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Ride Report Canberra -Warwick National Rally

RIDE REPORTS Ride Report Canberra -Warwick National Rally – Canberra (by Glen Jones) 2-11 April 2022 “All the Way There and Half-way Back” Tim, Adrian and I had come up with a rough plan for the ride to Warwick which … Continue reading

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The bums needed to be hardened with a trip via Young

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Ulysses AGM 2018

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Strahan to Hobart via Derwent Bridge

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Devonport to Cradle Mountain

Scenery was just beautiful, …. And all those letter boxes.

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Ulysses AGM in Launceston

Headed off with Ray & Rhonda and Rod & Maxine for the ride to the 2016 Ulysses AGM in Launceston Tasmania. We travelled via Cooma and onto Lakes Entrance on day 1 and then St Kilda for day 2. On … Continue reading

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Last day in Hong Kong

Ian was having a business session with William so I headed out to Hollywood Road (named long before Hollywood in the US was even thought of) when there are numerous antique markets, all rather interesting but cannot imagine that I … Continue reading

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Friday 3rd October in Hong Kong

Was an individual again today and did the Big B Bus tour over on mainland Kowloon. Caught the ferry from peer 7   and as I got off the ferry it started to rain. While getting instruction on where to … Continue reading

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Arrived Hong Kong – 1st October

Went out to the airport on the train as it was a public holiday for their ‘National Day’ and this year it is 65 years, and we figured that with the hour and a half it took to get to … Continue reading

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Monday 29th September – on the great wall

What a brilliant day it has been today. Up at 6am and down stairs for breakfast and then we were collected by Linda at 7:10 but still kept looking for Chas who was at our hotel and heading back to … Continue reading

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Us since Saturday 27th September

Returned to the hotel and got organized for the flight tonight, had another walk mid afternoon and returned after a light dinner, booked out and headed to the airport. We noticed that all toilets in Beijing have gents on the … Continue reading

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Departing Vladivostok

Interesting observations as we leave Vladivostok and Russia. Before we arrived we were aware of the news of an unsafe Russia, but; seen no car accidents at all, seen no punch ups not felt intimidated as we walked through groups … Continue reading

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From the 27th in Vladivostok to Beijing on the 28th

We returned to the hotel and got organized for the flight tonight and had another walk mid afternoon and returned after a light dinner, booked out and headed to the airport. Met up with a late 20s Chinese breast cancer … Continue reading

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Last day in Khabarovsk

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Relatively quiet day today, headed off from here and went and spent a few hours in the Regional Museum which covered many of the local animals and history of local people – poets, political party members, heroes of the CCCP … Continue reading

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Khabarovsk in the Far East

23 Sep 2014 When we arrived at the Sapporo Hotel in Khabarovsk at 7am, a comment was made that we had arrived very early so we apologized and commented that that was when the plane landed. We were then told … Continue reading

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Monday night 22nd Sept – off to Khabarovsk – The Far East

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Had a wonderful day down at Listvjanka which is the town that serves lake Baikal. After we collected our bus ticket we tried to find a coffee because we still had a 2 hour wait for the bus. I will … Continue reading

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The Last Train Ride – to Irkutsk

20 Sep 2014 Heading off on our last train ride from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk and Lake Baikal – another 18 hours and we should arrive at our destination…. We watched the view from the window change as we headed east, … Continue reading

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Wednesday 17th – Just Walking & Museums

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Yekaterinburg and surrounds

date: 14 Sep 2014 Boris meets his equal. When our heroes finished their night symphony on a low note, they peered out the hotel window and saw rain. After breakfast they made their way along Malisheva to 8th March Street. There they … Continue reading

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Yekaterinburg, the Tsar’s Murder and squirrels

We have straddled the European/Asian border (but with any Vodka, pity) – it was a lot of fun with the cabby who only charged us about $30 for 2-3 hours and we used him because there was a bit of … Continue reading

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Kungar cave through to Yekaterinburg

Yesterday was a good day in Kungar at the Ice Cave. Michail and Tina were excellent guides. Tina was an individual tourist guide who was employed by Michail because of her English. We were collected from the hotel and it … Continue reading

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Arriving in Perm

One does not sleep too well on rocking trains so we were awake at 6. Consumed the supplied breakfast of strawberry jam cake, which really wasn’t to bad for a cake, quite moist and followed that with what looked like … Continue reading

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Moscow to Perm

Looks like this one is a very old train, no power to cabins, only a point at each end of the carriage and 2 part way along. Means one needs to stand guarding electronic device whilst it charges. Good view … Continue reading

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Emailing from Moscow railway station

Arrived in Moscow at 630 this morning, beds on the train are like rock but they are 2nd class. We had 2 delightful people in our cabin, 1 Gregory(pronounced Gre. Goary) and the 4 th person in the cabin was … Continue reading

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Pskov

Nice hotel here in Pskov, have the opportunity to complete the drying off  the washing that missed out last night in Peters. Seems to be a general lack of touristy information down at the lobby – even unable to tell … Continue reading

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Day 2 in Peters

Washing – needed to be done and could not locate a laundromat so back to the hotel and used the bath and basin. Left the clothes hanging in the room with the fan turned on and hoping. Luba came by … Continue reading

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St Petersburg – 1st full day

Took the Red bus (which was grey) and had an excellent tour round the city. Went to check out Gosting Dvor, it was a reverse shop compared to home, few doors to enter the centre and the different shops are … Continue reading

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Moscow to St Petersburg – 5 September

Quiet morning this morning. After a good sleep we got up and packed our gear ready for the trip north on the Sapsan. Out of the hotel with the aim of dropping our stuff at Leningradsky Vokzal and then wandering … Continue reading

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Moscow and the Cosmos Museum

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We were going to go on the Red Bus today but changed our minds because the sun was not shining so headed towards the Cosmos museum at Bdnx where there were statues of Yuri Gagarin  and other astronauts in Russia’s … Continue reading

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Tuesday in Moscow – plus Kremlin

Met up with Irina, the nice young tour guide who guided us through the Railway Stations and the Communist Walk yesterday. She only does tours for groups that speak English and she is excellent. Ian and I were the only … Continue reading

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Last day in Grenoble

Feeling a little better this morning but still rather tender, had small croissant for breakfast as we needed to travel via Tournon to collect my jacket which had been placed in a wardrobe rather than with the rest of my … Continue reading

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Just a quiet day at home

Still suffering from dinner and spent most of the day in bed. Went off to the local lake up in the mountains but as I was so uncomfortable, was transported back home and they went off to the 30th birthday … Continue reading

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Onion Festival in Tournon of to Grenoble

Onion festival day outside the window early morning. Had a little bit of fun with the guy selling mops etc outside the window and tried to get him to wash the 1st floor windows of the flat but to no … Continue reading

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France challenges Australia to a game of Petanque

Slept in rather late, think exhaustion probably got to me but certainly feel much better than I did when I arrived. Went for a stroll around the city and found out where we would be playing petenc this afternoon. Collected … Continue reading

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Sydney to Valence in France

24 August – Getting out of mascot was pretty pane free and there was plenty of time to spare. Good flight to Abu Dhabi where we enjoyed temperatures up round 39 which would have been great if not just coming … Continue reading

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FRANCE, RUSSIA and CHINA

Russia – September 2014 – overall travel map

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London – Munich – Canberra

Headed out of Heathrow today, 6:00 am out of bed and off to Munich where we had a good tour of Hitler’s part of the country. All the more interesting because yesterday we had checked out Churchill’s bunkers in London. … Continue reading

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Last Day In London

Left the hotel at 9:30 so we could try and pick up some cheap ticket for a show this evening. Arrived in Leicester Square and came up with some options for Janette & Bruce when they arrived at 10:30. They … Continue reading

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London & Addlestone

Had a little sleep in this morning after the latish night out and went off towards Waterloo, then Addlestone to see Charlotte and Ben who had visitied us in Australia some 8 years ago in Aus. Had a lovely afternoon … Continue reading

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Brum to Bushy & London

After a nice sleep in a big bed we had a typical Swiss breakfast of croissants and rolls with cheese, jams, coffee & tea. Played with a bit of familiy genealogy with 3rd cousin Terry and did a bit of … Continue reading

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Market Harborough to Brum

Left the boat and Rosie & Rob drove us and all the gear to Market Harborough Rail where we caught the train through to Leicester and then changed for Birmingham. Terry collected us and took us to his home where … Continue reading

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Foxton locks to Market Harborough

Early morning was dead quiet and we realised that it was already nearly 8am. The frost was on the grass, but the sun was shining with a little bit of warmth so went and talked to the Lock Master with … Continue reading

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Crick to Foxton Locks

Headed off from Crick this morning rather early. The sun shining brightly and warming our backs. – needed to get a fair distance down the canal to be able to go through the Foxton Locks either last thing this afternoon … Continue reading

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Braunston to Crick

Today we had an easy day on the narrow boat – started off from Braunston rather later than normal and headed back towards Norton Junction. It was a lovely warm and sunny morning. We travelled alongside a volunteer group that … Continue reading

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Watford Locks to Braunston

Headed off (again) from Watford Locks and when we arrived at Norton Junction, we then turned right towards Braunston. Weather fine and sunny with periods of cloud. We had a pleasant walk around Braunston after emptying the sullage pump on … Continue reading

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Watford Locks towards Watling Locks

Got out of bed by 8am and headed towards Watford Locks to meet up with Merv, Mike, Julie & Paul who would be coming for a day on the Narrow Boats. They eventually arrived as we were heading down the … Continue reading

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Foxton Lock through the Husband-Bosworth Tunnel

Talked to the lock master at Foxton Locks whose job it is to schedule who passes through the locks and when – we were added to a queue which would see us going up through the locks in 1½ hous … Continue reading

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Leek to Market Harborough & the Canal Boat

Eventually got going after breakfast and back towards Derby and Leicester where we returned the hire car and caught the train down to pick up the narrow boat from Market Harborough canal wharf. Received the run through about the idiosyncrasies … Continue reading

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Roundhay Park

13th October A late start for the day due to essential washing etc but after collecting Violet and Doreen we drove up to Roundhay Park and enjoyed lunch in the sunny conservatory. We followed this with a lovely sunny walk … Continue reading

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Bolton Abbey

We headed off to Bolton Abbey and collected Violet & Doreen on the way. Started with a coffee after locating a book on ‘Brit Wit’ which has been a good laugh and then headed off on a bush track walk … Continue reading

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Scarborough

Collected Violet and Doreen and headed off to Scarborough after much discussion. The sun was shining and warm but as we neared Scarborough there was this cloud cover descending on us. Walked along the beach and had a fresh fish … Continue reading

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Wentworth House

Headed off to see Malcolm & Carol for a mystery tour. They took us out to Wentworth House where we had morning tea and good look around the fake castle that was built for the children plus other buildings on … Continue reading

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Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales

Picked up the car in Hunslet and was lucky enough to receive a double upgrade because the previous hirer had failed to return the keys for the Ford Mondeo. Drove out to Ilkley in the Yorkshire Dales to buy a … Continue reading

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Leeds & York

Off to York with Jill by train and many lads going to either the York races or for a buck’s night. Had a good look at the National Train Museum and had lunch. The museum was great as was the … Continue reading

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Paris & Sacré-Coeur Basilica

After watching the news and finding that there was an accident on the road in to Paris, we held off our departure time to go and see the Sacré-Coeur. We drove towards the Arc de Triomphe and of course, this … Continue reading

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Mini France

Went to Mini France for the day – just fascinating. Silvie, Pierre, Mathilde & Julien had also not been here previously so it was extra special for them also. This village is just like Cockington Green in Canberra, only bigger … Continue reading

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Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher

Up early and into a lovely big people mover with Julien behind the wheel. Lots of rain as we drove along the freeway but the skies cleared as we arrived at The Château de Chambord: What a great place it … Continue reading

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Ireland

1st October Left our B&B in Bray after a pleasant night with internet access provided and all email etc. was up to date by the time we had gone to bed last night. Arrived in Roscrea and continued down the … Continue reading

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Bray to Roscrea

1st October

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Leeds to Leek

Left Andrew & Jill’s home in Leeds and headed of towards Leek. We went down the M1 and branched off towards Derby finding accomodation beside the Black Sheep Baa in Ashbourne. With our bed sorted we headed towards Stoke-On-Trent where … Continue reading

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London to Dublin via Wales – 24-30 September

24th September – on our way to London Arrived at Andrew & Susan’s home early evening with the wonderful Lodge taxi service waiting at the station for us. 25th September Jennifer & Susan, along with Harry went off on the … Continue reading

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Heathrow to Haywards Heath

24th September

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Denmark – 17-24 September

17 September After getting a taxi at 6:30 we jumped on a train from Junkerath and headed off to Köln before transferring to the train to Hamburg. It was delayed due to ‘malfunction’ and could not reach top speed. Because … Continue reading

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Stadtkyll to Odense

17 September After getting a taxi at 6:30 we jumped on a train from Junkerath and headed off to Köln and then transferred to trains to Hamburg (DE) and Odense (DK).

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Stadtkyll

16 September Ian & Luba left mid morning for Koblenz and a look at the Rhine River before heading to Frankfurt tomorrow evening. They found some castles hard to find so messaged us when they arrived in Frankfurt tonight. We … Continue reading

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Euskirchen

15 September Went off to Euskirchen for lunch – Luba will then go off for some retail therapy whilst Jen, Ian and I go exploring. Include photo Euskirchen – Kids in Mkt Place

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Luxembourg & Vianden

14 September This morning we went down into the Vallée de la Petrusse and experienced a very different part of the city. Certainly not cosmopolitan as the main city centre is. Contained all the fortifications that were required to protect … Continue reading

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Trier & Luxembourg

13 September Headed off to Trier, the oldest city in Germany and went on a city walk, enjoying morning tea in front of the Porta Nigra (Roman Gate), Karl Marx’s Haus where he was born and leaned much about his … Continue reading

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Belgium

12 September Went out for a 200km round trip to Aachen which is just over the Belgium border – just some 90 kms away. Started off with a morning coffee in Champagne (no not the French Champaigne) – coffee was … Continue reading

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Stadtkyll doing very little

11 September Quiet day around Stadtkyll doing washing etc and visiting the local village. Enjoyed the swimming pool and an internet connection.

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Worms – Oldest town in Germany -> Stadtkyll

10 September Worms – the oldest town in Europe (1000AD) and one where the Jewish community has been all but wiped out (1933-1938) in the leadup to World War II and yet the cemetery was left intact and the Synagogue … Continue reading

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Regensburg

9 September Saskia joined us for brunch and gave us a wonderful tour of Regensburg – quite an exciting town and this is the area from where the current Pope came. Churches were spectacular with gold brocade etc just about … Continue reading

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Mad Ludwig’s Castle -> Regensburg

8 September Headed off mid morning to see Mad Ludwig’s castle (Neuschwanstein) and the castle of his father. The difference was quite incredible – the father who was content is his castle (Hohenschwangau) and Mad Ludwig who lived in a … Continue reading

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Oberammagau with Ian & Luba

7 September Caught the late morning bus into Oberammagau where we had the chance to have a look raound this rather quaint village, dressed up to create the best atmosphere for all visitors attending the play. Many houses are painted … Continue reading

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Zurich to Garmish-Partenkirchen

6 September Back on the train (a Railjet which is allowed to go up the 160Km per hour maximum whilst in Switzerland) and heading for Innsbruck,crossing the Rhine River into Litchenstein but unable to get a picture of Vaduz Castle … Continue reading

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Grenoble to Zurich

5 September Got on the train following a wonderful 3 days with Mathilde and Julien and their family (including the cows being grown up) and after having a nice lunch with ‘English’ Uncle Dennis & his family in Grenoble – … Continue reading

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Hauterives and Facteur Cheval

4 September Went to the town of Hauterives where we had an absolutely delightful lunch with the Moulins and then walked through the village to experience ‘Facteur Cheval’. Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) was a postman who built his dream ‘Le Palais … Continue reading

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Nyons

3 September Went off to have a look at Grignan and Nyons where we explored the old town, climbed many steps, checked out the lavender distillery before returning to the farm at Claveyson

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Munich to Grenoble

2 September Arrived Munich on time and had a very quick run through customs etc. And were able to get to Munich and be on the 1st train for Zurich and then Grenoble. Coffee, tea and croissants were just €8.90 … Continue reading

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Arrived in Singapore

Left Canberra on a perfect spring day – hardly a cloud in the sky. A bit windy as we took off and also again in Sydney which had a temperature of about 18. Good smooth flight and we arrived here … Continue reading

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