It's been awhile since arriving on the steps of the Sydney Opera House after 10,000 kms - the long ride home Hanoi to Sydney.
The fire is still in the belly and the thirst to continue riding for the long ride home cause is still very much alive. Since finishing in Sydney a few running repairs had to be done; a new artificial limb made in Brisbane by Artificial Limbs and Appliances, Xmas holidays with the family and a bit of relaxing to let the mind and body come back to earth.
I've been in New Zealand for a month catching up with family and friends and as mentioned the need to get on the bike has been sitting in the back of my mind but at the same time I've known that a good rest will make me stronger when continuing on the long ride home cause into 2017.
I caught up with a very close friend Des Thomson (former NZ Olympian cyclist) during my trip here in NZ. I've known Des since 1974 as did my brother Peter who raced as an amateur cyclist with Des in Australia, NZ and New Caledonia back in the 70s. Des and I were able to sit back for awhile in his outstanding B&B home (Kahurangi B&B) at Lake Tarawera (close to Rororua) and look out at the beautiful surroundings and a volcano in the distance and chat for hours about the health benefits of cycling, particularly into our senior years.
Des born in August of 1942 is still looking the very lean and mean cyclist I remembered him back in the 70s. A very keen cyclist when in NZ working his B&B abode and when living back on the Gold Coast during the kiwi winter months. During our discussions he has made a pledge that when he is riding with his group from the Gold Coast to O'Reilly's guest house that he intends putting a few dollars in a charity mug each time they ride up there and that would go towards the long ride home cause.
Thank you Des from the long ride team and look forward to riding a section with you in NZ should the ride continue as an Anzac Affair further down the track.
Desmond "Des" Ronald Thomson (born 22 August 1942) is a former racing cyclist from New Zealand.
He won the silver medal in the men's road race at the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
He went to two Olympics in 1964 (Tokyo) and 1968 (Mexico) competing in the men's road race and team time trial.
His brother Richie Thomson was also a New Zealand representative cyclist competing at two Commonwealth Games and the 1968 Olympic Games.
He also won the Australian Road title. He rode for Queensland having moved to the Gold Coast and joining Nerang - Gold Coast cycling club.
Chilling back after the 10,000 I'm long ride home finish in Sydney 20th November 2016