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Old 07-21-2013, 02:33 PM   #5356
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Enjoying friends on the road

Have had a great week in Cairns area with Rod and his mates. Once again, I have met some wonderful people and enjoyed this time immensely.

Had coffee at the downtown market with Rob Sunday morning, and then got a few errands done before I am off again.



It is always hard to capture all the days adventures and things that you do on the road. But sometimes it is the little things that stand out. Rod took me to see his aunt Jean. She is in her 90's and living on her own. It was a memorable time as we set on her lovely open air veranda and she shared some memories of growing up in Australia and times during WW II . She was from out in the bush, but ended up working for the "yanks" in Sydney. She met General MacArthur ( had vividly remembers the corncob pipe and his wife), was in Sydney when there was a Mini sub attack by the Japanese. It was so interesting as she recalled a wonderful life lives, and a very different time in our world history. The US and Australia have been Allies for so long. Thanks Jean and Rob for that great time!!

In the Afternoon, it was time to throw some "meat on the Barbie". Rod suggested I invite Ed and Susie over for dinner as we had only spent time at the ER And he invited a few others and Nick and Leanna also joined us!

Everyone was on bikes



It was great as Ed and Susie are out on their ride, and soon Ed's journey out of Australia. Nick and Leanna are planning to Head to South America to ride later this year! So much fun being with other "adventurously spirited people"



And since it was Ed's Birthday!! Had a cake ready.....



Long goodbye in the garage ...... Bike & gear talk :) And of course Ed just rides a motorcycle even with his broken left foot.




My last day on the east coast of Australia!! Monday morning it is back to "work" riding to the center of Australia and through the great outback!!
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:22 PM   #5357
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OK Mark... I might have missed a post with this...
does your winshield mascot have a name?


And what variety is it? Puffin? Penguin? Lonely avian traveler
needing a lift?

And how many miles has your ridin bud racked up so far?


Cheers and good riding going inland!
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:26 AM   #5358
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OK Mark... I might have missed a post with this...
does your winshield mascot have a name?


And what variety is it? Puffin? Penguin? Lonely avian traveler
needing a lift?

And how many miles has your ridin bud racked up so far?
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It is a Penguin that I purchased in the British Research station in Antarctica at Port Lockerby. No Name. It has been on the bike since NZ. Probably had about 14K miles so far
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:29 AM   #5359
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Glad to see the fabulous times and good memories keep on rolling for ya
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:54 AM   #5360
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Hey, you found the falls of Nimrodel.



Great trip, great report, thanks for sharing it with us.

it just goes on and on and on, still catching up.
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:21 PM   #5361
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Glad to see the fabulous times and good memories keep on rolling for ya
Thanks! It is an amazing adventure full of life ! Meeting new friends, connecting with "old" ones and making life richer each day!
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Old 07-22-2013, 01:23 PM   #5362
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"Throwem way leg"- comes from Papu New Guinea pidgin and means to start a significant journey or an adventure.

Susie and I have been reading a great book by Tim Flannery which bears the phase as the books title.
Thanks Ed and & Susie Thanks for the clarification and a new book to read!
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:16 PM   #5363
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Thanks Ed and & Susie Thanks for the clarification and a new book to read!
Throwim Way Leg: Tree-Kangaroos, Possums, and Penis Gourds, by Tim Flannery ...

FYI: Amazon has the paperback for $5.60 & free shipping on orders over $25
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:45 AM   #5364
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Throwim Way Leg: Tree-Kangaroos, Possums, and Penis Gourds, by Tim Flannery ...

FYI: Amazon has the paperback for $5.60 & free shipping on orders over $25
No room for paperbacks, hopefully digital version is available
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:24 PM   #5365
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Cairns to the Big Red Center of Australia

Had to wait for my new gloves to arrive as the old BMW GS gloves have torn seams and have lasted many Thousands of KM's They arrived late Monday so I decided to head west Tuesday AM.



Knowing I have lots of ground to cover. And the roads will straighten out and the towns will get further apart. Added an extra 10 Liter petrol jug (which I needed). Starting out on the Savannah Way.





For those of you in North America..... I was trying to figure out how to describe the distances that I will be riding in the weeks ahead. It's like starting in Boston, riding to Kansas city, then out to Seattle, then down to San Diego With 96% less people and hundreds of thousands of Kangaroo's

Cairns to Ayers Rock is over 2,000 Miles (3,000 KM)



And I will certainly see these



First day was 770 KM's (477 Miles)
I road out to Normantown and then up to the Gulf coast town of Karumba.

Just hit the hwy and road westward.



They was a fair amount of road works going on.....



and single lane roads.



The landscape is interesting as I get out west. Lots of rock formations that look like Croc teeth covering the land. Some are grey, and red as I get further west



As I get to Normanton there is a replica of the largest Croc ever killed, shot by a woman



8.6 Meters (28 foot) Imagine seeing that in a river.



Then 70 Km out to Karumba. Enjoyed sitting at the Sunset Tavern for a view of the sunset over the Gulf coast. Sipping a beer, having fresh Shrimp cocktail and fresh fish and chips!








Of course I was not alone. Tons of "Grey Nomads" which are Australia's Retirees and there camper vans, utes and trailers and 4 wheel drives. All getting the sunset Photo.



Here is mine



Not a bad day on the road!



Another day in Paradise!

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Old 07-25-2013, 02:48 PM   #5366
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Karumba to Camooweal

Up early to make another full day on the road. As I head west, I realize crossing Australia is a big deal. It is very Isolated and remote. One must be careful which way you decide to ride. Being solo, and not real experienced at riding in the true bush, also fills my mind. That and I need to cover some ground so that I have enough time to explore NT, and Western Australia.

The sky is big and blue. Temps in the morning are 40's F (5C) and 70F (18) mid day. Glad it is not summer as it would be too hot to want to ride.



Look a bend in the road

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Lots more Jagged teeth along the way



Some of the first road trains. They sway back and forth, so you need to plan your passing with a wider road.





Typical roadhouse that has petrol and food, and sometimes rooms.



I met Gary and Raylene in Normanton and Stayed at the same place in Karumba. Crossing paths along the route.



They are doing a trip around Australia. I liked there Sticker.





Road trains. My camera could not get it all.



About 400Km before noon. as I ride toward Mount Isa (i decided to skip riding out to Lawn Hill , as I wanted to make it to the center and then west and still have a bit of time)



Through Mount Isa



Lots of land ahead of me, so I play it safe and ride the Tarmac across to Camoweal.



It is all new for me, so I am interested in the landscape, scrub and bush.









As I travel across the remoteness that is the Australian Outback you realize the magnitude of the place. Also you see lots of Road Kill in the form of Kangaroos, Wombats, Cattle etc. You realize if you crashed out here, the Huge Wedge Tail Eagles will swoop in and pick you apart. Had to duck for more that a few of these large eagles as they lifted off the road kill. Death out here is a way of life.

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Just lots of distance to cover, sky and road just sweeping out in front of me.



The last town in Queensland. Camooweal. Rode about 720 KM for the day. Still a long way to the middle!

And lots of these guys around.



with all there gear.



Watching the road trains roll by.



Darkness comes to the town. But the moon was almost full which provided lots of light.

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Old 07-25-2013, 03:03 PM   #5367
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Thanks Radioman! I have been following along your RR for sometime after catching up with the read and of course beautiful pic's. I always look forward to the next installment. Its like reading a great travel book in real time and of course another chapter in your life! Keep up the good work!
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:09 PM   #5368
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Camooweal to Alice Springs

As the sun comes up in the East



the Moon as still out to the west



Another long riding day ahead.... So I am up a sunrise.

I ride the 11Km to the Border with Northern Territory. My 5th Australian State!



As I cross into NT, the speed limit goes way up. I have a big day ahead, so this is good!



Rolling westward. The beauty is in the expanse of the country..... Just amazing.



As I ride alone out in the vast spaces I pass some Grey Nomads (they mostly all wave) and road trains. Everyone is going somewhere.

My first stop in NT is Barkly Homestead



It is the most I have ever paid for Petrol. 2.09 per liter. or $8.5 per Gallon
but what are you going to do?





In the US we think our 18 Wheelers are big But the road trains are huge. This one is 62 Wheels. Boy do I feel small out here with these!



I made it to Threeways by noon. Now just another 530Km down to Alice Springs







Fortunately this is a speed limit that the F800GS likes .....even if I creep over a bit



Lots of miles to think about life, this trip and the vastness of Australia. How can I possibly share this.





Another stop on the way.







Every stop needs a take line. Pub nearest the center



couple hundred miles of this....



and I roll into Alice Springs the Red Center of Australia



Was here 25 years ago.... It was a tiny town, now it has become a huge tourist area. But still 450 Km to Uluru /Ayers Rock
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:02 PM   #5369
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Alright Mark! Now your cooking, in more than one way. Been away so I am attempting to catchup getting ready to step back out.

But before I go I had a good chuckle not at the price of fuel or as you are now saying 'petrol" but this



Restaurant, Bar & "POKIES" that just struck me funny well it is a truck stop....... must mean something different... sorry. just struck me funny.


You looking man.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:10 PM   #5370
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Whoa! Big Miles there. Are those teeth termite mounds? Looks like lots and lots of time for reflection out there
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