Seems odd to be back somewhere familiar. The cafe staff even recognize me. Feels even more odd not to be on the bike, and riding a train, but very sensible seeing the amount of traffic. The bike lane along beside the expressway is very narrow, the traffic moving very fast, and it is scarey. I am very surprised that there isn't a better, safer facility for cyclists in our capital city.
Duck into Bluebridge and sort a ferry crossing ticket. I have to be here at 7.15am tomorrow. Then I sit outside the station, eat some lunch and people watch. It's a long time since I have I've seen so many. Sort of puts things in perspective really. For the last month I have been working hard to accomplish a mission, with a cause, but here in the city, life goes on as usual.........
At 3.15 Tony Ryall (The Minister of Health) and a bunch of others met me on the forecourt of Parliament for a photo op. Great to have the support from the top. His team have a news release ready, so it seems that it is possible to get politicians to work with you..... Fletch.
Catch up with Mr Ben Dubisson outside his office in Courtney Place. No its not right next to Mermaids, and he seems happy and excited to be living and working his dream job in Wellington. Never the less, we in Hanmer will miss Ben and Cendrine, another couple who have come to Hanmer, been cured, and moved on. It is said that only oldies like me who can't be cured, never leave our beautiful valley.
It's a lovely ride around the coast via Oriental Bay to my hosts for tonight, Jim and Tui, and a bit of tricky navigating up short steep walking tracks, but once again a hot shower and clean clothes make it all worth it. Thank you Jim and Tui. Yet again, wonderful generous hosts, and Jims Wellington North Lions have made a substantial donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
South Island and my lovely Juliet tomorrow.