Thanks to my very kind host Valmai here for putting me up and accepting my 3 packages sent here including running shoes number 32 as last pair were run into the ground right up to Valmai’s door last night with a hole in the heel!
Christchurch has suffered a lot due to 2 relatively recent earthquakes in recent years. In September 2010 a 10 minute rattle of the city caused much damage but as it occurred in the middle of the night miraculously nobody was killed. A second earthquake occurred in February 2011 in the afternoon which unfortunately took the lives of around 160 people. This lasted just 18 seconds and caused significant damage to the cities infrastructure and peoples homes.
So obviously people are still dealing with these issues. I saw much of the damage on the run into the city, a city in rebuild mode. I understand there are significant as these tradespeople can’t find work back in Ireland.
I do not have internet service on the run as I cant be bothered with the constant hassle of keeping an Iphone charged up not to mention the many stops to keep checking it and am not going to have a second phone because of the lack of charging up facilities, so please, please if anyone is offering me a place to stay or wants to meet for a chat or run on my route south towards Bluff please TEXT me 021 08437842
I got a place in Invercargill, thanks Paul and Grace!
I got so many emails after 9 days and with a slow internet connection cant respond, or even open many important ones, sorry for this!
Anyway I expect to have NZ run within another 2 weeks all 610km of it. So far I have run around 26,045km in 624 road days. The last 24 without a rest day all the way from Auckland, I may just continue that streak all the way to Bluff. I have a flight to catch to Tasmania on 27th, so far so good