One year ago today….

Still hard to believe it’s been a whole year since we finished the trail. Here’s to brother Mike who started with us but finished before us. To all the wonderful people we shared our trail with along the way – you know who you are. To our trailwhisperer and fellow walkers – thanx for the inspiration and support. To Uncle Rick in particular – you’re a bloody legend! I walked the whole way in your footsteps.

One year ago today…..

It’s been a whole year since our adventure began and 7 1/2 months since we finished. What a fantastic journey, wonderful friendships (you know who u are), amazing scenery, a huge sense of achievement and the humility felt in experiencing something very special.

It is possible to live your dreams, on the trail you do it just one step at a time.

Who wouldn’t want to walk through places like this…..

Special thanks to our families, the Te Araroa Trail Trust, the Department of Conservation, our trail family and our followers. Lots of Love, René

Day 141 – Awarua to Bluff

What a difference a day makes. Woke to gorgeous weather for our final day on the trail. Hitched back to Awarua and then onto the road for 13kms of tarseal walking. Spent the time with Rick going over our journey, day by day, from the Cape. Lunch once we left the road and joined the lovely coastal track taking us to the signpost at the end of Bluff. Dave, Charlie, Alba, Rick and I spent quite a while yahoo’ing and taking photos. Camino Te Araroa was finished but one surprise still awaited us as we celebrated later in the evening – the Invercargill City Councilor (Lloyd Esler) popped round to the restaurant and presented us with our TA plaques. Cool!

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Day 140 – Invercargill to Awarua

Not a lot of sleep at the Backpackers, too many Bogans driving up and down the main street outside. 2nd Breakie at the Café then off along the Estuary Walkway towards Bluff. A brief break and a stop for lunch took us to the main road where the weather deteriorated to rain and gale force winds. Carried on a few more kms then managed to hitch back to Invercargil. Not many kms today, savouring our last days on the trail. 

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Thanx Kirsten for the trail bling. …

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Day 139 – Riverton to Invercargill

Really dark threatening sky as we walked onto the beach to take advantage of the low tide. Warm with the wind at our backs and a firm but comfortable beach surface. 21kms along Oreti Beach with only occasional showers went really quickly so we decided to carry on to Invercargil. Got to the backpackers by 5pm. Saw our first road sign with Bluff on it. We’re getting nearer the end. Two short days to go.

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