Journal: Pages 59-60

The rain came, went and came again at Picton, following a strong northeasterly wind and a cold front (yes, Iíve been following weather reports on Channel One).

Havelock is the "Green-shelled Mussel Capital of the World." The locally-made mussel pie tasted much better than it might sound.

Having started the trip from Picton at around 7:30, I reluctantly turned back to retrace my route at Richmond, at exactly halfway towards my intended destination of Puponga at Cape Farewell, the northernmost point of South Island.

Local expression "good as gold" (equivalent of "you're welcome") must have been a vestige of the gold rush days in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Dinner bought from the supermarket (roast chicken, cherry tomatoes, cheese, smoked salmon, liver pate and a tiny bottle of cabernet sauvignon) was an antidote to the recent binge of fish and chips. I couldn't finish the bland chicken before tossing it, and I still have 16 tangerines to enjoy.

Tuesday 1 June 2004

Itinerary: Wellington - Hwy 2 to Upper Hut - Akatarawa Road to Stagland Wildlife Preserve - Harcourt Park - Kaitoke Regional Park  - Hwy 2 to Dannevirke

Photo Stops: WellingtonStagland Wildlife Preserve, Hutt River at Upper Hutt, Harcourt Park, Kaitoke Regional Park, Sunset near Dannevirke

New Zealand is observing the Transit of Venus, an event marked by the eclipse of the planet Venus before the sun. In the early eighteenth century, the British Royal Society commissioned James Cook to chase after the Transit in the southern hemisphere. He did that and a bit more, including his claim for the crown two large Maori-inhabited islands that were to become the nation of New Zealand.

The 5:30 - 8:30 crossing of the Cook Strait brought its groggy passengers to the Kiwi capital, bathed in the glow of dawn. For breakfast, I happily consumed the groceries I purchased yesterday at Picton: South Ocean smoked salmon with New Zealand hard cheese and baguette.

Switzerland (2002, 2003) 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10 11-12 13-14 [Liechtenstein 15] 53 
New Zealand (2002) 16 17-18 19-20 21-22 23-24 25-26 27-28
New Zealand (May-June 2004) 54 55-56 57-58 59-60 61-62 63-64 65 72
Australia (2004) 66 67-68 69-70 71
New Zealand (November 2004) 73-74 75-76 77-78 79-80 81-82


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