I’m trying. I’m really trying to accept the fact that I’m not hiking anymore. That I’m going back to a normal life in Sweden in a couple of weeks. It’s bittersweet. I’m genuinely happy that I’m done, I don’t wanna walk one single meter in the mud anymore…but on the other hand, I miss the “easy” life on trail –… Read more »
3007 kilometers. Cape Reinga to Bluff. I’m done. Actually, I was done one week ago but I’m still recovering from post hike depression…I’m tired. I’m unbelievably tired but also happy. I raised NZD27000 (SEK162000) to the Swedish cancer society Cancerfonden. I’m happy and thankful. Blessed beyond my wishings. I’ll be back.
My cold is cured, I’m back on track and the countdown to Bluff has begun. Walking out from Wanaka along Lake Wanaka was amazingly beautiful, although hot…I’ve really experienced the Otago sun by now. I’ve said it before, but the sun in this country is nothing like what I’ve been experienced before! I caught up with Chris from NZ… Read more »
It’s been awhile…again (I hope you’re all following me on Instagram for more regular updates: @helenateodora). Last time I wrote anything here, I was about to hit the Nelson Lake National Park. A lot has happened since. A LOT. I’ve made it through Nelson Lake National Park. It was stunningly beautiful even though a bit challenging because of a couple… Read more »
I’ve tasted the South Island…it’s as bittersweet as the rest of Te Araroa. Harder than you could ever imagine and more beautiful than in your wildest dreams. I love it. The Queen Charlotte Track was a beautiful and easy warmup for what’s to come…the majestic Richmond Ranges. Steep uphill hiking. Steep downhill sliding. Countless river crossings and… Read more »
I’ve made it to Wellington and the North Island is DONE! Can’t believe I’ve walked 1700 kilometers..! I cried the last kilometer out of happiness, exhaustion and relief, and I’m so thankful that my body (and all of you following me!) has been with me all the way… I have 1300 kilometers to go, but to finish the North Island… Read more »