COVID-19 = Hiking Plan Changes and Practicing Gratitude

So, let us start by addressing the elephant in the room that I have not cleared up since my "The Bit Goal for 2020-2021 Te Araroa: The Why?" post. You can read that one here.


I HAVE NOT GONE ON MY 2021 Te Araroa THRU-HIKE ADVENTURE.

My dreams of walking down 90-mile beach and then the rest of beautiful New Zealand quickly slipped away for 2020/2021 with the enforcement of border closures between New Zealand and where I live here in Western Australia. Still hopeful, the plan then changed to walk from October 2021 to February 2022. Slowly as 2021 rolled in, however, hope was quickly lost. I realised that there was a good chance that all of 2021 and 2022 would be a rigmarole of switching between open borders to closed borders, state/country lockdowns, unreliable flights, etc.

And so, another year will pass before I get to tackle this big dream and goal. I cannot wait to walk the length of my home country on my own two feet.


In the meantime, I can dream about Rainbow Falls in Kerikeri.....




MY NEW PLAN: THE BIBBULMUN TRACK End-to-End August - October 2021.


I have pivoted my plans and will now be tackling another goal and dream for 2021 in my own backyard. I will be tackling the Bibbulmum Track Starting the 18th of August 2021.

I have been thinking of doing this shortly after I started dreaming of the Te Araroa, so why not take advantage of the stable situation that Western Australia has offered me to guarantee a walk during uncertain COVID times? I will write a post soon about my prep one month out, so look out for that post.

I am ready for these views! - without Sam's arm being decapitated by the panoshot.




My feeling overall?


Well, honestly, there has been a variety. Firstly I was in pure denial about COVID-19 and its impacts on me - this quickly resolved.... as it did for all of us, I am sure. Then, quite frankly, I became deeply devastated and very negative in dealing with not walking the Te Araroa.

The reasons:

  • I missed New Zealand and was looking forward to its embrace for a few monhts

  • I missed my family and wanted to be closer to them

  • I was feeling stagnant at work/in life and relied on this magnificent opportunity to clear my head

  • I've been looking to do a gap year and travel for a very long time

  • It would've been my biggest adventure, something I could be proud of for a lifetime

  • I was in a place where I really felt I needed to connect to myself through basic nature and routine

But, as I accepted fate and made peace with the situation, I started to count my blessings. I was in Western Australia, one of the only places in the world almost completely spared from COVID-19 due to the excellent efforts of our local government and our remote location.

Feelings of desolation really turned into quite positive feelings:

  • Gratitude for where I was

  • Gratitude that my family was safe and my life could continue as normal

  • Gratitude that I would not have to worry about contracting the virus\

  • Excitement that I could still have the opportunity to do a Thru-hike

  • Awe and appreciation for Western Australia's beauty


A trip to Margaret River with my partner for his 30th birthday.



Some of the coping strategies I use to get me through:


  • Got a second job

  • Went on many little adventures including hikes and a couple of adventures with my partner.

  • Started trail running

  • Trained for/ran an ultramarathon

  • Meditated more regularly

  • Worked on my positive and abundance mindset



Please comment below in the section on your own obstacle that you have encountered in life or specifically during the COVID-19 drama, and remember, stay grateful and stay positive.










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