Queen Charlotte complete

Quick update: it’s been a whirlwind couple of days!

Safely in Picton, having 'walked on water' thanks to Bluebridge and L.A.Fitness.

Ship Cove has the funkiest toilets I've seen so far!

Canadian Annie - the Queen of the Tim Tam Slam!

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! 🙂

About Stuart Fleming

Just a guy who likes to walk and write.
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4 Responses to Queen Charlotte complete

  1. Yasmin says:

    Good to read about your progress on the trail. May the “Trail Angels” always be with you.

  2. Perhaps 2 Degrees should use you in their next advertising! It’s a small country! Glad you escaped the rain. Our Cubs took over Western Spring Park this evening – around 50 of with leaders and parents. What an invasion!

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