I was stoked to catch up with my Uncle Lindsay this morning before heading off towards Masterton. I last saw Uncle Lindsay at my cousin Rachel’s wedding in February 2006. It just so happened that he was up in Palmerston North for a national Baptist convention…great timing.
Also pretty stoked that I got to vote today. New Zealand general elections on this Saturday. I voted for the Green Party.
A huge thanks to Moetatua and Christa for putting me up for a couple of nights in Palmerston North. Those two nights had horrible blustery cold rainy weather.
The Manawatu Gorge road was closed this week due to slips, so I had to take the winding and steep Pahiatua Track road over the hills to the Wairarapa. It was slow going up the hill, but blisteringly fast on the downhill.
Once again, the rural New Zealand letter boxes failed to disappoint. This one a converted refrigerator.
A strong westerly blew me all the way to Eketehuna, only 42km away from Masterton. It was tempting to keep pushing on, but the sky was threatening to attack with a vengance once again, so I deciced to check out the local campsite. Great idea that, because not only was it only NZ$5 for the night (I slept under the veranda of one of the vacant cabins instead of pitching the tent) with shower and kitchen, but it rained cats and dogs as soon as I got into the campsite.
A real damper was put on the evening however when news was relayed by some family friends of the owners who came to collect the camp fee. The owner, Rachel van Der Wel, was killed in a car crash only two hours earlier.