domenica 9 ottobre 2016

Dangerous Roads.

I suggested to Shelley that we take the 'new' car for a ride (slightly) north on Friday.
We decided to spend a night in that wonderful tourist destination Palmerston North.


Actually we were very impressed with good ol' Palmy - good restaurants, great art gallery and a great museum. I also spent some time in the rugby museum.
But this post is not about Palmy, it's about getting there and getting home.
The Mitsibushi ran really well - it's an easy car to drive.

The start of this weeked seemed to be a popular time for accidents. As we travelled north we discovered that State Highway 1 was blocked (and closed) just south of Paekakareki because of a crash with a hot rod and a truck. We had to turn around. Shelley suggested that we take the Paekakareiki Hill Road. I remember riding my motorbike over that as a youngster, but have avoided the road in my older age because of the bloody big drop. I also knew that we wouldn't be the only people to have this idea and there could be a bloody traffic jam up there.


It was busy up there, but we did make it over to State Highway 1 and were able to continue on our adventure.

Would you believe it? Coming home the road was closed again by another accident. Shelley, that lover of alternative routes and not a fan of Bob's (my late dad) often used statement that the shortest distance between two points was a straight line, suggested that we take the Akatarawa Hill Road to Upper Hutt.
Well, we didn't really have much choice; anyway, I remembered it as an okay road.

WRONG!


For most of the first half the road was a single narrow lane and very very winding - to an extreme!
When cars came the other way getting past each other was a problem.


Shelley, the passenger, was on the 'drop side' for a fair amount of the journey and this might have helped cure her of funny little back roads.

Okay, I don't have a head for heights and The Curmudgeon will probably say I'm just being a big baby but give me State Highway 1 any time.


10 commenti:

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

What a big baby.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

I knew you'd say that.

ex-Clive ha detto...

The Hill Road is a nice drive, except for the locals coming the other way at high speed in their oversized SUVs. I often use it when driving South and feeling a bit tired - it wakes me up rapidly. Spectacular view from the top.
But I agree with you about the Akatarawa road.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Good on you ex-Clive.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

I hope you didn't meet any cows on that country road.
You're afraid of cows.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Having four tits on one breast just isn't natural.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Mmm.
Enough holidays for you I think. They're making you very rude.
Back to school on Monday.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Yessir!

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Yessir!

Geremy ha detto...

You have passed your test .
Your next challenge is to take the old road to Makara via Johnsonville towing a horse float with Shelley driving.