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A WEBT COAST INCIDENT. A NIGHT IN THE OPEN. Motorists who may be contemplating a trip to the West Coast, says the Nelson "Even" ing Mail," and who are unacquainted with the route, are advised to exeroiae a measure of oaution in regard to finger-posts— supposedly erected as a guido to travellers, but which are liable to lead one very far astray, as the inoident about to be related will show. Mr H W Piper, of Akaroa, VicePresident of the Canterbury Automobile Association, accompanied by his wife and three other persons; joined the Maitai Bowling Club's party at Christohuroh and journeyed with them to Greymouth. The bowlers stayed at G eymouth and Mr Piper left for Westport, it being arranged that the two cars should meet again at Beefton and come on to Nelson together. Beaching Ikamatua Mr Piper came to a fingerpost, indicating respectively, as he thought "Nelson" and "Ahaura" Taking the direction "Nelson" he travelled for about 20 rfiiles, with the road growing gradually less and like a main road, and arou ing misgivings as to whether he was on tbe right route. When the road bad narrowed down to a track in the heart of bueb, Mr Piper was convinced that all was not well At 9 o'olock at night he came across two tents, and finding the occupants discovered that they were pros pectors, who informed him that he was on the road—to the Nelson Creek dredging claim! Effort to turn the car round failed, owing to the'narrowness of the track, and eventually the party deoided that there was nothing for it but to spend tbe night in the oar. Fortunately the weather was fine, and no one was any the worse for the experience though the sandflies and mosquitoes were a perpetual annoyance Next morning, after cutting a special track, and with the use of jacks, the car was turned round, being agood deal damaged in the operation. 'Arriving at the finger-post again the cause of the mis' take was discovered. Originally tbs sign had been "To Nelson Crock," but boyß had partly obliterated the word "Creek"■ which was net desoemible to anyone reading tbo notioo from a distance. Mr Piper should of course bave takon the Ahaura road, but it is not unnatural that he should feel annoyed that the finger.pos'< should have been permitted to remain there end lead travellers astray. The Maitai bowlers' party were greatly surprized at catching up with Mr Piper's party on the road instead of meeting them at Beefton as arranged. The delay meant that the southern visitors were unable to accompany tho Nelsonians to the city, but had to come on later, reaching town last evening Another instance of the need for a more adequate provision of finger-posts on the West Coast is given by the Maitai bowlers, who themselves took a wrong turning, and reaohed the Blaokwater mines and a dead end instead of taking the main road to Reefton: There was nothing to indioate the main °The bowlers and Mr Piper contrast the difference between the Nelson distnat and West Coast in tho matter of providing linger posts for the guidance of travellers. In and near Nelson there is no difficulty in making one's way about, the notice boards being so numerous, but there is need for a great improvement in this respect on the West Coast

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MOTOR PARTY'S PREDICAMENT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3519, 4 February 1916

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MOTOR PARTY'S PREDICAMENT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3519, 4 February 1916

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