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Damo goes to NZ

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Damo, Nov 13, 2009.

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  1. Damo

    Damo Short One Marshmallow

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    I left home on Thursday afternoon. Now I'm sitting in Auckland airport waiting for my last connecting flight. I have been sitting in airplanes for just under 32 hours by this stage...

    I discovered my NZ drivers licence had expired and the only way to renew it is in person in New Zealand. Booked myself the tickets and 4 days later, I'm sitting on a whole series of planes.

    Sleeping tablets are your friends...

    Got a whole lot of catching up to do while I'm here. Loads of riding invites, but I'll have to see how things go time-wise. I leave again next Thursday, so my family will disown me if I don't spend some time with them!

    No camera with me except iPhone, so I'll try to post at least a couple pics.

    Yo.
     

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    Pesqueeb bicycle in airplane hangar

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    Airplanes+airports = Teh suck. Have fun while your home!
     
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    drkenan anti-dentite

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    Have fun! You from Wellington?
     
  4. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    I had two seminars this week. :(
     
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    dhmike Turbo Monkey

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    well at least your looking at it the good way by getting some riding in . i've seen some of the riding down there [ tipping point dvd] and your going to be doing some good dh while your there , lucky bastard !
     
  6. AngryMetalsmith

    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    You'll be able to one-up anyone who has a whiny DMV story.

    "...oh really, you had to wait 2 hrs in line to get your license ? Let me tell ya..."





    But more importantly Damo, do toilets really swirl the opposite direction in NZ ?
     
  7. gsweet

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    just slightly jealous. my little bro is studying abroad out in aukland, so if i can get some work in the next little while, i may just head back out there. outside of the northeastern united states, of all the places i have lived/visited, the south island of NZ feels most like home to me...
     
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    valve bouncer Master Dildoist

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    Truer words have never been said.
     
  9. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    I bet you will get used to the civilized world this week and once you get back to France all the B.O. will become overpowering. That is unless it is less intense than the smell of sheep ****.
     
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    stevew unique white person

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    i feel guilty if i fall asleep on a plane......to say i snore loudly would be a understatement.
     
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    drkenan anti-dentite

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    You feel guilty about something?!? :eek:
     
  12. MikeD

    MikeD Leader and Demogogue of the Ridemonkey Satinists

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    You live between Morzine and somewhere in NZ. I live between Central Africa and DC and soon, Hyderabad. Je crois, tu sais quelque chose que je ne sais pas.
     
  13. Damo

    Damo Short One Marshmallow

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    I've been having a blast here so far. Been catching up with loads of friends and family.

    Went down to Wellington (missed out on seeing you DaveW, but caught up with Ricky).

    I'm now chilling out, waiting to fly out tomorrow back home. No photos for now, I can't access the internet on my own computer...

    Yo.
     
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    Let me help you with the pics... mom sent me this one from auckland :b

     
  15. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Dude. That is TOUGH. That pvssy Damo had best shut his whiny hole... :D
     
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    Damo, you can sit in the plane while I ride my bicycle.

    kthxbai
     
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    MikeD Leader and Demogogue of the Ridemonkey Satinists

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    Did you have to climb Makara Peak and visit him in his smelly hermit-guru cave?
     
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    Damo Short One Marshmallow

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    I'm about to go ride a loop of Kahuterawa Valley with my sister. This was my old haunting grounds when I lived in Palmy. We spent many years building tracks up here (huge local forestry/native bush land with permission to build). It is where I 'cut my teeth' so to speak. My sister was the one who introduced me to mountainbiking many many years ago, so this is going to be awesome!

    A good 3 hour ride will be good before sitting on a plane for another 30-odd hours...
     
  19. Damo

    Damo Short One Marshmallow

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    Ok. Back home now in France. Tired. The flight back seemed longer than the ones to get there.

    Here's a couple of iPhone pics.


    Looking down on Mt Ruapehu. This is the one that erupts every now and then scaring the sht out of skiers.



    One of the waterfalls near my parent's place.


    Kahuterawa trailhead.


    My big sis.


    This little 3yr old has her Uncle wrapped around her little finger.
     
  20. valve bouncer

    valve bouncer Master Dildoist

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    Enzed. Horrible place, all those snow capped mountains, lakes and rivers. What you want is deserts! Endless f*cking desert.