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Old 03-22-2013, 12:20 PM   #4786
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More front page material from this ride report! I am just to the part of the trip where you guys are riding the salar in Bolivia. I must say all the photos are excellent and from a distance the salt looks like water to me. All of the ones where you walk away from the bike and look real small are awesome. The one I vote for front page material is the ADV sign you and Mike made...absolutely fantastic!



SORRY FOR INTERRUPTING THE STORY, please continue!
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:32 PM   #4787
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Manapouri to Invercargill

After such great weather in both Milford and Doubtful sound.... I am getting used to it! But it is fall and the mornings are crisp and reaching into the 30's F some mornings. But quickly warming up to 50-70's.

As I ride the road south, the farms open up. Have seen lots of Deer Farms. We have them in the woods, and in NZ they raise them in the farms. I keep thinking they will jump over the fences and head into the road, but they do not



What has been great about riding the roads in NZ is the lack of much traffic as I ride the rural roads!



The road soon follows the coastline.



Always nice to smell the sea breeze, feel the sunshine and enjoy the peacefulness of the place!



The blue sky, Green fields sometimes dotted with Sheep, bluish Ocean. Really great!



I arrive early afternoon to Invercargill. First stop E Hayes and Company Hardware.



One of my very favorite Movies. "worlds Fastest Indian" with Anthony Hopkins.



They have his original bikes, and parts on Display, as well as many other bikes and a few cars.









Loved this wall from his shop, and from the movie.





Also had to take a quick ride out to the Oreti Beach..... Where he tested his bikes for speed.



He would have been speeding down this beach. Very cool!



And then I met up with Scott (chekamus) Adv who invited me to stay. They are british, and recent arrivals to stay in NZ. I was able to load my GS -911 software on his computer and connect it to the bike, with Scotts help.



GS-911 is really cool as it gets you access to all the computer data for the bike.



So it has to do with a fuse of the fuel pump..... Talked with Sebastian up at Experience BMW. And he was really helpful. Next job is to pull the fuel pump and check to see if the filter is still attached...

Thanks Scott and Kate for a nice evening of travel, motorcycle and life conversations. Good Luck on you new life in NZ!!
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:59 PM   #4788
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Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun

I was planning on going to Stuart Island, but the rain was coming in for the weekend, and so I decided to continue to follow the sun! Headed East to explore the Caitlins Reserve on my way to Dunedin.






Even had a herd of cattle to sit through as they passed down the rural road!



Right along the coastal road.



Some beautiful bays.



With some sweeping views of the ocean....



Some gravel roads as I explore the area





Perfect day for riding!! The colors were vivid and contrasting!



I found the very southern point of the south Island





Just enjoyed the ride along the coast.



Great roads, and scenery in the Caitlins



Including Nugget Point and Lighthouse





Looking down. See the little Zodiac??















As I rolled along the hwy heading toward Dunedin........ Just finished passing a bunch of RV's and Car in a passing lane, then




Appears that I was tooling along a bit fast.... and I now will be paying an Unwanted Donation to the Dudedin tax reserves

I had chuckled to myself that I show break out the "No Smoking English" in my best broken spanish and see what happens... Then I thought better as I might end up in jail.

My Policeman was very nice, but no chance in not writing the ticket. This was my first ticket in 18 months on the road, some 55,000 miles or so.... Since my last performance award. Bummer.... But not unwarranted .



He told me it was Friday of a Holiday weekend.... Oh well, on to Dunedin.
Cool town. Had a evening checking out downtown. My room with a view.



Had dinner in an Irish pub.



and Stayed at the Hogwartz Hostel.



Another great day, sun was out, nice rural roads with lots of twists and turns! Great scenery! Just following the Sun!
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:53 PM   #4789
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Are you going to pay the ticket or just let is go? I guess that it would depend on long they gave you to take care of the citation and when you plan on leaving NZ. I don't think that NZ would extradite you from the USA.

Tell us more about how much over the speed limit etc.

I got stopped in BC Canada once for about 15 K over the limit and the female RCMP let me go with a verbal tongue lashing. She was pretty nice about it since I was in a very desolate area.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:07 PM   #4790
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Tonight to become one with the universe and Radioman, I broke out my copy of World's Fastest Indian and am going to watch it tonight again as I type. May good karma follow you Mark, rj in walla walla
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:59 AM   #4791
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You should have offered him a bribe Mark. Then you would have got to spend the night in jail!
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:22 AM   #4792
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Was great meeting u mark, and talking bikes and travel!
good to see u had a good ride in the catlins! hope u get your bike sorted!
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:50 AM   #4793
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Are you going to pay the ticket or just let is go?
I will pay all of it. end of story. Hope it helps build a school or help someone in need
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:51 AM   #4794
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You should have offered him a bribe Mark. Then you would have got to spend the night in jail!
Free accommodation and bike parking :) next time
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:52 AM   #4795
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Was great meeting u mark, and talking bikes and travel!
to you and Kate ! Thanks for having me stay!
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:05 AM   #4796
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Running with the sun!

From Dunedin I rode north. Always choices on the way, as I wanted to go back into the mountains, but with my fuel pump issues, decided to play it safe and get to Christchurch. Pull the fuel pump, check the filter and see if that was it, and know there is a dealer if I have any issues.

Was 250Km ride. Nice sunny day! and passed the 45 degree South Altitude









As I rode into Christchurch.... This sign caught my eye. A communist who used Violence in South America to secure Fidel as leader of cuba is now selling Hamburgers in Christchurch.



I ended up staying at the Jailhouse sort of Appropriate after yesterday










Then Met up with Arnout again! Had a nice dinner in Christchurch as we shared more travel stories. He is flying to Asia later this week, and I am continuing onto Australia..... Who knows where we might meet again!

Safe Travels my Friend!



And we walked around Christchurch. Amazing two years after the 7.1 Earthquake that a huge part of downtown is still the fenced off "red Zone" where 80% of the major building have to come down. Huge Huge amount of work. Sad to walk through and see so much work to do.



So much area all sealed off as they continue to tear down and rebuild.





And a shopping and eating area all set up with Containers.



Using containers to shore up old facades



Old and new condemned



This art represents the 185 people who lost there lives that fateful day.





Poem on loss and grief



Adios Arnout .... Until we meet again!




..... Ride Arthurs pass tomorrow. Then continuing back north to catch a ferry back to the north island. Time is going too fast ....
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Old 03-24-2013, 03:25 AM   #4797
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when you pass through Wellington would like to catch up for a beer or a coffee or a meal...if you have time
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:06 PM   #4798
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as I finish this thread after 3 weeks of on and off reading as much as I can. I am glad to see that so many people have followed your adventures. It is truly amazing to hear the generosity across the globe.

One day we all hope to be able to have an adventure like you are achieving.

Keep up the postings I hope you have many many more areas that you discover and share with the rest of us. cheers
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:20 AM   #4799
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I think there's a motorcycle in here somewhere . Glad you're having such a good time down over and under. I feel the same way when I pay a ticket...... hope it goes somewhere good. Saw a lot of glorification of Che when I lived in Europe, never understood it. Loved the Motorcycle Diaries but in the spirit of comradeship, he did a lot of very bad things. Peace be with you hermano !
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:15 AM   #4800
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Hey Radioman when are you jumping on Aussie soil? Let me know if you are heading West. Enjoyed you ride so far --- Thanks
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