Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Monday, April 18, 2011

Goodbye NZ - Hello Fiji

The 2 Sail R's are back in Fiji.  We arrived yesterday to blue skies, warm, and humid weather. We loved New Zealand and were sorry to say good-bye, but it's nice to be back "home". We left our cute little camper van NZed in good hands. We sure had fun touring NZ with NZed.

Worrall Wind is happy to have her doors and ports open to fresh air.  The dreaded  mold on the interior that we feared is very limited.  That white water vinegar wash down before we left really worked on keeping the mold at bay. The boat was dry with no leaks.  The man we hired to watch our boat washed the exterior and polished the chrome so it looks good.  And so far....no roaches or other little crawlies...Yeah! 

We are staying at the neighboring resort, First Landing, for a few days while we do some work on the boat, but should be back on board by Wednesday.  We don't expect to splash down for a couple of weeks though as we need to have the bottom refinished, and the boat yard is closing for four days,  Friday-Monday for Easter holidays.

In the meantime, we are enjoying our air conditioned room.  It's up early tomorrow morning before the sun and the heat to work on the boat.  By 10:30 a.m. it's just too hot and drippy to do much more than breath.  Guess we'll have to sit by the pool in the shade, read, and play cards.  Darn!

All is well on Worrall Wind and the with the 2 Sail R's

Sunday, April 03, 2011

NZ North Again - Wellington to Coromandel Town

Russ inside Cathedral Cave
The 2 Sail R's  have been on the North Island for almost three weeks.  We are currently in the Coromandel area and have enjoyed a mix of rain and sun.

We arrived in Wellington mid-March.  While there we once again visited friends Jessie and Simon.  For four days we took care of some business, i.e. retrieving our passports from immigration (visa extension took a long time to process), had a pre-sale inspection of the campervan, and visited the radio control station for Wellington Harbor.

Our new NZ friend Helen whom we met on the South Island (Pounawea Motor Camp - South of Dunedin in the Catilans) invited us to visit the Wellington radio conrol station where her daughter is one of the radio controllers.  The narrows into Wellington are shallow in some places with rock hazards.  Controlling traffic in and out of the bay prevents many would-be disasters.  It was an interesting and informative visit.

Helen and daughter, radio controller Jo
Office with a great view and a lot of responsibility

 Helen is also the next proud owner of "NZed", our little camper van.  She will be flying up to Auckland to pick up NZed as we are ready to depart for Fiji.  We have grown fond of NZed and know Helen will take good care of him and have fun doing so as well.

After our business and visiting were complete in Wellington, we headed north towards the Coromandel through Palmerston North, Hastings, Napier, Wairoa, Tauranga, Waihi Beach, Waihi, and then to Coromandel town.  We enjoyed the Art Deco Architecture of Napier,

making new humanist friends in Tauranga,  soaking in thermal pools in Awakateri,

playing in the pools at Hot Water beach,

Fun for all ages
and hiking to Cathedral Cove

We have less than two weeks left in New Zealand and are enjoying our remaining time here before we head back to Fiji and resume our adventure on Worrall Wind.  If you are receiving this  blog via email, be sure to go to worrallwind.blogspot.com to see the captioned slide show.

All is well with the 2 Sail R's from Worrall Wind.