Day 81

Nelson is one of, if not the most sunniest place in NZ. Certainly lived up to this billing again today.

We went to see Andy, the physio, who lives in a lovely house in Atawhai and has his treatment room there. Andy is another Pom who has been here for 7 years. He was really good and listened to everything I said before looking at my legs and manipulating the knees. Long and short of it was that it’s a case of “over use” exacerbated by my right knee’s tendency to place itself over the inside of the foot rather than centrally (probably due to my lack of hip flexibility which Andy checked and found to be pretty minimal!). The soreness is the knee cap rubbing more over the underlying bone as a result but at least no cartilage or soft tissue damage. Whilst rest and some exercises to stretch the quads would be the best treatment Andy thought that my cycling may well be better than walking as the most acute position where feel most pain would not be happening while cycling. He gave me some strapping tape and suggestions of how best to apply this to slightly move the knee cap for relief. Came away feeling reassured that I am not in danger of crippling myself by continuing my journey on two wheels but need to be careful about putting too much pressure on knees. Lionel has good idea on best positioning of bike to minimise this.

Lionel and I had a wonderful afternoon kayaking around Cable Bay which is only 20 minutes from his house. We stopped for tea and cake at the beach and spent a most pleasant afternoon meandering around looking at some of the waterside properties (Lionel quite keen to locate here) and spotting sting rays before heading back around 5pm.

Lionels's mid life crisis extravagance (which he subsequently let fall over)

Lionels’s mid life crisis extravagance (which he subsequently let fall over)

dry land practice

dry land practice

Golden afternoon on Cable Bay

Golden afternoon on Cable Bay

Tea and Cakes on the beach

Tea and Cakes on the beach

Lionel showing how to kayak properly

Lionel showing how to kayak properly


Amy “with the bike” had text to say could meet up around 7pm at the paradiso backpackers in town but this ended up nearer to 8pm as she had been delayed picking up her stuff in Richmond about an hours cycle away. Amy way lovely in many ways and although I should have been wary buying bike in what was now pretty dim light took her at her word that the bike was sound. Lionel and I both had a spin on it and felt it was OK. Noted that brakes probably just need adjusting, chain needs cleaning, but gears and size were fine. So the deal was struck and I am now the proud owner of “Rex” (the name Amy and previous owner have given it) and will be giving him a bit if TLC in the morning.

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