Bruce Hopkins wants to take the ashes of his dad and brother home to Rakiura/Stewart Island. He’s just taking the long way to get there. The long, long way.
Bruce Hopkins' leg is bung.
A nasty fall last week means he's off Te Araroa - New Zealand's Trail and is back home in Auckland recovering from a deep and serious infection in his left leg.
What does this mean for his goal to walk to Rakiura/Stewart Island? Has the curse of big brother Doug struck again?
Bruce Hopkins Trail Diary - Week Four
4 - 11 November 2017
Helena Bay - Auckland
"I continue to exercise patience as a patient, waiting for my cellulitis infected left shin to heal. This infection developed after my left shin laid a heavy kiss upon my hiking poles on the glorious sands of Ocean Beach as my left foot slid out from under me, thanks to some seaweed and jellyfish providing a form of mini ice rink.
"Following the smash of my shins onto said hiking poles I still had six hours of hard-out climbing and descending of the Bream Head ridgeline on the Whangarei Heads. When I fell I had just finished three-plus hours tramping over Kauri mountain and along Ocean Beach."
"Once again I am facing the prospect of what will probably be 10 days of lay off while the medication rids me of the infection. The cellulitis is almost gone and I have finished the course of antibiotics so will have to check with the doctor about my options.
"I cannot risk starting the challenge of 9-10 hours walking in testing terrain with an 18kg pack on my back and maybe reigniting the whole affair.
"Bloody, bloody, bloody, bloody hell!"
The Long Way Home - whenua, whakapapa, whānau.
Produced by Bruce Hopkins and Justin Gregory. Executive Producer Tim Watkin.