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Old 06-21-2013, 05:46 PM   #5221
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People you meet on the road.

One of the things I have found on this ride, is the amazing meetings I have with people on the side of the road. It leads to great conversations about life and sometimes to unique opportunities.


When I was riding down the east coast 5 weeks ago, I stopped at Bald Hill lookout, which had a group of riders stopped. Being fully loaded up seems to start the conversation.




Bill walks up to for a chat. As we are talking about South America, we talk about Antarctica. He had been there recently as well. "What ship?" I say a dutch ship.......... The Plancius .... HA Me too! Small world. (not at same time... but still). Bill read my blog and sent me a very kind email after checking out my Blog. He is an instructor for Sail planes, and offer to take me up when I returned to Sydney.

I have done many adventurous things in my life, Parachuting, Bungy Jumping, Heliskiing, Mountain climbing, rock climbing etc.... But I had always wanted to do a glider flight. !

We email and set up time after one reset due to weather. I rode out to Camden airfield to Meet Bill again.



He belongs and is very active in the Sailplane club here. I head out to the field to see what we will be flying in.



Bill, being an instructor, is very throughout in sharing the instrumentation, and set up of the glider.



Including safety checks.



As passenger.... I get the front seat.



OK. Tow plane "tug" is ready. I get settled into the seat and ready to go!



Down the airstrip we go...........



Bill wants to give me a really special ride, so they tow us up to 7,500 feet over Burragorang National park before we get cut loose.....





Ok. We are gliding.





Beautiful Views.



Just a cool feeling as we bank and turn and look around at the great scenery.



A sail plane below us in a Thermal. We climb back up...... to continue our flight to about 1.5 hours flying!



We started in Camden



Had an amazing flight catching some thermals and spending some great time in the air!



Thanks Bill for the great opportunity!!



We had a Coffee and Bite to eat in town and then Bill suggested I ride out to the Lookout in Burragogong












Nice way to see the area from the sky and the road!!




Amazing People that you meet along the road ! Had some great life conversations with Bill and will never forget my time in the Sailplane!

Thanks so much Bill


Video to follow..... It is importing to imovie now and will work on it shortly!
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:13 PM   #5222
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:18 PM   #5223
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Wow

How cool Mark. You are having the time of your life, all payback for all the good you have done. Pictures are beautiful too. Thanks for sharing
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:30 PM   #5224
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bummer about the wheel bearings .. how many miles was on it?
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:02 PM   #5225
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bummer about the wheel bearings .. how many miles was on it?
I replaced Wheel bearings at about 27,000 miles. The real issue is that it damaged the hub .....

Replaced them in NZ, and tried the normal tricks to get them in ....... But it was only around 6,000 miles and the bearing was them wiggling in the hub.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:04 PM   #5226
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:14 PM   #5227
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:53 PM   #5228
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Hi Mark
wow helo ride, glider ride... this RR has it all. Now get that bucket of bolts fixed and get out of Sydney and continue

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Old 06-21-2013, 11:12 PM   #5229
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:27 AM   #5230
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Oh man gliders are so cool. Hope to get up in one someday.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:12 AM   #5231
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I hate to disappoint you Mark, but I own neither a helicopter nor a glider, not even as a scale model.
But I suspect that you will be doing at least one flight in Africa.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:15 AM   #5232
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Thanks for providing the relevant musical interludes
Enjoy doing it, and thanks Mark for all the effort it takes to share your ride. And now back to Radioman's regularly scheduled trip around the world.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:58 AM   #5233
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Radioman, are you gonna travel Europe?
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:08 PM   #5234
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Travel Europe

He might if he will just publish his PayPal address so we can help fund his travels. Won't take much from each of us for him to continue his valuable service to us followers.... Yes, I am serious...
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:59 PM   #5235
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Im from Europe and he will has a good time here, lots of different countries with unique culture etc. I think its better and safer choice than South Africa.
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