Talbot – two weeks to end walk

Saturday May 25, 2019 Written by Published in Local
James Talbot with Rose Akava Moodley in Auckland. 19052005 James Talbot with Rose Akava Moodley in Auckland. 19052005

James Talbot has two more weeks to complete the Te Areroa Trail of 3200 kilometres in New Zealand.

 

The Creative Trail walker began his journey from Bluff and will end the fundraiser walk in Cape Reinga.

He has so far raised $16, 689 through the Givealittle page and hopes to meet his target of $300,000 that is to be donated to the Creative Learning Centre in Rarotonga.

On day 115 of his journal, Talbot walked from Orewa campground to Dome Valley.

Talbot walked up to the end of Orewa and caught a ride up and over the Waiwera to Puhoi SH section.

He said this was too dangerous to walk as it was high tide already.

He was picked up by a courier driver and they talked about Creative Trail route.

“It turns out that she had a child that was autistic...she dropped me at the turn off to Puhoi and we said quick goodbyes and I thanked her for the ride.”

He walked up the road into Puhoi and took the Puhoi Track up to the lookout out to Remiger Road...which was closed for pest shooting.

This turned out to be frustrating as Talbot had to turn back and walked to the main road.

“The track itself went over farmland on "roads", through forest trails, and crossed over tar sealed roads. It was quite varied and was a lot of fun, but it was fairly wet underfoot and it had rained a little bit too...the final road out was Kraack Road down to SH1...I had to run across this to the Dome Valley Café.”

Talbot got to the café completing 28.21 kilometres in 7.25 hours.

On Day 116 Wellsford (May 23) it was rest day for Talbot.

He said he visited Wellsford and Warkworth trying to find a cheap pair of boots his current shoes were losing their grip.

“It’s worn out or less than 1mm of tread and won't last the distance, I'm already slipping all over the place...they have done around 900kms so I guess they have done their job.”

Talbot will continue his journey from Dome Valley Café this weekend.

“It is now two weeks five days and counting...can't wait to see my wife and kids,” Talbot said.

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