Trip Start Jul 18, 2010
Trip End Mar 04, 2011

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

We set off from Anth & Kirsten’s at 10ish after raiding the garden for lemons, tamarillos, calla lilies and narcissus and saying farewell to the calves. I have no idea which ones were Helen and Nia as they escaped last night and were jumbled back in. Anth says that the first time they get out they always go a bit chaos! Freedom!! We’ve had such a lovely stay at Swn y Mor, very comfortable and have been fed well with good company.  Today we set off along Surf Highway to Palmerston North.  We need to be in Wellington by Monday to catch the ferry over to the South Island, so we’re meandering down at a leisurely pace.  Kirsten said the shopping in Palmerston North is really good, so we can have a mooch round tomorrow.  John Cleese once said when describing Palmerston North “If you ever do want to kill yourself, but lack the courage, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick”.  The town retaliated by naming a rubbish dump after him.  Anyway, along the way we went past the Manaia county sign.  Lonely planet dubs this ‘The tackiest thing about the place’ - the literature on the sign reads “Welcome to Manaia the Bread Capital” - sat underneath a huge 3D loaf no less.  The bread capital, honestly.  But an ideal Fang-photo-op. We stopped for lunch at a well-known fast food ‘restaurant’, not to be repeated, it was more disgusting than the UK version.  We drove through ‘Bull’ on the way, the only place you can get milk from bulls. Ha haa, hilarious eh? About 2km outside of Palmerston, yeah we were that close, a car spat a stone at the window so hard it split straight away! Urghh. We pulled over and it grew a further 4inches to 7.  Kea sorted us out with a local garage that could book us in.  We made it there without hassle, and the garage luckily had our model screen in stock.  So we’re taking it back tomorrow morning at, gulp, 8a.m. to get re-fitted.  It takes 4-5 hours so the earlier the better really!  So tomorrow we’re spending the majority of the day mooching around Palmerston North, as planned, but now we don’t have to worry about parking up the camper! Every cloud…  We have found the only campsite in Palmerston North, originally named Palmerston North holiday. Very reasonable at 19 pounds for 3 of us!  So tomorrow, could be interesting if John Cleese’s advice is anything to go by…
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