Finally we are in New Zealand rather than Scotland
Trip Start Nov 14, 2008
18Trip End Mar 10, 2009
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The drive down from Nelson to Franz Joseph Glacier only took 6 hours, with not many people out on the roads. I drove the first 4ish hours whilst Jackie had the occassional snooze at the side of me. We swapped over driving at Greymouth, but to be honest I was right up for taking the steering wheel back when Jackie went to start the car by putting the key in her ear???!!!
Sunday 8th December
Managed to catch up on a few Skype calls - good to see you are all looking well. Boyley called just before 2am my time (was updating the blog) & I got to see my bairn for the first time in 3 weeks. Needless to say she totally ignored my voice, but then again she could be more the slightly miffed at the fact that her guardian for the next 4 months has had her dressed up in a Santa suit for cats?!
Got to bed at 3am & had a nice long lie in til after 11am. Weather today is appalling so to be honest we are right back to Scotland again as you can only see rain & no mountains let alone glaciers! We weren't going to be doing much today anyway so actually if its going to rain at all it might as well be today. Popped out for a nice bit of lunch in the local coffee shop. Bit of portion control required on the chips though as we ordered 2 small portions & ended up with 2 baskets of chips - god knows what the large size would have been like! So back at the computer just now trying to upload the photos & finally get some of them on the blog. Not sure if we are going to do the glacier walk now as apparently the weather has been bad & this has eroded away bits of the path so that time spent on the ice has been reduced & there doesn't seem to be the opportunity to get into the ice caves. Jackie wouldn't be able to do it anyway as it does involve 30 minutes of walking up & then down steep ice steps which would knacker her knee. So thinking perhaps that the $95 could go towards say a heli trip up to a Glacier down at Queenstown.
Drove on down to Fox glacier hoping that it might have reopened, unfortunately the subtle signs on the access path told us otherwise! Thought we might be able to at least view the glacier but no that was also closed. Actually surprised we made it to the glacier viewing point road as going through Fox Glacier town Jackie decided to drive through foot deep potholes at 70kmh; my ipod attempted a bungy from its holder, the steering wheel was all over the place & I'm surprised the actual back wheel stayed on! Other car issues today is that our big water has leaked in the boot to totally magnify the already boak smell of dead body in there. This smell has now gotten into the car & really makes you want to wrench - not good. Bicarb of soda & febreeze extra seem to be doing to trick at the moment, but the test will be when the boot is opened at Queenstown - please let the dead body smell be gone!!!
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