Oh Taupo, you cruel mistress. The most awesome three days in the most beautiful surroundings; friends old and new, an incredible hike through the breathtaking Tongariro, drunken escapades, early morning runs, lake sailing, Maori culture, evening dips in natural hot springs under star studded skies and then... my property stolen. My new phone, my debit cards and most importantly, my rings. Just starting to get over the shock and upset of this and feel more like me again. Trying to remind myself that after 2.5 years travelling this is the first incident I've experienced first hand like this and it could have been worse. Physically I'm fine, no one was hurt. We are just a bit shaken and wounded but life goes on. Stuff and things are just stuff and things and those bastards can't take my memories. Humans can be massive selfish ***** but the kindness of strangers in all this has been BEYOND. So here's an epic thank you to the 2 girls in my dorm who stayed up with me until 2am whilst I called all my banks from their phones. The hostel who let me have a free night once they heard what had happened. The friends who changed their entire travel plans to come and collect me and take me to Wellington. The friend who let me borrow money so I could live, her ring so my hands wouldn't feel so naked and her old phone so I could be back in touch with the world and the guy I met for about 2 hours in Sydney many months ago who let me stay at his house for 2 days. You guys honestly rescued me and started gluing my broken self back together. You've restored my faith in humanity and I'm so grateful to you all. .
. #lovetaupo ?? I'm not sure but I bloody love all of you
#throwback to January 2018.
Meet AMAZING Angela! This was us having a mini celebration for her birthday. Pretty much eating sweet chocolate cake because in her usual way, she just wanted "a simple birthday" (often because she puts others before herself). She has been so amazing and supportive during the last weeks since I discovered that I had #bellspalsy. Bringing me for supplies, lending me money to pay my doctor/hospital fees, making sure I get my medication, and checking in on me daily. All while she works two jobs all hours of the day because she had a motorcycle accident last year and the lady who was involved and came away with a broken arm, suddenly informed Angela that she would have to re-pay her hospital bills and compensate her for time off work. All before Chinese New Year begins. That's the end of February. Ha..and I thought that I had problems!?!
I can't express how grateful and lucky I feel to have someone so understanding who even in her situation wants to make sure I am OK and getting the help I need. She really is always making sure that I am fine, that I am eating properly and doing things to improve my condition. Thank you Angela. I don't know where I would be or what problems I would be facing right now if it wasn't for your good heart. I'm sorry that I can't help you as much as you have helped me through your situation.
Appreciate good people .
I started my hour ride this morning and an hour into it, flatted . As I was changing it (and struggling terribly as these tires fit snug on my wheels!), a runner stopped and asked if I needed help. While I know how to change a flat, I reluctantly caved and said I was struggling getting my tire off the rims ♀️.
Runner guy proceeded to help. We swapped the punctured tube with my spare only to find the spare (which was brand new!) was a dud (seriously?!? ).
Runner guy said he lived about a mile from where we were and said he could fix it there. We proceeded to walk to his home and he fixed my tire, offered me extra tubes and a hand pump so that I could continue my 4 hour ride. Who does that?!? Bob.
Bob is a former Olympian , cyclist ♂️, runner , triathlete and one of the owners of Specialized . Bob is also the guy who selflessly helped a stranger/fellow cyclist so she could continue her ride. How AWESOME is that.
Thank you for being an amazing human, Bob!