Tuesday, November 29, 2016

29 November

29 November

With the weather no better and gale force winds forecast, we all decided to head to K and P’s place in Lower Hutt and so we have spent this last while parked in their driveway. We went for a few scenic drives and checked out Mt Victoria and out to Eastbourne. Warren and I spent an afternoon in Wellington city on foot. It’s a city we are not at all familiar with as to us it has been a place to either catch or depart from the ferry on our trips south. We strolled around the city centre very conscious of the narrow streets and high-rise buildings. Seeing several cordoned off as deemed unsafe after the Kaikoura earthquake it felt a bit unsettling as there is no escape from falling rubble if another quake, or a strong aftershock should occur.  We caught the train back to Petone where Peter picked us up. I see why commuters would appreciate the train ride, as it was easy, quick and relaxing.

We had no enthusiasm to walk or ride any of the TA trail here in Wellington, maybe because of the weather and maybe due to diminishing enthusiasm regards the walk and so our next thoughts were to head south earlier so yesterday Warren and I boarded the Bluebridge ferry for a very pleasant crossing to Picton. 

We have been concerned with the bike rack on the back of ‘Dreeemer’, our new camper as the weight appears to be pulling on the rear wall just under the back window so we spent the afternoon in the Bunning’s car park in Blenheim yesterday and reinforced the back wall with a 2 metre strip of box aluminium. We also unloaded Porsha’s bike which we had carried down from Tauranga and so now we are much more confident that the bikes and the camper are safe.

We stayed in Blenheim last night, had a nice dinner out with Bruce and today we’ve come via Havelock to Kenepuru Head where we are tucked in to a lovely DOC camp with a couple of pukeko’s and weka’s. I think we will be here for a few days it is so nice.

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