Saturday, December 27, 2008

Day 57 - Pareora - Glenavy.

51km day today... Only 9 more walking days!!!!!Left the Goodhew's place this morning, and drove to the motel where my Mum, Grandma, and Ange were staying. It was sad to leave the Goodhew's as they are a wonderful family, who really looked after me over the past few days. I really enjoyed spending time with the girls (Harriet, Emily, and Abi). Thank you once again for all that you have done, it is much appreciated, and wont be forgotten! (Mark gets special mention for watching 'Little Britain' with me last night - Great impressions!!!).Thanks also to my Mum, who brought down her Ipod for me to use (after mine broke, walking in the miserable Canterbury rain last sat!!). I really notice the difference in my speed when I have music.Began walking, and was joined by Andrea, Sarah, and Matthew. Andrea walked with me for about 15km, while Matt & Sarah drove in convoy with my 2 JUCY cars. I had a really awesome time chatting with Andrea, and learnt a lot about CF in the process. We stopped in Makikihi for lunch and to re-fuel the cars. Highlight was when the shop attendant came out from behind the counter to meet me at the drinks fridge - just to shake my hand. I continued walking, and a lady and her daughter stopped especially on the side of the road to make a donation (Thanks!). Jo and Mark also spotted me walking as they were driving south, and tooted encouragement. Later on in the afternoon, my friend Greg joined me for the last 20km. It was really neat having him along, and we spent most of the time chatting. Once we finished for the day (in the metropolis of Glenavy, 18 or so km north of Oamaru), I dropped Greg home (at his in-laws), and found our accommodation for the next few nights (Thank you VERY much to the Gawn family, for letting us use your home! I look forward to meeting you tomorrow!! Thank you also to Bevan Crombie for the donated gift packs!!!). After having a quick shower and sorting out our bags etc, Paul, Ange, Mum, Grandma and I all drove around to Greg's place for dinner. Once we arrived, Greg and Katherine introduced us to Katherine's parents (Jean & Ken), and her brother Stewart. We had the best curry I have ever eaten and spent the rest of the eveing talking. It was an awesome night, and the 'crew' and I had a really enjoyable night. Thank you very much to our hosts - a really awesome way to finish the day - with friends.

1 comment:

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

What a truly amazing walk. All the best for your remaining days to Bluff.