DAY 108: Talbot less than a month left

Thursday May 16, 2019 Written by Published in Local
James Talbot with Lisa Drysdale. 19051504 James Talbot with Lisa Drysdale. 19051504

Creative Trail walker James Talbot has less than a month left to complete the 3200-kilometre walk of the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand.


Talbot is hiking to raise funds for the Creative Centre in Rarotonga and has so far raised $13,070 through the Creative Trail Givealittle page.

Talbot is expected to be at the Polynesian Centre in Mangere, Auckland, this weekend where he will talk about his journey that began from Bluff and the importance of donating towards the Creative Centre.

On Day 107 of his journal, Talbot said he made his way from Ngaruawahia to Rangiriri where he walked along the famous Hakarimata Walkway.

He took the 1400 steps to the summit and walked the Hakarimata Track along the ridgeline to Parker Road end.

He later went on a road walk to Huntly West then through to Rangiriri.

It was May 14 and Talbot remembered that his youngest son Rees Talbot turned 15.

“I made a funny video wishing him a Happy Birthday and sent it via Messenger for him to watch off my wife’s laptop,” Talbot said.

He later made it to Rangiriri bridge completing 30.4kms in 8.5hours where Lisa Drysdale, his next billet picked him up.

On his Day 108 Talbot walked from Rangiriri to Meremere, where he chose to road walk as far as possible down Churchill East Road until he reached a farmland track full of cows.

“The track wasn’t as bad as what I thought it would be ... in fact some of it was actually really good ... great views and easy walking along the Waikato river stop bank. At one stage I had to crawl under an electric fence ... it was too tall for me to climb over,” Talbot laughed.

He managed to walked around the Meremere Dragway and arrived at SH1 just before the Island Block Road turn off where he was to be picked by Angela Clark.

He completed 20.52km in five hours 36 minutes.

His next walk is from McIntyre Road at the northern end of Mercer of around 30km where he will be joined with Miles Wyatt from Bombay who has a connection with the Creative Centre.

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