A wind problem

Trip Start Oct 14, 2008
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Monday, February 2, 2009

2 days ago we changed our plans, today nature had a aggressive go at trying to change them for us.

The plan was to do the flattish 35km from Oamaru to the moeraki boulders in about 2hrs after a leisurely start but the wind blew, it galed in fact! It was a southerly (which confusingly means blowing north) and a roaring forty which is what they call wind down here on in latitudes of 40's (it's logically really), we we grateful not to be further south as they have to suffer from furious fifties and a roaring forty was more than enough for us to deal with.

What should have taken 2hrs took all day, our speed ranged from enthusiastic 15km/hr surges, struggling forward at 8km/hr, fighting to stay up at 5km/hr, walking at 3km/hr and accidentally going backward whilst trying to stand still.

It was though sunny, gorgeous, not to hot and for me much to the disgust of a unimpressed Hannah quiet fun. Until we hit the highway that is when our roles reversed and my temper exploded at every vehicle being blow to close. Hannah seemed better able to see the futility in the this rage and managed alarm but calm.

To our surprise we did make it to the Moaraki boulders and actually got to see said boulders. They are giant round rocks on a otherwise sandy beach they look like they could be dragons eggs but scientific folk think this is not the case and they are volcanic in origin. My disappointment at this answer probably explains my motivational issues at university.

We had eaten some take away on route but didn't feel we could miss out on our intended dinning destination of 'Fleur's place' being attended in honor of our good friend Fleur.

Despite having a very confusing table getting, ordering and paying systems it was great, lots of character, Fleur was lovely, the food was good. Hannah had seafood chowder which included snails, though she doesn't think they are called snails if they are from the sea but they looked like snails to me, I had sticky toffee pudding because i'm on holiday. We also raised a rare alcoholic beverage to Fleur our far away friend, that and having survived the gale!
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