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Old 05-31-2013, 08:30 PM   #5116
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Congratulations on the 2 year mark of your trip!! Have been following since the beginning and look forward to reading the updates every night after work!!! Thanks for taking the time!!!
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:01 PM   #5117
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I like that! 2 years already WOW. Doesn't seem like it.
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Old 06-01-2013, 04:57 AM   #5118
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2 years

I have been following you since you began your journey and I look every morning to see if you have a new installment. What a great way to start my day - lets me dream of doing my own journey some day. Safe travels and thanks for taking us along.
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Old 06-01-2013, 07:43 AM   #5119
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I'm in agreement with RokLobster!
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:29 PM   #5120
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:53 PM   #5121
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Here's to you Mark!
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Old 06-01-2013, 09:17 PM   #5122
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Have been reading at least once a day since you started Mark. Sure has been fun and educational keeping up with your great reports. Thanks for all you do to make that happen. You will have great memories for the rest of you life as a result of this trip.

Take care and enjoy Mark,
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:24 PM   #5123
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Wow

2 years seem to have gone by so fast...amazing Mark...as always will keep checking in...South Africa eh? Our dream!
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:33 PM   #5124
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Great, Radioman continues the journey.
I am trying to get courage to quit my job and start planning/doing my own trip.. before I am too old for that. It's the feeling of letting go of the fake "safety net" that is hardest to fight.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:37 AM   #5125
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Mark , congratulations on your 2 years on the road ! And a thank you again for letting us follow along and learning about the world . I can relate to your life before you started this ride , but I have been at "it" for about 10 plus years . I do get to sneak in short rides every once in a while . But for now ride reports like you keep me smiling . The last shot I had at riding Australia was in 87' , but it didn't happen . Looking forward to following along as long as you go . Ride safe and enjoy every minute .
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:58 PM   #5126
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I am trying to get courage to quit my job and start planning/doing my own trip.. before I am too old for that. It's the feeling of letting go of the fake "safety net" that is hardest to fight.
I really think that making the Decision to Actually go on this kind of trip is the hardest part.

We indeed get caught in our "comfort Zones" and what we have learned or others say Like : "you cannot do that, because ....... it''s not safe, you would lose money, not find work again etc.

The best I can say is that the "Risk" is worth it! and I believe you will figure out how to do it if you really want to!

Some people like planning it all out, other just going with the flow. You need to find the ways that work best for you, and do the trip in a way that works the best for you!
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:24 PM   #5127
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Melbourne

Really have enjoyed a couple days relaxing and exploring Melbourne. Usually I love just getting into the heart of a city and walking about. It has been a Rainy couple days so I just took it a bit easier, catching up in my RR, some future logistics and basic record keeping stuff.

Saturday Night I had dinner with a nice young woman I met at the Hotel. We met in China Town, had Dinner, then a gelato, and a drink while chatting about life! Really enjoyed the evening!!





Typical Hotel Pub that you find everywhere.



Melbourne has a vibe to it. Music, Graffiti, Art, Food and hipness.





Getting around is easy with the tram, buses, trains.



Lots of shops with cool window displays. Remember these from the 60's....



Sunday Am had some breaks in the rain.



Then off to meet up with Steve, his wife Liz and daughter Bronwyn. They are originally from South Africa, so it was great to spend the day/evening together!
Steve warned me that lots of Kangaroos... Came around a corner and there was afield full of them! The took off as I stopped to try to get a photo, but had a couple dozen all standing and looking at me! Before they headed off.



Then down the dirt drive to meet up at their home!



They have a great motorcycle history including some wonderful bikes in there family room!

His



Hers



We had a lovely Dinner and Bronwyn baked a cake to celebrate my 2nd year Anniversary on the road How thoughtful!!



Once again the connection through ADV has been amazing. They ride as a family and are looking at a RTW ride together someday! Very cool!
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:33 PM   #5128
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I am enjoying the pictures of Melbourne, I lived there in 1964-65, then again in 1978-79.
Traveled almost the whole country as a drifting hippie.
Keep up the great reports.
Thanks
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:51 AM   #5129
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Many years ago my parents lived in Melbourne for a bit,always liked the place.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:40 AM   #5130
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Hi Mark

Just thought I'd throw in a couple of bits to go with your pictures.

Meeting for dinner in Chinatown would be up the top end of Little Bourke St, just a block or so across (up from the Shot Tower in the photo) was Melbourne's old Red Light district from the mining days (funny, they don't mention that in the brochures )

Swanston St (the photo with the Library sticking up a la 'Planet of the Apes) goes across the Yarra as the Princes Bridge and then becomes St Kilda Rd and was the original main road South... BUT... it doesn't line up with Elizabeth St (1 block over) which becomes Sydney Rd, the old main road North. Back in the Pioneering days 2 family's owned the plots of land either side of the river, both wanted the bridge to be built off their land and money rather than common sense won the day, so until very recently Melbourne never had a continuous North-South route. (Could never happen with today's bureaucracy ... could it??)

Also, we have the second elevator to be built in the world. 10 Queen St for interested locals, the elevator obviously has been replaced now, but the building with it's central elevator shaft is still there.

Glad your enjoying Melbourne and Victoria, keep the adventure going mate!
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