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100 Days: Walking Te Araroa Paperback – September 26, 2016
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About the Author
Growing up in Nelson, New Zealand provided plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure. Isolated, we had to create our own fun, roaming freely, building forts, digging tunnels into the hillside. School had a compulsory introduction to the outdoors through a remote mountain lodge, Mataki Lodge. Small groups of unaccompanied 15 – 17 year old boys were unleashed into the hills in the middle of winter, returning three nights later. Most survived. Rocks Hut and the Pelorus River valley became a weekend playground. Later Nelson Lakes became more of a challenge. One botany and zoology degree later meant some summers involved in plant and animal surveys in remote parts of the South Island, in random places recording the, err, plants and animals present. And some time with early cereal bait acceptance trials for possum eradication. Then a career change, continent change and decades living overseas with only sporadic New Zealand backcountry experiences. Various expeditions were fitted in: the Kokoda Trail and Lake Kutabu in New Guinea, quite a few Tasmanian exploits, the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia, and Stewart Island/Rakiura on a few occasions. Then the time came to get back to a life envisaged as a youth, with simplification high on the list of requirements. Part of that transition was a cross-continental bicycle tour, confronting an Australian interior big on nothingness. After 15 months of whirring wheels, with the sun setting over the Indian Ocean in Perth, Western Australia, it seemed reasonable to take a year’s break before committing to a similar 19 month wiggly-woggly, fly-in-a-bottle style, route back east. These travels were documented in a blog, found on the website cycletrailsaustralia.com, four years’ daily writings became the basis for two full length ebooks, soon to be paperbacks: the initial Heading West and the sequel, zzOz | zig zag across Australia. Now permanently resident in Nelson, New Zealand, a true Paradise, and balancing life and work, creating content for the digital realm. Has now abandoned the bike and is currently working on a comprehensive website, tramping.net.nz, about an alternative means of hard yakka transportation more suited to the hills of the South Island: feet.
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