If it ain't right or left it sure as hell is up and down !!! And most times it's both at the same time. Jeezaz, what a place... You hate bends? Blind crests mid-corner? Scenerey that tries soooo hard to make you run off the road every 5 minutes? You hate near-perfectly cambered twisties where the right-left swap makes the stomach lurch as the frontend sucks air as it jumps the "crest" between the 2 cambers? Stiff sh*t, stay at home then (Physically only) back after 5 weeks in NZ ride, it's a major effort to show any interest of what went on and still is going on around home/ work/the globe and all that. What an incredible ride !!!! Bike shipping went well (at least so far, bikes are on their return leg until mid-April) thanks to Dave Milligan. All bikes went well, no breakdowns, only one flat tyre and some minor scrapes. Everyone back safe and sound. Near 8000km of mega-bliss, NZ really rocks, ohhh gawd, does it ever !! Little traffic, cops who are refreshingly normal compared to the usual "enslaved Victorian tax-collectors", good roads and scenerey to gawk speechlessly... Great folks, too...hardly a stop without someone coming along for a chat. The biggest curse is gravel which slows down any exuberant forays into "serious fang-mode". It can be absolutely anywhere. NZ is a wet-dream on a bike (and quite regularly a "brown" dream, too...check jocks :? Definitely on a par with the Euro-Alps (done in 2001 and on again for 2007), but way different. We were lucky too, with little rain and temps around the 20C and above, more later once I've collected the pics from everyone and have time to set up a webpage to carry the ride-report/ diary/ pics. If you've ever even dreamed about it.... quit fugging around and get across there....PRONTO. Hope, everyone had a good Easter. cheers pete (dreaming....while cleaning the cow-shit off the leathers, that last cattle-crossing was a biatch and it went up to mid-thigh NB: Shipping your own bike is worth it for rides 14 days (on road) and longer, otherwise good hire bikes are available out of any of the major cities (and some other places).