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Old 03-06-2013, 11:42 PM   #4696
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Radio, you going to get to see any of Burt Monroe's history while there?
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:50 PM   #4697
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Radioman .. been following your trip since the beginning ... can't wait until it's my turn to take off ...
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:46 AM   #4698
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Don't know how I missed this for so long but now I'm IN! Seems that this site is SO full of good people and once again, I'm just glad to be a part of it! Can't wait to catch up to this New Zealand part of the trip! I was there in '06 with my brother and I sure don't know how you are riding on the "wrong" side of the road on a bike! Scared the hell out of us in a car! Safe travels my friend!
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:47 AM   #4699
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Oh yeah, sorry but forgot to ask how the F800 is doing on this trip?
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:00 AM   #4700
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Metal roads.

Thanks for clearing that one up for me. I've read some reports from N.Z. where the metal roads were mentioned and I thought they were talking about paved {hardened, toughened, metaled } and it turns out I was 180 degrees wrong.
Keep up the good work and haveing fun. I'm learning as you go !
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:47 AM   #4701
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Breakfast choices for my toast. Just cannot get used to Vegemite



Started my day with some damp muddy roads headed north to the Rainbow road.



But the weather cleared shortly after I started to ride



Riding up along the Molesworth farm to the Rainbow Station



Including Lake Tennison



Then worked my way northward through the mountain range



Until I reached the gate into the Rainbow Station area. It is actually a "toll" road and it is only open for 3-4 months per year. It is a private road.





Spectacular scenery







About 80 miles of gravel roads.





With a dozen or so water crossings. They are fairly light on water this year due to the drought like conditions. But some were longer and deeper.



Coming out on route 63 after a great ride through this area!!



Then riding up to the very top of the south Island in the Golden Bay. Beautifully rural roads winding through the countryside. mid 70's and sunny. Perfect riding conditions!

I road past Abel Tasman National park and ended up staying in Collingwood on Golden Bay. Took a ride up to see sunset at Wharariki Beach





Took a 20 minute hike from the road down to the beach.





Great day exploring New Zealand!




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Old 03-07-2013, 03:10 PM   #4702
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Great day exploring New Zealand!
Sure looks like it!!
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:33 PM   #4703
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Radioman, im living in Invercargill, if u need anything while down that way get in touch, even if its just a meet for coffee and talking bikes!
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:10 PM   #4704
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Radioman, im living in Invercargill, if u need anything while down that way get in touch, even if its just a meet for coffee and talking bikes!
Will PM, once I know when I will be south! Thanks. Love to get together for a coffee.

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Old 03-08-2013, 07:39 PM   #4705
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Beautiful stuff Mark. I have a friend in Nelson so I get to visit that area quite often. If you have a chance, try and find a place called Te Hapu -- it's just a few KM's from Collingwood. Really gorgeous. Took this there a few months ago:

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Old 03-08-2013, 08:25 PM   #4706
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Fantastic pictures from New Zealand...I am envious as most others are with your most excellent adventure.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:33 AM   #4707
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Fantastic pictures from New Zealand...I am envious as most others are with your most excellent adventure.
Thanks. It is a beautiful place to visit for sure.
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:02 AM   #4708
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After arriving in Golden Bay in the north of the south island/, I stayed at a motel. When I talked with my step son in the morning, his comment was that NZ was looking a bit "upscale" from South America Indeed with the english language, beautiful roads, all the facilities it feels a bit more like a "vacation" vs the adventure of South America, but I am loving it and getting into some great areas!!

I have talked alot about how people make the adventure special..... I had a PM from another ADV who lives in NZ (JoeBlogs) (prompted by another ADV Throttlemeister to contact me (Thanks John!! :Thumb) He said, if I ever get to Golden Bay area..... Let him know OK "i'm Here" we traded messages so I called him.

Joe had a few days off and lives in the next town over , so he came to my motel ad gave me a tour of the place! It was fantastic!! The other cool thing is that he met Diana (of Dick and Diana fame) who were on the Heapy Trek (he was working in Conservation but he was riding a small dirt bike out onto the trek, and it sparked a great conversation! during the conversation about Motorbikes and world travel, she mentioned this other American guy "Radioman" was around. Small Small World

Meet Joe as he pulled up on his Honda 600. Here is his blog www.goldenbaytocapehorn.blogspot.com



We chat a little bit..... and Joe had been in South America with his cousin riding south to north we missed each other, but once again had common people that we had met or know.... Notice the clear blue sky .....



I drop some of my gear off the bike, but keep my hard bags since they have my NZ registration information on them.



Joe takes me out to the beautiful gravel roads to the north west of Collinwood. Then down onto Antori River Beach



As a national symbol for The All Blacks Rugby Team, and NZ it is clear why as The fern leaves are huge!



Thanks Throttlemeister for connecting us !!



Nice ride out through the country



Chasing a few sheep out of the way!





Then down on the Antori River Beach



Joe says, what do you think? Yea lets do it!



Great ride down the beach. Tasman Sea on our right, sand, and dunes and rock faces on our left!



Should we keep going? Yup!!







Got stuck a couple of times, as the bags and gear made me a bit heavy. and I have a tourance tire on!



Stunning views!



We rode through these big rocks...



Unfortunately I got a bot close with my big wide bags, and it knocked me off... The rock is right by where I took the photo. Bags popped off OK, no one is hurt, laugh a bit and get it back upright!



Got stuck one last time on this very steep rocky uphill. Joe and another guy helped get me over the top and into more deep sand on the way out



Joe rolling up off the beach!!



Then we rode up the road a short ways to the fresh water river, to wash the bikes !





Then blasting back into town to pick up my gear and ride to his hometown of Takaka



Lots of signs to warn cage drivers of Motorbikers! Campaign country wide to help reduce accidents!



The ferns are really big. Just so you can get a better idea!



Filled up with Petro, bought some food, and beverages. Joe had arranged to stay at a place in Abel Tasman park down on the beach at Totaranui.





Had to watch out for penguins



Beautiful ride along the water, then up the mountain and down into the Abel National Park



Arriving at the beach!! Amazing!! Golden color sand!



Joe cooked up a great steak, we had great conversations with some of the staff that runs the campground and area!! Such a great way to spend the day Thanks Joe!!
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:05 AM   #4709
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Any New Zealand opossum, kakapo , kiwi, Kea bird, Tuatara lizard, yellow eyed penguin sightings? That would be way cool to get to see each of them at least once in your life while they are still around. At least for posterities sake. rj
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Awesome pics and at least one brought Dian Fossey to mind.
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