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Mar 3, 2017 - Kurow, New Zealand

Friday, March 3, 2017 Kurow, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream.” - Ray Bradbury Wow, what a great day again! Woke up with the alarm at 7:30 since we were up a little bit late last night (me, 11:30 and Art 12:15). It was a mostly cloudy start to the day but we slept great in our extremely comfortable Sierra hotel room. Warmer than the past few mornings getting started, probably in the mid 60s to start. We ate some stuff we had scavenged for breakfast plus made tea and coffee. While...

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Mar 2, 2017 - Omarama, New Zealand

Thursday, March 2, 2017 Omarama, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” - Babs Hoffman I don’t know who Babs is but she’s got it right; never let the potholes stop you from enjoying the ride! Of course, today was FULL of potholes and gravel and creek crossings and steep inclines, etc. but the ride….it was great! Woke up to a slightly cloudy morning at 7am; that seems to be the norm around here with the clouds/fog burning off by midmorning. We got our things together and...

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Jan 27, 2009 - Omarama

We had considered staying on in Akaroa to take a boat ride but the southerlies roared in from Antarctica. Sounds cold doesn’t it? The temperatures did go down about 20º, but more depressing was the rain that came with it. So we hit the road wipers wiping. Much of the drive was through flat agricultural country, which could become as boring as the flat corn fields we come from. But every so often we saw a corral of llamas or deer as well as the ever present sheep and cows. We stopped at the grocery store and lingered at the magazine rack,...

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May 16, 2008 - OMARAMA!!!! Say it with an echo.. echo..

Alright, so it's not pronounced OMA - RAMA. but omar-a-ma. i like oma-rama better. kinda like bingo-rama. casino-rama. you get the idea. but i've got a new friend in christchurch who insists on correcting me. and moeraki. has a rolling rrrrrrrrr. which i can't do captain, i've got to have more juice. poop. went on a hike up a hill here behind the property. needless to say, i took a spill on my way back down. had lots of sheep poo in my cut (in my hand) and had to get out me ole swiss army knife with the tweezers to get the rock shards out...

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Jan 31, 2008 - Oamaru to Omarama and back to Highway One South Island 13 to 15 January 2008

Jeff Today's journey is westward up the Waitaki River Valley where we expect to witness more great scenery. We intend to be back in the Catlins at Woodstock on 17.01.08 and in the mean time we will explore more parts of New Zealand. Our chosen route is north along Highway One until we cross the Waitaki River, then west alongside the river. The Waitaki Valley seems to be a sort of latent growth area which New Zealand hasn't quite woken up to, but when new jobs and more people start arriving they will be working and living in a beautiful...

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Dec 29, 2007 - A glimpse of Mount Cook and Meeting Amanda and Nick

After 5 1/2 months of more or less travelling solo we were meeting up with some buddies from Brisbane, Australia for our last week in our campervan. Nick is a friend of many years originally from the UK but now living in Brisbane and Amanda is a true Brisbanite. We were hoping that as a result of being a two for so long we had not lost all our social and conversational skills and that we would be able to resist spending the whole time boring them with our travel tales. As we were not meeting them until early evening we had a day to get...

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Mar 27, 2007 - Omarama

From the coast, it was back inland to Omarama. Enroute I stopped at the Elephant Rocks where they filmed some of the Chronicles of Narnia, and I spent the night at Buscot Station...a backpacker set on an 80,000 acre sheep and cattle station. Owner Tony Gloag is a long-time farmer and had some very strong feelings about how the government should be managing public lands. Let's just say when he got to the point in the conversation where New Zealand could go the way of Zimbabwe I tuned out. Prozac anyone?

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Reilly on the Road

Nov 26, 2003 - Mt. Cook and Omarama

We drove south and west to Mt. Cook. Lots of snow and glaciers. The weather was rather nasty so it was not really an enjoyable day. We elected to drive on to a holiday park in Omarama. It was still cold but at least not raining. We noticed that the folks around us were carting all of their "stuff" to the park kitchen to cook, eat and clean up. We had to start checking this out. It turned out to be a great way to meet fellow travelers. This evening, all we did was cart the dirty dishes for cleanup, had a cup of tea, visited for a time and...

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