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Turakina beach to Fielding

Day 64 (Tues 12 Jan): Koitiata/Turakina beach to Bulls Started 7.30am, finished 4.15pm, 31k. Pain in the head status: A migraine started sometime after lunch but was aborted by a migraine tablet. It was disappointing to get one during the day though. Word of the day: Sisyphean, unending task, endlessly laborious (from the Greek kingContinue reading “Turakina beach to Fielding”

Pipiriki to Atene

Day 60 (Fri 8 Jan): Pipiriki to Matahiwi, via Jerusalem and London, along the Whanganui River Road Started 7.15am, finished 1.40pm, 24k Pain in the head status: Used another caffeine tablet in the night for a nocturnal headache and it worked again. It’s like a vampire headache, obliterated by coffee rather than a stake toContinue reading “Pipiriki to Atene”

Whakahoro to Pipiriki

Day 58 (Wed 6 Jan): Whakahoro to Johnson’s campsite (on the Mangapurua track) Started 8am, finished 3.30pm, 24k. Pain in the head status: Disappointingly, had another migraine in the middle of the night and had to take another migraine pill. But it retreated entirely by the time we started walking. I’m hoping tonight will beContinue reading “Whakahoro to Pipiriki”

National Park to Whakahoro

Day 56 (Mon 4 Jan): National Park to Kaitieke Started 7.50am, reached Kaitieke memorial 2.45pm, 27+k. Pain in the head status: All good. Word of the day: Salutary, beneficial, conducive to some good purpose. Bonus word: Farrier, a person who shoes horses. Two zero (no trail walking) days in National Park were salutary to myContinue reading “National Park to Whakahoro”

National Park

Day 54 (Sat 2 Dec): Tongariro Crossing  National Park Distance covered today: From Macrocarpa Cafe in National Park for second breakfast, to Pipers Lodge accommodation, to Station Cafe for lunch, to the Four Square for bananas (their own meal category), back to Pipers, to Macrocarpa Cafe again for dinner (vegetarian pizza, roast vege salad andContinue reading “National Park”

Ongarue to Taumaranui

Day 49 (Mon 28 Dec): Ongarue to Taumaranui Started 7.45am, reached Taumaranui 1.30pm, 26k Pain in the head status: Had another migraine in the night –  it eased off with medication but disrupted my sleep so was very dozey while walking. I could have sat down and had a nap in an instant. Just asContinue reading “Ongarue to Taumaranui”

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