SO is very itchy at present. The sandflies and mossies have feasted on his blood and he is not liking it at all. A fair few of the bites are under the rim of his socks make it really annoying where he is walking the socks do the scratching. Usually everything that stings has a preference for me, but this holiday they seem to prefer SO. I do feel sorry for the poor guy. I know what it feels like to have such an itch and to hear “don’t scratch” rather often. When driving it seems less of an issue as he his mind is taking off the itch and because he simply can’t reach without crashing. So the fact that this is a travel day was a good thing. We are heading from Invercargill to Dunedin though the Catlins. Not very far but an intense drive with not many straight parts.
The day started with the purchase of sunglasses. I needed new overspex. Sunglasses that I can wear over my prescription glasses. I have not been able to locate them in the Netherlands yet so I decided to buy them in NZ again. SO also needed new sunglasses. For the second time this holiday he’d sat on his. It is becoming an expensive habit. It is not just his sunglasses he sits on. He’s lost is wallet and car keys also, but found them under his bum later. However sunglasses are less forgiving and break. But this new one is better. Lighter and darker glasses. The sunglasses purchase was followed by a wild goose chase around Invercargill for a public toilet. Which in the end was found in the Briscoes and then we were on our way.
The weather was turning further toward Autumn. It was cloudy and coolish. Through the Catlins there is a quick way and a scenic way to Dunedin. We took the scenic route of course. This area too is very beautiful and the coastal diversion was driving through the wopwops on of course a gravel road. It felt desolate even after having visited that corner called Stewart Island. I have no doubt that the beauty of the Catlins increases if the weather is nice, but that was not the case when we were there. We had lunch somewhere and diverted to Curio Bay. Just as well we’d seen the penguins as they were not at Curio Bay. DOC had a sign that they were moulting and then they do not come to land. So we were not in luck there.
We arrived in Dunedin around 18.00 and foudnour motel relatively quickly. Our room here is of ballroom size. It is ginormous. We even have a second floor and it sleeps 7! It is also very quite despite being close to the main road as our bedroom is on the backside of the building. We are not sure what we’ll do here. Maybe very little. So number one of the agenda is sleeping in.