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First Trip to Ellerslie – Day 6
Saturday 2nd April 2005
I hoped that today would bring me a car so that I could continue my travels, but as always, it wasn’t quite as simple as that. But what could go wrong today?
I awoke in good time again this morning only to find that the 5 Star shower room was out of order. I must admit I wasn’t at all surprised. I wondered why it was only now that the sign was hanging from the open space where the door should be. As I walked to the next floor to use their facilities, thoughts went through my mind as to what could actually be out of order. Was it the window that was permanently jammed open, or the leaky shower that spewed out cold water in every direction except downwards. Was it the lack of a door, or a sign to tell you it was the shower room. Maybe it was the cracked tiled floor with numerous missing tiles, revealing the scuff marks where I had stubbed my toes on many occasions. I couldn’t really think of anything that it could not have been. The whole room was out of order.
Anyway, on with the day. I was fully refreshed from my morning shower and yummy breakfast!, so I headed out into the beautiful sunny day. First though, I asked the reception about bus times. Shockingly, she didn’t have any idea. They are very friendly in this hostel, but they know nothing about anything. I wondered if they even knew they were in Auckland.
I walked all the way into the city to where all the bus stops were situated, but couldn’t find the bus I was looking for based on the information I had acquired the previous day. I asked one of the drivers and he informed me that there was no such bus, which was pleasing, and that I had to go to another part of the city to find the bus I needed. Ironically, this bus stop was situated about 5 minutes from my hostel, having already walked to the other side of the city and back. All that I gained from the miles trekked was a bad knee.
There was filming going on around the city today, and the buses were slightly delayed and bus routes altered a little. I gathered from the bus driver that it was something to do with the filming of King Kong. The same driver eventually dropped me at Ellerslie bus stop, not too far from the race course where a second hand car market was suppose to be.
Around Ellerslie are many car show rooms. I got the feeling I was in a very wealthy place, as most of the car show rooms were for Ferraris and Subarus. It was all very cool. I had to ask in one of the showrooms about the car market to find out that it was held every Sunday, so I was a day too soon. I set off for the location of the car market so that I would be able to find it easily tomorrow.
I began to circle the track looking for the entrance, and managed to walk a further 2 hours before finally locating the entrance. I think I had circled almost the entire race track. I felt a little better now, but wished it was Sunday already. I got the bus back to Auckland and walked back to the hostel for some food.
Being a Sunday, all supermarkets were closed, so I had to have another take away today. I used the rest of the day to put my feet up and to get my knee back to working order, and ended up getting another early night. I must be getting old.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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