Generally when I think of New Zealand I think of the kind of beauty you'd see in a Lord of the Rings movie -- sharp mountains, rolling green hills and beautiful coasts. This is definately true, however Russ found that beauty can turn around and smack you in the face if you aren't careful!
Something similar happened to me a couple years ago, but in Texas.
What can we take from this? No matter what happens on th road all we can do is smile and wave. We have to remember that a 30,000 pound truck is NO match for a 200 pound man on a 25 pound bike. Be careful out there, guys!