Day 484 - 5000km
02.08.2007 22 °C
It was a lovely day, and at 11.00am the people who could make it, to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, made it a day of joy. Nathan and I were delighted to complete this short but symbolic part of the journey, bringing the kilometre count to over 5,000. Markham, Jennifer, Katja, Hazel, Vincent, Hinn Li joined in both the directions, the lifting, the photography and the conversations. It was a very enjoyable day for all of us, as I personally never saw this part being feasable until this moment. It was a great bonus.
It has been 'one' long journey, taxing and more difficult than I first thought. It is now into the 16th month of this pilgrimage for peace and I have no intentions of stopping now. It was in February 2006 when I was staying with my cousins in Perth, thinking 'is it worth it? so much to lose, with slim chances to make a difference. I had no driver yet, the vehicle I needed was hard to find and I was worried about my finances and my visa was getting close to over the limit. It did not looked possible then.
Hinn Li and others gave Harvey a gentle push and a few carries over the steps, to cross this famous bridge.
In fact everything I wanted to start with, I couldn't. Instead I had to take a risk with no guarantee's. It came to be a leap of faith, that human kindness will carry me through this journey, and that was exactly what happened. Pushing Harvey across Australia was not a one mans mission. Harvey was guided, pushed, helped, oiled, repaired, loved and spoken too by hundreds from Perth to Serpentine, to Denmark, to Iron Knob, to Snowtown, to Violet Town, to Springhurst, to Moss Vale, to mention a few.
So did this walk make a difference? The answer is in the heart of those who met Harvey, and those who spoke of their dreams and desire for a more peaceful world. So the answer is simple, yes it made a difference, bringing imaginations and smiles combined, those who will think more of the possibilities of peace in the future. Thats the difference - more thoughts and visions of peace.
It was a privilige to walk with these people, from China, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, and part Canadian.
Anything good, spreads, like a stone in a pond, the ripples of kindness cannot be stopped. It always take years for new ideas and new thinking to be understood, particularly ideas set in the future. All I know is the desire for peace in now stronger than ever. We now have peace in Ireland, that was against the odds. More the reason for all of us in Ireland to lead by example, by never go back to violence, and show what Ireland has achieved so much over the years that peace can be created in any place in any nation.
For now it's a time to thank those who made this journey possible, and a time to enjoy this day and the last month and a half to Byron Bay, where Harvey will have his greatest moment in front of the Light House.
PS Nathan still can't find Happy Guy, he was definitely not on the bridge! The search continues.