My bike has started its journey of approximately 9,300 miles to Sydney, Australia. Did you know that if you want to ship your vehicle to a foreign country you need to get a "carnet" to ship it? This document is akin to a passport for your vehicle and requires a boat load of paperwork (in fact much more work than a visa would be for a person). Crane Worldwide is assisting me with both the carnet and getting my bike shipped to Australia and back. Crane knows a thing or two about shipping motorcycles around the world, they were responsible for shipping Harley Davidson's bikes all over the world for their last big anniversary celebration. The bike will go by boat to Australia instead of by plane. If you ship by plane the battery has to be disconnected and all the fuel must be drained from the bike. When shipping by ocean freight you may leave a small amount of gas in the tank and no need to disconnect the battery. Crane will clear the bike through customs for me in Melbourne then transport the bike to Sydney where the trip will begin.
saved the crate built for my bike during the Cureduchenne "Principalities of Europe Ride" in 2015. A friend of mine-Jeff Hoey owns Shurpac Company which is a painting/coating firm that also does a lot of crating, packaging & pallet building. There is very little chance we would have been able to reconstruct the crate without Jeff's teams help. Thanks Shurpac and Jeff.
Kudo's also goes out to Nic Williams from Cureduchenne. Nic has been working hard getting the website set up so that it is easy for everyone to log on and get information about " Jim’s Rideabout Oz 18". A big thanks to Jen Ruetz (my niece) for her creative skills designing the logo for use on the website and for the T-shirts. A monster thanks to Matt Goldberg and the AMPG gang for being the first sponsor for Jim's Rideabout Oz 18" with his donation to Cureduchenne Muscular Dystrophy! Matt saw that I had set up 5 category's for donations: The Great White level - The Funnel Web level --The Croc level - The Taipan level and The Koala level. Matt & AMPG decided they wanted to be the apex predator because their donation made me add “The Orca Level” which is now reserved for the AMPG gang. Thanks Matt and AMPG! Everyone donating over $100 will receive a free T-shirt. Go to www.cureduchenne.org/event/jims_bike_tours to make a donation today.
I'm hoping both first timers and those of you who have consistently supported the Cureduchenne Muscular Dystrophy rides in the past consider a significant donation this year. The Cureduchenne researchers are making great progress toward finding a cure. Hopefully, there will be a day soon where all the boys diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy have the opportunity to live long adult lives.
If you know someone who might enjoy being on the blog list they can either go to the blog site or email me and I'll add them ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or send them to www.travelblog.org/bloggers/JimBMW . My next blog will be the "Trip Start Blog" near departure (September 11th) in about 36 days. I'll go into more of the route detail and modifications, as well as, where Karen and I will be flying to (red lines) on the map.
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This blog site has been created to allow friends and supporters to follow my Motorcycle trips around the world. This years trip is called "Mostly South of the Mason-Dixon Ride". I'll start in Wisconsin and head East to Canton Ohio then down through Washington DC/ Balimore and along the east coast of the US. I'll cut accross southern Georgia, Alabama, Mississippii, heading toward New Orleans, LA. Then head back north via St. Louis MO. I'll hit parts of 17 states and cover about 3,200 miles.
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