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20 August 2008

Day Three: Huntly to Hamilton

It was beautiful clear, crisp morning in Hamilton as we loaded into the support vehicles to drive back to yesterday’s finishing point in Huntly.  I was a little slower moving after yesterday’s monster trek, but buoyed by a sweet victory over my support crew in poker the night before.

The ROCK FM crew had the snags ready when we arrived at 8.45am and although I was dying to sink my teeth into one, my physio/nutritionist (aka party pooper!) hovered nearby by to ensure I steered well clear of them.
Our travelling police patrol team met us for our briefing before our patrol leader (Officer Gareth) led us out toward Hamilton.  Along our journey we were joined by David Tidmarsh whom I played junior cricket with and is now a police officer in the Hamilton region.
We made great time to Ngaruawahia and were greeted as we came into town by groups of excited school children and teachers waving our flags and cheering me along.  I would also like to extend a big thank you to all of the patient motorist who waited as I crossed a couple of narrow bridges along the way (apart from the guy in the blue sedan with the trailer who nearly took me out….you know who you are!!).  Our trusty motorcycle copper (Gareth) came to my rescue on a couple of occasions today….so a big thanks to him as well!!
To help me close out day three, National MP for Hamilton East, David Bennett joined me for the final 6km.  He is a great bloke and I wish him all the best in his political future.
We have been fortunate enough to have Sky City Casino invite us to dine with them this evening and I am looking forward to catching up with my old mate there, Mr. Arthur Pitcher. (I just hope I can get my support crew out of there before we need to leave in the morning!!).

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Chris Cairns has been walking hard and completed 62km of his journey and raised over three thousand in donations that foundation needed.