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Old 10-15-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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4D's BIG RIDE

Well I have finally taken the plunge and resigned from my role as National Sales Manager for a Marine Refueling company and my last day at work will be the 14th of November 2013.

I delayed my departure due to the sale of the business, but that is now all behind me and I am ready to go. Sold my house in Adelaide, but kept a property in Darwin as a safety net, ended my lease in Perth and sold almost all of my worldly possessions. All I have is a few bits and pieces, one fully set up bike and my car which I will sell after using it to trailer the bike to Darwin as I have already ridden that road before and it bloody hot and wet that time of the year.

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My work took it really well and a three day Marlin Fishing Competition I had been invited to at the end of the month is still on, was convinced I would not get to go on that after resigning, so they must still like me just a little. Five days in Queensland and three days of Marlin fishing is a hell of a way to work out your notice....my life is so hard.

So its done.... I'm ready, the bike is ready and all that is left is a bit of paperwork to complete and I am good to go. Hope to be in Darwin around the 22nd of November and then ship the bike to East Timor with a planned arrival date of the 5th of December.

Life is adventure.

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Old 10-15-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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I am almost as happy for you as I am jealous of you. Get on your bike and don't look back. I am sure a great adventure awaits.
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:47 AM   #3
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So close now

On the final countdown to the end of one chapter in my life and the beginning of another. My last day at work will be the 14th of November or 3 days away.

Have spent the last two weeks enjoying some corporate largess, with a week of Marlin fishing in Queensland and followed by a week in Darwin saying goodbye to most of my major customers. Funny thing is as I prepare to leave the corporate world the job offers are flooding in with the current count standing at nine. But I am sticking to the plan and at this stage and I will be in East Timor on the 9th of December to meet the barge and claim back my bike.

Thought I should post a few photos to better explain the hardship I have put up with over the past two weeks.

Nasty Port Douglas Hotel

Sushi anyone

Big smile, ugly board shorts and my 500 pound Marlin


Will be departing for Darwin next Sunday. A lazy little drive of 4500 km which I aim to complete in five days.

Life is adventure....
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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Made it to tropical Darwin

Well I finally made to Darwin. Four days 4000 km far too much fatty food and fabulous accommodation, well not that fabulous.



The situation has improved greatly as I am now staying with a mate in his luxury waterfront home ( thank you Fred).



But I'm really here now and this is the jumping off point for my adventure. A few things to do before I have to load the bike on the barge to East Timor, but fortunately I should be able to get access to one of my ex clients workshops to complete everything. Still waiting for my Carnet de passage to arrive,despite paying for it over three weeks ago and I need it to pickup my Indonesian Visa according to the staff at the Indonesian Embassy, not sure why, but no point arguing with them.

Really getting quite excited about the trip to looking forward to getting the bike on the barge in about a weeks time and both the bike and myself should be in East Timor early December.

Life is Adventure.

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Old 11-20-2013, 05:13 PM   #5
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Looks like the start to a good trip. One I'd love to do sooner than later. Congratulations on your new station in life!
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:34 PM   #6
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Where to?

Well, it sounds like a great start!
Where to and for how long?
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:04 PM   #7
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Well, it sounds like a great start!
Where to and for how long?
The plan is to leave Darwin for East Timor then, Idonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia then fly to Nepal and on through India, Parkistan, Iran, Turkey then into Europe. Then ship the bike to Canada and ride across Canada, down the West coast of the USA to Mexico and on down through Central and South America, followed by New Zealand and finally back to Australia.

Planning on taking 3 years, but if it goes longer it won't bother me. After that I may go again via Africa and the Balkan States through Russia and Japan. Not trying to overplan anything as I know things will change once I get on the road.
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:34 AM   #8
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Now it's time to panic a little...

Was looking forward to a slow week of prepping the bike, but went to Toll Marine to set up for a load date of the 2nd of Dec.......but no, they have changed the rotation of the vessels (yesterday) and I now must have the bike and all the gear there by 3pm tomorrow. Who brings a sailing forward by a week??? So now in a panic to get it all done as if I miss this sailing there is now nothing till the new year. Problem is my Carnet De Passage is Dated the 1st of December so I hope Customs will process it so I can load the bike.



Sort what to take and what to leave.

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Old 11-27-2013, 01:19 AM   #9
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Bikes on its way

Managed to get the bike prepared and loaded in time for the barge cutoff time. Even Australian Customs was helpful and stamped my Carnet de Passage dispite the document having a start date of the 1st of December.

Total cost for shipping the bike (Toll Marine) with the panniers fitted and uncrated from Darwin to Dilli was only $420, but I think the guys in the international freight office did me a favour or two when they measured the bike ( thanks Guys, I owe you a very cold beer or two). All pretty easy and only took about 45 minutes to complete everything.


Bike loaded up for shipping to East Timor all that's missing is a tank bag and my waterproof roll bag which I will take on the plane.

Flight is booked for the 10th of December and hopefully I will be able to pick the bike up on the same day.

Life is adventure and the adventure is about to begin.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:54 AM   #10
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Good luck!

Vicariously enjoying your trip so far. Looking forward to hearing about many more adventures.

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Old 11-27-2013, 11:00 AM   #11
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:06 AM   #12
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I'm in for the ride.. good luck, ride safe and far!
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:50 AM   #13
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What a great trip you have ahead! Love the Ute - wish we had them here.
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:50 AM   #14
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Sounds like the making of a great adventure!
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:28 AM   #15
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