Long John Cameltoe

After starting Te Araroa, there's roughly three hours with hilly, beautiful landscape combined with small beaches until you get to 90 mile beach. Really enjoyable first hours. Then you hit it.. Unshaded, sandy, right next to the ocean and the sound of smashing waves for as long as the eye can see. At first it seems quite inviting. The rest of the first day wasn't bad at all, did 20 km in total.

90 mile beach  

90 mile beach  

Pitching a non free standing tent in the dunes can be pretty difficult, even with Y-stakes. The sand just doesn't support the stakes enough and there is no stones to use either. You need to find some vegetation to stake it properly.

Start of the second day felt alright, pretty sunrise and not that sore. But this day required me to go 40 km where of the last 15 km was in search of water. Eventually ended up at the 10th dried out stream, 15 kilometers from the last one with water. My feet really hurt and sun was about to set. So I just made my way upstream for about 200 meters and found a swamp. Either that or continue 9 km to a camping spot called Utea Park at Hukatere.

Beautiful water source and clean shoes..? 

Beautiful water source and clean shoes..? 

I decided to give the water a shot and went for Steripenning (purifying) 0,5 liters of water for 1 liter time (90 sec). And I'm still alive so I guess it worked out. The water was really okay actually, it didn't taste that bad at all. Tap water in NZ is sometimes worse, tastes like a swimming pool..

Next day I started at 11:20 and got to hukatere around 13:30, taking my time. Stopped there to camel up and protect myself from the sun. Had 4 liters of water in the same amount of hours. 

Continued after refilling and had a great nights sleep in the forest past the dunes, actually slept another hour after breakfast.  

Last day on the beach I met Jabba the hut. He was a pretty nice dude..  

Jabba the hut

Jabba the hut

The sun was really burning so I burned my calfs the second day, so after Utea Park I decided to go hike in my long johns and long sleeve that I usually sleep in. Such an amazing outfit. After 30 minutes I felt the thigh chafe starting to increase. The only way to solve thigh chafe is to put something between the thighs. In this case Allan I had was the long johns, but I needed to pull them up as high as possible to avoid the chafe. Derived from this, obviously a camel toe. So there I was, hiking the 90 mile beach in a pair of Long Johns with my package split up in two...

Señor Long John Cameltoe

Señor Long John Cameltoe

At last I arrived in Ahipara holiday park at the southern end of the beach and took half a day of, doing some light laundry, yoga beneath a tree in the breeze and just sorting my gear out, trying to brush of the sand. 

Yes, I changed before entering Ahipara.. 

On my way

Sitting in the car on My way to Arlanda, honestly not so regretful.

"Big regrets" of leaving Sweden..

"Big regrets" of leaving Sweden..

Everything packed up since yesterday, didn't forget anything...? A bit stressful when packing since sewing of rain gear took more time than expected. 

Roughly 10kg, excluding Frasse

Roughly 10kg, excluding Frasse

No posts regarding gear yet, but it feels like it's all set. A bit heavier than my goal of 9kg, it will be probably around 10kg without food, water and gas. But I guess it will be possible to trim down a bit as I go!

 

Pilot post

First post on this site, a bit hungover and thus not so stoked ATM. Anyway, this blog is for me to document a travel to New Zealand, hiking the Te Araroa Trail south bound (Starting in the north, ending in the south). About 3000km in total, running through the whole country, both Islands. Check out the link below to find out more. 
Posts will be regarding everything that comes to my mind, but I guess some of it will be useful to others as well. 
Furthermore, the name of this site is a tribute to my mother who sometimes doesn't get the quotes quite right. Yesterday she were supposed to be cool stating that she had "been there, done that". . .
http://www.teararoa.org.nz/