: 25.12.2019 Ta km: 873-891 Actually walked: 20 Dry feet: yep We got a ride from the lovely campsite owner to the trail and started from there. We walked the river bit for the third time (nope still not my favourite section). We walked past many sheep and a few times the trail was pretty … Continue reading Day 40 – unmarked farmland and meeting Gary

Day 38 – unexpected river crossing and cheating (again)

Date: 23.12.2019 Ta km: 840-874 Actually walked: 16ish Hitched: 15km Dry feet: no The day started with walking through a manuka bush and a really nice forest. At one point I saw a tiny black baby goat, but it ran away when I got closer to it. I managed to step into some mud unfortunately … Continue reading Day 38 – unexpected river crossing and cheating (again)

Day 36 – a crazy mud slide, Odula and the nicest sunset of my life

Date: 21.12.2019 Ta km: 798-816(ish) Doc campsite Actually walked: 18ish Dry feet: no We had about 15km to walk that day, but with a crazy(ish) elevation profile and the track is in a bad shape. I already knew it would be a tough day, but I was excited. The walk started with a lovely walk … Continue reading Day 36 – a crazy mud slide, Odula and the nicest sunset of my life

Day 35 – cow followers and a suspiciously nice path

Date: 20.12.2019 Ta km: 774-798 Whatawhata to Doc campsite Actually walked: 15ish Dry feet: no Blisters: okThe other two TA walkers left the campsite at 6am. I was surprised they managed to stick to their plan. Because of the weather forecast we wanted to only get to the DOC campsite and climb the actual Pirongia … Continue reading Day 35 – cow followers and a suspiciously nice path

Day 34 – a big lunch and seeing Pirongia in the distance

Date: 19.12.2019 Ta km: 759-774 Hamilton to Whatawhata Actually walked: 20ish Dry feet: no Blisters: ok We got up pretty late and had a lot to take care of. Not a good sign for a nice walking day. We did our resupply in the nearest CountDown and had lunch there too. Then we headed to … Continue reading Day 34 – a big lunch and seeing Pirongia in the distance

Day 33 – rain and wind all the way to Hamilton

Date: 18.12.2019 Ta km: 730.2-759 Hakarimata range to Hamilton Actually walked: 32ish Dry feet: no Blisters: ok When I woke up it was still raining. How disappointing. I put on my rain jacket and pants and the walking (slipping on mud) could begin. We had 4 more kilometers to go to get to the summit … Continue reading Day 33 – rain and wind all the way to Hamilton

Day 32 – roadwalking and the lovely Hakarimata lovely track

Date: 17.12.2019 TA km: 712.5-730.2 Huntly Golf Course to Hakarimata range Actually walked: 19ish Dry feet: nope Blisters: ok The weather forecast was not the best but we started walking quite early. The first part would be some kilometers of road walking. When we got to Huntly it started raining and soon my feet were … Continue reading Day 32 – roadwalking and the lovely Hakarimata lovely track