OK…caught up for now…
If you’re able to follow a map of the western coast of New Zealand, you’ll see that Haast is sort of the last town along the coast before the road heading south to Queenstown turns inward toward the mountains. That’s where we are right now…having a snack before our journey continues. We’ve got about half of our trip left…hoping that the weather, at least, gets better.
It has been raining…and raining hard, pretty much our entire trip since we left this morning about 3 1/2 hours ago. We’ve seen no glaciers anywhere…no beautiful views of famous lakes…nothing but rain and fog.
I’ve found a good way to a make the journey a little bit less stressful: I followed a big tour bus. Not only does this guy know the roads far better than I ever will, but I can determine my own course of action in my brick-of-a rental car by watching what he does ahead of me. It worked really well for most of the trip until the bus turned off for a scenic stop. (Kind of a joke since you can’t see anything…but they did have restrooms there, too.)