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 #158780  by Nut17
 Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:39 pm
hort1 wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:32 pm
Have a well deserved ale or vino Chris.

Looks like our ute & van gone..
Thanks Warwick. Timely sale of your rig - Just in time for the new beast. We may get to see it briefly in Christchurch on our way home. Will have a quiet drop of red tonight to help celebrate your sale. ;) :)
 #158781  by Nut17
 Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:47 pm
vansvilla wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:57 am
Expect early morning fog at St Anaud, temps in low teens. Sun burns through around 9.30. Early morning Dew.
A & P show here in Murchison this weekend.
Fuel at St Anaud not cheap but you can use your Kiwi fuel card. Not a bad price in Murch at the Mobil station. I saw $2.09 for 91 yesterday. Didn't see Diesel.
Check out Lake Argyle on your way up.
WN signal good at St Anaud.
26 deg in St Arnaud this afternoon and a blustery westerly. I topped up the diesel at Riverlands Caltex at $1.169 this morning - That should easily get us back to Murchison tomorrow afternoon - It may even get us to Motueka after hitching the van back on on Thursday.
 #158802  by hort1
 Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:36 pm
Nut17 wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:39 pm
hort1 wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:32 pm
Have a well deserved ale or vino Chris.

Looks like our ute & van gone..
Thanks Warwick. Timely sale of your rig - Just in time for the new beast. We may get to see it briefly in Christchurch on our way home. Will have a quiet drop of red tonight to help celebrate your sale. ;) :)
Yes it is. We don't pick the other up untill first week in May. Be bloody cold then.
 #158806  by Nut17
 Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:00 pm
Big day on the road today. Left St Arnaud at 8.00 AM - Two of us travelling in convoy and headed off through Rainbow Station to Hanmer Springs. About five hours including about 45 minutes stopped at various locations for photo opportunities. Following a quick lunch stop, it was a relatively easy drive back over The Lewis Pass through Springs Junction, a quick catch up with John and Lorraine (Vansvilla) at Murchison NZMCA Park then back to St Arnaud.
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 #158892  by Nut17
 Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:20 pm
Now based at Patons Rock, near Takaka in Golden Bay. We are lucky that a local resident has allowed us to camp on his spare bit of land next to his house. This is a strictly "NO camping," very elite settlement on a an absolutely stunning beach. We will enjoy this idyllic paradise until Wednesday when we are booked on a 4WD bus excursion on Farewell Spit.https://www.getyourguide.co.uk/collingw ... r-t261017/
Although we are currently having some very welcome rain today, the outlook for Wednesday is looking spot on.
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 #159005  by Nut17
 Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:43 pm
We enjoyed perfect weather for the Farewell Spit Bus Trip yesterday, with a young Swedish Lady "Pino" as our driver / tour guide. We got an excellent history lesson on the region along with an amazingly detailed commentary on all the bird life and seals spotted on the trip. The 4WD Mitzi Canter Buses are perfect for the job and cope really well plowing through the soft sand. A long day (7 hours from leaving Collingwood until we got back.) A numb bum was probably the only negative on the day. A big drive today - about 420 km - Patons Rock to Balmoral Reserve about 8 Km south of Culverden. An easy 120 km trundle down to Weedons NZMCA Park tomorrow.
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 #159009  by hort1
 Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:39 pm
Close enough to the date that the three of us were at the same reserve two years ago Chris. Keep the commentary coming along with the photo's, gives me something to look forward to after WORK ggggrrrr :TU
 #159012  by Nut17
 Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:04 am
Here is one of my photos from that trip - Date stamped 22.02.2018 A very memorable couple of months ;) :TU
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