An Expensive Pit Stop / South of Auckland, New Zealand

Pasture - Waiheke Island, New Zealand

On the bus to Rotorua, light is fading and we’re rolling across Middle Earth. Well, northern Middle Earth.¬†Sheep and horses and merinos dot roadside pastures. They’re around every curve out here, and an hour south of Auckland, there have been a lot of curves.

The bus is winding between pastures and small hills, most a few hundred feet high. At a pit stop near Cambridge, I restock my candy bar rations. While awaiting departure, I walk down the road to take a sunset picture. Back on the bus, I realize I left my 1-day old replacement sunglasses on the ground where I set up the photo.

Rotorua is an hour away.

December 18, 2003