Sad news

4 Jun

Dear Sir/Madam,

I regret to inform you that this will be the last blog post at It is with a heavy heart I tell you that Hap suffers from a rare problem or disease if you will. It is a disease that has come about in the new generation of technology and social networking users. It has come to our attention that Hap is what is known as a blogaholic. Hap has all the symptoms, he always carries his camera with him in case of a photo opportunity for his blog, at times he lays awake at night thinking about the “next post”, and he can’t even have an unexpected bowel movement in an awkward situation without telling the world about it. So it is in Hap’s best interest and his African Expedition that we will temporarily be pulling the life support unit from I hope you take this news well and support Hap in his time of need.

Yours sincerely

Dr Joe Blogs

Blogaholics anonymus’s Chairman.

Haha, that was all a bit dramatic, traumatic…………………..ummmm automatic (ummm no?). So the end aye? Or is the end merely the beginning?

 A good analogy is that of my first pet mice, Rangi and Sangi. One morning as an eager playful caring 7 year old I bounced out of bed to my mouse cage that I had just spent the day before cleaning. Chubby Sangi was running on his wheel trying to lose his mousy love handles and Rangi was sleeping in his cubby hole. I picked little sleeping Rangi (my favourite but don’t tell Sangi) up out of his bed of fresh crispy shredded paper only to notice that he was missing his tail and his insides were outside his furry little body! Yep, my detective work pointed to Sangi, he murdered his cage mate in cold blood.

But with the death (or murder) of something comes the birth of something else (very ying and yang of me). Dad helped me bury Rangi in the vegie garden, and I changed Sangi’s name to Lightening and Dad bought me a new mouse who I called Thunder. Now I think of it, this is a crap analogy because Lightening (originally Sangi) the cold hearted barstard ended up eating Thunder! 

The reason I am temporarily pulling the plug on the hapworkingtheworld life support systems is not because I’m a raging blogaholic (debatable), but because if I don’t do this I will never get around to creating my Africa expedition blog. The creation of the Africa expedition blog is the first major building block of my expedition, without it no one will take me seriously, well except you guys that followed me through my quest to get to Antarctica and know how determined, or maybe obsessive I am.

As I have written in previous blogs, Africa is consuming my thoughts, so the quicker I can get the blog up and blogging the quicker I can start sharing with you my thoughts. And I hope that you all jump onboard, it would be a shame to lose you guys that have come so far with me, and I truly believe that without your comments and support I wonder if I would have made it to Antarctica. It was super humbling when I had hit rock bottom in Paraguay after years of Antarctica rejection to have all the supportive comments and emails from you guys, you’re all awesome. Ok, I best stopping sprinkling ecstasy on my weet-bixs, I’m getting all emotional. (below is not me cycling, I have never written a touring bike in my life, although that is going to change very quickly. All these Africa photos were taken by Adventurer, Author, Speaker Alastair Humphreys who has kindly let me use them, go check out his inspirational website, cheers Al).

But I will let you all know the new blog site address which I will have completed next month. You can come along for the ride and be a part of my Africa expedition, right from the idea generation, to my journeys completion on my 30th birthday next year, the 11/11/11 (Yep I’m turning thirty on the 11 of November, in the year 2011 and what makes is even weirder is that I was born in the 11th hour at 11:08am – yeah 3 minutes away from the 11th minute – good one mum! – you know I love ya). Oh, and in true hapworkingtheworld form I will also blog about any unexpected bowel movements in awkward situations that happen in Tassie or Melbourne before I leave for Africa.

Sorry, I think that ectasy is kicking in again, but it is a little crazy for me here writing my last hapworkingtheworld post. To think how far this has all come. I don’t know if you know how my blog came about. The only reason I started blogging was because while I was in NZ trying to sort out US immigration issues after being deported from the States I fell 5 metres from a rope swing in rugged mountainous bush, fracturing my spine that left me stranded in debt, not able to work, Mandy my girlfriend in the States finishing off her masters degree and her last year of teaching, not able to do anything physical, only wait and start the 3 month rehabilitation process. So I borrowed $5000 off my sister to kerb my credit card interest (before being deported I had just spent 6 awesome weeks backpacking with Mandy through Colombia thinking I was going back to a well paid construction job in the States) and bought this laptop. It’s the one I’m typing on now, although it has seen 2 new batteries and 4 new laptop chargers – bloody third world electricity supplies!

I started this blog to fill in my time while I lay flat on my bed recuperating from my accident. I started it to document my travels since I left New Zealand on my journey on April 7th 2003. And I started it so from February 2008 when I launched it, I would be able to stop writing in my tattered travel journal and start keeping an online journal, so not only do I have a record of my travels that can’t have beer spilt on it, or be forgotten on a bus, but my friends and family and can also keep up-to-date with my travels if they wanted to instead of getting one of my famous 2,000 word novel-like bulk emails that was unable to be read with only one cup of coffee and was riddled with punctuation mistakes for example this sentence you just read has 121 words in it!

So to think now that I have posted 214 blog posts, had over 60,000 people come and pay a visit to my blog with the biggest day seeing 1,907 hits (must have been a bloody boring day in the world), it’s rather……………….uummmmm I don’t really know how it feels, I suppose it’s hard not to feel proud, yep proud.

But like herpies, isn’t going anywhere, it’s for life. If you type in you will always come back here. Who knows maybe I come back to blogging here after Africa, maybe I’ll write a hapworkinghteworld book, who knows.

Don’t start crying just yet, there will be one last post following this informing you of the launch of my Africa expedition blog. I look forward to seeing you there and completing my working the world journey with you.

Nuthin but love Hap

18 Responses to “Sad news”

  1. Fiona at 6:35 am #

    Quite a moment indeed! Been fantastic following your journeys on here happa. All the best for the next chapter in life. Lookn forward to reading about it.

    • Hap at 7:46 am #

      Hey Fi,
      Great to hear from you, cheers for the comment. Just the other day I was thinking of your fine self. I was thinking back to September 11th and when it happened, I remember waking at your place and the usual funny laughing radio station you listened to wasn’t funny and laughing but all serious, planes crashing into buildings! Anyway enough of the somber thoughts, hope you smiling your smile and ripping it up, been too long between beers.
      NBL Hap

  2. Jarnia at 10:38 am #

    Hap….the reason your mice ate each other is because you forgot to fee them!
    How far you have come after our wee tarzan and jane episode…bring on Africa bro! 🙂

    • Hap at 12:04 pm #

      sup sis,
      Are you saying I had a part to the play in the demise of my precious mice! haha, could be possible, but apparently they ate each other due to boredom I remember the pet store fella telling dad.
      Yeah, funny and a little scary to look back at that day on 14th October 2007 and to think what could have happen, something we won’t forget aye!
      Talk soon,
      NBL Hap

  3. Sonja at 11:11 am #

    Hi Hap,

    You dont know me but just wanted to say I will be sad to see your blog go! I read the whole thing (great procrastination activity) and it gave me some great ideas. Its one of the websites I regularly check and gives me hope for my own adventures which I plan to have now that Ive finished University! I look forward to hearing about the Africa stuff though. Good luck!!


    • Hap at 1:17 pm #

      Hey Sonja,
      Thanks for the comment, glad you like the blog and its given you a few ideas to think about of what to do. Very exciting times ahead of you, make the most of them, so many opportunities out there and it sounds like your going to start exploring them, good on ya!
      Yeah, a little sad, I’m still in two minds of leaving hapworkingtheworld, but I have thought about it a lot and I think it will be best with a blog site dedicated to the expedition, basically i’m still going to blog about what I’m doing and whats happening to me, but at a different blog address. I’m really looking forward to the ups and down of organising the expedition and no doubt entertaining reading.

      Anyways I must go and keep working on this expedition blog site, thank you again for the comment and best of luck on your journey.

      NBL Hap

  4. Geoff Cameron at 5:33 pm #

    Hap Bro
    ” My spine that left me stranded, in debt, not able to work”… poor bugger!..Im almost friggin crying….Let me take some more pills!
    Unlike the other people reading your Blog, Syd and I have followed your exploits for 28yrs (yep from the 11th day, 11th month and 8th minute…missed out by 3 minutes due to a short comming in the gene pool….haha). Along the way you have managed to rewrite the rules. Dont change the formula. Bring on AFRICA!….JFDI Bro.
    Stay safe
    G, Dad

    • Hap at 12:25 pm #

      “a short coming in the gene pool”, I hope you’re talking about what I think you’re talking about, haha.
      I’m JFDoingIm things moving along nicely, I had a thought last night RE hapworkingtheworld, so it may not be the end of it just yet.
      Cheers for the support. I fly out back to Tassie tomorrow morning. Will give you and mum and cal next weekend.
      Lay off the pills, oh yeah and next time can you hold off for another 3 minutes!
      NBL Hap, Son

  5. Jo at 3:28 am #

    What will I do over lunch time in the office now my Dread Full friend? I continue to share your blog with the many people I meet/mostly people I work with leaving the city for pastures new as an inspiration for their travels.
    Whilst I read each entry with a slice of joy, dose of the jealous green monster and a pinch of delight that you are completing this mission that I remember you telling me about in my Cargill St flat after OB…we were sitting on my balcony, looking out over Dunedin and I could see you looking so much further.
    My only concern about Africa is the timing – when is the World Cup final in NZ? And how I can fit in joining in on this chapter cos I tell you I am definitely intrigued! You have seen so much and achieved so much on this fantastic challenge.

    All the best with the coming months of settling in Melbourne. Whilst planning for the ultimate continent. My friend drove overland and I’m sure she will have lots of ideas if you want another perspective (kiwi so might help with visa questions)
    Farewell your faithful follower from London
    Jo xx

    • Hap at 12:37 pm #

      Hey Jo,
      You have definitely been one of the originals on my blog and one of the faithfuls. You have supported me from the get go, in fact you were probably one of my my frist three hits, Mum, Dad and you! You’re nothing short of a champion. I was just going through my Ushuaia diary the other day and hanging some quotes up on the wall as I create a little room expedition HQ full of inspiration and came across your quotes you sent me whilst I was battling along the rocky path of Antarctica work, thank you.

      But it may not be the end of hapworkingtheworld (not that it was going to be), in the middle of the night a thought came to me of how I could keep it going and incorparate the expedition blog all in one, so I’m going to see how that pans out, so we may continue on, or if not see you on the new africa blog, watch this space i suppose.

      Yep, all settled into Melbourne, even though I spend more time in Tassie, but great city, I’m getting lots of cycling practice in for Africa. Closer to Africa time (June next year), and when I have an exact route planned out, I will definitely rack your friends brains.

      OK, hope you all good in London and things ticking along nicely, and once again cheers for all the support along the way.

      Nuthin but love Hap

      PS, oh to think back to those uni days, and I remember coming and visiting you at your cargil st flat and hanging on the balcony, oh the start of it all.

  6. andy lucas at 11:28 pm #

    Should someone start a new blog called campaignforHapworkingtheworldtoberetained I’m sure it will acquire many users as your exploits seem to keep many people entertained, myself especially. If you stop the website it will be like you’re leaving which doesn’t seem fair. For the sake of all that is righteous and just in the world, I insist you continue with your current blog, until you have reached your 30th birthday, so that those of us who have been following your exploits with rapt attention can have complete closure. I also like the idea of all your friends around the world toasting your success on that date. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling (in a nice way) So remember don’t stop or I will be forced to set up a campaign to have you re-started. Possible suggestion plan the next blog site as Hapworkingtheuniverse. com with the aim of working on all the planets in the solar system before you’re 40, nice new challenge. Which may help with the possible anti-climax of what to do after you’ve achieved all your aims. But please, please, please don’t stop now when the end is so close in sight. Lots of love old amigo

    • Hap at 4:12 pm #

      Andy me old mate, the infamous Paraguayan dancing celebrity!
      bloody nice ol warm fuzzy email, I looks like I maybe able to keep going on the hapworkingtheworld with out starting a new blog, it came to me the other night as my mind was buzzing around in bed, as I was kinda of sad to leave the blog and have to start another one up for the expedition, but I had a little idea to combine the African expedition into hapworkingtheworld so I will see if that idea is able to be a reality. So you should hold off on the campaign for the time being.

      I hope you guys are doing well in that lovely house of yours and no doubt you both enjoying the cool Paraguayan weather for a change. Well old chap, best be off, great to hear from you and I love your ideas of the universe, best i will have to start looking into how fly space ships!
      Un brazo, Hap

  7. Geoff Cameron at 6:06 am #

    Hap Bro

    Long live the brand,””.

    You cant give a gold fish a bath or unscramble eggs but you can ” switch the life support unit back on” and inject the brand into Africa or is that Africa into the brand?
    What ever, looking forward to seeing you leap frog a rhinocceros in Africa!

    PR Manager, G

    • Hap at 8:26 pm #

      Are you reading your joke book again Geoffrey? haha

      Looks like I should be able to inject Africa into fingers crossed


  8. Got here through the blog of Carl-David.
    Good that you are going to bike, you can also get a free blog at if you need or at least get some more inspiration!

    Cycling is the best way to travel, you will love it 🙂
    Cheers and have fun,

    • Hap at 4:41 pm #

      Cheers Harry,
      This is what I love about the cycle touring community, you are all so supportive. There is no preteniousness (spelling?), cheers for that. OK mate, I will go and check out the site.

    • Hap at 8:26 pm #

      Hi Harry,
      I have been reading your website, very inspiring and helpful for the africa cycling expedition. Also great interview.

      • exposedplanet at 7:29 am #

        Thanks Hap. It will be a great next chapter in your book. Looking forward to reading all about it. Enjoy the preparations!

        ps: read also the syndicated blogs of other biketravellers at for more inspiration 🙂
        Cheers, Harry

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