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Australia 2019 - A real Adventure - A serial report

Post by bigjohnsd » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:08 pm

This SPOT link will become active on November 15th and expire on December 13th.

https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id ... 8bcac45bbe

I’ll be riding with my friend Brian Maddy (Festar) in South Eastern Australia and Tasmania.

This is our plan at the moment but who knows after the first stop sign!

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Lots of fires in Australia which may cause us to deviate from our “Plan”.
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Post by escapefjrtist » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:18 pm

Safe travels and have fun John!

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Re: Australia 2019 - A real Adventure - A serial report

Post by philharmonic » Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:29 am

Looking forward to following your travels.
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Post by raYzerman » Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:26 am

Very good, John... I've followed a gent named Bernie on another forum.... retired in Taz, he and his wife have ridden all over Taz... lots of pics... switched from an FJR to a Super Tenere... maybe some points of interest??
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Post by CraigRegs » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:26 am

Looking forward to following along and seeing an epic ride report! Give our best to Festar!
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Post by bungie4 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:36 pm

/me just realized theirs no popcorn emoji dealie.

I'm in!
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Post by bigjohnsd » Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:46 pm

raYzerman wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:26 am
Very good, John... I've followed a gent named Bernie on another forum.... retired in Taz, he and his wife have ridden all over Taz... lots of pics... switched from an FJR to a Super Tenere... maybe some points of interest??
https://www.fjrowners.com/forums/12-tou ... ravel.html
PM sent to "Bernie"
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Post by LKLD » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:56 am

Enjoy your trip, and tell Brian 'Hi' for all of us.
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Post by bigjohnsd » Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:19 pm

bungie4 wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:36 pm
/me just realized theirs no popcorn emoji dealie.

I'm in!
🍿 https://twemoji.maxcdn.com/2/svg/1f37f.svg

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Post by bigjohnsd » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:45 pm

All packed and ready to fly tomorrow afternoon
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Post by CollingsBob » Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:00 pm

Safe Travels!... Enjoy some of that excellent Australian wine for me..

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Post by fontanaman » Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:58 pm

Hope the trip is working out. The Spotwalla link is not active.

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Post by Pterodactyl » Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:11 pm

I imagine he has not been there very long and is in a recovery phase.
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Post by Bugnatr » Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:09 am

Pterodactyl wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:11 pm
I imagine he has not been there very long and is in a recovery phase.
Yep, Festar buying a new Tenere is tough on BMW koolaid drinkers. :lol:
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Post by Hppants » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:20 am

Following you on Facebook, here, and most importantly, in spirit, my friend.

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Post by bigjohnsd » Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:38 am

Spot link active and tested SAT by SWMBO!

Festar met me at the airport yesterday morning after a long 14 hour flight from LAX. There were a lot of fellow sardines packed into the 787-8. I paid extra for an aisle seat, thank God, so I could get up and walk when I wanted to. Got only a few hours of sleep, but enough.

This morning, Monday here in OZ we took the bikes for a little test run. See the Spotwalla link for our 250K route.

We rode through some recently burned areas and then had coffee at the great lakes along the coast before taking a twisty inland route back to Taree.

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Our route today

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Note the "Red Arrow" for keeping on the left side of the road.

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Beautiful place for Coffee

We had a few bike issues on the FJR but think everything is now all good. Battery was weak, suspension needed a little jiggering to handle me versus Brian.

We set forth tomorrow our first days route is supposed to be From Taree to Oberon 7 hr 22 min (349 mi)

https://maps.app.goo.gl/LXHc1jnU5vRHN8JVA but alot will depend on Fire Status and how much smoke we encounter along the way.

It was fun to be back on an FJR today, but, given my druthers I'd still opt for a GSA! JSNS
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Post by Pterodactyl » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:12 am

And so it begins, you lucky bastards. Looking forward to more.
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Post by danh600 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:13 am

Nice that looks like fun!!!!

I think I would have to just follow someone if I was in a country that drove on the left.
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Post by wheatonFJR » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:44 pm

danh600 wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:13 am
Nice that looks like fun!!!!

I think I would have to just follow someone if I was in a country that drove on the left.
I do it all the time.

It's called the passing lane. :D
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Post by fontanaman » Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:24 pm

So how's riding on the other side of road? Likely not bad till you come upon a round-a-bout! Say safe and have fun.
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