The Greater San Fransisco Area

Continuing my quest to travel the world.

It has been my quest to cycle around the world for a very long time, although I have ticked off 16 countries to date, I still haven't achieved the ultimate goal of cycling the world. I cannot wait any longer for the conditions to be perfect, age is catching up with me, so it is now or never.

picture drawn by Jim my Step - Father on our trip across Australia

picture drawn by Jim my Step - Father on our trip across Australia
After our trip to Vietnam in 2012.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

News Paper clippings

We got interviewed for the local News Paper last week. Check out my new page titled newspaper clippings, to see them all.

What's funny is when complete strangers come up to me in the shop that I work in and say "Are you really going to do that?", "How are you getting your Vespa around the World?", and " If Niel is riding unsupported does that mean you can't cook him a meal?"And " How can you tell that people aren't cheating?"

Inane questions - every cycle tourist knows what it's like. "Where have you come from?" is the most common question. It's also hard to answer. For example if you say "From New Zealand", it just confuses them, if you say "From ie: San Fransisco [or what ever city you started the trip in], they naively think you've covered that distance in one day. If you say "From [ whatever the last town you spent the night in], or 100kms back that way" it doesn't seem to satisfy them.

I'll never forget in the U.S. last year, reaching our highest ever pass of 11,200 feet, a man trailing his family came over to ask us if we: "were going up or down?!?" In exasperation Niel said " Down, next silly question". I also got them crossing the 4 and 1/2 thousand kilometres across Australia on  my Vespa. 1,000 kms from Sydney, 2 Harley riders saw my Western Australia Plates and said: " You haven't ridden that thing from Perth have you?" laughing thinking it was a great joke, "Too right" I said " and I'm off to Sydney. [Boy I made them look silly].

The Rabbit Proof Fence in Western Australia - heading East

Don't get me wrong, I like these comments - at least someones taking an interest. On the whole they are encouraging, positive comments. Many people are complimentary and want to take our photo.
Actually that reminds me of a funny story. We were cycle - touring Italy in 2000, and were pulling up to the camp ground office in Monza [just out of Milan]. The receptionist [who was gorgeous by - the - way] came out with her boyfriend [ who wasn't bad looking either], and he asked us if he could take our photo, because we "were Beautiful!" We expected him to come back with a camera, but he came back with this huge pack. Inside the pack was an array of camera equipment. "Yes" he answered when we enquired, "he was a photographer for a living". Because we were next to the Monza Grand Prix circuit, I asked if he photographed the Motor racing. "No" he said: " I photograph Cindy Crawford"

Photo of a photo by a Milan photographer.
I'm starting to do a countdown of sorts - it's 6 weeks till Spring - Yahoo!, In less than 7 months we'll be in Europe. This time next year we will be almost finished. By this time next month, the weather will be the same temperature as when we start in February in Europe, so I will know how cold it's going to be. You know what it's like. I haven't got as far as counting days though. One things for sure, the last 6 months has flown by, the next 6months will too.

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