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Safe so far!

Hey there, team, we made it to Tauranga tonight, and I have found out my mother's broadband is working at very slow dial up speed so I'll have to try to look at your posts tomorrow - it's midnight here now. I hope you are all well.

We have had such fun, it's been wonderful being on the road, stopping wherever we wanted for photos, visiting old friends with no time constraints, skirting huge slips from a recent storm in Taranaki - must have been about twenty-five washouts between Wanganui and Raetihi, hurtling through forests and even managing a hiccup or two with the car which I seemed to have solved for now with a cup of very viscous oil and a $20 shout for the Patea mechanics. We've patted horses, farm dogs, ducks and we even saw a river rat at Virginia Lake.

We have run across a flock of sheep on the road, hawks on the road eating the dead possums on the road, plenty of other livestock on the side of the road - and some fascinating little towns. We have consumed a lot of junk food, although Subway in Wanganui wasn't too bad. We had a very questionable McDonalds in Bulls on the way up! Today the children had pies at Whakamaru, looking over the dam. We had fish and chips in Rotorua with our dear friends this evening and had to tear ourselves away to get up here before night. Too late. Drove the back way through Ngongotaha and Oropi in driving rain in pitch dark - no street lights out there!

I have inhaled the bush visually, although it rained in Taumaranui and we couldn't go out walking in it! But I am ready to keep writing *g*
If I can get the photos uploaded I'll show you more of our journey tomorrow or sometime soon. I bet vivh has some pics of Munich that will take me an hour to see! OMG!
But now I am a bit tired *yawn* so much driving - three days up and across the country in a dog-legged sort of way! Nice to be back here though *g*

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hannahfmuk
Apr. 12th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Hello! Glad to hear you had such a good journey - it all sounds wonderful so I hope you manage to get your photos uploaded soon.
natesmountain
Apr. 13th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's good to be here safely. I'll work on the photos, you know, different computer... *g* Hope you're doing okay.
greenpizzazz6
Apr. 12th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun! It's nice to sort of have a plan, but to have the time to stop and take pictures and enjoy the trip!
natesmountain
Apr. 13th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
It was great to stop whenever we wanted. Christy has always like road signs, so this time whenever she saw one she wanted a photo of, I'd have to screech to a halt from going 100 km/h to stop before the sign! We now have pics of signs warning us about cattle, planes, trains, horses, fire engines, ducks (yeah, really!) and a few other things!
greenpizzazz6
Apr. 13th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Hee! You should post sign pictures when you have a chance!

And I'll be sure to read your next entry when I get home from work. No time now!
natesmountain
Apr. 14th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
-You should post sign pictures when you have a chance!

Hee! Maybe Christy can make a collage of them!
vivh
Apr. 12th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Glad you had a good trip, I'm looking forward to seeing all your photos! Hope you manage to sort out your Mum's internet!
natesmountain
Apr. 13th, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
well, I've sped it up a bit but her young boarder seems to have removed a lot of things trying to help, including Mozilla Firefox and the children's favourite bugatron game... but we'll get there. It looks like you had a great trip, I can't wait to sit and read all about it. But as usual, my first time here today and it's midnight again... argh! But if I go in here, it's like I'm ignoring my mother, so I'll just have to be patient!
microjotz
Apr. 13th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
Glad the journey went well, I love the sound of hurtling through forests....

The dial up internet is a real shock after the broadband isnt it !
natesmountain
Apr. 13th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
-The dial up internet is a real shock after the broadband isnt it !
But *wails* she has broadband, that's what I can't understand LOL! I think I might check for spyware...

Hurtling through forests - I just adore driving through native forests like we did, much more than farmland ...or motorways! There was one point where we had driven for absolutely ages, about an hour and a half, and hadn't passed one shop, one petrol station, not one thing apart from some farms and sheep stations. Very rural!
moth2fic
Apr. 13th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Looking forwardto hearing all about it! Inhale some bush for me.too!!
natesmountain
Apr. 14th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
-Inhale some bush for me.too!!
Okay, consider it done! we might walk round the Mount tomorrow so that means bush and sea at the same time!
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