It was great to have my parents there to meet me as they know the scope of the achievement of completing Te Araroa. I feel sad for our overseas trampers who arrive with no one to congratulate them on their achievements apart from bewildered looking tourists who are wondering why these smelly trampers are so emotional about a signpost.
Thanks to DOC for the fantastic tracks, huts and conservation work.
Thanks to my wonderful parents for supporting yet another of my crazy adventures and looking after my resupply parcels.
Thanks to the Trail Angels who are so generous with their time, houses and kitchens.
Finally thanks to my fellow Te Araroa Trampers for your companionship, support and advice. I wish you all luck in keeping what you learnt and achieved on the trail in focus as you transition back to real life.
For this blog I have three more entries; summary of my journey, gear review and a hints & information page for those doing TA in the future.