August 16, 2017, was the second anniversary of the Architect’s death. It was also the day a friend and I were taking the TranzAlpine train trip So as Sinatra sang:
“I took a trip on a trainAnd I thought about you
I passed a shadowy laneAnd I thought about you
And every stop that we made
Oh, I thought about you”
The Architect and I had planned this as one of the many trips we were going to take together. Instead of which, I was with a friend aka Two Tarts on Tour, making the trip. The TranzAlpine is one of the world’s great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way, taking just under 5 hours.
We departed from Christchurch at 8 am and sat back to enjoy the ride. Pretty soon, however, we were up on our feet in the observation car taking in the fantastic scenery, the snow-topped mountains, the high lakes, and blue water gushing waterfalls.
We came across a film crew working for Kiwi Rail. They were taking photos for a new ad and so we were asked to be part of that ad, along, I might say, with other travellers.
Soon the journey came to an end and we arrived in Greymouth. We had a tour of the Pancake Rocks booked for that afternoon.
Even though it was a sunny and calm afternoon, the Tasman Sea was showing us how fierce it can be.
Pancake Rocks? We are told “The Pancake Rocks at Dolomite Point near Punakaiki are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes. The foundations of the Pancake Rocks were formed 30 million years ago when minute fragments of dead marine creatures and plants landed on the seabed about 2 km below the surface. Read more…..
The day before I found this little plaque – so I did as it directed and had a good day.
The next afternoon it was back on the train for the journey to Christchurch. We were lucky that the trip over was bright and clear because, on the way back, the rain pounded down and so much of the view was hidden.
So my trip on a train was a success and