April 25, 2012

Dreams do come true sometimes...

It's Anzac Day, a holiday in New Zealand. In the morning another rental car was ready for pick-up, and I meandered a bit through Auckland, and spent some time sitting in a park, while enjoying the sun, watching the water and reading. The weather was simply gorgeous, and by the time I arrived at Roger's place, it had warmed up quite nicely.
Boy, was I in for a surprise today. Squeaky clean, not showing any signs of previous gravel road adventures, there was Roger's G650GS waiting for me in the driveway.
With this rare opportunity at hand I neglected to mention that I hadn't been riding a motorcycle since winterizing my Sportster last November. The only riding I did for the past few months was on the Vespa.

But being familiar with the model, and with Rog in the lead I was confident to be able to master whatever was lying in front of me. When we encountered the first twisties I knew that the master of the Triumph in front of me was holding back to give me a chance to get more comfortable with riding on the wrong left side. Roger's IAM training became a valuable lesson for me, as I started following his line.
We briefly stopped to quench our thirst (a chance for me to snap a quick picture) and continued along the Firth of Thames down to Kaiaua, where we had a typical Kiwi lunch: fush and chups. Probably the best I have ever had!
We backtracked our route, and two and a half hours and 140 km later, we arrived at Roger's place where I got spoiled once again, this time with Moroccan Lamb Pizza, wine and cookies for desert.

Meanwhile I wonder how I can ever repay that debt. For me this day was a dream come true: Riding New Zealand! And I tell you, it's addictive, because I want more! Thanks, Rog. You made my day!

27 comments:

  1. Oh how terribly fun! So happy that you were able to get out, stretch some tires (or chains) and have some fun in that beautiful place. With Roger too. Can't forget Rogey! :)

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  2. That's so cool. It sounds like you're having a great time.

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  3. What an opportunity! And wonderful food and company to boot. You must live right. How long are you going to br there?

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    1. Only until 6th of May. I hope that the weather will continue to play along.

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  4. Looks like you had a great time...very nice of Rog to let you ride the GS!

    dom

    Redleg's Rides

    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

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    1. I wasn't counting on it, but I had high hopes, and they became reality.

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  5. SonjaM:

    you are so lucky. Roger knew you had prior experience with this BMW Model, so he bought one in advance, just for your visit. He plans well ahead of time

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

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    1. That was very smart of him, wasn't it?

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  6. OMG - that is just so awesome that you two got to ride together.

    Way to go Roger on making her dreams come true!!

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    1. I like a man that know how to please a woman. He is a great guy!

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  7. That Roger bloke, he is a top man!

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  8. Sonja, when I first heard about blogs I remember thinking "why in heaven's name would anyone do this?". Your excellent kiwi treat is the absolutely best explanation of the connections bloggers enjoy that non-bloggers will never "get". Thanks for these posts, and for the pictures. But I want more pictures!

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    1. David, you are right!

      And I will certainly work on the picture count.

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  9. Awesome - Rogey must be some kind of special to let you play with his toys!

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    1. I had to promise he could play with mine, too.

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  10. Enjoy your time on the land of Kiwi!

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    1. I do my best, to have fun despite the work part.

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  11. Just so you know - there's a V-Strom down the other end of the Island if you make it down this way...

    It may not be clean though...

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    1. Hmmm... Andrew, thank you that is very kind of you. Now you have me thinking. If I only had one more weekend, I would be tempted to take you up your offer.

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  12. That was nice of Rog to let you ride him, err ride with him on his big donk.

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    1. I was riding his, while he was riding his own. You know, it's complicated ;-)

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  13. What a treat! I wish I'd had the opportunity to ride in NZ when I was there - the roads are incredible.

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  14. You are having yourself quite an adventure! Thanks for sharing pictures.

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  15. Didn't have time to check your blog for a few day and you already in another country :) Good to see that you had a great riding day there :)

    Sergei

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