Sunday, July 1, 2012

Road Trip…

After 1664km (1034 miles) I'm home from my road trip to see my Mother, I thought I'd share a few photos from the trip.
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On the way south I saw many army vehicles driving north in convoy, when I stopped in Turangi I noticed I wasn't the only one having a break.

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On the Dessert Road (Central Plateau) I stopped to take a photo of Ruapehu with a dusting of snow. Ruapehu is an active volcano and also has really good ski slopes.

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I stopped for a break in Taihape (gumboot capital of the world) and found this little quilt shop.

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There were even quilts in the upstairs windows. It was so cold in Taihape though so I didn't stay too long!

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Nearly at Levin I stopped at Foxton to have a quick look at the windmill.

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It was really cold in Levin, because the Tararua mountain range was covered in snow.
This is taken from the main street of Levin.

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And another photo of the snow covered Tararuas, from the railway crossing in the centre of Levins CBD.
Coming from the "Winterless North" as Northland is sometimes called it was a shock to the system, I wore my thermals everyday, and to bed too!

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Here's a photo of Mum and I.
Mum had been in hospital for several weeks, and I wanted to help her readjust to being home and help to arrange extra care for her.
I think we are very similar, but Mum thinks we look nothing a like!

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On the way home I decided to go a different way so I could catch up with a couple of friends in Dannevirke.
I had to go over the Saddle Road as the Manawatu Gorge Road was closed to north bound traffic.
So I stopped to take some photos of the wind farm from Ashurst.

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I love the big windmills, they remind me of many happy years living down this way when my kids were little.
These last 3 photos were taken from the windmill lookout.

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They are 70 metres high (76 yards) and each blade is 35 metres (38 yards).
And yes they do make a Wosh Wosh noise when spinning!

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Here's a link if you'd like to read more about them. Te Apiti Wind Farm.

6 comments:

  1. a hug for mum and there is a POSITIVE resemblance

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  2. Oh...exciting! I love going on road trips...thanks for sharing pics of your journey :0) I think you and your mum look similar, too. Interesting she doesn't think so....

    It looks fr-fr-fr-eezing with the Tararuas covered in snow...Brrr! I grew up in the Hutt Valley (Brown Owl, Upper Hutt) and remember those cold winters well!

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  3. I think you look like your Mum.
    Don't we live in a wonderful country....I love our wee towns, they have their own personality.

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  4. Pleased you got home safely, after your trip down to see your Mum.

    There is always lots to see in our beautiful country.

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  5. I loved coming on this journey with you - memories of my four trips to NZ!

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  6. Gorgeous photos Leeann - you had some lovely clear days while away. That's a long trip down there - it's lovely that you were able to go down and help out your mum. I will be interested to see what you do with your tie-goodies, when you have finished your other projects and are able to start something new!

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