South Island trip by Paul of Auckland.

Well I’m back from my South Island trip to the BMW annual rally in Cromwell where it was good to catch up with friends I haven’t seen for a while, I went down on the R75/5 which never missed a beat and did 3,381 kms, I did have to make an adjustment to one of the carb float levels and was going to fit a new front tyre at Bob’s but it last me back to Auckland ok, the weather was good apart from the ride from Christchurch to the ferry when it pissed down all the way, but that was ok as I had my new Revitt over suit on and stayed pretty much dry.

My mate Rob and I both agreed that the South Island is now very busy with tourists in camper vans, caravans and push bikes all over the place and we also found it to be very expensive, but we had a good trip and met some interesting people, we spotted a couple of Ural outfits at the rally, but we took them under our wing and looked after them, even though there machines were from the wrong country !! I also had a good chat with a long distance traveller from Russia (Andre) who was traveling on a R1200 water cooled BMW, he was in the process of traveling around NZ and then was heading to OZ then on to Indonesia and onwards to Europe, we had a good old natter for around an hour or more.

My focus now is to the IOM trip this year and everything seems to be falling into place, just got to pay the balance for the IOM ferry crossing and book a flight to the UK (Birmingham) and that’s petty much it, but I will chatting with you all between now and May.

Cheers for now from a good keen Southern NZ rider.

We didn’t get to see any old nurses, but a great place to stay for the night

Rob cleaning his bike at the rally ready for the concourse, unfortunately he got Joint second place with me, who didn’t polish his bike!

A pair of nice Ural outfits on parade, I think you would have approved Michael, I didn’t get a chance to have a chat with the owners, but they were Kiwi’s

One of the line up’s of the bike at the rally, in all there were just over 100

The main evening meal and get together which went off really well

Rob and I did the ride out to a place called Glenorchy just out from Queenstown, a great ride with a good biking road.

A tea stop at Poppies for a well-earned break on the way to Bob’s

My new Russian friend Andre, we had a good chat for an hour or so, a very interesting guy