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Each journey begins with a single step... Two kiwis escaping from the island to explore strange new worlds and boldly go where thousands have gone before... . .

End of another year

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 14 Dec 2015 | Views [85]

It's been a good year for riding. From January to May we were on the bikes almost every weekend. I take the bike off the road over winter as I admit I am a fair weather rider, can't handle the wind chill factor when it's cold. Got it back on the road ... Read more >

He only has to go to work, mow the lawns, and call me sweetie and he thinks that's enough...

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 13 Nov 2015 | Views [110] | Comments [1]

Example of an October day: My neice is over from America for a very short visit. Monday I have planned for us to spend the day doing things together.  7.30  Kent wakes and is feeling so bad he can't go to work 8.30  I go to his ... Read more >

Time passes so quickly

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | Views [122]

My eldest grandson Spencer has just turned 3! Is it only me or is time going by faster and faster... Is it that life is getting fuller and fuller (is that correct english?). He's a gorgeous boy anyway. I go up every third weekend and help out with him ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | Views [133]

I'm not really a cat person but every chance she can get our cat Molly comes and sits on me, on the couch, on the bed... I give her her biscuits now and then and she gets a stroke down her back but other than that not much TLC from me as she is Kent's ... Read more >

Keep calm and carry on

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | Views [154]

We trundle along happily then life throws those curveballs in there just so we don't relax too much. When you are young you ride the waves of those curveballs and revel in the containment or control of the situation. The stress is like adrenaline pushing ... Read more >

Photos: Darcy

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Friday 13th - a lucky day :)

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | Views [1295]

Today my 2nd grandson and 4th grandchild was born and I was there to witness the event. Laetitia had rung me the day before to tell me things seemed to be on their way so I raced in to work and organised things so that I could go up to Auckland immediately.... Read more >

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NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | Views [300]

Wow 2015 already! I still remember the hype for Y2K... doesn't seem that long ago. A lot has changed in my life in these last 15 years and I have done a lot of things. This year I have my 59th birthday so will be starting into my 60th year. That is also ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | Views [258]

I had an experience twice in my life which was in essence the same thing - an object was left by one partner in a relationship in a place that annoyed the other. The object was left for some days with the one getting more and more annoyed and the other ... Read more >

2 - Trip to Oz

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | Views [286]

At the beginning of this year when I was booking our flights for our USA trip there was an advert for cheap flights to the Gold Coast and I booked a flight over our Labour Weekend in October to have a week with Corrin. Luckily my employers are great, ... Read more >

Photos: Kitchen

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | Photo Gallery

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1 - Spring must be renovation time

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | Views [240]

Action line for our kitchen: Go to a local 'Home Show'and get the idea to make some changes to the kitchen. Make a rough plan of our idea, discuss it with eveyone we can to get ideas, get kitchen people in to give their ideas. Keep going until ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | Views [370]

Home again, luckily the weather was perfect when we came back, thank you weatherman-person! We arrived early and Luke picked us up at 5.30am in darkness but not too coldness. At his home we managed to disturb Miss 2 yr old and I snuck down the pitch ... Read more >

Turn right and drive 529 miles

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | Views [354]

That was what the bike's GPS said to us this morning as we left Denver headed towards Kansas. We arrived in Denver yesterday, after a wonderful drive from Grand Junction through more amazing scenery, at lunchtime to neice Haleys flat and met her partner ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | Views [411]

The ET highway was a big nothing, just fairly boring road and no views of anything, no visiting aliens... Got to the highway from Las Vegas to St George and there were road works so it was backed up a fair way, we stopped for a bite to eat and contemplate ... Read more >

Getting ready to do the ET Highway

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | Views [275]

We rode out from San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge and headed south and east to Yosemite National Forest stopping in Modesto for food at the Firken Fox. We had booked a night at the Yosemite Bug Hostel where we stayed in a tent cabin, on arrival ... Read more >

Looking forward to a day off in San Francisco

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | Views [332]

The road up the coast (1) was interesting, we rode with friends we met on R66 AnneMarie & Rene each riding a Harley. We seperated at San Luis Obispo where we turned off to Morro Bay and they rode on towards San Francisco. We had only one problem ... Read more >

End of Route 66 and beginning of trip back to Kansas

USA | Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | Views [289]

Today we reached the Santa Monica Pier, the end of Route 66. Yesterday to get there we crossed the Mojave Desert, it was a long hot day riding in temperatures of up to 108 degrees. I enjoyed the heat but it took a lot out of me (Kent was fine ... Read more >

now in Gallup, New Mexico

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | Views [357]

There are lots of things I haven't mentioned like the fact that the first day the group rode to Springfield then on to St Louis but we rode all the way to St Louis that first day so we could visit with Aaron & Kristen and Ben & Denae & family.... Read more >

Now in Clinton, Oklahoma

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | Views [347]

We are riding long days and arriving at our motels in the early evening in time for a shower, quick swim if there is a pool, some dinner, organise our clothes for tomorrow and sleep. The motels advertise WIF'I but it isn't good and often doesn't even ... Read more >

Photos: USA 2014

USA | Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | Photo Gallery

Road to Route 66
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Hannibal to Chicago

USA | Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | Views [384]

Our friends from New Zealand, two other Kiwi couples, joined us on Sunday evening in Hannibal and the next morning we headed north to Debuque (pronounced Da-buke) where we stayed the night. Next day was the Debuque Museum a fascinating exploration of ... Read more >

And so it begins

USA | Saturday, 7 Jun 2014 | Views [470]

Well!  I can hear John (JV) telling me 'you shouldn't start a story with - Well!' But this story, well...  We started with a quick sojorn on the Gold Coast with gorgeous Georgia and family before heading to Kansas with Air New Zealand via ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | Views [384]

Winter is setting in here, some days are cold and others when the wind doesn't blow are still balmy. I am looking forward to being back in summer for a month in the USA. 10 days to go to the start of our trip! I have to say though that I haven't had ... Read more >

Well where have you been?

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | Views [431]

It's been such a good month (or so) the weather has been terrific! There's been lots to do!! And the blog has waited... Firstly at the beginning of the month my very bestest friend feels like sister Maxine turned 50. As begets her birthdays now and ... Read more >

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