No Jobs, No Responsibilities, No Better Time then Now

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by bigalsmith101, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. Thumper Dan

    Thumper Dan Been here awhile

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    I believe he is selling bikes etc so he can visit those of us in the land of Oz in 2013.

    :1drink
  2. detnight

    detnight n00b

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    I am at 4-13-2011 and got to get to the end to see what happens.........this is good
  3. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Long timer

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    The trailer works great, and is definitely an asset to two up touring on light to mid grade off road riding. On the road, you can't even tell it's there unless there is an intense side wind. It's a fantastic trailer.

    --Alex
  4. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Long timer

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    No trip posts in a long time.... This is true. However, your assertion is only about 20% true. While I did get a job, I got one at a motorcycle shop, and only for 6 months! Haha. Now I'm working 65-70 hours a week, laying carpet with my girlfriends father, in preparation for AUSTRALIA!

    Kristi and I leave in January 2012. It's damn near high time we start another adventure. Though it may not be with Bikes at first!

    --Alex
  5. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    Hey Alex.

    Thanks again for your help in Seattle.
    Best of Luck in 2013 down under.

    Dan
  6. Ford_Prefect

    Ford_Prefect Been here awhile

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    Well Bikes or no bikes, I say you need to keep posting up and letting us live vicariously through you!

    Regards,
  7. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Did you fail to mention to us that you've found a time machine??? :deal

    I thought they quit building those things long ago!! (use too much energy for practical use!) :lol3





    All the best to you and Kristi in your travels down under! :norton
  8. Ganjora

    Ganjora class A bollockser

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    looking forward to Jan 2013.
    yours is one of my favourite reports.
  9. Maverick75

    Maverick75 Rat

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    Looking forward to that report as well Big Al.

    If you need a bed and beer, we're happy to accomodate :1drink
  10. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    SWEET, looking forward to following along, bike or no bike it'll be a blast I'm sure
  11. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Long timer

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    This morning, I purchased two one way plane tickets to the Land Down Under. Sydney, Australia to be exact! We're flying out of Vancouver, Canada at noon on Wednesday, January 16th, and arrive in Sydney (via Shanghai, China) on Friday the 18th at 10am.

    Anyone got a lead on a cheap place to stay and a cheap bike somewhere in the vicinity? First order is to find myself a job and get to work!

    [​IMG]

    When things start to get REALLY REAL, we'll be sure to start a separate thread for the adventure!

    --Alex
  12. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    Best of luck, enjoy, don't forget a link for your loyal minions!:rofl
  13. hunter151

    hunter151 Adventurer

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    Best of luck! I think this is the first time Im replying to this thread but I have been following your adventures for a long time now. Cant wait for the next installment!
  14. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    Hi Al, l may be able to help you find accomodation and a cheap bike, in Sydney l assume?
    Backpacker accomodation is probably the cheapest option in Sydney, bearing in mind nothing in Sydney is very cheap. Locations vary. Plenty located in pretty beachside suburbs, eg Bondi, Coogee etc, and close to the city.
    If your looking at staying in Sydney for more than a month or two, share accomodation may be the way to go. Gumtree.com.au is a good place to start. Its sort of our version of craigslist. Everything from jobs, bikes, accomodation etc.
    One bike or two? Be prepared or a shock re bike prices compared to the us/Canada. ebay.com.au, bikepoint.com.au, gumtree.com.au, tradingpost.com.au are good places to start. Buying from bike shops be prepared to pay through the nose.
    I can meet you when you arrive if you like and show you around, get you settled etc.
    Let me know what you reckon, or if you need any more info. I lived and worked in Sydney for 30 years so know it pretty well.

    Homer
  15. Gummitarzan

    Gummitarzan Adventurer

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    Hehe, Tequila have a way of doing that;) Oh and buy the way, the best thing to do when having to strong food is having a shot of liquer. No joke!
    Same thing happend to me in Laos. I try to treat it with beer when a Laoit brought me a shot of Lao Lao. It vanished as quikly as it had entered:))

    Great RR, thanks for sharing!
  16. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Long timer

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    Hello Homer,

    Thanks for the info! I've been waist deep in gumtree, seek.com, and a few more websites in my searches thus far. I think the plan is to work for a bit, then travel our asses off, seeing what there is to be seen. I've been spending most of my time looking into finding a job driving a Heavy Rigid truck, as it pays well in consideration of what I am qualified to do. We'll see how that goes. I'll keep everyone posted before it gets to intense!
  17. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    No worries Al, seek is probably the best website for a finding a truck driving job. Gumtree too. Put an ad on gumtree looking for a driving job, its free.
    Just wondering, will your truck licence from US/Canada transfer to Australia hassle free? Have a look at www.rta.nsw.gov.au/heavyvehicles/licensing.html
    Should answer a few questions.
  18. Maverick75

    Maverick75 Rat

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    If you need a place to crash, we're open man, anytime. I reckon I spent about two full weeks reading your report so I owe you that for sure :D.

    Anyhow, enjoy our sparse open wilderness. This is the best country on earth, bar none ;).
  19. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Long timer

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    HOMER! My man! I have been wondering, and asking, and searching for a while now, as I too wondered if I would be able to transfer my license. I obviously didn't search that hard though, because I immediately found the information on the website that you provided.

    As it turns out, my current international license WILL transfer hassle free and allow me to operate all vehicles that I am qualified for here in the states, and after 6 months, I'll be eligible to apply for a NSW drivers license should I deem necessary.

    Great news!

    http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/licensing/visitorstonsw/overseaslicence.htmlTypes of vehicles that can be driven


    1. If you are a visiting car licence holder you may drive vehicles of the kind covered by a NSW class C driver licence (up to 4.5 tonnes GVM and seating up to 12 adults, including the driver).
    2. If you are a visiting motorcycle licence holder you may ride vehicles covered by the overseas licence class.
    3. If you are a visiting heavy vehicle licence holder you may drive vehicles that are authorised by your overseas licence class (More specifically: If you are a temporary overseas visiting truck licence holder you may drive vehicles that are authorised by your overseas licence class.)
    Recognised countries:
    The countries currently recognised are Austria, Belgium, Canada,
    Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey,
    Ireland, Isle of Man (licences issued or renewed since 1 April 1991),
    Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta (licences issued or renewed
    since 2 January 2004), The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
    Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and
    United States.
  20. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    No worries Al, happy to help.