DAY 80: Talbot visits Bulls

Wednesday April 24, 2019 Written by Published in Local
James Talbot. James Talbot.

Creative Trail walker James Talbot has close to 50-days left to complete walking the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand.


Talbot is aiming to raise $300,000 for the Creative Centre in Rarotonga.

Currently on the North Island tracks, on Day 74 of his journal Talbot was at the Waitewaewae Hut and the next day he walked 9.1 kilometres to Nichols Hut in six hours.

On Day 76 Talbot walked from Nichols Hut to Te Matawai hut where he felt cold wind as he made his way up to the ridge

“From the main ridge it just got worse. The rain was frigid and the wind made it bite you when it blew hard over the mountain. At one point there was sleet coming over my head Stopped at Dracophyllum hut for lunch and filled up my water from the tank.

He arrived at Te Marawai hut after walking 12.6kms in nine hours.

On Day 77 Talbot made his way to Levin and Poads Road end where he met his next billet, Jason Bland.

“From Te Matawai Hut it was pretty much mud, mud and more mud! It was very boggy in a lot of places on the way across Dora Ridge and then down the Gable End Ridge Track. It was slow going with the mud and slippery roots and stones to navigate around,” Talbot said.

He walked 12.02 kms in 6.25 hours.

“Having done the Tararua Ranges I can say that they were tough, rugged, muddy but very beautiful. With the last day being sunny I got to see them in all their beauty,” he said.

On Day 78 Talbot spent the day at Palmerston North where he later made his way to Wako Tanaka’s house in Cloverlea Palmerston North.

On Day 79 with 56 days to go, Talbot walked from Palmerston to Fielding.

“I was walking on the highway verge again (rewind to day 1 Bluff to Invercargill). Despite this the verge was generally pretty good and I was quite safe. I arrived at Fielding holiday park (a cabin billeted by Linda and Paul … meitaki maata so much guys). Total distance and time today of 21.4kms in five hours.”

On Day 80 Talbot continued his walk from Fielding to Bulls a small rural town near Palmerston North.

“9am departed fielding holiday park. First coffee place I found was Cherry Lane Coffee ordered a Triple shot espresso spoke about the Creative Trail and she gave it as an FOC and the Lady also took a pic and said she’d like, share and donate,” Talbot said.

He said he continued his walk where he only saw roads and more roads.

“I’ve got a sore back from the road walking, rather than sore feet or ankle ... not too sure why!?

At 2.45pm I arrived into Bulls, total distance and time today of 23.8 kms in 5.75 hours.”

His next billet Glenn picked him and they went on to Halcombe.

“Glenn took me out to the Mekong Thai restaurant in Fielding to meet up with Monica (former Rotary president). I had a crispy pork ginger stir fry with coconut rice. We spoke of the trail for a bit but also spoke of other potential projects for Rarotonga Club.”

Talbot said he would be walking to Santoft Forest and heading for Koitiata and the final road walk section into Wanganui on Day 81.

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