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Old 05-01-2014, 09:15 AM   #16
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Looks like quite a trip in store your you! Excellent! I greatly admire your decision to leave your job in order to make this dream come true. All the best --can't wait for the next installment!
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:48 AM   #17
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Hi Mike

strong routes in your iternerary

I will follow you here in the RR

You should have some more days in Germany and visit me.

Best regards to Leanne and You

Andreas
Unfortunately so many places to visit and so little time....... But who knows :-)

Would be good to see your town Andreas.

Kiwi Mike
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Old 05-03-2014, 12:03 AM   #18
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Old 05-03-2014, 01:34 AM   #19
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Jacket, pants and boots for an airplane ride? Taking ATGATT a bit far Mike Safe travels
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Old 05-03-2014, 02:10 AM   #20
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Jacket, pants and boots for an airplane ride? Taking ATGATT a bit far Mike Safe travels
Boots and pants are with the bike in London, unfort no room for my jacket in the bag. By the way the tank bag makes a good carry on bag :-)

Thanks Colin
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Old 05-03-2014, 02:15 AM   #21
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He's off
Phil, surely photo shop could have given me more hair???

Some of the inmates might recognise Phreaky Phil's name. After his trips from NZ to Akaska and another doing the TAT he is our inspiration for doing overseas trips.

He is also a top bloke, more than once he has dropped what he was doing to come and help work on KT. What I think is so difficult he makes look easy...

He has also offered to be our "on call" mechanic if we run into any problems overseas. Awesome :-)

Thanks Phil!
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Old 05-04-2014, 10:58 AM   #22
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New Zeakand's isolation from other countries is one of its features. Of course if you live in NZ and want to go to another country it takes a long time. 36 hours after leaving home I have arrived at my London accommodation. It is 5.30pm here but my body clock is still set to Kiwi time where it is 4.30 am, so my body thinks it should be in a deep sleep, not sitting in the sun.

You know you are tired when;

1) 10 hours into the Singapore to London flight you wonder why the flowing soap in the bathrooms smells so good but doesn't lather up, yes I was using the mouth wash
2) You get on the train from Heathrow, get off at the stop, get out the motorbike GPS for the what I had been told was an 8 minute walk. The GPS confirmed an arrival time in approx 9 minutes, so off I walk..... 15 mins later I realise the GPS thinks I am driving. 5 minutes after that I remembered I was meant to get off the train AND switch to another line for one more stop. After walking for 30 minutes I found a cab. Hmmm

Also some quick thinking at customs, I didn't think that I should tell the customs official that I was unemployed, instead told him that I was on leave (well I did have 4 weeks paid out so not really a lie)

And aren't the Airbus A380's are enormous (up there with a GSA 1200 ha ha) how does something that big get in the air. Nice to fly in as they are very quiet in the cabinin.

Here is the big bird at Singapore (photo taken through a dirty window);


My hands still smell nice :-)
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Old 05-04-2014, 01:03 PM   #23
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:06 PM   #24
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My wife is originally from Waitara, so I know the area a little. Top shot of New Plymouth.
Looks like a great ride you have planned. I'll keep an eye on your updates.
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:22 AM   #25
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I bet your glad to get that haul out of the way.
What day do you pick up the bike ?
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Old 05-05-2014, 02:55 AM   #26
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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?

Cheers
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:07 AM   #27
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I bet your glad to get that haul out of the way.
What day do you pick up the bike ?
Wednesday morning then zoom zoom :-)
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:09 AM   #28
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Spill the beans on getting the bike to the UK?
Did you send by sea or air?
Company?
Price?

Cheers
Trev
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   #29
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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   #30
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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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