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    • Still the "wrong" side of the road to ride on, innit? :D

      An acquaintance spent >6 months riding Australia on an Enfield that he shipped from UK, was a fantastic experience to live through vicariously.

      P.S. No offence intended anywhere, I was just struck by the so obviously different road chirality for someone who rides on the right for most of the time (I did ride in UK, but for nowhere that long to get accustomed)

    • I remember my first trip to the UK, travelling in the left lane, in Wales, in the failing evening light with fog and a stone wall immediately left of the passenger mirror. I've now travelled in the UK enough that it doesn't even seem wrong anymore, just another way of doing things.

      I was struck by the left hand travel route in the video too, but the road widths, and vehicles were just too large for the UK - Oz just made more sense.

      I have always been impressed with the drivers from the UK, most are far more courteous than I experience in the our large cities in the US, but most of my travel in the UK has been in the country side, not urban, so maybe that's the same on both sides of the pond.

      I suspect the smaller roads in the UK lead to better drivers.......maybe. or at least more courteous. Especially the single lane back roads in Scotland, with intermittent passing pull offs.

    • 4-digit roads in Wales are some of my most favourite ever places to ride (Scotland is still unexplored, I only ever crossed a small corner of it on the way to Stranraer to catch a ferry to Belfast).

      High hedges on both sides of a narrow road, punctuated by sunlight and glimpses of greenery and sheep, and then all of a sudden the road climbs, crests a hill, makes a 90 degrees turn and you find yourself riding in alley "tunnel" with overlapping tree crowns cover so opaque that it is dark and street lights are on! Magnificent!

    • Which ferry did you take to Belfast? - we took the Jonathon Swift from Dublin to Holyhead back in 2008. I see the Jonathon Swift has been sold to Spain and is being sailed in the Mediterranean, and has been replaced by a new ferry the Dublin Swift.

      Yes, the roads in Wales are an interesting introduction to roads in the UK for a novice. Either stone walls or heges right adjacent to the roadway without any shoulder whatsoever and narrow lanes at that. And the wandering oblivious sheep to keep you on your toes🙀

      Happy trails, indeed!!

    • No, no - you are on the wwwwrng ... wrrnnnggg ... wrong side of the road.

      If you want to see how it looks on your side - turn the monitor around :-P

      Nobody was offended - just a gag.

      But don't get me started on Imperial or Metric units and you poor schmucks who still have to deal with 64ths of a king's thumb - or worse:

    • You can buy a Pint glass, but it's not very common. Mainly reserved for Bucks Nights etc. In my home state of NSW a large glass of beer is a 'Schooner' and the lady or the bloke who's driving might have a smaller 'Middy'. There is a smaller denomination as well, but I don't recall the nomenclature.

      In Victoria they are called 'Pots'. (Or if you are from NSW and referring to Vic: Ghey wee little pansy glasses).

      This just made me realise that I've been living in Queensland for 9 years and have never bought a beer at the bar. I have no idea what they are called here. Pretty sure it's not Pints ... but ... Queensland.

      I'm almost always riding so have a Large Coke and the girl has 'Bubbles'.

      Which leads to the obvious question, "You've never bought a Mate one Davey???"

      Alas no - for one, my Harley riding buddies (regardless of the Harley rider sterotyping) don't stop at the Pub very often. When we do, for lunch, there is usually six to ten of us and we only have one drink, two at most, so 'a shout' or getting rounds in isn't viable - every man for himself.

      Social, I've been married 37 years and we go to restaurants and I drink fine Australian wines dontchaknow. When you've been happily married for that long Bars and Nightclubs have long lost their appeal. She'd rather be at home watching Home Renovation programmes and I'd rather be in my geekery.

      ... is the long answer.

    • And yes - I'm a master of the native rhyming idiom. A practitioner. My lexicon is capacious.

      You'd be a ''roo loose in the top paddock' kind of Drongo if you contemplated otherwise.

    • "Also Cockney rhyming slang"

      The entire idiom is based on Cockney. Much of our comedy culture is. Just that it's been baked in the outback sun for 200 years, then had local flavouring and a dose of cruel irony added.

    • I love Oz. On one trip there we rented a bush camper in Cairns and spent the week driving up the coast through a plethora of national parks.

      Sometimes the water crossings would wash over the hood of our badass Oz version of a Toyota Land Cruiser and I wondered how that would work on a motorcycle.

    • OK seriously - up that way you walk them through, up to about 1.6mtr - If there's more than one of you. All the time hoping that the Crocs don't like the scent of petrol.

      Then dry 'em out on the other side.

    • riding the circumference of Australia is on my bucket list. Perth to Sydney / Melbourne would be a great road trip.

      It's mostly 4 days of flat, straight featureless roads. You can't even open up the throttle too much because it's reasonably heavily patrolled.
      It's something that you do once - because it is kind of interesting to see how big it is, but once you've done it - you've done it all the times you need to. It really isn't that special.

      South to North up the East Coast is far more rewarding and almost as epic.

      If you want to circumnavigate a part of Aus - Tasmania is the state with the best bike roads. But go in summer.

      People often underestimate the distances - I've bee caught out in Western Australia myself. SH1 is 9,000 miles.

      Nullabor Train Station seen from the Highway c1981. A tree counts as interesting out there.