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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by simon thomas, Aug 26, 2006.
Glad to see you guys are still at it. When you get to Aus give me a shout.
Hi Canoli, still at it, never stopped just been suffering form shitty internet for what seems like an age. We arrived in Australia a few months ago and been running to catch up since. We've just ridden from north east Queensland, 2,300km on dirt down to Perth..awesome ride and we'll be putting it up here when we get caught up with our Indonesian ride down to East Timor.
We're heading over to Melbourne now to attend to the Australian Motorcycle Expo in mid November. Should be great...Mmmm...shiny things!!!!
Quite a restless night. I got hot too hot. The fan didnt manage to keep me cool at all.
At 4:30 am the call to prayer started
.argh. I could really have done with another couple (5!!) hours of sleep.
We were going to ride Sumbawa today and so headed straight to ferry and paid 81,000.00 it had gone up from 69,000.00 officially and after turning round (go off the same way you go on) strapped one small strap to the metal floor ring, we talked to the other guys. There were only a few people on this ferry. The crossing was around an hour and half. I got to chatting with a nice young guy. A local young man who was going over for work. I'm not too sure what kind of work but he didnt really want to go as it meant leaving his wife and young child for a few days! What!!? I thought he only looked around 16! Yeah yeah Im getting old!!
The start to another stunning day. I never get tired of the sunrises.
He and his friend had come on a small moped and with them he had brought 2 cardboard boxes. It wasnt until a bit later that these boxes started to sqauk and move! And out emerged a nice big cockerel and hen, which proceeded to run around cock-a-doodle-doing and trying to jump the hen. For the rest of the ferry journey they were left to run around until just before the end they grabbed them and tied them back up in the boxes and shoved them onto the mopeds before zooming off!
Were on our next island! Sumbawa! Straight away the feeling of this island was different. Quieter, more rural. Much less traffic. The people were the same- really friendly. The ride over the island was an easy one. but what a beautiful island it is! So green. Much more livestock on the roads roaming free. Goats and horses, waterbuffalo and children. The roads were in an ok condition, a few potholes but with much less traffic around we almost made it all the way across but stopped just outside Bima as it was turning dusk.
We had intended to find a small hotel somewhere in Bima but eventually (an hour before dark) found a really nice one just outside called hotel La Ode. Address: Jl Lr. Sutami No. 40 Kota Bima Nusa Tenggara Barat. Tel: (0374) 42609 The room was with AC (it had been a hot day) and hot water shower, somewhere safe for the bikes all for 200,000.00 rp. ($20) we had some good food over the road if a little bland and headed back to the room it was our intention to have an early night.
At the moment simon is working on posting on ADV and Alexs book. And Im doing this. And its 21:45 and weve been up since 4:30. Ridden almost 270 miles!! Wow the furthest day in the whole if Indonesian riding time!!
Knackered again. Were not too sure when the ferry leaves tomorrow
.weve been told its 7am? And that the journey there will only take an hour. Will we get up in time? Who knows.
Love the photo of the rooster with Lisa's bike - did the rooster end up in the cooking pot that night????
hi Rob! yeah - its one of my favourite photos too.
it ran around the whole ship until the last minute possible before docking. I must admit the noise it was making i was quite willing to stuff it into a cooking pot!
Is this thread no longer going or has it migrated to another place. I was really enjoying this. Looking forward to hearing about Australia!
Simon & Lisa have not been the best at real time reports,nor have they,at times had the convenience of the WWW.
Since Simon's huge get off in Asia they received a unprecedented amount of assistance from some "heavy duty" hitters so I would suppose that some restrictive contracts came w/ that assistance, which of course leaves us " ground lings" lacking
Or they could of course just been having to damn much fun
Patience grasshopper,after all these years on the road I don't believe they have forgotten us .
No, no , no...the threads not dead, we've just been busy with a ton of other stuff during our time in the land down under. It's also worth mentioning that we did get a ton of help from a certain yellow and black company in German land but...and it's a big but...there were absolutely no strings attached. No demands, no sell us your soul or now we want the religious choosing of your first born...nada, nothing, zero.
We'll get to this in the next few days with an update, check back soon.
First: Hi Simon and Lisa and A Happy New Year !!!
Second: On the quoted text: Good for you AND them! Rest assure Simon, this is the best advertising that TT could have done for themselves.
I alone bought from them about 1.5k EUR worth of equipment in the last 6 months and the main reason for doing this (besides the fact that the stuff they produce is not bad at all ) is the fact that they stepped in with you guys. And trust me, I'm not the only one. I have an office colleague that spent about the same for the exact same reason(s): stepping in in helping you out, which IMHO is a great thing to do, coming from a company that has such a growth and has not forgotten where they've started! Such companies are very rare on nowadays markets and I salute them.
- one big for TT
- one big for the other German company, you know... the one w/ white and blue
I think this is the real reason
I too have spent a ton w/ TT equipping a 2012 F650GS for that very same reason, so good all over TT, And also good that Simon & Lisa have the leeway to remain the "wonderful wanders" we've all come to know.
However I stand by the statement "having to much damn fun"---They are in OZ after all.
I also stand w/ the rest of the adventure world, waiting for the next round of wonderful photos
Been following along on your travels, and as usual really good photos. Are you still using the D90 Nikon?
Yep still using the D90 and also a D3. One big advantage of having an FX and a DX body is the extra focal length (foreshortening) you get with the DX body. Basically it means that my 200mm lens with the 2X teleconverter give me 400mm but on the DX body (D90) I get closer to a 600mm equivalent. Handy when 400mm isn't enough right
that's a lot of camera gear to carry! .... using an old D2H so all the older AF Nikkor lens work. been working on upgrading to a full frame like D3... so is it worth carrying all the extra weight/bulk of a D3?
Mmm, I don't think we carry all that much gear, don't forget we carry it between two bikes. basically we carry our camera gear in the tank bags, so anything that won't go into the tank bag doesn't get carried. Lisa has the D90 I used the D3. On the D90 Lisa mostly uses the 18-200mm Nikkor lens and in my bag I have attached to the D3 body a 70-200mm F2.8 Nikkor lens, in the bag I have a Nikkor 2x tele-converter, a Nikkor f1.4 prime and a 16-35mm wide angle Nikkor. I've got a remote trigger and a GPS unit which connects to the camera and a few filter, that's it. Like I said it all goes into my tank bag.
is the extra bulk worth it? hey everyone different but for us it's a definite yes! The ability to capture quality images that are super sharp and true to the view we saw first hand is priceless. I figure at the end of your trip you have memories and photos, my memory fades so I want the best photos possible to help me relive my glory days in my old age Besides it's a frustrating as hell not being able to capture a wow photo because your point n' shot is up to it.
True true, but its not only the gear you take. Guys you just take amazing shots I have to admit. Dont matter the best gear if you don´t know how to handle it! So keep up the great work!
Hurry up to NZ! Some of the great spots will close soon enough, the Rainbow Road will close mid of February as far as I remember. Even I with my click clack cam took some great (IMHO) pics there...
GRTS form Geraldton. On the way to Tasi...
Kerstin and Sascha
G'day Simon and Lisa,
I was at the BMW night you had in Newcastle the other night. I had a bloody great time. Your talk was engaging and very entertaining. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us and all the best on your travels.
PS- the photo I bought was beaut.
They are giving a talk in Dunedin, NZ, this Sunday at the Mornington Tavern at 4pm.
Hey guys, we haven't dropped off the face of the earth, just busy traveling it. We will kick start this RR and get up do date, so apologizes for those of you that were waiting. But we're actually back in the USA and can get online with ease, communicate with friends update the website and get our shit together on ADVRIDER at long last.
We're en-route to Flagstaff today and then onto the Overland Expo for Friday-Sunday, and will actually being celebrating our 10th year on the road at the Expo, hopefully with a few drinks and a few friends. So if you're around come and say hi. At least you can bust our balls for being such slackers on adv .
Hope to see some of you there.
All the best
Simon & Lisa
I'd be interested in your take on the Overland Expo event. Any opinions on how it relates to the spirit of world wide motorcycle travel?
(I attended the first year)
Are you guys doing a presentation/slide show/talk?
Is your book going to be for sale yet? (soon?)
What's next on the travel agenda? Doing anymore rallies and events in the USA? Or are you hanging up your helmets?
Have fun, safe travels!