24 thoughts on “Happy New Year from the TA”

  1. Hey Muk,
    Good for you on tackling the ENTIRE trail, most of all the urban portion. While the PCT might not have had the urban element, you saw and experienced all of it. I concur with your assessment and the emotions that go along with all parts in their entirety.
    Happy New Year and happy trails to you too.
    Tim

    1. Thanks Tim! In some respects itโ€™s almost easier just to keep hiking. I see people deliberating about what they want to skip and where theyโ€™ll join the trail again. Itโ€™s exhausting just listening to it. All I need to do is wake up, put my shoes on and keep going. I felt so proud arriving back in Auckland having walked the whole way there. That moment was magical and Iโ€™m not sure many people even walked into the city at all. Each to their own, but Iโ€™m happy to see it all – the good, bad and the ugly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Kudos, for walking your own walk. Take what you want, and enjoy it! I love your thought of experiencing what is there, not just the “good bits” It’s NZ..kinda of a hard outta the way place to get to experience it. It’s part of the journey….gromit

  3. I can’t think of a better way to start my new year than seeing you, your geniun smile and feeling inspired by your enthusiasm …
    Hip hip horray !

    I am so happy you are able to experience and appreciate the unique aspects of each section of the TA. Although you obviously went into this with your eyes wide open, maybe meeting the gal who helped design the trail reminded you to see it and NZ for what it is.

    One step at a time….
    Seems to work for you !!

    Always a fan
    Lyndella

    1. Thanks Lyndella!! Meeting Fiona was a special moment on trail, but also coming across so many Kiwis through the more urban experience has been a delight too!! I went down one street a couple of days ago grumbling about the hill, and at the top was a second hand store where I bought a sun shirt, book and mug that I needed all for under $5! Surprises are around every corner! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy New Year!!

  4. Good grief? Wow, 2018…yikes. yikes!๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™!!!! Lots of shoes and mugs and hats for that beautiful face of yous… A fact…. Just ask me for all sun damage on my face after 28 years of the wonderful joys of surfing….no shade anywhere out there… except on wet cloudy days….and foggy days when I could only hear the waves and start to to catch that little or big wave… but, what did I know or if I knew, to even.care having too much fun to care… not me…Yeah, not me… hah. how little I knew… now, for sure…Now that I am done yabbering…keep trippin’ baby.. Oh, and a happy-est 2018 doing that!!!! To the moon and back love from your old girl, Barbie

    1. Barbie I can hear that spirited energy and joy in your words!! Every time I see people surfing out here I think about you on those waves!!! Hope youโ€™ve had a magnificent start to a magical 2018!! X

  5. You sure complain a bunch about your feet when your thru hiking. That’s like a swimmer complaining about getting wet when they are a swimmer. Maybe stick to paddling. Seems to me your are much happier when reading your words than this….whats the point…whats there to prove…life is short and you are apparently blessed enough to travel the world with little baggage and do just about anything. Also I noticed you refer back to the PCT almost every post. Why that trail when you have done several trails since then as well as climb Mt Kill. I apologize if I come across negative but you sure are doing a lot of work both online and offline to seem to justify this. Unless you have something brewing in the background and in that case your blog doesn’t seem very honest.

    1. Hey Darrell, my blog is my outlet. I write or record the highs and lows of my journey because I enjoy to, and if people following get something positive out of my stories then thatโ€™s a huge bonus. I love getting feedback from my readers, and I appreciate your opinion. I just share what feels right to share at the time.

  6. I love your stories, and its the highs and lows that keep people out there doing what they love most days, but sometimes hate right!!! On the trail you can definitely get higher highs and maybe lower lows. So good for you for showing us all of it!!!! Tahoe Tramper Lady Ann

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