1981 – 26th July 2004
After 23 years on the road, joining my travels for three weeks, Marvin’s life ended by a short and painless hit of a rock on the road which smashed his engine.
His last rest is in Murchison, a small town in the north-west of the southern NZ island with a really friendly small hostel. (the good luck with the bad 😉 )
(changed) check http://gallery.oh7eleven.de/tim/ for pics
video of Marvin driving on 90 Miles Beach
But sorry, I’m quite lazy so I’ll just write a rough timeline:
After a few rather relaxed days in Auckland I went up north to the Northland. (quite logic name 😉 ).
after lot’s of coincidences I ended up in Whangarei Backpackers, a really nice and cosy place with an interesting bar downstairs which should be open by the time you read this (it wasn’t really when I was around)
For two nights I went further north to the northern AND western most tip of NZ Cape Reinga (it’s neither most northern nor most western) and went back down via the westcoast where I stayed in a beatufil calm place called ‘The Treehouse’. Back in Whangarei (pronounced Phangarei) I went shopping at Pak’n’Save where I ran into freinds from the Backpacker who were preparing for Ruthy’s Birthday. We didn’t really stop celebrating that birthday for three days ;-).
After the weekend, we (Fab4 Ruthy[Wales], Matt[England], Gavin[Kiwi] and me) spontaneously decided to take it down to Auckland and just go on.
After another two days in Auckland we split up and I went further south, following the westcoast. At the moment I’m enjoying a few clam days in New Plymouth in a friendly place which even has a Sauna! (Shoestring Backpacker).
Enough for now, got longer than I though …