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Old 02-26-2013, 10:10 PM   #4666
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Phew, finally caught up to date on this amazing ride.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:53 AM   #4667
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Had enough time riding on the left (like taking the training wheels off )
Just a warning: after getting used riding on the left, be very careful when you go back riding on the right. After one year in England, I suddenly found myself on the wrong side of the road back home (Portugal).

I think the reason is: while you are abroad in the left-riding country, you are extra careful because you know it is different and new. But when you go back home, you relax and don't think about it. And that's when the new habit of left riding might kick in .
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:58 AM   #4668
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A Tale of Two Tales

Wow, this is long. I'm reading the first part and then come to the last part to see what's current. This is some Chapter 3. Maybe consider having a guest helmet. Charlie might just have come along for a while.

I really like that first page with all the links on it. Very good idea.

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Old 02-27-2013, 09:24 AM   #4669
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Epic Ride Report

Thanks, Radioman, for sharing yourself, your life, and your journey.

You have brought tears to my eyes, sadness to my heart, smiles to my face, and excitement to my brain, all within a few paragraphs. This ride report has taught me several things, one being how to write a better ride report...for which I am grateful. Through your sharing, I have been able to experience places and people that I may never be able to experience or meet on my own.

I have been reading too much too fast and find it a bit sad that I am now caught up. I can't wait to learn about what lies ahead for you.

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Old 02-27-2013, 01:15 PM   #4670
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Just a warning: after getting used riding on the left, be very careful when you go back riding on the right.
thanks for the warming and good advise
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:16 PM   #4671
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This is some Chapter 3.
I really like that first page with all the links on it. Very good idea.
Indeed a good new chapter! Thanks for the comment on the first page index. Thought it would be helpful for people looking for specific countries later on....

Glad your along.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:26 PM   #4672
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Vaya con dios mi amigo!
Thank you for the kind comments. Sharing my life and this ride has been a real pleasure as I connect with amazing people. I cannot begin to express my gratitude.

Got another amazing email from someone who has followed my ride, and found strength and courage to handle difficult physical recovery. Humbled to have been able to help!
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:31 PM   #4673
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New Zealand

Sometimes it is not all about riding. for me trying to figure out how to slow down, sit on a lovely beach and enjoy the solitude, peace and beauty is important!!



Nice beach at Ahipara



Enjoying road signs along the way as well.



and of course another very nice meal....



Staying at a really great "hostel" across the road to the beach!





with a great place to sit and enjoy!!



The great thing about Hostels is the gathering areas and kitchens, as other travelers can interact and enjoy the company! As a solo rider it is great! Photos to be posted later. But had some great Swiss, German, Swedish travelers last night!! Really enjoyed meeting and talking with them.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:53 PM   #4674
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It is another Date on my calendar. It marks 612 days on this trip, but much more importantly it is the two year Anniversary of my lovely wife, Chris passing away from Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. She was only 54 years old

I write this later in the day, as I have experienced a wave of emotions starting as soon as I awoke. I took a little time to look for a photo to post to honor the passing of my lovely wife. Shed a few tears for the loss of the love of my life, the plans we had for growing old together, dreams lost, but also my journey in life ahead of me. Someone wished me "peace" this morning, but I already have this in spades. Faith, Hope, Courage and Finishing Strong have been my watchwords for many years now. I do not confuse painful emotion and tears for anything other than what they are.

I had the honor and privilege of loving and being loved by Chris. I took care of her in her years of decline and she has made my life better in more ways than I can express. But Loss is painful. And I know that it is OK to express it in the ways that I feel it.

As I reflect back on my life with Chris, decidedly it was full of life.

From the day we met



We truly had an amazing love story....



and Marriage



raising my step son in the process





Her beautiful style and legs.... the joy she had in her career in fashion retail and helping others along the way.






Motorcycle rides.






And then caring for her for over 5 years. The experience as a husband then caregiver including the most intimate daily parts of life like dressing, showering, toileting and ultimately loving on her.









and down to her final days we shared LOVE for this I am a very fortunate Man.





and then two years ago. She was gone. We "celebrated" her life together, to say goodbye.



And I will spend a lifetime letting go of the woman that I loved so dearly.


And I have appreciated so much kindness from people in this ADV community, (as well as family and friends), as I have shared my life and stories.

Simply have to say Thank You all for participating in my life!

I am way behind on your RR because I am traveling as well, so I just now saw this. Be strong my friend! You set an example for me!
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:20 PM   #4675
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Beautiful beach photo. Hairy legs..... Not so much.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:16 PM   #4676
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:58 AM   #4677
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Ahipara to Baylis Beach

The Endless Summer hostel is a great place. Has a great kitchen



Was good to be able to get up and cook myself and Omelet for breakfast. Most of the hostels have limited pans and cooking gear.



But one of the best parts is the large Kauri Tree Table under the grape vine arbor. A place where everyone gathers to eat, get to meet each other. Also a great part of travel is to meet others and share their stories!



As I rode south through the Semi Tropical forests know for the large Kauri trees, I got to enjoy the wonderful twisty roads



Had to take a 10 minute car ferry



Then was looking for the largest Kauri Tree in NZ

Here it is



Hard to show how big it is, and the great sweet smell of the forest



But here are the specifications



When I came back to my bike, a couple of old Bentley's were waiting. HAd a great chat with the driver and his wife of this car.







Had to chuckle as I was looking at this car, people were checking out my bike




The ride along the west coast sweeps along sections of ocean, with the cool Blue waters.





Really great riding with nice roads, and great people. Lots of places to explore. I did not plan where I will stay as usual, just looking for someplace nice. Rode out to Baylis Beach. Always love the water, waves, sunshine of the beach.



Took a short ride up the beach, but the sand was soft, so I did not venture too far, as the bike fully loaded, and I am on my own.





Decided to spend a bit more and stay here. A place to relax, swim in the heated pool, listen to the waves crash the beach, and watch sunset over the ocean.



Had a nice meal in town



Enjoyed sitting on the deck near the pool watching the sunset into the ocean. No green flash.... But it was great.





There are times on this adventure that I am alone with my thoughts. It's not a bad thing as I journey throughout the globe. Many things I would love to share with a special woman by my side, knowing I did this once and it was a great time in my life. But this time has been good also, as I try to take it all in. Breathe, relax and appreciate the moments that I have, as this chapter unfolds these are lessons to be learned.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:31 PM   #4678
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Nice! The Kauri Museum at Matakohe on your way south is well worth a look.

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Old 02-28-2013, 12:45 PM   #4679
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The Kauri Museum at Matakohe on your way south is well worth a look.
Thanks Clint. Packing up and riding to Museum next
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:32 PM   #4680
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Thanks Clint. Packing up and riding to Museum next
A good source of information on good off road routes is:

http://www.adventureguide.co.nz

I trust your aware of the DOC huts that are very cheap to use in the more remote areas.
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