December 01, 2008 GMT
144 hours to go

We are less then a week away from starting our journey, officially homeless and only a few days away from unemployed. All the planning and organising is done and were ready to go.
Itís been a busy week, finishes packing up and storing our belongings, organizing the last of the paperwork. i sent the carnet application to the wrong office address and then the panic was on as of where it is and will it get to the right place in time and so on. Marnie from the NRMA has been great, she got it all under control and pushed the process trough quickly so its in the mail and I should get it today or tomorrow. THANKS MARNIE !!!



The before and after shots of packing the bike.

as we left the house to go too one of our friends for the first night a thunder storm developed and a torrential downpour started just as we drove off ( we put it down to training) all the gear coped well, it was a good way to find out if our packing was up to scratch before we get to far.

we still can't believe its actually happening and its only a few days to we hit the road.
It all started about tree years ago on a ride to the Hunter Valley NSW when we sat in a Irish Pub and started talking about how great it would be to ride around the world. As we got home that day we sat on the computer and goggled motorcycle travel and found Horizonsunlimited. What a great side! We spend hours and hours getting information, reading other peoples travel blogs and got more exited about the prospect of doing a journey like that.
It all came to a abrupt stop when Maggie found out that she has Breast Cancer and was in Hospital within a few days for a operation, then followed chemo, radio and all the treatments under the sun to get rid of the Cancer, we are happy to report that all is well and clear :)
Due to the Cancer we decided to do some fund raising for the Cancer Council in Australia incorporating our trip. As it happened the brother of our friend Daniel came back from Nepal with lots of prayer flags so the idea came up to get people to sign our write messages of hope and well wishes on to the flags for a donation to the Cancer Council and we will take this with us and hang them up at the highest point of our travel at Kharadung La 5602m above sea level in the Himalayas. With the help of Friends we managed to rise $3000.-

So now we are at Wendy's counting the hours and starting to relax a bit, only
143hr to go :)

Maggie looking after the bike

Posted by Mark Allenspach at 02:55 AM GMT
December 07, 2008 GMT
Last Day at Home

Sunday BBQ with friends at Wendys.
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Posted by Mark Allenspach at 10:53 AM GMT
December 09, 2008 GMT
First Day

Today was the first day of our journey, we had it all plant, jump on the bike and hit the open road!
Well thats not how it worked out. We got a invite from Rod and Flick to join them on there Catamaran for a overnight stay and sail around Pittwater, we figured thats a great way to start the journey, our son Dominic joint us as well and we had a fantastic time, we now trying to figure out how to fit the bike on the boat so we can have the best of both world's ;)
So tomorrow we try again and this time we wont get distracted ( unless we get a really gooood offer)

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The stress of the first day got to us

Posted by Mark Allenspach at 10:33 AM GMT
December 16, 2008 GMT
The first week on the Road

Already been on the Road for a week. Had a fantastic time staying with old friends, along the NSW Coast, great hospitality from all. Thank you again Wendy and Graham in Dural, John and Trish in Newastle, Ken and Jan in Taree, Jennifer and Shane in South West Rocks and Mark and BJ in Mullumbimby, We had a great time with all of you and we will miss you heaps...

Enjoying a few days at Brunswick Beach before heading of to Brisbane tomorrow, and then off to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast for Christmas with the Kids.

John and Trish with Kids in Newcastle

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Jennifer and Shane in South West Rocks

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Sunset on the River in South West Rocks

Posted by Maggie Allenspach at 07:28 AM GMT
December 23, 2008 GMT

After leaving South West Rocks, we headed inland towards Mullumbimby the home of Mark, BJ, Billie and Nelson. We spent 3 glorious days there. Thanks Mark and BJ for sharing your beautiful house we had a great time, will never get my white tshirt clean again after a yummy meal at the Bollywood Restaurant in Byron Bay......
Off to Brisbane to see Simone and Greig, thanks for having us you guys are great, we wish you all the best for the future. We did have a swim in your Pool after sightseeing in the City...
The day after we rode across to Bardon to spent the night with Neville, Trish and Bryonie. Had a beautiful home cooked meal and alot of laughs. Thank you again for your hospitality...

Made our way up to the Sunshine Coast and did find a cheap unit on the Beach in Coolum for the week. Lots of friend to visit here.
First we had to visit Rat and Viv on there beautiful farmlet, the Bike got Christend with Vevue Clique, alot of talk about past times... HOW DOES IT GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT.. Thanks guys, still hope to catch up with you one more time.

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Christening the Bike

On Sunday we had a lazy time and a few drinks with Daniel at the Surf Club in Noosa, great view...
On Monday the 22nd we went to visit Neil and Em north of Noosa, lots and lots of laughs with Neil, you are a very funny bugger, we do like your new hobby, making beautiful knitted baskets :)

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Neil with his handy work ( to order please call direct )

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Em wants to come too.

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Day on the Beach

Posted by Mark Allenspach at 03:00 AM GMT

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