Monday, April 16, 2012

In the Provinces

Autumn turned on some spectacular weather today for my visit to family in Woodville. Normally I go up the coast and turn off at Levin, skirting Palmerston North and through the Manawatu Gorge. For quite a few months, and well into the foreseeable future, the gorge has been blocked by this ...

... so for this trip, not wanting to use the Saddle Road or Pahiatua Track diversions, I went the alternate way. It was a very relaxing drive over the Rimutakas and through the Wairarapa. The autumn colour was spectacular and each town from Featherston through to Pahiatua seemed bustling and prosperous.  There are so many beautiful, historic homes and buildings to admire. Life looks good in the provinces. Just wish I'd had room in the car for some of the gorgeous oak furniture in the Woodville shops - amazing prices! I will definitely do the next visit via this route again.

For a real appreciation of just how massive the work is to restore the gorge, take a look at this video. The earth moving equipment is tiny by comparison. Transit have an interesting blog detailing progress as they create shelves from the top down.

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