Carrying the bare minimum
For the next five months Julie Stacey’s most luxurious item is a tube of moisturiser.
The 45-year-old has quite her day-job and is doing the Te Araroa trail to raise money for the Nga¯ruawa¯hia Community House.
Stacey started the trail on October 13, and walked through Nga¯ruawa¯hia last week.
The North Waikato town has been her home for the past few years.
Stacey is carrying a 15kg pack, so she can only afford to take the bare minimum with her.
She has one set of clothes for walking and one change of clothes in her pack.
Her fingers are her hairbrush and deodorant is non-exsistent.
‘‘I would say I’m fairly low maintenance any way, but you have to be very low maintenance on the trail.’’
‘‘I’m constantly thinking about keeping the weight of my pack down.’’
It’s been just over a month since Stacey began the trail in Cape Reinga, already she describes her feet as being similar to an elephants. ‘‘They’ve gone very hard. ‘‘After 90 Mile Beach I got some pretty awful blisters on my heels and had to perform minor surgery on my feet every day for five days.
‘‘I had to take it all off at night to let them breathe and then bandage them back up again in the morning.’’
Every day Stacey starts walking by 7.30am and finishes walking around 3pm.
Depending on the terrain she could cover between 12kms and 35kms in a day.
Stacey is from New Forest on the south coast of the UK originally.
‘‘I moved to New Zealand 11 years ago, as soon as I heard about the trail I immediately knew I wanted to do it. It was a feeling I got, I wanted that connection with New Zealand.’’
Anyone who wishes to keep upto-date with Stacey’s journey can do so via her Facebook blog Tiny Tramper. Donations can be made to her Givealittle page.
Nga¯ruawa¯hia’s Julie Stacey is walking the length of New Zealand.