26 Mar 2018

Eat All the Pizza!

From The Long Way Home, 2:00 pm on 26 March 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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A view along Waiau Pass towards the mountains.

Waiau Pass Photo: Bruce Hopkins

Bruce Hopkins is in Te Wai Pounamu, on the second leg of Te Araroa.

Bruce Hopkins Trail Diary - Week 24

10 March – 15 March 2018.

St Arnaud – Waiau Pass

A view looking up to a high and sharp peak in Waiau Pass.

Many mountains to cross. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

“Oh man…that was arduous, really slow going. But spectacular!

“But all the descending really did my knee in, and my right thigh, and my calf. The knee was already bung from all the scree slopes on Mount Rintoul.

“Before beginning this section, I spent four days in St Arnaud, hoping the swelling in my knee would go down. I ate every kind of pizza they had there!

“I wish you were here…’cos then you could carry my pack for me. And maybe you’ve brought a bottle of wine?

"Man, I’m hanging out for a good red wine! Does that make me an alcoholic?”

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