Ahh, the glory of a full zero day to myself in a great setting. I seriously sat on the couch the whole day and was wonderful. After the last 20 days of hiking an average of 19mi/30km, it was great to hardly move at all and just rest. The timing couldn’t have worked out any better as I had pretty strong menstrual cramps and was pretty drained by that. So glad I didn’t have to walk through that! I got a ton done that’s built up over the last three weeks and feel so much lighter and reenergized for this next chunk of the North Island.I did have the space all to myself today, and it was nice to “cave” for a day with all the people I’ve been around. THANK YOU again to Claire for such a wonderful space! I think I just needed a day to reset as I feel like all the interactions were starting to wear me down. When I get a moment to step back and look at this experience, I do realize how, although it may not be my preferred experience to have such little solitude, it is unique and I am experiencing the whole of New Zealand, not just the tracks. I have hopes ahead of more space between towns and camping in the wilderness (just three nights thus far in somewhat solitude). Now that I’m realizing how the lack of solitude has impacted my lens on things, I’m going to work on being more conscious of that so it doesn’t have such an influence over my mood or reflection of the day. I have found that I do enjoy the days quite a bit, but I write the journal at the end of a day, often around many people, and in an artificial setting next to a road and/or a bunch of caravans. I need to separate that feeling from how the actual day was when I reflect, so I’m going to work on that. This post is going to be released on Thanksgiving Day back in the US. I haven’t had a chance to fully thank everyone for their support and kind comments when there was some backlash from my opinions of some aspects of this “hike.” You all are doing this with me and many of you have hiked with me from the beginning. I know there are some newbies out there along for the first time that may not know me the way other longtime readers do. I’ve developed a comfort in talking as if you all know me and my humor. Sometimes things may come off differently to those just meeting me than those that have known me for years and the evolution that’s occurred over this journey. It’s great to know you’re all out there and so supportive and that I do have quite the community to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. THANK YOU!!!
A good chunk of my day was spent calling and Skyping many of my family and friends. It was great to get that time and have the wi-fi to make it happen. One of the biggest challenges I’ve had is that, although I have phone service all the time, due to the phone plan and costs of data, I have had much less contact with those back home than I’m used to. It’s been limited to towns where I can be on wifi and they can too. I know to some this may seem very petty, but I’m used to at least a 10min call or Skype a day with my twin sister and nephews. It’s fun to check in and hear the little things that happen daily. It was good to be able to do that today.
Other things I did today was laundry, prep for the upcoming sections, some online yearly trainings I need to do for work (substitute teaching), clearing out my email inbox (yay!), and just general surfing the internet and catching up on things. The most disappointing part of the day is that NZ blocks all the ways anyone would have of watching american television, NOOOOO! I’m three weeks behind on Survivor and two weeks on Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family. I was really looking forward to watching all those and couldn’t, but it did force me to check things off the to-do list that I’d been avoiding for quite awhile and I got more rest. No worries, I have my ways of watching these shows and should be able to see them in a week or two once I can get my hands on them. They aren’t going anywhere:) Ok, Happy Thanksgiving everyone and eat a ton of turkey for me!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to you . My families Canadian relatives celebrated their thanksgiving a few weeks ago -I always forget that three is a different one for the USA . So glad you got to rest your weary legs in a great spot !
Zero’s go to fast!!
Happy Thanksgiving. You look truly happy on that sofa all “Wired” up and in your element.
I bet you’ll really take off once you are back out there since you’ll be all rested up, both mentally and physically.
Hi Erin, I am a newbie to following you and am finding your personal insights into yourself very interesting. Remember some people get energy from being around people and some people it zaps, its sounds like you may be the latter so be aware of this and give you self the rest you require. Thanks for all the track info squirreling it away for next year.
For sure! It’s an interesting balance.
Happy belated Thanksgiving Wired (it’s already tomorrow in NZ)! Hey, have you tried a VPN for streaming, that often works for those who travel outside of the country and want to watch US shows. I concur with you about the alone time, sometimes being around people is draining and I need to find alone time to recharge and center myself. I’m a classic introvert, LoL.
I do use a VPN and found out yesterday that it wasn’t an isolated incident that it didn’t work, it is blocked somehow in NZ, ugh. Not sure what people use for NZ.
Happy Thanksgiving. That view on your rest day is absolutely fantastic. Thank you Claire, you’re one of the best kinds of trail angels.
I’ve enjoyed your vocalizations of the experience because I’m also one who needs more quiet time for resetting, and although I enjoy the FUN when sharing the experience with others, I’m not nearly as absorbed in the actual environment. As you say different, not good, not bad, just unique.
Congrats on opening yourself up to this personal growth and reflection.
One of the things I love about you the most is your great positive attitude, it’s wonderful. Thank you for being such a great example for the rest of us hikers.
Thanks, I can’t say it shines through as strong in person, I think I’m outwardly more a realist, which isn’t always positive I guess. But in reflection on things, I like to hope all had its purpose and was something I could learn and grow from.
What I love is the way you *manage* your feelings, instead of just getting yourself in a tizzy, as I do. You understand how when you are out on trail, things get magnified .. like, this view is the best ever, this road/campsite/trail/bog/lost item is the worst .. and you get them all into their proper perspective. I think this might be one of the most important things that thru-hikers have to learn to do well.
Good point! Thru-hiking really does magnify emotions and it swings so much from moment to moment! I definitely think the blog has helped with reflection. Sometimes writing things down can really make me think about them in new ways or see them from another perspective. I see you’re still checking in:)
yes, hooked .. much better than those shows you keep on about 🙂
Haha! That was my though exactly (no shows means Erin can’t procrastinate?)
Oh man, you know me too well! I was so productive by process of elimination!
Also funny is that I finally have time (?Break) to actually open a wired email & read a blog entry & it’s a zero!;)
We miss ya lots!