Truck protest traffic was sweet

Truck protest traffic was sweet

I said to my partner that with the media frenzy over the truck protest that everyone would panic and try to get into work early, and that would mean that it would be a sweet run from Takapuna. I predicted the motorway and Esmonde Rd on-ramp would be clear by 9am. I was wrong; it was clear by just after 8:30am.

If you follow the herd mentality, you get caught up with the flailing hooves! When I got to the crest of the Harbour Bridge at 9am, it looked pretty dodgy in the right hand lanes leading through to the Southern M’way, but I didn’t care, because I get off at the bottom of the bridge to go to Grey Lynn.

It reminds me of 1999 (I think it was 1999) when I happened to be flying back to the UK at the same time the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting) was on. The news media advised that we should allow for an hour extra in traffic because there would be motorcades, potential terrorist activity and all that stuff. So, we left for the airport with plenty of time to spare. In fact, the traffic was so light that we ended up at the airport with 4 hours to spare. 4 hours of boredom waiting in Auckland international Airport, with the prospect of over 27 hours further to travel in a flatulence-filled tube at high altitude.

From then on I distrusted media reports of what might happen with traffic. They’re almost as unreliable as the weather forecast.

I said to my partner that with the media frenzy over the truck protest that everyone would panic and try to get into work early, and that would mean that it would be a sweet run from Takapuna. I predicted the motorway and Esmonde Rd on-ramp would be clear by 9am. I was wrong; it was clear by just after 8:30am.

If you follow the herd mentality, you get caught up with the flailing hooves! When I got to the crest of the Harbour Bridge at 9am, it looked pretty dodgy in the right hand lanes leading through to the Southern M’way, but I didn’t care, because I get off at the bottom of the bridge to go to Grey Lynn.

It reminds me of 1999 (I think it was 1999) when I happened to be flying back to the UK at the same time the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Govt Meeting) was on. The news media advised that we should allow for an hour extra in traffic because there would be motorcades, potential terrorist activity and all that stuff. So, we left for the airport with plenty of time to spare. In fact, the traffic was so light that we ended up at the airport with 4 hours to spare. 4 hours of boredom waiting in Auckland international Airport, with the prospect of over 27 hours further to travel in a flatulence-filled tube at high altitude.

From then on I distrusted media reports of what might happen with traffic. They’re almost as unreliable as the weather forecast.

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