TA Day 38 – 1000km One Third Done


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30th November


Piropiro Campsite 964.4km to Bennett road Shelter 1006.1.

It was a peaceful morning. No wind and gray sky greeted me with the morning bird calls. One thing about the Timber Trail, it makes for easy hiking. The miles came easy on the easy graded trail. There are no steep hills, puddles of mud or water crossings.

More suspension bridges over the many deep. My fear of heights did not kick in as bad as it did yesterday.

The Timber trail is a multi use trail. Several cyclists passed us during the morning. The trail is 80km (50 miles) and with easy grades. In fact it’s more of a cycling trail than hiking trail. Te Araroa hikers make up the majority of the people hiking the Timber Trail.

10am photo below

A lot of the trail follows very old logging roads and early railroads. The geology of the area is at times unstable. Many places are prone to landslides or falling rocks. Us poor hikers can’t race through the area like cyclists.

One section of trail follows an old railway line that had to make a confusing turn through a tunnel. As the rest of this trail is rather unstable I suspect a lot of work had to go into ensuring the tunnel was safe. Imagine 60 years ago as a trail hauling logs went into this tunnel.

Late in the afternoon I kept an eager eye on my Guthook Navigation app. The app ticked over to 1000km. One third of the trail completed. I want to finish this trail in under 4 months. If I keep up this pace it looks likely to be a likely event.

With an hour till sunset we arrived at the campground that signaled the end of the Timbet Trail. Three Scottish hikers were there. We’ve been bumping into each other since I met them at my first camp on day 1.

I will be faced with making some important decisions tomorrow. These decisions will likely see me heading into remote trails and alpine sections alone. But it’s the weather forecast that is worrying me the most.

Next – Day 39-40 – Taumaranui Decison Tim

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Brad is an Australian who has completed the hiking Triple Crown after he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail. He has hiked on every continent (except Antarctica) and has cycled from Alaska to Ecuador. He is an expert on outdoor gear currently living in Chile.

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6 thoughts on “TA Day 38 – 1000km One Third Done”

  1. Looks like the trail changed a lot since 2015? We were just a short time on the timber trail but then in stunning Pureora Forest! Was one of the good parts on North Island!

    • The trail has changed twice since I started hiking. There are trail closures, new routes to try and get off highways and farmers that allow access then take it away. I think it will be 10 years before things are a bit more settled

      • I just wonder why they changed to a boring cycling trail like the timber trail, when there is one of the best adventures section on the north island through the Pureora Forest…

      • I believe it was because it removed all the busy roadwalking after the trail. The Timber Trail was great, not boring at all. Only saw 10 cyclists in 80km. And the roadwalk into Taumaranui was on quiet back roads. Maybe 2 cars in 3 hours. One thing about hiking the TA, there is always a lot of “I wonder why the trail go there” questions. Maybe in 10 years we’ll find out.

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