Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Sunshine Coast

The last 2 weeks have flown by. The transition from the solitude of the the Nothern Territory in to the social whirlwind of the Sunshine Coast took place seamlessly. Christmas too has started creeping in.

In Emerald I drove around with Neal, a fellow biker who kindly put me up for the night, to check out the Christmas lights in town. Some neighbourhoods certainly do make an effort. I particularly liked the ones that had Kangaroo lights with Christmas hats on! Now THAT is what I call an Australian Christmas! The show however, was stolen by mother natures lights that night. I have never seen such an active display of lightning. Wonderful.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Musical Interlude

Travelling is great! You can go from total solitude to social whirlwind in a very short space of time. I love it! Since hitting the coast I have not really stopped meeting people and quite frankly drinking beer! Its a great place to do so. I plan on doing much more of this over the next couple of weeks whilst checking out the Gold Coast. I have not had enough time to myself to get a blog written and so I guess the catch up will come soon. In the meantime, here is a little musical interlude. I hope you like it......(refunds are not available on time spent watching this video!)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Bra wearing termite hills?

8 months in and I find myself sitting on the the plane destined for Australia. My third continent.

It’s funny how the emotions hit you all of a sudden as if you have just woken up and realised what is happening.

I have a big smile and a giggle as It dawns on me that I have covered 20,000 miles over 2 contents on my little CRF250L. It’s hard to believe that we have made it to the other side of the world together.

My first few days in Darwin were easy thanks to some fellow bikers. Tim and his family put me up for the first two nights and then I moved over to stay with Elizabeth and Sam in their rural home about 40k out of town. What a great place. A lovely 1930s wooden house surrounded my 6 acres of woodland and full of wildlife. 

Monday, 1 December 2014

Thank you

My last few days in Indonesia were spent in Bali with Jonathan, Imelda and their 4 lovely Beagles Minx, Max, Dylan and Bella! They all had to get a mention as they have all kept me highly entertained in between my shipping stresses and general running around.

To be honest most of my time here was spent sorting the shipping debacle after the company I was dealing with (Green Air - Don't use them!!) palleted my bike and then tried to charge me 3 times the weight of the bike. It took two days to sort out the long sordid mess and a lot of effort and emotion went in to finding a solution.  It was not the perfect solution as I still ended up paying a lot more than I had originally calculated but we had to move forward and I had no time to find another agent. I have come out slightly wiser and slightly greyer but we are on our way!