As I worked my way along the undulating roadway that followed rugged northern coastline of New Zealand towards Cape Reinga I could see the end in the distance and I was completely overcome by emotion.I was nearing the end of another long journey. Cape Reinga is a spiritual place where the souls leave the land for heaven and I could feel the power here.The sun was shining on me, the ocean breeze, the strong smell of the jasmine plants not wanting it to end all fit the picture perfectly of how a trip to heaven could actually feel..When the Maori Men met me at the lighthouse giving me a ceremonial welcome Arahi and a Haka that was it, such and honor to welcome me in this traditional way to such a sacred place.Tony Scott my firefighter brother gave me a traditional necklace a Manaia a protector of evil, (for my job as a firefighter) and against cancer. The Hook on the necklace is to give me a safe passage over water, my trip home and my future journey's. I made my way to the ocean and dumped the sand and water I had carried across the country to join the two points. I did not want it to end, I did not want to go back to the real world we all live in of stress, bills, work, medical tests relationship issues, no I wanted to go on with the journey. But just heaven lay ahead of Cape Reinga and I am not ready to go there yet. All the cancer patients at my talks that inspired me and hugged me, all my firefighter brothers coming to hear me speak the people that gave me a bed for the night that fed me that thanked me all the children of Meadowbank school made me realize this leg may well be over but not my journey..... it never would be.It was just moving on to Egypt another Country with other people like wonderful New Zealand friends I have made for life!. I feel so blessed tonight.
My Name is Rudy
I am a fire captain and cancer survivor.
In memory of the
FIRE FIGHTER CYCLE