As it happened, my campsite was only a couple of Kms from the 12 Apostles, so I toodled up the road for a looksee. That was the start of a relaxed day of sightseeing, as I stopped at London Bridge, the Chasm, and various other spots.
12km later and I am at the Port Campbell visitors Centre, being helped out by a lass from Yorkshire. Do all info centre's the world over employ northern Girls? And how come they know so Much?
So no hot shower, no laundry, but free Internet for an hour. Managed to update my website, answer emails, and wake up Ju with Skype.....she'd just finished night shift.....but seemed pleased to hear from me. Also read Sebs blog (my one week old grandson writes to me everyday in his blog) which made me cry. Running out of time and being cut off from Ju and Lisa Tim and family wasn't much fun either....sorry family. Will try again in a couple of days....
A few quick comments from emails. Dr John, I would come to Dunedin with you for the Test, but I'd be worried about who you'd be cheering for.
Great hearing from you Kerry. Say Gidday to Phil n Jill this weekend.
Anyone enquiring about coming to Tibet with me.....Please ring or email Adventure South for details. Starting date is 25th April 2015 in Kathmandu. They are not at present advertising my trip on their website.
Happy birthday Lucas.
So the folk in the info Centre were suggesting getting off the main road, and heading to Childers Cove, about 30ish km. Having sat around in the warm for a couple of hours, thought I may as well go for it.......and then there were the very long straights and I got thinking.........
WHAT IF ?
Some years ago, Eileen and I took our children to Europe and the UK, and then the USA, for 4.5 years. So many told us we were crazy, and we shouldn't or couldn't do that. My answer was "Why Not?"
When we were ready to return to NZ, my teaching colleagues suggested that I was crazy to leave a good job in the UK, for nothing in NZ. My answer: "I love a challenge"
When we returned to Hanmer Springs we worked hard to start two different companies. I was told that there was no way a privately owned Outdoor Education Centre would work. My answer: "That was 24 years ago and the Centre is still going"
I was told I was crazy to think that an International Jazz Festival would work in Hanmer Springs. My answer....."watch this space"
And I was told that I was too old, didn't have enough money, it was too dangerous...to cycle around the world. My answer...."I'm going to give it my best shot."
I reckon there are two types of persons out there. Those who see the hurdles and find their way around, over or under them, and solve the problem, and those who see the hurdles, and allow them to stop them in their tracks.
I know where I sit. I enjoy being proactive, positive, and enjoy the challenge of changing things for the better. Sure not every time does it work, but at least I've tried..
At the Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre, we train young folk to be Instructors. We use a catch phrase.....Live Above the Line. Below the line are excuses, passing on the blame, and negativity. Above the Line are Ownership, Taking Responsibility, and Proactively. I believe we have produced some exceptional young people from this programme, doing great work, in so many areas. They see hurdles, and jump them in single bounds.
What do you do when you are confronted by something new, unknown, uncertain, maybe even a little Scarey? Do you make excuses that increase the size of the hurdle, or do you find a way around them, moving Forward. Are you part of the solution, or part of the Problem? Have You the courage to accept the challenge and move Forward?
Life is like riding a bike.......If you're not going forward, you probably won't be able to dodge the hazards, and you'll almost certainly fall off. Wow. That's profound, and only been on the bike for a week.
So here I am camped above a beautiful Childers Cove. Some lovely photos as the sun set? I guess I need to stay off those long straights.