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Touring Steve - Darwin to Sydney via the West Coast

Follow me as I blog from Darwin through The Kimberley to Broome, along the West Coast to Port Hedland, a ride through The Pilbara, back to the West Coast at Exemouth, Monkey Mia, Denham, Shark Bay, down to New Norcia, Perth and Margaret River. I then ride east to Esperance for a trip across The Nullarbor leading me to and through the wine regions of SA before heading back to Sydney via The Great Ocean Road to Melbourne as I point north for the final leg!

 Wheezy Rider & Thao - Round the world, two-up, on a GL1800 Goldwing.

Contemplating a trip? We did it, so you likely can too.

1. We are not enduro riders seeking to push the endurance envelope. Any healthy couple with the time, some savings and 2-4 wheels, can do this or another type of trip. Two wheels or four. Any good touring bike and riders can do this trip, or variations thereof. It's called Wheezy Rider partly to make that point.

2. Hotels, 1-star or 5-star is fine, mainly we just want a clean room & bed, hot shower, plus safe bike parking. We avoid the big name-brand chains – that's hardly like leaving home is it? We generally try for 'mid-to-upscale local' to experience the 'local' part. Sometimes we go way downscale, usually it's a fun experience.

3. 'Wheezy Rider' name chosen because of the obvious Easy Rider movie pun, with irony. We're not riding a chopper, nor am I an athlete, although not quite 'wheezy' ... the point being:
Any guys/gals in half-decent shape can do this trip; Just need to re-arrange your life for a while, then do it. Even for a few weeks or months.

4. Two-up: For both of us, the first long time/distance travel with another; No problems encountered, we get along great, share similar humor, and have no disputes on destinations or travel style.

5. Money: You do not need to be rich. On this specific blogged trip, we stay in hotels, probably averaging US$150/day all-in per couple (visas, gas, maintenance, souvenirs etc included.) C$ versus US$ in this blog makes little difference, most prices are ballpark, are seasonally variable, and currency rates change constantly.

A similar bike trip could be done for US$50/day if the travelers live modestly and get through Europe quickly, or skip it altogether. The sky's the limit if you prefer to go high-end. It depends on your tastes, budget and most important – where/how you travel.
In much of Asia, $50 a day/couple is living really well for example. That's about $20,000 a year folks; it costs more than that to live at home! That's what we mean when we say 'you do not need to be rich.' See blogs for various country prices.

Motorcycle Accommodation - Moto Accoomo

Have a look over some of the places I've stayed over the years here in Australia, some good and some bad!

You'll learn what towns have 'Motorcycle Friendly' accommodation, are priced right relative to value, and some to just plain stay away from!

Feel free to share some of your experiences as well... click HERE to eMail me.
Motorcycle Gourmet - Motorcycle Gourmet

Motorcycle Gourmet
Some of the best meals I've ever had have been while traveling Australia on my numerous Motorcycle tours, be they escorting others or exploring new destinations on my own.

Some simple, some extravagant but most importantly, all the meals I review here contain quality fresh food prepared with care and skill.

Join me as I eat, ride, and review my way around Australia!
 To follow my trip go to... Russell Ride 2010.
  Hello, my name is Russell Nurse.

This year's ride is a follow up of my first long distance dirt and tar ride last year.

We (my son Karl and I) traveled 8300km in 16 days on a pair of DR 650s and afterward I found I really had the bug.

The Donahue and Plenty Highways, the Tanami Desert, Wolf Creek Crater , the Kimberleys, Birdsville & Innamincka were no longer just places on a map and I'm itching to get going again.

Last year was about learning (lessons like running out of fuel on the Tanami or getting water in our fuel) fortunately we had vehicular support.

This year I've got a new side kick (my eldest son Luke) and we're doing it without support. On the agenda is Menindee, Tibooburra, Camerons Corner, Lyndhurst, Oodnadatta, Mt Dare, Dalhousie, Purni Bore, Finke, The Olgas and The Rock, Jervois, Boulia, Bedourie, Cordillo Downs and more.

I'll be blogging my way, as internet access permits so subscribe to the Two Wheel Touring Newsletter (see side bar) to follow my progress.

To follow my trip go to... Russell Ride 2010 or

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