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Old 02-24-2013, 02:12 PM   #4651
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Having had a great evening with Dick and Diana's Friends Pete and Danelle. It was time for a motorcycle ride to the furthest points of the North Island of NZ. Pete (America) and Danelle (Canadian) are also motorcyclists!!



We ride up to Cape Reinga which is the most northernly spot that the main road takes you. The meeting of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman sea.





You can see the currents meeting out in Front of the lighthouse!



Hey I am riding in NZ! Wahooo. Calls for a bit of a jump.





Dick Hubbard, and my new friends Pete and Danelle.



The four of us!




Chatted with a Nice British young lady named Charlie who took our photo, and I think if I had an extra Helmet she would have ridden on with us!!

Then a walk down to the Lighthouse.





Lots of places far away from here.



Lots of Narrow bridges to cross.



Then a ride down to see the large sand dunes. Could have ridden down the river to the beach, but with a couple of sport touring bikes on street tires, needed to save that for another day!



Just beautiful!



Then down the road to another access point for the beach. Nice section of deep soft sand to cross to get to the beach.





Waking up in Mangonui with a fantastic view of the bay.... and the wonderful Hospitality of Pete and Danelle and Dick.



We were invited to a dinner with some other local friends....



Becky made some amazing food for the evening!



A really great evening meeting new people, sharing stories and just enjoying the time here in NZ!



Of course Bruce capturing the photo of his guests!! Thanks Bruce and Becky!! Wonderful!



And then a fabulous dessert to top off the evening!



Another great couple days in New Zealand. Will be back on the road myself later today..... Finally have the training wheels off here in NZ. Should be fun!!
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:07 PM   #4652
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Hey I am riding in NZ! Wahooo. Calls for a bit of a jump.

Nice looking suit Mark. Any first impressions?

Loving the start of you NZ Adventure. Looking forward to "travelling" along with you.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:07 AM   #4653
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My headlights were out of Alignment,
probably because its a RHD market bike.?Did your service include a new headlight?
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:56 AM   #4654
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:56 AM   #4655
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probably because its a RHD market bike.?Did your service include a new headlight?
Just had to readjust headlight bulb. Was not seated properly.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:43 AM   #4656
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I need to get hurry reading this thread...lots off new pages every day....:P
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:10 AM   #4657
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Ah... 75 degrees F, Sunshine and beautiful views. Perfect riding conditions!
Ahh, you're killing me!
We just got 6" of snow and it's 6 degrees here!


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Old 02-25-2013, 04:09 PM   #4658
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Looking foreword to traveling along with you on this next leg of your epic trip. This thread is a daily read for me. Reading through you RTW trip convinced me to sell my Buell last April. Saved for almost a year and picked up a 2013 F800gs last week! Thanks again for taking us along with you.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:48 AM   #4659
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probably because its a RHD market bike.?Did your service include a new headlight?
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:51 PM   #4660
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Nice looking suit Mark. Any first impressions?
**** Just a quick note on my riding gear. as I have had a few questions on it.****

1) First. I still love my Motoport gear and have proved that it provides the protection and safety I desire in riding gear. Wayne has done well by me through the years, and I still have a newer suit at home. The old gear is now retired!

2) Klim has provided me with a great opportunity to test their new gear that is not yet on the market, for this I am thankful. It is Kelvar mesh like my motoport gear and feel that their quality and technical specifications will give me the protection (of course I never want to have to "test" this out )

Just needed to say these things.

The new gear has been great so far, but I am only 500 miles of riding into it! Like many features that they offer, other than I have not adjusted to the different pockets for things (we are creatures of habit and after 20 months with my old gear you get used to where and how you store things .... But I am adjusting).

Funny part of having new gear is that it looks like I just started riding!!

Will give more of an update but it is really good riding gear and when it comes out, I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting good safe gear!
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:53 PM   #4661
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Saved for almost a year and picked up a 2013 F800gs last week! Thanks again for taking us along with you.
Fantastic. Enjoy!
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:00 PM   #4662
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Mark, how does the riding and scenery in NZ compare with elsewhere?
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:26 PM   #4663
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After having a week of KIWI hospitality and company. It was time for them to get back to other things, and for me to start riding New Zealand. Had enough time riding on the left (like taking the training wheels off )

Headed off to do a little exploring.



Some lovely beaches in the north Island.



Stopped here at for a little time on the beach.



Ah. Life on the beach in Te Nuaere



As I was messing with my bike, Marvin comes across the street to ask if I needed a photo of me and my bike.... He is America, and lives in Seattle (near where I grew up)...... Super friendly and invites me over to his house for a cup of coffee. Then he and his wife Sue fix us some lunch.... Had a wonderful afternoon chatting. They live here part of the year, then back to Seattle. Thanks Marvin and Sue for the hospitality!!



Decided that I did not need to travel to much further for the day. The roads have these markers arrow is pointing toward you



Stayed here in Whangaroa here.



$25 NZD for a dorm room. I was the only one in this room for the night!



The owner Lindsay was an interesting guy who happened to be there. Took me into town to the local Fish Club for a couple pints.



Started out at the "Table of Knowledge" ..... Just below that sign the real sign. Had a good chat with some locals including Dan who is marrying a US woman from Ohio and in the long process of immigrating to the US.



Learning KIWI as I go. ....



Had a great fish and chips meal!



Next morning I had to go climb up to the mountain view. We always seems to have these kinds of things to see and do.





Great views



Sat up on top of the hill, admiring the views, thinking and appreciating the journey I am on.



the trek up and soon back down



Looking out to the west, enjoyed watching the sky change





The beauty of these little bays, with all the boats. it is easy to enjoy.



Richard, Laura, and Alex are staying and doing some work for the owner for a couple weeks. Really enjoyed meeting them!! hope you all have a wonderful trip!



Riding to Taupo Bay to see the area. Ah the lovely beaches!!



Then back to Manganui to try out the famous fish shop.



Yummy fish and chips.



So I just rode 80KM over to Ahipara to find a place to stay for the night. New Zealand is small enough to be able to enjoy and ride very short days doing so.

Had a few thoughts so far as I am in New Zealand. since everyone speaks english, and it is a first world country. Another rider emailed me and said that I might find it a "bit boring" after riding in third world countries. Been thinking on this, and have decided that it is just a different part of the journey. Easier in so many ways, but less challenging as well. Good roads, signs, language I understand (most of the time ) all the services.

Funny about the internet though. You get WIFI at the hostels but a limited amount of MB that you use. It is free or $2 for 50Mb or 100Mb then it stops. Really is funny as I started uploading photos and preparing my blog yesterday and I ran out of my limit Different system here on internet usage. I am sure there will be many more unique things to experience. The KIWi's have been amazingly friendly and warm.

Looks like I will take the day off to explore the beach today!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:37 PM   #4664
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Mark, how does the riding and scenery in NZ compare with elsewhere?
Gday JD,

It is a great place to ride. Good roads, all the services you need. A place you say... I could live here. The scenery in the north is very nice, not much traffic, great beaches and lovely people!!

Know the south Island will have more dramatic scenery !! Lots more riding to come over the next couple months
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:07 PM   #4665
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Phew, finally caught up to date on this amazing ride.
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