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Five month trek for Linda to fulfil a life's ambition PDF Print
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Human Interest - Local
Written by Mike Barrington, The Northern Advocate   
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Linda Donaldson finally gets those boots off after covering 3054km walking from Cape Reinga to Bluff on the Te Araroa Trail.

The boots that Linda Donaldson wore during a trek from Cape Reinga to Bluff are destined to become treasured pot plant containers at her Ngunguru home.

She covered 3054km during her five-month hike and her trusty boots gave her only one blister.

Linda's husband Jim also deserves credit for the comfort of the long-lasting footwear. He followed his wife in their campervan and when she emerged from bush sections of the Te Araroa Trail he would give the boots any repairs needed so Linda could keep wearing them. When she reached Bluff the pair celebrated with oysters and champagne, which Linda thoroughly enjoyed after bush meals of cold muesli and noodles. She ate well on the trail, but still lost 5kg.

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