After leaving the amazing Puzzling World we headed north towards Omarama where we were to stay that night. I took the wheel and had a drive, up through the winding Lindis mountain pass. I wasn’t worried about driving the van as I had plenty of experience driving larger vehicles in France, but I was surprised at how easy it is to adapt to a new car. It is not quite as powerful as our previous hire car, but it manages the hills okay (at approx 10mph), but we are courteous road users and have already got used to pulling over and letting past the queue of traffic that has congregated behind us. Plus we love the ‘Jucy wave’ to all the other Jucy vehicles. However I think Alice and I are maybe a little over enthusiastic compared to the response we get. Maybe after two weeks of it we will just give a little lift of the hand and a nod compared to the full blown wave that we are currently giving.
^^ Home for the next two weeks ^^
^^ Autumnal colours and snowy peaks ^^
^^ The views were amazing today ^^
^^ Taking a break atop the mountain pass ^^
^^ Red sky at night, Shepherd’s delight ^^
^^ Snowy mountains coming into Omarama ^^
We arrived safe and sound into Omarama and pitched up camp for our first night in the van. A very smooth set up, all those years of family camping has us prepared. I did find myself commenting on the lack of hooks to hang our anoraks on, something which I could just hear coming out of your mouth Dad. I must admit it does feel strange not to be here with you parents and Sam. But we can compare camping tales on our return.
Back off towards Christchurch tomorrow with a few stops on the way so stay tuned for more camping news.