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Thursday, December 27, 2012

The longest journey

Yesterday we travelled 15 hours.

We had rain off and on the entire way. The ferry dock was windy and cold, and I'm so glad I had my seasick patch! The Alien and Treklet swallowed some meclazine and our crossing was not too bad. Once we crossed the halfway point it got much smoother.

The bays, inlets and channels of the upper South Island were beautiful, despite the overcast gloom. I got a lovely look at a gannet from the bow. The ferry we were on was lengthened last year in Singapore. There was a poster and video about it that i found interesting. There was a magic show for the kids, and plenty of food options. Interislander Ferry is better than Top Cat Fast Ferry used to be.

Once in Picton, we pressed on toward Reefton. Marlborough reminded me of Napa...miles and miles of vineyards, with a few cherry orchards interspersed. We stopped to buy fresh picked cherries to snack on. Once into Tasman, the landscape changed back to sheep, cows and rushing wide rivers tumbling through the rugged alpine canyons. Scenery was breathtaking, but all I have to show you is a bunch a blurry, drive-by camera pics.

We stopped at a roadside tavern to eat around 8:00 and finally pulled in to our BandB shortly after dark, which settled around 9:30 pm

The Alien was exhausted from all that mountain driving and hit the sack right away. Up at 8, devoured a hearty breakfast made by our hostess Paddy, uploaded pics, and off we go! We're headed to Queenstown. With stops to ogle glaciers, we should arrive early evening.

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