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Sep 15, 2018 - Day 1/2 Perth - Doha

At last it's time to set out on our long awaited holiday...Nana, Sarah and Riley. After having dinner at the club with the family, we left for the airport. Check-in was a bit of a long wait and then it was time for kisses, cuddles and goodbyes before we left for the departure lounge. I think there might have been a few parent tears. We had a good flight to Doha although it was very long. It was a very full plane so no spare seats. About an hour out of Doha, Riley told me he was feeling sick. Before I could get into a sick bag (they have...

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Apr 12, 2018 - Stuff

I'm not much of a souvenir buyer. I enjoy getting something to replace a worn or lost item, or buying a necessity. If I do buy something to remind me of a trip or place, it's usually a practical item I'd use at home. In Morocco, it was socks. In Greece, a hat. In Thailand, a cooler hat and sandals. In Australia, I learned there are a handful of companies that manufacture watches. I love watches. They are the only jewelry I wear. (My wedding band does not count as jewelry: it's more than mere jewelry.) I did Internet research and found an...

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Second Time Around

Jan 28, 2018 - Perth

The gateway to our Australian adventure was Perth. Situated on the banks of the Swan River, it is a city with a modern skyline. In contrast, further to the west, its port of Freemantle (Freo) still has many original Victorian buildings. We celebrated Australia Day (January 26th) sampling beer and watching a spectacular 30-minute firework display with about ¼ million Aussies. We also spent one day on Rottnest Island (11 miles off the mainland) with bikes, beaches and members of its only indigenous population: the friendly quokkas....

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Jan 10, 2018 - Back to Perth

Our second stay in Australia for Christmas came and went in a flash. We had anticipated that Peter would be working but in fact he had a break between shifts for the whole of the six days and we wished we had made it a longer stay in Perth. We arrived on the 21st December and went straight to the very lovely and quite grand home of Jing Jing’s parents. Jing Jing is a friend of Peter with whom he has been staying. He had, by now, signed the contract on the rental of a small house of his own – the one that Jane and I had viewed on his behalf...

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Dec 29, 2017 - Christmas in Perth

Perth for Christmas We arrived back in Perth after a five and a half hour flight, which landed early, to be picked up by Peter and taken to Jingjing’s parents house which was fabulous. The weather was very different from Batam, being much much hotter and much less humid. After a good nights sleep we went across to Peters newly rented house to check on what else he still needed to buy. We then headed across to Rockingham where Pete was having a kite surfing lesson and we enjoyed sitting on the beach watching both the professionals and...

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Jane in Asia

Dec 14, 2017 - Day 18 - Coolgardie to Perth

The last day. Only 560 km to home. The longest drive. Finally sunshine and fresh temperature, so we went for an early start, with the bikes refuelled the night before. While packing I was considering that this would have been the last time for a while, at least for this trip. We did those same movements, that on the last 18 days become a daily routine. I remembered the first morning in Norseman, when it took a while to repack everything before taking off and I said Alberto that the last day we would have pack the lot in a fraction of the...

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Dec 5, 2017 - Sumatra

Sumatra – Indonesia We left Perth Australia on Monday 27 th November, but not without a bit of a hitch, due to the volcano on Bali which had been rumbling for some time, continued to rumble. The Airport at Bali (Denpasar)had been both open and closed during the previous week. Many airlines had already cancelled their flights for the day going to Denpasar which was a cause for slight anxiety on our part, but Garuda were confident they would fly as the Bali airport was open. The air crew boarded the plane, our flight was called and as we...

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Jane in Asia

Dec 2, 2017 - At Paula and Sefton's

We picked the hire car (Clyde - obviously) up from the airport early on Friday morning and headed into Perth for breakfast and a wander. Weather was a lovely 29 degrees but with none of the humidity of Cairns so it felt really nice. Didn't really do much apart from get robbed by the car parking system - $20 for about 2 hours! We made it to Paula (my cousin on Mum's side) and Sefton's at around midday and made plans for the rest of the week. Highlight of the day has got to be going for a spin in Sefton's hot rod based on a Model T Ford...

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Nov 30, 2017 - Off to Perth

30th Novemeber has arrived and it's time to say goodbye to Eastern Australian and head for the west. Can't say I'm sorry to see the back of stinging jelly fish and crocodiles. Before handing Bonnie back we did a quick trip into Cairns and had some lunch by the harbour. What we should have done is head for Muddy's Playground which is an area that has been made to look like and artificial beach. Looks fabulous so I did the brit thing and went for a paddle! Lots of Christmas parties going on but somehow the Santa outfits and speedos don't...

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Nov 26, 2017 - -1

All done, all ready... almost. My bike is loaded, Alberto's should be soon. All available room has been taken, but we should have cover all the needs we will face. Weather forecast for tomorrow are having hi 32 in Perth, but we will be far before that temperature will actually hit and 40 in Coolgardie... and we may be caught there. time to sleep now!

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Nov 25, 2017 - -2

Almost there. Yesterday have replaced the USB outputs on my bike, that for some reason the one previously installed was not working. I took the chance to give a check to all the rest and all looks ready to go. Really hope the old lady will carry me over and back without issues. Today have done a bike load test, to see if all fits and yes, it fits! Not much room left thou, but Alberto's bike has nothing on the back, so we may always strap there some light camping gear there to make room in the panniers. Have gone through the list I've made...

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Nov 21, 2017 - -5

Is getting closer. Yesterday evening have started packing the spares and accessories. The left pannier is where I want to put these things as if we will stop on the side of the rad is the safer side to be. So far i fit all I had, including most of the camping gears and both bikes' panniers are full. So considering I'm missing few items, I will definitively need at least one additional bag to put on the passenger seal. I'm thinking to put all camping gears in this bag, so will be much easier to strap one single item instead of the tent, the...

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