One Man Walking

Taupo Relay & Auckland Coast to Coast Walkway

February 23rd, 2008 · 6 Comments

It appears that 5 months of relatively sedate living has wasted all that excessive exercise from last year. I realised this as I ran up the first hill leaving Taupo at 2am last Saturday. I still had 14km and a few more hills ahead of me so I kept on pushing. It’s a nice time of day to run. Just the padding of shoes on tarmac and the occasional holler from well-wishers cheering on the other glow-stick toting runners. Tania’s leg was a few hours later and we had planned to do the Northern Circuit later that day but by the time we finished and got back to the house it had rained a few times and really wasn’t looking like much fun up on the hills. So we returned to Auckland and did just an hour around a local park. Even that seemed like a strain. My thighs were sore from my first run since left America and we were both pretty tired.
I’ve recently been invited by Paul M. (an A.T. graduate who runs Living Simply in Newmarket) to run the Auckland Coast-to-Coast Walkway, not to be confused with the Coast-to-Coast which covers 243 rugged kilometers of New Zealand’s south island. Since I didn’t know the track Tania and I decided to walk it under the grey skies of Sunday. It’s a nice enough walk and for one entirely within the boundary of the city it finds its way through many parks. From the downtown ferry building (not a great start because there is no parking) it goes up via the university, down to the Domain, up to Mount eden, across to One Tree Hill and then down to Onehunga wharf. Though signed in a few places there are some vital ones that are missing and it’s all too easy to wander straight past the road to Mt Eden. We passed through many streets, and even suburbs, I’ve never been in, and at our leisurely pace we had time to look into gardens, enjoy parks and watch the city folk go abut their business. I really haven’t been looking forward to walking through major urban areas in Japan, but they’ll be hard to avoid I imagine. I feel a bit better now that I’ve done road-walking here and the differences I’ll see in their towns will certainly give me stuff to look at.

I tested out the GPS logger from OHararp and the trail I created (with some points taken out to optimise it) can be seen here:Coast-to-Coast Walkway on Google Maps.

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mountaingoat // Feb 25, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Hey Craig,

    Damn! That Paul M wouldn’t be the one who hiked the A.T. as ‘Kiwi’ in 2004, would it? If so, our small world just became a little smaller. I hiked with him for a few days somewhere i Virgina, I believe. He subsequently did one of the first NZ end-to-ends, did he not?

  • 2 craig // Feb 25, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    hahaha, that’s the one! Is the kiwi hiking community that small? Loved the post on weight reduction. You’ll wince when you see my pack. I think I had a +13kg base weight last year, pack alone is over 2kg. But I’ve got to a sub kilo tent and… and… damn, that’s about the only super-lightweight thing I have.

  • 3 Paul McKelvie // Feb 27, 2008 at 12:37 am

    awesome to see your website mountaingoat! yep, i’m kiwi.
    now i’ve got 2 blogs to follow, awesome!
    13kg base is damn heavy craig. i hope you can lighten it up a little.

  • 4 Ayumi // Feb 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    You’re such a sportsman Craig! I’d like to boast to everybody that Mountaingoat was the fastest in a half marathon among all the people I know. When do you start the walk? Best wishes, I love your spirit.

  • 5 Mountaingoat // Feb 28, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    I was?! No wonder I feel tired this morning…

  • 6 Tony // Mar 6, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Hiya fellow Kiwi – nice of you to link to OXFAM, have you done any of thier trailwalkers? I did TAUPO last year and SYDNEY, helping out this April at Taupo.
    I am also looking at walking all the corners Japan early ‘08, so its good to come across your site filled with great info. – I’ll follow your site with keen interest. All the best for your journey!

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