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Reaching the bottom

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I know the photo below is not particularly interesting, but for me the location shown here marks a personal milestone.

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Taken at Sydney Cove on Ulva Island, it's both as far south, and as far away from London, as I'm going to get on this whole journey. Ulva is a small rocky clump lying within Paterson Inlet, and part of Stewart Island – a much larger land mass situated below New Zealand's South Island. It is a very very long way from home. Hazarding a rough guess, I reckon we're talking 11,750 miles from dear old London town.

Standing on the beach, a minute or so before I took that picture, I had one of those moments of clarity so mythologised by alcoholics (you'll have to indulge me a minute...) and walked slowly and purposefully over to the rock face you can see above. Holding out my right hand, I gave the rock some kind of congratulatory high five, about-turned, and set off back along the beach.

For better or for worse, I've gone just about as far as I can go. From now on home is only going to get closer.

Posted by Serge78 19:33 Archived in New Zealand Tagged backpacking

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There is no other center as the place you happen to be, cheers Free-Jazz-San

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