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Baldwin Street Dunedin and Moeraki Boulders – Day 61
Thursday 26th May 2005
The steepest street in the world was my first stop today, Moeraki Boulders being next, with Timaru being my final destination. It was another busy day, but this is the way I like to roll.
I started the day by waiting for Catherine to show her face so we could see the steepest street. I waited and waited, then waited some more. It came to the point where I had to be out of the hostel, so I took one last look upstairs for her but was told she was nowhere to be seen. I felt a little angry as I had waited for a long time when I could have been on my way. We had arranged it yesterday and I had no reason to believe it wasn’t happening. It just would have been nice if she could have told me she wasn’t interested in going, but instead she just disappeared.
Feeling slightly annoyed, I set off in search of Baldwin Street – arguably the steepest street in the world – and found it a short while later. Indeed, it looked steep. I took a little drive up to the first part of the street, but found that a struggle in my car. There was no way I would make it up the steep part, so I didn’t even try. There are skid marks all down the hill where others have tried and failed.
I stopped next at Moeraki Boulders, scene of a large number of odd shaped rocks strewn across a beach. They are odd for their almost perfectly round shape, and the markings inside these rocks. It was really fascinating, and I wanted to know more about them. It looked as though there were veins running along the inside of the rock, as if it were alive once upon a time. It was all very strange.
I drove on towards Timaru, and found the hostel I would be staying in tonight – Wanderer’s Lodge. I realised I had left all my food in the fridge in the previous hostel, and had no food with me now. I would have to go out and get some shortly.
There are two guys who run this hostel, and they wasted no time in telling me I had made a big mistake taking my car to the place I had taken it to for my W.O.F. “You could have got it cheaper, you’ve been had” were the words that seemed to keep pouring out from their mouths. It was exactly what I didn’t want to hear. It was the place that everybody recommended to me, so I wasn’t to know I could have found somewhere better, oh well. One of the guys did offer to help with some of the parts which was nice, but I think I will just leave it until I get to Christchurch.
I wasted the rest of the afternoon and evening, went into town and just lazed about. When I returned from town I parked the car facing the wrong way on the road. Apparently this is bad and I could get into a lot of trouble, so I turned it around.
As I sat in my room, a group of girls showed up. They were here for a squash tournament and were quite excited about it. They left shortly after to go to their game, and when they returned we all chatted for a bit. I felt quite lucky to be sharing with a group of good looking girls, but I behaved myself..
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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