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Old 09-01-2005, 02:28 PM   #16
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Thanks for coming to the Ville

Thomas and Yngve,

Thanks for coming to the Ville and allowing me to hang out with you guys for a few weeks. I had a great time riding, and a great time just kickin' around town relaxing. It was a pleasure to have you stay, and anytime you want to come and stay again you are more than welcome. Melissa and I are sad to see you go - we have become accustomed to having you guys around the house. But at least you are going off on bigger and better adventures and will no doubt see some amazing things and go some incredible places over the next few months - I wish I was going with you guys you lucky bastards!

Anyway, thank you for allowing us to share our lifestyle with you for a few weeks, we had a blast. Please have safe travels, and keep in touch in the future.

Cheers

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Old 09-10-2005, 10:00 PM   #17
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Thanks a lot Leon. We highly appreciate your hospitality !

We're in Darwin and I've updated the site.
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Old 10-07-2005, 12:35 AM   #18
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Hello everyone

I've updated Gravel Seekers.com with story and a bunch of pictures.

Here's a few samples of the pictures:

























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Old 04-06-2006, 09:38 AM   #19
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You might think this horse is dead,



but you're mistaking



I know I haven't been very good at updating this thread, so I thought I'd let y'all know we're back in Norway and everyone's still kicking.

The trip lastet 8 months and I covered 25.000km's. Spent four sets of tyres, one radiator, one head gasket, one waterpump, all rear wheel bearings, 2 tents, one pair of Alpinestar Tech 4 boots, one riding suit and a few other bits and pieces.

Since I know that most of you like pictures better than words I'll just post the addy for the reports and pictures: www.gravelseekers.com



Here are a few sample pictures from the last part of the trip









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Old 04-06-2006, 09:44 AM   #20
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Excellent report and outstanding pics!
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Old 01-15-2010, 03:55 PM   #21
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Some might think shameless bump and you wouldn't be entirely wrong, but matter of fact is that I've finally managed to beat YouTube's 10 minute rule and uploaded a video cut into 3 parts.

Thanks to everyone we met on our trip, specially Leon in Townsville and Andy at Motohansa in Sydney. Thanks for being part of making this trip so awsome !

The muddy bits in the video is from Otway National park just off the Great Ocean Road and the rest from Grampians National Park (it burned about 4 weeks after we'd been there, very happy to have experienced it before the fires). The video was recorded on a small still-camera with video function so the quality is not the best.

Part 1 with focus on Yngve, part 2 on Christian and part 3 is mainly on me

Right to left: Christian, Yngve and myself. Lunch break at the Snake Trail, somewhere south-south/east of Perth



Part 1


Part 2


Part 3



Now you can go back to your scheduled programming



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Old 01-05-2011, 10:09 AM   #22
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Excellent report of your trip. The pictures make me want me escape this friiging cold. Your tires seemed to perform very well, were they Continental TKC's?
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:16 PM   #23
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Thank you.

No they are Michelin T63's.
I've found they are excellent in all situations as they stick on wet asfalt aswell as on gravel and more uneven footing.
They last about 6-7000 km a set for me.
The front is confindence building and wears evenly (unlike alot of other knobbies like the Pirelli MT21's for instance). The Michelin Desert have the same pattern on the rear (the tire they use in the Dakar rally), so you know that's a winner.


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Old 01-07-2011, 01:58 PM   #24
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You seem to have taken a lot of back roads through state forrests. How did you go planning that? Didn't really have a time constraint?
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:39 PM   #25
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You seem to have taken a lot of back roads through state forrests. How did you go planning that? Didn't really have a time constraint?
Our schedule was very loose with these major dates

29 May: Stuff container with 4 bikes in Oslo (lost 6 weeks of riding season. Tradeoff well worth it though)

14 July: Fly to Melbourne, hope to get bikes as soon as possible since the container also arrived in Melbourne on the 14th (took almost 2 weeks to get the bikes released though)
24 Dec: Returning to Melbourne after circumnavigating the continent.
1 March: Ship bikes and fly home.

1 May: Picked the bike up in Oslo just in time for the riding season.

So we escaped the "cold" winter down south by bypassing everything between Melbourne and Surfers Paradise by riding the inland highways when we first set off. Then we spent a bit more time exploring from Brisbane to Townsville and Cairns before the real adventure could start with the ride over the top to Darwin and down the west coast. We'd ride as much gravel as possible and the after a while alot of trails also. We had to keep close to civilization down the west coast as my bike was overheating constantly (hole in radiator which led to warped cylinderhead after a while....) and Christians always had to push-started (turned out to be a bad battery.... after having a new starter flown in from Germany )

After christmas we had to March 1st to see everythin between Melbourne and Sydney that we had bypassed the first time around so we rode alot of high country roads and trails to Canberra and spent 3 nights in Sydney before returning to Melbourne via the Barry way and Dargo.

8 months and 26.000 km takes a while to explain, but you'd know so I'll leave it at that

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