My backpackers was closed for renovations when I returned. The kitchen undergoing renovation was supposed to be finished by then, but the lockdown had stymied their plans as well.
We were still in Level 3 lockdown. I was installed in the staff quarters.
No hurry to move on, because while I could technically return home under Level 3 regulations, I would be required to expedite my travel, and would only have 48 hours to make my journey home to the other end of the South Island.
Instead, if I waited until Level 2 I could squeeze in another decent tramp on my way. That seemed a better proposition.
So, I had nine days sharing accommodation with a few professional divers, who worked on the salmon farm in Patterson Inlet/Whaka a te wera. Interesting to learn some aspects of this vocation, but maybe a week was actually sufficient.
Spending time in Oban without any tourists was great, but no surprise, it rained most days.
Did I care?
Man, did I need respite from carrying a heavy pack?