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    • Day 30

      Letzter Arbeitstag

      October 14, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      Heute hatten wir unseren letzten Arbeitstag bei Southern Packers in Timaru und somit gehen 2 Wochen arbeiten zu Ende :) Morgen geht es auf Richtung Dunedin, der zweitgrößten Stadt Neuseelands, wo wir am Montag auch unsere erste Wwoofing-Erfahrung machen werden. Dabei werden wir bei einer Familie wohnen und denen im Garten/Haushalt oder ähnliches helfen und im Gegenzug dazu kostenlos Unterkunft und Verpflegung erhalten :)

      Bis bald 🙋🏻
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    • Day 15


      February 25 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      This morning it was time to move on from Waimate. Some don't travel with full water tanks but I put more water in my tanks. The gauges in the van are not totally accurate, so I thought it was worth it.
      Then it was off to the dump station to empty. As you will know it wasn't very successful last time. A lovely couple helped me and emptying the grey waste would take forever because it was trickling out. The man said I need to change the connection but he estimated that I had at least four days before it would be full.
      There is a tube-hose I plug on to the tank to empty the grey waste. Perhaps I could sit on a cattle truck stop and little "go", without the tube. Not sure that is allowed but I can ask.
      Interestingly I saw a car and caravan heading to Oamaru that must have forgotten to do theirs up and was leaving a trail all down the road.
      The black waste (toilet) is cassette - size of a small suitcase that is unclipped, unscrew and tip down the waste hole. That is easy.
      Then fuel and away I went. Again I have never used my trip meter and that would really help with distance when the fuel gauge isn't working.
      Something I will need to learn until it gets fixed.
      Stopped at a rest area for awhile because it was taxing that I couldn't get it things "done". Took a bit of time and talked to Jack.
      My son Jack played rugby yesterday. He really enjoyed it. A real surprise to me. The Blue Sky team. Never thought rugby would be his cup of tea.
      In Timaru I stopped and ended up having lunch with a relative. Eileen is a lovely lady we always chat away happily when I have popped in.
      Parked down at Caroline Bay but thought I was sticking out too far so didn't go for a walk.
      Supermarket again. I am low on milk - decided not to get any. So different from home. When you are driving you have to turn off the gas that runs the fridge. The milk has been fine so far but thought I would wait so it will be supermarket again tomorrow probably.
      Tonight I am staying in a POP. Park over property. It is a little way out of Timaru. Showers and a laundry. They don't have a set amount it is by donation. Note to self - have smaller notes thank $50.......!!
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    • Day 16

      Second Night Timaru

      February 26 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Two weeks today since I left home. Seems much longer.
      Didn't wake till 8 and when I pulled back the shades put up the blinds looked like no one else was up so it was off to the shower. Lovely shower for $2. No waiting. I have a shower in the camper but it isn't like a real shower.
      Then the normal and thought I would be away early but it was after 10.
      Off to the museum - guess what - not open on Mondays.
      Popped into the library to look up a couple of people on the electoral rolls.
      Then the Warehouse too get a few bits and pieces and then it was time to watch yet another funeral. Dear Roy the 102 year I interviewed a couple of years ago about his army life. Lovely tribute to him.
      Then it was off to see Glenn another ex Air Force friend. Glenn was saying he is 78. A few health issues but he is doing okay.
      The bins were full at Waimate so Glenn happily allowed me to put my small bag of rubbish in his bin. Gone - the things people worry about on the road..!
      My gas bottle had run out so I headed to refill it. I seem to be doomed. Arrived at 4pm and they close at 3...!!! I have two gas bottles so the other is okay. I will fill get a refill on the way into town in the morning.
      Trying to turn right on the main highway at 4pm was a nightmare in a
      Campervan. Probably would have been in a car too. I waited and waited and after awhile no cars turning left so I turned left went a block and turned right did a U turn and got back on the highway.
      Will spend another night here in the old Southdown school grounds. Not many photos again today. Massive big Bunnings being built here.
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    • Day 17


      February 27 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      My apologies for last night. There seemed be a few glitches and the bit I posted about my parents is something I started and never posted and I thought I had deleted it. The internet was almost not happening until after 9pm.
      I was parked beside a couple from Blenheim in Waimate and then they have also been at Sea down (not South down as I said) and so in the morning and evening we have had a catch up on our days. They have moved on today and I will be here for another night. They were hoping to get as far as Christchurch today.
      I was here all morning and headed to the museum for the 1-30 opening in the archives section. As well as learning about camper life I have also learnt about researching and if I had planned ahead and let them know you are coming it is helpful. As previous visits nothing new but some avenues to explore.
      Their is a cruise ship in at Timaru so there was a market I had a quick look at but nothing took my fancy.
      I got my gas bottle filled on the way into town. Seemingly it was still half full so I don't know why the cooker pretended it was out. Full bottle again and the lovely man from rockgas carried it to my camper that was parked on the street. I could have driven in but I was cautious. He said a lot do that.
      Popped into the supermarket again. Didn't get caught today and went the corner with the traffic lights...!!
      Another wee gem today is that the rattle has gone!! How many ks have I driven? I moved stuff, put the non-slide stuff between the plates, pots etc. Still the rattle continued. Turned out it was the oven door! Makes such a difference!
      Getting a little better at taking photos - I have taken more in the last two weeks than the last two years probably. Phar Lap statue is on this road. Another photo is a tribute to paper boys but the wording didn't come out.
      I am sure the Southlanders will pick Russell Beck's work for Timaru's sister city
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    • Day 23

      Lessons learnt

      March 3 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      1. If you think "we should take the bikes off the motorhome and ride up there and see where it goes" you should do it! 2. When leaving a spot ALWAYS look behind or have the Leader check before getting into the cab. In Whitecliffs Domain where we stopped for a break we left our rubber door mat.
      In Weedons (ChCh) we left Leaders precious bright yellow folding 20 litre bucket. We were asked to leave a bucket of water in front of our vehicles on account of the fire risk. We must have driven right over it. Dumb!!!!!
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