Living the dream

Final Blog

As promised this is my final blog to cover off the end of my ‘adventure’.  I only realised as I sat down to start it that my last one was completed on the 26 of September and its now its the 17th January!  The forecast temperature in Adelaide tomorrow is 41’c (106’f).  I checked and […]

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Route 66 – Day 5 & 6 (Party’s Over)

I leave Tulsa when it was still dark so no photos as I passed thru Sapulpa, Bristow, Depew and Stroud.  By the time I reached Chandler the sun had come up and I found a couple of landmarks mentioned in the guide book;   I had a closer look at the old Cadillac and found […]

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Route 66 – Day 3 & 4

I leave Springfield and get off the Interstate to go thru Halltown so I can pick Route 66 up again.  Halltown was once a thriving with a large number of Antique shops – the only surviving one was shut when I went past;   Only 3 miles up the road is Paris Springs where there […]

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Route 66 – Day 1 & 2

It rained again overnight so under the veranda Fred went again;     There was thick fog around and although I waited for a while I had to set off in the thick of it;     My aim was to travel as much as I could on the actual Route 66 road and go […]

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The Start Line

Its Sunday morning and I leave the mansion heading off to Lafayette.  It’s a great morning for a ride as the air is cool and crisp;     I travel for about an hour before pulling up at a Denny’s Diner for breakfast.  To my surprise I found my water had been sitting on top […]

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Just me and Fred

After Graceland Mick made the tough decision that he was pulling out of doing Route 66 with me as he simply could not drive a car for the miles he would have to do.  It was real disappointment all round but with a bit of luck he will be able to do something else to […]

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Long live the King

Today is the day that Jack has been waiting all of his life for and he is more nervous than if his beloved pies were in a grand final. We head out early and just the size of the re development is amazing; Mick had done the VIP tickets online – we purchased the $95 […]

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Sun Studios

Its time to get ready for the flight to Memphis and we are all a bit dusty – Mick takes on the driving duties and I navigate us to the Airport.   Its a sign of how much fun Jack and I had the night before that Mick is the one driving! We have a […]

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The Rock

The next morning Mick and I have breakfast at ‘IHOP’ diner right next door to the Motel.  We get organized and go around to the local Police Department and Mick minds the car while I go in to get a patch. I get up to the front counter and explain who I am and in […]

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San Francisco

Mick and I board the plane and get settled in for what we thought would be a quick flight to San Francisco.  I look across the aisle and see a young lady holding a British Bulldog pup on her lap.  I strike up a conversation and find out that she is a bulldog breeder and […]

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Big Mick

I caught the Motel shuttle to the Memphis Airport that was less than 10 minutes away; I killed a bit of time before the Frontier Airline desk opened up.  I went over and spoke to the staff (couldn’t believe it was a mother and daughter team) and clarified the issue with my double charging of […]

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Road to Memphis

This blog is the last in my “Road to” series (for now anyway). I am up and getting sorted when I discover that I left my drink bottle in the freezer overnight which caused the bottom to blow out; I have about 220 klms to Memphis so there is no great rush.  I get under […]

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Road to Little Rock

I had originally planned to ride from Fort Smith to Memphis in the one day which would have meant a 460 klm ride.  I had to change those plans as my hamstring injury makes riding Fred hard work.  To show that I am not as soft as what everyone out there is thinking, check this […]

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Battle of Honey Springs

I think I am going to have to call the blogs I am doing at the moment my “Road to” series.  I have been under the pump to get to Memphis so I can catch a flight to Vegas to meet my mate Mick who is flying in on the 30th.  This has meant is […]

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Road to Oklahoma City

The next morning, I set off early as I had just about 420 klms to get to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The forecast was for thunder showers and I thought I may be forced to hole up at some stage and lose time.  To say I was glad to get out of the place was a […]

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Route 66 Amarillo

Next morning I head into downtown Amarillo and take a few photos of the old buildings;   I then head out to a place which I had read about; I pay a lad $10 for the entrance fee and he gives me a guided tour of the collection which is spread out in 2 large […]

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Breaking Bad in Albuquerque

I left the last blog safe at home in my Airbnb. I have found that Airbnb hosts generally fit 2 types. The first type become hosts because they genuinely like meeting people and the income is just an added bonus. The second type are doing it purely for financial gain and have no interest in […]

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The road to Albuquerque

After the big night rockin Fort Carson I was up ultra early (just after 4:00 am) to get off to a flier.  I wanted to get my washing dry and make sure I was on the road before 7 am.  I had to get to Albuquerque which was slightly under 600 klms away.  I got […]

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Rockin Fort Carson

After the mountain incident I spent the next couple of days catching up on a whole lot of different things. One was to sit down and plan the next stage of my trip so I could make my to Memphis. I will most likely go from Colorado Springs to Albuquerque, Amarillo, Oklahoma City and then […]

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Death on the Mountain

As the name of this blog suggests I was unfortunately involved in an incident on Pikes Peak yesterday. I will start from the start and get to it. I was up and raring to go to ride up Pikes Peak. The Peak is the backdrop that you can see in my photos that I took […]

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Colorado Springs

I will pick up where I left Bill and made my way to the Airbnb at Centennial. I find that the Host (Gabriel) is a Minister in the Baptist church and both he and his wife (Heather) left well paid jobs to move to Denver to so he could take up a position with a […]

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Survivors guide to Sturgis

As promised this blog is how I think you should go about Sturgis so that you maximize your fun without getting killed! Sturgis Rally is held in the black hills of South Dakota on the first week of August each year. It runs for 10 days and over that period attracts well over 500,000 motorcyclists. […]

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On the Ranch

The Ranch turned out to be far better than I expected and in fact I would have to say it was the best Airbnb so far; The Ranch is located about 30klms out of Cheyenne on 1300 acres of land. Eric and Deb own the property and live in the house but the actual farm […]

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Golden Oldies

Well the next morning I had a pleasant surprise when I checked my pending credit card debits – I had been charged twice for a single night. Ok so I go and see the day shift manager who tells me that I will have to email the issue to her boss. Email has been sent […]

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Back to reality

The next morning I am again up early but its due to the cold and not by choice. I get myself cleaned up and go into the kitchen area to do a few things on the laptop. My new found friends, Dave, Sonia, Teddy and Stan are also up and getting themselves sorted as they […]

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Sturgis Day 3 – Fittin in

I am up early (again) as I am finding that it gets so cold overnight I can’t get back to sleep after I wake up. The elevation here is 6.7 thousand feet which means overnight dew and freezing temperatures. Elevation is not something that I have ever had the need to pay attention to back […]

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Sturgis – Day 2

Up I get and its a bit foggy but by the time I have a shower and breakfast most of it has lifted. I take a photo of the bikes belonging to a group of couples that arrived last night before I hit the road to Mt Rushmore. The black hills are great to ride […]

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Sturgis – Day 1

I finished off my last blog, had lunch and headed off to Sturgis. Its about a 40min ride from where I am camping and you have to go through Lead and Deadwood. The motorcycle traffic is crazy but its good fun to be in it. I get to Sturgis and find a park amongst 2000 […]

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Little big horn

Even though I was up early I was late in actually getting on the road. I went next door to another great old fashioned diner and had breakfast; I go back and farewell my new mate Bill who thundered off on his Harley. I pack up and drop the room key to Waylon and he […]

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Road to Sturgis

Well I got up at 5:30 this morning and after this blog I should be up to date. I had a great sleep overnight in Four Corners and pack up camp with a view of riding the 314klms to Hardin. I had booked a room at the Lariat Hotel on line the night before as […]

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Doin time in Montana State Prison

Fred and I left the diner and head up the highway. I knew the day would get quite hot and I was well behind schedule after talking sheep to Lyle. I only went about 50klms up the road when I see a large sign for the Montana State Prison and motor vehicle museums which are […]

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Thru the smoke

Just checked and I now have 82 followers! I will fall over if the number gets to 100. I leave the lake to Al and the mosquitoes and head off with the intention of doing at least another 400klms for the day. I get to Spokane and go off the Interstate and have a brief […]

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Hidden Treasure

As hoped I get off to an early start and it’s a fun ride; I come across some magnificent weirs that are in the Colombia river beside me; I travel along enjoying the morning scenery and I go across this bridge which is known as “Bridge of the Gods” – I found it hard to […]

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Motocross Day 3 – the Pro’s

I am typing this blog sitting in my tent trying not to be eaten by mosquitoes. I have made camp in a one-horse town called Drummond in Montana. I need to go back a few days as I have fallen a bit behind. I left the house around 8am on Saturday to make the 11klms […]

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Motocross – Day 2

Just before I went to bed last night I went out into the kitchen and found Joe (host’s father) had made a blueberry pie. He offered me some and I politely declined as I had earlier seen the state of the oven and the fact that he was sitting at the table with a cat […]

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Mad Motocross

I posted the last blog and headed back up to the campsite and packed up. Brenda and Guy told me that they were going to follow me to the next town where we could all have breakfast together. Off we went and I was shouted (they wouldn’t take my money) a great cooked breakfast and […]

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The Mayors family

I am writing this blog sitting outside a recreation centre in an RV Park so I can get an internet connection. Hands are that cold that I can hardly type. I spent my last night in Issaquah having dinner with Elizabeth and Earl. I had asked Elizabeth if it was possible to get Earl back […]

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Picture perfect

At the end of my last blog I had a great camp until the rain came (around 4:00am). I wake up to the sound of rain and its still very dark outside – it must have been raining for some time as I could see a bit of water laying on then ground sheet in […]

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In god we trust

I have borrowed a term (in god we trust) that the Americans love to use – it’s even on their banknotes. I ended my last blog saying that I was lucky that there was no fog around when I was about to leave Brams house – well that was correct until I rode out of […]

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Rested Up

I sleep in on Saturday and basically did nothing at all but send a few emails and watch a couple of MotoGP races that I was behind in. I cook a massive steak for tea and even get reacquainted with vegetables. The next morning I get up and do my washing and start to get […]

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Country Retreat

I checked now and have 60 people following my blog – the Lodi Police facebook mention gained a few Locals so welcome to them. Here is me thinking I would be lucky if my family followed me! This is the site for the Lodi Police Department facebook page. Soon Fred will have a personal media […]

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Ghetto Airbnb

I am writing this blog sitting in front of an antique fan in a room without a light – luckily I have my tent light which is a ripper. I am in a small town called Gridley which is about 100klms north of Sacramento. The outside temperature is still 36 degrees – I had booked […]

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All about Fred

I am currently in a small city called Hayward which is just 43klms south of San Francisco. I was in no rush to leave my airbnb at Prunedale as the hosts were great. Before I left I went to the nearest Post Office at Castroville to send my Superbike souvenirs home. On arrival it was […]

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Race Time

*I may have forgot to send out the email re blog update for my last blog so check before you read this one. I leave my luxurious Hotel as late as I can – I get up the road and find about 15 motels that would have been half the price! I stop off at […]

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Lakeside chaos

I don’t have far to go so I am pretty slack in leaving Willets. I get on Route 101 and just about stop off at every small town that there is an exit ramp to (thinking that I have time to kill). I get to Ukiah and pull in at the County Sheriffs Office. Now […]

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The never ending shortcut

Its the 4th of July and I am in Willits which is a town of about 5,000 in Mendocino County. The county has the reputation of being 1 of the ‘Triangle 3’ counties where 90% of cannabis is grown in the USA. I have resisted the temptation of buying a ton of fireworks – there […]

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Lost and found

I am drafting this blog from inside my tent at a hidden gem of a campground just south of Fort Dick, California. This morning I got off to a late start as I was fogged in. I took a few photos of my luxurious accommodation; Yeah it was rough but I have stayed in far […]

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Lava to Rain Forest

I am doing this blog from a small town called Reedsport which is about as far west as you can go in Oregon without being in the ocean. The town has a population of about 4,000 and historically (1850’s) a lumber town until that industry died a few years ago. Now it is basically reliant […]

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Near death x 2

I thought I had better put a picture up of a church as the big fella was looking after me yesterday. What a day – starts off well with a good early start. I pack up and head up the highway and cross the border into Oregon. Straight away is Ontario and I go into […]

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Back over the top

It’s nearly 9:00pm on Thursday 29/6 – I am currently in a trailer park at Caldwell in Idaho. I am only about 50klms from Ontario which is just over the border in Oregon. I have decided that I will do my blogs as the last thing of the day so I keep up and also […]

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Radio Active

After being ripped off for the cost of a Motel Room I thought the saving grace was at least I would have a decent breakfast. Wrong Again. I end up having toast and jam because the cooked food was atrocious. There was something that looked like porridge but smelt like a dead cat. I also […]

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Wind, rain, hail

Reluctantly I pack up my gear to leave Lander. The town was much better than expected and had been a great pit stop. I went down to the café where I had lunch the day before and wanted to have the usual bacon eggs – no can do but they could do a bacon/egg burrito. […]

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On the grass

8:00pm on Tuesday and I am in Idaho Falls. Well it has been an interesting couple of days. I left Laramie reasonable early and got out on the road. Here is what I saw; I am on the 130 to Saratoga (about 120klms) with the intention to get to Jeffrey City. That is the half […]

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Hit the Rockies

Time to update my blog – I am thinking of doing 2 so people don’t fall asleep reading 1 long winded one. It’s 6:30pm Sat night and I am in Laramie, Wyoming. Laramie was one of my all time favourite tv westerns growing up. I have to go back a step because I forgot to […]

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Road Kill

Firstly sorry for the graphic photo of a dead animal -let me explain. So I get up early as I have 500klm to ride today to make sure I get to Denver tomorrow. In the carpark were a group of about 12 guys with 6 of these bad boys; Funny thing is they were all […]

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Hot, Dam Hot

Well it was time to leave Carl and Suzi in Vegas and head to the Grand Canyon. I had such a fantastic time with these guys that I could have easily stayed longer! Hopefully I will catch up with them at Sturgis as they both love an adventure. Now my stay in Vegas coincided with […]

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Vegas

Arrived in Vegas and got sorted at my Airbnb that was hosted by Carl and Suzi – Carl is a producer and worked years for Paramount and Warner Bros. His main gig was being paid to live in Paris and do 30 sec ‘grabs’ working for Entertainment Tonight. He would catch up with the stars […]

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Gone Bush

So the day finally arrived and I loaded Fred up and got going. Thank god for the Garmin GPS and the helmet blue tooth. I think I would still be on one of the freeways going around in circles otherwise. The freeway is about 7 lanes wide and the amount of traffic flowing is incredible. […]

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Reunited

So it’s game day – time to go and get Fred and bust him out. Day started off well. Up early and got packed up. Left the house and walked for about 10 mins to get on the right road for a bus that ran south. I had booked my first AirBnb again given it […]

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Cops / Coffee and Buzz

Well I had good news today that Fred’s paperwork has been cleared by customs. The freight company is just waiting to receive it and then they can go and pick him up. Looking good to get him up and going before the weekend. To celebrate I walked down to Starbucks and had a coffee with […]

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Law and Order

Well today I caught the bus to Downtown LA. It was a fair ride and took well over an hour. You think there are crazy people on our buses back home well this was whole different level of crazy. The best one was this black guy who would have been at least 6’10, shaved head, […]

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Panama class

Well given that all my gear is with Fred I had to go and get a few things – one being the hat above (already have a sunburnt head). Also had to get toiletries, shorts and singlet. I got sports shorts as they have built in jocks! I got the gear at the local Target. […]

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Worse for wear

Now landed in  LA – what a flight.  I was up at 0330 on 1/6/2017 and flew out of Adelaide at 0600.  Landed in Sydney – caught the shuttle bus and went around to the International Terminal.  By the time I got thru everything they were calling my name and others from my flight over […]

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Countdown now starts

Well this is my first post.  I am 1 day out from flying to Los Angeles to hopefully reunite with Fred (bike pictured).  Fred left Adelaide by truck and was placed in a shipping container in Melbourne.  Fred should be waiting in his box at Schumachers who I gave the job to re clearing customs. […]

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