Ode To The North Island

As I said in my last post, we have finished the North Island (NI) section of the Te Araroa (TA), all 1686 kilometers (or 1076 miles)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a difference 65 days has made…a little tanner, bug bitten and muscular… Please excuse the excess of exclamation points. I simply cannot overstate my enthusiasm for finishing…

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Bye Bye Colorado

Greetings from San Francisco! We are just hours away from our flight to New Zealand–eeek!! We got to see Seth Meyers live last night as a special treat and he did not disappoint in the laugh factor. He wished us well on our journey and gave us both kisses and hugs. Okay that last part…

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What’s In Our Bags?

Our base weights (without food and water) are: Justin 18 lbs Patrice 13.5 lbs Here’s the breakdown … Backpacks Justin – Gregory Baltoro 65 (2015 version)   Weight: 4lbs 12 oz Patrice – Gregory Deva 60 (2015 version) Weight: 4lbs 6oz Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent  (updated 2014) Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz Sleep System Justin  Therm-a-Rest Auriga 35 degree down blanket (750+ fill goose down…

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