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Apr 9, 2014 - back to reality!

Hi everyone. We have finally finished the three months work in Queensland for my visa :-) We did 12 weeks in the end, but I have been paid for a little more, so when it comes to sending of for my visa, it looks like I have done more work than I actually did, which should be good. The family will miss us lots I think! The last weekend we had there, we went to the Goondiwindi races. We dressed up nicely for the day, had a few bets on the horses and I won on the last race and came second in all the other races. So that was a bit of fun. On...

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Apr 8, 2014 - Li Jiang Day 2

Snow Mountain Li Jiang The start was an early one today, with a 6:00 am wake up call. I managed to get access to wi-fi before breakfast as it is only available in the public parts of this hotel. The breakfast was less than appetising, and the tea was tepid. We have been told to dress like onions, so that we can peel off the layers as required or put them. Our driver bussed us for about 1 hour where we transferred to an Eco bus for a 45 minute trip over cobbled winding roads to the starting point for a 25 minute gondola ride. Just climbing...

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Apr 7, 2014 - Kunming to Li Jiang

The flight from Kunming to Li Jiang was only about 45 minutes but the change in altitude is another 600 metres. We had a great view of the snow capped Snow Mountain and this continued to be the the case from many parts of both the old and new town. Two days ago I started taking the tablets to cope with the rise in altitude and as yet don't appear to have had ill effects due to the lower oxygen in the air. After lunch we walked to the gardens surrounding the Black Dragon Pool. The water here comes from a natural spring which a one time...

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Apr 6, 2014 - The stone forest

Morning started cool and clear. Travelled by bus for about 15 minutes to Western mountains to the information centre and then Eco bus to the start of the cable car. The forests are rich in the number of species, much more so than our Australian forests. The guide with whom shared the chairlift, assured me the forest was native. Today is another public holiday and there were a reasonable number of locals in the gardens. From the high point we took 600 steps down visiting various temples and viewing platforms along the way. From the western...

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Apr 5, 2014 - kunming

Day 1 Tullamarine wasn't that busy for the first night of the school holidays however I managed to bump into Jess Downey, a friend of Stacey, who was travelling on the same flight to China but was was then travelling onto to Britain. Once seat (Premium Economy) a Chinese looking man made himself known to. It was Victor Sam who taught at GPSC for one year before moving onto Maryibynong SC. He had grown his hair and so there is no way I would have recognised him. Sue also met a woman she had played netball with when she 14. The plane was full...

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Mar 25, 2014 - Getting Ready

It's only a week to go. I have packed my panniers to make sure that all my gear will fit on the journey through France after the Bike Dreams tour. While doing 'The Classics' my luggage will be carried by the support vehicles but on my trip from Brussels to Nice I will have to carry everything with me. My bike is mow equipped with a 34 tooth sprocket and long cage derailleur as well as 28mm tyres so I am as equipped as I can be for the cobbled roads and steep climbs in Belgium and France. Thursday will be final packing day when the Giant...

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Mar 24, 2014 - Melbourne, Victoria

Today is a transition day, so we spent the morning packing up the Class C. The two hour drive to Melbourne was mundane, but getting back into big city traffic was an adventure. No problems though, and we unloaded our bags at our hotel and then dropped off the RV. Checking into the Ibis Hotel was reminiscent of many trips we took 10 years ago in Europe. We had an email from our Tropic Star friends who are also traveling Australia. They had just left Tasmania, and said we are in for a great time there, too. Today's excitement was getting an...

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Mar 21, 2014 - Melbourne, Australia

Peter called from Melbourne, Australia, after several days at sea. Things are going pretty well. He is waiting for some Japanese credentials to arrive and we all hope they get to him in a timely fashion. He needs a “Seaman’s Book” in order to leave the ship in Japan and apparently his agent forgot to mention it ahead of time. He applied for it right after he got to the Voyager so we are hopeful that it will arrive in time for him to visit the ports in Japan in April and May. He is a little frustrated by a lack of space to practice during...

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Mar 12, 2014 - Puffing Billy Train ride

Puffing Billy is Australia's favorite old steam train. This train takes you through the Dandenong Ranges. We chose to go part of the way and return to the start. We started at Belgrave and the train took us through magnificent forests and fern gullies. We passed through Sherbrooke Forest that has the native "Mountain Ash" trees. This tree is a form of eucalyptus and the tallest flowering plant in the world. We crossed the famous timber bridge of 15 spans, "Trestle Bridge" which crossed over Monbulk Creek. Shortly after we passed through the...

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Mar 12, 2014 - Heather shows us her city!

My lovely niece Heather, who had already gone out of her way to make us welcome very kindly took the day off work to show us around. Our first visit of the day was the Melbourne Museum - what a great place and an unexpected bonus, because of our age & Heather''s student card (studying & working is very impressive!) we all got in free - a Scotsman's dream! What a magnificent museum, we started with the First People moved on to the development of Melbourne which includes a recreated street , the history of Phar Lap ( a very famous racehorse...

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Mar 11, 2014 - Travelling through Yarra Valley and along the Coast to the Beaches

The day was spent traveling through The Yarra Valley and some of the beaches. The Yarra Valley is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River in Victoria, Australia. The river originates approximately 90 kilometres east of the Melbourne central business district and flows towards it and out into Port Phillip Bay Unfortunately it was a cool and very overcast day with some showers. So we spent most of the day in the car and hopping out the odd time to check out a view. We did walk down to a beach but it was too cold and windy to...

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Mar 11, 2014 - Melbourne Tues

We have been having such a great time I have been rather lax about updating my blog so have several days to add. Our first full day in Melbourne started with the tourist shuttle - a very economical way of seeing the city with hop on/hop off privileges - first port of call the huge Victoria market. In addition to the usual food stalls there is the cleanest indoor deli, meat & fish area which almost made me wish I was cooking dinner! There is also a large area selling Aussie souvenirs, apart from a new hat for D we managed to resist....

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