Balls! Not goiong Pub.
Trip Start Jul 19, 2011
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Where I stayed
Arrowtown, just outside
Not going Pub. Because ti is a good kiwi rain outside, and do not want to get soaked or fleeced, so decided to catch up on the Blog - should've gone pub now!
On The Road. Finally hit the road last Friday. and have been 6 days on the trail. The camp sites here are brilliant; well set up, clean, kitchens for cooking, cabins, but no cooks. Clean too and $15 - 25 dollars.
Teething problems. I have got about 1600km done and the fuel gauge moves fster than the speedo. But there have been a few problems on the way to contend with. Not that the vehicle isn't going well; I did 95 once on a long downhill - that is kph - and overtook once; a quad bike towing a trailer - does that count? I do not mind the pace, that is fine it is the other issues to contend with
Not all Bad, I did discover the CD worked, played some Rod Stewart, Mammas an d Pappas, (cheap sale) but it then swallowed Billy Joel. Won't let me have it back. The speakers were shit anyway!
Oh yes, the back door fell off. And guess what; it is held on now with some of thick black tape! Never fails. It is okay though, because you can get access through from the drivers cab; except i spillt the washing up over the quilt when I was climbing through. "New experiences are the Fuel for Life:
Geography. Now, I know there are some others out there who like geograpy, so here goes, if you want you can skip to the next bit. First day was to New Plymouth, West Coast, through King Country. Lovely, rounded hills, lots of lovely sheep. Camped on sea front. Next day was down toward Wellington, around Mt Taranaki of Mt Fuji fame (Used for film sets of Japan!). But covered in cloud, but interesting geographical features on it's lower flanks - boring yet?. More cattle here, but theat is fine, just need a bigger box. Saturday night watched Oz v AB in a bar - they did not like losing
True Story. On the first day's drive, I went through a town that billed it self "The Sheep Shearing capital of New Zealand - Te Kuiti -. The radio was working at this point, and I had not discovered the CD player worked (temporarliy)
Gas and Gobble. So, then there was this filling station on the other side of the road called Gas and Gobble; Honest. I could not get across to it. Wonder if they did food too?
Competition. Can any one come up with a name for the campervan? Winner with the best name gets to take me out for a few bweers.
Small town, big country. On my second night of travels I stopped to go shopping, only for some beers, as I have got into a 3 day rotation of meals rice, pasta and steak that means only food shopping is necessary every third day. Any way as I go to get these beers, guy comes over and starts looking the van over; it is no other than the previous owner who is about 900km from home on a trip to Wellinton! At this point I hadn't discovered half the problems, otherwise he might have had a different reception from me.
Pulled Over. And another thing, I got stopped by the police and had no "registration" or road tax. Somehow managed to blag my out of it (ignorance is bliss) and got let through; but I am now all legal an taxed!!!
More Wildlife. Did you know Ganets go blind as a result of all the diving they do at speed and height to catch their dinner? According to Darwin they should've evolved better than this
What Could Have Been. Tuesday 30th August. Could have been going back to school today, but instead woke up to a cloudless sky, with the sun rising over the Pacific Ocean just a few meters from the van, then went for a run along the beach.
PS. Whittaker is travelling with me, having recovered well in the fields at the farm. Cannot beleive no one has asked about him.