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Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
Trip End Oct 01, 2008

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Breakfast on the steps consists of another snickers bar, a diet coke and a piece of bread with nutella on it.  We set out on the hike out of the park, retracing my steps from the evening before.  It takes us 3:14 to do the same route I did the night before... and I'm ready to hit the road as soon as we get back to the base camp. 

I give the German girls a ride back to Nelson and grab some chicken and chips before moving on to Westport.  The girls decide they are going to join me and follow behind in their rental car.  On the way, we stop at the largest swingbridge in New Zealand which hangs over the Buller Gorge at a mere 17 meters, and I briefly contemplate a swan dive before seeing the jagged rocks exposed by the low water level.

We get into Westport and find a dorm room to share at the Tripp Inn.  The room is nothing special but seems like a five-star resort compared to the DOC huts of the night before.  Shortly we find ourselves having dinner at Dexerrila's bar and New York style pizza and we wind up staying for drinks and a little pool with Dex himself.  This place was the epitomy of my new favorite word, bogun, meaning podunk, hillbilly or hick.  We had a great night and I didn't want to leave when the girls decided it was time to call it a night.
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