Rest days

Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
Trip End Feb 21, 2008

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

We've just finished up a rest day at Karamea, just outside of Kahurangi National Park--staying in a tiny, funky bunkhouse in a tiny town that's the jumping off point for the Park. It's been blissfully quiet. This is the equivalent of a motorcamp, which is where we stay in most towns we visit. Usually we set up our tent, but this bunkhouse was so cheap (about $8 US for a mattress, showers, and use of a great kitchen) that we couldn't resist--and for all day yesterday and most of today we've had it to ourselves. It also has a TV, and Sidney had a television fest, watching two Harry Potter movies back to back before he came up for air.

So, with clean clothes and rested feet, we're off tomorrow for Westport, where we'll hire a car and begin a week of west coast touring before we do two more tramps. Here we are in the middle of dairy cattle country--75 dairy farms in the region, we are told, with a huge instant milk-processing plant. We also understand NZ is becoming more bovine- and less sheep-oriented, although there are still plenty of sheep to be seen.

Happy Birthday, Dave Perrin!

Mary Ellen
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