Pelorus track

Day 146 (Wed 14 April): Nelson to Rocks hut Started 9.50am, finished 5.05pm, 20k. Pain in the head status: The head didn’t feel quite right today but no migraine eventuated. Word of the day: Plangent, loud and resonant with a mournful tone. Back on trail today, we discovered the track in to Hacket hut wasContinue reading “Pelorus track”

Richmond range – Part 3

Day 143 (Sun 11 April): Old Man hut to Starveall hut Started 8.05am, finished 2.25pm, 15.5k. Pain in the head status: Troubled by a migraine overnight but it resolved with a migraine tablet and was gone by morning. Word of the day: Obnubilate, to darken, dim or obscure something. At some point in the night,Continue reading “Richmond range – Part 3”

Richmond range – Part 1

Day 138 (Tues 6 April): St Arnaud to Porters Creek hut Started 8.10am, finished 4.35pm, 29k. Pain in the head status: No pain today until bedtime when I started getting sharp migrainous pains in the neck. I tried to just sleep it off but ended up taking a migraine pill- was all fine in theContinue reading “Richmond range – Part 1”

Lake Ruataniwha to Lake Tekapo

Day 107 (Sat 6 March): Lake Ohau to Lake Ruataniwha Started sometime around 9.30am, finished sometime around 1.30pm, 35k (by bike). Pain in the head status: Nothing – hallelujah! Word of the day: Bespoke, made to order. By the time we got going, yesterday’s rain had retreated from Lake Ohau, and the dense clouds liftedContinue reading “Lake Ruataniwha to Lake Tekapo”

Queenstown to Roses hut (Motatapu track)

Day 97 (Wed 24 Feb): Queenstown to Arrowtown Started 7.25am, finished 2.20pm, 29k. Pain in the head status: No pain. It feels like a long time since the last migraine. As usual, I have no idea why or what I’m doing right, that’s different from what I’ve been doing the last few months. I’ll enjoyContinue reading “Queenstown to Roses hut (Motatapu track)”

Greenstone hut to Queenstown

Day 95 (Mon 22 Feb): Greenstone hut to Queenstown Started 6.50am, finished 9.55am, 12k. Pain in the head status: No pain but tired; didn’t sleep well for no identifiable reason. Everything feels harder when you haven’t slept so well. Word of the day: Elysian, of or like paradise. We were up early, eating breakfast andContinue reading “Greenstone hut to Queenstown”

Te Anau to Greenstone hut (Mavora track)

Day 93 (Sat 20 Feb): Te Anau to Boundary hut Started 10.25am, finished 2.35pm, 16k. Pain in the head status: No pain as such in the morning but fuzzy headed and dopey. By the afternoon, was dopey and heavy eyed, so took a Nurofen, tried a ginger tablet and had a nap before dinner. ThatContinue reading “Te Anau to Greenstone hut (Mavora track)”

Lower Princhester hut to Te Anau

Day 91 (Thurs 18 Feb): Lower Princhester hut to Te Anau Started 7.05am, finished 8.20am, 6k. Pain in the head status: No pain and a beautiful sleep. I read an article today about how ginger capsules can work well in treating migraine- I’ve never heard of this or tried them, so bought some from theContinue reading “Lower Princhester hut to Te Anau”

Colac Bay to Merrivale

Day 85 (Fri 12 Feb): Colac Bay to Longwood Forest Started 7.10am, finished 6.10pm, 29k. Pain in the head status: I woke with a migraine around 4.30am which caused me some puzzlement. What had triggered this one? Had I eaten too much dairy- not that this usually is an issue but I had had twoContinue reading “Colac Bay to Merrivale”

Bluff to Riverton

Day 81 (Mon 8 Feb): Bluff to Invercargill Started walking 8.50am, finished 5pm, 37k. Pain in the head status: Perhaps appropriately, I’m starting the South Island trail with an entrenched migraine. This has been on and off for a few days and is now firmly fixated on the right side of my skull, gnawing atContinue reading “Bluff to Riverton”