|Even though we were in a car, we couldn't resist stopping at the Whangamata Wharf in Coromandel to check it out. Perhaps it was boat withdrawal.|
After we sold Rainbow's End, we decided to go for a little road trip and revisit some of our favorite places in the North Island of New Zealand before Scott had to head back to Scotland for work. I learned three important things on this road trip:
1. Cars are expensive
Over the course of 16 weeks we spent NZ$261 on diesel and petrol for our boat and dinghy. In the week we had the rental car we spent NZ$251 on petrol. If you do the math, that comes out to NZ$35 a day for the car vs. NZ$2.30 a day for the boat to fill it up with fossil fuel. Granted, we put a lot of kilometers on the car, but still it was shocking to see how much it cost us to contribute to global warming. And then of course we had to pay to rent the car. And because you can't sleep in a car, you have to pay for lodging. Well, I guess you could sleep in your car, but after sleeping in a 26' sailboat for several months, it really wasn't going to happen. Which brings us to key learning number 2...
2. Beds are awesome
While our boat had an amazing amount of storage space for a 26' critter, it was way too small for 6' tall Scott and me to both sleep comfortably in the v-berth. That meant that Scott slept on the very narrow settee and I slept in the v-berth. You might be thinking I got the better end of the bargain, but half of the v-berth was taken up with laundry, food and other miscellaneous items. I guess I did have things a bit better as when the boat got all roly-poly, I wasn't in danger of falling off of the v-berth. Scott, on the other hand, had to work to stay in his settee on some nights. So you can imagine what a joy it was to be able to sleep in the same double bed at night. A bed with a proper mattress and sheets. Heaven.
3. The weather can still be a real pain
After the drought we've been experiencing, we should be glad for all the rain. Except of course, when you're trying to do touristy things. They were forecasting torrential cats and dogs in the southern part of the North Island, so we had to change our plans and rather than go down to Mount Taranaki, we headed up north to Coromandel. Just like on a boat, the weather runs your life. But unlike on a boat, you can move a lot faster in a car to outrun it.
Our road trip was good fun and was a great way to say goodbye to New Zealand - for now that is!
We saw more dolphins from the side of the road off of the coast of Coromandel then we saw from our boat all summer.
One of the fun signs we saw on our way back from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
We got to see places, like Colville, which we didn't get a chance to get to on our boat.
|And we got to see things you don't normally see on a boat - like this wild pig head at the Coroglen Tavern. Seems like something The Bloggess would like.|
We stayed in a place with a
double bed, a shower and a fridge while we were at the Hahei Holiday Park. It
was almost too much luxury to handle after living on our boat.|
|And of course, the perfect end to any road trip - sunset on a beach.|
|Yes, we even use nautical charts on land! Sourced from LINZ. Crown Copyright reserved.|