|Christchurch 20th February – 22nd February Blog 146
We wake about four times in the night nothing to do with the drinking last night but everything to do with the airbed going down approximately every two hours so we sleep in till 9.30. The good news is there are snags (sausages) for breakfast and tea and coffee, most people have packed and left as they have long journeys and work tomorrow. We chat to the remaining few and get a tour of Shane’s converted bus which is a delight both inside and out part gypsy, part canal boat style lots of wood and bags of character. We also get talking to Barry who when finding out we are headed for Christchurch kindly offers to let us stay with him.
We have a few people to meet there but have not had time to contact them yet.
My mum and dad have planned to come to the south island and tour with us for 21 days in a campervan they will be arriving in Christchurch shortly so it gives us time to sus things out before they arrive. We are able to chill in the lovely farm surroundings and have lunch before setting off for Barry’s place.
We offer to cook tonight so Barry lends us his car to pop to the local supermarket and as well as getting something to make for dinner we splash out on a sort of chocolate cheesecake dessert yummy… then we all settle down to watch top gear.
Barry has a day off next day so we all have a chill out day. I am able to use his computer and catch up with emails and the like. Our roof has had a tear for a while but the winds down in the south can be fierce so he suggests a local firm to repair it. He and I drop it in at midday and we will collect it tomorrow meanwhile Kev has been chasing the elusive indicator fault to no avail. After looking around town to source another relay without success Barry and I return to throw our four pennies worth in. It eventually turns out part of the problem is the fuse has partially blown it’s hanging on by a whisker but as the leds only draw a tiny current they light (just) but don’t flash, new fuse bingo flashing indicators but we suspect the underlying cause is still there. We are in contact with a guzzi rider Anna and are planning to ride out to Lyttelton peninsula with her tomorrow if the weather is fine.
Tonight we are sleeping on the airbed on the floor in the sitting room having failed to find any source of the leak we need to test it.
Today is 22nd February we had a good sleep the airbed is still up leaving us very perplexed as to the leak, Barry bids us farewell and wishes us a good day exploring before he disapears off to work. The outlook is not great it is drizzling, Anna phones and reschedules our ride out we need good weather for the views, our roof should be ready lunchtime so we toy with visiting the cathedral etc before but decide to take advantage of the rain and blog. I have a shower before I start preparing lunch intending to head into town afterward pick up the roof and then have a look around the old centre.
This was when the earth decided to move and changed everything…………………………………… For those of you following our blogs you know we wrote about the Christchurch earthquake just after the event check back to 22nd February to jog your memories. The blog was called “The Day the Earth Moved”