16 Apr 2018

Ford Every Stream

From The Long Way Home, 2:00 pm on 16 April 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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An image of one of the 50 rivers Bruce Hopkins crossed in just one day on Te Araroa.

50 rivers crossings in one day? That's nothing to Bruce Hopkins. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

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

Bruce Hopkins Trail Diary - Week 27

2 April– 10 April 2018.

Topp Lodge, Ashburton - Tekapo

"50 river crossings in one day…wet shoes and feet are a given down this way.

"Even relatively shallow crossings can have unpleasant endings.

"Lynda Topp loaned me her river pole and it definitely came in handy on this stretch.

"But when I climb out of a river valley and cast a glance back it invariably allows me a moment of quiet satisfaction."

Trail angel Wayne Keenan.

Trail angel Wayne Keenan. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

"I met one of the most on to it providers to Te Araroa trampers, Wayne Keenan  - brilliant local knowledge and so aware of what is entailed in this odyssey."

A starry night on the Two Thumb track

A starry night on the Two Thumb track Photo: Bruce Hopkins

"Emilie took an amazing pic of the heavens when she visited the long drop one night. She also has the best story I have heard thus far on the Trail and it involves a long drop, a poo mountain and her mobile phone.You can guess the rest!"

Snow in Tekapo.

Snow in Tekapo. Photo: Bruce Hopkins

"The snow came down in Tekapo in gentle styles. I shall enjoy the beauty before having to negotiate another delay!

"Just keep following the river. Onwards, upwards and ever forwards."


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