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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.
glad all of you guys met )) pretty exciting ))
Great stuff Mark!
It wasn't too long ago when Lisa & Simon , Shustrik and Radioman's bike was at my home.
great stuff! glad u all met up, bet there was some interesting bike and travel talk at that table!
I really enjoy your odyssey and have been following it ever since I discovered it. Those are interesting and inciting thoughts. I wonder if the part of you that may have forever changed with travels, now never wants to settle if such thing was possible. Having a place called home where relatives and life long friends are, and home comfort amenities (not that you missed much on that probably in New Zealand) makes the need to return obviously strong. In contemplating doing something similar I realize finances being the other factor I suppose.
But everything else aside, am wondering how you would qualify these months on the road, as some of the most quality time you had in life or as a relief and finding yourself again, and did it help.
Incredible thread - curious as to how many miles "between valve lash checks" the beemer is going and if you've had any challenges having it serviced thanks
Every time I see your pictures from the bike I think you are riding on the wrong side of the road. Then I remember you are in NZ. It is hard to get use to.
I'll second that one sorebutt! The photos posted still look great regardless of the side of the road they are taken from!
Do Simon & Lisa still have their thread running on here ?? I've looked for it a few times to no avail ??
I put a link to their website .... know how hard it is to keep up with all things and not sure if they are updating their ADV thread....
"Every time I see your pictures from the bike I think you are riding on the wrong side of the road. Then I remember you are in NZ. It is hard to get use to."
You'll be surprised how quickly you get used to it. In our trip through the Americas the only "left moment" we had was at a roundabout in Chile. Mind you I did have SWMBO riding pillion who from time to time whispered "rightie rightie" in my ear.
This adventure has been a really great experience and time for me, no question about that! Hard to compare parts of Life, as my Life with Chris (chapter 2) was great! Of course I would rather have this back, but That is not possible. So the way life has been losing Chris, allowed me to do this Chapter 3 and follow a dream for which I am also grateful.
It has been a time to just do something completely different with my life, and the people I have met and been connected with all along the journey has been amazing!! I have met friends that I will be friends the rest of my life!! I also think it has been good for my personal road through Grief. Although the hole that remains in my heart from losing Chris is still big and still hurts, I have also carried on and have seen some hope of sharing my love and life with someone else in the future. All good !
But I know that I will transition into a Chapter 4 which is yet to be determined.... Financially I will need to find meaningful work to survive, but I feel blessed to have been able to take this time and money and make this trip happen. So many people do not have this freedom and opportunity. But the entire process of caring for Chris while not working at the "height" of my career has taken a huge financial toll. Again I am so very fortunate to have been able to take care of Chris and will find work to pay for my life even it I end of working until I am way past "retirement" age. So be it!!
I will cherish these days and the adventures that I have shared !!
Thanks for asking.
You will never regret this, and a life wasted is one on a death bed asking all the "what if's". Risk is a funny thing, so daunting at first blush, then it becomes the fuel of the adventure. Ride on brother and Godspeed!
damn insightful stuff here for sure! ride on RM!
Well Said Mark......Well said. So, are we getting ready for a jump off to OZ yet, or is there still more to see there? Beautiful country.
Hey Mark. Been lurking on this thread for the last two weeks, and starting at page 1, I'm now caught up! As others have said, I feel like I know you personally now and feel like I'm right there with you. I think there's a lot of people living vicariously through you bud! You're a great guy and I hope we cross paths some day when (if) you make it back to the USA. Take care and travel on man, travel on.......
Your generously shared thoughts have enriched my outlook on life.
Back into normal life, I hope you will be able to continue riding long trips if that is what you will still wish after this long adventure
Mark , I just got done watching "The Hobbit, an unexpected journey" which was shot in NZ. Did you see any of the movie set where they filmed ? Your pics reminded me of a lot of the scenes mountains, marshes and waterfalls, rj
Was so great to meet Clint and Rosie the next morning they were up early and off to work.
That gave Simon and Lisa and me time to recover and spend a bit of time talking about the realities, logistics and experiences of being on the road for large amounts of time.
Was great meeting them for sure! Simon and Lisa.
I packed up and left in the afternoon to ride to Mt Manganui to meet up with Tony and his Wife Raewyn. Somehow I forgot to actually take a photo of us together :huh Bummer . They were gracious to contact me and invite me to stay.
We hiked to the top of the mountain for a look. Cool place, and I wish time would have allowed me to stay longer.
Loved the world map in the room they had set up for me!!
Amazing see the difference in size of places. I have spent 7 weeks in NZ and ridden almost 6,000 miles. So much to see and do, wish I had planned for 3-4 more weeks
After a great evening with Tony and Raewyn, I was off in the morning to connect with a couple more riders..... You might remember one of them
First Meet David. He contacted me and wanted to grab a bit to eat. We had a really great meal and conversations about life. It is the perfect example of what has made my ride and connection to people along the way the most valuable! Thanks David!
and he offered to show me the way out of town and up the coast!!
After a bit of traffic, we were back on some great twisty roads along the ocean!!
After we parted way, I continued onto the Coromandel Peninsula. Was awaiting the arrival of another World rider.......
and soon enough...... In rides Sherri Jo Wilkins!!
We stayed at a Holiday park in Hot Water Beach.
Checked out all the people who dug holes in the sand to get to the hot water....
and looks like there might have been a turtle coming up on the far end of the beach
Next day we took a ride around the area.
Had a bit of wet roads, but no rain gear needed
Stopped in Coromandel for a cup of coffee and dessert!
Then looped around and back to Hot Water beach
couple of muddy roads...
Another small town NZ post office
and a few places to try and get a good photo
Nice sunrise on the beach
Couple days of story telling and catching up !
And then we were off in different directions!! Adois Sherri Jo Safe travels to you!
I arrived back in Auckland so I can sort out bike shipping, service on my Bike, and also have connected with people from the Alzheimer's org of NZ
I will be participating in a large Dementia meeting on Monday and then doing a public talk on Thursday night, so i need to get ready :)
My time in NZ is coming to a close. It has been a great place to come and ride. Great people, wonderful roads and sights to see. Looking forward to continuing my friendships with the KIWI's that I have met on my journey. They have all made this part of my trip exceptional!!
Will talk more about the next steps in my trip........ Stay tuned for more updates soon!