Jane And John Go South, Day 10

Thursday 28th March

    MILES KILOMETERS Arrived Left
Springfield, (Smylies) 90596 08:25:00
Rangiora 90633 37 59.5 09:12:00 09:22:00
Hamner Springs (Salt’n’Pepper Cafe) 90701 68 109.4 11:01:00 13:00:00
Springs Junction (Cafe & Motor Inn) 90758 57 91.7 14:20:00 15:38:00
Murchison 90808 50 80.5 16:40:00 17:18:00
St Arnaud (Alpine Lodge) 90844 36 57.9 18:07:00
    248 399.1

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Jane And John Go South, Day 9

Wednesday 27th March

    MILES KILOMETERS Arrived Left
Lake Hayes Estate 90294 07:05:00
The Bakery (Ma Boulangerie) 90303 9 14.5 07:11:00 08:03:00
Queenstown BP 90305 2 3.2 08:05:00 08:18:00
Omarama/Lake Hawea Turn-off 90348 43 69.2 09:25:00 09:50:00
4 Miles down road 90352 4 6.4 09:55:00 10:06:00
Lake Tekapo 90460 108 173.8 12:10:00 12:37:00
Fairlie (Bakehouse) 90485 25 40.2 13:07:00 14:50:00
Rakaia River 90562 77 123.9 16:25:00 16:47:00
Springfield 90594 32 51.5 17:27:00 17:30:00
Springfield, (Smylies) 90596 2 3.2 17:59:00
    302 486

BMW felt so fine this morning. As I pulled away from the BP into the gloom of the early morning Frankton traffic I flipped on the music and “She caught the Katy, and left me a mule to ride…” trickled in. Couldn’t be better. Passed a “Love 2 Plumb” van and the smile warmed my insides.

The Crown Range and the Lindis Pass just flowed under the wheels. The RS is strong and smooth. Think Bronson from ‘The Streetfighter’ or Eastwood from ‘Gran Torino’. Any punk kid can run faster and jump higher but this thing still packs a punch. Strong rather than powerful, raw rather than refined, but still smooth. Like an old blues singer, it has no expiry date. It just gets better.

Stopped in the bright blue of Tekapo and had several people come over to reminisce while gazing at her. No doubt, she’s a thoroughbred.

Pity the mood didn’t last. Did Badfinger bring me down? Or was ‘Baby Blue’ just echoing the melancholy?
“Guess I got what I deserve
Kept you waiting there, too long my love…’

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Jane And John Go South, Day 8

Tuesday 26th March

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Jane And John Go South, Day 7

Monday 25th March

    MILES KILOMETERS Arrived Left
Mosgiel (Bella Vista Motel) 90067 07:30:00
Milton 90094 27 43.5 08:02:00 08:13:00
Cromwell BP 90194 100 160.9 10:13:00 10:59:00
Glenorchy (Hotel) 90260 66 106.2 12:32:00 15:45:00
Queenstown BP 90291 31 49.9 16:43:00 16:48:00
Lake Hayes Estate 90294 3 4.8 16:55:00
    227 365

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Jane And John Go South, Day 6

Sunday 24th March

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John And Jane Go South, Day 5

Saturday 23rd March

    MILES KILOMETERS Arrived Left
Lake Hayes Estate 89892 11:19:00
Omakau 89952 60 96.6 12:31:00 12:48:00
Middlemarch (Kissing Gate Cafe) 90027 75 120.7 14:20:00 15:21:00
Mosgiel (Bella Vista Motel) 90067 40 64.4 16:15:00
    175 281 (MT07=296)

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Jane And John Go South, Day 4

Friday 22nd March

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Jane And John Go South, Day 3

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Jane And John Go South, Day 2

Wednesday 20th March.

    MILES KILOMETERS Arrived Left
Waipara Sleepers 89547 09:11:00
Amberly (Nor’Wester Cafe) 89554 7 11.3 09:20:00 10:26:00
Rangiora 89570 16 25.7 10:48:00 10:52:00
Oxford 87589 19 30.6 11:14:00 11:21:00
Geraldine 89674 85 136.8 12:58:00 14:15:00
Lake Tekapo (The Greedy Cow) 89727 53 85.3 15:21:00 17:15:00
Lake Pukaki Lookout 89751 24 38.6 17:39:00 17:45:00
Lindis Pass Lookout 89798 47 75.6 18:41:00 18:54:00
Cromwell BP 89845 47 75.6 19:50:00 19:58:00
Lake Hayes Estate 89874 29 46.7 20:40:00
    327 526 (MT07=556)

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Jane And John Go South, Day 1

Tuesday 19th March.

    MILES KILOMETERS Arrived Left
Home 89286 05:19:00
Otaki BP 89331 45 72.4 06:19:00 06:41:00
Wgtn Ferry Terminal 89373 42 67.6 07:58:00 12:41:00
Kaikoura BP 87282 94 151.3 15:04:00 15:25:00
Kaikoura SRC 89472 5 8 15:30:00 18:50:00
Cheviot 89514 42 68 19:51:00 20:08:00
Waipara Sleepers 89547 33 53.1 20:55:00
    261 420 (436)

Jane rides a Whoosh. [PIC] It is low and lean and zippy. The motor is full of Go Berries and it has Stoppers! When Jane feeds it Go Berries it leaps away down the road. And when Jane caresses the Stoppers the Whoosh immediately digs its heels in and skids to a halt. [PIC?]
John drives a Rumble. [PIC] The Rumble is old and heavy and has a deep voice. Despite the shakes and rattles it is quite strong. But the Rumble needs lots of encouragement to speed up, and even more encouragement to change direction. And it has Slowers. If John thinks the Rumble is going too fast he pulls on the hand-slower and pushes on the foot-slower for all he is worth. The Rumble will casually slow from a charge to a canter. It then falls back to a trot. If there’s lots of room and John keeps pulling and pushing on the Slowers, the Rumble will eventually come to rest. The Rumble doesn’t like emergency slows. It likes lots of warnings and plenty of time.
Jane said that they had to start the adventure in the night-time, and travel on until morning, [PIC] where they were going to catch a fairy.
“Cool”, thought John. He couldn’t wait to see Tinkerbell. [PIC]

John was a bit disappointed to find that the fairy was a floater called Kaitare [PIC] but cheered up when Jane said that Kaitare was going to make a big breakfast for them. [PIC] John was so glad that Jane was there. Without her he’d be lost. [PIC]

Kaitare spat them out in Picton, which was at the top of the South. [PIC?] Jane wanted to Whoosh but the Rumble was worried about all the unfamiliar bends.

After they had picked their way over the hill to Blenheim John shovelled in some more coal and the Rumble worked up a head of steam. Jane then gave the Whoosh it’s head and away they galloped to Kaikoura.

By the time they got to Kaikoura there were no “if’s” or “and’s” but their “but’s” were definitely sore. John got squashed by Wayne. Jane wanted to go Cray-z, but went for a run instead. [PIC]

John started to wonder just how much “south” there was!

“Lots”, said Jane. “More than you can shake a stick at. But we need to shake a leg.” And so off they went, heading deeper into the day, and even deeper into the south.

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