From Hamilton to Mt Maunganui

Our first night test camp was not amazing. We went to Hamilton Holiday Park because it is close to our son’s house which is our New Zealand base. The idea was to test the equipment and make sure we had everything we needed. We didn’t. We left behind our pillows, my tablets and my husband’s hearing aid tool kit. I also found it was much colder than we anticipated and our sleeping bags were not adequate. As for my summer pyjama top…

Having procured what we needed, we started the journey to our first real stop, Mt Maunganui in Tauranga. It included a portion on a toll road which was problematic. In theory it’s easy. Cameras record your number plate automatically, you log onto the website and pay using a debit or credit card. It’s only a couple of dollars. Problem:- our New Zealand bank card was not yet activated. So we decided to avoid the toll road. Although I thought there was a setting on my google maps to avoid toll roads, I couldn’t find a menu to do so. So we arrived on the toll road and didn’t know what to do.

We went all the way around the roundabout to retrace our steps but didn’t know where to go or what to do. When we saw a gravel road leading to a another gravel road, we took it, stopped the car and prayed. I sat in the car trying to google the route avoiding the toll road while my husband walked up the gravel incline.

When I next looked at him, he was talking to a cyclist who had “happened” to cycle by. He was able to advise and direct us to the right road.

We had a good friend in our Bible Study group who used to say, “God always provides the right people for the right situation.” We prayed and God provided. What an awesome God we serve!

So now we are at Mt Maunganui in intermittent rain with the beach in front of us and the mountain behind us. I have a winter pyjama top that I bought from a charity shop, we have a big fluffy blanket and comfortable snuggly pillows. Let the adventure begin!

We are in the small blue tent to the left of the orange cyclist.

My Prayer

Thank You Lord for always providing for us. Thank You that we can turn to You no matter what our situation. Thank You for Your beautiful creation. Amen.

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