Day 101 The End?

Rex and I cleaned and lightened up ready for the "sprint" from Invercargill  to Bluff

Rex and I cleaned and lightened up ready for the “sprint” from Invercargill to Bluff

Rex spots Bluff

Rex spots Bluff

And I thought Bluff was the end of the Highway!

And I thought Bluff was the end of the Highway!

Time for one more flat white before the final kilometre!

Time for one more flat white before the final kilometre!

Stirling point finish coming into sight

Stirling point finish coming into sight

Rex joining in the celebrations (despite probably having done it all before!)

Rex joining in the celebrations (despite probably having done it all before!)

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We did it together (David, Sheela, Rax and I)

We did it together (David, Sheela, Rax and I)

A small birthday and completing the challenge snack

A small birthday and completing the challenge snack

Any more...especially those Bluff Oysters?

Any more…especially those Bluff Oysters?

Thanks Dad

Thanks Dad

7 ...just

7 …just

77...78..79

77…78..79


Doug and Wendy organised a surprise party for me! fantastic people.

Doug and Wendy organised a surprise party for me! fantastic people.


Out on the town getting the rugby in. Good game as Highlanders beat the Bulls.

Out on the town getting the rugby in. Good game as Highlanders beat the Bulls.

Friends for Life. David with Rik and Tony. Trouble is David's life may be cut short as he's agreed to play rugby with them tomorrow!

Friends for Life. David with Rik and Tony. Trouble is David’s life may be cut short as he’s agreed to play rugby with them tomorrow!

Another perfect day and it’s my Birthday too!

The “full english” started the proceedings most satisfactorarily. Managed to Skype with Marie and Alice and have a nice birthday chat. The weather was looking great, warm and sunny so I did the laundry for both of us. People on the site were wishing me happy birthday which was a nice touch too. Wendy and Doug who own the site have been really nice, had a talk to Wendy about the Cancer Research and sadly found out how they had lost a nephew to cancer when he was in his 30’s and had a young family, Doug and I had a yarn with fellow fifty year olds about how the forties are really the tricky decade to get through and now its all plain sailing. Had a final chat with Thomas, Anne and Peter the TA hikers before they left and we wished each other well. A really relaxing start before the final push to Bluff.

I dont think we set off until much after midday. Turned out to be more like 33km than 23km but the road was mainly flat and we could get a good head of steam up. Despite the prescence of big industrial units the ride was across pleasant countryside with the headland of Bluff slowly becoming closer. I had to pause for a flat white prior to the last stretch.

And there it was, a very sunny vibrantly coloured Stirling Point, the end of the mainland and the official end of my challenge. On a day like today it was such a beautiful setting. We took the photos for posterity and walked up to the Drunken Sailor for the Seafood Platter to end all Seafood Platters. I was blown away with how nice the Bluff Oysters tasted, wow! Will definitely have more of those!

I bombed it back to Invercargill in record time as I was on a high and wanted to push myself and with Rex not loaded it was a great fast ride.

We were just about to head into town when Doug and Wendy ushered me into the lounge and presented me with a lovely surprise of a birthday cake, chocolate and biscuits. A crowd formed and sang happy birthday. It was really touching and I had to wipe away a tear. Felica and the boys also rang and i was sang happy birthday in spanish, I had another tear forming then too.

We walked into town and after a pitta pocket and a sly beer from the liquor store went to watch the rugby at the Kelvin Hotel. Interesting place as it was full of pokies and gambling of every type. Some waitresses whod finished their shift invited us to eat some of their massive platter of food so didnt need a second invite.

Explained the very basic rules of rugby to David who didnt know anything and watched what turned out to be a very good game of super rugby which the Highlanders came back from behind to beat the big beefy Bulls.

We were then accosted by Tony and his son Rik who’d had a skinful already but wanted to show us some great southern hospitality. Tonys wife had died of blood cancer 3 years ago and he thrust some money into my hands for cancer research. We had a good bit of piss taking as I believe you do with hospitable drunk southern men. We’ve been invited to stay at their bach in Manapouri anytime with our wives in the future. Somehow David has now committed to play for Rik’s rugby team tomorrow and is getting picked up at midday! I feigned old age and got out of it.

Great day, Great night, Great trip, Great life and probably a great big hangover in the morning!

Thanks for following me on this self-indulgent rambling blog

As Arnie said….I’ll be back

So keep checking over the next few weeks

Bf 120
KM 66
left 54km!!!

10 thoughts on “Day 101 The End?

  1. Happy birthday nick and well done on your great trip all the best from the Devonport crowd.Any time you need a space in Auckland you are welcome

    • Hi John, Thanks, it was a great day to be 50! When are you 50? Heading into Catlins today, sunny and clear but strong north Easter is slowing us down. All good for the spirit I guess. Thanks for offer, I will be back! I’m going to see if I can pedal back to Nelson by 25th just for the sheer hell of it! All the best to you and the Devonport support team!

  2. Happy Birthday Nick and congratulations on your journey! It has been great keeping up to date with what you’ve been doing, inspiring stuff!! Laura x

    • Hey Laura! Thanks very much, greatly appreciated. You know I am doing it all to give all OJ’s a bit of inspiration in their plain humdrum lives! Have you got any plans to travel? You would love it!

      • Funny you should mention that, I’m planning a trip to Peru hopefully September/October time for a few weeks and hiking the Inca Trail is top of the list!!!

  3. How’s your Maori mate? Mine’s a bit rusty but here goes…

    Huritau kawea hari toku hoa pai! E pupuri tabs ki to koutou i te ahunga whakamua me te kōrero whakamiharo – hei tiaki ia ia ake – he aha ahau haere mīharo. Nga kuao kau i homai ki ahau te ri’ari’ai ahakoa! Titiro whakamua ki te rongo koutou kōrero katoa i roto i aroha Blighty tawhito! Raatau! Pai rawa,

    Stuart (Todd).

    • Hi Stuart, bloody hell I didn’t know you were fluent in Maori! I will have to work on this translation for a few days, only word so far is Blighty! Looking forward to catching upup with you and setting up the South West Maori club..

    • Here goes

      Happy birthday brought my friend! Showing holds your progress and the wonderful story – keep it up – what impressed me go.Calves given me chilling though! Look forward to hearing you speak all in love old Blighty! Their! Well,

      Your Maori is rusty mate!

      How about this

      Mauruuru e koe toku hoa! Ko koe rawa atawhai. Titiro whakamua ahau ki te kite i tou mata pakeha rawa hohoro. E noho kaha.

      • Yep, pretty much got the gist of it although the speaking in love worries me a bit – calm down tiger – thought we said we’d just stay friends?! Your Maori is coming along nicely though. My Maori is tinged with a dose of Hawaiian dialect from across the Pacific pond – as well as a nasty dose of ‘Mr Google translate finger’. I think you said…

        Thank you my friend! You are very kind. I look forward to seeing your face very quickly European. Stay strong.

        …although you probably meant something far more insulting of course! Either way, I’ll take it on the chin!

        Take ake ahau mucker tawhito, me te whai i te rere nui i roto i ki te tika whakamutunga!

        Cheers!

        Stuart.

      • It sounds like you must have been missing me more than i realised!

        “Take me old mucker, and after the flight was in the right end!”

        This Google translate is hilarious! Have a go at this raratongan lilt.

        E tumanako ana ahau e taea e koe te whakahaere i akiakina a koutou kararehe ki ahau. E mohio ana ahau kua he wa roa, me e me kua toko ake toku kuao ki a koutou!

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