We are still on the road, heading northwards…
Once we branch out onto Provincial State Highway 26 the number of cars on the road reduces dramatically, so when we see a very wet and forlorn looking hitch-hiker standing on the side of the road in the teeming rain, we pick him up and he’s very appreciative of a warm, dry seat for a while.
Luckily we are going through a small town later that is really close to his destination so he’s delighted to get most of the way home, especially since his only previous rides were on the busier roads and he had been walking in the rain for over an hour before we came along.
The weather has been patchy, tiny bursts of sunshine here and there but also moments when the windscreen wipers were going at full tilt and we had to slow to a crawl as the visibility all but disappeared.
I’m intrigued to see lots of semi-circular sheds, and take photos, they are all over the place in the North Island of New Zealand but you hardly will see ones like this in the South Island, I have no clue why not ….maybe they don’t stand up to South Island winter snows?
If they are barns for hay storage then maybe too they are just too small for the far larger Sheep stations of the South.
Farms in the North Island are seriously smaller in size and stock type tends to be more towards beef cattle and cows for New Zealand’s massive dairy industry rather than the sheep for lamb meat and Marino wool that are better suited to the mountainous south.
Our next destination is just a short distance away, as the rain pours down again in torrents, we drop our hitch-hiker off by a church in a tiny town, wave him goodbye and drive on…
Showing Kiwi Rugby World Cup support… (held earlier in September and won by the New Zealand All Blacks).
In case you are wondering , 1 New Zealand Dollar is worth roughly half of 1 Euro (but with the on going upheaval the Euro is going currently going through that value probably changes pretty much daily). It does however give you a rough idea of what the prices are on the fruit and veg stand though. (and btw “Avos” here means avocados).