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Michelangelo and I have been hitchhiking the last couple days. He leaves a couple hours before I do and then we meet up in the next town.
Yep, traveling in style. The last ride I got was in a red '71 Mustang. Americans seem to have a reputation of having a high gun related crime rate among New Zealanders. The first time I got picked up was from a slightly shady looking character with a scruffy face and bad complexion and bad teeth. When he asked me if anyone had ever pointed a gun at me I half expected him to pull a gun on me when I answered no. He said he knew a guy visiting the states who was in a diner when somebody pulled a gun on a guy and shot him in the head in broad daylight in the middle of the diner. Another scruffy looking guy who picked me up and bought me a coffee (nice guy who just started doing WWOOFing with his farm) made mention of the number of guns apparently available to people in America and then the guy in the Mustang today also made a comment on how Americans seem to have easy access to hand guns when he asked me if I hitchhiked in the U.S.
First we hitchhiked from Dunedin to a small town called Moeraki where there are these strange round boulders. I forget how they formed but I think it had to do with geothermal activity in the sea - maybe volcanically? Anyway, they aren't dinosaur eggs in case that's what you were thinking.
We also had some extremely good Blue Cod caught fresh daily. We tried to fry it with flour but it didn't quite work out right. It didn't matter tho, you could cook it plain and it would still taste great. It was so good we had it the last three nights. It was in Moeraki when we discovered Montieth's Black. We both agreed it was very tasty. Michelangelo bought a bottle of red wine which was also top notch.
The harbor at Moeraki where we bought fish and walked to the boulders.
So two nights in Moeraki and one night in Oamaru and today we arrived in Timaru. More penguins and seals in Moeraki. We had to walk a few miles to get to the penguin viewing but it was worth it. Got some good video of fur seals claiming terriroty.
There was also a large sea bird colony that we stumbled upon when tramping about in someone's private farm land. A seagull (at least I think that's what it was) acted as protector of the rest of the sea birds on the cliff when we so rudely arrived on their beach which I thought was kind of peculiar. There was also a trampoline at Moeraki campsite.
The Intrepid Dr. Root doing a forward flip.
Long update today because there's free internet in this Hostel. There wasn't much in Oamaru. Just some public gardens we walked around in and I climbed a tree and jumped a creek. Oh and in the evening we walked out on a pier and there were some highschool girls crewing or what you call it. They were quite happy to have their pictures taken.
Nearly fell in