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

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  1. rideforsmiles

    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    There was plenty of spots to enjoy the views around here.

    It's along way down through here, I hope that last mac attack doesn't come back to haunt me.



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    Some days are just tougher than others but I'll struggle through.



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    Ewa saying take a step back honey, come on one more baby, trust me.



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Just one of the beautiful views of the Grand Canyon.



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    A nice walk along the rim of the to finish our first Grand Canyon experience.



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    That wasn't the end of the day we still had nowhere to stay, so on the bike we got and headed for Kingman about 60 miles away. It turned out to be a hard ride on the dirt road firstly, I could hardly see anything with the headlight I've got on this bike and my back and neck were giving me hell more than usual I'm not sure why but it was bad enough for me to have to pull over in the middle of nowhere just to suck it in a bit. We arrived in Kingman about 8:30 and got a hotel and walked up the road to get some dinner only to find out we were on Route 66, well that worked out ok I had forgotten all about it.
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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    There was one other spot I had wanted to get to see and that was the Berringer Crater near Winslow here in Arizona so that was on the agenda for today so up we got and headed east.



    We have decided to head out to the Barringer Crater then up to the Grand Canyon again then ride Route 66 all the way back to LA so we have a fun few days riding ahead.



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Arrived at the Crater a few hours later after a nice relaxing ride along the highway.


    Ewa and the Barringer Crater.



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    Ewa checking out the view from the lower platform, apparently you could fit 20 full size football fields in the base of the crater it really is deceptively big



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Part of the iron Nickel meteorite that crashed into the ground here. The piece in front of me in this photo weighs an amazing 600+ kilograms.



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    Yeah ok give me a shot at Arthurs sword then. Of course I didn't try to hard as I had no room on the bike for such a thing.



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We ended up back in Flagstaff and booked into a hotel, it was pretty busy so we just got the first one that had vacancies so it wasn't real flash but ok for us. The bad news is I got really crook so we ended up in Flagstaff for 3 nights. We have a bit of time up our sleeve we don't have to leave the states till Oct the 2nd and pretty much seen all we had wanted to already so we can relax a little on our last few weeks here which will be nice.

    So today it was off to the Grand Canyon for another ride along the South Rim, here's just a few pics of the days ride.



    We took the 89 north from Flagstaff



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    But a little detour through to the Sunset Crater and the 1000 year old Wukoki Pueblo Ruins.



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    A local boy enjoying a nice day hanging out relaxing having a bite to eat.



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    But enough of the busting my nuts Eva, its off to the Grand Canyon.



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    Ewa enjoying the view @ the Grand Canyon



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    Me enjoying the view @ the Grand Canyon



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    My Baby enjoying the view @ the Grand canyon



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    I left my baby in the car park of one of the viewpoints and snuck off for some time with the other woman in my life.



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Here's just a few random shots of the Grand Canyon.



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    We had a great days ride through the Grand canyon National Park but now it was out of there and heading west to Los Angeles riding the 470 miles of Route 66 over the next few days, unfortunately Ewa has started to feel crook now so that may slow us up a little again but all good.
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    bavarian bavarian

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    Hi Sheldon,
    had a look into the RR section and found out that you are still travelling the world with your two babies. Thanks for the daily updates on your adventures!!! It's all really entertaining especially for someone working all week.
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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    QUOTE=bavarian;22377290]Hi Sheldon,
    had a look into the RR section and found out that you are still travelling the world with your two babies. Thanks for the daily updates on your adventures!!! It's all really entertaining especially for someone working all week.[/QUOTE]


    Hey Bavarian thanks for dropping in, we are enjoying the states everyone we have come across have been really nice and friendly. In a week or two we head to Mexico and Central America so should be interesting.

    And mate don't worry about working all the time I know exactly what you mean I'm doing it tough as well, getting massages off Ewa every day, I told her one day she will have to get her own bike and letting her massage me is my way if strengthening her wrists so she will be a better rider, hey it's just the kind of guy I am to be so thoughtful :rofl
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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We have had some fun riding Route 66 here's a short video I knocked up of the last few days.



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    Cariboostrom Been here awhile

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    Love the video Sheldon and Ewa....... kicking the can down the empty road at the end is perfect! Very entertaining. Every day I look for an update on your trip. Thanks for putting in all of this work on the ride report. I DO think Ewa needs to get her own bike. Go Ewa! You'll love it. Have fun and enjoy every moment.:freaky
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    I know I know, this riding is a bloody tiring activity - but someone has to do ti and I am glad it's you!

    Hey Bavarian thanks for dropping in, we are enjoying the states everyone we have come across have been really nice and friendly. In a week or two we head to Mexico and Central America so should be interesting.

    And mate don't worry about working all the time I know exactly what you mean I'm doing it tough as well, getting massages off Ewa every day, I told her one day she will have to get her own bike and letting her massage me is my way if strengthening her wrists so she will be a better rider, hey it's just the kind of guy I am to be so thoughtful :rofl[/QUOTE]
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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We got up and left Segman or what ever the town was called and headed west along Route 66. The road was through the desert and not all that interesting and in places quite rough, we stopped off for a drink and then for some lunch but pretty much just rode through the desert and arrived in Barstow. The traffic was actually quite alot less on this section of the road which makes sense as alot of it actually just runs along the main hwy, if I had ridden this road before I'd be a big chance to be doing the same.

    It was actually quite warm at around 40 degrees celcius so in the end a few hours on the bike and a few more stopping to take the sites in like the crater along the way, oh dont ask me what it was called, it wasnt all that exciting.

    Eventually we arrived in Barstow low on juice so im guessing I must of covered close enough to 300 k's so not a bad day's riding. We found a Days Inn, the cost was not to bad so we checked on and relaxed for the night. We arent far from LA not even sure where we are going or what we plan to see while we are there but im sure it will be ok, we are both starting to look forwad to hitting Mexico, actually Ev's found a few documentries on TV on Mexico lately so they have been great to watch and really has given us some insight into what there is to see and do down there.



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    Time for a drink along Route 66



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    This was one weird palm along the way, I had never seen anything like it, I like when you come across stuff like this.



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    Somewhere along the line the topic of marriage came up again, yeah sure honey let me think about it for a minute mmmm decision's decision's



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Last night we had got on Google maps and had a look at where exactly Route 66 went and were just going through the map Ev found this squiggly road through a green section on the map and after riding it today what a great decision it was to make the detour off 66 and onto Hwy 2 across into LA.

    We rode down towards San Bernadino then headed up into the hills and along Hwy 2. Its a winding road of about 60 miles and what a great ride it is. We stopped off at a bar restaurant called Newcomb's where there was about a 100 bikes parked and as soon as we stopped we were joined for a chat by John and Jim and his mates. They were telling us about this ride and how it has been in a few of the magazines, I guess cause it is so close to LA and so much fun. I think it was Jim who had racked up the most in their club this year at 70 000 miles, not a bad effort at all. find them herself as well.

    Back on the bike after chatting to a few more poeple it was into LA to find somewhere to stay. We had contemplated stopping up in the hills and camping but the boys had told us about the traffic on Monday mornings so we decided we would just get into town and find somewhere. We ended up in a reasonably priced hotel along Sunset Blvd, I saw a couple of other hotels that may of been a bit cheaper but at 75 bucks Im pretty sure this is close to as good it will get, it will do us for a few nights anyway.



    Just a small section of Hwy 2, I took a lot of video footage maybe I'll use it one day.



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    We have settled into a nice enough hotel and hung out here for a few days. We did the regulation ride round town checking out all the tourists spots as you do. Other than eating in nice cafes on Sunset Blvd heading out t Maibu its been a pretty uneventuful few days but I must say this town certainly has some action, everywhere you turn theres something to do and see, as much as im not really a city person id love to come back and spend some more time here.



    Where am I now, there has to be a sign around here somewhere.



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    Bambi meets Godzilla



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    Lunch in one of the cafe's along Hollywood Blvd.



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    Tine to head over to the other side of town




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    Probably should get myself a little run around town car while I'm here in LA



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    Actually this Bugatti was owned by the Iranian designer Bijan Pakzad who died earlier this year and is parked outside his shop as a tribute to him, the shop has been described as "the most expensive store in the world", and with a price tag on this car of around 3 million dollars it seems to fit right in here, it has a quad-turbo 16-cylinder engine that churns out 1200 hp with a top speed of over 430 km/h and goes to 100 in 2.7 seconds it certainly is an amazing piece of machinery. When I saw this I thought of my little Logan as it was always his favorite car.



    Which one is going to get towed if the meter runs out.



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Ok time to look for somewhere reasonable to stay. This area looks nice lets check it out.



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    Let's see of there is anything worthy up Belair Drive.



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    Come on mate this place is a dump I don't care if Elvis lived here or not.



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    Ok this place has a nice view.



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Time to hit Santa Monica Pier and the end of Route 66



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    While we were at Santa Monica Pier we met Damien and Kaylene from Tassie back home who had just been on their own incredible 8 week ride across America.



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    While we were in Santa Monica I stopped off at one of the skateboard shops as this is pretty much where it all started back in the 70's.



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    Meeting the guys in the shop who had seen the whole skateboarding industry grow into what it is these days and hear some of the stories of the early days of Burnside skate park was really cool.



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    rideforsmiles Sheldon

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    Anybody for a surf here at Malibu, ahahahah my wave my wave fook you my wave.



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