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February 2nd, 2009 – by: Connie
The best part about this part of the road trip has actually been the road part. The west coast drive took us over long winding roads sandwiched between a mountain range and the Tasman Sea. Although the backpackers have had plenty of guests, the roads themselves have been easy driving. Well, easy for me since I haven't been driving yet. Still need to learn how to drive stick, but so far there really hasn't been a good time to learn between our tight schedule and the long winding roads up and down hills.
It's also not a good time to learn how to drive stick when your petrol light is on. Especially when the petrol light is on, when you're 45 km from the nearest petrol station, and the car itself is packed with four adults plus all their rucksacks. ESPECIALLY especially when you're on a winding hilly road where very few shoulders exist. In a rental. A rental that was given to us for free by our sponsors.
None of us were looking forward to learning what happens when you run out of gas on a hill next to a cliff.
Thankfully, our trusty little rental chugged away (or coasted down hill in neutral) and safely brought us to Greymouth where Rod managed to stall the car while pulling into the station. For a second I actually thought we'd run out of gas right in the lot. But all was good and after an uneventful pit stop we carried on to Frans Josef.
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