Kaiikainga Forest to Ngunguru

Day 18 (Fri 27 Nov): Kaiikanui Forest to Whananaki Started 8.05am, finished 2.20pm, 16k Pain in the head status: Nothing significant. Some burning in the hips- my weakest link- most bothersome at night, but improving; being treated with daily yoga. Word of the day: Mellifluous, pleasantly smooth and melodious After being disturbed by growling possumsContinue reading “Kaiikainga Forest to Ngunguru”

Whangaruru to Kaiikanui Forest campsite

Day 16 (Wed 25 Nov): Whangaruru Beachfront camp Rain and rest day. Pain in the head status: I was glad to have the day off from walking as still didn’t feel 100% after yesterday’s migraine. The quiet day may have affected a cure. Word of the day: Scarp, steep slope or escarpment, often formed byContinue reading “Whangaruru to Kaiikanui Forest campsite”

The Farm to Whangaruru

Day 15 (Tues 24 Nov): The Farm to Whangaruru Beachside camp Started 8.15am, finished 11.30am, 14k Pain in the head status: Woke up feeling sluggish and a bit ‘off’. Migraine developed after we had been walking for a few hours, took some medication and the pain mostly subsided but continued to feel an intense lassitude.Continue reading “The Farm to Whangaruru”

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”

Apple Dam to Paihia

Day 10 (Thurs 19 Nov): Apple Dam to Puketi Started 7.30am, finished 4pm, 25k Word of the day: Imprecation, spoken curse Water, flowers and trees summed up the day. We started out from the campsite on a dirt road strewn with white manuka flower petals, descending to Mangapukahukahu Stream, which sounds a mouthful but wasContinue reading “Apple Dam to Paihia”

Kaitaia to Apple Dam campsite

Day 7 (Mon 16 Nov): Kaitaia to North Raetea Forest campsite Started 7.30am, lunch at Takahue community hall 11.30am, reached campsite 1.45pm, 21k Pain in the head status: in the last hour of today’s walk, everything was hurting and I was dreading the onset of a migraine – but it never came. Tired as, andContinue reading “Kaitaia to Apple Dam campsite”

Favourite piece of tramping gear

This is my new favourite thing. The thermorest Z seat. It folds up into a neat little package, it only weighs 60g, and provides the most delightful insulated padding for my behind, which is already delightfully padded, but this seat means my behind is cushioned from hard benches, wet tree roots, prickly grass, scorching stickyContinue reading “Favourite piece of tramping gear”

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”

How to tramp with migraines

What I’ve learnt so far about tramping with migraines. I often used to go tramping on my own, and had the occasional migraine alone in the wilderness. But that was before the migraines became very frequent – now I have migraines for around 10-12 days a month, that means for any longer tramp I goContinue reading “How to tramp with migraines”