Gorillas to Gizzy

Trip Start Aug 24, 2004
Trip End May 09, 2005

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Friday, April 15, 2005

I'm on the move. I left Christchurch on Monday night and drove straight to Nelson. Two words: Talk Radio. I just keep telling myself how much sweeter music will be when I make it home. Anyway I headed back to Mot and picked up a few things and left my wetsuit for Mike. Seems there was some drama and this cleared out the camp. On Tuesday I made it back to Picton and slept in my car, waiting for the ferry. oh yeah, I'm sick. :(

On Wed. morning I woke up and took the ferry from Picton. The weather wasn't as beautiful as the first time and I just decided to go to sleep. It was odd to be back in the same place in Wellington. The last time I was there I was in New Zealand for two days. It was quite different then. I stayed the night and the headed out in the morning.

Thursday I headed West in the direction I believed Weta and other Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings director) related things were. I was quite happy to find the SS Venture, the boat used in filming of King Kong. I snapped a few pics and moved on. A few minutes later I found a giant blue screen which is being used in post production. As I was looking down at the studio some men started to roll out an airplane. The plane that brought Kong down! "YOU MURDERERS!", I screamed...haha, just kidding. What do you think I am, a psycho? Anyway, it was pretty cool seeing that stuff, but I wanted some close up pics of the airplane. yada yada yada I got out of jail today. haha, ok, not really. I went to the exit of the studio area to wait. There I believe I saw Naomi Watts (Mulholland Dr., 21 Grams, The Ring (1+2)) driving out of the studio. I ended up missing the plane by seconds if it actually did leave the studio grounds.

It was already afternoon so I headed North through the Hutts and eventually made it to Napier for the night. My original route was redirected once I realized the massive flooding I heard about wiped out a bunch of bridges on that route. A 1985 Toyota Corona definitely is not a four wheel drive...especially one that just gets louder and loses pieces.

Napier was pretty cool last night. The city was destroyed in 1931 by a massive earthquake. What'd the city council decide? Rebuild it - Art Deco Style. And they did. And I took pictures.

Today has been pretty uneventful. The East Coast is reminiscent of some coastal parts I've seen in Southland. I might just head into King's Country rather than stay in Gisborne tonight. I'll probably make it to Auckland tomorrow night.

Ka kite

P.S. Sorry for the Seinfeld reference.
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