Let’s Take A Ride in an Electric Car…

Today is the day we are on our way!

I get really amped up when I listen to They Might Be Giants wonderful fun song “Electric Car” so if you’re keen to get in the mood, feel free to have a listen while you read this blog!  I’ve linked to it twice… Just to make it super simple to have a listen.

After thousands of man hours of planning from a cast of hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers and champions, we’re embarking on the second annual road trip TODAY!

We’re beyond honoured and genuinely excited to have the incomparable Chelsea Sexton with us for the first leg of the journey.

Steve West and Andrew Letton hanging out in the yard
Steve and Andrew
Some of the many, many cars in our drive.
Some of the many, many cars in our drive.
And another angle of our yard full of cars
And another angle of our yard full of cars
Al Yates from Ecotricity, Chelsea Sexton (Electric Vehicle Advocate and AMAZINGLY wonderful, smart and cool lady) and Mark Yates also from Ecotricity
Al Yates from Ecotricity, Chelsea Sexton (Electric Vehicle Advocate and AMAZINGLY wonderful, smart and cool lady) and Mark Yates also from Ecotricity
Emma popped in with her BEAUTIFUL baby Opie!  They are going to be living on the Shore so I don't need a new baby, I can snuggle THIS ONE! Steph adored him... Cause he's super happy and perfect!
Emma popped in with her BEAUTIFUL baby Opie! 
Admiring the E bike!
Admiring the E bike!
Nate and Daryl, my pet Millenial friends ;-)
Nate and Daryl, my pet Millenial friends 😉
Just some of our many guests mingling and having fun!
Just some of our many guests mingling and having fun!
Steve West from ChargeNet and Rod Oram
Steve West from ChargeNet and Rod Oram

As the above pictures illustrate, we had an extremely well populated welcome party for Chelsea last night.  Watching her warmth, intelligence, kindness, and knowledge as she took time to talk with every person who approached her was something of a transcendent experience for me.  After years of dealing with and meeting “celebrities” I am hosting someone who I not only admire, but am genuinely awe-struck and perhaps a little star-struck by.  And she’s one of the coolest, smartest, and most humble women I’ve met in a very long time.  She reminds me a bit of another living legend, who is known here in New Zealand as Nanogirl.  Another spectacularly intelligent and approachable human being who is doing amazing things without ego or agenda.  It is amazing what we can achieve when we roll our sleeves up, and having so many strong female role models in all corners of my life makes the journey bearable!

Anyway… What was I talking about again?

OH YES!

So today we journey North through Whangarei and carry on to the campground at Waikiki Landing in the far North.  There will be a campfire and beers once we land at Waikiki because the cars need to slow charge for AGES!  So no driving means a little bit of indulgence to celebrate the official start!

Tomorrow morning there will be a dawn blessing by a Kaumatua from the Ngati Kuri Iwi named Pineaha Murray.  This is a huge honour for me, as I am deeply moved by the culture and traditions of Maori, and find the respect and connectedness to nature in many indigenous cultures to be inspirational.

We will arrive in Paihia in the morning and be on the green to talk to shoulder season tourists and some locals about Electric Vehicles and Green Technology.

Later on the 6th we arrive in Whangarei where we will spend the night.

I guess the thing I want to share with you the most right now is gratitude.  I say thank you a lot I realise, and I hope it does not come across as insincere or obsequious, because myself, my husband, and our friends on the EV journey are all so deeply grateful to the hundreds of people who are #LeadingTheCharge by showing up to events, helping organise things, buying and using Electric Vehicles and carbon neutral energy sources.  None of this would ever be possible if each and every one of you weren’t pushing ahead for a better future for all of us.

So expect a fair dose of gushing from Dee’s blogs over the next few weeks, because I am genuinely a soppy little puddle of gratitude after all the Love and support we’ve received.  And being a part of such a kind, engaged, intelligent and diverse community makes me feel like there is hope for the future!

So, without further waffling or gushing, I bid you a fond farewell!

Let’s GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD!!!!

Here’s a few more pictures to leave you with today.

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XXOO

I’ll check in again soon.  Have a great day whatever it may bring for you, and we look forward to seeing people around New Zealand very soon!

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