From Picton we headed on to Blenheim and a couple of weeks work at motels there. Then the day we finished there we flew over to Wellington to start work at motels in Porirua the next day. This was a contract for almost five weeks including all of April. We tended to be busy through the weeks and not so busy at weekends. We managed to get out for a few walks – albeit one at a time.
Wyn took the train up to Plimmerton for a walk along the Porirua Harbour edge. Plus she explored the walks around the (Porirua) city centre. I headed up for my excursions. Up the back there was a walkway system leading up to a top called Colonial Knob. On my second attempt I found a circuit which included a climb up through some nice bush to a great viewpoint. Before descending a steep road/track back down open farmland.
The climb up involved hundreds of steps which get more and steeper and higher as you climb. The first time up I stopped to check my pulse to make sure I wasn’t over-revving. The old heart and lungs are not quite as efficient as they used to be. The next time up my pride was spared by having to stop to take a phone call from Wyn who was checking up on something.
However on the way down that day, it was more than my pride that got dented. I was managing a bit of a jog down the road but on a steeper and rockier section managed a bit of a stumble which became a fall. It is horrible how fast the ground comes up to meet you. Mostly I was surprised to find myself flat on the road. I picked myself up and worked out that everything worked albeit with holes in a knee and an elbow and a couple of hands.
I was a bit embarrassed about the bleeding – I was fairly sure I looked worse than I felt. So I carried on down and worked out how to look less alarming. Wyn was a wonderful nurse – her battlefield outings with the Waitati Militia must have prepared her. Although I did give her a ring on my way back to warn her about my appearance. She did a great job patching me up. I was embarrassed about the falling part, but feeling lucky to have walked away with only superficial damage.
I was allowed out for another walk up the hill – so long as I promised to walk down the road. This was a couple of weeks later on a gorgeous autumn afternoon. I remembered to take a camera this time – a good reason for a couple of stops along the way.