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January 31st 2015
Published: January 31st 2015
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Dave sat in a facsimilie made for thefilm
We rose early in order to speak with our children. It seems so odd waking early in order to speak to them before they go to bed.

We visited a hardware shop called Hayes that passes as a motorcycle museum. In there was the Indian motorcycle developed by Bert Munroe who achieved and still holds the landspeed record for under 1000c two wheeled vehicles. He passed away in 1978 but a film of his attempts was made in 2005 starring Sir Anthony Hopkins called , the fastest Indian in the world. My interest stems from my Dad who owned an Indian Big Chief motorcycle. Apparently Mr Hayes has two of them but no room left in the shop to display them.

Back to the campervan and onto Bluff, NZ equivalent of Land's End for a photo shoot. On the road to the Fiordland National Park we stopped at Gemstone bay. Here we saw a man panning for gold in the sand and he had found some but not enough to retire on. Gemstones, Jade and Jasper and the like are found on the beach particuarily after a storm.

We could not resist

Quite a long way from Southampton
stopping at Clifden suspension bridge a smaller version of the Brunel bridge in Bristol now restored for pedestrian traffic only

We stopped the night at Manapouri Motor Home Park, which must rate as the best campsite ever. Just two years old built over the last 8 years by a now retired farmer to give his wife a hobby when she is not travelling the world as part of a quilting guild. We booked a boat trip on Doubtful Sound so early to bed for a 6am start - yes we are on holiday!

We were told by the owners that there was an earth quake registering 5.2 in Invercargill last night. Apparently it happens all the time but the earth did not appear to move for us.


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