Have You Got the Balls

Have You Got the Balls

Monday, 7 April 2014

And Finally.....

At long last, the long wait is over. On Thursday the bike will be registered with a promised sale after the ride ends. 
Six weeks to ride the coast to Brisbane and back around the mountains to Melbourne.
Need to start looking for a jacket as the weather is turning down this Southern end of Australia

Monday, 24 March 2014

I'm Just the Jockey

I have had enough reasons to quit Australia, with two thefts, including my passport which has complicated the acquisition of the bike and then the death of my brother in the Philippines. However there are some people that won't let you quit and will step in so that I won't leave here without realising at least part of the ride.

Two people or one person and a band of four have helped me no end in achieving part of my planned ride. One of those is Swannie who has sorted out my duplicate road worthy certificate that went missing when my bag was stolen, the second was Eva McGowan and associates who offered me there garden equipped with tent and bedding and access to all amenities.

I have always maintained that I am only a jockey in the quest to ride the coasts of the world on 20 GBP per day and that the real heroes are the ones who turn the obstacles over and keep the ride going. So with bike issues nearly resolved and at least some privacy to re-energise myself, I will set off to ride a figure eight to Sydney and Brisbane which will incorporate the mountains to the West.

To all those, Swannie, Eva Alex and Phill, I thank you for all your help.

I would also like to thank Home Travellers Motel who have also supported me in accessing their facilities too  and the comfort some of my travelling friends offered me at my time of loss.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Australia Wins. The Ride in Ashes

The final wicket fell this morning as the battle to stay in against Australia ended all hopes of victory. A googly expertly delivered by the road worthy certificate garage, in the form of a full retest fee for a duplicate document that was in my stolen bag, wiped out my middle stump.

I hoped to withstand the onslaught of the Australians in the face of bureaucracy delays and costs delivered by their spinners, has left my tail enders without a hope in getting the tour into a winning streak and I have declared and setting off back to the pavilion in England as soon as I can get out.

I intend to concentrate on a summer tour in Europe in it's absence

Saturday, 15 March 2014

A Passport Stolen Means Further Delay

Friday pm I had a bag containing my lap top and my passport stolen. Registration of the bike on Tuesday is dependant on production of the passport and with it being a weekend I can't say if it means more delays.

I have at this minute no idea to the processes necessary to get a replacement.

Thank god there is cricket today with Melbourne Helenics with two games in the balance to reach the finals and above all that there is a massive football game tonight between Liverpool and Manchester Utd.

These hopefully will keep my mind from dwelling on it all

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Remembering Luca - Preparation is just not Cricket

Its been an interesting, but painfully slow three weeks so far in Melbourne. The outcome of all this waiting is that I continue to meet the most fantastic people while sitting it out. From the lads at Melbourne Helenics Cricket club to the person who put $10 in my shoe while I was sleeping out in the park one night (donated now to the charity). If that wasn't enough then last night after pushing the bike 13kms to Moorabbin east for a roadworthy test and not getting an appointment at the nearby registration office till next week, I was at the start of pushing it back the 13 kms to St Kilda when Swanny pulled up in his truck and offered to garage it at his factory. Then to cap it off has offered to trailer the bike to the registration office on Tuesday. But to rewind the weeks

IN MEMORY OF LUCA JONES
To view the procedure for Bone Marrow Donation click below

Anthony Nolan Org