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Old 04-17-2014, 06:55 PM   #1
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Kiwi Dreams - Europe & Morocco 2014

Greetings from New Zealand fellow inmates.

Introductions first - we are Michael and Leanne (this shot taken in Bangladesh in 2012);


Our home town is New Plymouth in New Zealand, an awesome little town on the coast and in the shadow of Mount Taranaki;


Our province is home to some wonderful adventure riding routes with lots of gravel, back country tunnels etc


We do welcome visitors and you will find us listing in the Tent space listings if you are coming our way.

We have been planning a trip to Europe for some time but nearly came unstuck when my employer could not match the 8 weeks leave that Leanne had approved. So I have I resigned and am taking the opportunity to travel for 14 weeks.

Two weeks today I fly to London where our 990ADV is waiting for us. I then have two weeks to ride to Lisbon where Leanne is flying into. From there we have 8 weeks to travel to Morocco, across Spain into France, do some of the high Alpine passes, finishing up with some time off the bike in Italy prior to Leanne heading home from Rome.

"KT" left New Zealand in March


As some of you may have seen in the trip planning forum I then have 4 weeks to get back to London and plan to do that via Greece, Albania, Poland etc etc.

We have already arranged to meet, stay with and ride with some of you and hope to meet many more.

We will try and keep this thread up to date as we travel as we have many family members and friends keen to follow our adventures (and yes I will be looking for a job in August….).

Kiwi Mike

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Old 04-17-2014, 07:51 PM   #2
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Subscribed Mike ... looking forward to some Kiwi bedtime reading

Best to you and Leanne for a great trip

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Old 04-18-2014, 01:00 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot Mike, look forward to riding with you in Greece and Albania!
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:36 PM   #4
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The "Cunning" plan

This is where we want to go. It is a guide only and if we find somewhere we really like we might stay longer. My route back through Germany is still work in progress. Appreciate any comments / tips etc

3 May Michael depart New Zealand UK
4 May Arrive London UK
5 May London UK
6 May London UK
7 May Bike pick up and depart via Euro tunnel and Dunkirk to Bailleul France (close to Ypres for Menin Gate ceremony)
8 May Bailleul to Le Havre France
9 May Le Mans via Normanby beaches & mont St Michel France
10 May Le Mans Museum, track and town to Tours France
11 May Tours to Saint Emilion (Lilbourne) France
12 May San Sebastian Spain
13 May San Sebastian (day off) Spain
14 May Covarrubias Spain
15 May Salamanca Spain
16 May Evora Portugal
17 May Lisbon (Leanne arrives from New Zealand) Portugal
18 May Lisbon Portugal
19 May Lisbon Portugal
20 May Lisbon Portugal
21 May Lisbon Portugal
22 May Seville Spain
23 May Seville (day off) Spain
24 May Tarifa Spain
25 May Fez Morocco
26 May Fez (day off - city tour) Morocco
27 May Fez (day off) Morocco
28 May Er Rachidia Morocco
29 May Merzouga Morocco
30 May Boulmalne Dades Morocco
31 May Ait Benhaddou Morocco
1 June Marrakesh (catch up?) Morocco
2 June Essaouira Morocco
3 June Essaouira
4 June Azemmour Morocco
5 June Asilah Morocco
6. June Granada (via Gibraltar) Spain
7. June Granada Spain
8. June Valencia Spain
9. June Valencia Spain
10 June Valencia Spain
11. June Valencia Spain
12. June Tarragon Spain
13. June Collioure France
14. June. Nimes France
15 June Nice France
16 June Nice spare day (bike service?) France
17 June Nice spare day France
18 June Barcelonnette France
19 June Alpe de Huez France
20 June Bourg Saint Maurice France
21 June Lausanne Switzerland
22 June Lauterbrunnen Switzerland
23 June Lauterbrunnen (day off - train trip) Switzerland
24 June Chur Switzerland (via KTM dealer for brake pads)
25 June Bolzano Italy
26 June Venice Italy
27 June Venice Italy
28 June Venice Italy
29 June Riomaggiore (Cinque de Terre) Italy
30 June Riomaggiore (Cinque de Terre) Italy
1 July Riomaggiore (Cinque de Terre) Italy
2 July Florence Italy via Ducati museum
3 July Florence Italy
4 July Florence Italy
5 July Florence Italy
6 July Rome Italy
7 July Rome Italy
8 July Rome Italy
9 July Rome Italy
10 July Leanne returns to New Zealand, Michael overnight ferry Bari / Igoumenitsa Greece
11 July Perama (via Meteora and Dodona) Greece
12 July iuoannina, Vikos Gorge, Monodendri, Kakavia, overnight Lake Butrint Albania
13 July Butrint, Vrine to Gjirokastra Albania
14 July Berat Albania
15 July Ohrid Macedonia
16 July Skopje (via National Park) Macedonia
17 July Peje (or Pec?) Kosova
18 July Petrovak Montenegro
19 July Dubrovnik (via Kotor) Croatia
20 July Dubrovnik (day off)
21 July Sarajevo Bosnia
22 July Split (via Mostar and Valley of River Cestina) Crostia
23 July Split (day off)
24 July Zagreb
25 July Zagreb Croatia
26 July Budapest via Lake Balatan Hungary
27 July Bratislava Slovakia
28 July Krakow Poland
29 July Krakow
30 July Wroclaw Poland
31 July Berlin Germany
1 August Berlin
2 August Munster
3 August Bruge Belgium
4 August Eurotunnel to England and Brighton
5 August Oxford UK
6 August Oxford UK (bike to shipping agent)
7 August Oxford
8 August Michael depart London UK
10 August Arrive home

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Old 04-27-2014, 02:35 AM   #5
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Quite the itinerary mate, I look forward to following along
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Old 04-27-2014, 03:31 AM   #6
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We will be less than two weeks behind you for a one week tour out of Nice which is looking like a day trip in comparison. Takes me days just to plan that. Hats off. Looks like a fantastic adventure. Subscribed.
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:17 AM   #7
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Michael and Leanne (this shot taken in Bangladesh in 2012);


Kiwi Mike

cruising the Bangladesh Riviera?
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Old 04-27-2014, 04:27 AM   #8
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cruising the Bangladesh Riviera?
Not quite.....

(In all honesty most probably a far more exciting place than the Riviera!)
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:55 AM   #9
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"KT" left New Zealand in March
Spill the beans on getting the bike to the UK?
Did you send by sea or air?
Company?
Price?

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Old 05-05-2014, 07:09 AM   #10
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Spill the beans on getting the bike to the UK?
Did you send by sea or air?
Company?
Price?

Cheers
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Trev all the details here, they have made it very easy;
http://www.ttandeuropemotorcycleadventures.co.uk/
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Old 05-05-2014, 11:22 AM   #11
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Hi Mike, Welcome to England, Would love to catch up either here or London, give us a call...07548389727, Cheers Mo and Anne
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:38 PM   #12
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Greetings from London. Today's update is going to include photos of me (in case family and friends forget what I look like) a couple of London sites, fast cars, motorbikes (yeah!) alcohol and gorgeous girls :-)

First pics of me
I paid for a day tour meaning I could get on and off the bus as I wanted



With lunch in Trafalgar Square;



Shots of London include the London Eye with Big Ben behind (how is that for arty and from a moving bus lol)



For the kid in us, how is this toy shop, 6 levels of toys, out of this world (Hamleys / Hemleys or something like that)



And there is a hotel on Park Lane, glad I didn't land on that square!



Check out the tourists swamping this poor chap (Horse Guards very near Downing Street)



The New Zealand war memorial, it is an awesome memorial, still with wreaths from ANZAC day around it



Fast cars, here is proof of the Kiwi link to McLaren cars (and I am being serious), the McLaren badge is a stylised Kiwi (bird and not fruit)



I went into Park Lane BMW, what an awesome dealership with both cars and bikes, these are some of the bikes on display (more bikes and all the BMW riding gear was on another floor). I did ask if I could test drive a car on Wednesday as far as Gravesend (where my bike is) but they weren't too keen on that!



And alcohol, here is my new friend John who introduced me to "Pride of London" ale, I was glad his wife arrived to take him shopping....



And sorry if I tricked you, no gorgeous girls until Leanne arrives next week!

But I can leave you with this, a PINK helmet on a Harley, unbelievable (he was bigger than me so I wasn't going to say anything at the time!

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Old 05-05-2014, 02:21 PM   #13
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Nice to hear that you made it to UK.
I will keep on following this post.
Now just need to keep fingers crossed that bike arrives without any problems.

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Old 05-09-2014, 01:35 PM   #14
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Wicked East German 'female' olympian?

Big dude, pink helmet ? Scary! When in Southern Spain look up my friends Hana and Patrick of http://www.motoadventours.com. They'll tell you everything you need to know about Morocco.
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Old 05-09-2014, 01:57 PM   #15
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Bruce McLaren -possibly the worlds most famous Kiwi?

The company founded in 1963 by McLaren is best known as a Formula One constructor but has also competed and won in the Indianapolis 500 and Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am). The team is the second oldest active team (after Ferrari) and one of the most successful teams in Formula One, having won 182 races, 12 drivers' championships and 8 constructors' championships.

The team won its first Grand Prix at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix but their greatest initial success was in Can-Am, where they dominated from 1967 to 1971. Further American triumph followed, with Indianapolis 500 wins in McLaren cars for Mark Donohue in 1972 and Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and 1976.

Bruce McLaren died (aged 32) when his Can-Am car crashed on the Lavant Straight just before Woodcote corner at Goodwood Circuit in England on 2 June 1970. He had been testing his new M8D when the rear bodywork came adrift at speed. The loss of aerodynamic downforce destabilized the car, which spun, left the track and hit a bunker used as a flag station.

Motorsport author Eoin Young has noted that Bruce McLaren had "virtually penned his own epitaph" in his 1964 book From the Cockpit.

Referring to the death of team mate Timmy Mayer, McLaren had written:

The news that he had died instantly was a terrible shock to all of us, but who is to say that he had not seen more, done more and learned more in his few years than many people do in a lifetime? To do something well is so worthwhile that to die trying to do it better cannot be foolhardy. It would be a waste of life to do nothing with one's ability, for I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.

After Bruce McLaren died, Tim Mayer's brother, Teddy Mayer took over and led the team to their first Formula One constructors' championship in 1974, with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt winning the drivers' championship in 1974 and 1976 respectively. Anyone who has followed F1 is aware of what a powerhouse Mclaren subsequently became - Sadly, McLaren himself wasn't able to witness the success of his talents and labor.
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