We are back on the road again, this time travelling south between Picton and Kaikoura.
We see not only the usual stuff: kilometres of landscape, bridges, the mainline train track and logging truck but also a few bits for light entertainment (depending on who you are in our car).
For everyone: a giggle at the giant fibreglass hand on top of a building holding a mobile phone with a globe close by… for Little Mr. a police officer in his car who’s probably pulled the boatie up for speeding, for me the bicycle atop the little shed-like building and the bright yellow sign “Peddlers Rest Cycle Stop” and for himself the sea and beaches of the Kaikoura coast. The drive is by now becoming a relatively familiar one and we enjoy the relaxed pace.
It might be State Highway Number One, but even on New Zealand’s longest highway, apart from a few passing lanes (mostly on hills so that you can overtake trucks) you are light-years away from a motorway experience so it’s far from mundane and there’s always a new view around the next corner.