The slow ride home - Canada to Australia on a pair of CT110 Honda Postie Bikes

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  1. tncpowell

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    We dropped off the bikes today. Finally. A day later than we had intended, but for some reason Chantelle and I just haven't been able to get ourselves organised. We seemed to be running around in circles like headless chooks!Finally though, everything started to fall into place. We got the bikes scrubbed down, repacked our camp gear into some new soft panniers and then this morning we rode them the final 8 km's to the freight yard.

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    We had to totally drain the fuel tanks and flush them out with metho to remove any lingering fuel vapours. After that it was disconnect the batteries and sign them over to the cargo boys! Bye Mabel. Bye Rosie! See you next week, in Canada!We are goign to try to sort out some new helmet comms over the next few days and just generally rest up. We are staying with a friend who also has postie bikes and are being really well looked after.

    Stay tuned. We will be back on the road soon!

    Check out our host's, Jax, CT advenutres around Oz at www.postienotes.com.au
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    I'm excited as you two are! Thanks again for taking us all along with you. I for one, am looking forward to the next part of the journey. Stay safe my friends.
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    Really like your idea of small cc touring. Have been following this thread from the start. When you are crossing Canada, if you get into southern Ontario I could provide camp space or a bed and a shop and tools if needed. I would love to trade beers, wine and food for stories from your trip....Dave
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    While we are in Sydney we thought we would get out and about and do some sight seeing. But first I had some Postie bikes to play with!!!!!

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    Jax's bike, Mo, needed some new cush rubbers installed and it was the least I could do to help out.

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    After we removed his rear wheel and th old ones fell out we put the nice new ones in and put him back together. He should be all good for another 100,000 kms now!

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    A second bike needed some air in his tyres so we pumped them up too. We will soon know if he has a leak!

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    After the bikes were sorted, Chantelle and I decided to go into the city for some lunch. We rode the bus all the way in and found a nice little place on the water front that did some fish and chips. And beer.

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    Once we were full of damn good food and bloody amazing beer, we went for a wander to check out the Opera House.

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    From there it was a short train and bus ride back to the house.

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    A nice relaxing day. Maybe we will do some more wandering tomorrow.
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    Well I'm glad I caught you guys at the start of your journey, only had 6 pages to catch up on and now following your shenanigans. Looking forward to the next few years of your travels and the experiences you two have, sorry you four have. And as one mullet wearing bogan once said "Life's a garden, ya dig it!"
    Well you four sure are, safe travels guys and post as many photos and storeys as you like. After all its your garden.
    Ben.
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    Nice to have you along Ben!

    Gotta love a Joe Dirt quote!!
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    Sounds like a great deal to us! We are really keen on meeting people along the way! We will definately take you up on your offer!
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    No worries! Glad to have you along with us. We are counting down the days, hours even!
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    From there we donned our wet weather gear as the rain started to come down. By the time we got to Jervis Bay we were both frozen and damp. Why does wet weather gear always leak in the crotch area???

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    Argh yes the wee ol wet crotch syndrome.
    Well I recently found out, by recently I mean in the last year or so. Any hoo I bought a full onesy, onsie? One piece rain jacket and it came with a bag you can roll it up right in to. Great I can leave it in the panniers for when it decides to be Queensland, start the day perfect weather end in torrential rain.
    "Oh no you can't leave em in there stored, you need to leave it hanging in a cupboard as leaving it tightly rolled will wreck the welded seams "
    Oh what a bummer I said in return.
    Now nearly all my wet pants I've had have leaked there bar one pair from mountain design that are probably 10 years old now maybe more. Still going strong and no leaks.
    So yeah the weld s break in that tight concentrated area and all the water pools in there as well, Hey presto at knackers...

    Sheesh long answer to your partial question huh.
    How's the butterflies getting bigger closer to departure?
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    Haha!!!!!!! Your funny!!!! Not so much butterflies yet! Just impatient.... Unless I think about getting the bikes out of customs and then riding in a massive city where they drive on the wrong side of the road.... NOW I have butterflies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-):muutt
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    So while we are in Sydney waiting to fly out, we thought we would share some of what we are up to.

    We have made a new friend in Sydney. Her name is Scarlet. She is a bandaged bear from West Mead Children's Hospital. She goes out on little travels with a bear sitter and then is adopted by a child at the hospital at the end of the year. Say hello to Scarlet!

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    We rode the bus into the city and Scarlet made sure we got off at the right stop. The bus driver seemed to be having a great old day at work and whipped out his book at every red traffic light.

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    We grabbed some lunch near the Sydney Opera house and did some people watching. Scarlet enjoys hot chips by the looks of it! She has good taste! From there it was time to head back to the house.

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    Later in the evening Jax took us out to see the sights at night. Sydney is bloody beautiful when all lit up! We drove down through Kings Cross, past old sandstone buildings and into some lovely lookout spots that looked out over the harbour.

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    We headed off to a place called Harrys Cafe De Wheels for some dinner. OMFG!! The food was incredible, as was the navy ships laying close by!

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    Once we had a feed of chilli dogs and chips before heading back home to enjoy a cup of the best chai tea we have ever had! If you like chai then head over to http://www.melbournemasalachai.com. You wont be disappointed!!

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    So is Ct110 honda postie logo Scarlet going on a short sitting adv with you guys or is it along one?
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    On our last day in Sydney Jax took us out for a lovely drive to see some more sights. First off was a stop at a place called Pie in the Sky. Amazing pies! We had Beef and Mushroom and Chicken and Corn pies plus a sausage roll. Delicious! All while sat looking out over a gorgeous valley and some mountains.

    After scoffing ourselves we drove down through some lovely roads to Hawkesbury River to Brooklyn where we ogled some nice boats floating on the flat water!

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    We then climbed some hills and after a lovely drive took a free ferry across the river at Berowra. We had Scarlet on board also and she wanted to get out and stretch her legs a bit.

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    We meandered our way back into Sydney and parked up near the Maritime museum. There was a wooden boat festival on and even though they were packing up we managed to get a quick look in at some gorgeous little wooden boats and the Endeavour. Captain Cooks own ship! He was credited with being the first Englishman to map the eastern coast of Australia.

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    The four of us had a wander along the water front, enjoying the city skyline and having a nice stretch of the old legs. We walked through the mall and grabbed some photos with Scarlet.

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    Tonight we are going out for a dinner of schnitzels before finalizing our packing for tomorrow! Because...We....Are...flying to Canada!



    Berowra
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    Scarlet already has a bear sitter! She has just been accompanying us around the city
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    Safe travels my friends.
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    Woohoo! It was fly out time!! Today was the day we actually boarded the plane! We were up early because I have a fear of being late. I wanted to make sure that everything was packed and strapped so that the whole thing would go smoothly today. About 10 seconds after the alarm went off there was nothing left to do but sit back and relax until we drove to the airport.

    Jax, being the ever amazing host, insisted on dropping us off at the airport. She has been simply amazing this week and we cant thank her enough. So thanks so much Jax!

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    After we checked our baggage through it was time to tackle immigration and customs. Always an exciting thing on its own. We were quite loaded down with carry on bags as we had decided to take our helmets and riding boots on the plane with us. Everything went quite smoothly, even though I did get frustrated through customs. Some of these customs staff have a knack of making people feel like a criminal and it made my blood boil.

    After I finished my little seethe Chantelle and I grabbed a coffee and before we knew it our plane was boarding. Here we go! Guess who we saw waiting at the gate.

    It was a long but not too terrible 12 hours and 40 minute flight to Los Angeles. The plane was comfy, had decent tucker and plenty of movies to watch.

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    I didn't get any sleep and was feeling decidedly cranky at the other end. My eyes felt like i had a bucket of sand poured into each one and I resolved to try to sleep in LAX. WRONG! I just couldn't sleep as my body clock was saying 'go to bed' but my brain was saying 'but its daylight still'. Oh jet lag my old friend! How I have missed you!!

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    From there we had a short 3 hourish flight through to Vancouver and our hotel. I had plans to get there and just crash into bed. As we flew along the scenery below us changed to some stunning mountains covered in snow! The Rockies!!!!!!!!

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    Vancouver airport was a breeze and we were quickly bundled into a taxi and on our way to a nice bed. But we had one hurdle to jump through first. The taxi driver didn't want to do a U-turn to drop us off in front of the hotel. Instead dumping us with all our gear on the wrong side of a 6 lane highway, with all our gear, in peak hour traffic, with no option but to walk 2 blocks one way to cross at some lights and then two blocks back down the other side to the hotel. I wasn't too happy and tried to get him to drop us out out the front of the hotel, but he wouldn't. Oh well! First world problems!

    Finally we made it to our room. Hot, tired, and cranky. Only one thing for it now. Beer and bed! Luckily there was a pub just up the road and we bought a jug, pitcher, of lager for $13!!! Plus we were given free meal tickets! That made us feel much better, and with full tums and quenched thirsts we hit the sack.

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    Tomorrow will be a big day of clearing customs for the bikes.
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    So excited! We cleared the bikes today! It was easy!! I was looking for the catch right up until we rode away!!!! But let me start at the beginning...

    We both crashed last night as we were just shattered. Until about 2 am! We were woken up by the vigorous and extremely loud....err....night time 'exercising' of our neighbours!

    They seemed to be having a great time but we just wanted to sleep!!!

    We eventually fell asleep again and woke up at 10am. I jumped out of bed and started packing everything up because I wanted to get the bikes. NOW!!! But I had to prod Channy into gear as she was bleary eyed and wanted sleep, or coffee, or to poke my eyes out. We finally got into a taxi and off we went to the shipping company.

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    I was expecting this to be a lengthy process with lots of back and forth between buildings and questions and fee's. But I was dead wrong! The receiving company handed us our paper work, pointed us in the direction of the Customs building, about a 2 minute walk away, and off we went.

    The customs staff were incredibly friendly and told us they would need to inspect the bikes for soil and to allow them a couple of hours to get it all done. No problem! In the mean time we went into a place called Tim Hortons and Chantelle had her demon quenching coffee and we had something to eat. A couple of hours and $45 dollars later we had our clearance! So easy!

    I went and grabbed a jerrycan to get some fuel from the servo and some lovely man filled it and wouldn't let me pay! I love Canadians! You guys rock!!

    We handed the papers and $107 over to the shipper and they presented us with two BMW 1200GS boxes....

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    The fork lift driver opened the lid and got very excited at the sight of the bike inside. 'Nice bike" he said with a big smile!

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    Once he had bought the boxes outside we tore into them! It was so good to see our girls and you couldn't have smacked the smiles off of our faces with a dead fish!

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    Then Scarlet was introduced to the forklift driver and he invited her to have a drive on the forklift.

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    Once freed we packed our gear onto them and headed out into the traffic. Which is on the wrong side of the road over here! I have only been on the wrong side once so far, and that was on a back alley! Whoops!

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    We were in peak hour traffic by this time and we were finally on our way! First stop tonight is a new hotel. We are celebrating and splurging a little. Tomorrow we start on the budget side of the trip.

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    Tomorrow...Vancouver Island!!
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    Good to hear you guys made it safe and tired .

    And away we (you two sorry 5 now ) go!!!
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    Welcome to North America...
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    Welcome to Canada Todd and Chantelle. You will love Vancouver Island. Looking forward to seeing all your reactions to travelling in N.A. on both sides of the border. And remember; if and when you get to southern Ontario beds, beers, food and tools can be traded for your stories...Dave
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