It was an inspirational and emotional day for me at Meadowbank School in Auckland. George and 2 friends had been watching the street all morning and ran up when he saw me... RUDY you really are here you really are here and you have the bike, then he led me to the class. Other children joined to make a parade like the Pied Piper or Santa's arrival at the mall...it was so humbling and emotional. We had a long chat questions , some of the best questions ever. Name all your countries you visited, what was the scariest part, are you lonely, how fast is the fastest you went. Questions from young interested minds.They gave me Clif bars gels and a bag full of papers with thoughts from each of them what they thought of my journey and me .Then we drew from a hat to name my bike as they had all picked names. Well my bike is now officially " SPARKLE". It was so hard holding back the tears until I got out of sight but then I let it go and man did I ever cry tears of joy and happiness to see how I my journey had inspired our future generation.
Rolling right now out of Auckland first stop at Meadowbank school to visit the kids first that have been following my journey try to inspire some young minds. Then its the final push before Christmas a tough 450 km and 4000 meters of climbing to Cape Reinga lighthouse. I plan to jump in for a swim in my speedo if its safe and dump the sand and water I have carried all across New Zealand from the southern tip Bluff Lighthouse. Stay tuned for some great pictures folks and Merry Christmas.
Only in New Zealand can you forget your laptop in a McDonald's with your passport, wallet and $500 in the laptop bag and when you call them after riding 4.5 hours and 90 km down they road they look and say yup its there on the table.In Vancouver if you went to the washroom it would be gone. They packed it up called a courier and delivered it to me for free with a coupon for a free meal. New Zealand you are a truly amazing Country.
Today at Auckland Airport . What an amazing day in my life collecting for the charity a week before Christmas. We met so many great people and raised buckets for Leukemia today.Leukemia is the number 1 cancer in children. Two girls were going on a holiday with their Mom as they just lost their father to the disease. I had to hold back my tears.Then the calendar shoot again for the charity and so honored a Canadian Firefighter in the New Zealand calendar. It took me 25 years and 18 countries!. My bike was really excited she got in the shots. December 2018 is the one.
Headed up to the Shire tonight in Hobbiton. I was skeptical but I must say I was amazed. The story is Peter Jackson and the locations crew are flying over farmlands looking for a place to film the Shire town for Lord of the Rings they see this farm and land the chopper. Mr Alexander owns the farm. He is watching rugby on TV and asks them to wait till the games over. So they do. Then they tour the farm and take the location making Mr Alexander rich cause its $80 per person to see it now. Just amazing realistic Hobbit town and it has a real magical feel due to the terrain and huge sweeping pines. Complete with Hobbitts mini-ginchies hanging to dry, smoke coming out of the chimneys, and my favorite part a free beer in the original Green Dragon Pub. I asked the waitress if the hobbits get into fights in the bar she says yes but they are easy to toss out. Song of the day it was a tough climb to get here on the bike played this 3 times https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co6WMzDOh1o
This is John and Kathleen. They own Chestnut Lane Cottage B and B in Matamata. This where the Hobbiton movie set is Im headed to. They read about my journey my bad hotel last night and invited me to stay. The first thing Kathleen did is give me a country vegetable soup just like my Mom used to make and buns and tea and scones etc etc. This is the type of wonderful people there are on earth still especially New Zealand!!!!
I had to think before posting this because its very personal. The deal with the oncologist at home was I can do this extreme cycle across New Zealand as long as I get 2 blood tests. One at the start and one half way. Well the good news is SCL Labs in New Zealand did it for free and donated $400 the Leukemia and blood cancer that I am riding for. Plus they are running both tests again to confirm the results. The bad news is my blood levels went up at an extreme jump of 25%. When I checked the news at a McDonalds with wifi 60 km ago I forgot my laptop maybe because I didnt want to rad any more bad news.... so I got a nice hotel that even has a business center and a bath tub. Im continuing on just because cancer is chasing me again doesnt mean it will catch me.Im not that sad nor am I afraid any more so dont you be. Im not going home for more tests. I plan on riding even faster and harder. I will never stop, but I know now how Terry Fox must have felt half way through his journey when his cancer returned. Its way nicer here than the cancer clinic over Christmas. Besides schools full of kids are waiting for me in Auckland and lots of fundraising and great people to meet here. I read before that people with little time left all wish they did several things different. Take more time off, traveled more, worried less and has visited or made peace with past friends. The first three I am doing the last one I am really working on.... some people following at home know what in particular from high school I am trying to make peace with. FK cancer lets ride on together and beat this shit !
Song of the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4z2DtNW79sQ
Burning 5000-7000 k cal per day (almost 1,000 cal/hour) enough to fuel an average person for 2-4 days . I have endless hunger an hour after I eat its burned up like logs in a huge fire. What a great weight loss system .Yes I am hurting, my lower back (do yoga stretches each night) my IT band to my left knee.... and my ass is shattered, but I'm never quitting. That's why I am smiling. Head and cross winds endless at 50 kph+ all day yesterday. I was trim and fit when I left but have lost 10 kg so far. Headed towards the great Desert Road today after a 1200 meter climb. Song of the day!
HALF WAY TO CAPE REINGA LIGHTHOUSE FINISH. Near Hunterville New Zealand. So many close calls again today I thought it was time for me and my bike to give thanks for my health, safe passage and celebrate making it 1200 km half way across New Zealand so far .Still 8,000 meters to climb (Everest is 8,800 m) Wish I did not know that. Thrilled to be able to be on such an amazing journey. Thanks for following!
After starting out with howling winds and a torrential rainstorm in Wellington Mother Nature blessed me. The sky's opened to piercing blue, lined with tiny puffy cotton balls of clouds racing along above me in an almost perfect 30 kph northerly tailwind. A tailwind so strong my flags whipped my ass along at Tour de France speeds of constant 40-50 kph. I even found a 20 km bike path in rolling hobbit style hills dotted with cows and sheep. The Tasman sea to my left could be mistaken with the California coast with the rolling seas, long sand beaches dotted with California pine and palm trees. Directly west lies Austrian about 3000 km away. Starting to feel really strong my muscles from my upper body have all shed into my legs for the centaur style look.Thanks for following my journey I am, glad I can share and make people happy.
My Name is Rudy Pospisil
I am a firefighter and cancer survivor circumnavigating the globe for cancer research.
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