4960km on Day469 - July 15th
Harvey's poster by Jennifer Watson
Harvey has now reached the big city. The walk ended just past Liverpool, just 33k short of the city centre. I will be based here for a while now looking for publicity when Harvey crosses the Harbour Bridge.
It will be the last drive with Namaste (the bus), due to the problems and cost that occured in the last 2 weeks, and the road after Sydney being a fast dangerous freeway. The last part of the journey will be the old way, me and Harvey, a trailer and tent. This will make the last journey safer, cheaper and a touch of freedom as I will not be able to do any internet publicity work - a blessing in disguise). I am in no rush now. Namaste is now parked not far from Newcastle where Andrew and Daphne (close friends of Jacky and I) will take care of our sick little bus that was our home for a long journey.
A special thank you to Nathan, who has driven over 1,500km (forward and backwards as the back up team), and spreading awareness in the towns on the way. I think Nate will stay in Sydney for a while to see his next adventure, maybe continue seeking for 'Happy Guy' who you can read about him on Nathan's Facebook web page. It was a tyring journey as the traffic was hectic from Melbourne, and I believe we only had a handful of nights where we could just relax parked in nature. On the way, we met over 40 inspiring people on the way from Violet Town to Bowral, shook hands with Dalai Lama and the Irish Ambassador, gave out over 500 fly letters and had interviews with local radio stations and ABC Life Matters and Triple J. There were several excellent articles in the newspapers, Canberra Times, Southern Highlander, The Goulburn Post all accurate and impressive articles which will spread the story forward. The journey from Melbourne to Canberra to Sydney was a success.
Now a time to wait, and find the best route and plan to Byron Bay.