3200km mission accomplished

Thursday June 13, 2019 Written by Published in Local
James Talbot (second from left) with wife Ani and close family members namely Shane, Vaniva, Danny and Caroline at Cape Reinga. 19061217 James Talbot (second from left) with wife Ani and close family members namely Shane, Vaniva, Danny and Caroline at Cape Reinga. 19061217

After covering 3,029,385 steps on the 3200 kilometre track, it was finally mission accomplished for James Talbot who completed The Creative Trail in New Zealand on Tuesday (NZ time).

 

Talbot reached his final stop of Cape Reinga, after close to five months of walking the length of New Zealand.

Family and friends were relieved but no one was as pleased as Talbot’s wife Ani to have him back.

“I had knots in my stomach and felt heavy all the way until we got to see my best friend, my husband who I haven’t seen in five months,” Ani shared on her Facebook page.

After 135 days of walking Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand, James is finally relaxing at his family home in Auckland.

He is spending some quality time with his dad before he arrives in Rarotonga for a special welcome on June 18.

On his final day, Talbot wrote on his journal, “I'm writing my last journal on the trail, so many different emotions going through my head. I just want to be home in Raro, can't wait to return to normality. Can't wait to wake up next to my wife.

“Emotions and thoughts started to flow through me … completion, joy, sadness, relief, what next, normality, wife, whanau. I stopped and let it all out. I could see the goalposts at last so why all these conflicting emotions.”

In an emotional welcome, Talbot’s nephew Danny performed a heartfelt and emotionally charged turou.

“It was just so awesome. It made me feel proud to be welcomed this way by our close family,” Talbot said.

“My wife was there aue! She's so beautiful, finally got to hug her after 135 days. We both cried and sobbed as we realised it had come to an end. We are back together at last.”

Talbot completed The Creative Trail in a bid to raise funds for the Creative Centre in Rarotonga.

People can donate via the Give a little- Creative Trail Page which is open until the end of July. So far, $20,720 has been raised.

Meanwhile, James is planning to write a book on his New Zealand journey.

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