was up at daybreak, and by 6.50am I was out the door. It was a cold
25-minute walk into the town center, but after 15 minutes of brisk
walking, I had to stop and take off my jacket, scarf and gloves.
Purple Lizard Caf� was open early, so I sat down at one of their
only 2 computers and didn't get up for 4 hours. I didn't even stop
for a cup of coffee! Writing, as with any other obsessive activity,
can become all encompassing, reducing everything else into insignificance.
And that's the way it was with me.
was due around lunchtime, but he still hadn't shown up by 1.40pm.
When we called him, he told us that more problems had cropped up
with the car and not to expect him until much later.
minutes I was at the Internet Caf�, and stayed there for another
didn't arrive until 7.40pm. We'd had dinner and watched some TV
by then. But Dave wasn't going to hang around too long. We had a
5-hour trip ahead, and we needed to leave quickly. This 5-hour trip
turned out to be a 9-hour trip! And here's why.
is one of those guys that can do anything and everything. And he
does. And usually he does them all at the same time. So when we
left Timaru, we didn't head for Invercargill we �
at a motor mechanic's place to pick up 4 mag. wheels. These had
to be placed under the pot plants covering the rear of the van,
which were being dropped off at our next stop. When we got there,
I heard Dave give a huge sigh as he opened the tailgate. I could
only imagine what had happened to those pot plants, but wasn't game
enough to look. They were left outside a shed on a property, and
away we went again. Soon we were at a seed factory, and I was helping
Dave load heavy bags of seed into the back of the van. It only took
about half the pallet load to put a mighty strain on the rear tires,
and so we both felt that we'd taken enough.
pick up the rest on my next trip through," Dave said as he drove
away. But that load of seed weighed us down tremendously. So much
so, that we were climbing some of the hills at about 30 kms/hr.
With such a long road ahead of us, it was surely slowing us down.
Then there were those essential stops for food, petrol and bladder-release,
hence our 4-hour delay.
arrived in Invercargill at 5am, and wasn't I pleased to find 2 hot-water
bottles strategically placed in my bed! Dave's wife Sharon was so
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