You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely — bike? Hot air balloon?) The Editors, WordPress.com. 365 Days of Writing Prompts (Kindle Locations 456-457).
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Planes.
I’ve been asked a number of times whether I have been overseas. I qualify my answer in the negative by saying that while I have not been overseas (plural), I have been over sea (singular). The sea to which I refer is the Tasman Sea – a body of water that separates New Zealand from Australia. I have made this return crossing more than once, but not this decade – each time by plane.
I have spent much more time on planes travelling domestic routes, that is, between New Zealand towns and cities. Invercargill, Dunedin, Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington, Gisborne, Auckland – and combinations thereof.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Trains
I once took a return train trip – Invercargill <-> Bluff. Just once, as part of a local cub scout gathering. That was the one and only time I have been on a train journey departing from Invercargill. In July 2007, I took a trip on the Taieri Gorge Train that departs out of Dunedin. Since the late 90’s, there have been no public passenger trains south of Christchurch (a location I have not trained to or from).
I lived in Wellington for a time and took trains regularly. I once got on the wrong train and was being carried towards a location I had not intended on. When I realised by error, I alighted at the next stop, and crossing the platform, waited for the next train to return along that track.
I worked in Ellerslie for about 9 months and chose to take the train to and from work each day.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Automobiles.
The first automobile that I owned was a 1994 Mazda 323. I once executed a handbrake turn around a corner on a gravel road, ending up in a ditch with the front wheels suspended. A tractor was required to extrapolate the vehicle from the landscape.
Next, it was a Toyota Carib – my first of many station wagons.
A lowered Honda Civic was dubbed The Grader as I could be heard approaching houses in rural Southland/South Otago. It did pretty good burnouts.
Three Subaru Legacy’s (one white, two green).
The 2004 Nissan Ad began my Japanese car brand loyalty.
My current ride is a 2001 Nissan Primera with license plate “B WARD”