September 22, 2017
Cribbage score is once again tied at 6-6.
Still raining this morning with intermittent sun. Drove into town to change some money and found a beautiful rainbow awaiting us!
We did not want the thrilling 2 lane road, dancing on the side of the mountain in clouds trip again. Part of the trouble with ignoring the GPS is that there are few road signs or directions to help make decisions. We managed to stay on SH 75 back towards Christchurch and was a much more pleasureable ride and more scenic without the tension. Decided to go to Lyttelton which is the port southeast of Christchurch. This is where the original European settlers came in 1850. It was badly damaged during the 2010 and 2011 quakes losing most if its heritage buildings. However, it has emerged as one of Christchurch’s more interesting communities with nice bohemian boutiques, cafes, restaurants etc. No longer a port for cruise ships it is still bustling with containers and lots of logs. Had lunch at the Fisherman’s Wharf while watching the port activity. Lunch not special although it is reputed to be gourmet!
Drove into Christchurch to scope the layout which was a BIG mistake. The city is so torn up and there are literally dozens upon dozens of do not enter signs. Somehow we managed to find a parking spot near the Canterbury museum and Hagley Park. We had 1 ½ hours on our meter and chose to go to Quake City to learn about the earthquake history. Were a little disappointed as there was nothing terribly unique. However, the government just announced last week that it would fund the rebuilding of the iconic cathedral. That has really lifted the spirits in Christchurch.
Parking at our motel was going to be a trick so we headed there next. Leon was out front and very helpful in backing the car into the parking area and into the disabled spot. (Turns out that Leon is Japanese and not Chinese as we thought from how he sounded on the phone.) He could not have been nicer getting us settled into what he calls the “old persons” room. It really is terrific for $107 a night. King room is on the ground floor with an outside sitting area, curbless shower, fully equipped kitchen with as much as we have in the rig! 10 minute walk to town. Rayne/Michael, your recommendation was great!
At the half way point on our trip, we will spend two nights in the motel. We have to pack up the rig to exchange it on Sunday morning so it will be easier doing that at the motel.
Will walk into town for dinner. Tomorrow we will spend the day walking all over town: the Art Gallery, walk in Hagley park, cathedral square, transitional cathedral, pallet Pavilion, polo shirt shopping for Bob etc. Christchurch is supposed to be the driest part of NZ so hope we will get some sun! Will also need to determine whether we will run into snow going to Mt. Cook on Monday.