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North Island Roadie, Patea

Whangamomona back to Patea

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Friday 21st May
overcast and cold about 16 degrees

We had a restless night’s sleep and each time we woke wondered if the previous night had really happened-which the flat tyre confirmed unfortunately. So to some active problem solving.
Sal wandered down to the pub at 7 to see if anyone was awake and we could use the land line to contact the man at Bridgestone in Stratford to make a plan, but they are not early risers out here and it was 8am before there was any life.
We put enough air in the tyre to get us back to the pub and then decided that we would try and drive back, stop every half hour at the top of each saddle and re-inflate the tyre. The tyre man in Stratford asked that we contact him at each saddle (3) so that he had an idea of progress.

It seemed that the loss in pressure was slow enough to make this reasonable. However once we got going and got to the top of the first Whangamomona Saddle it was obvious this just wasn’t going to work.
Sal wasn’t comfortable to continue as we were loosing pressure so fast, so another cell phone call (good reception at the tops) and a truck was sent out to fix it. He took an hour to get there, enough time for a cup of tea and a couple of stops from the occasional vehicle to check on us. The man fixed the tyre really fast and then we headed into Stratford to the Bridgestone shop to pay them -$350 which is about what we expected.

This has been a trying experience for us, most especially due to the lack of cell phone coverage. The repair kit that comes with the van is pretty inadequate and we need to consider a spare tyre but where to store it.

As the crisis had now been averted it was time for us to get back to travelling. We had been told about an interesting museum near Hawera so set that on the sat nav. The Tawhiti Museum is really good with figurines and models and an amazing collection of machinery.
A small cafe there and a shop. We watched a man making another figure for the display. I particularly liked in the farm machinery a man on the windrow machine with his daughter holding a soft toy, then another one with a small boy sitting next to his Dad on a tractor .

Driving onto Patea Beach Camp saw a wind farm in the distance.
I find these quite elegant and like the idea of wind being of some use! The man at he Camp was South African and was very pleased to meet a compatriot in Sal. His experience with having clients for social housing at the Camp has left him depressed and bitter.

A very early night for us after so much drama that had now been resolved.

Posted by Sallyj66 06:32 Archived in New Zealand

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I agree with you about the elegance of wind farms... far better than a coal-fired power station at the bottom of your garden!!
Glad you got the puncture mended - all set for more interesting journeys! Love ...... Lulu xx

by Lulu

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