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A long journey at short notice...

OMG Cari, I can't believe you ran into a mail box! Must have been a tough one! But it must have given you a fright as well, I'm so sorry about that. It's awful, anything that goes wrong with a car.

And anyway, we've been on the road all day. In fact, it was one of our fastest trips in ages. At about ten this morning, I managed to wheedle a new time for Christy's surgeon appointment, we dried the laundry, packed the car, phoned Steve to say goodbye and we were off to Tauranga. We drove from just before 1 p.m. and arrived (after two stops for food, and coffee for me) at half past eight this evening. Not bad. No holdups, no road works, no slow idiots! So a good journey and we're here safe and sound. I just about drove at 100 km all the way, I think.

It was damp all the way up, so we didn't have to worry about sunshine, and it got dark after Rotorua, but with a full moon, it was even easy to see the back road via Ngongotaha to Oropi and on to my mother's house. Last time we came up, it was in driving rain and it was pitch black all the way. There are few houses for miles so it really is dark! Thing was, with moonlight, it also was kind of scary. There was almost no other traffic. You could see the dense bush, the lonely road that dipped low into deep valleys, the one-way bridges and bends, and it kind of accentuated the loneliness and spookiness as we pondered the thought of a car breakdown with horror! But nothing happened, we're here, and hopefully I will catch up with you more over the next few days while we're here.

My mother is definitely bruised, but amazingly, still willing to have the boy around. I am not impressed. I can take a certain level of forgiveness but... wtf...


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Sep. 25th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was a bit scary. I already got my mirror replaced though, so now I just have to get a new windshield. I guess it all works out!

I can't believe your mom still wants the boy around. But I guess it's admirable that she can still forgive. She does need to think of her own safety though!
Sep. 26th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
I think your mail boxes must be bigger than ours!! But I'm glad you're okay.

-I can't believe your mom still wants the boy around
Yeah, it's amazing. He has phoned every day, wanting something or other. I wish she'd tell him to go jump.
Sep. 26th, 2007 10:17 am (UTC)
You have to convince her that she mustn't for his own good and for the sake of anyone else he associates with.

Glad you arrived safely. Your journey sounds creepy.
Sep. 26th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
-You have to convince her that she mustn't for his own good and for the sake of anyone else he associates with.
Good point. He has to learn that to be physically violent has real repercussions.

-Glad you arrived safely. Your journey sounds creepy.
It was great until that last run in the moonlight! What was more amazing was that a couple of hours after we passed the biggest volcano on the way up, there was a small steam-induced eruption and the road was closed!!
Sep. 26th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Even more glad that you're safe!!
Sep. 27th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
Heh, thank you!
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