We left Tauranga and headed back to Auckland to stay at Ardmore Airport where the Motorhome Association has a parking facility. Firstly, we must comment on the drive back to Auckland, we came over the Kaimai’s to join up with the new expressway just south of Cambridge. It took us a while to figure out where we were as the new road takes you past Cambridge and then bypasses Hamilton making the trip to Auckland very easy on motorway all the way. In fact at one stage we commented on the fact that we couldn’t quite work out where we were and we wondered where Hamilton had disappeared. A brilliant piece of engineering making it such a pleasant drive.
Parked at Ardmore, it’s just 3 minutes around the corner to Antony’s so we headed round to see him. We have a few mundane chores to get done this week, blood tests first, doctors visits for checkups and prescriptions, a new tyre to be sorted and lots of other little jobs. You know the sort, the ones that in themselves are a 5 minute job but to get what you need, you drive half way around Auckland looking for what you need (even though you’ve checked that they say that they have what you need, and when you get there they don’t have it in stock….grrr), so all of that took a few days.
One of the jobs was to get a new tyre to replace the one that was now in the spare position. Only trouble was, we could not get the nuts undone to remove it from the back of the van, they had been tightened with the hydraulic air gun. Roy had been to Carters Tyres to order a replacement so he gave them a call to see if they could offer any assistance or advice. Not a problem, they would send round the mobile tech to take it off for us. Brilliant. He arrived within an hour and quickly had it removed, plus he then checked all the pressures on the van tyres for us again to make sure that they were still all ok. We could then take the tyre to the workshop and have the new one put on the rim. Antony came round to give us a a hand to lift the spare back into position and hand tighten the nuts this time. Another little job that became a bigger one ticked off the list.
On our wanderings we came across the Covid Vaccination centre in Papakura, we hadn’t had our second booster shots so time to get them done. What a great experience at the local marae where it was all set up, although we didn’t even have to get out of the car, it was all done quickly and efficiently. We were very pleasantly surprised to be extremely well rewarded for our attendance too!! (You can message me to ask for further details on that!!)
Then the weather really turned nasty so we decided to stay put until the Sunday once everything was clear. However, we couldn’t believe the number of caravans and small motorhomes that left the safe parking at Ardmore to venture out into gale force winds and torrential rain to continue their journey when warnings to being put out to avoid unnecessary travel especially with towing vehicles and high sided vans – madness.
Staying on for a few days meant that we could catch up with Antony, have a couple of meals together and generally be around to annoy him!
Eventually, all our chores were attended to, appointments kept, tests & checkups done (we are both well) it’s now time to move on.