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North Island Roadie, Wellington - Picton

And so it ends

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29th May 2021
11 degrees
And so it ends

We had an interesting night with boy racers doing their thing around midnight, it seems very close and ended as suddenly as it started. Other than that the trains are quiet and there was no issue with truck noise that we had read about.

Made an early exit for the ferry terminal and tried to get on an earlier trip, but without success. Michelle (Pam’s daughter-in-law) met us at the terminal and we then went in her car for brunch. Pam had tried to coordinate a trip to Wellington to join us also but bus and train timetables did not work. As it turned out it was far too cold anyway. Local knowledge enabled us to take Maddie to a dog-friendly cafe on Oriental Parade. I had a fabulous meal and the busyness of the cafe was testament to its popularity.

Following that Michelle took us on a rapid fire tour around central Wellington which included her flat in Thorndon. The streets seemed very narrow and steep to us but M took it all in her stride, which I suppose you acquire after living in a city for 20years.

Back to the terminal and the long wait to load onto the ferry. For some reason it is 45 minutes late. We hear from Luke at home that they have had persistent rain there all day, however I must say that the weather has improved as the day has gone on here.

So we are nearly right back where we started 5 weeks ago. When we leaf through the photos it seems incredible what we have packed into that time. We are both ready to return home and to a less hectic life style. I think the reconnections we made along the trip have been the highlights for me. It is the people aspect that brings a place to life and this was borne out time and time again. Off course we had our fair share of challenges on this trip but I suspect over time they will gain some notoriety and we will laugh about them.
Thanks Jabula!

Posted by Sallyj66 04:33 Archived in New Zealand

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Guess you are safely home now after a wonderful trip. Have enjoyed looking at the photos and reading the diary entries.
Trauma here. A badger has been digging up the lawns. What a mess. The gardener is going to block off the possible entrance and I have been busy tramping back in the divots polo style.

by Pat Hill

Many thanks for a fascinating log! So glad you've enjoyed it - and the people. Now for a good 'unwind' at home!
Thinking of you ......... Lulu XXx

by Lulu

Yes safe at home now! Risky and I had to wave at each other on the couch!!! Our house is far too big!! Hope the badger goes back to where he came from! Can’t wait till we can travel again and come back to England to see you all. Lots of love xxxx

by Sallyj66

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