Another busy day, only 30km, but -4°C to start off with, icy puddles to miss, city traffic, and earthquake road repairs. Six brave souls meet at Countdown Kaiapoi, and what a delight to have them along. Thanks heaps Jen, Barney, Graham, Pauline and Andy. An honour to have you along to share the ride.
Graham navigated for us ( something I hope he continues to do when he rides with me in Indonesia), and we made it to Hagley Park where reps from Canteen & Prostate Cancer meet us for the final few kms to Bivouac Outdoors. The park trails made for a much more relaxed ride away from the traffic........hmmmm, wonder whether I'll find similar trails in Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh Cities? A few more met us at the store, including CTV. Thanks all for turning out. Special thanks to Stu McFarlane our replacement drummer from the NZ Army Band. He presented me with a hat badge.....which means an awful lot to me, my family having had several ties to the band over many years.
CTV interviews and filming were going really well, until Juliet came over mid interview to show me a photo of my brand new grandson, Sebastian Laurie Frith, born while we had been riding this morning.
Sebastian Laurie Frith. Born 27th May 2014
Just as we were about to leave for a feed, a phone call from my daughter Lisa.......they have just gone unconditional on their new house........ Welcome to our world Seb. Grummy is off on a 900 day adventure. You Aunt has a new house, and Juju is off rescuing folk in helicopters. Good luck Amber & Paul trying to give Seb a quiet, relaxing, pampered life. He is going to be an adventurer.
Thanks CTV for the fantastic article on the news tonight. Thanks Karen, Janie, Rachel and all the others who came out to welcome me to Bivouac. Two days in, and I'm exhausted. Never mind. Just have to pack everything up tomorrow for Thursdays flight, and then only 897 days to go.
Grum, Ju or Lisa will be updating this blog while Grum is on his adventure.