Rideforsmiles, Solo Australian to Africa Europe and Beyond, starting June 26th 2011.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rideforsmiles, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. sbh1953

    sbh1953 Adventurer

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    Congratulations Sheldon & Eva.
  2. JHpowderhound

    JHpowderhound Been here awhile

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    Congrats Sheldon. Hope things are going well.

    Eric
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  3. rideforsmiles

    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Things are going great mate and everyone. Ev and I have found a really nice apartment near a lot of parklands in a really nice little area of town just 15 minutes pushbike ride to her work. I actually rented a bike a rode over to meet her after work the other day felt a bit funny picking her up on a treadly/pushbike and not the beemer, I sat at her entrance twisting the throttle tapping my foot like she's used too which gave her a good laugh lol

    We went for a nice walk through town then rented Ev a bike and went for a 5k ride around the lake near where we live so thats got to be good for you right :-) Poznan actually has really nice cycle paths and walkways in this area and theres a football/soccer field around the corner so Im hoping their will be some local football I can walk over to watch.

    The owner of this flats father is a biker so he invited us to come for a ride with his friends on Sunday to a town called Torun about a 160k/100miles north of Poznan, anyone thats ridden a few hundred miles on Polish back roads can attest to it being not a bad days riding weaving in and out of traffic watching for crazy people flying past you or ducking out and overtaking heading towards you. Im pretty intune with that kind of riding now but if you came from a civilized world you would be horrified and it is pretty tiring.

    The guys were all really welcoming obviously they had never had an Aussie biker ride with their group and Ev was telling stories and doing the communicating for us which was really nice. I had to remind myself Eva had just met these guys as well they seemed to get on so well. There was very little English so I just smiled relaxed and enjoyed the day.

    The city of Torun used to be a busy town brought to prominence in 1233 under the Tuetonic knights rule. Its pretty nice and if you believe Wikipedia one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and yeah its pretty special theres no doubt about it. It didnt get damaged in WW2 so which was rare for a Polish city so it really is nice to stroll around the streets. The riding might not be the best in Poland but the cities at the end of the ride are really all just beautiful with their big open squares lined with cafes I have to say the Polish cities are the nicest of Europe and well worth time to visit and explore.

    Torun is also known for the birthplace of Copernicus the astronomer so the boys took us to the house where he was born and lived which of course now is a museum which was really interesting. Although the Germans claim him to be one of their own as it was Prussian land at the time of his life the Poles see him as Polish which is understandable since they have always seen this land as theirs didnt matter who invaded it or laid claim to it and fair enough.

    After an interesting visit there it was on to another famous thing of Torun and that was to sample the local gingerbread. The recipes for this date back to the middle ages so I was expecting anything but it was actually really nice. We bought some extra for the family as everyone in Poland has heard about the gingerbread from Torun even the kids so they will get a big kick out of that when we drop down to give it to them.

    The weather is still warm enough to be wearing shorts and a tshirt walking around town but its starting to cool down I can feel it in my bones and Im pretty sure it wont be long till im freezing my tits off and settling in for a long winter hibernation or pissing off to somewhere warmer to the south.

    Also good news is Ev really likes her new job and the people she works with which is great makes a big difference if you enjoy the enviroment you work and she hardly seems to be gone considering I havent been getting up till lunch time :lol2

    We've had a bit of fun settling into a somewhat normal life of course im not working, Ev gets up in the morning gets herself breakfast then leaves the mess on the bench cause she reckons she doesnt want to wake me up, she comes home this afternoon and Ive just dumped it in the sink. She had a go at me I just said baby this isnt a magic sink that shit isnt just going to just disappear by itself in my world we have a dishwasher :lol3:lol3:lol3 Not to mention she hasnt even had the common courtesy of buying me a f%=king apron yet :lol2:lol2:lol2

    I'll get a few photos uploaded in the next few days Ive been a bit slack with the blogging obviously but nows probably a good a chance as any to thank everyone for all the support I and we have received over the last so many years, the blog really does give you a sense of not being alone when your away from home for so long and although in a lot cases we have never met and not everyone posts on the page its all just like one big supportive family and for that im really grateful to you all.

    In saying all that its certainly not over with the football/soccer world cup in Russia next year and the Stans and Mongolia calling a bit of down time to send my passport back to Oz to get my visas organised is going to be ok as well, its hard to believe it will be four years ago next year we were in Brazil, holy crap where does life go hey it just keeps on whizzing on by doesnt it.
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  4. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Sheldon, this ride report has been brilliant, an amazing adventure and for me, being a bit of a romantic (yeah, even after two marriages AND two divorces) I have enjoyed reading along in almost real time as you and Ev hooked up, then split, then got back together again.

    Travel and personal growth stories like this one make the Internet very addictive, both for the writer and reader.

    But now, with Ev settling into a job, back in her homeland, I guess in some ways, your story, at least for outside consumption, may be coming to some sort of end.

    If you do find the need to withdraw slightly from constant posting, I am sure everyone will understand.
    Believe me when I say, you and Ev have given a lot of enjoyment to many, many people and quite possibly inspired a few to get out and about on their own bikes a bit more.

    If you ever feel a bit homesick, feel free to post in the Australian forum, on any subject.
    We have a regular poster, Troy, an Aussie expat, who has been living in Sweden for years, who keeps in touch via the Oz forum.

    Regards
    Andrew. (Fremantle)
  5. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    aww damn, i'm going to go cry in my beer now. ;(

    thanks for taking us along on your journey, it's been a great ride!
  6. gperkins

    gperkins graeme

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    Great update on the domestic life Sheldon. Katrina and I, having just exited the Stan's now, have an encyclopaedic knowledge on the intricacy's of navigating the visa nonsense in that part of the world. So if in need of advice feel free to ask Katrina. Oh Turkmenistan is a pure lottery, we got lucky a jagged a transit visa.
  7. hhpfbp

    hhpfbp n00b

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    I finally reached the end of this report, and ironically I am sitting in a McDonald's having breakfast on my own motorcycle adventure. Thanks for the great read. Wait...who am I kidding I never would have read any of this crap if it weren't for the pics


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  8. Hewzie

    Hewzie Honda Crosstourer

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    It can't be over! Seems like about a month ago he was riding up through Africa. Great read and more importantly great riding. So many kms and so few dramas. Well done, sir.
  9. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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    I am in denial, its not over. I found this report when Radioman parked his bike, Now what am I going to do?
  10. Bucket1960

    Bucket1960 Been here awhile

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    We have to search the net for our own scantily clad women :lol3
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  11. TowPro

    TowPro Single Track Geezer

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  12. DickyBeach

    DickyBeach n00b

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    This is intolerable, it's been 8-9 days since there's been a post. The tension is killing me.
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  13. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Imagin how it feels for those people standing in the middle of the road all this time.....:imaposer:rofl:lol3
  14. steveloomis

    steveloomis Been here awhile

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    LOST!!!!!!! they feel LOST!!!!!!!!
  15. Cariboostrom

    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    Your fans are waiting Sheldon!
  16. rideforsmiles

    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Everything is going well here ive been meaning to make a video of this really beautiful area we are living in and ill get around to it at the moment Im really enjoying just chilling out.

    Had Paul an Aussie who had ridden from oz across the stans stay for a few days so it was nice to speak Australian and hear stories of that part of the world.
    Paul and I had a day out to Warsaw to get my clearance to get married from the embassy, sadly my Maps.me worked perfectly and I found the embassy and they were really helpful lol

    Anyway everything is great I loved that Forest Gump video on the blog I always joked ill just do the Forest thing and when Id had enough ill buy a comfy couch big screen tv and sit down for awhile, well it worked out better than I though cause Ev payed for everything hahahaha oh ok I bought the Ps4 it was hard to convince her spend her hard earnt on a game console:-)

    Ill make the video soon and get some pictures of how Ive ended up for now, for now being the optimal phrase :-)