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Old 05-20-2009, 08:05 AM   #256
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This thread is absolutely brilliant! I'll be cheering you both on until the conclusion... Cheers!
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:11 AM   #257
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Fantastic! Thanks so much for telling us your story.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:11 AM   #258
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Nathan, you are definately one in a million. I hope that I can speak for every other married (happily in my case , or not so happily in other peoples) middle aged men, going to work evry morning, knowing what will be for tea in the evening, whan I say to you that YOu are the embodyment of our free spirit. Keep safe mate. Theres a whole heap of us on that feckin' moped with you.
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:50 PM   #259
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The Eagle has Landed

Yeah.

She's back, my good old girl, in one piece and raring to go. And I'm amazed to say it, but in the end it was pretty easy.

At the gate I said no thanks to the fella offering to help me get my package. But security wouldn't let me in without one of these 'official' helpers so he got the job and we wondered in to this huge hanger full of people jabbering and waving about this and that. It was like an auction house or a night at the horse, that sort of crowd. My man shot off with my passport and carnet, darting into this room and that while I stood there calling her name;

'Dorothy, I'm coming, just sit tight.'

I knew she was in here, somewhere, boxed up and breatheless after her flight from Bangkok. What state would she be in; happy sad or heroic having made it this far?

But her mood I would not know for another 2 hours because before then I had to sign a thousand forms and follow my man as he led me to customs, then men with more forms and finally to a table where I sat next to an old-ish man who seamed totally disgruntled that I was there, in his country at, all. 'What are you doing here', he barked not caring with what I answered. Misreable git.

Still we waited. Then finally, the drums flared, dry ice fired, trumpets roared, a crate appeared, Dot was here....

The forklift sat her down and immediately the crowd formed. A foreigner with a box and helmet in hand; this was something different from a normal day at the docks. What's inside, they must have wondered looking at my tiny package and questioning what there could possibly be to ride in there.

A man with a crowbar then attacked. He bashed and smashed while I stood there bemused trying to figure all this out. I'm in a warehouse in Nepal collecting a bike I've ridden from Sydney with a stamp in my passport for Pakistan and a destination that lies only west. How the hell did this fantasy trip turn into reality? What walls have come down for me to say sod it, I will fight the urge no more, find reason to anchor my heart no longer, I'm off. So to be here now, in the middle of it, alive, still breathing, with a bike I'm really starting to love.

Insane.

When the box fell, Dot was revealed, my pride and joy - strapped tight in cling film and hammered to the deck. Slowly we peeled her free, let her breathe, the crowd grew. People gathered closer and began asking the obvious questions about power and price. Low on both accounts.

Finally exposed, a whole team of us set to work putting her back together again. I couldn't stop them, they just picked up spanners and tossed them at nuts i wasn't sure should come off or not. It was chaos, a crime scene, but gradually she came back to life; footpegs on, handlebars, wingirrors, crash bar, front wheel, front mudguard minus a few plugs I'd lost. Then the petrol went in from a couple of water bottles I'd filled with unleaded on the way.

She was alive. Ready to tick.

But would she start. Of course not. The crowd was deeper now, maybe thirty. And I kicked and kicked and kicked and and bloody kicked. Dot you bitch just start. But no, she was playing for the crowd, caughing delicately, suggesting she just might, then turning and looking the other way while telling me in her 'own time'. This went on for 15 minutes before her followers pushed her outsdie for a bump start. Down the ramp we sailed, neutral now, then first, right fist to the gutter, a cough and a splutter. And there, in the warm afternoon glory, she lived.

The man who helped with the paperwork took her for a spin around the block after taking the $12 or so he'd asked for. Fair enough, he'd earned it with all the running around he'd had to do. While he tickled Dot, everyone else stood around trying to plot with fingers the route from Sydney to London in the afternoon air.

Dot returned, I climbed onboard. It was good to have her back.


















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Old 05-20-2009, 12:59 PM   #260
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Down the ramp we sailed, neutral now, then first, right fist to the gutter, a cough and a splutter. And there, in the warm afternoon glory, she lived.
Brilliant.!
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:14 PM   #261
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This is awesome stuff here. Be safe out there and keep it coming.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:26 PM   #262
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Laugh Alive!

Fantastic, Nathan.

Good luck and fair weather for the next part of your travels, we are all watching for the next installment.

Many thanks for keeping us there with you on your journey.

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Old 05-20-2009, 02:13 PM   #263
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Dot Lives! Ride on Nathan!
Eagerly waiting for the next installment.

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Old 05-20-2009, 02:17 PM   #264
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Nathan, Do you have a picture of DOT in the box? How small does that little bike pack up?


Glad to see your back in action! Best of luck on the road.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:32 PM   #265
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This thread is amazing i joined just to reply to Nathan, keep it going my son, i echo the previouse posts this is one hell of an adventure, good luck mate, where abouts you from Nathan, and when do you expect to get back to Blighty?.
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:14 PM   #266
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Nathan,

You are living my dream while I'm stuck here, behind my desk. Ride on! Can't wait to hear your next installment. Cheers

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Old 05-20-2009, 04:35 PM   #267
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Holy smokes! This guy is the real deal. Good luck amigo.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:20 PM   #268
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Your and Dot's trip and your great RR are truly inspiring Nathan.

Have fun and be safe in Nepal
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:30 PM   #269
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absolutely fantastic nate!
and i thought 200 mile rides on my 76 honda xl 350 named woody were epic. keep it up enjoy everything nepal has to offer (ie: soulfood) and take tons of mountain pics.... watch out for the yaks.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:44 PM   #270
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hope you got warm cloth for what lays in front of you...

Take care the both of you!
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