5 Feb 2018

As if the Jigsaw Puzzle Wasn't Hard Enough

From The Long Way Home, 1:00 pm on 5 February 2018

Bruce Hopkins wants to take his dad and brother's ashes back home to Rakiura/Stewart Island. He’s just taking the long way to get there. The long, long way. 

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Photo: Bruce Hopkins


Bruce Hopkins Trail Diary - Week 16

27 January - 2 February 2018.

Pureora Forest Headquarters  -  Taumaranui

" Pureora Forest Timber Trail.   This trail is a winner.  It’s fantastic.

"Trail mates say allow 4 or 5 days to head through to Taumaranui, and it’s just a glorious kind of trek proper - Formed, fine gravel walkways and also some forest floor.

"I’m doing another bit of my jigsaw puzzle.

One of the amazing suspension bridges

One of the amazing suspension bridges Photo: RNZ/Bruce Hopkins


"That was a 33 kilometre day coming out of the Pureora Timber Trail … I’ve had a couple of 30+ kilometre days, so tomorrow I’ll be into Taumaranui – about 26 or 28 kilometeres.

"That’s nice ‘cos it’ll give me a chance to have a rest day having started again after my break ….Whew! - the body’s definitely getting hammered being back on this here Trail.


"The woman at the iSite (in Taumaranui), she said that I am the most organised person she has seen. Ha ha! Sheesh, if I’m organised … man, those other buggers … how’d they do it?"


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