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Around the World - a mostly-cycling tour
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posted 7/15/2012
at 4:23:53 AM
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I haven't been around here much since the end of April. I just updated my stat and realised how long it has been.

Lots has changed. Rowan and I completed our employment where we worked (contract positions), gave up our rental house, packed everything into storage, and set off on a Round-The-World mostly-cycling tour for the next 8 months or more.

It's not a 100% cycling tour because we're flying, taking trains, using ferries, and perhaps even renting cars along the way ... but we're hoping it will be a mostly cycling tour.

We flew out of Melbourne on June 20th to Hong Kong where we spent 4 days, then it was 6 days in Taiwan, and 10 days in Japan. We're now in the UK ... in Edinburgh ... and we've got just under 3 months in Europe with no set plans.

If you're interested, you can read about our trip so far here:
www.machka.net/2012/RTW_2012/RTW_2012.htm


So far we've already logged approx. 383 km on our tour, with more to come.

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posted 10/18/2012
at 4:08:33 PM
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We're in North America now! And we'll be here for approx. the next 3 months with plans to travel from Canada (where we are) down to Louisiana and back to Canada. We'll drive, but we are planning to do a series of hub and spoke tours along the way.

The plan is to travel down on the east side of the mountains and travel back up along the Pacific coast.

Meanwhile, I've uploaded more Switzerland photos, taking us to the Switzerland/France border.

On our last day in Switzerland, we cycled from where we were staying to the Switzerland/France border on the south side of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). If we were to return to Switzerland (which I would like to do one day), I think we would catch a train to Evian, France (where the Evian bottled water comes from), and then cycle into Switzerland. It would be less expensive and less stressful than the method we chose this time. Cycling out of Switzerland was lovely, and the lake is beautiful.

www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/
www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157631598534353/

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Lifetime: 56,991 mi
Member No. 1789
Member since: Mar 2004
Home: State: Tasmania, Australia 
Thorn Club Tour
Touring Road bike
Audax Australia - Victoria
posted 11/4/2012
at 11:19:27 PM
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We've started the North American leg of the journey ... travelled through BC and Alberta and are now aiming for the US, heading down toward Louisiana.

It's been chilly and wet here ... but we have done a little bit of cycling.

Photos ... www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/collections/72157630125633632/

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Home: State: Tasmania, Australia 
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posted 11/17/2012
at 6:02:57 PM
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I have this goal of cycling in as many Canadian Provinces, Australian States, and US States as possible (and as many countries as possible as well) ... in the last couple weeks, I've added Idaho, Oklahoma, and Texas to the list of US States I've cycled in, bringing the total to 26 so far.

And we're still travelling in the US!!

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posted 12/8/2012
at 10:47:09 PM
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We have travelled out to Florida and are now in San Diego, California. So I've added Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah to the states I've cycled in, bringing the total to 33.

We'll be making our way up the west coast of the US in order to arrive in the Vancouver area for Christmas. Then mid-January, we fly to the west coast of Australia.

I have updated my journal a bit, and I'm still loading photos.


And we're still "mostly cycling" on this tour ... 172 days on tour, 89 days of cycling, making it 51.74% of the days with cycling included!

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posted 1/9/2013
at 7:27:17 PM
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I have finished the Europe story, complete with photos. Which means I've also finished all the Europe photos ...

Story: www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_Europe_Main_2012.htm
Photos: www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157631877281412/

I have also done quite a bit of work on the North American story, but not the photos yet. Hopefully, I'll start working on them tomorrow or the next day ...

Story: www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_NorthAmerica_2012.htm


In a week's time we move onward ... we leave Canada where we've had a lovely time with my family, and return to Australia. We fly into the Perth area mid-January, and the plan is to spend a couple weeks cycling around there. Rowan lived in that area many years ago, but I've never been.
post edited on 1/9/2013 at 7:12:21 PM

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Lifetime: 56,991 mi
Member No. 1789
Member since: Mar 2004
Home: State: Tasmania, Australia 
Thorn Club Tour
Touring Road bike
Audax Australia - Victoria
posted 1/27/2013
at 6:48:03 AM
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I have completed the text portion of my North American journal:

www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_NorthAmerica_2012.htm

And I have the text portion of my Australian journal up to date to yesterday:

www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_Australia_2012.htm


I am working on the photos and have loaded some from both North America and Australia into Flickr. I'll keep working at them over the next few weeks.


Meanwhile, a brief summary ... after spending quite a bit of time in North America, including Christmas with my family in Canada, we have returned to Australia. However, we are not finished yet because we have returned to the western side of Australia, the opposite side of the country from where our stuff is stored.

We are spending about 10 days enjoying the beaches of Western Australia ... beautiful!!

At the end of January, we fly to Melbourne .....

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Home: State: Tasmania, Australia 
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Audax Australia - Victoria
posted 8/11/2013
at 3:40:17 AM
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Another update ...

We returned to the area where we started in early February, and continued to live in temporary accommodations for the next couple months. Since then, we've kind of settled for a few months, but more changes/travels/moves are on the horizon.

I have posted all the photos right up to when we arrived in Western Australia ... still working on the RTW-Australia set:
www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/collections/72157632796492886/

post edited on 8/13/2013 at 7:28:11 AM
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