GPR Road Trip 2016/ 2017.

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Not a bad place to wake up. More images on my <a href="https://www.instagram.com/paulpetch/" target="_blank">Instagram.</a>

Not a bad place to wake up. More images on my Instagram.

The lead to me leaving for a planned 2 month road trip around the South Island were fun. Early plans were to be at the Kepler Challenge for the 1st December to feature this iconic event and it’s organisers, and then head off from there. Literally days before I secured a large commercial job so this became a priority, and with a twist of fate allowed me to get some kit on the “NEED” list for Monty van.

With my Wife and Son joining me in a few weeks for 3 weeks of the adventure- packing was based on forecasting which larger items I needed to take to avoid problems at the airport. Packing a van is like playing Tetris too. It’s amazing how much you can fit into the space, but there is a process and place for everything. Items being used more regularly need to be accessed readily- items of value need to be secure- items that make the van feel like home at arms reach. Smelly running gear needs it’s own place too :D

The humidity up North is a challenge to say the least, and recent weeks have found me packing the van in the long days of out front of the apartment in the heat, minimal work space and zero shade.  Anyway, after checking off list after list, I was ready to go. Don’t over think it.

Hirotaka Tanimoto. Fast, strong, and likes to suffer. Photo by <a href="http://paulpetch.co.nz/" target="_blank">Paul Petch.</a>

Hirotaka Tanimoto. Fast, strong, and likes to suffer. Photo by Paul Petch.

Amanda represeeeeennnnnt! Thanks for your support :) Photo by <a href="http://paulpetch.co.nz/" target="_blank">Paul Petch.</a>

Amanda represeeeeennnnnt! Thanks for your support :) Photo by Paul Petch.

The stress of the city and heat, packing, commercial work, and life had taken its toll on me leading to the end of this year. I felt tired and frustrated. It’s like Aucklanders’ wear and voice burnout with pride. Fuck that. Stop glorifying busy. Its a false economy and a waste of our most valuable asset. Time. Itching to get going and leave the hype behind and rid the struggle to BREATH. To just BE. To just go run and explore each day.

Hitting the freeway I was greeted with more traffic gridlock as we sat like robots accepting this as part of living in the city “desired by many”. Then as the pedal hit the metal and the city skyline faded in my rear view mirror I smiled, put on some tunes and relaxed into the road trip I’ve planned for years!!

The morning routine of up with the sun brings some stunning rewards. Photo by <a href="http://paulpetch.co.nz/" target="_blank">Paul Petch.</a>

The morning routine of up with the sun brings some stunning rewards. Photo by Paul Petch.

Wild Lupines are my favourite New Zealand flower! Look at them :D Photo by <a href="http://paulpetch.co.nz/" target="_blank">Paul Petch.</a>

Wild Lupines are my favourite New Zealand flower! Look at them :D Photo by Paul Petch.

Tararua Forest selfie. Photo by <a href="http://paulpetch.co.nz/" target="_blank">Paul Petch.</a>

Tararua Forest selfie. Photo by Paul Petch.

So what are the plans for Good People Run while I’m on the road down South? Simply to meet and feature as many runners, supporters and businesses involved with the New Zealand running scene. Run as many trails, tracks and roads as my Dad bod can handle and most of all to spread the STOKE of New Zealand running culture. Maybe an event or two as well? As a family we are planning to see as much of the South Island as possible too, and Relax. Explore. Just be. Get outside every damn day! This trip will also enable me to introduce my wee boy to the mountains… I cant wait to share this with him :)

On route and the amazing Tongariro National park calling. More images on my <a href="https://www.instagram.com/paulpetch/" target="_blank">Instagram.</a>

On route and the amazing Tongariro National park calling. More images on my Instagram.

So here I am. On my way to the far South and on route I’ve been off the grid in Palmerston North  to feature a great runner who ran the length of the USA (yeah I know right!), kicked in my running streak with the goal to run everyday, bathed in the amazing Tararua Forest, put in laps on the stunning Newtown track Wellington with a great crew, photographed runners for featured posts, shared artwork and GPR swag, and woken to a brilliantly sunny Nelson day today with a week of the finest Southern Summer forecast. Lush forest, oceans and minimal ‘noise’ other than the wind, rain, and sun. But now my friends the damn mountains are calling!

Home is where you park it right? Photo by <a href="http://paulpetch.co.nz/" target="_blank">Paul Petch.</a>

Home is where you park it right? Photo by Paul Petch.

Supporter Chan from Run Wellington. Thanks mate! Photo by <a href="http://paulpetch.co.nz/" target="_blank">Paul Petch.</a>

Supporter Chan from Run Wellington. Thanks mate! Photo by Paul Petch.

What really excites and nourishes the Good People Run project is that everywhere I go, people know of us. Already on the road it has been amazing to meet people and talk about life, running and the future. People are starting to see and ‘get’ what we are all about and it’s a beautiful thing. You are all amazing. Simply sharing STOKE and the culture of New Zealand running has become part of my life… and i’m grateful. See you out there!

For more regular updates follow me on my personal Instagram and Tumblr. I’d also LOVE to hear from you to go run, shoot your portrait and tell YOUR running story. You can email me on hello@paulpetch.co.nz or call/ message 0210 336 047.

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Paul Petch
Director of Good People Run, pro photographer, tutor and a recovering 'runaholic'. Based in Auckland City, my work is at www.paulpetchphoto.com
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