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Jun 29, 2014 - Cold, Wet, and Rainy (And it's the end of June) We must be in Australia!

Despite the weather, we are thoroughly enjoying the city of Melbourne. It's a pleasant mix of British and European sensibilities and Melbourne-style friendliness. From the constant clang of the street cars to the ubiquitous cafes, I find myself thinking at times that I'm in downtown London or Paris, instead of down under in Australia.

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May 25, 2014 - last few weeks in Australia

Hi Everyone, Realised I hadn't posted on here for a while! I leave to go to America in just under 3 weeks! Scary! Time has gone so quick. I have to fly to New Zealand and stay there for two days and then fly to Fiji for a few hours before getting to America! I have most things sorted for America now, just need to get a few clothes that we have to wear during the day when we are working. Hope everyone is well. Lots of love xxxx

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May 9, 2014 - We are home

We arrived home earlier today and we are all incredibly tired. The flight home for me was much better than on the way over as we all (except Ross) got some sleep. The kids actually all slept quite well but unfortunately the girls didn't travel well. They must have both inherited Ross' and Nanny's travel sickness gene. The flight did have quite a lot of turbulance and they didn't cope well with this. However, we have all made it back in one piece, have had a nanna nap and got back into our routine of washing, shopping etc - all things...

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May 7, 2014 - Nice to Melbourne

Solo Ride - Last day Today I have to find a suitcase. With directions about timetables and stops carefully marked on my map of Nice I caught a bus into town and timed how long the trip took. It was about 25 minutes so that' what I need to allow for the return journey. The trip was uneventful except that when I offered a seat to a younger woman she looked at me and gestured that an 'old man' like me should keep the seat. Oh well! Alighting in town I found a suitcase shop only a few doors down from the stop. Because I had some time I went for...

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Apr 28, 2014 - Melbourne

All my family, etc commitments are now out of the way so I feel that today is the start of my real trip. I caught the bus from the caravan park to Frankston station then the train into Flinders Street. The whole exercise took me nearly 2 hours but part of that was because the bus schedule I got from the caravan park was wrong & I just missed a train at Frankston because I wasn’t sure how to use my MYKI travel pass. However it was all an interesting exercise & I’m now an experienced MYKI user. I’d booked in for a tour of the Melbourne Town...

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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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