I've had a fire in my belly to embark on a crazy adventure for a while now- and I've decided that Te Araroa is it. I'll be hiking the bulk of it, running some no doubt, and recording it here. This is going to be a trial by this same fire - I can't call myself a writer, photographer, trail runner OR a seasoned hiker by any means, but I can tell you we are in for quite a journey. I'm writing this from my Gran's house in Japan, having found out on the plane here that I had three days left on my passport. Yes, that is the type of seat-of-the-pants traveller.. ok.. person I am. Some parts of this blog may read like an episode of Fawlty Towers, but hopefully it will also contain some humorous tales, some triumph, some trials overcome and some learnings too. Help me know I'm not alone - that you're out there through your comments.
I'm going to be turning 36 this year - I feel like I've been dormant for too long now and it's time I got off the couch and got some real outdoors action started. I've bought the official guide book, downloaded the maps and have started on a gear list. There are post offices I can send fresh gear and supplies to - Just like that chick in Wild! Now I have to get myself a camera, teach myself the basics of SLR, how to read the weather maps and deciphering the clouds - among many many other things...! <Googles how to write a blog>
October 2016, I'll pack my pack, lace up the boots and hit the trail at Cape Reinga. Anyone wanting to join me for parts of it are welcome, otherwise come with me through this blog - it may make you glad you're still on the couch! But it may also make you see New Zealand the way I hope to see it, like a huge and beautiful playground.
Bring it on, Kooooooowweeeeeeeee! :D