Car­ry­ing the bare min­i­mum

North Waikato News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CAITLIN MOORBY

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.

JULIE STACEY

Nga¯ru­awa¯hia’s Julie Stacey is walk­ing the length of New Zealand.

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