Sydney to London on a105cc Honda callled Dot

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by nathanthepostman, May 4, 2009.

  1. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    Yeah I don't know what was going on there. I tried to copy and paste the icon, then I got distracted, then I forgot, then I left the internet shop. Then I've just fallen in love with a Polish girl over a thali. Well, not love exactly, I just fancied her a bit. Great eyes and smile, though I'm not sure she had back dimples like the Brazilian.

    I'm back online briefly now though, I'm just checking what documents I need for the Chinese visa I'm going back to Delhi to apply for tomorrow. Yup, despite travelling north to Rishikesh I'm now going from where I just came to sort something out I should have done while I was there.

    Like an idiot I've only just figured out it would be wise to make sure I can get a Chinese visa before we begin the lengthy and costly exercise of getting Dot one. I know she's a brave old girl and all, but China, alone, I don't even think old Dorothy's ready for that.

    But for now, so that she doesn't suffer my mistake, she's waiting here while I take the bus with the back fat and bingo wings the local women wear. I heard it's a real experience so I'm off in the morning to the bus shop to find the swiftest vessel to Delhi. Hopefully I'll be reunited with Dot in a few days and we can both sing merrily that at least one of us has our order in for Peking Duck.

    Wait. News just in. A different agency has just confirmed they can get Dot in for a seven day Chinese trip on the 28th July. And for less money than the other wanted for three days.

    Then it's decided. We'll both have the duck and be there not many days after we cross to Pakistan on the 26th.

    I've been thinking about chancing it, just turning up at the Chinese border and hoping they go easy on Dot and me, letting us through without all this flim-flam about guides and what not. But Pakistan... do I really want to be stuck there waiting, or even worse, turned away at the border with a ride back down the KKH giving the gunmen who missed me first time round chance to hit me with another shot?

    No, not really, as wild as that adventure sounds.
  2. jscompto

    jscompto Been here awhile

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    hell, i think you're doing the right thing with the 7 day trip, but i'm not sure i'd chance the pakistan stuff. let us know how your visa turns out when you get there. Oh, and about the back fat and bingo women....:eek1 :eek1 :eek1 they must be half american too if they're fat bingo players:lol3
  3. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    Yeah, no real choice about riding Pakistan, well, none I'd rather take. I think I'll just do the KKH as quick as Dot can. won't hang around or sightsee too much, but from what I hear the road's still safe as long as you don't venture off it.

    Besides, Dot'll have a knobbly on so at least we can make an off-road escape. Steve McQueen over the China fence. That's be so neat. Dot sideways in the air, smiling, knowing any second she'll bounce back down on springs designed and made for just that. A leap of faith, high in the air, above guards and barbed-wire fence our persuers will stare. They'll never make it, not on their shite old bikes. Fuck of buddy, go take a hike.

    Okay, back to reality...
  4. jscompto

    jscompto Been here awhile

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    :D atta girl...:wink:

    :gun1 :gun2 :2guns :defend

    I think she'll keep you protected pretty well :D
  5. ColonelB

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    Nathan,

    I've been following your journey as so many others, and I think it's important to reward your special kind of insanity, and I've paypal'd you US$25 to help. I've been waiting for you to get an account opened, and if others are looking let me repeat your email with the @ sign replaced with AT:

    nathanmillward AT hotmail.com

    If you do go through Pakistan, your previous advice is sound; the bad guys look for "soft" targets, but typically do pre-planning and recon before putting something together. So don't loiter in the urban areas and try to blend in a bit and you should be just fine.

    My best to Dot,

    Chris Burton
  6. Ooobah-Moto

    Ooobah-Moto Banned

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    Nate,

    Beware the Polish girl... they're :loco .... trust me, I know!!!

    :D




    P.S.
    ....keep snapping those pics, they're unreal!!!!!!
  7. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !! Super Moderator

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    I could meet you up at the chinese high commission or someplace else.
    Shoot me a pm dude !!
  8. shortdick

    shortdick Recycled A Tech

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    Go on my Son !
    Yeah baby ,this is the real thing .
    Puts all those weekend wannabees and woulda coulda shoulda but aint never gonna's to shame . And you could not have chosen a better bike for the job . I sure as hell would not ride a high profile 'ive got money to burn' show pony through the parts your travelling . Its just asking for trouble if your travelling solo .

    Never road a postie ,but my first bike was a cb100n. It never missed a beat . The only mistake I ever made was overtightening the chain and stuffing the swing arm bearings . I rode it to fast on the dirt roads too ,which did not help .

    Love the pics , love the writing . Just watch out for post adventure deppresion ,because ordinary life will never fill the void again. I got over it by going to college .
  9. deerslayR

    deerslayR Spodely Adventurer

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    Nathan,
    Great stuff.
    Yes, the "shit bike" thing has been around for quite a few years.
    He's a great bunch of nuts in the US who subscribe to your vision:

    http://www.deadhorse.com/

    I'm sure there are many more, but any group that puts on a "Dead Italian"
    rally for crusty Guzzis, Ducs, Benellis etc. is definitely worth a looky.........
  10. shortdick

    shortdick Recycled A Tech

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    My aunt was a biker chick long before the term was coined and she was a major inspiration for me hitting the road . And she kicked ass right up to the moment she popped her clogs .

    "Keep your face to the sun and your shadow will fall behind" is what she said .

    This ride report warms my heart because it reclaims the TRUE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE AND SHOWS EVERYONE THAT ITS NOT BEYOND THEIR FINANCIAL REACH .

    Keep it coming Nate .
  11. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    Just arrived in Delhi after 10 hours squashed against a window in a sweaty coach. Dot I missed you, the wind in my hair, the freedom to stop and quench thirst or feed the dog, the solitutde, the isolation from the hustle and bustle that beat me black and blue on this damn coach trip.

    Through every town more men would jump onboard with inedible fruits for sale and strange watery potions demonstrated between two urban pillars by a scoundrel who would jump off at the second having sold not one. The other passengers would throw litter out the window, scream at the driver, sit in the isle, look at me funny, laugh when I bought fruit juice, all sorts of weird shit which I'm thankfully blind to on my Dorothy. I've got to be honest, you don't always feel overly welcome.

    But we made it, that's the main thing. I'm now printing out the Chinese application to take to the embassy tomorrow. They have a one day service I'll take advantage of and then see if it's worth getting any more paper jewellery for my passport while I'm down this way. Though I still haven't got my head around which Stan is which, who needs what documents and how there visa is delivered. I'm writing it all down but still it feels like someones's really twisting my melon, man.

    Dot doesn't realise how cushy she has it up in the hills being pampered by Mama Gee and her guesthouse staff. That said, I do miss her.
  12. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Keep on keepin' on Nate :thumb

    And get in touch with Chanderjeet! He's another ADVrider legend. Good times will be had!
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    Stantours should be able to sort out most of it if you give them everything they ask for. Basically, they secure the visa and you get a number from them. When you get to the embassy of whatever country you are going to next, you don't fill out all the forms; just go up to the desk and give them your reference number and they give you the visa. The only one I don't know how you get is whichever stan you go to first. I mean if you need a visa for Tajik or Kyrgyz, it's not like you can pick it up in Bejing- you need to get it in Delhi or Islamabad.

    Good luck
  14. Joeyb

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    Brilliant trip Nate, well done and keep it up. I am certianly no geography expert, but could you go to the Pakistan border, hop a ferry to Oman through Yemen and Ethiopia? Once you dodge the pirates os Somailia you would be back to some pretty nice people I would imagine. Since your not driving a cargo ship Somalia should be a breeze.

    I wouldn't consider this cheating as you are heading the opposite direction of your destination. It would avoid a lot of crazy shit perpetrated by even crazier extremists. Just a thought, and kudos to google maps.

    BTW, as an Aussie, I am well familliar with the Postie - they are ledgendary, Dot is certianly in fine company and of a grand bloodline. What is most important is the trip, not the vehicle, the attitude not the farkle. I ride a GS and would fall in behind Dot anytime.

    When you decide to travel from London to Sydney, heading west, be sure to stop in Seattle. Cold beers, workshop, comfy bed, shower to freak out in/wash your clothes, whatever - it is your for as long as you need.

    Good Luck, stay safe and keep the rubber side down.
  15. burnblue

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    Just a quick side story before I pop over to Paypal to buy Dot a drink...

    My stepdad got out of Vietnam in '71, bought a CB500 in Singapore, and rode it to Bakersfield the long way (with a cargo flight from Germany to NY in the middle, of course).

    He got stuck in India for 5 months thanks to the chilly relations with Pakistan at the time... there was eventually a hunger strike at the border to allow people out, so my stepdad headed there. Long days sitting around by the side of the road and not eating.

    One guy wandered off across a big open field, past the trees beyond. He came running back a few minutes later with armfuls of leafy vegetation... "look guys, there's tons of mary jane growing across that open field!" My stepdad and some other weary travellers followed him across the field, found the natural bounty and brought some back to the road. Spread it out on the cars and asphalt to dry. :stoned

    Now, here comes an Indian military convoy rolling past... they hide the greens under the cars as best they could, but the last jeep rolls to a stop. The officer says, "you, where did you get that?"

    "Uh, it's growing wild! Across that field!"

    "That field right there?"

    yep.

    "You see that concrete post with the symbols on? You know what that is?"

    nope.

    "That, my fellows, is a minefield."

    Sometimes you get lucky... here's to copious quantities of luck for yourself and Dot!

    Cheers
  16. tracyprier

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    ...and Nate, don't forget to sort yourself some warm kit before you go... you'll need it going up the KKH.

    And let me tell you... the KKH is STUNNING! with a capital STUN!

    Did it YEARS ago squashed in the back of a minivan with a bunch of AK-totting Mujihadeen in the back. Less-than-fun ride but AWESOME scenery.

    All the best and God Bless
    Tracy
  17. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    Wow, it's all happening today.

    Just heard from my finest friend in the world Paul today who tells me the t-shirts are again up and running with all you needing to do is go to the website, order, purchase, wait.

    The only problem is you have to pay in GBP, the upshot of that is there's no additional postage costs to pay. They're 10 quid, or about $17 dollars I guess.

    And just to confirm, all the money over and above what they cost the company to make are going to Comic Relief here in the UK. Which I think is about 5 quid per Tee.
  18. britman

    britman Britman

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    Nathan, your Paypal button doesn't work
  19. vidd

    vidd how was your lamb?

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    ... I truly hope you work it out, many of us have effed it up brilliantly
  20. ExHD

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    Nathan, thanks.