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Forum: Ride reports Today, 03:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 834
Posted By Balanda
The popular ones seem to have a few things in...

The popular ones seem to have a few things in common - honesty, humour, humanity, conciseness, and great photos. But use your own style just the same as the way you travel.
Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 12:07 AM
Replies: 4,626
Views: 1,129,809
Posted By Balanda
Having given the matter deep thought and due...

Having given the matter deep thought and due consideration, I now find I am deeply philosophically aligned with this concept, and may one day even attempt to emulate the resourceful Mr Downs and his...
Forum: Ride reports 09-12-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 222
Views: 33,722
Posted By Balanda
It's the human touches of a ride report that make...

It's the human touches of a ride report that make it all so real for readers Al. Being such a solo thing, riding is a lot about reflections. Losing your Mum is one of the most acute losses we go...
Forum: Ride reports 09-11-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 4,626
Views: 1,129,809
Posted By Balanda
I'll try to send ya a few bucks while you're on...

I'll try to send ya a few bucks while you're on the road this summer John. But for myself, no I wouldn't be comfortable accepting donations and would much rather be independent.
Forum: Ride reports 09-08-2014, 11:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,124
Posted By Balanda
Alcohol , vehicles, and low IQ ! A common and...

Alcohol , vehicles, and low IQ ! A common and deadly combination.
Forum: Ride reports 09-08-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 270
Posted By Balanda
Went through Gascoyne Junction in '82 in the mail...

Went through Gascoyne Junction in '82 in the mail truck on my way to Gifford Creek to visit my brother who was caretaker there. It was fairly remote country then too. Some amazing sights like Mt...
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 33,722
Posted By Balanda
Soooo in

Soooo in
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 4,626
Views: 1,129,809
Posted By Balanda
Laugh John, us dogs just call it how we see it ya know....

John, us dogs just call it how we see it ya know. And since when did the bob hope have nothing to do with motorcycles ? Say after me slowly - "get stoned and go for a ride". One of life's simple...
Forum: Ride reports 09-03-2014, 04:52 AM
Replies: 4,626
Views: 1,129,809
Posted By Balanda
Yeah right John, blame the migrating birds:wink:...

Yeah right John, blame the migrating birds:wink: , and I'm guessin you didn't inhale either :D
Forum: Ride reports 08-15-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2,238
Views: 1,155,548
Posted By Balanda
Condolences to you Neda, hope you are comforted...

Condolences to you Neda, hope you are comforted by spending her last days together and by having such a great guy to support you in this time. Thinking of you both, Marty.
Forum: Ride reports 08-04-2014, 03:34 AM
Replies: 4,626
Views: 1,129,809
Posted By Balanda
JD, you're an inspiration to the older generation...

JD, you're an inspiration to the older generation that can sometimes struggle with the tech world, let alone us of advancing years that think that travel is the domain of youth. Gotta love the can-do...
Forum: Ride reports 08-03-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 142,911
Posted By Balanda
Caffeine Blues

I know there is caffeine in tea. Is this a danger as well? I can only imagine how bad the energy drinks must be. The young fellas at work have a couple for breakfast every morning. As for the tuk tuk...
Forum: Ride reports 07-18-2014, 02:44 AM
Replies: 4,626
Views: 1,129,809
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: 14,425
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: 2,927
Views: 561,574
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: 197
Views: 35,344
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: 28
Views: 3,786
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: 418
Views: 79,115
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: 2,927
Views: 561,574
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: 452
Views: 72,650
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: 418
Views: 79,115
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: 418
Views: 79,115
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: 2,927
Views: 561,574
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: 2,238
Views: 1,155,548
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: 4,626
Views: 1,129,809
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: 2,238
Views: 1,155,548
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: 2,238
Views: 1,155,548
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: 892
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: 2,927
Views: 561,574
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: 529
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: 2,927
Views: 561,574
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: 2,927
Views: 561,574
Posted By Balanda
Bravo

Fantastic journey through those mountains, thanks for posting it.:clap
Forum: Ride reports 01-09-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,426
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: 565
Views: 142,911
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: 2,238
Views: 1,155,548
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: 2,927
Views: 561,574
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: 2,927
Views: 561,574
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: 565
Views: 142,911
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: 4,095
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: 2,238
Views: 1,155,548
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...
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