Auckland

TA Day 28, ‘slackpack’ Mangere Bridge to Totara Park – 36 km

Curious heifers follow me along the muddy trail in the Puhinui Reserve.
Curious heifers follow me along the muddy trail in the Puhinui Reserve.

It’s raining.

A lot.

And expected all day – with lightning on the side.

But I have good rain gear and I’ll slackpack a bigger chunk today, a day I learn of a tramper dying on the Tongariro crossing, a place I’ll come to in another month.

He wasn’t a Te Araroa hiker, rather he was unprepared, poorly dressed and split up from his party when the weather turned ugly. Dumb decisions for sure, but we’re all capable of making dumb decisions. I feel sorrow for his family and remind myself to be smart on this solo walk.