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Boss! De Bike, De Bike!

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Shockingly enough everything with the arrival of the bike went off without a hitch!  Instead of giving you all the details, here’s some photos of the uploading. Then it was off to the jungle for riding and special meet that’s…

And I’m Off!

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Ah, no.  I’m still in greater Jakarta.  So, ‘I’m off’ actually means that the 100km ride to the ferry for Sumatra doesn’t ever really leave the sprawling suburbs and takes the better part of a day!  The whole experience really…

The Big Durian

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Getting to Jakarta seemed like a fairly straightforward ride, and generally it was.  Decent traffic, some pleasant detours, and a dash of deja-vu. Along one country road that paralleled a canal I was thinking about how Dutch the scene seemed…

Java Jive

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Rolling off the ferry into Java was perfect- wonderful!  Whatever happened to the bike now, I only had to get a truck to Jakarta and didn’t have to deal with any kind of ferry issues or anything.  I couldn’t relax,…

Bummer Dude!

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Riding while worrying about your bike is just not fun.  Any little noise, any strange vibration and your Spidey Sense goes on full alert and you become convinced that your bike is on the verge of self-destructing in the middle of…

More bike problems.

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When I got on the ferry to Sumbawa, I heard a little grinding from my rear tire.  Nothing too loud, but certainly enough to have me check when I parked the bike.  Damn- oil was leaking out of my final…

Tourists are Bad. I Think.

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When I got to Flores I was looking forward to the mountains, volcanoes, and volcanic lakes…  Unfortunately, while the rain held off, everything was carpeted with low clouds and mist.  It was still something to see, but not what I…

Island Hopping

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Finishing Sumba worked out perfectly- I arrived at the town where the ferry left from in the late afternoon and the ferry was scheduled for 9am the next morning.  After finding a hotel, I went down to the dock to…

This is gooooood

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After my 32 hour odyssey on the ferry, I arrived in Sumba well after dark.  A stop at a gas station where the attendant waived over a local to direct me to a hotel had me in a dreamless sleep…

Timor-Leste

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East Timor- a country whose very name brings up thoughts of civil war and brutal occupation.  And one where my knowledge of it ended there.  It’s now a country struggling towards a stable democracy, with a surprisingly cordial relationship with…

I’m doing it again!

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Yup, I’m going to condense the rest of Australia into one post.  Partly because I want to get to the new, fun stuff and partly because it was more of the same, where some of the cool riding was off…

Like the Dodo

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Well, it seems my little post is well and truly lost, so here’s a quick recap. -Bal, blah, blah, sorry for the lack and generally poor quality of posts. -Thanks for still reading and for taking this blog to over…

The long road to nothing

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Riding the highway down south is an exercise in patience.  It’s neither barren enough to satisfy my ‘desolation’ fix, nor diverse enough to give you something new to look at every so often.  Then you get close to Coober Pedy…

A reality check

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Uluru was also where I had to make a choice.  A most annoyingly difficult choice.  Head down to Port Augusta or try and ride across the desert on The Great Central Road towards Perth.  I REALLY wanted to do the…

A touristy tour

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After a hot, sandy, sweaty, hard day- you know- the best kind,  I finished the night just outside of Kings Canyon.  After the rather flat and uninteresting terrain, the rising cliffs were a most welcome change. As always in the…

The creeping sands

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The outback- the real middle of Australia outback- creeps up on you.  Over hundreds of kilometers, the grassy prairies and small forests slowly become sandy stretches and small copses of stunted trees.  There is no line- no instant you can say ‘I…

Rain, Rain Go Away!!

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So, after a pleasant little stay in Brisbane that also included meeting up with a rider that I had just missed in Botswana, I decided to head North-West and towards the outback.  Well, I’d planned to that is.  I knew…

Not Feelin’ It

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On the bike, on the road again, and…  Nothing.  Everything was fine, but just that- fine, nothing was really grabbing me.  The people were perfectly nice, the riding perfectly pleasant, but it seemed somewhat pointless.  No ‘WOW!’ moments.  I think…

tech specs

I’ve made a point of skipping much of the boring detail of shipping a bike around the world- this blog isn’t about that sort of thing.  Horizons Unlimited is where I post that info since, really- how many people care which…