The 78-kilometer road to Taupo seemed to be designed for two-wheeled pleasure. Taupo, in the center of the North Island, has the largest lake in New Zealand (239 square miles, roughly the same size as Arizona’s Lake Mead), and it is also the home of two-time World Champion and three-time American Superbike Champion Fred Merkel, who I worked with during the filming of my movie Take it to the Limit back in the early ’80s. Fred, who is married with a family and now owns an engineering company, has lived there for more than 20 years. Why Taupo? “The trout fishing in this lake,” he says, simply. Yes, there is a normal life after winning multiple world championships.