Thursday, April 22, 2010

The long and winding road

The final stretch of State Highway One has been sealed: The final 100 metres was sealed today, meaning drivers can have a “tarsealed ride from one end of the country to the other for the first time.”

State Highway One is a big deal: Its 2022km crosses the length of the country. I suppose it makes sense to call it “the backbone of the country” (never mind that break at Cook Strait). Still, technically, it’s not one end to the other: The highway stops 20km south east of Cape Reinga.

Nevertheless, it’s something of a milestone, as it were, to complete the road. And it’s an interesting reminded to me of the differences between my homeland and my new home.

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