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Around the World - a mostly-cycling tour
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posted 7/15/2012
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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 8/16/2012
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Machka,

Really like this! Thanks for sharing your adventures.

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posted 8/27/2012
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We finished with the Rhine Cycle Route near Mainz ... it didn't really live up to expectation, although there were some good parts, especially toward the end.

When we had enough of it, we caught a train to Luxembourg (City), and then made our way to a campground just out of the city where we stopped for a few days. We needed a break ... time to just stop and not do much of anything.

Now we've continued onward and are in France, heading for Switzerland.

We've covered 10 countries in about 2.5 months. No wonder we needed the break!!

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posted 9/1/2012
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In recovery mode from a sort of cycling-related accident the other day (fell out of a train with Rowan's bicycle) ... I've processed a whole bunch of photos of the Rhine Cycle Route portion of our trip. What I've uploaded takes us to about the halfway point ... where it started to get good.

Enjoy!

www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157630913118566/


There are elephants, ice cream, The Rhine, barges, and all sorts of stuff!

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posted 9/3/2012
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Fun travels...thanks for sharing.

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posted 9/25/2012
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We're on a beach on the Atlantic Ocean in France. And we've been caught in a 48-hour storm, with the promise that it is going to continue for another 48 hours or so. Fortunately, we've been caught in a relatively inexpensive caravan park, in quite a decent little cabin. So while the storm rages and ocean roars outside, we're reasonably comfortable inside.


I've taken the opportunity to update my website, and load more photos, with more to come ...

The story ... www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_Europe_Main_2012.htm

The Netherlands and Germany Photos ... www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157630913118566/

Luxembourg, Switzerland and France Photos (still working on this one) ... www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/sets/72157631598534353/

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posted 9/26/2012
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In recovery mode from a sort of cycling-related accident the other day (fell out of a train with Rowan's bicycle) ...
-- posted by Machka
Whhhaaaaaat? That may need a little more explanation! It's not everyday that someone falls out of a train and lives to tell about it.

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posted 9/26/2012
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I knew they made you unload promptly to keep the trains on schedule, but isn't that a bit extreme?

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posted 9/26/2012
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I knew they made you unload promptly to keep the trains on schedule, but isn't that a bit extreme?
-- posted by kirkej


Train was not in motion I hope.

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posted 9/27/2012
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The story is here: www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_Europe_Main_2012.htm , under Thursday 30 August.

But here's the segment of that day's journal where I talk about the little accident ...


So after being told that Switzerland had a very precise booking system and that we had violated that system by putting our bicycles into the wrong car ... the doors to the next train opened, and there, in bicycle area, were several massive suitcases.

We didn't have much time, so we heaved both bicycles up the steep stairs of the train, and then started trying to move around in the very tiny area. The person with the suitcases came out to move them out of the way. We suggested he move them into the main seating area for the moment while we worked with the bicycles. He refused, and moved them just enough to really be in the way. And then, of course, a couple other people came out into that area and just stood there taking up space and getting in the way too.

Imagine a space about the size of a small ensuite bathroom, just big enough for a shower, sink, toilet, and a tiny bit of standing room. Now imagine that space filled with 5 people, 3 or 4 massive suitcases, and 2 bicycles loaded with panniers. And now imagine trying to move. It was a complete schmozzel of a situation!!

Rowan climbed over his bicycle, to grab mine and hang it up. I reached for his to steady it, when something happened (I think I tripped), and both the bicycle and I ended up falling out of the train just as it was about to set off. This, of course, caused train officials to come running and try to shove me and the bicycle back onto the train as quickly as possible and get the doors closed.

The two people who came out with the sole purpose of getting in the way just stood there, getting in the way. The man with the large suitcases gasped. When I stood up, I turned to him and told him, in no uncertain terms, to get his suitcases out of the way for now. He immediately moved them into the main seating area, and we were able to finish hanging the bicycles.

I have badly bruised and scraped knees, sore left wrist, and am generally feeling wrenched about.

I was very concerned about Rowan's bicycle ... considering I landed quite heavily on it as it, and I, slid off the train. But, although several things were, in Rowan's words, "disturbed", everything seems OK. Seems Rowan built a solid bicycle.

We arrived in The Alps, in Martigny, in a cold rain and howling wind, feeling rather battered and bruised.




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posted 9/27/2012
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Thank you for that...
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