ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Adventures of the Soul, Part Two: New Zealand Dream

Updated on January 27, 2013

One perspective

Prior to meeting Kati, the writer lived a fairly normal life. He lived in the same apartment in Atlanta for eighteen years, had jobs, and even wore a necktie at times.

In 2000, everything changed. When his longing to live his true nature grew sufficiently, he left his comfort zone and false security and met his life partner in a story of prophecy fulfilled.

Part One of this hitchhiking saga recounts the move of the writer and his partner from Spain to America and across the country. From the west coast they flew to Kauai, a story told in How Does it Feel to Live in the Present Moment?

After nearly three years, the traveling couple would soon complete their last job on the Hawaiian islands - painting a kitchen. Winter was just around the corner. Paintbrushes in hand, they talked about camping for three months in New Zealand and hitchhiking through the country.

On a Wing and a Poem

Following a creative idea, the writer wrote a poem and printed it on cards to give to their prospective rides. To understand the poem, it is well to know these facts:

Pastoral scenes of New Zealand with sheep grazing on lush grass and back-dropped by spectacular mountains, had for many years inspired the writer's dream to be there.

Woolly sheep far out-number the human population on the islands.

The people of New Zealand call themselves Kiwis, not for the green fruit with brown fuzzy skin, but for the bird which is a national symbol and whose shyness and nocturnal habits make it hard to know.

The indigenous Polynesian people, the Māori, share their Aotearoa with a European population. Elizabeth II, as the Queen of New Zealand, is the Head of State.

Peter Jackson’s vision of the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy was photographed in New Zealand. When it showed in theaters, the writer's longing to visit “The Land of the Long White Cloud” was renewed. Frodo and Sam are characters in the story.

So, when their time on Hawai’i was complete and they were ready for a new adventure, New Zealand was the natural destination for the writer and his partner.

The guide books suggested making the trip with no less than one thousand dollars per person per month. They would go for three months and had three hundred dollars between them upon arrival. It was the perfect opportunity to test their idea of carrying all they owned in backpacks like self-contained turtles and hitchhike for transportation. They would give this poem to people who stopped for them:

New Zealand Dream

From days of youth I dreamed to be,
In the land of the Kiwi,

Where woolly sheep are more than men,
And magic dwells in forest glen,

Where ancient Polynesian pride,
And English tea live side by side,

Where Frodo found true friend in Sam,
And in New Zealand now I am.

Click thumbnail to view full-size
New Zealand Scene. Used by permission.
New Zealand Scene. Used by permission.
New Zealand Scene. Used by permission.

The couple landed at Auckland International Airport on January 1, 2005. Somewhat dazed and hefting huge backpacks, they had just walked to the first round-about when a female driver by herself called out, “Do you want a ride?”

They hadn’t even lifted their thumbs!

At their grateful acceptance, she carried the couple to a camp site and was pleased to receive a card with the writer's poem.

Another unsolicited ride came from a woman police officer who saw that the travelers seemed uncertain as they stood looking at road signs. When she heard their story, she said, “Well, normally I am on my way to a meeting in Rotorua. But give me a moment and I will take you where you are headed.” She canceled her meeting and carried the couple out of her way. She put the poem card on her dashboard.

That was just after a ride which had a shaky beginning. The couple had come from a camp site in the morning and was resting from their heavy loads alongside a fence in front of a house. They heard a small dog yapping in the house and saw what looked to be a black Poodle inside. A car on the street slowed and the driver said, “Watch out for the dog. He’s quite mean.”

The writer asked, a little confused, “Are you talking about the Poodle?”

“No,” he responded, “I’m talking about the Rottweiler. He’s in the back yard. He doesn’t like intruders. It’s best if you move along.”

The couple had no intention of lingering. Rather than engage, they thanked him and waved.

They'd walked a few hundred yards when the car came back. The driver asked if he could give them a ride. They accepted and got into a conversation. The Kiwis began to warm to the travelers. The writer asked the driver, “What was that all about, with the Rottweiler?”

He admitted that he’d made it up. The house belonged to a relative who was away, and he was trying to protect it from intrusion. He said he gave the couple a ride to make sure they did move along. But once they got to know the travelers some, they relaxed and all four were laughing together. The Kiwis were delighted with the poem of New Zealand and accepted it as a treasured keepsake.

Adventures of the Soul

Part One tells of the writer's return to America from Spain with his partner and their hitchhiking to northern Georgia. In the wee hours of the morning, four Georgia sheriffs relayed the couple across county lines to their destination.

Part Two tells the beginning of the writer's odyssey in New Zealand with his partner as people stop spontaneously to give the couple rides from Auckland to Wellington and receive gifts of insight and a poem.

Part Three continues the writer's journey in New Zealand with his partner as they are given remarkable rides to Christchurch and Queenstown, with marvelously magic moments and life lessons on the way.

Part Four concludes the hitchhiking saga with the story of a ride given to a man who had left his troubled life for a new beginning. The writer gave the hundred mile ride in a mountain snowstorm and lived to reflect on it.

Would you choose to make an experience like that of the writers in this saga?

See results

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)