The holiday is over, and we made it home safe and sound. We towed the caravan a total of 1845kms – then did many more kms sightseeing. We stayed at Takapau, Wairoa, Gisborne, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay, Te Araroa, Awakere, Katikati, Hamilton and Taupo. We saw some wonderful coastal scenery around the East Cape and many trees with their beautiful autumn colouring.
Highlights of the trip were: singing on stage (who would have thought that we would do that!), climbing all those steps to reach the East Cape Lighthouse, (it was hard work but we did it!) and those lovely soothing dips in the thermal hot pools. The National Rally was very enjoyable, as was our trip around the East Cape. It was great fun with good friends, what more could we ask for?
Poor Robin had his fair share of driving drama though. We will never forget our trip over the Mohaka hills on an almost empty fuel tank. We had a tyre blow out on the 4WD driving down to Taupo at Tirau – that was certainly traumatic, to say the least. Then that pesky automatic transmission oil temperature light came on when the vehicle was working hard towing uphill, must get this checked out now we are home. I think his stint in the Blindfold Driving Competition was easy compared with these other dramas.
Now it’s back to reality and back to work tomorrow.