Note - I'm Playing chach up on my trip notes - I'm only a week behind on this ride - and yes typing up my notes from the tour aotearoa ride is on my to do list - so you just have to wait on that (sorry I'm not very fast or good at typing (and the speech to typing things don't seem to like my way of speaking)
Ferry to picton doc camp ground 12? By bike
At some point in the early morning it's was this to load on the ferry - so out the door of the ferry place with the bike and on to the ferry - after tieing the bike down and putting the park brake on (a strap on the handle bars that holds the front brake leaver on so the bike don't roll away or move when I don't want it to) I head up the sets of steps to the upper (public) decks - at one point passing by a barrier between two sets of steps (one set is for public access - the other set of steps must be crew access to other parts of the ship) - the barrier looks like some thing from the tietank movie (where it was used to separate between 1th and 2th class (or was that 3th class? ) any way after getting up on deck I start looking around for a ok place to try to get some sleep as its now around 2:30 - 3am - just after find a place one of the crew comes up to me with a clip board ( hum I wonder what's up now? I tend to worry when some one I don't know comes up to me with a clip board as it offer means a change in plans) as it turns out I'm offed the use of a cabin for free for the crossing - so a unexpected but happy surprise (and a big thanks to blue bridge for letting me have use of the 2 person cabin) - after saying yes (and thank you) and putting some info down on a piece of paper I'm giving the key card to the cabin - I'm not sure what to expect when I get to my cabin - well it's a bit like a small room at a motel or some thing (I think I only have stayed in a motel room about 4-5 times that I can remember) there's a bed agest the far wall with a swing down 2th bed near it - I spot a door what at first think is a carbit but is a bathroom with a good size shower - after some thought I decide use the shower - well it's the first time I had to deal with getting a bit sea sick in a shower with the shower moving around as the ship moves though the water Kat lest on this trip I get to keep my dinner : ) unlike one of the last trips across...
After the good shower it's time to get some sleep for a few hours (after putting my phone on charge (there's a power pug it the cabin) I do get some sleep - not sure how much - well it's more then I useley get on the ferry : ) then its time to head back to the main public part of the ship and hand the key card in before a it of a wait as we get into picton then it's time to unload from the ferry
welcome to the south Island : ) its just after sunrise as I head down town for a bit of a look around killing time before heading to the library for a few hours (where my lack of sleep desides to chach up on me - yep I fall asleep in the library as I do some reading on my tablet - well that's a new one for me : ) then its time for a bit of shopping before I head the 10 km on the road to port underwood (there's a doc camp ground 10 km from town on this road - $6 a night per person for a tent site)
After setting up camp I get in a bit of reading before heading off to sleep for the night
Rest day at doc camp ground
I deside to have a lazy day - was going to go for a walk but decide just to stay in the tent and chach up on reading (and my lack of sleep : )