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3RY – Part 17 – Day 200

3RY Update Part:

16

Date:

10th August ‘19

Day:

200

Title:

NZ – AOTEAROA – ✅

KM Mark Start:

12

Start Location:

Twilight Micro Camp

KM Mark Finish:

0 – 😁😢😬🍻🥴😴🤔

Finish Location:

Cape Reinga – Lighthouse

Actual KM Today:

14

Weather:

Sun with a few showers

General:

Knocked the Bastard off 🤙🏼.

Surprised:

Was surprised at the end by Mum, Dad, Jenna, Jan-Maree & Longhurst. All waiting to welcome me to Cape Reinga Lighthouse with a beer, bubbly and some picnic snacks! Great to see you all there. Thank you for making the trip from down south. Really appreciate it!

Body:

Great

Outlook:

Very mixed emotions. Super stoked to have made it to the end. Sad that the journey is over.

Tune of the Day:

200. Albatross – Fleetwood Mac (That one’s for you Ma) & Bridge on the River Kwai – Malcolm Arnold (That one’s for you Pa).

Day 200 Images:

3RY – Part 17 – Day 194,195,196, 197, 198, 199

3RY Update Part:

17

Date:

4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th August ‘19

Day:

194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199

Title:

⁃ Kaitaia Rest Day #2

⁃ Ahipara – 90 Mile Beach 🏝

⁃ Avocado’s and baby seals – 90 Mile Beach 🏝

⁃ No rain! – 90 Mile Beach 🏝

⁃ Sandy AF – 90 Mile Beach 🏝

⁃ Giant Sand Dunes and Snapper – 90 Mile Beach 🏝

KM Mark Start:

116

116

101

87

70

44

Start Location:

Kaitaia

Kaitaia

Ahipara – 90 Mile Beach

Waipapakauri Beach

Hukatere Road

Waimaharu Stream

KM Mark Finish:

116

101

87

70

44

12

Finish Location:

Kaitaia

Ahipara

Waipapakauri Beach

Hukatere Road

Waimaharu Stream

Twilight Micro Camp

Actual KM Today:

0

20

15

18

26

35

Weather:

⁃ Sun, Rain, Hail on loop x 3

⁃ Overcast x 2

⁃ Rain

General:

194. Rest Day & Updates

195. Road walk to Ahipara at the Southern end of 90 mile beach. Friendly locals, loads of dogs just cruising around. Ma n Pa have driven up from Dunedin to meet me at the finish line so I met them at Ahipara which was awesome.

196. Started the day walking north on 90 mile beach. Lots of interesting wildlife washing up along the coast line. Variety of shells, jellyfish & kauri gum. Crossed paths with a baby fur seal. Highlight of the day was catching up with a great mate from school who is running an avocado farm North of Kaitaia 🥑😍🤤. Ant & Kat, thanks for having us! Great to see the amazing setup you have going on up here and we really loved meeting wee James.

197. Sand, Toheroa, baby seals and seemingly never ending beaches and sand dunes

198. Same as yesterday: Sand, Toheroa, baby seals and seemingly never ending beaches and sand dunes

199. Yeah…sand & baby seals…but today I reached the end of 90 Mile beach. Passed enormous sand dunes at the Northern end. There is a tourism company that offers toboggan rides down these. Passed one fisherman with a huge haul of 9 large snapper. Made it to twilight micro campsite where I a discovered a message had been written on a rock and left for me! Coooool. Thanks Charlotte.

Body:

Great x 6

Outlook:

Feeling the journey coming to an end. Mixed emotions about this (x6)

Tune of the Day:

194. Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna

195. The Distance – Cake

196. Heroe’s – Motorheads cover of Bowie.

197. Sunshine of your love – Cream

198. Don’t let me be Misunderstood – The Animals

199. Sober – Tool

Day 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199 Images:

194:

195:

196:

197:

198:

199:

3RY – Part 16 – Day 191, 192, 193

3RY Update Part:

16

Date:

1st, 2nd, 3rd August ‘19

Day:

191, 192, 193

Title:

⁃ Notorious Raetea Forest

⁃ Kaitaia “where the journey begins/ends”

⁃ Kaitaia rest day

KM Mark Start:

160

137

116

Start Location:

⁃ Mangamuka Dairy Shack

⁃ Campsite North of Raetea Forest

⁃ Beachcomber Lodge Kaitaia

KM Mark Finish:

137

116

116

Finish Location:

⁃ Campsite North of Raetea Forest

⁃ Beachcomber Lodge Kaitaia

⁃ Beachcomber Lodge Kaitaia

Actual KM Today:

25

22

0

Weather:

Rain, hail, sunshine on loop (x3)

General:

191. Apprehensively started the walk toward the muddy Raetea Forest. Before I’d even left it was bucketing down. Passed through the “Dog Lands” (property with a load of angry barking dogs on chains). The trail is muddy, with steep ups and downs. There is a lot of talk about how drinkable water is scarce on this section. Not after the rains we have had, it was flowing down the trail. Spotted the odd wild pig. Spent half the day picking myself up from slipping down the mud slopes. Nice section, great bush and that is the last bush section I’ll do before Cape Reinga. Whoop whoop!

192. Nice easy road walk down SH1 to Kaitaia. Checked into Beachcomber Lodge and went for a beer and to watch the Warriors game 😬.

193. Rest Day & Updates. A girl started crying today when I was telling her about what I’d been doing. Really nice to know it has a feel good factor for some peeps.

Body:

⁃ Pretty good considering the amount of falls I had today.

⁃ All good (x2)

Outlook:

Looking forward to the beach! Wish the weather would stick to a few sunny days. Would make the coastal walk a lot nicer. (X3)

Tune of the Day:

191. Always on My Mind – Tiki Taane

192. Changes – 2Pac

193. Diamonds on the Inside – Ben Harper

Day 191, 192 & 193 Images:

191.

192.

193.

3RY – Part 16 – Day 188, 189 & 190

3RY Update Part:

16

Date:

29th, 30th, 31st July ‘19

Day:

188, 189 & 190

Title:

Wrong Turn and a Burger Oasis (x2)

KM Mark Start:

206

172

160

Start Location:

Puketi Forest Camp

Apple Dam Camp

Mangamuka Dairy Shack

KM Mark Finish:

172

160

160

Finish Location:

Apple Dam Camp

Mangamuka Dairy Shack

Mangamuka Dairy Shack

Actual KM Today:

47

14

0

Weather:

⁃ Overcast with periods of light rain (x2)

⁃ Heavy rain

General:

188. Enjoyed brekky in the “luxury” hut that Puketi Forest Campsite provides. Fridge and microwave…That’s a first for any hut I’ve stayed in. I missed a turn off after around 6km of walking and didn’t notice we were heading in the wrong direction until we were 5km down the incorrect route. A little disheartening when you still have 30 km to go. As a result we did a 46+km day. Rained heavily off and on all day.

189. After a rainy night in the tent it was an early exit and off to complete a short 14km day. Destination, Mangamuka Dairy (Primo Burgers 🍔!), where I’ll set up camp in the shack next door. Four walls and a roof, perfect. Way better than a tent in the rain.

190. Bad weather day. Heavy rain, hail and thunderstorms.

Body:

⁃ Knackered (x2)

⁃ Good

Outlook:

⁃ Looking forward to small day tomorrow.

⁃ not really too amped about the notorious reputation of the muddy Raetea Forest. Especially after the amount of rain we have had and are expecting.

⁃ Raetea Forest is going to be a nightmare after this rain

Tune of the Day:

188. Mama’s Got a Girlfriend Now – Ben Harper

189. Baby Please – Jurassic 5

190. Gone Till November – Wyclef Jean

Day 188, 189 & 190 Images:

188.

189.

190.

3RY – Part 16 – Day 187

3RY Update Part:

Date:

28th July ‘19

Day:

187

Title:

Kiwi Hunt

KM Mark Start:

229

Start Location:

Keri Keri Police Station

KM Mark Finish:

206

Finish Location:

Puketi Forest Camp

Actual KM Today:

25

Weather:

Overcast with patches of rain

General:

Brekky at a café, always a good start. Kick started the walking on the Kerikeri River Track, past the Rainbow Waterfalls. Pretty spectacular falls. Then road walked most of the route to Puketi Forest Camp. Found some Kawakawa and Banana Passionfruit to chomp on along the way.

Body:

Neck still niggly

Outlook:

All good!

Tune of the Day:

187. Renegade Fighter – Zed

Day 187 Images:

3RY – Part 16 – Day 186

3RY Update Part:

16

Date:

27th July ‘19

Day:

186

Title:

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

KM Mark Start:

253

Start Location:

Paihia

KM Mark Finish:

229

Finish Location:

Keri Keri Police Station

Actual KM Today:

25

Weather:

Patches of Rain

General:

Walked to Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Loved having a look through the museum, watching the presentations and seeing the large kauri Wakas carved from a single Kauri Tree. The cultural presentation was awesome. Really happy I did this and would recommend to all. Met a great fella named Gary Hayes who will do the walk for the Blue Light Charity Group this coming season. He will walk the next 3 days with me to recky the section before attempting it with any kids. Stayed the night on the floor in Kerikeri police station! Watched the AllBlacks draw with SA.

Body:

Pretty good. Neck a bit niggly.

Outlook:

Feeling at home on the trail now. Don’t really want it to end.

Tune of the Day:

186. Bursting Through – Bic Runga

Day 186 Images:

3RY – Part 16 – Day 184, 185

3RY Update Part:

16

Date:

25th, 26th July ‘19

Day:

184, 185

Title:

Last Kayak! & Day in Paihia

KM Mark Start:

273, 253

Start Location:

⁃ Sheryl’s Place – Waikare

⁃ Paihia

KM Mark Finish:

253, 253

Finish Location:

Paihia (x2)

Actual KM Today:

⁃ 22

⁃ 0

Weather:

⁃ Sunny

⁃ Rain

General:

184. Walked to Waikare Inlet where I picked up a Kayak I had prearranged (Thanks AGAIN Carol & Co!). Wicked kayak through the mangroves out past Opua to Paihia via Veronica Channel…I’m in real danger of setting up camp and never moving on up here. People have created their own little place of paradise in some of the small bays up this way.

185. Day off in Paihia planning the next 7 days

Shout out to Paihia’s:

– Alfresco‘s Restaurant & Bar.

– Tipsy Oyster Tapas and Bar.

These guys sorted me out big time! So generous and welcoming.

Body:

Great

Outlook:

I am in two minds about this journey coming to an end.

Tune of the Day:

184. In the Neighbourhood – Sisters Underground

185. Pacifier – Shihad

Day 184 & 185 Images:

184.

Day 185.

3RY – Part 16 – Day 183

3RY Update Part:

16

Date:

24th July ‘19

Day:

183

Title:

Russel Forest River Walk

KM Mark Start:

285

Start Location:

Punaruku

KM Mark Finish:

273

Finish Location:

Sheryl’s Place – Waikare

Actual KM Today:

14

Weather:

Sunny

General:

After a few KM’s it was straight up into the Russel Forest. The regular access to this trail has been closed due to Kauri Die Back spreading. The initial climb is a relatively gradual one and then I dropped down into Papakauri Stream. Followed the river bed the rest of the way to Waikare. Wild horses and off the grid living setups were some off the highlights today.

Body:

Good Thanks

Outlook:

Fingers crossed the Waikare to Paihia kayak is ok. Will be a long way from anything if something doesn’t go to plan.

Tune of the Day:

183. Glorafilia – Zed

Day 183 Images:

3RY – Part 16 – Day 182

3RY Update Part:

16

Date:

23rd July ‘19

Day:

182

Title:

Fireball Meteor

KM Mark Start:

320

Start Location:

Whananaki

KM Mark Finish:

285

Finish Location:

Punaruku

Actual KM Today:

37

Weather:

Sunny

General:

Big day today. Was great to get into the bush again. Ended up taking a lot longer than expected due to the steep and slippery track. As a result I walked the last 2 hours in the dark… but as so often happens, when things aren’t going to plan, you’re rewarded with something unexpected. As I approached the place I was staying, a fireball meteor blazed across the night sky. I was mind blown by the size and brightness of it. I read later that others had seen the same thing as far south as Auckland.

Shout out to Caveman Candy for hooking me up with some of their fire sticks!

Body:

Sweet

Outlook:

Sweet as

Tune of the Day:

182. Screems from Da Old Plantation – King Kapisi

Day 182 Images:

3RY – Part 16 – Day 181

3RY Update Part:

16

Date:

22nd July ‘19

Day:

181

Title:

Idyllic Coast

KM Mark Start:

346

Start Location:

Ngunguru

KM Mark Finish:

320

Finish Location:

Whananaki

Actual KM Today:

30

Weather:

Sunny

General:

Had to say good bye to one of the best rest stops & some of the best people I’ve met on this journey. Trail went through bush north of Ngunguru and over to Matapouri then followed coastal tracks all the way to the foot bridge that crosses the estuary into Whananaki. Lots of great surf and dive spots along the way.

Body:

All good.

Outlook:

Big few days coming up. Hope the weather holds.

Tune of the Day:

181. Chains – Ché Fu

Day 181 Images:

3RY – Part 16 – Day 179,180

3RY Update Part:

16

Date:

20th, 21st July ‘19

Day:

179, 180

Title:

Home away from Home – Ngunguru (Tutukaka) x 2

KM Mark Start:

346 x 2

Start Location:

Ngunguru x 2

KM Mark Finish:

346 x 2

Finish Location:

Ngunguru x 2

Actual KM Today:

0 x 2

Weather:

Sunny

General:

179. Website updates all day

180. Hanging out with the ‘Tutukaka Fam’ 😆🍻🤙🏼and planning my next section. It’s a perfect spot here.

Body:

All good, rejuvenated.

Outlook:

Keen to see the Bay of Islands

Tune of the Day:

179. Style (Acoustic) – Sweet Babe May

180. Lydia – Fur Patrol

Day 179, 180 Images:

179.

180.

3RY – Part 15 – Day 178

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

19th July ‘19

Day:

178

Title:

Float & Swim

KM Mark Start:

366

Start Location:

Taiharuru Walkers Camp

KM Mark Finish:

346

Finish Location:

Ngunguru

Actual KM Today:

28

Weather:

Heavy rain with patches of sun

General:

Early morning start to catch the tides at the right time for the two tidal river crossings. Rained heavily for most of the morn. The trail passed through Pataua, an awesome wee coastal holiday spot. Met a couple that had lived there for 60 years (he was turning 90). They gave me a quick-fire history lesson of the place. Loads of fish in the river – see photo.

After taking the road around the Taiharuru River I walked through marshland to access Horahora River but the only way across was to swim. I used my inflatable sleeping Matt as a raft for my pack which worked really well.

The next crossing was around 500m across the Ngunguru River. I had arranged to have my bag picked up on the southern side (Shout out to Carol! You’re a legend) so I could swim the deeper channels. The moment I started the crossing the skies opened up. Made it safely to Ngunguru…yussssss.

Body:

Feeling good

Outlook:

Stoked to have another crossing ticked off

Tune of the Day:

178. Let it Be – The Beatles

Day 178 Images:

3RY – Part 15 – Day 177

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

18th July ‘19

Day:

177

Title:

Vertigo Shakes

KM Mark Start:

387

Start Location:

Taurikua Bay

KM Mark Finish:

366

Finish Location:

Taiharuru Walkers Camp

Actual KM Today:

26

Weather:

Sunny with the odd rain shower

General:

Spectacular walk around the bays and up to Peach Cove and Te Whara Track which are amazing walkways over Bream Heads. A few rock outcrop lookouts to climb up along the way & one in particular that got precarious enough to start my legs shaking and the vertigo starts to mess with the balance. Totally worth it though. Views are incredible. A Morepork was chilling beside my camp tonight, pretty cool to sit outside and watch. Fact of the day: Morepork are really eerie flyers (especially on a quiet, still night) because they have soft serrated fringes on their wing that reduce turbulence and let them fly silently (and quickly).

Body:

Tired but good

Outlook:

Still loving the coastline

Tune of the Day:

177. Rocket Man – Elton John

Day 177 Images:

3RY – Part 15- Day 176

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

17th July ‘19

Day:

15

Title:

Marsden to Whangarei Heads – ✅

KM Mark Start:

391

Start Location:

Marsden Point Oil Refinery

KM Mark Finish:

387

Finish Location:

Taurikua Bay

Actual KM Today:

15

Weather:

Windy and rained off and on

General:

Walked to Taurikura Bay & grabbed a kayak that I had prearranged. Started the journey up the coastline to the narrowest point between Marsden Point and Whangarei Heads. Made it 2/3rds the way across the channel and the outgoing tides and weather started to work up the choppy water something wicked. I was thrown out twice and by that stage the tide was just too strong to work against. So i needed to think of a way I could get the last bit completed to “connect the metres”. I called a contact I had to drop me on the other side so I could use the tide and wind in my favour. I was physically exhausted by this stage so found the going tough. I eventually made it to the point I’d failed at on the first attempt and that was that…last major water crossing all done!

I laughed nervously when the skipper of the boat mentioned he was glad I hadn’t fallen out here (pointing to a spot), as there is a Great White that patrols the seal colony. Unbeknownst to him, that was exactly where I’d fallen out. I know sharks unfairly get a bad wrap and the chances of anything going wrong are slim, but it was a moment I won’t forget.

Body:

Tired

Outlook:

Happy it’s done…now for more walking

Tune of the Day:

176. Selling the Drama – Live

Day 176 Images:

3RY – Part 15 – Day 175

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

16th July ‘19

Day:

175

Title:

Marsden Point Crossing Eve

KM Mark Start:

402

Start Location:

Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park

KM Mark Finish:

391

Finish Location:

Marsden Point Oil Refinery

Actual KM Today:

11

Weather:

Sun, Rain, Sun, Rain etc etc

General:

Kicked off the morning with a kayak crossing of Ruakaka River! (Thanks Simon for the use of your Yak).

Rest of the day was beach walking until I walked under the oil pipes and Marsden Point Oil Refinery. Great to catch up with Carol Whitfield! Thanks for being today’s support crew…makes life 100% easier. Crossing Marsden Point to Whangarei Heads tomorrow… apprehensively looking forward to it.

Body:

All gd

Outlook:

Enjoying the coast still. Can’t wait to know I’ve successfully crossed all the major water bodies.

Tune of the Day:

175. Times they are A-Changing – Bob Dylan

Day 175 Images:

3RY – Part 15 – Day 174

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

15th July ‘19

Day:

174

Title:

McLeod’s Brewery

KM Mark Start:

419

Start Location:

Waipu Cove

KM Mark Finish:

402

Finish Location:

Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park

Actual KM Today:

19

Weather:

Sunny

General:

Dream day…walked the road to the beach and Tahuna Coastal Walk. McLeod’s Brewery in Waipu took me in and fed me beer. Was a great motivational stop…hard to keep going though 😆.

Body:

All good

Outlook:

Starting to focus on this Marsden Crossing.

Tune of the Day:

174. Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz

Day 174 Images:

3RY – Part 15 – Day 173

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

14th July ‘19

Day:

173

Title:

Waipu Cove – Good Beach

KM Mark Start:

441

Start Location:

Dani’s House – Mangawhai Heads

KM Mark Finish:

419

Finish Location:

Waipu Cove

Actual KM Today:

22

Weather:

Sun for an hour then heavy, heavy rain for the rest of the day.

General:

Followed the Waipu Coastal Track to Waipu Cove. It’s an awesome new track with some amazing views and really interesting geology along the way.

Body:

Great

Outlook:

Would be great to get a few weeks of no rain.

Tune of the Day:

173. Hear comes the Sun – The Beatles

Day 173 Images:

3RY – Part 15 – Day 172

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

13th July ‘19

Day:

172

Title:

House Party!

KM Mark Start:

469

Start Location:

Pakiri Beach Holiday Park

KM Mark Finish:

441

Finish Location:

Dani’s House – Mangawhai Heads

Actual KM Today:

30

Weather:

Sunny all day

General:

Kicked off the day with crossing Pakiri River. The rest of the day was walking the beach. Watch the surfers at Forestry Bay, then up over the Heads to continue on the beach until Magic Mangawhai! Stayed at Trail Angel Dani’s House. They happened to be attending a house party. Didn’t need much convincing to tag along, and it was well worth it! They know how to party and I had a wicked night. Cheers to Dani and her crew for being so welcoming!

Body:

All goods

Outlook:

Loving the beach walking

Tune of the Day:

172. Freaks – Timmy Trumpet

Day 172 Images:

3RY – Part 15 – Day 171

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

12th July ‘19

Day:

171

Title:

A Slippery Slope

KM Mark Start:

482

Start Location:

Govan Wilson Road

KM Mark Finish:

469

Finish Location:

Pakiri Beach Holiday Park

Actual KM Today:

14

Weather:

Rain all day

General:

Up over Ōmaha Forest and past the MetService weather station. Had rained most of the night and continued all day so the slopes were very slick. Almost white-out conditions. A few good ups and downs to clamber over before a small raad walk to Pakiri Beach Holiday Park

Body:

All good!

Outlook:

Looking forward to the coast again

Tune of the Day:

171. No Diggity – Blackstreet

Day 171 Images:

3RY – Part 15 – Day 167, 168, 169, 170

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

8th, 9th, 10th, 11th July ‘19

Day:

167, 168, 169, 170

Title:

⁃ Double 1’s

⁃ Puhoi Pub

⁃ Barn Loft with a serving of Goats Milk

⁃ Craft Beer Angel

KM Mark Start:

⁃ 549

⁃ 540

⁃ 522

⁃ 504

Start Location:

⁃ Stillwater

⁃ Orewa

⁃ Puhoi

⁃ Kaipara Road

KM Mark Finish:

⁃ 540

⁃ 522

⁃ 504

⁃ 482

Finish Location:

⁃ Orewa Beach Holiday Park

⁃ Puhoi Pub

⁃ Kaipara Road

⁃ Govan Wilson Road

Actual KM Today:

12

18

20

24

Weather:

⁃ Rained off and on (x 2)

⁃ Sunny

⁃ Sunny with patches of rain

General:

167. Stillwater > Silverdale > Orewa. Mostly Road walking. Nicest part was the Orewa River Walkway and Orewa coast itself. Threw a ‘double 1’ @ the pub = free pint. Whoop whoop.

168. Started with a nice walk along Orewa Beach but then needed to boost up to the highway as the tide was too high. Walked this until the Puhoi turnoff. Puhoi Pub is a great local. Loads of history on the walls and the people were all amazing. Really friendly owners and staff who looked after me big time.

169. Not a massive amount to write about through these last sections. Followed the Puhoi River up to Ahuroa Road. Then followed bush tracks and 4WD tracks to eventually pop out at Edgerley Road. Slept the night in a barn loft. The owners gave me fresh goats milk, goats cheese and eggs from their own goats and chickens. Awesome wee set up.

170. Kicked off the day with a walk over some farm land to get access to firstly Dome Café and then Dome Forest. I went up Waiwhiu Road to intersect the official trail and complete the last 7km in the bush. Was put up by a legendary couple, Liam and Becs! Felt like a second home, craft beers, great yarns and home cooked meal. Such a great spot!

Body:

Good (x4)

Outlook:

⁃ Focussed on getting the Marsden Point Crossing sorted and ticked off. (x3)

⁃ Bush sections through here are difficult after rain, so not looking forward to tomorrow’s leg.

Tune of the Day:

167. Anchor Me – Mutton Birds

168. Young, Wild & Free – Wiz Khalifa feat. Snoop Dog

169. Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

170. The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang

Day 167, 168, 169, 170 Images:

167.

168.

169.

170.

3RY – Part 15 – Day 166

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

7th July ‘19

Day:

166

Title:

Okura Crossing

KM Mark Start:

561

Start Location:

Browns Bay

KM Mark Finish:

549

Finish Location:

Stillwater

Actual KM Today:

17

Weather:

Sunny

General:

Another really nice day walking along the coastline. Most of the route was on beaches and over rock outcrops, with the odd km through residential areas. Needed to get across the Okura River to get to Stillwater. I hit the river about 30mins before low tide. I walked inland to get away from the main channel. Managed to cross at a point where the water was no deeper than my thighs. Another one crossed off the list. Went for dinner at the Stillwater boat club.

Body:

Ok, foot felt a little better today

Outlook:

Good!

Tune of the Day:

166. Some L.A Nig%#* – Dr Dre

Day 166 Images:

3RY – Part 15 – Day 165

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

6th July ‘19

Day:

165

Title:

Beach Pads! 🏝🤑🤑🏖

KM Mark Start:

579

Start Location:

Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

KM Mark Finish:

561

Finish Location:

Browns Bay

Actual KM Today:

25

Weather:

Sunny all day

General:

Cracker of a walk from Torpedo Bay up the East coast to Brown Bay. Historical Gun turrets, tunnels, incredibly lavish beach houses, people walking dogs (& goats!). Part of the trail took me over old lava flow that had wiped out kauri forests. The enormous cavities of where the kauri were still visible in the rocks today. If I was going to live in Auckland it’d be on this side for sure (bank balance would need some improvement first though).

So many people out in the beaches and in the water. Seems like the place to be. Even the dogs looked wealthy.

Body:

Weird bruising on my foot bone 🤷🏻‍♂️

Outlook:

Cross Okura River tomorrow…its deep one I’ve been told.

Tune of the Day:

165. Hooked on a Feeling – Björn Skifs

Day 165 Images:

3RY – Part 15 – Day 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164.

3RY Update Part:

15

Date:

30th June ‘19 and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th July ‘19.

Day:

159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164

Title:

Updates & Auckland Harbour Crossing

KM Mark Start:

581

581

579

579

579

579

Start Location:

159. Auckland Harbour – Okahu Bay

160. Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

161. Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

162. Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

163. Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

164. Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

KM Mark Finish:

159. 581

160. 579

161. 579

163. 579

164. 579

165. 579

Finish Location:

Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

Auckland Harbour – Torpedo Bay

Actual KM Today:

7km

0 (x5)

Weather:

Sunny

Sunny then rain

Rain

Rain

Rain

Rain

General:

159. Just chilled out and finished all of my updates.

160. Walked from Auckland city centre to Okahu Bay and Met Nic from Auckland Sea Kayaks. They had found out about the ‘3 Reasons Why’ project and went above and beyond to help me out with getting across the Auckland Harbour. It was a perfect morning with perfect conditions and we raced across to Torpedo Bay. Really appreciate what they have done…Thanks loads Nic & Auckland Sea Kayaks!!

161. Rest Day

162. Rest Day

163. Rest Day

164. Rest Day and Prep Day

Body:

Pretty good x 6

Outlook:

Quite comfortable in Aucks but need to push on. I’ve been told north of Auckland gets into some amazing scenery, looking forward to that. Has been amazing to see old school mates; Gusty, Joe and Nick.

Tune of the Day:

159. Vasoline – Stone Temple Pilots

160. Angie – Rolling Stones

161. Take me home – John Denver

162. Jumper – Third Eye Blind

163. What I Got – Sublime

164. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

Day 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164 Images:

159.

160.

3RY – Part 14 – Day 156, 157 & 158

3RY Update Part:

14

Date:

27th, 28th, 29th June ‘19

Day:

156, 157 & 158

Title:

The Big Smoke 1, TBS 2, TBS 3

KM Mark Start:

156. 649

157. 627

158. 595

Start Location:

156. Ramarama

157. Auckland Botanical Gardens (Manurewa)

158. Onehunga Aucks

KM Mark Finish:

156. 627

157. 595

158. 581

Finish Location:

156. Botanical Gardens Manurewa

157. Onehunga Aucks

158. Auckland Harbour

Actual KM Today:

156. 24

157. 28

158. 15

Weather:

156. Sunny

157. Sunny

158. Sunny

General:

156. Left Ramarama back roads through Papakura. Locals here very keen to chat about what I’m up to and tried to pay for my lunch. Made it to Auckland Botanical Gardens in Manurewa. The weirdest scene unfolded when a couple had decided to have their divorce settlement meeting in the café. After 17 years of marriage, she wanted 600k, he wouldn’t budge so they settled on 550k. When they left everybody in the café burst into discussion about who should’ve done what re: the negotiations. So weird, I thought it was a hidden camera show. The image below is a novel idea someone has had for a man hole cover…map of the area.

157. The official TA goes out to the coast past the airport. I didn’t see the point in walking a large loop when it’s mostly road waking so went straight from the Auckland Botanical Gardens in Manurewa (home of the Sir John Walker Statue), through Papatoetoe and Mangere, under the Manukau Harbour Bridge to Onehunga.

158. Road walked all day today. From Onehunga, up and over One Tree Hill, through town and finished at the harbour! Now for the Harbour Crossing 😬. Met up with school mates Joe Michael and Nick Ferry, great catch up with those two legends.

Body:

Pretty good overall

Outlook:

All good, really nice to have some easy terrain and nice weather to walk in. Makes the going a lot easier.

Tune of the Day:

156. Always on my Mind – Tiki Taane

157. Get Low – Dan Henig

158. Careless Whisper – Seether

Day 156, 157 & 158 Images:

156.

157.

158.

3RY – Part 14 – Day 155

3RY Update Part:

14

Date:

26th June ‘19

Day:

155

Title:

Banana Ramarama

KM Mark Start:

677

Start Location:

Mercer

KM Mark Finish:

649

Finish Location:

Ramarama

Actual KM Today:

25

Weather:

Sunny

General:

Another detour to avoid the large, unnecessary loop of the official trail. I went straight up SH1, through Pokeno and onto Razorback Road then Hill View road. I was stopped by the PoPo 🚔 on SH1 but he was happy enough once I told him what I was up to and my planned route. Spotted the Auckland Sky Tower off in the distance!

Body:

Alrighty

Outlook:

This section is logistically difficult. Long stretches of nowhere to camp. Don’t mind the road walks though.

Tune of the Day:

155. Sugar – System of a Down

Day 155 Images:

3RY – Part 14 – Day 154

3RY Update Part:

14

Date:

25th June ‘19

Day:

153

Title:

Hampton Downs Speedway

KM Mark Start:

703

Start Location:

Rangariri

KM Mark Finish:

677

Finish Location:

Mercer

Actual KM Today:

24

Weather:

Sunny all day 👏

General:

Rather than follow the river over the not so great farm tracks I followed the road for the day weaving in and out of the Waikato express way and taking the following roads:

Kauwhata, Rodda, Whangamarino, Foster, Spring Hill, Te Puea Ave and finally the Waikato Expressway itself. I Passed Hampton Downs Speedway and watched the petrol heads doing burnouts for a while. It was really loud…I could still hear it for ~1hr after walking past.

Body:

Knee 👎🏼, rest is all gd.

Outlook:

Pretty keen to get North of Auckland.

Tune of the Day:

154. Alive – Lil Jon

Day 154 Images:

3RY – Part 14 – Day 153

3RY Update Part:

14

Date:

24th June ‘19

Day:

153

Title:

Miranda Hot Pools

KM Mark Start:

719

Start Location:

Huntly

KM Mark Finish:

703

Finish Location:

Rangariri

Actual KM Today:

19

Weather:

Sunny with cloudy patches

General:

Nice road walk following the Waikato River north to Rangariri. The official path crosses farm land alongside the road, but when the options are a paved road or uneven, muddy, cow pat covered fields (right beside the road) I’ll take the road thanks.

Was lucky enough to meet the ‘Te Araroa Famous’ Cathy who runs the pie shop in Rangariri. She invited me to the Miranda Hotpools with two of her mates. Had an amazing soak in the hot pool and a great chat with them all. A perfect way to finish the day…Thanks guys, loved it.

Body:

Ok, knee was so-so on the flat road.

Outlook:

All good

Tune of the Day:

153. Brown Girl – Jurassic 5

Day 153 Images:

3RY – Part 14 – Day 151 & 152

3RY Update Part:

14

Date:

22nd & 24rd June ‘19

Day:

151 & 152

Title:

Hakirimata Scenic Reserve

KM Mark Start:

738

Start Location:

Ngaruawahia

KM Mark Finish:

719

Finish Location:

Huntly

Actual KM Today:

20 & 0

Weather:

151. Foggy in the morn, then sunny patches

152. Rain

General:

151. Back into a little bit of bush today! Up the seemingly never ending steps of the Waterworks Walkway, then onto the Hakarimata Track which cuts east over the ranges to Huntly.

152. Chilled with cousin Sarah!

Body:

Knee not ideal @ the mo

Outlook:

All good

Tune of the Day:

151. Palmdale – Afroman

152. Lil Ass Gee – Ice Cube

Day 151 & 152 Images:

3RY – Part 14 – Day 149, 150

3RY Update Part:

14

Date:

20th and 21st June ‘19

Day:

149 & 150

Title:

Waikato River Walk

KM Mark Start:

757

Start Location:

Hamilton

KM Mark Finish:

738

Finish Location:

Ngaruawahia

Actual KM Today:

25

Weather:

Sunny but cool

General:

149. Nice river walk followed the Waikato River from Hamilton all the way to Ngaruawahia. Some amazing houses on the river bed along the way. Lots of locals riding bikes and walking dogs.

150. Rain day, hanging in and around The Tron!

Body:

Knee dodgy last few weeks, hopefully walk it off.

Outlook:

Such a great break in Hamilton.

Tune of the Day:

149. Drive – Bic Runga

150. Sabotage – Beastie Boys

Day 149 & 150 Images:

3RY – Part 14 – Day 146, 147, 148

3RY Update Part:

14

Date:

17th, 18th, 19th June ‘19

Day:

146, 147, 148

Title:

Reeeeelaxn’ (x3)

KM Mark Start:

757

Start Location:

Hamilton

KM Mark Finish:

757

Finish Location:

Hamilton

Actual KM Today:

0

Weather:

Rain with sunny patches

General:

146 – Walked around town and purchased new kicks. Went for Mexican with Cousin Sarah and her friend!! Whoop whoop 🥳

147 – Visited the Hamilton Gardens today. A really amazing display of design, landscaping and creativity. The site features 21 gardens representing the art, beliefs, lifestyles and traditions of different civilisations or historical garden styles. These gardens are grouped into the Paradise, Productive, Fantasy, Cultivar and Landscape garden collections, and there is space for gardens which are still in development.

148 – Hanging our with Cousin Sarah, an Interview with the Breeze Radio Station & met with Mark Weatherall for a catch up.

Body:

Ok x 3

Outlook:

Ok x 3

Tune of the Day:

146. Put Your Records On – Corine Bailey Rae

147. Rescue – Alyssa Brilla

148. Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix

Day 146, 147, 148 Images:

146.

147 & 148.

3RY – Part 14 – Day 145

3RY Update Part:

14

Date:

16th June ‘19

Day:

145

Title:

New shoes #5

KM Mark Start:

774

Start Location:

Whatawhata Backyard Bar

KM Mark Finish:

757

Finish Location:

Hamilton

Actual KM Today:

15

Weather:

Rain, sun, rain, sun, rain …

General:

Walked the Mainer to The Tron! Spent the arvo looking for some new kicks. Will be the fifth pair so far 🥾🥾🥾🥾🥾. Listened to some live music at a bar while enjoying a beer and dinner.

Body:

Great

Outlook:

Can’t wait to sort a few things out like shoes, socks etc.

Tune of the Day:

145. Good Riddance – Green Day

Day 145 Images:

3RY – Part 14 – Day 144

3RY Update Part:

14

Date:

15th June ‘19

Day:

144

Title:

Smell Ya Laters Pirongia

KM Mark Start:

805.5

Start Location:

Pahautea Hut

KM Mark Finish:

774

Finish Location:

Whatawhata Backyard Bar

Actual KM Today:

30

Weather:

Cloudy and drizzle on the tops then overcast with some sun on the flats

General:

Was on the verge of pulling the pin on today’s walk! Weather looked average and it’s a great hut for a zero day. After brekky my conscience got the better of me and I braved the cold. Started with a little climb up to Pirongia Peak then a cool walk down Tahuanui Track to Kaniwhaniwha Campsite, then Nikau Track to Limeworks Loop Road & TePahu which I followed the rest of the way to Whatawhata. Lots of crazy looking fungi in the Pirongia section…must be damp all year by the looks.

Body:

Ok

Outlook:

Keen for a hot shower

Tune of the Day:

144. Miserlou – Dick Dale and his Del Tones

Day 144 Images:

3RY – Part 13 – Day 143

3RY Update Part:

13

Date:

14th June ‘19

Day:

143

Title:

Blue Shrooms & Pirongia Mud Fest

KM Mark Start:

832

Start Location:

Bush camp in Omarama NI.

KM Mark Finish:

805.5

Finish Location:

Pahautea Hut

Actual KM Today:

28

Weather:

Overcast with some sunny patches

General:

Packed up the cosy tent spot and set off for what has the reputation as being the muddiest section of the journey (today and tomorrow). Not sure if it was the muddiest I’ve experienced so far, but yup, it sure was muddy. It’s a steep battle up muddy slopes until you hit Hihikiwi Peak. Then for reasons unknown to me, the track turns into a leisurely board walk for the last KM 😆. The struggle up the hill was well worth it, when I got to the hut and had insane views all the way back to the now, snow capped Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe Mountains. It’s a strange feeling looking back at the way I’ve walked and seeing how far away it appears. Pahautea Hut is a really nice one; beautiful views, tent sites, camp shelter, cleaning station. Apparently often overflowing with bodies in the summer months…not a soul here today.

Body:

Have a feeling it’ll be sore tomorrow!

Outlook:

I can sense Auckland looming.

Tune of the Day:

143. Society – Eddie Vedder

Day 143 Images:

3RY – Part 13 – Day 142

3RY Update Part:

13

Date:

13th June ‘19

Day:

142

Title:

Infamous Mud Fest

KM Mark Start:

853

Start Location:

Tomo Group Hut Waitomo

KM Mark Finish:

832

Finish Location:

Bush camp in Omarama NI.

Actual KM Today:

24

Weather:

Hasn’t rained…yet.

General:

Had planned on taking a day to chill at the last hut. At dawn, two bus loads of Auckland grammar school kids came bowling in so…packed up my gear and boosted.

Farm land, getting lost in a swamp, great views and muddy tracks are what will stick in my mind from today!

Body:

Alrighty

Outlook:

All good, nice to have a day with no rain.

Tune of the Day:

142. Down with the sickness – Disturbed

Day 142 Images:

3RY – Part 13 – Day 140 & 141

3RY Update Part:

13

Date:

11th & 12th June ‘19

Day:

140 & 141

Title:

140 – More Rain!

141 – Waitomo Caves

KM Mark Start:

Day 140 – 871

Day 141 – 855

Start Location:

Day 140 – Te Kuiti

Day 141 – Waitomo

KM Mark Finish:

Day 140 – 855

Day 141 – 853

Finish Location:

Day 140 – Waitomo

Day 141 – Hamilton Tomo Group Hut

Actual KM Today:

Day 140 – 16

Day 141 – 2

Weather:

Rain

Rain

General:

140. Walk from Te Kuiti to Waitomo via Oparure Road & Pehitawa Track with some road walking either side. Not too much going on today…had to cross a few fields full of Bulls but they weren’t fazed.

141. Did the Foot-Whistle glow worm cave tour today which was super cool for a change of pace. A really well done wee tour, with a Kawakawa tea ceremony thrown in. Actually a really good drop! Had a look @ some Moa Bones that they’d discovered in the caves and also had a few at the caving hut I was staying in on display.

Body:

Yeah nah, all righty then

Outlook:

Have heard some pretty negative reports on the upcoming section (Pirongia Forest). It is apparently awfully muddy after rain and in winter.

Tune of the Day:

140. Selling the Drama – Live

141. Jungle – Tash Saltana

Day 140 & 141 Images:

140

141

3RY – Part 12 – Day 135, 136, 137, 138, 139

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th June ‘19

Day:

135, 136, 137, 138, 139

Title:

I’ve included a few days in a row (days 135 – 139) for this one, due to a few technical issues 🤬!

135 – Kākā

136 – 40KM road walk

137 – Where they Make Legends

138 – Te Kuiti Zero 1

139 – Te Kuiti Zero 2

KM Mark Start:

135 – 945

136 – 928

137 – 891

138 – 871

139 – 871

Start Location:

135 – Bog Inn Hut

136 – Ngaherenga Campsite

137 – Mangaokewa Stream Shelter Tent

138 – Te Kuiti

139 – Te Kuiti

KM Mark Finish:

135 – 928

136 – 891

137 – 871

138 – 871

139 – 871

Finish Location:

135 – Ngaherenga Campsite

136 – Mangaokewa Stream Shelter Tent

137 – Te Kuiti – Where they make Legends

138 – Te Kuiti

139 – Te Kuiti

Actual KM Today:

135 – 20

136 – 40

137 – 22

138 – 0

139 – 0

Weather:

135 – Rain all day

136 – Rain in patches

137 – Rain in patches

138 – Sun! OMG

139 – Rain & overcast

General:

135. Started with blue skies so I made the decision to go up Mount Pureora to get a view of Mount Ruapehu and the region. It was a diversion off the planned route and there are unfortunately no maintained tracks to gain access. Ended up a complete waste of time. By the time I’d made it to the top, the clouds and rain had rolled in. My poncho ripped, my shoes ripped, my phone that I write my updates on decided to dump the last 10 days of work…the list goes, on but I won’t bore you all with it (anymore than I already have 😆). It was forecast to clear today but it’s rained most of the day. Just not a great day all round really but…I’ve finally seen one of the birds I’d been really keen to spot in the wild. As I was walking out of forest a large flock of Kākā were squawking like crazy and darting in and out of the trees. Seemed like a good sign, so I set up camp and watched the Kākā birds going crazy all evening.

136. Left at the crack of dawn this morn. Rained all night so pretty happy to pack up and boost. All road waking today to get me to the next section. Set up camp at a cool location where a local farming family had prepared a shelter, access to spring water, a long drop etc for any passing walkers. Had dinner watching the wild goats and pigs from the shelter.

137. Had a large river section to walk down today. After all if the rain I was forced up onto farmland. Decided to cut across ~3km back towards a road and away from the rising river. Was pretty happy to make it all the way without being hit-up by any land owners. With about a KM to go I had to pass some farm-dog kennels, which usually go nuts when I walk by. They were right beside a house too, so I was sure they were gonna give the game away. For whatever reason they didn’t make a sound…so made it to the road without any issues.

138. Updates and trying to sort out the crappy Apple iPhone.

139. Updates and Prep

Without a doubt the highlight of the last few days has been staying at the Hunts Farm Backpackers in Te Kuiti! An incredible setting and such amazing people, that have created their own slice of paradise (and are happy to share it with others). These guys have some serious good karma heading in their direction I’m sure.

Body:

135 – 139 Pretty Good.

Outlook:

Happy with the walking, 100% fed up with the technical BS.

Tune of the Day:

135. Get Low – Dan Henig

136. The Time they are Changing – Bob Dylan

137. Little Black Submarine – The Black Keys

138. Jeremy – Pearl Jam

139. Black Betty – Spiderbait

Day 135-139 Images:

135 –

136 –

137 –

138 –

139 –

3RY – Part 12 – Day 134

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

5th June ‘19

Day:

134

Title:

Timber Trail Day 3

KM Mark Start:

964

Start Location:

Timber Trail Lodge

KM Mark Finish:

945

Finish Location:

Bog Inn Hut

Actual KM Today:

20

Weather:

Started with heavy rain, then got progressively heavier & heavier until it was heavy heavy heavy rain. Heavy man.

General:

Enjoyed a cooked brekky with my new pals, then hit the trail. It’s a great section through here but a lot of very similar scenes along the way. The forests and views never get old to experience but to just write about them all again doesn’t really do them much justice. I quite enjoy walking in the rain but it’s definitely better knowing the hut will have a fire and dry wood. In this case, it didn’t. Bog Inn is an old research hut built in 1960. Roof leaks badly all over and no dry anything to light a fire with. Just needed to eat and then find the driest, warmest corner to wrap up and hunker down in.

Body:

All good

Outlook:

Positive

Tune of the Day:

134. Stay Acoustic – Lisa Loeb

Day 134 Images:

3RY – Part 12 – Day 133

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

4th June ‘19

Day:

133

Title:

Timber Trail Day 2 & the Timber Trail Lodge

KM Mark Start:

984

Start Location:

Campsite #11 wooden shack

KM Mark Finish:

964

Finish Location:

Timber Trail Lodge

Actual KM Today:

21

Weather:

Spitting in the morning then overcast

General:

Easy walking through some cracker native bush. Massive Rimu trees and Podocarp natives along the way which is great to see. Crossed some seriously impressive cable bridges today. The views over the forest from these bridges are breathtaking. Worth stopping to take it all in for sure 👀. I ended up at the Timber Trail Lodge for the night and met a group of people that had some truly amazing stories to tell about their travels to some epic locations around the world. A really welcoming bunch. Dave Bamford, Stu Gray, Karen Williams & Harry Keys…thanks for a great night and great yarns guys. Zero days all round – you’ve earned ‘em! The lodge itself is amazing, the food is next level and the people behind it all are super welcoming.

Body:

All G.

Outlook:

Not looking forward to the weather tomorrow.

Tune of the Day:

133. Ain’t no Sunshine – Bill Withers

Day 133 Images:

3RY – Part 12 – Day 132

3RY Update Part:

132

Date:

3rd June ‘19

Day:

132

Title:

Timber Trail Day 1

KM Mark Start:

1006

Start Location:

Bennet Road Shelter @ Ongarue

KM Mark Finish:

984

Finish Location:

Campsite #11 wooden shack

Actual KM Today:

22

Weather:

Frozen this morn, then sun came out. Anything in the shade stayed frozen.

General:

Woke up chilled to the bone. Everything that has moisture in it = frozen…I snapped a hose in half trying to turn it on. Trail was cool, it follows the historical railway, once used for transporting timber. A few major feats of engineering on display. One of them being the Ongarue Spiral. Which allowed the lokeys transporting the timber to gain elevation quickly in difficult terrain. Found an old hut that I used for shelter as rain was forecast overnight.

Body:

Cracker

Outlook:

Thumbs up

Tune of the Day:

132. Lightening Crashes – Live

Day 132 Images:

3RY – Part 12 – Day 131

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

2nd June ‘19

Day:

131

Title:

39 Years of trying…

KM Mark Start:

1032

Start Location:

Taumarunui

KM Mark Finish:

1006

Finish Location:

Bennet Road Shelter @ Ongarue

Actual KM Today:

26

Weather:

Light rain, then overcast then patches of sun.

General:

A day of scenic road walking to get to the southern head of the Timber Trail.

Highlight – After 39 years of signalling to train drivers (with over enthusiastic arm pumps) to toot their air horns, I finally succeeded. Huge day for everyone/me. Who ever you are, I thank you.

💪🏼💪🏼…🛤🚂🎼…🙌🏼😆🥳

Body:

All good

Outlook:

Feel like there is a mental hump to get over @ the mo. I am kind’ve at the ‘have come a long way, but still a long way to go’ point. I think it’ll be after Auckland where I’ll start to feel like I might actually get there.

Tune of the Day:

131. Mad World – Mad World (Donnie Darko)

Day 131 Images:

3RY – Part 12 – Day 129, 130

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

31st May ‘19 and 1st June ‘19.

Day:

129 & 130

Title:

Big Angry Wet Ostrich

KM Mark Start:

1059

Start Location:

Owhango

KM Mark Finish:

1032

Finish Location:

Taumarunui

Actual KM Today:

29

Weather:

Heavy rain all day.

General:

129 – A country road walk through some scenic reserves and farmlands. Rained heavily all day so my head was down, just pumping the legs. Some nice geology and bush along the way. Still more wild goats…I am surprised at how many they are all over NZ. I smell them well before I spot them, they staaaank. The highlight was hanging out with a big, wet, angry ostrich.

130 – Zero day, to prep for the upcoming Timber Trail.

Body:

Primo

Outlook:

All good, Keen to get my gears dried.

Tune of the Day:

129. Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz

130. Steal My Kisses – Ben Harper

Day 129 & 130 Images:

3RY – Part 12 – Day 128

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

30th May ‘19

Day:

128

Title:

Mud Slide

KM Mark Start:

1094

Start Location:

Te Porere Redoubt Upper

KM Mark Finish:

1059

Finish Location:

Owhango

Actual KM Today:

37

Weather:

Rained

General:

Rained heavily all night and all day. The trail was through a muddy bush track (42nd Traverse) that was flooded. I had 35km to cover today which was made a little more difficult in these conditions. I ended up walking in the dark when my torch stopped working, which was actually the crappy day’s saving grace! Both sides of the bush trail were lined with bright glow worms for 100’s of metres at a time. Pretty sweet walking through that for the last few KM’s.

Body:

Good, tired.

Outlook:

Happy to have that day behind me.

Tune of the Day:

128. Freaks – Timmy Trumpet

Day 128 Images:

3RY – Part 12- Day 127

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

29th May ‘19

Day:

127

Title:

Tongariro Crossing

KM Mark Start:

1121

Start Location:

Mangatepopo Hut

KM Mark Finish:

1094

Finish Location:

Te Porere Redoubt Upper

Actual KM Today:

28

Weather:

Gale force winds and cloud for the morning, clearing in the arvo.

General:

What a morning (& night). Crazy strong winds buffeting the hut all night and me all morning. Made it to the Red Crater, Emerald Lakes and Blue Lake after almost convincing myself to turn around. The winds just got progressively stronger with altitude and the moisture in the air started to freeze as the wind chill dropped (see photos). I stumbled across a lady who had frozen up (with fear) at the summit, I had to physically pull her in the right direction over the pass. All’s well that ends well though and we got over safely. She was pretty relieved and happy on the other side.

(Not all heroes 🦸🏻‍♂️ wear capes 😆)

Miraculously after ~10 mins on the peak at red crater the clouds opened up for the first time in days and I got a view of all the sites Tongariro Crossing has to offer. After taking my time to enjoy the sites I carried on down to Te Porere Redoubt Upper (Historic Maori Warfare Trenches), where I set up camp for the night.

Body:

All good.

Outlook:

Happy to get that window of weather…it was not forecast, so a nice surprise.

Tune of the Day:

127. STOOPID – 6ix9ine

Day 127 Images:

3RY – Part 12 – Day 126

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

28th May ‘19

Day:

126

Title:

Tongariro National Park

KM Mark Start:

1131

Start Location:

Whakapapa Village

KM Mark Finish:

1121

Finish Location:

Mangatepopo Hut

Actual KM Today:

11

Weather:

Overcast for the first while then heavy rain.

General:

Stopped for a coffee at the prestigious “Chateau”. Amazing building with a high price tag to stay the night. I was without a doubt the most under dressed (& poorest) in the place.

Walked the Mangatepopo Track in the heavy rain which just caused the track to become a stream. Today’s section has the nickname trench track because the trail has been eroded out to such an extent by the surface water run off, that it’s created trenches. The water just channeled straight into them today. The images of maps below are from an old magazine I found in the hut.

Body:

Cracker

Outlook:

Fingers crossed for a miraculous change in weather forecast.

Tune of the Day:

126. Bombtrack – Rage Against the Machine

Day 126 Images:

3RY – Part 12 – Day 125

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

27th May ‘19

Day:

125

Title:

“Secret” Micro Brewery & Golden Rapids

KM Mark Start:

1151

Start Location:

National Park Village

KM Mark Finish:

1131

Finish Location:

Whakapapa Village

Actual KM Today:

21

Weather:

Rain

General:

Took Mangahuia Track from National Park to Whakapapa. The track winds itself through forest and marshy areas. The marshy areas are created from the weathered volcanic materials which weather down to clay. The clay creates an impermeable dish that water sits in and overtime becomes a marsh. With very few plants being able to survive in these conditions the ones that do establish themselves are usually only found in these ecosystems. The rivers are bright orange and yellow with the extremely high iron content and are aptly named the golden rapids.

Met two legendary locals who invited me back to a “secret micro brewery”. What a set up! 6-7 incredible craft beers on tap that they had created from scratch. For a hobby, they are really nailing it. Terry and Chris…thanks so much for a great night! Really enjoyed myself and loved getting a wee glimpse into how you guys are living up here! Those chillies though!!?

😆🍺🌶🌶🌶🌶🍺😆

Body:

Good!

Outlook:

Weather forecast is not looking good, so I’m going to do the Tongariro Crossing on Wednesday which is the best of a bad bunch of days.

Tune of the Day:

125. Father of Mine – Everclear

Day 125 Images:

3RY – Part 12 – Day 124

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

26th May ‘19

Day:

124

Title:

Ghost City

KM Mark Start:

1151

Start Location:

National Park Village

KM Mark Finish:

1151

Finish Location:

National Park Village

Actual KM Today:

0

Weather:

Fine

General:

Had to suss out a plan for the Tongariro Pass. There is a fine weather window in 3 days so will try and time it right to be attempting the Pass then. It’s not gonna be pretty (because the weather’s not great), but I can’t wait around forever. Not much goes on in National Park (at this time of year anyways), pretty much a ghost town. Apparently it picks up a lot over ski season. Image below is of Mount Ngauruhoe at sunrise.

Body:

Bril

Outlook:

Head down

Tune of the Day:

124. Along the Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

Day 124 Images:

3RY – Part 12 – Day 123

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

25th May ‘19

Day:

123

Title:

National Park Village Bound

KM Mark Start:

1178

Start Location:

War Memorial and Horseshoe Horse.

KM Mark Finish:

1151

Finish Location:

National Park Village

Actual KM Today:

27

Weather:

Sun with a few clouds

General:

Left the war memorial and headed down Upper Retaruke, then Kurua Road to link up with Fishers Track which cuts west towards National Park Village. Nice track through some punga & cabbage tree forests and farm land, all within an area called Erua Forest. Looks to be good hunting territory with loads of signs and maps posted around for the hunters.

Body:

👌🏼

Outlook:

👍🏼 , enjoying being back on the road.

Tune of the Day:

123. Come As You Are – Nirvana

Day 123 Images:

3RY – Part 12 – Day 121 & 122

3RY Update Part:

12

Date:

23rd & 24th May ‘19

Day:

121 & 122

Title:

Return to Whakahoro

KM Mark Start:

1203

Start Location:

Ohakune then Whakahoro Campsite

KM Mark Finish:

1178

Finish Location:

War Memorial and Horseshoe Horse.

Actual KM Today:

25

Weather:

Overcast

General:

121. Spent the day in Ohakune completing updates and prepping for the next section.

122. Dropped back to where I started the river section to “connect the metres” and continued walking North. Not a massively eventful day, as I was just walking back on the road I’d already covered twice before the river section. I had a few locals offer me lifts (declined) and feijoa’s off the trees in the front yards (accepted), lovely peeps.

Body:

Felt good to be walking again. Bit tight at the end of the day but expected.

Outlook:

Good, hope the weather holds for Tongariro crossing

Tune of the Day:

121. A Warriors Call – Volbeat

122. American Pie – Don McLean

Day 121 & 122 Images:

3RY – Part 11 – Day 120

3RY Update Part:

11

Date:

22nd May ‘19

Day:

120

Title:

Last Day On the River

KM Mark Start:

1334

Start Location:

Hipango Park

KM Mark Finish:

1354

Finish Location:

Whanganui Top 10 Holiday Park

Actual KM Today:

22

Weather:

Sunny with some cloud

General:

The river becomes tidal at this point. Waited out the morning so as not to fight the incoming tide. Had a look around the bush and the old Pa site to fill in some time. Hit the river around 10am and paddled until 3:30ish when I hit Whanganui! Back to where I finished walking (KM mark 1334).

Body:

Legs well rested.

Outlook:

Positive. Thinking about the next section now.

Tune of the Day:

120. I Fink u Freeky – Die Antwoord

Day 120 Images:

3RY – Part 11 – Day 119

3RY Update Part:

11

Date:

21st May ‘19

Day:

119

Title:

Hipango

KM Mark Start:

1310

Start Location:

Downes Hut

KM Mark Finish:

1334

Finish Location:

Hipango Park

Actual KM Today:

25

Weather:

Sunny but cool

General:

Pretty cruisey day. Meandered down the river. Few more riverside animals seen along the way. Peacocks seem to be everywhere up here. Docked at Hipango Park, an old Maori Pa (Potakataka) that was gifted to the people of Wanganui in 1913 by Waata Hipango. The gift was gratefully accepted and appropriately named Hipango Park. Nice spot surrounded in bush with an open shelter. Perfectly still night by a campfire 🔥.

Body:

All good

Outlook:

Looking forward to Tongariro Crossing

Tune of the Day:

119. Blood – In this Moment

Day 119 Images:

3RY – Part 11 – Day 118

3RY Update Part:

11

Date:

20th May ‘19

Day:

118

Title:

Riverside Creatures

KM Mark Start:

1282

Start Location:

Jerusalem Convent

KM Mark Finish:

1310

Finish Location:

Downes Hut

Actual KM Today:

28

Weather:

Sunny with a few clouds

General:

Nipped up for a stealth mission to where James K Baxter had his commune and is buried. Xena, the lady that looks after the convent in Jerusalem kindly dropped all my gear further 200m down the river, so I didn’t need to try and load it at the bottom of the mud bank. Thanks Xena, you made it way easier than it would’ve been!

A nice cruise down the river with loads of riverside wildlife; peacocks everywhere, goats, pigs, pheasants, kingfisher and deer. Nice paddle

to Downs hut via the historic Maori battle location of Moutua Island, Moutere Island and Koriniti Pa with some moderate rapids along the way.

Body/Health:

Good, great recovery for the legs.

Outlook:

All good, looking forward to the Tongariro National Park and Crossing.

Tune of the Day:

118. Wish you were here – Pink Floyd

Day 118 Images:

3RY – Part 11 – Day 117

3RY Update Part:

11

Date:

19th May ‘19

Day:

117

Title:

Jerusalem, Convent, Suzanne Aubert & James K Baxter (Hemi).

KM Mark Start:

1250

Start Location:

Tieke Kainga Marae

KM Mark Finish:

1282

Finish Location:

Jerusalem Convent

Actual KM Today:

31

Weather:

Overcast with patches of rain.

General:

If people get tipped out of their canoes on this trip, today is the day it generally goes down. I was determined not to end up in the river. Not so much because I don’t want to get wet, more for the fact I don’t want to spend the rest of my life thinking about how I could’ve approached the rapid differently to avoid getting tipped.

Thankfully I managed to get through all of the sections that are considered dodgy without getting thrown out. Happy days.

I made my way downstream to a place called Jerusalem. Jerusalem was the isolated site where, in 1892, Suzanne Aubert (better known as Mother Mary Joseph) established the congregation of the Sisters of Compassion. They became a highly respected charitable nursing/religious order. A convent remains on the mission property, as well as the church and Sisters of Compassion with the help of locals still care for them.

New Zealand poet James K. Baxter (Hemi) and many of his followers formed a commune at Jerusalem in 1970, which disbanded in 1972 after Baxter’s death. Baxter is buried there (Photos of grave tomorrow).

Jerusalem was an absolute nightmare to access from the river. It’s near on impossible to get all of the barrels (that hold food, firewood, dry clothes etc) from the canoe up the muddy banks. I have no idea how I’ll get them back down without sliding into the river. I randomly met the producers of a movie (How Far is Heaven) who just happened to be staying while I was there. The movie is based on the community and they still go back to the site to visit the locals periodically. They knew people who had lived in the hippie commune with James K Baxter (Hemi).

Body/Health:

Good. Few cuts and bruises.

Outlook:

All good.

Tune of the Day:

117. Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

Day 117 Images:

3RY – Part 11 – Day 116

3RY Update Part:

11

Date:

18th May ‘19

Day:

116

Title:

Bridge to Nowhere

KM Mark Start:

1232

Start Location:

John Coull Hut

KM Mark Finish:

1250

Finish Location:

Tieke Kainga Marae

Actual KM Today:

32

Weather:

Sunny

General:

Wicked day on the river. Visited a couple of historic sites. One was a very narrow canal offshoot from the main river. At this site, Maori warriors were lured up the narrow canal with wakas full of local Maori women. When the attacking warriors realised they couldn’t turn around and retreat it was too late. Rocks and logs would be rolled into the canal crushing them and their boat. A lot of blood shed in these waters.

The second historical site was the bridge to nowhere. Constructed in the mid 1930’s, to allow better roading access to the region. The land surrounding it had been given to returning war vets to convert to farm land. The serious erosion, flooding and poor access resulted in all but 3 of the farmers walking away from the land. The 3 remaining followed suit when the government ceased maintenance on the access roads. As a result the bridge was never used for its original purpose. It actually gets more use now as a tourist attraction than it ever did.

Body/Health:

Enjoying the break from using my legs.

Outlook:

Tomorrow is the 50/50 rapid. Where half make it with out falling out and the other half don’t.

Tune of the Day:

116. Hurricane – Bob Dylan

Day 116 Images:

3RY – Part 11 – Day 115

3RY Update Part:

11

Date:

17th May ‘19

Day:

115

Title:

Banjo Country

KM Mark Start:

1203

Start Location:

Whakahoro Campsite

KM Mark Finish:

1232

Finish Location:

John Coull Hut

Actual KM Today:

30

Weather:

Fresh but sunny

General:

Met at yeti headquarters @ 7am. Sorted gears into water tight barrels and then dropped off @ Whakahoro Campsite. Given the briefing of river safety and sent on my way.

A really amazing stretch of river with some impressive geological outcrops along the way 🤓.

Really enjoyed the small rapids and getting used to the handling of the Canadian canoe. 🛶

Body/Health:

All goods

Outlook:

Loving the change

Tune of the Day:

115. Superman – Eminem

Day 115 Images:

3RY – Part 11 – Day 112, 113 & 114

3RY Update Part:

10

Date:

14th, 15th & 16th May ‘19

Day:

112, 113 & 114.

Title:

Recovery 2, 3 & 4

KM Mark Start:

1361

Start Location:

Whanganui

KM Mark Finish:

1354

Finish Location:

Whanganui Top 10 Camping Ground

Actual KM Today:

10

Weather:

Few clouds, generally fine

General:

112. Went for a walk through Whanganui Town centre. Treated myself to a 60min massage…so freakn’ good. Still sorting the river section. Waiting to hear back from canoe hire companies etc.

113. Did the touristy thing and went to have a look at the elevator in Durie hill! Good times. Then walked to the point where I’ll be finishing the river section to suss it out and “connect the metres”.

114. Went on bus to Ohakune. Sorted drop off at Whakahoro and to see Yeti Tours in Ohakune to confirm my time on the river

Body/Health:

Feet bruised & blistered

Outlook:

All good, really looking forward to the river.

Tune of the Day:

112. End of The Line – Traveling Wilburys

113. Wrong Way – Sublime

114. Give it Away – RHCP

Day 112, 113 & 114 Images:

3RY – Part 11 – Day 111

3RY Update Part:

11

Date:

13th May ‘19

Day:

111

Title:

Recovery 1

KM Mark Start:

1361

Start Location:

Whanganui

KM Mark Finish:

1361

Finish Location:

Whanganui

Actual KM Today:

0

Weather:

Rain morning, clearing in the arvo

General:

Had the best nights sleep I can remember. I was absolutely knackered. My plans to have a beer went out the door after a hot shower. My legs pretty much seized up so I didn’t make it to the local. The owner of the Backpackers saw the state I was in and gave me one of his ‘low carb’ beers from his fridge…ma’ man! Celebrated this morning with a good cooked brekky and a few strong coffees.

Planning the Whanganui River section is a bit of a worry, most of the operators have closed down for the season so hopefully I can still make it happen 😬

Body/Health:

Very slow moving, once I warm up I’m all good!

Outlook:

Pumped about having ticked off challenge #2. Looking forward to the river section.

Tune of the Day:

111. All the way up – Fat Joe

Day 111 Images:

3RY – Part 10 – Day 110 – 100KM CHALLENGE!

3RY Update Part:

10

Date:

12th May ‘19

Day:

110

Title:

100 KM CHALLENGE!!

¡¡Whoop whoop!!

KM Mark Start:

1461

Start Location:

Palmerston North

KM Mark Finish:

1361

Finish Location:

Whanganui KM 1361

Actual KM Today:

104

Weather:

Clear at night to start, sun during the day and as night rolled around again it bought a southerly system with strong winds and rain.

General:

I don’t know where to start with this one….It was a physical and emotional battle. Started at midnight and the first 40km were relatively enjoyable with calm weather conditions and quiet roads.

My legs started to feel the hurt at around 45 km and this just got progressively worse until the 75km mark. Heels started to bruise and blister so some running repairs were required.

At around 80km I had a burst of energy after something substantial to eat and drink. This wore off quickly and as night rolled in, so did the rain and wind. The last 15km seemed to stretch on forever!! I really had to work hard to distract myself from the negative thoughts. I was pretty dark on it for the last 15km. With about 5km to go I had just had enough and broke into a walk/jog, just to end the struggle ASAP 😆. Haha, in saying this, I loved every second of the challenge and am super stoked I was able to firstly complete the 100km and secondly complete it in 20 hrs and 20 mins.

Thank you to everyone that sent messages of support before, during and after!

Thanks to Karen Griffiths for all her support. She’s the entire support dream team wrapped up in one person!

I have some 10km update videos which I may post at some stage.

Body/Health:

Pretty sore legs, blistered soles and backs of heels. Nothing permanent, so happy camper.

Outlook:

Really happy I managed that. Happy with my time. I honestly wasn’t sure if I’d get there when I decided on the challenge. I knew I was determined to give it everything and expected it to be difficult, but it still managed to throw unexpected challenges at me, which I was stoked to overcome.

Tune of the Day:

110. Is this Love – Bob Marley & the Wailers

Day 110 Images:

3RY – Part 10 – Day 107, 108 & 109

3RY Update Part:

10

Date:

9th, 10th & 11th May ‘19

Day:

107, 108 & 109

Title:

100km Challenge Prep!

KM Mark Start:

1461

Start Location:

Palmerston North

KM Mark Finish:

1461

Finish Location:

Palmerston North

Actual KM Today:

0

Weather:

Clouds with patchy rain.

General:

Washed kit, prepped for 100km challenge, website updates etc etc. Leg massage. Had a few beers at Brew Union…great place.

Was lucky enough to be invited over to the house of a pair or Trail Angels (Anthony and Fiona) who have recreated a replica DOC hut in their back yard!

It is a great piece of kiwi ingenuity and craftsmanship.

All Kohas received from those staying in the hut go towards protecting the Whio Whio (New Zealand Blue Duck)

https://www.whiowhio.nz/

On the Day of leaving for the 100KM challenge (@ midnight) I went to bed @ around 5pm and slept till 10pm. Had a breakfast of sorts and strong coffee before leaving to attempt Challenge #2 (100km in less than 24hrs).

Body/Health:

Calf’s are still giving me grief

Outlook:

Pretty psyched about the challenge ahead.

Tune of the Day:

107. Shame on a N$$R – Wu-Tang Clan

108. Seriously – Katchafire

109. Low Lays the Devil – The Veils

Day 107, 108 & 109 Images:

100 KM CHALLENGE!

In keeping with the ‘3 Reasons Why’ theme, it’s time for challenge #2 (of 3)!

100 km in one go.

I’m going to give it a whirl. There is every chance I won’t pull it off…but there’s only one way to find out.

100% of the money raised goes to the ‘3 Reasons Why’ charities.

1. New Zealand Spinal Trust

2. Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ

3. Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Money is great for these charities but in my opinion, just as important as the money, is the awareness.

If your not in the position to donate (or just don’t wanna), a message of support or telling someone about the project is just as much appreciated.

3 Reasons Why:

1. Traverse the length of NZ self propelled

2. 100 km Challenge

3. Still to come!

If you are keen to show your support now you can click the below link to the donations page!

https://3rynz.com/donate

3RY – Part 9 – Day 106

3RY Update Part:

9

Date:

8th May ‘19

Day:

106

Title:

Good ol’ Palmy North

KM Mark Start:

1494

Start Location:

Toko Corner Whare

KM Mark Finish:

1461

Finish Location:

Palmerston North

Actual KM Today:

30

Weather:

Sun with some cloud

General:

Followed the forestry roads and Back Track through Arapuke Mountain Bike Park. Eventually walked parallel to Kahuterawa Stream on the road until State Highway 57. We turned off Highway 57 to cut through Massey University Grounds and onto The Manawatu River walk to bring us home (for the night).

Body/Health:

Pretty good, calves felt better today.

Outlook:

Thoughts occupied with 100km challenge

Tune of the Day:

106. Reggae Revival – Katchafire

Day 106 Images:

3RY – Part 9 – Day 105

3RY Update Part:

9

Date:

7th May ‘19

Day:

105

Title:

First to stay in Toko Corner Whare

KM Mark Start:

1508

Start Location:

New Shelter in Forestry Area

KM Mark Finish:

1494

Finish Location:

Toko Corner Whare

Actual KM Today:

16

Weather:

Sun with some cloud

General:

Followed Burttons Track past Burttons Whare. Trail was in and out of gorse, rivers and some rejuvenating native bush. Finished up with a climb up a good sized hill to come out in forestry blocks. Met four fellas from the TA Trust who were doing some repairs on the trail and they mentioned they’d just finished the Toko Corner Whare (our planned destination for the day). A great wee open shelter, with a stream running alongside. Looks like we will be the first to stay here. We had the biggest spider I’ve ever seen (in NZ) accompany us in the shelter for the night. It is a male vagrant – big, hairy but super friendly.

Body/Health:

Calves Cramping up again 😤

Outlook:

Pretty good, yeah good.

Tune of the Day:

105. You Rascal You – Hanni El Khatib

Day 105 Images:

3RY – Part 9 – Day 104

3RY Update Part:

9

Date:

6th May ‘19

Day:

104

Title:

Tararua Forest Park

KM Mark Start:

1530

Start Location:

Poads Road intersection with trail

KM Mark Finish:

1508

Finish Location:

New Shelter in Forestry Area

Actual KM Today:

22

Weather:

Fine with some sun and clouds

General:

Picked up by Brad and Karen @ 7:30am. Brad dropped us at the point I finished day before yesterday. Karen is a trail angel that wanted to walk the section between Levin and Palmerston North. She’ll be doing the trail next year!! Awse Karen 🙌🏼

We stopped in at Makahika outdoors centre for a coffee and met the owner and two dogs.

Trail alternated between grazed farm land and bush. Passed a Plaque that marked where Helen Clarke officially opened the Trail. Thanks Helen 😚😁.

Day ended at a newly built shelter in a forestry block.

Body/Health:

Weirdness with my legs, cramping calves etc.

Outlook:

Good

Tune of the Day:

104. Lydia – Highly Suspect

Day 104 Images:

3RY – Part 9 – Day 103

3RY Update Part:

9

Date:

5th May ‘19

Day:

103

Title:

Levin Zero Day

KM Mark Start:

1530

Start Location:

Poads Road intersection with trail

KM Mark Finish:

1530

Finish Location:

Poads Road intersection with trail

Actual KM Today:

0

Weather:

Fine

General:

Spent the day sorting out supplies for next section through to Palmy North. Not much goes on in Levin as far as I can tell? It’s a interesting/strange wee town. The locals (in the local) were great when heard about what I was up to! Much appreciated guys.

Body/Health:

Calves cramping up?!

Outlook:

All g. Hope the 100km is doable…not sure.

Tune of the Day:

103. Spoonman – Soundgarden

Day 103 Images:

3RY – Part 9 – Day 102

3RY Update Part:

9

Date:

4th May ‘19

Day:

102

Title:

Richards Knob

KM Mark Start:

1543

Start Location:

Te Matawai

KM Mark Finish:

1530

Finish Location:

Poads Road intersection with trail – Then Levin.

Actual KM Today:

15

Weather:

Sunny with a few clouds

General:

Left the Te Matawai Hut at dawn. I have noticed the huts in the North Island (so far) have nothing on the huts in the South Island which in general are all pretty amazing. The trail was again mostly ridge sections of muddy track through bush and tussock. Saw a black morph fantail which is even less common up here than it is down south. The night before I’d found a drone in the hut and suspected the owner would be coming back for it as it was an expensive piece of kit. Sure enough, I met him half way down the trail & he was super stoked to get his drone back and not to have to hike all the way back to the hut.

The highest point of today’s trail was Richards Knob. From here it was mostly down hill (still in mud) to exit the trail onto grazed farm land along Poads Road.

Body/Health:

Legs pretty tired with a few niggles but nothing to worry about.

Outlook:

Thinking about challenge #2…

Tune of the Day:

102. Zombie – Bad Wolves

Day 102 Images:

Telly 🙌🏼

3RY – Part 9 – Day 101

3RY Update Part:

9

Date:

3rd May ‘19

Day:

101

Title:

Stags, No Wind, Sun, Mud, Mud and Mud.

KM Mark Start:

1555

Start Location:

Nichols Hut

KM Mark Finish:

1543

Finish Location:

Te Matawai Hut via Dracophyllum Hut.

Actual KM Today:

15

Weather:

Sunny and not a breath of wind

General:

Had another incredible day weather wise. Very lucky to have gotten such a good window of weather in these ranges. Was also another relatively technical day with long stretches of muddy, tussocky and rocky ridges. There is no way around it but straight through. I lost (and found) my shoes and the ends of my walking poles in the deep mud a bunch of times. It can be hard going on the steeper slopes when the mud either prevents you from going up, or sends you down the slope faster than expected. Still really enjoyed it all. Along with the amazing views I spotted a few huge stags which was a first for me. In the first image below you can see Mt Ruapehu above the clouds in the distance, at sunrise.

Body/Health:

Muddy but in good health

Outlook:

Almost through the Tararuas! Pretty happy with that.

Tune of the Day:

101. Brothaz – Nesian Mystik

Day 101 Images:

3RY – Part 9 – Day 100

3RY Update Part:

9

Date:

2nd May ‘19

Day:

100! Whoop whoop 🙌🏼

Title:

100! Whoop whoop 🙌🏼

KM Mark Start:

1563.5

Start Location:

Waitewaewae Hut

KM Mark Finish:

1555

Finish Location:

Nichols Hut

Actual KM Today:

10

Weather:

Sunny not a breath of wind

General:

Straight into it today with a 1000m ascent over a distance of 3km, up to Shoulder Knob. Then it was a few hundred more vertical metres to the peak of Mt Crawford. From here I had some epic views. I could see the South Islands snow capped Kaikoura Ranges and Queen Charlotte Sound as well as the North Islands Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu and Kapiti Island. Really happy I waited out the bad weather. Today was sunny and not a breath of wind, which is rare as hens teeth on the Tararua Ranges. 2nd to last photo below is from the loo with a view.

Body/Health:

Good

Outlook:

Pumped – Pretty nervous about challenge #2

Tune of the Day:

100. Ain’t no Sunshine – Bill Withers

Day 100 Images: