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Date: 21 December 2000,

Howdy folks, (American)

We have not moved very far since our last newsletter, but have been very busy nevertheless. In Los Angeles we contributed a great article to the magazine Motorcyclist. Great because it's going to be about twice the size of any of our previous articles. Great because it covers our first full circle totally and gives very good impressions of what our travels around the world have been like. And great again because it contains about 30 of our greatest slides. Unfortunately we have to wait till at least March or April, before it will be published.

For those in Germany we have good news too, as Motorrad Gespann is also going to publish about our world tour, as is Two Wheels in Australia, Motor in the Netherlands, Travel Africa in the UK.

We made a loop through California and Nevada the last two weeks, as we went up to meet some friends in Fresno, Sacramento and in the Coast Ranges north of San Francisco, where we met Ted Simon. We could have easily stayed a week, letting our minds research what we have been through these past four years, the difference between now and 1977, when Ted had come around the world. Ted will go around the world again starting next year and we look forward reading his reports.

We also visited another school with our project "The World on a Children's Drawing". Thanx Diane and Pete, for organizing everything so well. Diane also organized a replacement for our old notebook, so we went from 250 Mb to 1.3 Gb and from Windows 3.1 to Windows 98. Wow, great! Thanx Diane!

In Nevada we came through Death Valley, a magic place with moon-like landscapes, bold rocky mountains, deserts with stumpy bushes and a coyote that tried twice to attack our rolling front tire. The road through the Death Valley will bring you eventually to Las Vegas, one of the craziest places on earth we've been. It's decorators paradise though and we ended up knocking on all the walls in the hotels to know if they were fake (you know, hollow pillars that carry the basilica on Piazza San Marco that is reconstructed in hotel Venetia). In the same hotel you can float the Canal 'Grande' in a gondola and if the driver is willing, he will sing 'Oh solo mio' with an American accent.

We wandered from hotel to hotel, saw all the free shows possible (some great ones in Circus Circus; the beautiful fountain show in front of Bellagio. Too bad that the pirates from Treasure Island were absent. Then the gambling madness. You see people throwing money in these thousands of slot machines like it was waste. If you are winning or not, the machines always have some bells ringing that are exciting, give you the feeling that the next pull will win you mega-dollars.

One thing we forgot to tell you in our last news report was that Ons Tannie is singing a beautiful song the whole day. She rides perfectly, smooth, not missing one stroke or using any oil. Thanx to Yamaha Australia and Yamaha Netherlands, who generously supported the overhaul of her engine.

We are back in Los Angeles now and plan to start travelling South before the end of this week. Have been busy preparing to go to Japan and Russia next year, but want to wait till spring, and look forward to visiting Mexico and Guatemala again.

We wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Rob and Dafne de Jong

Ride-on World Tour


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Travel Stories, English:

January 2002,
Ride on 2002...
October 2001,
Ride on Home
July 2001,
Russia and
April 2001,
Jan 2001,
Dec 2000,
Oct 2000, L.A
to Fresno via
Sep 2000,
New Zealand
July 2000,
Australia part 2
April 2000 India
and Australia,
part 1
Dec 1999,
to Kathmandu
Nov 1999,
Shoeshine boy
of Gondar

Sept 1999,
Uganda to
May 1999,
Zimbabwe to
Dec 1998,
South Africa
and Namibia
Sept 1998,
Swaziland &

June 1998,
S. Africa 1
April 1998,
W.Africa 2
March 1998,
W. Africa 1

Travel Stories, In het Nederlands:

July 2001,
Rusland en
April 2001,
Jan 2001,


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