I met so many lovely people while we were at Piropiro Campground, according to my tally over 300 passed through the area, stopped, camped, cycled on their way, or were walking, hunting, driving, or lost.
This number does not include the 100 plus who attended the 8th,9th and 10th March SAR training weekend.
Census day arrived, 5th March, our papers were not delivered at home before we left, I phoned the Government Department, and was assured they would be with us at Piropiro.This is a remote area, a 17km gravel road( more later for you Georgia), and sure enough, on 5th March, in almost dark, Debbie Donaldson arrived, I think there were at least 12 or more camped, that night, we filled the details in by generator power lights.
It was almost 8.30 p.m. and Debbie was on her way, trusty driver waiting while she gave out the forms, and returned in 20 minutes to collect them.
New Zealand has many metal or gravel roads, these have no seal, can be smooth, if you are lucky, or rough and bumpy in many places. In Pureora Forest Park the roads are all gravel, not nearly as wide as a normal road through a town or country area, barely a one-way in places, some smooth like my photo, others quite rough, with larger stones, and washout areas, navigating needs to be done carefully.
Showers fell on our last night, and the three young men from Germany walked over to meet Hugh. Patrick, Max and Finn. All my good wishes for when you return to Bad Salzuflen, a spa town in the Lippe district of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
They waved goodbye to me as I followed Hugh on Tuesday morning, along, yes, the metal road.Thanks so much, that made my day so much happier.
The photo below, “The Tall and the Short”!!! Finn told me he is 6’8'’ tall, or 2 metres. Little shorty me, at about 5’3’’ or 1.6 metres.and I was wearing tramping boots with thick soles!!!
Max,Finn and Patrick.
Did I mention that we started with self inflating mattresses, one each, thought to be the best.After 10 days Hugh was disillusioned with their ability to provide any comfort to his bones at night.He was off to the nearest small town, TeKuiti, at least 71 km away, for some supplies we needed, a Newspaper and magazines for me. But, not mentioned to me, was his hope to buy a better bed!!! After we unpacked the goodies, had lunch, he went back to the station wagon, and brought out a box, with the magic words
“ Luxury Comfort for Older People
when Camping in the Outdoors”
Well, that is what I thought it might have said, and although the words are true, maybe only in my imagination!!! It is a really good air bed, inflated with power, has a built in pump, velour top, and is “Queen Size”. 80’’ long, 62’’ wide, 18.5’’ high!!! He wondered if I had seen him measuring out the area in the tent to see if he could buy one to fit. He did…there was room to walk along the side, but lengthways it filled that part of the tent to the limit. Praises to Intex for their design,
Quotation of the day, from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
“ He is the happiest ,be he king or peasant,
who finds peace in his home”
Greetings from Jean