One of the features of this ride has been the amazing network of New Zealanders across America that have heard about our journey, have made contact and we have enjoyed catching up with. There are too many to mention here and our programme has not enabled us to meet them all but a huge vote of thanks from the four of us for the generosity and warmth all these folks have shown.
Take last night in Seattle for example. John Maclean and Leyette and Paul Callister opened their home on the shores of Union Lake to us for a fine Kiwi style BBQ having first organised a great kayak trip around the lake to see the sites – including the house boat that featured in the Tom Hanks movie Sleepless in Seattle. It wasn’t as placid an outing as you’d imagine – float planes coming and going kept our concentration levels up. Thanks guys – a wonderful sojourn.