Saturday, September 30 10.55am
There is an air of excitement and shared joy as stallholders set up at the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club in preparation for the arrival of Dane Waites after his epic 4000km run from Perth.
The Rotary Club members are busy cutting onions in readiness for their barbecue while musicians carry instruments to the stage and test microphones.
I left Dane in Lochiel as he prepared for the final stretch of his personal and public journeys.
The 4000km run has left him in great spirits and he was as ever, the smiling Dane, happy to wave as passing motorists tooted their support.
I asked how his feet were holding up and without a second’s thought he replied: “Good, really good.”
Dane is now on his 10th pair of running shoes.
Dane left Eden at about 8.30am stopping at the ARV caravan site to thank supporters before going to Lochiel for the run along Back Greek Road into Mount Darragh Road and then into Bobbins yard.
Once there and after some refreshment Dane will be part of a convoy with trucks, vintage cars and coaches. He will leave Bobbins at 11am pausing briefly at Oaklands and in Pambula Beach Road for water stops.
He will then make his way to the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club where coffee, food and supporters stalls are being set up.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance is expected to attend and speak at the formal ceremony after Dane’s arrival.