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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Ayers Rock September 27th 2018

The Rock I pulled out of Alice Springs 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 8:50. My Fastener friends who have traveled with me and certainly my family know that when a departure time is set it’s BIH (bags In Hand) at or before the specified departure time😏. A lot of people think The Rock is just outside Alice Springs - in fact, it is 274 miles south and west. The Rock will be my furthest West Point in Australia on the bike trip. I stopped and popped a couple pictures of Connors Mountain which is a pretty good size plateau rock in its own right. It was a hot ride down, 95 degrees was my top temperature recorded but very little wind. I was cruising along at 70 when all of a sudden there were 250-350 ... read more
cattle 2 road
cattle on the road
mount Connor

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs September 26th 2018

I visited the Reptile Center here in Alice Springs - it isn't very big but its got the 'Right Stuff'. I saw two different exhibit shows one on their prized Saltwater Crocodile named "Terry" as well as, a lizard and snake show and tell. Before the shows I was able to tour the reptiles on exhibit throughout the place and while not very big the cast was deadly interesting. The deadliest snake in the place rose up to give me an eye to eye stare down (He won)- The mighty Coastal Taipan. I enjoyed the saltwater crocodile show the best because the guy giving the talk was so cocky I found myself rooting for Terry the Salty. However, the guy knew his stuff and probably said 10 times when in Darwin and the north just don't ... read more
The one Aussie you never want to meet in the wild- Mr. Taipan
Terry the Salty patiently waiting
the proud Goanna

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs September 26th 2018

HOT !!!!!! A couple of people have asked for the donation sight so "For the avoidance of doubt" . Here is the address to donate to Cureduchenne Muscular Dystrophy Please pass it on so we can get closer to our goal. Thanks Jim... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs September 26th 2018

Southbound to Telegraph station - Alice Springs Started my first day heading South around 9:00 A.M. (since I left Townsville for my Westward Ho 3 days ago). My first goal for the day was to find a suitable place to dress up an Ant Hill with my Rideabout Oz 2018 official tee shirt. Because the road is so narrow I had to find a spot where I could safely pull over off the road. Another car had pulled over at one spot so I decided to go for it. I pulled up next to an Ant hill with enough girth to display my logo. One of the occupants of the car next to me came over and introduced himself. His name was Marcus, Marcus was from Stuttgart Germany. He saw what I was doing and asked ... read more
Marcus assist
Jim and the Ant hill
Down Under area 51

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Tennant Creek September 24th 2018

Tennant Springs Supplemental Edition I decided to have dinner at the Blue Stone Motor Inn restaurant "Anna's". Patricia was my waitress she was born in Chile but grew up in B.A. Argentina. Toward the end of my meal I struck up a conversation with two Aussie fellas at the table next to me. They invited me to come over and sit with them. I call them opposite end fellas because Brad (on the left) is from Victoria (Melbourne) and Jim is from Darwin. I think the only other two major cities you can get further apart then these two in Australia might be Perth and Brisbane. They were both consultants working with the indigenous people on employment prospects. We talked about the similarities the Aboriginal tribes and the Aussie's have with the US and American Indian ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Tennant Creek September 24th 2018

The mysterious Homestead to Tennant Creek Run ! After a hotel Breakfast, I gassed up and was on my way by 8:00 from Mt. Isa (pronounced Eye za ). The way out for the first 100 Miles was the road kill Kangaroo Highway. For the readers from WI imagine being on a road that every morning would have a doe to a fawn size white tail deer road kill every 2 miles or so for a hundred straight miles. Some are probably a day or so old but the crow cleanup crews are pretty efficient and there aren’t many left overs. My horn was buzzing every couple miles. Once the temp climbed above 80 there were less and less dinner guests joining me on the road - the topography was the open range format most of ... read more
view from the drivers seat
ant hill dress up
My digs at the Blue Stone

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa September 23rd 2018

Happy First day of Spring....or for those reading this in the NH Happy first day of Fall. The sun is over the equator and is heading toward the Tropic of Capricorn so both those in the Northern Hemisphere (NH) and Southern Hemisphere are getting the same amount of daylight (depending on their distance from the equator). Headed out around 7:30 - I wanted to find someplace to have a regular breakfast. I had filled up with gas when I first hit Hughenden so I was good until I found a breakfast stop. I hit Richmond around 9:00 and found a little gas station that also made breakfast- just what I was looking for and was able to top off with gas to boot. The terrain started out with wide open cattle grazing land - in fact, ... read more
near Isa
red rock

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hughenden September 22nd 2018

Today is the last day of the Australian Winter- 250 miles West of Townsville in the start of the outback is Hughenden, Pop. of maybe 1,000 not including wind farm and solar farm workers. The ride out was surprisingly similar to the last hour up from Rockhampton to Townsville. Lots of cattle and horses. I started seeing the a huge number of ant and termite mounds all shapes colors and sizes and stretching out as far as the eye can see. I stopped and took pictures of White Mt. National Park. which was about half way out to Hughenden. I learned by experience that Kangaroo's aren't the biggest threat to a biker during a daytime ride... its the Kangaroo's corpses from the night before that are the big threat. The Carrion birds that gather in groups ... read more
White mt sign

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville September 21st 2018

After 8+ hours on the bike yesterday and knowing that I would have 50+ more miles today than yesterday I was hoping there wouldn't be as many construction delays today. Started out at 6:45 – The temperature was down today but a trade off with some heavy winds. I was thankful that I decided to ship my bike and that the Crane Worldwide gang were able to come through for me. Those winds on a smaller R1200 GS motorcycle would have forced me to slow down considerably. Between heat and wind -I’ll take the heat every time. Any of you who’ve driven in South Dakota on I-90 West or East bound know what kind of winds there were today at times. I now have an idea why they call this continent OZ. Over the last two ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton September 20th 2018

Long Dayyyyy...,, Up at 5:45 and down in the garage by 6:30. The lift at the MARRIOTT to the garage level was broken so I got a guided tour of the maintenance areas of the hotel to get down to my bike. The MARRIOTT Brisbane -BTW-was a great choice if you decide to visit Brisbane. Excellent location and great rooms and staff. I'm going keep this blog a little short and talk more about the two day combined ride in the next blog. Once I loaded up the bike I was on the road by about 6:45 but it took 45 minutes to get on to the M1 and eventually the A1 and out of the City. I covered only 12 miles in those 45 minutes. Brisbane may only have 2.5 million people but the city ... read more
river rh
currency quiz

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