I know everyone could give a hoot about Franz Josef and some dirty ice. HA! Admit it -from reading the post title, you’re all wondering if I got popped by the local police? Umm, yeah I guess you could say that. I got ticketed for speeding by a very nice Greymouth police officer named Brent. It could have been worse, i.e., I was EXCESSIVELY speeding. However, Brent reduced the speed on my ticket, whereby I was only fined $30. I think he did that because every other word out of my mouth was “sir” as in “yes sir.”
I thought this experience was well worth $30. I will need stuff like this to keep my blog humming. This makes 3 continents I have been arrested in. Who else can say that? Plus, I’m not finished yet. Australia and Asia await me 🙂
The circumstances involved in me being ticketed were of my own making. I had almost a 2.5 hour drive to the Franz Josef glazier and I was burning daylight with a relatively slow morning start. Couple that with being over confident about my nonpariel driving skills acquired in New Zealand the last couple of weeks (LOL. I know Paul and Gill are laughing right now), I was due for a fall. In any event, it happened and if anything – I know this only makes sense to me – it put a smile on my face.
The drive to Franz Josef was very pleasant, with lush sub-tropical forest and a couple of large lakes, the ocean, and various rivers providing the requisite breathtaking views New Zealand is famous for. I arrived at noon and after parking, loaded my day pack with some munchies and water. Less than a quarter mile into the hike, I met Brian Sheppard, who is from Irvine, California. Brian is a corporate trainer for one of our major U.S. cell phone companies and is vacationing in New Zealand for 3 weeks. What’s really unique about his trip though – is the fact that he is motorcycling across the South Island. Like me, he was floored by the ice glazier being so close to sub-tropical forest. These pictures are what we observed in Franz Josef . . .