"It" is in New Zealand - where I was born but have not lived for well over 20 years. In the years that I have lived in the US I have been back to New Zealand only a handful of times. I have never done "it" before. I never even herd of "it" until about 2 years ago. If my son and I get to do this thing I am certain "it" could be one of the most memorable experiences we have ever done individually and together.
"It" has a name. "Te Araroa" - which is a Maori name. (The Maori people were the original settlers of New Zealand and Te Araroa translated means "The Long Walk").
In a brief video capsule - this is what it is.....
In a more descriptive form - the facts: A 3054 KM walk - from the Northern most point of New Zealand (Cape Reinga) to the Southern most point of New Zealand (Bluff).
Average time to complete the "walk" is 120 days.
Fastest time to do it....
Jez Bragg did it in 53 days 9 hours. My son and I have a goal of doing it in about 75 days - give or take a week or so. I can't wait to try it. We talk about it every now and then - trying to wrap our heads around the concept of 3054 kilometers. That seems oh so very long. We make the mistake too often in looking up 3054 kilometers to see that it is just under 1900 miles.
One Thousand, nine hundred miles.
ONE FREAKING THOUSAND, NINE FLIPPING HUNDRED MILES !!!!!
That is like walking from Colorado Springs to New York City - and then still having over 120 miles to go!!!
That's not a bucket list - that's a kick the bucket list - as in "grab a shovel, dig a hole and jump in, cover yourself with dirt and grow daisies out your armpits" kind of list.
But we want to do it / try it / experience it. We want to live it, breathe it, feel it, suffer it - LIVE it.
We spend time looking at the Official website for the trail. We get distracted by You tube videos of it which inevitably lead us to watching other You Tube videos like this....(nothing to do with the trail itself - but quite entertaining and a little frightening also).
Its still 3 years or so away till we may try it - who knows what can and will happen between now and then. But with a little extra time on my hands for the next few days (aside from going to work and still running a bit) - the Long Walk has been fun to revisit in my mind today.
I'm hoping we get to do it - I expect if we do it will leave an imprint deep in my son's and my mind.
Seems like it did his.....