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The Journey has now reached 5!
Drew's Dribbling Stories celebrates his Journey's around the world in the best way he knows how... Through story... and photos.
This blog includes Journey's 4-5
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August 21st 2013
A group of men dressed in army uniforms exit from three white 4WD’s and briskly walk towards me. One speaks up to reassure, “You okay mate? Don’t worry, I’m a registered nurse. The others will get your bike, we’ll move our cars to the side to let everyone else pass and I’ll patch you up under the tree over there.” After four days in East Timor’s capital, Dili the true adventure appeared lost until I decided to ride to the districts. East Timor (Timor-Leste) is one of the newest countries in the world with independence granted in 2002 (although they briefly were independent in late 1975 between being a Portuguese colony and Indonesia’s occupation.) 5 years earlier I had dreamt of coming here but due to expensive flights I headed to Singapore instead to begin my ... read more
May 14th 2012
Below us is a barge, a dot in the bright blue Pacific Ocean. In the distance is my home. 16 hours since I left Los Angeles I thought of the ease it was to get here. One time in Africa I waited 24 hours just for a bus to leave the bus station, now I’m almost home. I was flying with a Fijian airline, Air Pacific and couldn’t help but link the closeness of the name to the TV series Lost’s airline, “Air Oceanic.” All we needed now was to land safely. As the great city of Sydney came in the line of sight, the plane would provide the greatest show any airline has provided upon my return. At times it was as if the planes wings were touching the rooves of the houses below as ... read more
May 3rd 2012
Up until I was near the conclusion of my West Africa trip a year ago I had no intention of travelling USA. I figured I’ve got an idea from the TV and movies, “That’s good enough for me.” But over time I was intrigued by the US’s success and how with that success many other countries aspire to it. This one country brings so much hope and admiration but at the same time hatred and distain for its powers. How could I not come here after seeing and hearing this influence directly and indirectly in over 100 countries. I wanted to know if that admiration and distain was and is warranted. How should we judge USA and its people? Should the world look to USA for direction? Should we judge the everyday people going about their ... read more
April 28th 2012
The thought process was that this could be my last hostel experience ever because who knows what lies ahead. I enter the dorm and I am in a dorm full of woman. It’s happened before I’ve put down Drew in the booking and because of Drew Barrymore they think I’m a woman. In Hindsight I should have gone out with the Canadian girls but I wanted a quiet night to catch up on the blog. I was miles behind again and ploughed through two stories. Unfortunately they were going to a music festival out in the sticks two nights later and weren’t coming back until after I left. I envisaged these girls could have created one last great drunken story but instead it wasn’t meant to be. Instead I went seeking out my own fun. I ... read more
April 11th 2012
I’m waiting in line for my 10:30pm bus out. I hear a young guy questioning security near the carryon check-in. Guilt written all over his face, giving himself away he says, “Wait! Hang on… What? What do you mean you have to check my bag? What am I not allowed to take on board?” “You know drugs, knifes, guns, that sort of stuff.” He stands there for a bit as if his brain couldn’t comprehend. Either that or making sure he left his AK47 at home. “Oh, okay then.” A lady standing in front of me just missed her bus because they changed the boarding gate and didn’t make an announcement. “Mam, we can’t turn the bus around just for you I’m sorry. We have another bus that will leave at 130 in the morning.” This ... read more
April 5th 2012
My footsteps are making inroads into the field of white land that’s before me. I am in the mountains and less than half an hour away from the biggest little city in the world. It maybe a poor second to Las Vegas but what Vegas has Reno can match it with other activities that surround in multiple directions. That could be the nice problem with Reno. There are too many other things to do and see to worry about gambling. I came here for cheap, nice accommodation to just relax a bit, have a game of ten pin bowling and maybe explore a little of the edges. With this Reno can leave you questioning whether it’s crap or actually quite a nice stopover? Casinos weren’t around much until the early 1960’s when the resorts came in. ... read more
April 5th 2012
I tease myself too much sometimes. The holy grail of my USA journey was to somehow get to Montana State and see the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. 5 months earlier I had to turn back whilst in east Wyoming. This time around I was in Idaho and even closer but again I turned back reaching my final crest in the magnificent Craters of the Moon. Once there it was a gradual decline, hitting neutral in the car, crawling my way over the speed limit down the mountains toward the coast of California and my eventual, inevitable flight home. Idaho doesn’t get too much of a wrap in the states. Dominated by mountain landscape, there is one plain that’s an arc shape that goes along the south. The main city is the capital Boise. Which ... read more
April 5th 2012
The states continually come up with surprises. New ways to explore and discover are just around the bend. Little did I know I had covered parts of the Oregon Trail months earlier only this time, I would start from its grand finale - the Colorado River. The Oregon Trail is an unknown road for most tourists travelling the US. In 1803 President Jefferson sent instructions to some guys called Lewis and Clarke to explore the Missouri River and other rivers for a direct route to the Pacific Ocean. The route they found is still partially used but not entirely because it wasn’t suitable for wagon transportation. Their 1804-06 adventure confirmed that there were two major rivers heading out of the northern Rockies but no easy route through the land from the east to the west. Therefore ... read more
April 5th 2012
It’s old and run down but somehow the people of Seattle make the Pike Place Market refreshing. Perched up on a hill looking down to the waters of the massive Puget Sound it is a must see of any visit to Seattle. Especially when the sun comes out. The joyous occasion for the locals is there for all to see, as a very unusual weekend was bestowed upon us. I researched a little and it informs me that Seattle is the 44th city in USA for rainfall with 38 inches of rain a year. So its reputation as raining every day is false. It’s cloudy 201 days a year and partly cloudy 93 days. So forever cloudy is better suited. I had something similar (blue skies) happen to me when I was in Bergen, Norway. That ... read more
April 5th 2012
There is no-one to go out with on this cold spring night so I go it alone. A good ole American dive bar is the only option in these situations... By the end of the night I would have had a taste of USA’s best beer drinking state, Oregon, and end up in a Japanese restaurant turned gay and lesbian country music karaoke night. This is Oregon and I hadn’t even hit one of my top American cities Portland or its grand landscapes. It was going to be hard to top Redwoods performance so I looked for a bit of city life to break it up. I made it as far north on my crappy spare tyre to Eugene. The hipster capital of Oregon, which in turn means the hipster capital of USA. To get an ... read more