…to Day 72
Statistics from the Walk
I started walking on 13th October in Cape Reinga and finished in Island Bay, Wellington on 23rd December (72 days later)
52 walkers joined me – seven did more than one day
We fundraised collectively $13,841.72
Accommodation was tenting, cabins, huts, people’s houses and two blissful nights in motels
I followed the Te Araroa Trail
1742.67 km walked
Average of 27.23 km per walking day
8 rest day (not enough!!!!!)
My food was mainly dehydrated or light food when having to carry it. It was great to have home cooked meals along the way. Also a few pub/pizza/pie/doughnut pig outs. I ate a lot of food and had a pretty unhealthy diet but due to high energy output, I remained the same weight.
I managed to keep my coffee addiction (though sometimes instant coffee was my go to)
I didn’t get blisters or any injuries
I did have sore feet and legs regularly (sometimes not able to sleep due to sore legs)
I had one afternoon nap in Taihape
I had many days when I was rained on. I had one day walking in a lightning storm for four hours. I had hail once and wind many days but especially near Palmerston North. I must of had plenty of sunshine too as I have tan lines across my arms, legs and ankles.
I went through two pairs of trail shoes…….holes in heels, tread rubbed completely down
The biggest cost was equipment/gear purchases, phone data to upload blogs, accommodation costs and food
I have one IOU day (Tongariro Crossing) to be done this January
The South Island will be done in a years time and will require sections where walkers will need to commit for more than one day
What I have learnt…..
- To trust myself. When I felt it was the wrong way, I knew to check straight away as my feeling would be right. I can do what I set my mind to.
- It is good to plan but it is good to be available to take opportunities that arise. A mixture of both works really well.
- I discovered that New Zealanders are generous, friendly people.
I am thankful for…
- Those people that signed up to walk were the right kind of people and I will be forever thankful to them all for helping me get through this tough walk!
- Those people that gave me encouraging comments and those that helped me out in some way so my walk was enjoyable rather than torture!!!
- I am thankful for my supportive husband and family who played huge roles in the success of my walk.