My favourite sister, the one that joined me on the bike in Thailand, is now about 34 weeks pregnant. Not really in a suitable condition for riding bikes around South East Asia. So this time, I went to visit her.
Auckland was blanketed in thick fog – as Paul Holmes put it, “it’s enveloping us, and we’re scared” – with visibility only a few metres in parts of the central city. Not surprisingly, this led to a large number of delays and cancellations of flights. I was clever enough to check online before leaving home, so found out early that my flight was cancelled, and I was able to re-book to a later flight. It was never going to be a long time in Nelson, but the delays further squeezed it down.
No matter, for we still had time to do stuff. Nelson has a lovely situation, by the sea, with National Parks nearby, a flat city centre, with rivers running through the area, and parks and forests within a short ride from home. Here in Auckland, I like the fact that I can wake up at 7:00am, and be out riding around Woodhill forest by 8:00am. In Nelson, you can ride straight out from your front door, and fairly quickly be riding in a forest. It’s a bit strange in that there are cyclists and pedestrians sharing paths, and no-one seems to mind. Plenty of dogs being walked, but not on leads – a most unusual state. In Auckland they fine you for doing that sort of thing.
It was easy to see why people choose to move there, and why property prices are retaining their value. It got me thinking about living in a smaller town – I could have a nice lifestyle, easy commute, nice house, etc. Only problem is my current choice of career – how can I find somewhere that needs my kind of skills in a smaller town? Hmmm.
Not long now for Nicola – inshallah, all will be well. I’m sure they will be fine, but it is still a bit scary.