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Day 15: Talbot completes 336 kilometres

Thursday February 14, 2019 Written by Published in Local

Creative Trail fundraiser, James Talbot has hiked 336 kilometres in the past 16 days.



Talbot is walking to complete the 3200km Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand in the hope of raising $300,000 for the Creative Centre in Rarotonga.

On Day 15 of his journal, Talbot made it to Rose’s Hut.

He began walking from Macetown and in six hours he crossed rivers and made it to the Motatapu Track.

It took him another 6.25 hours to get to Roses Hut as he climbed the rough terrain of 1270 metres to Rose’s Saddle just before the hut. This was the highest point of Talbot’s walk so far.

He walked 22.3kilometres in 12.25hours.

On Day 16, Talbot made his way to Highland Creek Hut.

He made his way through the Motatapu Track again.

“The mountainous terrain just zapped what little energy I had and I quickly made the call that I would stay at Highland Creek Hut as my knees and thighs were taking a real beating.

“I had heaps of water and snack food, I think my body was just telling me to slow down and get some rest.”

Talbot said the day was mentally challenging for him as he disappointed in himself for not making the target destination of Wanaka.

“It got to the point where I felt I had enough and just wanted to be teleported back to Raro ... but then I told myself off and reminded myself why and for whom I am doing this walk for.”

Talbot said when he got to the hut, he completed 9.8 kilometres in eight hours and was happy to have made it.

Yesterday Talbot was making his way through the rest of the Motatapu Trail, a distance of another 12-13 kilometres to meet Nick who would accommodate him in Wanaka, his next destination.

Meanwhile, $6700 has been given by 99 donors through the Creative Trail Give a Little page.

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