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Dec 3, 2017 - Day 7 - Sydney

A well deserved day of rest. We have been welcomed by out good friends Jenny and David in Sydney. They sheltered us yesterday on our wet arrival, offering a warm welcome, a warm shower, a comfortable bed, great food and drinks, along with the best friendship. On our arrival yesterday we removed all wet clothes and left them in the garage. This morning as I woke up the sun was shining, so I put out all the still soaked gears around their tennis court. Squeezing the gloves, water was still dripping out and the newspaper I put inside the boots...

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Dec 2, 2017 - Day 6 - Narrandera to Sydney

Woke up and was raining. Pack the bike under the rain. Made the unforgivable mistake not to wear the rain overall; didn’t know it yet, but would have copped it. Decided instead to trust my new BMW jacket and my 25 years old goretex trousers. Goretex doesn’t expire, but glue and straps on the inside of the stitches do! We refuel at the local petrol station and change the left rear direction light bulb, that must had enough of the crazy voltages going around my bike lately. Off we were. The rain was heavy and constant and the roads were...

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Nov 28, 2017 - Sydney

Sydney – our last few days. We were picked up from the cruise by past cruise friends who live just 2 hours north of Sydney. We had 2 lovely days with Richard and Ngaire at their beautiful home overlooking Lake McQuarie. We took the train back to Sydney with more views of this massive lake on the way. Next day we took the train and then bus to the Blue Mountains a rugged region west of Sydney.Known for dramatic scenery, it encompasses steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and the Three Sisters sandstone rock formation. A sort of grand...

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Nov 9, 2017 - Guangzhou, China to Anna Bay

Wednesday 8th November 2017/Thursday 9th November 2017 Guangzhou to Sydney Woke up and had breakfast in the restaurant after admiring the view from the 25th Floor, totally amazing, definitely not as polluted as Delhi, but overcast today. We could see from our window a lake and a park, so we decided to go for a walk there after lunch. So, after we had eaten a Chinese meal (how strange, this being China) for lunch, we set out to explore the vicinity. The local people mustn’t see many Westerners as we were a constant source of interest and...

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Oct 29, 2017 - A day in Sydney

Off to Sydney on the train today. It turned out a long day but it was a good day. I thought the intercity trains had toilets on-board but ours seems to have not had one fitted... Our Opal cards worked flawlessly, mine shows up as a “Free Travel Card” but in any event on Sundays the most you pay is $2.50 anyway so its $2.50 return to Dulwich Hill from anywhere.... The scenery on the South Coast Line is great until you get to Oatley then its just the usual suburban sprawl. Frequent ocean vistas flash by and many tunnels are encountered as the...

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Oct 26, 2017 - I'm going home

Wow! I'm a bit speechless. 50 days on vacation, so far away from home, meeting some extraordinary people, and having some unforgettable memories. Im heading to the airport a bit early. Reports of a train delay, so I'm giving myself a cushion. Got to the airport, checked in with some extra scrutiny that started today, and got the express pass thru security lines because I'm flying business. Flight doesn't board for 2hrs, but they give me free breakfast, so I'm making the most of it. It's time to board... I don't wanna go... getting a bit...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Touring Manly Beach

October 23, 2017-Another recommendation I had gotten was to go to Manly beach and have lunch. So this involved taking a ferry ride to Manly Beach and then walking around. We caught the morning ferry, watching all the commuters come off and we got on. When we arrived at Manly Beach, we checked into the visitors center to see what there was to do and how to get to the beach. Turns out that a small aquarium within waqlking distance had some underwater tubes we could walk through and see ocean fish. So we walked over to this center, passing...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Back in Sydney

Ughhh so tired. Woke up at 230, showered, finished packing, checked out, and jumped on the shuttle to the airport. Shannon, Jessica, and I shared the shuttle so we'd get a 50% discount! Went thru security and cleared customs out of NZ. Boarded the plane and almost immediately fell asleep. Woke up a bit thru the flight and realized I missed my breakfast meal! That's ok, I was more tired than hungry, so I went back to sleep. About 30 minutes left out of the 3.5hr flight, I finally woke up. Good thing I did. Got an amazing view of Sydney from...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Sydney and surrounding

We have successfully arrive upon the shores of Australia. Before meeting our friend Cate we had a couple hours to kill so felt the best thing was to head to the harbor and get pictures of the iconic Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. We navigated the train system to and from the harbor and then to Sutherland station to meet Cate. With Cate we did a little site seeing from the car along the cliff drive. We also stopped a popular handglider spot, and saw 6 different gliders. Which by the way a Lawrence Hargrave invented. I also fell asleep...

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Oct 22, 2017 - Touring Sydney and Bondi Beach

October 22 2017- We had a full day in Sydney, so we got the Hop on Hop off bus and toured the sights until we got off at Bondi Beach. Our goal was the Bondi Beach Club for lunch, but when we got there it was plain that without reservations we could not get in. So we walked around it, took pictures, and then found another beach side restaurant that was delicious. Up to this point it had been a beautiful day, but when we finished our lunch the skies opened. We were about as far away from our hotel as we could be on the Hop On/Hop Off, and...

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Oct 21, 2017 - Flying into Sydney and doing the Opera House

October 21 2017-Another travel day—took a rainy, windy ride down to Brisbane Airport, then a flight over to Sydney. Here we separated from our Adventure Caravan group and went to the Marriott Sydney Harbor hotel. We had made our own arrrangements for the Sydney portion of the trip. We used points for a nice room at the Sydney Harbor Marriott, which, as the name implies, is right at the harbor. We were walking distance to great views of the Sudney harbor bridge, and we could easily walk to the Sydney Opera House. In fact, we learned that a...

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Oct 19, 2017 - Sydney

After a very long 15 hour flight we arrived in sunny Sydney. Our hotel room wasn’t ready so we went for a walk to the Botanical Gardens on the harbor for our first glimpse of the roof of the Sydney Opera House shining in the sunshine. We didn’t have a lot of energy so we sat on a park bench and enjoyed the park. Once back at the hotel we crashed out for few hours, woke up feeling better and went out for dinner. Hyde Park was turned into a huge open air Noodle market with open air eating places from every Asian market you can think of. There...

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