After composing myself, and starting to wonder if I was a complete wuss, I busied myself with the usual Hut Book stalking. Mentally ticking off all the other Te Araroa hikers we are chasing: Tengu & Clod, Roger Moir, Alex & Shalane & David, Lucy & Rebekah ( lots of girls this year ), and Paul Edwards from Auckland… Tick. All alive. Excellent.
Paul’s account caught my eye, essentially saying “I came here to walk, not to DIE!”. I was glad it wasn’t just me!