In about 7 weeks time I get on a plane and fly back to the Netherlands to meet up with four Dutch friends and go riding. I went up last year, the first time I had ridden on the other side of the road, (ride report found here) and at the end of the trip I noted the following: What did I learn on this trip? Riding on the other side of the road is not as easy as I first thought. The maxim tight right and long left is very handy but old habits of looking in the correct lanes for oncoming traffic was much more stubbornly planted in my mind than I liked. The fix was to take my time at intersections and look both ways and at all lanes. Slowly looking for oncoming traffic in the correct lanes sunk in. Road signs are different, more different than I anticipated. For future trips I will spend a little time researching basic road fundamentals of the countries I visit. Understanding road sings is key to interpreting how to use the road. Even the Dutch get confused by their own road rules. In Germany their road signs and road markings are clearer and more easy to understand. On the trip itself: I had a blast. Having ridden around NZ on my motorbike about a dozen times, I really enjoyed different roads, scenery and cultures. The problem is NZ is a long way away from anywhere, so we tend to think it is all a bit too hard to organise riding in other countries. In reality it is not that difficult. It's just a matter of making it happen. I've stopped doing other things so I can have the time and money to do what I have a passion for and that is riding motorbikes. Having done a reconnaissance trip next year I intend to ride much further and for a bit longer. So now the time comes to put the finishing touches to our organisation to make this year's ride a reality.