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crosscountry
2009-Jan-08, 10:26 PM
Yesterday I rented a F650GS in Christchurch and headed west. That seems to be a theme in my life - head west. Anyway the entire country only takes about 4 hours to cross if you take your time and talk to everyone you see, and there are not a lot of people.

It is quite beautiful and worthy of many pictures, so I took a lot :biggrin; . I post them on my blog of course for my own records. You are invited to go check them out. Plus one or two teaser photos here.

www.blog.crosscountryadventures.us (http://www.blog.crosscountryadventures.us)

http://photos2.crosscountryadventures.us/albums/2009/January/03NZRide_Day1/DSC00012.jpg

http://photos2.crosscountryadventures.us/albums/2009/January/03NZRide_Day1/DSC00024.jpg

http://photos2.crosscountryadventures.us/albums/2009/January/03NZRide_Day1/DSC09224.jpg

Seeka
2009-Jan-08, 10:35 PM
Wow Wow Wow, those photo's are spectacular. What cc is that bmw? 650?

pzkpfw
2009-Jan-08, 11:14 PM
Welcome!

If you have any trouble - go here: www.kiwibiker.co.nz (Not always a work or child friendly site).

You will find folk who are happy to help you.

(You'll find idiots too, we do have them here.)

Stay on the left!

(Seriously, you have no idea how many tourists get smacked when made to drive/ride on the proper side of the road...)

closetgeek
2009-Jan-09, 12:34 AM
Thanks for sharing CC. We get to live vicariously through your adventures. You are correct about one thing, the beach isn't all that appealing but the rocks were cool.

geonuc
2009-Jan-09, 11:41 AM
I need to get on a motorcycle and head for the sun again. It's been too long. :sad:

geonuc
2009-Jan-09, 11:45 AM
RE: white rocks. Beach or river-tumbled quartz?

Buttercup
2009-Jan-09, 01:52 PM
Looks so similar to US country meadow and mountain byways. :) I'd figure it for Wyoming.

Really enjoyed the pics. Wish I could visit NZ some day [I'm surprised the mountains are so massive/tall! They seem to rival the Rocky Mnts in WY], but probably never will.

Thanks for posting.

captain swoop
2009-Jan-09, 03:57 PM
Looks like the Yorkshire Dales :)

My bike is laid up until Easter, battery out, Paddock stands to keep the tyres off the garage floor etc.

mugaliens
2009-Jan-09, 07:22 PM
Yesterday I rented a F650GS in Christchurch and headed west. That seems to be a theme in my life - head west.

Nice!

If you head too far West, your GGRRRR will become GGRRGLRGLRGRGLE.

crosscountry
2009-Jan-10, 11:19 PM
naw, I can handle staying on the road. It's the rain that gives me the gurgle sound. Thankfully I've only had one day of that so far!

Geonuc, yep, river tumbled. I found those where a stream enters the ocean. I was thinking marble though. There is limestone around here, and I've seen a few metamorphic rocks.

Buttercup, New Zealand is like no where I've ever been. I can say the mountains are like some place, but the vegetation is completely different.


Wow Wow Wow, those photo's are spectacular. What cc is that bmw? 650?
yep, it's a pretty good bike too.


I've put new pictures and stories on the blog. And some teaser photos here.

http://photos2.crosscountryadventures.us/albums/2009/January/03NZRIDE_Day2/DSC09304.jpg

http://photos2.crosscountryadventures.us/albums/2009/January/03NZRIDE_Day2/DSC09333.jpg

geonuc
2009-Jan-10, 11:25 PM
Geonuc, yep, river tumbled. I found those where a stream enters the ocean. I was thinking marble though. There is limestone around here, and I've seen a few metamorphic rocks.

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yep, it's a pretty good bike too.


I've put new pictures and stories on the blog. And some teaser photos here.
Yes, marble could right, too. Or dolomite, which is basically marble.

Is that bike a good road cruiser?

Your pictures and travels are awesome, my friend. Good to see you taking life by the horns. :)

crosscountry
2009-Jan-11, 01:09 AM
The bike is nice. I had thought about buying one but now would lean towards a Suzuki V-Strom. It rides great and is very comfortable, but it's heavier than I thought it would be and the front end is kind of sluggish.

About taking life by the horns - you have no idea. I'm a pretty lucky guy when it comes to traveling.

Tensor
2009-Jan-11, 02:49 AM
CC, your pictures are gorgeous and a nice reminder of NZ. My dad and uncle were Marines in WWII and spent some time in NZ. They kept in touch with some people there and in the mid 1970s we went on a trip there to see the people they knew.

My wife and I will be heading to Sturgis in Aug. We will be doing it the proper way, by bike, from Florida. Coming home by way of I-90 through Wisconsin to see some relatives there. I will hopefully have a blog up shortly to post some pictures of some of the shorter trips planned this spring and early summer. Deals Gap, Biloxi, possibly Key West and Gettysburg.

crosscountry
2009-Jan-13, 10:19 AM
I updated my blog with another day of beautiful NZ riding. This place is actually too pretty, and you can become desensitized. I've got 3 teasers for you this time, and they are all worthy of looking at.

The blog tells the story though, and that's what it is all about.
http://www.blog.crosscountryadventures.us/

http://photos2.crosscountryadventures.us/albums/2009/January/03NZRIDE_Day3/DSC00136.jpg

http://photos2.crosscountryadventures.us/albums/2009/January/03NZRIDE_Day3/DSC09440.jpg

http://photos2.crosscountryadventures.us/albums/2009/January/03NZRIDE_Day3/DSC09493.jpg

geonuc
2009-Jan-13, 10:22 AM
Great photos! I especially like the sheep/mountain shot.

pzkpfw
2009-Jan-13, 10:48 AM
You're making me homesick, and I'm here (though I've not seen enough of the South Island).

You've got a great eye for photos, and it's obvious you're not just racing around, but stopping to actually look at stuff. Cool.

captain swoop
2009-Jan-13, 11:10 AM
When you live somewhere you take it for granted. I lived in london for 12 years and never saw any of the 'famous' bits other than in passing on a bus or train. I look out of my window and see the North Yorkshire Moors and forests coming right down to the back of the town. A short drive up the road is Whitby etc.

crosscountry
2009-Jan-15, 10:40 PM
http://www.blog.crosscountryadventures.us/

And an update to the blog with more pictures. There was no travel this day, but still some good photos were taken. After this there were still three more days of amazing riding and scenery. My coworker Jamin joined me in Queenstown, and we made the most of hanging out together.


http://photos2.crosscountryadventures.us/albums/2009/January/03NZRIDE_Day4/DSC09575.jpg

http://photos2.crosscountryadventures.us/albums/2009/January/03NZRIDE_Day4/DSC09568.jpg
Edited by crosscountry on Jan 15, 2009 at 04:38 PM