October 14, 2003 GMT
Australia 4

Melbourne (03-09-2003) till Brisbane (XX-10-2003)

Unfortunately we haven't written our English travelreports about Australia. The pictures of this period are available however and you can see them below to have a small impression about the last leg of our Worldtrip. Also there are brief updates written between the photos.

Route from Melbourne to Brisbane; 03-09-2003 / 13-10-2003
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Route from Melbourne to Brisbane; 03-09-2003 / 13-10-2003

Oh, what a night (and what a bike)
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Oh, what a night (and what a bike)

Scenic Beechworth
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Scenic Beechworth

A stranded Old Darling
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A stranded Old Darling

Bush-walking with Peter
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Bush-walking with Peter

I wanna take my helmet off; Ed help me!
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I wanna take my helmet off; Ed help me!

Snow in Australia?
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Snow in Australia?

Enjoying the unexpected snow
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Enjoying the unexpected snow

Snowball-fighting
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Snowball-fighting

Ed has finally met the Pacific Ocean
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Ed has finally met the Pacific Ocean

Ready for a dive
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Ready for a dive

Updated: 11 September 2003

Marie Louise has left us now and saying goodbye after a nice time together was hard. But there wasn't much time to think about it as Ed arrived two days later already. We treated Jeannettes bike with a new rear tyre but we weren't rewarded as she didn't want to start at all occasionally. After several inspections we found out there was a broken wire at the ignation keys. We temporary solved it now... finally!

We left Melbourne and visited Peter & Sue in Beechworth, who we met in Vietnam. We crossed the Great Dividing Range through Kosciuszko National Park through the snow and enjoy the sight of people skiing down the slopes. The temperatures on the coast were warmer and we enjoying a little relaxing on the coast. No bathing however.
Brisbane, and with it the end of our trip. We are looking forward to it but in the meantime we are not forgetting to enjoy the last bit!

Another electrical problem has to be solved
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Another electrical problem has to be solved

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour
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Sydney Harbour

Updated: 17 September 2003

Canberra was quite disappointing to be and very cold as well. So we continued after a very brief visit to wards Sydney which we likes very very much. The weather is nice (finally!) here something we were really looking forward to. Of course have we already visited the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. But there's so much more to see here so we stay some more days. We also have to visit some friends, so probably time's flying away here. We take Ed with us all the way up to Brisbane as he has managed to reroute his ticket by occupying the last available seat in the plane. He had a great time riding on Jeannette's bike through downtown Sydney.

How NOT to handle a fully loaded bike
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How NOT to handle a fully loaded bike

Ozzie Showtime
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Ozzie Showtime

Again, another time Martin had to repair the F650GS
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Again, another time Martin had to repair the F650GS

Enjoying the sunset at Hawks Nest
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Enjoying the sunset at Hawks Nest

Updated: 06 October 2003

We left Sydney riding through the Blue Mountains working our way up to Queensland. Jeannette's bike had some electrical problems again but fortunately we could finally fix the problem caused by a partly failing alarmunit while staying a couple of days at David & Cheryl Laing's place. Together we conquered the highest motorable road in North India. This delay made Ed taking a bus back to Brisbane as he had a flight home to catch. At the Gold Coast it was really pooring down so we gave it a miss. So we have arrived back where we started our trip in Australia: in Brisbane.
This means that we have finished our trip through Australia. Not only our trip through Australia but also our whole trip. This means that after more than 3.5 years and 143,000 kms. we are going back home. The only thing left is to arrange the shipping of the bikes back to Holland. We still can't really believe it's finally there as we are still so used to travelling. But reality will set in soon.

Crating the bikes
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Crating the bikes

Wayne's saying of 'Goodbye' with style
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Wayne's saying of 'Goodbye' with style

...where we finished our trip in style
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...where we finished our trip in style

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