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Old 06-11-2013, 01:32 AM   #5161
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Barossa Valley

Once again I have met up with a friendly and generous Aussie host. The rain was coming in today so, Trev picked me up in the morning and took me on a nice wine tour to the Barossa Valley!!

A quick stop at the Chateau Yaldara and stories of the changes in some of the local wineries. Trev is a bit of an expert (edit Trev told me he was not an expert but knows what he likes which is a top notch Shiraz) on the wines and wineries in the area!



Then onto some wine tasting of the local wineries. The
Shiraz is the famous wine of the region! Started at Grant Burge



The 2008 Meshach Shiraz was great!



Was overcast and rainy day, but you can see this would be a great place to enjoy the afternoon!



Then onto the private tasting room of the Rockford Winery. Trev enjoying the tasting.



Cheers.



A really tasty Shiraz!!





Trev was a bad influence and had to buy some wine.... I am actually holding a purchase that he made for a good mate. Great winery!





Then onto a fancier winery that had great display and presentation at Wolf Blass



More education on the wine regions of the area.



Got a good tasting and service from Maria. She was interested in my Round the world ride! Cheers Maria!



We tasted the Grey, Black and Platinum labels



Great way to spend the day on Barossa Valley Wineries. Including a stop to catch up with one of Trev's Mates in town and had a "culpa" and talked bikes, ate local Pasties, and of course the wine tasting!

Thanks Trev
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:37 AM   #5162
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Hi Mark,

When jmcg first asked me if it was ok to invite this ADVrider to come stay with us I didn't really know what to expect, especially as I hadn't read any of your RR!! It was a pleasure to meet you and have you stay with us and share your stories of adventure on the road. And I like your style of eating dessert before the main meal

I have now caught up on your back story (shed a few tears along the way ) and am checking in everyday to see where your journey takes you next.

I've also started reading your RR from the start (up to page 169) and found this image particularly special as I love taking time out to wonder at the little things around us.

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Walking up to the meditation point on top of the hill, I enjoyed the hard work of the ants....... They were all heading down this morning when I checked out this area, in the afternoon, they were carrying leaves, flowers etc back to there nest. Hard working!


Thank you so much for taking the time to keep your RR up to date and letting us come along for the ride.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:57 AM   #5163
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My mornings consist of 1) making coffee, and 2) seeing where Radioman is today.

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Old 06-12-2013, 05:19 AM   #5164
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Good Morning Mark,

I sure do like having your report to check on with my coffee in the morning. What a great way to start the day.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:51 AM   #5165
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Old 06-12-2013, 02:30 PM   #5166
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Got a good tasting and service from Maria. She was interested in my Round the world ride! Cheers Maria!


You may want to specify what you mean when you say you got service from Maria.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:39 AM   #5167
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Hi Mark!

Glad to see you are doing well in this Chapter of your life! I am in the process of making some substantial changes myself. Since I returned from Panama early April after 96 days on the road, I have sold four of my five motos and put my house up for sale! I plan to live on the road/Mexico, traveling at least 50% of the time. I have a lady friend that travels with me now, but I still miss my wife as I am sure you miss your's. I don't know about you, but I don't try to forget mine, I think about her every day! But, life does go on, new people enter your life and the ride keeps going!
very good news Donnie...but please, tell me she does not ride a harley :)
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Old 06-13-2013, 03:54 PM   #5168
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Adelaide to Finders

Decided to ride up to see the Finders Range north of Adelaide. Trev had gotten me a map, and set up a good route that I would see some of the best sights on route to Blinman. Was up early and riding by about 7AM. Was a bit cloudy and misty, but hoping it would clear as I got northward.



Bit of a rainy ride through the Clare Valley area.



Spots of clearing.... Then more rain.



As I rolled near Hawker, a Road train had blown through a "T" intersection and ended up in the bush. Yikes



Stopped at the sightseer cafe in Hawkers for a "flat white" coffee and some "brekkie". Before I left couple of riders showed up. They had been riding up north and had really rough muddy dirt tracks. They were heading back to Sydney but told me I would probably see their mate Jeff in Blinman.



Then onward toward Blinman. With all the rain they have had, some of the roads I was going to ride were closed. So I had to stay on the "Bitumen" (asphalt in American English).



Did take a look on a couple of routes, but not far and it turned to muddy clay



Must not be good with the rain...



Still great to get a little look at the area.



And enjoy the wildlife including the Emu's



Rain continues and road is slippery....





This section was not bad, but the rain continued, so I continued back to Blinman to find a place to stay.





Thanks Trev for the routing..... rain just prevented me from fully seeing all of this area.



You can see that this area gets lots of rain. Many flood areas.



2 Meter markers. Yikes...



Arrived at Blinman and stayed at the Pub. Indeed Jeff riding his 1200GS was there as well. Had a chat in the Pub and a good meal at the Hotel.

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Old 06-13-2013, 04:04 PM   #5169
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Hi Mark, bugga, but the weather plays a big part of travel out that way. I saw your movements on the Spot and figured something was not right. It's only been the last few years that the bitumen reached to Blinman...it was a very slippery track, when wet, from Wilpena to Blinman before that.

Enjoy your trip through country NSW.

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Old 06-13-2013, 04:17 PM   #5170
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Excellent pics, Radioman!

You don't happen to have room for a pillion, do you? I have some free time and proved today that I can, in fact, throw my leg over a bike. I could be there in a couple of days... meals and gas on me, of course!
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:56 AM   #5171
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Enjoy your trip through country NSW.
Trev thanks for the place to stay and spending a bit of time with me. The Finders did not work out as planned but still had a good visit. The local riders were not out riding the dirt roads..... so I followed their lead
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:13 AM   #5172
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Blinman to Broken Hill, NSW

In the morning, it looked like it was clearing a bit, but I had decided to start the trek to Sydney and then ride north to warmer weather!

Jeff and I met out front to a photo!



Jeff and his recently acquired Eagle claw.



He wanted to make sure that I said that he tore it off with his teeth



In Blinman they do not have enough Kangaroo's and Emu's so they make them out of corrugated steel.





Had a quick look here... weather did not allow too much exploring .... but I can see it is a stunning area.



As I headed back through the park, had a little blue sky....



But the clouds were around. Seeing some rainbows.



Then I continue across some outback on Pavement.



Lots of trucks making their way cross the country to deliver their goods.



Even in the outback they have limits



I get to meet two of "Australia's Finest" in SA.










As the one officer took down my license and reg info.... I said "can we make this one a warning?" ......... Smile The officer writing the ticket says, "I think we can". It's good for International relationships The other officer says "you are really lucky!"



And the other officers says, the ticket was $700 AUSD.... "That's alot of petrol"
Yes... Thanks!! Warning accepted !

I continue onto NSW, Smiling and cheering in my helmet.



Just about to Broken Hill.



All the side roads have had lots of water. Looks very slippery.



Lots of 4WD towing trailers...



OK.Sticking to the speed limit.



Having a great time riding the some of the expanse of the Australian Outback.

People ask me if I get tired of riding. The simple answer is No. I loved getting on my moto everyday that I ride. (but it is also good to have days off the bike to explore and sightsee). Lots of helmet time to reflect and think about life!
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:18 AM   #5173
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Radioman, what rate of progress earns a $700 AUSD performance bonus?
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:07 AM   #5174
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Haven't posted in a while, but I continue to be impressed with your report. The quality of your photos is wonderful and I'm enjoying seeing parts of the world I've never visited. Thanks! I hope you're enjoying yourself and finding peace.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:32 AM   #5175
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