67. It’s Not Far: Dargaville to Matakohe Kauri Museum
We are well settled into our travelling life, with some ingrained routines having taken root. We pick up vegetables almost every day and cook them into stirfries which we eat with baked potatoes or kumara. I add lentils or chickpeas to our stirfries, and we have meat sometimes too. We do housework each day, filling and emptying the water and waste tanks at official dump sites which we can easily look up on our cellphone NZMCA app. We vaccum almost daily, whenever we run the generator, and wipe the eternally dusty windows. We are rarely on power and it makes life feel simple and relaxing. Except that we rush around trying to see everything each environment has on offer which makes everything a little less relaxing.
It’s quite a pressure to fit everything in each day, so I think we need to stop acting as though this will be our only trip around the North Island, and agree that we will come back one day. This is because it looks as though we are not going to get around nearly enough of this island. We are talking about just moving down the east coast and returning to explore the west coast another time. I laugh now, when I think of people who thought we’d have our travels wrapped up in a month. One year isn’t going to be nearly enough. I’ve worked it out that, including travelling and living, it would take about three years for us to get around the North Island.
There’s been surprisingly little access to mobile data in the Far North so it’s been hard to keep up with the blogging. I thought internet would be more efficient and accessible in the populated North Island, but actually we are realising internet access is better in the South Island. There are often discussions going on about more towers going in, but locals not wanting it on their backdoor step.
I hope I’m not repeating myself from blog to blog – I should be reading back to check but I never do.