Happy New Year!
It’s great to be hiking my way into a new year. I’m currently just north of National Park while preparing for the remainder of my hike of the North Island. It’s been bucketing down for the last couple of days and the cloud cover seems to be firmly set in. My plan is to wait for tomorrow before heading off as Tongariro National Park is one of the hiking highlights of New Zealand.
The blogs Route Page will remain up to date showing my current position but for now the structure of posts will have to simplify until after my traverse. As far as posts go, I’m looking at cutting them down and sending them more frequently. I really wanted to keep the blog running at full pace but I was finding it a daily struggle. The main reason I looked forward to this traverse so much was so that I could escape the daily grind. Getting away from my home office and hiking away from technology was No.1 on my list, but No.1 seems to have followed me. So I’ve decided that posting photos will have to wait until I have completed my hike. While the photos are worth a few thousand words, they actually change the way I’d choose to write. So, for now I’ll just be sending quick posts and will briefly reply to comments when I’m in a town for longer than just one day.
I took a few days off to spend time with family around Christmas and in that time my body went into recovery – again. Both ankles became swollen, retaining fluid they stayed that way for days and have only just started to subside. While it’s not painful I’m keeping an eye out for them along the way. I’m thinking it’s probably due to the weight I’m carrying.
One part of this site I value most of all are all the comments. They have meant a great deal to me and hopefully I’ll still receive a few more along the way as they really do make all the difference.