Bruce has left Mercer and is on his way to Te Kuiti but hot days and the high hills are giving his body grief.
Bruce Hopkins Trail Diary – Week Eight
3 December – 10 December 2017
Mercer – Te Kuiti
“The vast array of daily physical/mental trials, tribulations and joyous experiences is a continual fascination. A thick shake is my new craving after a 9-10 hour slog.
“However my body and in particular my internal organs are beginning to demand that I pay much closer attention to my levels of dehydration and exertion, so I may need to restrict myself to 7-8 hours of tramping, each day with the 30km days being restricted to only when necessary. I also need to ensure I take rests along with almost doubling my intake of water. I’m currently on a three day hold awaiting the final results of a blood test I had to have when arriving in Te Kuiti from Waitomo on Thursday afternoon. I’m staying with a wonderful couple who are members of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust New Zealand.
“The whanau of trampers that you meet while on this odyssey, even those you only spend brief periods of time with at a campsite or in passing in a forest, are people you feel an instant bond with. Then there are the trail angels, those who give you something as simple as water, or a meal, or a five star hot shower and bed, are truly that, angels.
“I find it hard to express the depth of my gratitude to these wonderful folk.”
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Produced by Bruce Hopkins and Justin Gregory. Executive Producer Tim Watkin.