Walking from home

5 Jan. As I live close to the TA trail passing through Wellington, I had the idea of checking out my new boots on the TA section south to Island Bay. Just done that this afternoon. 15km with about 400m of climb in 3.5 hours. Easy walking though on pavement and well formed walkways. Oh yes, the boots are fine, no hot spots, but they have tougher tests to come.

Central Wellington, (for politicians).
Southern Walkway, overlooking the hospital and hospice (centre). 2nd home for the last year!
Island Bay, end of the TA Trail on North Island.

10 thoughts on “Walking from home

  1. Grant

    This will be an awesome and worthwhile mission for you and Jenny.
    We will be with you all of the way 👍🏻


  2. Bridget Robinson

    Wow not long to go now! Looking forward to following your journey. It’s a long way but I know you’ll nail but you’ll have Jenny by your side to spur you on.

    Kia kaha and much love


  3. Grant

    This will be an awesome and worthwhile mission for you both 👍🏻
    Will be following you all the way.


  4. Stef & Derek

    What an adventure and great challenge. I hope the weather is kind to you and your ‘new’ boots hold out.


  5. Jonathan Black

    Good luck and enjoy the journey. Nothing is put in front of us that we cannot deal with. We’ll enjoy watching from the other side of the world


  6. Julia Read

    All the best Richard, what a lovely thing to do. I’m sure Jenny will be with you all the way. So sorry to hear your news. I’ll happily donate to your two cancer charities that you have nominated. I donate 10% of my bagpiping profits to charity each year. Last year it went to London Zoo in support of the work they do for conservation. But this year, for the first 3 months and to cover the duration of your walk, I will donate my profits to your nominated cancer charities. I’ll see if I can do some fund raising too so that I can boost the amount. Not sure how, maybe a bit of busking on the streets of Windsor. It seems appropriate, particularly as I learnt to play the bagpipes in New Zealand. Good luck with the new boots.

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  7. Ral Liddell

    Good luck on your journey. Roland and Beryl Liddell.


  8. Marion Emmett

    Will look forward to following your epic walk I know Jenny will be with you every step of the way especially when the going gets tough Good luck These boots are made for walking !


  9. Katy G

    Richard I think it’s just wonderful that you have decided to take on the South Island section of the Te Araroa Trail. Mike and I will be looking forward to reading your blog as you venture South.

    Well done on the last minute boot purchase -very nerwracking! Hopefully they will be a great fit for the adventures to come.


  10. Mike Moore

    Good luck with the journey. I will follow you with keen interest (including any tips, as have contemplated doing the same).
    A respectful and thoughtful way of moving forward.
    Kia kaha


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