Around the World and beyond.......Rad_venture

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  1. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    THANK YOU!! To all of you who tried to help and showed concern with my challenging situation. It looks like all has been covered and one of you guys is helping me to get my 990 out of the port. Of course all will be covered in the rr
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    Gotta love Adventure Rider.......a great group of people helping others......glad it is working out !!
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  3. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Few days back I started exploring the South Island; the first day was raining very badly so I enjoyed dry bed in Picton hostel for one more night. That helped me to meet some interesting guests. Well you knew that this would happen sooner or later because cute bikes attract cute girls.

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    I did not think whether the Vespa can take it or not, my mind was set to make it happen. My new tires combined can take 550kg and it looked like we should be ok in that respect.

    When I loaded everything up, it was pretty hard to take the bike off the center stand. Somehow it felt like a fully loaded 990. Then we both sit on the bike and surprisingly it did not feel bad at all.

    I did not know what to expect when releasing the clutch with the first gear in; probably that the clutch would slip and we would finish before we even started.

    I was totally wrong! The bike set off with an ease. Second....third gear went in very easy and we started riding towards Nelson.

    Surprisingly the bike was doing extremely well. We were flying through mountain passes and long strethech. We had many people waiving at us and really enjoyed the day. The only challenging thing was breaking downhill. The drum brakes are not the best ones and I had to take it very easy. When I got used it then all was cool.

    We stopped at few places to explore local surrounding. We even found a suspension bridge very similar to the one I was riding on in Nepal.

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  4. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Proof right there that a scooter can still attract the fairer sex. Outstanding!
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  5. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Great scenery, man!

    Rad got game... with N(m)SA :D

    I bet riding those hills was fun :augie
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    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    Post #1359!
    I thank you!

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    You lucky bastard!
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  7. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Those post #s don't show up in Mobile device browsers. Jus sayin'

    Must be referring to the most recent pic though!!!
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    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    Damn mobile version. Just not as funny then!
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    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    On and off, this is what I was talking about.
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    AtomicFlyer Adventurer

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    The Vespa looks fun Rad. I had a 200cc Vespa in college and it got me no girls. So I suspect your charming personality is responsible for your female companionship, not the quirky scooter. :-)

    Marc
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    Do you have Ed's string???
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    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Rad don't need no steenkin' string...

    He's got game!
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    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Don't forget the power of the mighty Vespa!
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  15. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Hey guys, I’m glad you enjoyed the scenery! Great way how to start exploring South Island’s beauty. Unfortunately she was heading different direction after couple of days. I did not mind, Vespa appreciated easier life and I knew there are many more beautiful places in the kiwi land.

    From Nelson I headed towards Westport. The area was pretty nice, but I was not stoping much because I want to get down south a bit faster because the weather will be getting cold very soon out there and I having serious trouble adapting to this cold environment. After spending months in hot Australia, riding through New Zealand feels like torture for me....yeah I prefer hot to cold. Don’t take me wrong I’m still having really good time, NZ is exceptionally beautiful

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    Doesn’t matter where you are, Vespa is always fun

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    I followed the west coast all the way to Hokitika where I turned inland to conquer first mountain pass.

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    Vespa was doing really well, only once I had to go all the way to the first gear.....it was very very steep. This photos was taken when I was going down but it gives you an idea; I had to take it really slow

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    In aurthurs pass I met with Nigel. He is a keen adventure biker and he also owns many small bikes. I met him through a group of New Zealand scooter owners. He has two small weekend huts at Arthur’s pass and he Invited me to stay with him while passing by.

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    I really enjoyed being in mountains again. The breakfast that Nigel did was exceptionally good!

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    Not long time after we finished eating, we were joined by Ting. She is a cute Chinese girl I met on ferry to the southern island. I told her that I would be visiting Arthur’s pass and that I wanted to do some hiking. She was very keen to join me.

    I have most of the photos on my camera and have not transferred them into my phone yet.

    We had an amazing day hiking up to the Avalanche peak which represented 1100 elevation meters on 3.5 km track. It was pretty steep trek. I was really surprised how well the girl did. This is the only photo I have right now; of course I had to celebrate with some special drink which I always carry with me in a birthday flask from my brother Ed aka @flyingdutchman177

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  16. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    No need for strings when you have Vespa!
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    cejnys Been here awhile

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    The trick is to strap a sleeping bag to mate, it makes a big difference :D
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    cejnys Been here awhile

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    cejnys Been here awhile

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    I finally had a chance to download photos from my camera.
    This is Ting, that's the girl I met on a ferry from North to South island. As soon as she crossed to the south island she rode to Christchurch and stayed with her friend. When I suggested that she should come to Arthurs Pass for a hiking trip she agreed without any hesitation. I was impressed how easy she managed to do the whole hike. It was quite tough climb

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    When we reached the summit we had a chance to meet the most intelligent bird in the world; its called Kea and its known to do things for fun......things like destroying cars, randomly moving things around and playing with various objects like motorcycle keys. While you are around these birds you have to be very careful, they can make your life miserable very fast

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    The view from Avalanche Peak was spectacular; thats the Arthurs Pass road where we started and finished our hike

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    The next day I was pretty tired; its has been a while since I did my last hike and my legs were killing me. It was pretty hard to walk up and down so the best solution for that is to jump back on Vespa and head towards south.
    I cannot say enough of thank you to Nigel for his hospitality. I am hoping to meet him later on in Christchurch, apparently he is brewing his own beer and I am very curious to taste it!

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    From Arthurs pass I rode back to the west coast and continued south. The road was pretty nice but the weather was shit. Just before sunset I made it to Fox Glacier village where I met with my old fried from Houston Rolf. He has been riding around New Zealand on his pushbike and I could not miss a chance to meet up with him for few beers. He was traveling from south to north so we just had one evening before we would head totally different direction.

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    It was really nice to meet up with Rolf; he is actually one of the pioneers of motorcycle adventure riding. He was a huge inspiration for me; he started his around the world trip nearly 40 years ago when he shipped his BMW from Switzerland to New York and rode all the way to Alaska. After visiting Alaska he started riding towards Tiera del Fuego; unfortunately he did not make it all the way there because he met a girl in California and “temporarily" stopped his journey. Until today he is regretting this decision and he told me about one million times “don’t stop until you make it around”!

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    The next day when I walked to my bike I had a bad surprise waiting for me. Apparently the night before there was a visiter at the car park and he/she really liked my seat. There were about other 15 motorcycles parking around me but this Kea picked my seat and saddle bags only. When you look at the holes it worked systematically. First it cut a piece of fabric slowly around until it made a small hole. Then it cut bigger piece off until it realized there was nothing to eat underneath. I did not worry much about it; I took a bit of duct tape and put it over the holes, and I was ready to roll.

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    Before I left Fox Glacier I went to check out lake Matheson; apparently there should be pretty interesting view. Unfortunately the weather was not the best so the vie was very limited

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    After few minutes later when I was finishing the walk, the clouds cleared little bit.....I could not see the whole range but it gave me an idea

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    Later that day I rode more south from Fox Glacier and the weather was just shit. I still enjoyed the ride but it would be much nicer without that bloody rain

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    I guess it could be much worse if I was on a bicycle; on the other side these guys were warm because they had to work hard to move forward. Still I would not change my bike for a pushbike.

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    That night I made it just under a Hasst Pass where I found a cheap campsite. I was frozen to my bones and needed very fast defrosting. There was only one way how to do it properly

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    The next morning the weather was not any better; the whole night it was pissing down like crazy. I am traveling extra light so I have only one pair of kevlar jeans with me which I use for everything. If they get soaking wet during the day they have to dry while I'm wearing them. Getting out of my warm sleeping bag and putting my wet and cold jeans on was not fun that morning.

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    As soon as I rode over Haast pass the weather improved quite a bit and the vegetation was not as green and lush as on the west coast. Its pretty interesting how the mountain range acts as a barrier for clouds and blocks most of rain. What it means is that west coast of southern island has about 5000mm of rain every year while the east cost has only about 300mm.

    It did not take long and I made it to lake Wanaka and few kms down the road to lake Hawea. The scenery was just beautiful

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    From the lake Hawea it was only 20 km to Wanaka where I met well known motorcycle traveler. Some of you probably know Andi and followed his 3 years long ride around South America.

    Last time we met in Santiago de Chile few years back. We stayed in touch and 3 years later I could shake Andi’s hand again.

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    Last few days I was staying with Andi and helped him little bit around his new house. It was good feeling to slow down for a bit and enjoy little bit of homey environment.

    Andi has many interesting toys from mountain bikes, through various motorcycles to this cool land cruiser which I really liked....btw fully road legal.

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    Before making it to Wanaka temperatures dropped quite a bit and my clothing was not enough to keep me warm. I went into town to look whether I could fine some deals and get me some warm layer I can wear under my waterproof jacket. After I visited few shops I was shocked.....the jackets I liked were around $330 piece. I was like wtf, so much money for basic piece of clothing. Last time I was thinking to get similar jacket was in India where they were selling these for about $20 piece.

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    I really enjoyed Wanaka; it has a really cool position at the end of Wanaka lake.

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    Andi introduced me to some of his friends

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    To get better view over the surrounding are I could not miss a hike to Roys Peak. View from the top was just spectacular. It took about 3 hours to get there; the whole track is more like a hiking highway with many visitors taking this walk every day.

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    Yesterday I left Wanaka; after taking my last photo in front of the Wanaka lake I headed towards Queenstown

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