|Matukituki Valley from Cascade Saddle, 1968|
2014. The annual CANDO meeting of cycle advocates traditionally starts with a bike ride, and this year a group of us started in Raetihi to ride down the Whanganui river.
|Don rides down to Pipiriki|
|Patrick at Pipiriki|
The last part of the afternoon was a pleasant cruise down the newly sealed Whanganui river road to Jerusalem, enjoying the autumn colours and river views.
|Gottfried and Lynneke cruise the autumn colours|
|Bridge across sidestream|
|Pilgrim Lynneke enters Jerusalem|
|Dinner at Jerusalem|
|Gottfried waits with Fritz and his mum, Jerusalem|
|Cattle moving, Jerusalem|
|Cattle beast thinks about the "share the road" message|
|River Queen at Matahiwi|
|Whanganui River cliffs|
|Looking back up Whanganui River from saddle|
|How many cycle advocates does it take to mend a puncture...?|
And James K? When I'd talked to Sister Christina at Jerusalem, she'd pointed out the gate and path through the scrub that lead up to the house where James K had established his commune. In front was his grave, looking out across the bush to the church. A long way from the "the altar cloth of snow/ On deathly summits laid" that he spoke of in Poem in the Matukituki Valley; but a good place for him to have found peace.
|James K Baxter's grave, Jerusalem|