Paihia to The Farm

Day 13 (Sun 22 Nov): Rest day, Paihia Distance walked: around 6k. Calories consumed: Excessive. Word of the day: Faineant (noun), layabout, lazy sluggard Sunday, the day of rest. Ideally, we would have been faineants and lounged around the holiday park all day, but we needed to restock on some extra food from Paihia, soContinue reading “Paihia to The Farm”

Maunganui Bluff to Ahipara

Day 3 (Thurs 12 Nov): Maunganui Bluff campsite to Hukatere campsite (90 mile beach) Started 7.55am, finished 4pm, 30k Pain in the head status: nagging neck pain started near the end of the walk, developing into a full-blown migraine, but quickly aborted by meds Being woken by the sound of horses neighing in the nightContinue reading “Maunganui Bluff to Ahipara”

Pre-Te Araroa test tramp: Matemateaonga

Labour weekend, two weeks before we were due to start Te Araroa. We hadn’t been tramping since February, what with COVID-19 and work busyness, so we needed to test ourselves. We had thought of doing the Mt Taranaki Round the Mountain track, but the forecast was dire. We had to find somewhere within driving distanceContinue reading “Pre-Te Araroa test tramp: Matemateaonga”

More about migraines

What is a migraine? Really, who knows. It’s a serious kind of brain fart. Something sets off the brain, maybe a change in neurotransmitters (the chemicals that nerves communicate with), or blood flow, or hormone levels, or nutrients, or… so many options. The end result is a pulsating, throbbing, stabbing pain in one side ofContinue reading “More about migraines”