My Camino Portugues Wrap-up

So after leaving the Via de la Plata I ended up heading over to Portugal from Spain to do the Camino Portugues. I took a bus from Merida in Spain to Lisbon, it only cost around EUR 20 and took four hours. Lisbon is a potential starting point the Camino but most pilgrims will start … Read more

Te Araroa Bigger Picture Maps

These are two resupply maps that I created for the 2016/17 TA walking season. They should be good for a few years although there might be some information missing or new tracks that might put the distance out a little. They were only meant as a rough guide and for long term planning. There are … Read more

Pilgrim’s Guide to Seville

It’s the eve before I set off on a 1000km walk to Santiago. I am just about fully prepared as can be, with just a couple of things to buy in the local Decathlon store. I have added some of the places that I needed to visit in preparation, including where to buy your credencial … Read more

Quick update from Sevilla

I left Barcelona yesterday and took a very fast train down to Seville. The train was actually very comfortable and the 5h30 passed quickly. I spent most of the time sorting out and organising the music on my phone. The rest of the time I was watching the speedometer at the front my carriage. We … Read more

Finishing up in Barcelona

I have been in Barcelona over a week now and really do like this place. As someone who works from cafes, it’s very hard to beat working from here. Aside from work, there is always something going on here and I love the energy of the city. It’s probably my favourite city in Europe, closely … Read more

Getting geared up for the Via de la Plata

I am in Barcelona now. I had to leave Valencia due to the cost of being there during the Fallas festival. The guesthouses and hotels increase their prices by 3 or 4 times during this period and that would totally blow a hole in my living budget. I am also not a big fan of … Read more

Introducing the Via de la Plata 

Greetings from sunny Spain. I am currently hanging out in Valencia and catching up with work. I am also planning my second Camino in between the dull work! The Via de la Plata is also known as the Silver Way as it was originally a roman road that was used to transport silver. The main … Read more

The Best Laid Plans – TA 2016 Pt.4

Leaving Ahipara and into the Northland forests Those of you who have been following this blog will probably have wondered why I only made one entry while on the TA. Well the truth is that I am here in Mexico City now when I should have been some where on the South Island! Let’s go … Read more

Ninety Mile Beach – TA 2016 Pt.3

We are finally on our way! I am in Ahipara, which is a small holiday village at the end of the Ninety Mile Beach. We are having a zero day (thru-hiking term for day off) because of the crazy storms that have battered northern NZ. We start today into the Herekino forest with the next … Read more

Northward bound – TA 2016 Pt.2

I finally got to meet my three TA walking buddies today and they are great. We  gathered early at Auckland’s downtown bus station for the longish journey up to Kaitaia. The bus trip was over six hours and we emerged from the chill of the bus into the ‘winterless north’ of NZ. Northland’s sub-tropical climate … Read more