Fame spreads quickly. Back at Mt Eden Planet Cycle just an hour later I am greeted with "I saw you on TV this morning. Fantastic job. Keep it up." Over the course of the day I get numerous txts from friends up and down the country, some who hadn't heard of the trip, congratulating me on the achievement so far. Nice. Even a phone call from a man in Manurewa offering congratulations. Sorry sir, I am not passing back through your town, but thank you very much.
Despite the "fame", I am still humbled by the generosity and support from friends and strangers. Today it was my long time friend an boss, Hiking New Zealand Director, Malcolm O'Neil. Last evening, as well as providing food, hot shower, comfort and rest, Malcolm spent several hours working with me solving Gopro issues. Today he worked for several hours fixing a trailer problem, and loaned me his trustee RW van to scoot around to do errands. And all this while juggling his own work and family time. Thank you heaps Malcolm, and Rhona for your support.
In between all this going on, a radio interview on Radio Live, keeping my mate Verdon from Samsung up to date, arranging distances to ride and accommodation issues with my wonderful daughter Lisa, we managed to catch up with the Mad Butcher himself, Sir Peter Leitch, patron of Prostate Cancer Foundation. A photo and a cup of tea squeezed in to Sir Peters very busy "rest day" was really appreciated.
Best part of the day has to be picking up my lovely lady Juliet from the airport. So great to have her here..... fits in so well with her St John training.
Wow. Really looking forward to my second "day of rest".