Still in Haast, taking advantage of Internet connections here…
January 3, 2011
It’s about 7 AM, and we’re starting to pack our stuff back into the car for the ride to Queenstown.
It’s been raining on and off all night, but the real massive downpours started around 2 AM, and they’re continuing even now. Packing the car is not a problem, fortunately, because there is a carport type-thing in front of our ground-floor room, so I can roll everything out the door and right into the back of the car.
But the drive will be a bitch.
Much like yesterday, if it keeps raining, there’s no reason for us to make a stop apart from food, gas or bathroom needs. There will be no scenery to see. But my biggest concern is all this rain could’ve washed out a road ahead of us somewhere in the mountains and we won’t really know until we get there.
Internet connections at this hotel are not happening because the bad weather is blocking satellite feeds. And the local TV offers nothing as far as any valuable information. So we’ll just have to take it as it comes…slow and steady. I will be very glad when we’ve checked into our room at the Canyons Lodge in Queenstown later today/tonight.
There’s two couples from Australia staying in a room across from us and they came here to get away from the rain (and now flooding) of their home country…no such luck! They’re also on their way to Queenstown. They mentioned that they heard it will be clearing up toward Queenstown today, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed!