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Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 02:44 AM
Replies: 4,493
Views: 1,075,941
Posted By Balanda
JD, I'd have been disappointed if your riding...

JD, I'd have been disappointed if your riding gear was anymore upmarket. Riggers gloves are just the ticket for a minimalist. The little KLX is a ripper too but not sure how it would cope with my...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 02:37 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 12,757
Posted By Balanda
I've been really enjoying this report, not your...

I've been really enjoying this report, not your average ride and post. The history is fascinating. Great to hear of the generosity and warmth of the locals too. It's a reminder not to judge a people...
Forum: Ride reports 07-17-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 525,151
Posted By Balanda
Andi and Ellen, what troopers you are!! Such...

Andi and Ellen, what troopers you are!! Such resilience has been a hallmark of your travels and an inspiration to all. Go you good thing.
Forum: Ride reports 07-17-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 24,936
Posted By Balanda
Wow, that sounds great. Makes a fella want to...

Wow, that sounds great. Makes a fella want to board a fight and check out The States for himself !! All the ride report pic's from there are amazing so it must be quite something to see in person....
Forum: Ride reports 06-17-2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,904
Posted By Balanda
Great report Jim and a great take on an...

Great report Jim and a great take on an alternative method of adventure riding. It's not possible for everyone to take a year off from work and home for the epic SA sojourn and this is a good way to...
Forum: Ride reports 05-25-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 414
Views: 75,436
Posted By Balanda
Some of the best photo's of the Flinders I've...

Some of the best photo's of the Flinders I've seen, really like to see that part of the country one day.
Forum: Ride reports 05-05-2014, 09:23 PM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 525,151
Posted By Balanda
Every time I read one of Andi and Ellen's updates...

Every time I read one of Andi and Ellen's updates I have to go and have a rest. To think that this boundless energy has kept them going for two years is incredible. We all know the Kiwi's are as hard...
Forum: Ride reports 05-05-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 439
Views: 66,244
Posted By Balanda
What a fantastic bunch of people on this site, so...

What a fantastic bunch of people on this site, so much understanding and support that isn't necessarily forthcoming in other communities. Good people.
Forum: Ride reports 05-04-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 414
Views: 75,436
Posted By Balanda
Man, what an awesome trip this has been, great...

Man, what an awesome trip this has been, great food, top roads, and now riding with pretty gals :eek1 , ya know, life just don't get any better than this. Keep it comin' . :lurk
Forum: Ride reports 04-23-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 414
Views: 75,436
Posted By Balanda
Hope you enjoyed the Bathurst district, there's...

Hope you enjoyed the Bathurst district, there's some great rides as you've seen. An excellent report.
Forum: Ride reports 04-13-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 525,151
Posted By Balanda
True Grit

Man, you guys seem to have endless reserves of energy and determination to keep driving forward against all adversity, and yet, you find always come up smiling. Truly inspirational !!
Forum: Ride reports 04-02-2014, 03:05 PM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
Great video and sound track Gene, it must be fun...

Great video and sound track Gene, it must be fun putting it together. I see Neda takes a nice line through right handers, I've got a tendency to try to apex too early when going through a right hand...
Forum: Ride reports 03-28-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 4,493
Views: 1,075,941
Posted By Balanda
Heading back home again John, hope the weather is...

Heading back home again John, hope the weather is welcoming. However, life is about contrasts and perspectives and I'm sure you'll be having a great time back on the job. Thanks for keeping us...
Forum: Ride reports 03-23-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
Hi Gene and Neda, thanks for the look around...

Hi Gene and Neda, thanks for the look around Manizales, some of those Colombian cities are enchanting. Still enjoying your travels and RR's, Balanda.
Forum: Ride reports 02-15-2014, 06:48 AM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
Medellin looks like a beautiful city, looking...

Medellin looks like a beautiful city, looking forward to more pic's of it. Did you travel through Manizales? I'd love to see a few photo's of there.
Forum: Asia Pacific 02-11-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 850
Posted By Balanda
Around Oz

I would suggest trying to cover the north of Australia - Cairns to Broome - during June July August. Its the only time really, to be on a bike up there.
Forum: Ride reports 02-07-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 525,151
Posted By Balanda
without seeing the hull its difficult to say, but...

without seeing the hull its difficult to say, but i'd say she could be a speed boat
Forum: Asia Pacific 02-07-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 514
Posted By Balanda
sydney to darwin

G'day Fisch, I travelled thee a few times but only ever had a week to do it. I perfer to go via Midura, Pt Augusta, and north. The scenery changes more often than going Bourke, Longreach, Isa, Three...
Forum: Ride reports 01-19-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 525,151
Posted By Balanda
Amazing

Wow I'm in awe of the Andes that you've been conquering lately. Such a foreign landscape to anyone from Aust. Travel safe.
Forum: Ride reports 01-14-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 525,151
Posted By Balanda
Bravo

Fantastic journey through those mountains, thanks for posting it.:clap
Forum: Ride reports 01-09-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,698
Posted By Balanda
Go Girl

Well, you certainly know how to make things happen. I love the little bikes too, the retro styling reminds me of my old Bol'dor 900. Can't wait to see the trees of Patagonia, I didn't know there were...
Forum: Ride reports 12-25-2013, 10:05 PM
Replies: 347
Views: 93,530
Posted By Balanda
Merry Christmas

Good luck to you Elisa, I hope you have a great time riding South and Central America. I reckon a small bore bike would be ideal there. Best wishes, Marty.
Forum: Ride reports 12-11-2013, 01:36 PM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
Thanks for the great video's of the Panama Canal...

Thanks for the great video's of the Panama Canal Gene, I reckon I could watch it all day too. I'd love to be on a ship as it passes through the locks. I imagine that the canals dimensions (among...
Forum: Ride reports 11-15-2013, 11:41 AM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 525,151
Posted By Balanda
Oh no, really sorry to hear about this Andi and...

Oh no, really sorry to hear about this Andi and Ellen. I can appreciate that it could be a game changer. Looking at the picture it does appear t have been electrical in origin - loose terminal on a...
Forum: Ride reports 11-14-2013, 11:33 PM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 525,151
Posted By Balanda
Farewell

Andi, I'm as sorry as you are that its time for you to leave Colombia. Great necklace hey.
Forum: Ride reports 11-06-2013, 03:16 PM
Replies: 347
Views: 93,530
Posted By Balanda
I really like this picture.

I really like this picture.
Forum: Ride reports 11-05-2013, 06:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,837
Posted By Balanda
Wow, I really enjoyed this report and the...

Wow, I really enjoyed this report and the pictures were great. Makes me seriously consider this country / continent for a moto adventue. Thanks for telling us.
Forum: Ride reports 11-02-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
Thems that don't the good folk of the US often...

Thems that don't the good folk of the US often perceive them by the media through the prism of Govt, mainly foreign policy. Those that do get to know the people have nothing but warm regard for the...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2013, 09:03 PM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 525,151
Posted By Balanda
You seem to having the best of times on and off...

You seem to having the best of times on and off the bike, really experiencing the places you go and connecting with people so well. I guess you must've always been a gregarious person and its a...
Forum: Ride reports 10-25-2013, 10:58 AM
Replies: 414
Views: 75,436
Posted By Balanda
Looking forward to this one

Looking forward to this one
Forum: Ride reports 10-22-2013, 02:54 PM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
What aussie

I tipping that Andi won't be overly impressed being called an Aussie, Gene. It could be a similar situation to calling a Canadian an American? Pretty staunch those Kiwi's, hey Andi?
Forum: Ride reports 10-22-2013, 02:47 PM
Replies: 347
Views: 93,530
Posted By Balanda
Go Girl

A mate just came back from Cavendish and was very impressed by the American gal on the Kawa. Just fantastic that you've chosen a little tacker like the sherpa to tour Oz on. Even some of the most...
Forum: Ride reports 10-09-2013, 11:17 PM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
the team

It sounds like you and Neda are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to CA officialdom. I'd opt for your role in the operation though Gene. While I'm really enjoying your adventures through the...
Forum: Ride reports 09-21-2013, 08:17 PM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
On the Road

I can really appreciate your travel experiences and reaction to them. I am all in favour of setting up base in a place for a while and exploring the country form there, it makes for a much more...
Forum: Ride reports 09-15-2013, 09:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,787
Posted By Balanda
Bravo

What a superbly planned and executed expedition! A friend and I rode around South India on a pre unit Bullet in the early 90's but this adventure is at a whole other level. I enjoyed your SE Asia...
Forum: Ride reports 09-09-2013, 02:53 AM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
Yo Gene and Neda

Great to see that you are back in CA again and I'm sure you'll enjoy great riding ahead. Looking forward to your reports.
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 2,807
Views: 525,151
Posted By Balanda
Fantastic

Hi TMK's, have just caught up on your RR and accolades to you for having such grit. Loved the Panama Canal story, I can appreciate the engineering fascination.

Ellen, what an amazing woman you...
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Posted By Balanda
Good Stuff

This will be one of the most unfortgetable years of your life. I rode an Enfield around South India with a mate about 20 years ago and would do it again tomorrow. We had a second hand "old...
Forum: Ride reports 08-21-2013, 04:35 PM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
Hola Gene & Neda

Thanks for the update, it sounds like you are doing all that is required from trans continental motorcycle travelers, namely meeting great people, appreciating the local cultures, and spreading good...
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2013, 12:11 AM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 1,067,627
Posted By Balanda
Fantastic

Wow, what a cool place to hang out in for a while , such an ambiance with the colonial buildings amongst the volcano's and clouds. Your report has been inspiring from the outset.
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