Omgosh there's no wifi 😟... sharp inhale and plan to move on... Omgosh there's no wifi... slow relieved exhale and stays longer 🙂
Arrived in the Catlins where wifi is sketchy. Really really do need to buy that plb.(personal locator beacon). No cell and its very humbling to think that if something happened to me. No one knows where I am.
If you see a middle aged woman appearing to cackle to herself on the road. That's me listening to Google maps. Definitely needs a lesson in Te Reo. I think she has a wicked sense of humor. Instead of going around the mountain she takes me straight up and over. Tight steep 85° angled roads that are windy and about 1000m above sea level. The last one had signs telling trucks to use air brakes.
What's for dinner tonight.. tossed salad again 🙂.
My whanau/family in the north who know I don't listen to the news warned me of forecast wind and rain so I hunkered down in a DOC (Department of Conservation) campground in Papatowai. Heard a few strong gusts in the night but felt nothing.
A fellow camper offered some biscuits she had made. She couldn't believe it when I knew they were called snickerdoodles. Mum made them all the time.
Highlights. Visiting the Albatross Colony and the Dunedin peninsula in general. Although driving up and over the hill into Dunedin with poor visibility in the dark was challenging. I couldn’t pull over because I couldn’t see to get back onto the road so the traffic had to crawl behind this otherwise courteous camper for a few kilometres.
Finally reaching the Petrified forests in the Catlins and standing barefoot.
Those catchups with people that really shouldn't be as long as they are between visits.
The people I've met who have become friends.
Got a hug on the street in Kaikoura.
I used to collect rocks everywhere I went and like my companion, so too does my dog. Through my studies I learnt that rocks have 'mauri' which means life force or essence in Mᾱori to put it simply. This belief is common to all indigenous people of the world despite the terminology being different the essence is the same. Now I pick up a stone or rock, have a thought (I'm an overthinker so unlikely I will have just one) or ask a question and before I leave thank the stone or rock and leave it behind. I give myself the same instruction as I do my dog. 'Drop it" and 'Walk on" lol.