June 10, 2017

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 was cheap and the room was fine. I had organised with the owner the day before to drop some things off early before I got Fred. The trip back to this place was just over 6klm. I thought there was no point in getting a taxi (seems like everyone here uses UBER) as I couldn’t check in before 2pm anyway.

So I am waiting at the bus stop. Waiting, waiting, waiting – 40 mins go by and no bus. Now the bus stop was on the corner of a traffic light and just so happens cars turning right were next to me. So I thought fk this and started to call out to the drivers for a ride with my thumb out. You guessed it – I was hitchhiking in LA! So this wonderful black girl in her 20’s stops next to me laughing telling me you can’t do that here! She ends up giving me a ride south about 3klms before I have to get out to go east at another intersection. Now here is the crazy thing – her name was Nancy which is my mums name! She told me that it was very uncommon name here. THANKS MUM.

So now I walk east and no bus again. I walk the remaining 3 klms to where I have to turn south again where the house is only 5 mins away. As I turn into the Street, you guessed it, a bus roared past with no-one on it. I dropped some gear off and away I went on foot again with my helmet.

So 10 mins later I am walking north and as luck has it I get a bus that takes me up to where I have to get off to go east. I ask the driver what the go is with no buses and he said they only run on the hour! Knowing this I head off and without boring you I walked another 3.5klm to get to the freight depot. On arrival;

The guys in Schumachers were brilliant – they had already uncrated Fred and all I had to do was get him up and going. Sounds easy – No fkg way!!!! I had to drain every drop of petrol out of Fred before I crated him up. The guys were good and drained some fuel out of another bike but it wasn’t enough. Obviously Fred had the shits on that he had waited for me for so long to get him.

Guess what? Off I go again on foot with a borrowed 2 gallon petrol can to the nearest petrol station which just happened to be just under a klm away. I get back and put the petrol in Fred and started turning him over. The battery had as much kick in it as a AAA torch battery but he fired up first time. Yahooooooooo. On goes his windscreen, repack all of the gear on to him and ask the chief how do I get him down from the loading ramp. No worries says chief, we have a ramp. Ramp my arse, its like a plank for a 2 metre drop. So with about 5 workers watching me, no doubt taking bets that I would kill myself, I closed my eyes and road down the plank and gunned it out of the gate – even managed to remember to get on the right hand side of the bloody road!

The feeling of finally getting going was right up there with a Peter Daicos match winning goal.

So I ride down to the local Ralphs supermarket so I can stock up on some groceries for the weekend. I pull into the carpark and I think my luck has come good as a car was just pulling out of a choice spot. I pulled in and got off Fred. To my surprise an old black lady (I mean about 80) pulls up in her car next to me and starts abusing me for taking the park she was waiting for. It was something straight out of a movie the way she was shouting which made me laugh, which made her more angry. She used words I had never even heard of. Needless to say I moved Fred to another park. Got ma first dishin at. lol.

Back to the house and put Fred under his tree;

On went the arrow that my wife made me get to remember to stay right;

Next destination is Las Vegas. I will just leave you with this clip which sums up me and Fred;


  1. Comment by Phil

    Phil Reply June 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Mate you are a crack up. I’m so surprised your not dead or tired up in someone’s basement. Look forward to your next segment. Keep em cumin.

  2. Comment by Chris

    Chris Reply June 10, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Say a big hello to Las Vegas from me Noel!!

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 10, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      I hope to go to an Elvis Show

  3. Comment by PK

    PK Reply June 10, 2017 at 11:49 am

    You are hillarious. That is fantastic that you have been reunited with Fred, now your real adventure starts even though so much has happened until now. Safe travels and ride like the wind.

  4. Comment by DF

    DF Reply June 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Y’all not prepped MOFO. Best get yo’self can’a AeroStart – bike kik ova straight up! And best watch yo manners at the WalMart, ‘else Mumma gon’ kik yo narrow white-boy ass! Mount up!

  5. Comment by Tina

    Tina Reply June 10, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Omgoodness, you are so funny! So glad you finally have Fred ☺️ I also love your wife’s sense of humour. Enjoy the ride! ️

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 10, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      Ha easy to be a laugh when you don’t have to be at work for 5 months!!

  6. Comment by BF

    BF Reply June 10, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Fu@# sake mate download the UBER x app. Im tired out just reading this. Great to see u are now on the way with Freddy.

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 10, 2017 at 11:56 pm

      Now have the ap on my phone but yet to use it. May have to when I get out into the Nevada Desert and get lost!

  7. Comment by Nikko

    Nikko Reply June 10, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Get into it Noely!!! Time to ride !!!

  8. Comment by Tabetha Howie

    Tabetha Howie Reply June 11, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Great updates Noel! We’re all with you in spirit & talking about your adventures back home.

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 12, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Ha – hope no-one is taking bets on what happens. Good odds on being eaten by a bear, being patched over by the bikies and if you listen to Phil – kidnapped and trapped in a basement.

  9. Comment by Nikko

    Nikko Reply June 11, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Showed my brother who read through all your blogs. He laughed so hard and now wants to be kept updated. Brilliant.. Have a ball on the road to Vegas!!

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 12, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Hey give him the link to the blog – everyone welcome….

  10. Comment by Helen Athans

    Helen Athans Reply June 11, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Yiasou Levendi finally you are reunited with your beloved Fred. Great to hear of your adventures in LA. May your journey fourth be smooth sailing take care and ride like the wind bullseye!!

    • Comment by Noel

      Noel Reply June 12, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Hey I have my Gopro organised now – stay tuned.

  11. Comment by Chris Cowper

    Chris Cowper Reply June 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Good read Matey.

  12. Comment by Mick the Uncle

    Mick the Uncle Reply June 13, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    nothin like a bit of bike love.

  13. Comment by Carl

    Carl Reply June 22, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Hey Brotha! I couldn’t get the fooken blog to work, but now I’m dialed in. Where are you now? It’s 117 degrees today! Hopefully your at altitude in Colorado. With the new laws Rocky Mountain High takes on a whole new meaning!! Please try some exotic sticky buds. Suzy and I are thinking about you. Be well and don’t take any shit from anyone…the ‘stand your ground’ law is alive and well. Where’s my m16 when you need it? Cheers! C&S

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