My flight landed at about 1am, I figured it was a good time to start hitchiking. I made it to the outskirts of Christchurch at about 2:30am, I needed a ride. It’s 6 degrees, I’m wearing almost every piece of clothing I own and I’m still freezing cold. I really needed a ride. I watched the sun rise about seven thirty.
I really, really, really needed a ride. I got a ride at 8:30am, I only waited 6 hours, not too bad.
I forget the guy’s name who picked me up, but we had a great chat about all sorts of things. He took me a slightly different route towards Nelson. Instead of going straight up the coast we turned left and headed cross country over Lewis Pass.
Then the snow started. I wasn’t looking forward to getting out of the nice warm car and back into the cold, cold, cold New Zealand weather… 🙁 By the time we got to Springs Junction, where we parted company, the weather had cleared up a bit.
Initially I was pleased, only another 214Kms to go…
The the rain started again, lightly at first… After an hour and a half standing in the pouring rain, I’d had enough. Drivers kept waving at me, by the end I was screaming “Do you see the rain? This is not fun. Give me a lift…” but it was no use. I retreated to the cafe on the corner and ran into Rhianna who was going to Nelson. Score, I had my final lift.
A few hours later I was ready to go to bed. My first hitch hike, 425Kms in a total of about 16 hours. Where are we going tomorrow? 🙂