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Our Sixth Continent…

Oct 23, 2012 View Comments by

Reaching our sixth continent was monumental for us. Yeah—we’ve been on the road a long time now (we are in our 10th year) but Australia was and is a huge milestone. Reaching Australia has also been scary as it has brought home the fact that we are closer to the end of our journey than […]

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Only in India

Oct 11, 2012 View Comments by

As any traveler in India will tell you, your senses are bombarded with not only sounds (the incessant use of the horn), but also signs! Signs on the roads, in shops, restaurants, and hotels. There is a sign for everything and usually more than one. The road signs here are supposed to be simple yet […]

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Pink Porcelain and Pokémon

Sep 25, 2012 View Comments by

We stayed an extra day on Bali. Well, we couldn’t just stay one day could we? It is an island that deserves so much more time, but time was not on our side. Perhaps one day we will re-visit and take in all the wonderful sites this beautiful island has to offer. What we will remember […]

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Don’t blink – It’s Bali!

Sep 18, 2012 View Comments by

To many, I’m sure it seems that we have no time limit or any restrictions on our travels, but visas and weather often determine how long we can stay in any one country. In this instance, however, our time is dependent upon being able to get to all of the scheduled ferries, which will take […]

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Amidst the Sea of Sand

Aug 27, 2012 View Comments by

We were so excited!! Well, why wouldn’t we be? We had the chance to ride to and into the Bromo-Tengger Massif. This is a massive six mile wide caldera that contains the volcanic peaks of Bromo (7,847 feet) and Semeru (12,060 feet), the latter being Java’s highest mountain. These volcanoes puff away on a regular […]

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The Son of Kelud

Jul 30, 2012 View Comments by

The small town of Sarangan was busy, busy, busy! Loads of bikers were enjoying the mountain roads in this area but strangely we kept on being waved down and stopped… “Simon, Simon…Lisa!!  Take photo, yes?” Weird, they knew our names. Was there something in a local newspaper? We knew that the Indonesian TV guys we […]

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Near Misses and Near Perfection

Jul 21, 2012 View Comments by

Today the riding on the island of Java was not so much ‘joy riding’ as it was joy to still be alive!  I experienced one of my closest calls with a charging 4×4. I held my breath and waited for the slam as the truck slid over the white line into our lane. I made […]

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Joy Riding Through Java

Jul 10, 2012 View Comments by

Simon and I wandered into a small café area and received looks of interest. This probably had more to do with what we were wearing than our just having got off two very large bikes! We know that a few jokes were said at our expense, but the feeling was always one of good humor.  […]

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It’s a Green Land

Jun 29, 2012 View Comments by

I could go on and on about another day with yet another very early start to avoid nightmarish traffic and another entertaining selection of pot-holed roads to jar our bones along Sumatra…but all of that makes it sound like we are having a terrible time, and we are not! Sumatra is beautiful. It’s just so […]

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Curves, Corners and Classrooms

May 19, 2012 View Comments by

We had had such a good day’s ride yesterday that we were all looking forward to getting on the bikes today, despite still feeling a bit tired. The road to the town of Bukkitinggi had been a stunning nonstop ride. We spent most of the day throwing the bikes around the road, which twisted and […]

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Dirty Brown Roads and Rooms

Apr 26, 2012 View Comments by

It was raining when we got up–and it rained most of the “very long” day. The road was very muddy in some places, with huge potholes filled with thick, gloopy, ginger-brown mud, making it impossible to gauge just how deep they were. A few heavy thumps into a couple shook us awake! However, I think […]

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Suburbs to Sublime

Apr 17, 2012 View Comments by

With no problems whatsoever getting our bikes out of Indonesian customs in Belawan, we took a deep breath and decided to take to the road straight away. The suburbs of Medan seem to go on for miles and it took us a little while to negotiate the smaller roads leading out of this bustling city. […]

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Indonesian Onion Boats and Rusty Cranes

Apr 05, 2012 View Comments by

Mr. Lim of Cakra Shipping in George Town, Penang expected us at his office at 8:45 a.m., and as usual, we were running a little late. However, after scaring a few car drivers, we made it by 8:47 a.m., not bad! Andy Kentigern-Fox was already there, Miquel Silvestre had just wandered up to the office, […]

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