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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.
Looking forward to your Australian adventure
Was great to meet and ride with you Mark! Safe travels!!
Am in Auckland now, and have been busy with some meetings on Alzheimer's Disease. I connected with the Alzheimer's Auckland and they asked me to participate in a couple of events including a public talk on Thursday Night.
Also working on getting my shipping plans set up for Australia...... Still awaiting final quotes before I can make my decision. Also have to clean my bike spotless again
More in the next few days!
Polish that bike till she sparkles Mark, apparently the quarantine guys like 'em clean!
It will be spotless soon
Hi Mike, amazing are not only your writing skills, photography skills, love for food but also you as a great human as I see and feel.
Your RR has not only taken us around the most beautiful places around but also has given us a teaching of being a good human. At lot of times your RR has made me shed some tears - your love for your wife is a great example for lot of people. More appreciable is that you are still fighting for the cause of her death.
My hard luck that irrespective of being a member of this Great Community ADV, for past almost 2 years, I was not regular at all and so I missed the opportunity to meet you in Person and honour myself while you were in India.
But as you always say It is a small world - so am keeping my fingers crossed to meet up with you some day somewhere.
Am a resident of Jaipur - Rajasthan - India and may I have honour of Inviting you and friends from ADV to do drop in at my place whenever here.
Am hooked to your RR and 1 last word " Am Loving It". Have Heavenly Roads ahead.
Thanks Bwan. You have the spirit of ADV .... Hope that some ADV riders will visit you in India, it is always a great part of my ride to meet others.
Maybe we will meet on the road!
LOGISTICS: As I continue on this journey, there are always logistics that need to be planned, decided upon and acted on. I arrived back in Auckland last weekend, and started to wrap up my time in New Zealand.
Had to finalize my shipping of my bike to Australia, also had two visits to BMW 1) to take care of the issue with my fuel pump errors under warranty They replaced the entire fuel pump assembly. Experience BMW has been great in helping me get this taken care of! Thanks to Sebastian the service Manager for an awesome job!! 2) had another 6,000 miles service since that is what I rode in 7 weeks in NZ
As the sun sets on Auckland, I cannot help but reflect about the wonderful time I had riding in New Zealand and the people that I have met along this part of my trip.!
I really cannot thank Dick and Dian Hubbard enough for their friendship and Hospitality here in New Zealand. It has been the highlight of my time here in NZ and know that this friendship will last a lifetime as I am sure that we will meet again somewhere in the world!
Knowing my story with caring for Chris and Alzheimer's they connected me with folks from the Alzheimer's Auckland/New Zealand when I arrived. This week, I was asked to speak at two events. Sharing our story with Alzheimer's disease has been a very good thing. Hopefully helping others facing the disease, and sharing some things that helped us live well through the "long Goodbye".
Last night I presented our story to a large gathering in Auckland, including some slides and videos that I had to put together for this event. It was a good evening, but I realize that as I awoke this morning that it was full of emotion as I relived the journey. I beat this am.... drained. But in a good way as I hope that I helped some of the people who attended!
I also had Sally from the Alzheimer's Auckland volunteer to show me around the area on the weekend. We did a couple of great walks.
I even had a little rain As I have had amazing weather on my time in NZ never putting on my raingear while riding :)
And here I was posing with her son William!
and he shows me how to do a Radioman Jump!
On Monday night, Sherri Jo Wilkins came back to Auckland as her bike was still not running correctly and she needed to get it sorted out! We had a wonderful evening sitting on the veranda enjoying the Auckland Skyline and sharing travel stories! Of Course Dick would be glad that we also handled a few world problems as well
Sherri Jo got her bike back and running much better.
Then she was off again to ride south in NZ! Ride Safe my friend!!
As I have a bit of time, it is always interesting to share some of the little things I find interesting. The water Jug is a staple in every home that I was in NZ. Always available day or night for a cup of Tea!
and I was struck by the various differences in US and NZ cultures. Like the Car repair shops, called "panelbeaters"
It is fun to take in these subtle differences!
The rest of my free time has been cleaning my F800 like showroom condition!
Back at BMW for a final service and tire changes so I will hit the ground riding in Australia!! Experience BMW has been great. Note the brand new watercooled GS sitting outside to temp me :)
And then with the magic of the internet ..... I had dinner with one of my local neighbors Mary Lynn and John who live down the way on my same street. Small world!
Just continuing to clean my bike, book tickets and sort out last minute details for the weeks ahead! I fly out on Sunday Morning so I am down to my last 48 hours in NZ.
Just wondering if it is allot more expensive travelling in NZ than in US, gas, food and are there budget accommodations or camping readily available.
Do you consider continuing through Europe or part of it after Australia before your return?
Yes NZ is a more expensive place to travel as fuel, lodging and food are more expensive. Along the lines of Canada I'd say. But one can always travel cheaper if they camp, eat from the grocery stores etc. But I did not do that here. New Zealand is a great place to ride. Great roads, good Gravel roads to explore, lots to see and do, and some amazingly friendly people!!
Have enjoyed it a great deal.
The "Plan" now is Australia for 3-4 months, then South Africa for several months ..... Then ?? Not really sure how my finances will hold up and how I will feel about continuing. Europe has not been on my list, as when I was younger I lived in Austria, traveled to all the Western European countries .... Wanted to see places I have not been....
I am thinking once a beautiful nomadic life becomes so enjoyable, to my mind, ideal would be to stop and make some money and then continue. Probably it's allot easier said than done.
I admire your adventure in solitude.
I'm in Omarama with the other old farts for our 25th anniversary ride in tomorrow. Sherri Jo stayed with Shirley on Thursday night and now is in the South Island. I followed Lisa and Simon for quite some way near Kaikoura but they turned west towards Hanmer Springs so I didn't get another chance t speak with them.
Glad your presentation to the Alzheimer's Assoc went well.
I will be back in Welly in a day or two - may need to get a new rear tyre first! Damn Bandits!
Ride safe mate.
There is plenty of budget accommodation available. But there are also lots of people who are very happy to give you a bed and a meal. I think you can see that if you look at Mark's blog - also from Lisa and Simon and others.
Take the plunge !
Ride safe Mark am so sorry we didnt catch up.I hope the presentation to the alzheimers people helped in some small way on your journey.Enjoy Aussie its a completely different trip to here but you will find many similarities too.!Farewell!
That a nice trip, and i am so jealous of your so well polished bike !!! Mine is covered with sand and mud but I can't find the energy to clean it
Anyway, you definitely has to go to south africa, it's amazing country, landscape are really impressive. Talking on budget, there are plenty of backpackers and camp between 5 and 15 euros per night and food is inexpensive too... problem is fuel, you have to cover a lot of distance so burning fuel....
But now you can;t avoid the african continent !!!
Have a safe trip ! and take a lot of pics in Australia
! (the bike is clean because I cannot ship it to Australia dirty )
It is great to know one day I may be able to perhaps meet some of the nice folks in New Zealand. Right now my trip is a dream in infancy, which I really want to make happen. I wish this site lives forever.
Been a busy week getting ready to leave New Zealand. Still had time to meet some new people.
Funny the things that strike you as you walk around a place. Spotted this garage can in front of a house...... might have been a business.
Ok... Why ?
Met Peter and his wife Lynette, after he saw my bike at the local Grocery store and he looked up my web blog, then emailed me with an invite for dinner! He is a BMW F800 owner and a GP Doctor that works with many Dementia Patients. We had lots to talk about. His wife actually came to my Public talk!!
Thanks so much for dinner
Another beautiful Sunrise.....
Then finished cleaning my bike, and then the final crating I did at Expereince BMW, as they saved me a crate from a new incoming 1200Gs :)
Rolled in and finished making the bike showroom clean.
Then took the front wheel off. and got the bike all strapped down!
Disconnected the battery, and left bike with not much fuel
Then putting the sides together....
Now no transport. Took a walk down the road to organize flight to Australia! Bike gets picked up Monday and will be in Australia in a little over two weeks as I am shipping it on a ship. one week before the boat sail, 4 days on water, 5-6 days to clear customs in Australia!
So ..... my time in NZ has come to an end! Had a wonderful time here and will miss it!
But I am actually using the next two weeks for something I am also passionate about..... More in a few days...
Safe travells RM, great report.
Ever wonder why something transported by ship is called cargo and something transported by vehicle is called a shipment...?
Anyway, safe travels on the next leg of your journey and am looking forward to see what's next!