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Re: Ken & John's round Oz trip
« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2018, 09:32:05 AM »
Hi gang.  Sorry, I should have given a final report here.
My riding buddy had a medical worry (and a brother dying, but that was expected), so he flew back home from Perth.  He was going to ship the bike back.
At that point, I made the decision to continue alone.  But because a friend with a flat in Broome was going to be there later, I delayed a bit.
John my riding buddy, then flew back to Perth, raced north, and re-joined me at Exmouth.
We did more riding and exploring until Broome.
Sitting in the motel at night, John was looking at the weather forecast ahead of us on his phone.
He expressed the opinion that we couldn't continue.  Around the next stop was going to be 43C, and it would probably get hotter, then as it got cooler near the coast again, it would also get more humid.  John considered that sort of riding life-threatening.
I agreed with him.  (He didn't fare too well coming into Broome at 38C.)
So we killed the trip, rode our bikes to a truck depot, and flew home.

We'd started the trip a month or two late, and lost more time with John's faffing around.  (North of Australia gets very hot and humid towards summer.)
John is talking about revisiting the trip next year.  I'm not so sure.  (I've got other trips planned.)

I did 8000km on my trip from home to Broome.  (My Tiger has now done over 12000km.  Bought it late June.)
The riding was mostly very enjoyable, especially those early morning starts, riding away from the sun, admiring the scenery.  I was in heaven.
Was I glad I'd swapped my TEx for a Tiger1200?  Hell yes.  Comfort factor alone, made the riding easier, nicer, and less fatiguing.

Did my first club ride on Wednesday.  Got the Sunday ride tomorrow.  Over to Victoria next week.  A Victorian "high country" trip with a dozen or so Ulyssians in December (with the missus on the back).  My T1200 is going to be kept busy for a while.  :)



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Re: Ken & John's round Oz trip
« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2018, 11:33:56 AM »
That's still some going kenw, if everything went perfectly it wouldn't be an Adventure as they say!  :047:

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Re: Ken & John's round Oz trip
« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2018, 01:23:56 PM »
*Originally Posted by XCaTel [+]
That's still some going kenw, if everything went perfectly it wouldn't be an Adventure as they say!  :047:

Glad to hear nothing bad happened, and yeah like he said 🙃👍

It's not an adventure if you don't get stuck somewhere. An adventure is an inconvenience considered differently. Kudos.

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Re: Ken & John's round Oz trip
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Re: Ken & John's round Oz trip
« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2018, 11:59:16 AM »
Oi... Deadly heat exposure... May he ride in peace. That's very sad...
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Re: Ken & John's round Oz trip
« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2018, 08:52:23 AM »
"A good man knows his limitations", H. Callahan
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Pushing the limits can be fun, but when it becomes life threatening it just doesn't worth it.

Still a very nice adventure Ken!

 


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