In a society where I am feeling that I am held personally responsible for every beaten child, social poverty, bullying and even the actions of a solo nut case Australian who lives out his fantasy, the Tour Aotearoa has proved to be a stunning reconnection with real New Zealanders. Kiwis are caring, of spirit, helpful, open and kind. Something we seem to forget while being held responsible for the woes of society.
Along the Tour Aotearoa, unknown individuals have acted with a generosity of spirit that is so uplifting. Drivers wave, stop to make sure everything is okay, and offer nay support that may be required.
Susan from Pohangina, one of Tour Aotearoa’s Trail Angels, drove a rider back 16km to pick up her forgotten phone. Jessie and his sister Hannah had a road side stall with free water, watermelon and general advice. Howard and Helen made their upstairs apartment available to us. And today, whilst resting on the roadside, another driver stopped to enquire if I was okay, or could she help me in some way.
The kiwi spirit, going beyond what is expected to provide help and support is alive and well! And this trip reinforces the reality that beyond the world of social media trolls, we are in pretty good shape! 🙂