After the filters had been done. The idea was a road test. I was not expecting any improvements as there was no obvious dirt in the filters. I am not sure but I did mess with the stop linkage, which seemed not to be resetting all the way back. That could account for the lack of grunt when needed but only a road test can tell. Unfortunately, whether, due to too much sun on the Tuesday or a dodgy three pepper subway on the Wednesday, by Thursday morning I was resigned to the porta potty most of the day and the rest of the night. I managed to get the filters done on Thursday and fitted the air cleaned on the Friday but was banjaxed by the end of it. The idea of setting of for a long weekend did not appeal. Sunday although not 100% I decided to make a run for it and Raglan was the target. By taking the back roads I could take my time, and so I set off, we left around 13:00 hrs. The bus did seem to have a bit more grunt but not convinced could be the hills were not as big. Anyway beautiful run down to Raglan.
What a surprise, lovely place and I know it was a long weekend, so maybe busier than usual but full of “beautiful people” Only for the cleanliness and the lack of traffic (and cows) it could have be Goa. I Like Raglan a lot.
Couple of sneaky Corona then to find my spot for the night. I had chosen Te Toto Gorge for no other reason than it was free and sounded nice. Now remote does not describe this car park halfway up a mountain some 8 clicks down a gravel road. But that’s where I am tonight.
The view is stunning and not a cloud in the sky so hope to get a good sunset and I am sure the stars will be awesome when I take Leo for his walk.
The cats and I spent the early evening going for a stroll to the lookout overlooking the beach and then a beer and dips sat outside on the grass. Watched the sun go down but due to the lack of cloud it was a bit less spectacular than I had hoped for.
An eventfull night due to my tummy condition. All came to a head around 12: 34 (just gone midnight). Least said but it involved having to shower and a change of PJ’s.
Next morning not feeling any better but determined to drive back to Raglan and have another look around. Anyway got down off the mountain and into Raglan about 11 ish and had a coffe and a mooch but parking restrictions limited me to an hour. So set off towards home. Turned of SH1 in to my old haunt Rangiriri. Easy to park, public toilets and good bar food at the hotel. Think that may be considered cheating a bit but was in no mood to cook or do anything much.
Lunch was three pints of the black stuff, if nothing else might re-hydrate me, then a snooze till early evening. Fettuccini for dinner and another pint of Irish cream and bed.
Tuesday early walk with the cats and then back to bed for a bit. Got organised by about 10 and walked up to Te Wheoro’s Redoubt. Some serious fighting took place here. No one mentioned this when I was at school. There is a lot more to recent NZ history than you think.
Now back on Mels path just catching up with washing and a bit of a clean out befor my next trip. My container has still not arrived from Dubai but Inshallah, this week, I will have some fresh clothes and a lot more stuff to help me on my adventures.
Still not managed to set off without having to stop in the first 100 yards to put something away or pick something up that has vibrated off the work top. Check list is needed. you know. “door armed and cross check sort of thing.