Quick update: it’s been a whirlwind couple of days!
The friendly team at Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry and L.A.Fitness got me all sorted across the water. I walked the treadmill the entire sailing, much to the amusement of many of the other passengers.
Spent an entertaining evening with the Blenheim and Picton Venturer Units. Many sausages were sizzled and scoffed.
Endeavour Express shouted me a stunningly picturesque water-taxi ride to Ship Cove. Overall the weather was nice for the journey, though some rain meant a wet tent to be carried. Another ‘adventure plus’ moment was cooking dinner in a DoC toilet (out of the rain) then chatting with Annie – another tramper from Quebec – as she cooked her meal in the lady’s loo!
Today I reached the track end and called in at Anakiwa’s Outward Bound – what a flashback to 1990 that was!
Reached Linkwater and was looking at the looming big hill with trepidation when a ute pulled over. “Are you the Scout guy?”
It turns out I featured with photo and article in the Marlborough Express Midweek paper yesterday, and Chris Bird – father of Palmerston North Rover Gavin Bird – just happened to be driving past and saw me. I was only 2km from his and Sharon Parkes’ front gate.
No sooner than I had reached their front door than the heavens opened. I would have got drenched!
And that is the perfect example of a ‘Trail Angel’ in action. Thanks guys! 🙂