Day 66-68: Zero Days

We have THOROUGHLY enjoyed our days off in Wellington, then Picton. It had been the perfect mix of chores (resupply, laundry, blogging, phone calls, etc), rest, calorie-loading and playing tourists. Food, food and more food Our Wellington hosts, Carole and Tony, were incredible. We shared several meals with them, including homemade fish and chips and…

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…

Hobbits in New Zealand

Hello from Te Awamutu, home of Crowded House. Who’s that you ask? Some 80s band, but it excited J.  Te Awamutu is not on the trail, but we’ve had the good fortune of connecting with a stateside friend’s cousin’s husband’s father. Got the connection? So they were awesome enough to be used as a mail…

Day 18: ZERO Day

So, we are on an unplanned zero day. No one is hurt or sick. But remember that wet weather I mentioned? Last night, it got epic. Heavy downpours and gale winds. If you google New Zealand news, the wet weather is a top headline. Didn’t seem like a good day to hike, as the weather…

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…

Currently: November

Current mood:  a bit frantic, but I believe we got everything done on our to do list. All systems are checked, the bags are finally packed (see pix below – all of that fit in 2 backpacks!) and we are on a flight to San Francisco today and a flight to Auckland, NZ Saturday! Ready…

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…

Going Live

I’ve said this before. I don’t know how long J & I can ride this wave of working together in different areas of the outdoor industry, but some of our smarter friends said if we really wanted to keep it up, we needed to brand ourselves. So we are doing that. Step by step. Step…