11/18/2014 – 502 days/45003 miles

I had a fairly windy ride getting in to Napier, but it was nothing compared to the endless, gusting, hurricane-force winds I rode through when I left. The worst thing about it wasn’t the huge gusts, but the fact that it could make a 180 degree change in direction at the drop of a hat, forcing me to make a quick change in the angle of the bike to compensate for it and sliding clear across the lane, hoping I wouldn’t be blown either off the road or into oncoming traffic. Mile for mile, I can’t think of a more exhausting day of riding (on paved roads, at least)

This is just south of Napier, in Hastings…I took a quick ride up Te Mata peak, and yes, it was windy as hell on the top
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11/05/2014 – 489 days/43822 miles

Even after seeing such a small portion of New Zealand, I am amazed with the diversity of landscapes…who knows what you’ll see around the next corner. The only guarantee is that the sea is always a brilliant blue and the land is always an intense green.
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10/29/2014 – 482 days/42810 miles

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I’m still in Auckland, and I still don’t have my bike, but I’ve spoke with the shippers, customs, quarantine, and the automobile association, and I think I have everything lined up so that I won’t be wasting time once the boat arrives…that is if I understood all their instructions correctly.

So here’s a bit more from my longer than desired stay in Auckland.

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10/20/2014 – 473 days/42810 miles

Well, I’ve been back in Brisbane for about a week now. The first thing I needed to do when I got into town was to get my bike cleaned up. When I was at the Tamworth Motorcycle Museum, I met Mark, and he and his wife Michelle let me stay at their place for a couple days and use their garage and pressure washer.
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