Uncle Jim was crook this week. He had an op' on his stomach and is still in the Wellington ICU over a week later, so because it was looking a bit grim, my cousies came back from Auckland and the Gold Coast. It was awesome to see them although the circumstances weren't that great, but it was a boost to Uncle Jim and he is now making good progress.
Not much else was on this week, so I did a bit cleaning up around the house, (The yard was a bit of a mess thanks to all the rides that have been on lately), briefly visited Grub and Nasty's bar-b-que on Saturday and met a few new faces along with the usuals, then attended the WRB (Cheesecutter) Protest Ride on Sunday.
It was well attended with 165 plus bikes coming into town from both Lower Hutt and Plimmerton. I rode out to TSS arriving just after 1000. We assembled round the back on Victoria Street, chatting and taking a few pix, had a briefing, observed a minute's silence to commemorate Armistice Day and got away about 1100. It was quite funny when Ron, from the Ulysses, who was conducting the briefing, mentioned we would have a minute's silence to pay our respects to those who fought in the 1st WW and some hard case up the back said, “What was it like?” A chappy was there from the Hutt News getting comments before heading off down the Hutt Road to get some photos as we passed.
Ron, led off on his Goldwing Trike and I went with him as a marshall to hold-up traffic as we came on to Cuba Street. The stream of bikes seemed to go on forever, then I followed at the tail down the Hutt Road, off the motorway at Murphy Street and parked up just past the Railway Station on Featherston St, to wait for the Plimmerton Contingent. They soon arrived and we nipped around the corner to Parliament for the formalities, where Col spoke, followed by Marion Hobbs who explained the petition process, then signed it before Janet gave a well prepared speech on the WRB's and we dispersed....home for some more cleaning-up.
All in all, it was a great day which went smoothly (and I hope effectively) and Col did very well organising this event. I did make a negative post on the Wgtn Cheescutter Ride thread, but I must admit that what eventuated from Col's efforts was the right thing at this stage of the process to try and get change.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.