Well team ADV I wasn't going to write this trip up but it became a little more epic than first planned and were home safely now so I thought I'd share some pics and thoughts with you! I normally report real time so this will be my first retrospective! This was meant to be simple shake down and warm up ride before the main event which starts in June this year! It ended up being a 12,500 km blast at speed through much of the southern part of this great land! The return trip was, by far the most tiring ride I have done. We returned wiped out after the second half became a mostly dirt road blast thru some of the iconic outback places Australia has to offer! This is the next instalment of a series of trips celebrating the fact I can still do this! This report is the fifth instalment of a slow burn round the world trip that so far has led to the following reports: 2015 - Burning Man and Beyond - http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/burning-man-and-beyond-three-months-in-the-us.1081126/ 2016 - Iceberg Dead ahead! - http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/iceberg-dead-ahead.1144880/ 2017 - OK I read the rules, so I am going to NZ (on and off) for a year! - http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...im-going-to-nz-on-and-off-for-a-year.1198148/ 2018 - Nunca haremos un giro a la izquierda! (Mexico to the Translab ....) - https://advrider.com/f/threads/nunca-haremos-un-giro-a-la-izquierda-mexico-to-the-translab.1293606/ I saw the HU Hubb meeting in Perth was coming up so I called my old (literally!) riding buddy John C up (he lives in NZ) and suggested he buy a bike over here and come and join me! He is so easily led that wasn't hard! I then talked with Mrs Peter 640 and suggested she come across on the East to West leg as that would be mostly on sealed roads and take us across the Nullarbor (which is home to Australia's longest straight road! So a plan was hatched! To give you sense of scale and size: For the N Americans .... And for the Euros .... We're a fairly big place! And to make matters more interesting I had to find John a new (old!) bike to meet his budget ... which we did and boy is she a good one! 1999 1100GS with 78,000 kms on her! And to make things interesting I decided to upgrade to a new 1200 a few days before we headed off!