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What a birthday present

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 17 January 2008 | Views [736]

I made it to the Coromandel.  When I got to Thames (said like the river in London), I wanted to head up north to a different part of the mountains than my bus was traveling to.  I asked the bus driver, and he told me to hitch-hike.  Now, I have heard from several smart people here in N.Z. that hitch-hiking is very safe and easy.

I wasn't on the side of the road for 5 minutes before a white toyota pulled over.  In it were 3 American college students from Indiana University (Shen, Evan and Phil).  They gave me a ride and we made fast friends (Hemingway, Budha, Orson Scott Card, and many other classics).  So I stuck with them and ended up in Wangamata (not in my original plan).  Today we are heading to Hamilton (going to hike and fish along the way).

If I have them drop me off at Waitomo in a couple days, I will be right back on my bus route.  We will see; it is nice to have some travel buddies for a while.  These are the kinds of stories I wanted to have.  I might also go WWOOFing in this area for a while.

I also made friends with two Kiwi guys at the Backpacker lodge in Auckland.  I hope I find them in Wellington.  Never do we know what's in store...that is why we have to grow our trustfulness.

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