Radioman Rides the World.......

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Radioman, May 19, 2011.

  1. gs211

    gs211 Adventurer wannabe!!

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    Happy Birthday!!!
  2. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    dont head east
  3. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    Happy Birthday!!! now on with the ride and pics!!! :roflWe are dying here!!!!!!!!! Need a Radioman good update!! :freaky
  4. RokLobster

    RokLobster Far from sanity

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    Happy Birthday Radioman! Safe travels down under.
  5. OkieGman

    OkieGman Working Stiff

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    Happy Birthday Radioman - you are an inspiration!:freaky
  6. dwj - Donnie

    dwj - Donnie Long timer

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    Happy Birthday! :clap:clap:clap
  7. Rustler

    Rustler Happy Camper

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    Happy Birthday Mark from all your friends who have had a hand in your adventure, here on the Radioman Network.

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  8. oldmonkeybut

    oldmonkeybut Digital Emigrant

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    Happy Birthday! May this be your best trip around the sun yet......Safe Journey my friend.
  9. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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    Hi Mark, Hope your birthday week is a great one.:clap Many thanks for your words of support amd wisdom.
  10. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    WOW thanks for all the birthday Wishes!!

    As I arrived and left Auckland it was raining ! This sign was in the airport!

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    I arrived at the airport in Auckland with all my gear at 3 AM on a local shuttle bus. As we arrived at terminal 1, I ask if this was the terminal for LAN airlines.... another woman on the bus says... You going to Sydney? That flight is canceled. :huh

    Sure enough

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    Guess I have been traveling awhile.... I did not panic, because I knew there would be another flight. Sure enough .... They put me on Air New Zealand to Sydney just an hour later!

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    NZ airport has a few Lord of the rings reminders.

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    My last "flat white" in NZ....

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    Signs are always fun to see.... Must have been an issue. or bad aim.:evil

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    Had a really rainy day in Auckland....

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    But after a quick 3 hour flight.... I landed in Sydney.

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    Made it through Customs .... First order of business was to get a Sim card for my phone. Fortunately they had vendors in the airport!!

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    Grabbed a cab to go pick up my motorbike. It was awaiting me at an Importers office! I had let them know when I was picking it up, but when I arrived I called the cel number and he was not around :huh

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    But I walked inside and there she is! In our phone call he told me where the paperwork was and my Carnet paperwork was in his office so I could retrieve it. One of the other company guys in the office, pulled the bike out with his forklift!

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    I stripped off the crate and checked out my bike!

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    The crate took a bit of a beating

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    I found that my Kickstand spring and the place it attached to the bike was broken and gone. :deal Cannot really figure how this happened as everything else was OK.

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    Used the forklift to pick up my front end and put the front wheel back on.

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    Reconnected the battery.... and she fired right up!

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    Looking good (accept the side stand)

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    Back on the bike again. Had loaded OSM maps on my Garmin, and it loaded right up. I punched in the address of my friend that lives in the western Suburbs of Sydney..... and off I went!! felt great!

    Turned 51 today and arrived to a new country. Sun was shining and I was meeting up with Craig and Jenny to stay over and we were going out to dinner to celebrate!

    I met Craig backpacking in Scotland back on 1987 :deal Wow 26 years ago. We traveled together with some other travelers for a bit, then I met up with Craig and Jenny in there home town of Canberra in 1988, then they came to visit me in 1990 while I lived in NYC area. We lost touch over the years until Facebook... and somehow we reconnected! Very cool.

    Rolled up to their home, They were both off working and I have been texting and talking to them on the phone.... They had a key out, I could make myself at home, shower and they would arrive soon. !! :clap

    How cool! We chatted all evening and then went to a great dinner place nearby!!

    So now that I have arrived, I need to start to get a plan for riding :D Will hang out in Sydney for a little bit, fix my side stand... and explore a bit before heading off!:clap :ricky
  11. foggyred

    foggyred Adventurer

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    have a great ride I cant wait for this one:lurk
  12. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    how come you went via Auckland?Couldnt you fly direct?
  13. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    I returned to Auckland to pick up some gear that I left, and I found a very cheap ticket to NZ, and then Australia (saved about $700-800 USD) :D At the time I found the cheap tickets I was not sure how I was going to ship my bike, and considered returning to NZ to ship the bike via Air freight, and not have it sit at the airport in OZ incurring fees while I was back stateside :)

    Crazy logistics I know!
  14. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    crazy but it worked!
  15. ferals5

    ferals5 Team black bikes

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    Welcome to Oz Radioman, looking forward to your continued adventures. Shame your a weekend late...you just missed the New South Wales/ Victorian inmate get together at Delegate:freaky

    Safe travels and watch the skippies...they love front wheels

    Mark
  16. Tuff Tunica

    Tuff Tunica Moto-Skiveez creator

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    Ahhhh time travel. Crossing the date line puts you a day ahead of the good 'ol USA. So you get to celebrate a day earlier. Wouldn't that have been great when you were a kid? :clap :clap :clap I just always remember thinking my birthday was never coming soon enough. Now they come too often.

    Happy Birthday Mark!
  17. Radioman

    Radioman Moto rider

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    Thanks! :wave
  18. moto74

    moto74 displaced

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    Happy to see you are back in the 'world' Mark. All the best for your Aussie sojourn. Cheers David
  19. Voz

    Voz Been here awhile

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    Welcome to Sydney mate!

    Weathers been pretty good lately, really nice riding days, should be a bit cooler at this time of year.
  20. Motomuffin

    Motomuffin CSMC

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    Happy belated birthday! I so much enjoyed seeing you in PDX. Have a lovely time down under.