Monday 2nd March 2015
Rolled off site around 9 ish and headed for the dump station. The three Kilkenny last night certainly topped up the bottle on the toilet through night so think a spare bottle may be a good idea. Did the dump station and then phoned Vinny Jones at Magnus Lennie, Mitsubishi Dealers to the Stars. No problem just roll up and we can fix it and a full service and we will have a look at the power issue you have on hills. Just like UK!!
Got to Opotiki and parked up behind the workshop. Spares all ordered for tomorrow so hopefully I should get away, if not far at least out of Opotiki by tomorrow night. Undocked the Segway shuttle and had a scoot round. Lovely little town but mostly closed on a Monday and Tuesday and possible Wednesday. Had been a very busy place and judging by the building, had a fair bit of trade coming through before WW II.
Waiting for Vinny to come and tell me the score now but think it will all happen tomorrow. Need to find if there is a half decent pub in town. Saw a couple but not sure if they were open or not.
Have a choice for tea tonight. Chicken I bought hot at lunchtime or cold ham and dips or even bacon and egg.
Beer first me things. But as the campaign here says “don’t drink and fry”. Cold meat then it be.
All done. New diesel filter and oil and filter changed so feel a bit more secure. Did take it on a test run up a hil with the maechanic riding shotgun. He seems to think the lack of power is just that. Need a bigger engine. So will live with that for now. He did like my comment about the old bus’s ability I told him “it wouldn’t pull the tail of a chocolate mouse” I thought this was common parlance in the black gang but obviously not in NZ. He did chuckle and is probably using it down the pub now
Set off mid day and made it to Waihau Bay about 3.