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3 times lucky in one day!

We are just having a day off at the Bear River Camp in Steward. With WI-Fi, hot showers and a sheltered place. It was time to check the motorcycles, a proper cleaning of ourselves and our clothes – and of course to keep you informed on how and what we are doing ;)

So far we had a great time during our first 3 weeks of the journey. We already have seen many incredible places, met a lot of nice people and camped in beautiful and free places. We love cooking and sitting at the fireplace and enjoy the scenic landscapes while driving. In one place Sascha cought a GIGANTIG pike (he would say 1,5 meter ;))) and I have to say it was the most delicious fish I ever had! The next day we passed a crashed and rolled over truck which was loaded with 40 tons of fresh salmon on ice and we took one out to pimp up our dinner.

Nothing really bad happened so far but we had one really Lucky Day – 3 times luck: On the way down we heard about the Canol Road, a 230 km gravel road winding through 2000 meter high mountains and we decided to do it. The opinions where different when we were asking people if it is open and OK or not… so there was no other way as testing it. We crossed the sign `closed road´ and already after the first meters we met a bear mother with her calve on the road just 50 meters in front of us. She was turning to us and evaluating if we will harm her or not several times. I, Kerstin, was in front and had already the bear spray in my hands and my knees turned into gum and were shivering. I knew we do not have a chance to turn the bikes that quickly on this narrow gravel road if she starts to run – but finally she decided it will be fine and she walked away into the forest.

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The first Lucky time! I think I was doing pretty well on that road, speeding around the turns (this is at least what Sascha said). The ground was pretty compact, not too loose and not too muddy. But suddenly, out of nothing, there was a muddy part which made me tumbling and jumping and I just made it while standing up and opening the throttle. Sascha had the camera running and we had a look at it later – I could not believe I did it!

[Sascha: I couldn’t believe it as well! I already slowed down and was in disaster recovery mode… And then? Unbelievable! She did the only right thing FULL THROTTLE! Whow, what a SAVE that was! Congratulations….]

The second Lucky time! The landscape was beautiful and we were the only one on that road. At one point Sascha was saying: `Strange, I do smell gas!´ and I was replying: `I do not and we are in the middle of nowhere, there is nothing the next 100 km in all directions!´ A few seconds later  I did smell gas as well and somehow my left leg felt wet. I looked down and I could see a little waterfall running down over my leg and boot out of my tank. That was not a funny situation at all. First of all the gas we had been just enough to reach the next upcoming gas station, second the smell of gas attracts bears (actually all kind of smell attracts them as well toothpaste – good to know). Third there is NOBODY around here. [Sascha: Last but not least it was gasoline all over the place and lucky us we did have a cigarette stop just one minute before and the engine AND exhaust was still some kind of cold… if not the bike would just have burned down at this time…) Sascha luckily combined rapid and right, it is the 2nd tank pipe (Benzinhahn) which broke and we closed it as quick as possible with a screw. We looked in the tank and were hoping that we are going to make it. And we did!!! Third time LUCK! [Sascha: What a day that was….]

Below you can find the photos from our travel down from Dawson City to here Steward/Hyder. A highlight for Sascha was the Dredge No 4 and of course the fishing success [Sascha: AND THAT KERSTIN WAS DRIVING LIKE A PRO!!]! Both we were enjoying the freedom, the wilderness and the breathtaking landscapes – especially the Salmon Glacier were we went up yesterday afternoon when we arrived here. [Sascha: Loose, and at times deep gravel… Well done Kerstin!]

See you soon and take care!

 

 

Merry X-mas and Happy New Year 2017!

Looking back at Sydney and incredible great new motorbike friends

BlogstartAt Barbara’s and Sean’s place in Marulan we took the opportunity to check our money reserve and possible destinations as our Australian Visa would run out soon. We were facing the reality and that destinations like South America wouldn’t be possible for the moment. Checking flights to Germany we found an incredible cheap flight, just 6 days (including a long weekend) later. Suddenly everything was going very quick…

We decided to go “home” – without really having one after living 2 years on the road and the 7 years before in Prague, Czech Republic, not the easiest decision… We contacted some friends in Germany where we stayed for a few days before our trip to ask if they could give us a “shelter” for the first days. We received the lovely answer we could come without worry and move in into the old horse stall. While we have been away Anne and Olli were rebuilding the old horse stall and ever time people asked them why they are doing that they were answering:” Anna always wanted to have an atelier – and anyhow, one day Kerstin and Sascha will come back from their adventures!” ;)

Beside that we had to organize the transport of the motorbike. After getting quotes for shipping and flight tickets and knowing that we would need a vehicle in Germany to organize things, we decided to fly the motorbike. We were lucky we had a contact closer to Sydney in Windsor, Clarissa and Neil. They were going with their custom-made BMW’s through South East Asia the year before and anyhow we wanted to meet. Now they offered us to come to their place to organize our last things. Friday early morning we went into Sydney and at noon we had the DGC (Dangerous Goods Certificate) in our hands, visited the warehouse where we would have to deliver the bike Tuesday morning (Monday is public holiday, Queens Birthday) our Carnet stamped and our flights booked! Bam Bam, everything went like a breeze. Thanks again to Paul and Justin! You guys just rock! Business as it should be, no surprises, professional and on top of it very competitive!

Everything done, we had a look at the famous Bondi Beach and rode to Clarissa’s and Neil’s place. Clarissa’s lovely parents prepared a comfortable room for us and for the night a barbecue with friends was planned. It was just fantastic meeting them and all their friends, including another two motorbike traveller, (Chris and Charlie) and we spend a great night together sharing stories, adventures and experiences. When Chris heard that we have to deliver our bike on Tuesday morning and we will be pedestrians until our flight is going on Thursday morning he offered us to come over to his place on Monday so we have better public transport connections. We spent Sunday with Clarissa and Neil, having some fun rides with their bikes and putting a new front wheel on which Neil had spare. Monday we drove over to Chris and we had another delicious barbecue together with his friends.

Tuesday morning we drove through Sydney’s morning mist and arrived at the warehouse to prepare the motorbike for its journey with Thai Airlines. We stripped it first on an aluminum pallet. But after a test lift with the fork lifter it was clear that it would be too unstable. With another wooden pallet under it looked much better and we stored the panniers and helmets on it and wrapped everything in plastic foil. Finally it was done. Time to say good-bye! It is every time a strange feeling to leave our motorbike behind. But we had a pretty good feeling with the shipping company and nothing could be done anyhow anymore…

Being pedestrians now we were looking for the bus back to Chris` place, to Mona Vale, and when he was back from work we went together to the sailing club for dinner with another friend of him. On our last day in Sydney Chris took us around with his car and for the dinner we had our “last supper” at a Thai place together with more friends of Chris. Chris is going soon to cross South America, a five month trip on his motorbike; we have to admit we are a bit jealous… But before the trip he is coming to Germany and we hope he is visiting us!

Time to say good-bye to Sydney and Australia and we left early morning with the bus to the Airport. Our flight was going with China Western Airlines, via Shanghai. So we were facing another 34 hours travelling before we would enter Germany again… Still it felt unreal!

Freezing Highland Lakes and homemade cheese for our farewell to Tasmania

Blogstart-Tasi-to-MarulanCurrently we found shelter in a horse stall “a la France” – our “secret place”… you can read more about that in our next update which will come soon. But for the beginning we will close the gap between: our last days in Tasmania and our way up to Sydney.

When we left Eggs and Bacon Bay fully packed we were escorted by beautiful rainbows. Mac the owner of the shack we stayed asked if we really want to leave and why we do not stay a bit longer. We asked him to stay for 3 nights and been there for over two month, so the time has come finally…

We knew our next destination would be Longford, next to Launceston, where we had already contacted Fiona and Barry to host us. So we chose a nice detour route. We passed the last time Mt Wellington and Hobart, went up to Bothwell and turned on to gravel roads to pass Lake Sorell via Interlaken. We enjoyed the ride and with the sunset we reached the place of Fiona and Barry. They welcomed us warmly and we spent a pleasant night cooking the fish we brought with us (our last catch from Eggs and Bacon Bay), chatting and drinking wine together with their friend Margaret, who is a passionate motorcycle rider herself. We could have spent much more time with them but unfortunately our time was running; the ferry back to the mainland would leave in two days’ time and there was one region of Tasmania which we would like to explore before we have to leave: The Highland Lakes.

Early the next morning we left and head off. Pretty quick we went up the narrow turns and after that we were driving most of the day on an altitude of 1000m around the lakes. Partially it was cold we have to admit – but we had a sunny and calm day which made the ride a great pleasure with stunning views. Close to Deloraine we had a walk down to the Liffey Falls and by the end of the day we reached the place of Tim who would host us for the last night in Tasmania. When we arrived he was just busy together with a guy from Sweden to make grape juice. Tim is living in a little nice place in the Western Creek. He has some chicken and a few cows, a dog and is growing his own veggies and berries. He is producing his own juices, jams, wines, yoghurt, butter and cheese! During the evening we had the great opportunity to test through his varieties: brie, feta, mozzarella, gouda,… together with a good glass of wine. This was the best cheese we have had since a long long time! Thank you so much and let us know when you start to export! The next morning we even could prepare a new cheese culture together. Outside it was grey and rainy and we spent the morning together until we finally had to leave to catch our night ferry – with a slight melancholy feeling.

When we arrived early morning in Melbourne it was really cold and Sascha was happy once more to have his heated grips. Around noon the sun got stronger and when we took the ferry to Raymond Island we were happy to reach the place of Pete where we could get out of our motorbike gear. Pete was living on this little island nearly all his life and he took us around and showed us all the interesting places. Unfortunately the weather forecast for the next 4-5 days was actually very bad and we decided to leave early morning the next day already… It was the right decision! All the way direction north through the mountains we were just escaping the heavy rain front. Spontaneously we contacted our friends in Marulan which is about 100km south of Sydney if we could stay with them earlier than planned. After a long day riding, we did nearly 680 km through the mountains and mostly on an altitude of 1000m we reached the place of Barbara and Sean. Happy and dry – and when we heard that the south region was nearly drowning because of heavy rain falls we were even more happy (not for them but for us ;)!

To warm up we had a jump into their gorgeous spa-pool under the stars and we spent all in all 10 great days together. For one night we went to Sydney to enjoy the great “VIVID Light SHOW” which gave us the possibility to see Sydney’s attractions in a “different light”. But as well we had days which made us think what is coming next for us…

Have a look soon at our next Blog update to experience how and where we end up…

Time to say goodbye and to travel new terrain

BlogStartAfter staying in a place longer than 2-3 nights is always a little bit sad and strange if you have to leave again. Though it is always exciting to discover new terrains without question! You leave people behind you became friends with and you leave a sort of your comfort zone once again. It is amazing how quick you get used to little luxury things like knowing where you can buy something, where you can have your next shower, doing your laundry or just where you going to sleep the next night. On the other hand exactly these “mysteries” make your voyage so interesting…

Anyhow for us it is time to say goodbye once more to all our friends over here, to all the birds which are used meanwhile to get fresh bread crumbs from us in the morning and to our housemates, the possums. Probably we will never go again fishing that often and we will never eat so much fish again. We always found it fabulous going out to the rocks for fishing, never mind the weather really. Every time it is different, you see new things. Either a manta ray, some seals or dolphins are passing by or you can see enormous cloud formations or magical rainbows or romantic sunsets…

Apropos „goodbye“! For Kerstin it was time to say goodbye as well to one of her favorite shirts… more holes than merino wool after 20 month on the bike.

For our last two days in Tasi we planned a nice route and we are lucky that we found people on the road who will host us. At the moment we have very stormy weather; sometimes we think we are going to fly away together with the shack the next second. Somehow funny, because we had nearly the same conditions when we arrived here two month ago… The wind will take us away to new terrains…