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Touring sadistics... I mean; Sta-tistics ;)

  1. There are 3 types of people in this world - those who can count, and those who can't.
    I'm in the latter. :rolleyes:

    Sadistics... oh! how I don't like thee....:wtf:
    Love or hate them, we all have to use them every day. And as I found, the tighter you are, the better you become at swaying maths your way and becoming ‘economical’. If I can save $30 off by buying this in eBay, I can then buy my other piece of bling!! :sneaky::whistle: We've all been there, done that.

    So here are some stats for those statisticians out there:-

    Just under 4 months on the bike(s) No1 & No2, this is what it is:

    • 118 days,
    • 25,500kms (and still going),
    • 37 different beds/baby cots/inflatable mattresses/mats/sofa beds/sofas, :dummy1:
    • 3 states & 1 territory,
    • -3 being the coldest (VIC), 22 degrees the warmest (Qld),
    • 3 weeks out of action with the biggest cold/flue/chest infection I've ever had in my life! (damn you house with no heating!!) :sick:
    • 37 ++ Net Riders met / ridden with, :LOL:
    • 9 'local' well-known mountains ridden & ticked off my bucket list, :)
    • 1 missed (double booked) Tasmanian Ferry, :inpain:
    • 2 helmets,
    • · 22kgs luggage,
    • · 1 highly thumbed-through motorcycling atlas,
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    • 3 epic emotional releases, :cry:
    • 100's hrs spent on NetRider web,
    • 7 lyrebirds - ticked having seen this animal off my bucket list,
    • 5 emus,
    • 1 lost toolkit,
    • 51 blog entries to date (and some were missing!), :wacky:
    • 3 bum-puckering moments when I encountered black ice / sleet / frost on the road for the first time...(you don't get this in Qld!) :wideyed:
    • 3 (1 bike bag + 2 panniers),
    • 3,278 photos on my phone taken, :snaphappy:
    • 2 days of FULL sunshine (or what it seemed like!), (n)
    • 1 dead skippy (Sorry Viccie!), & one noisy miner with a VERY large headache, :facepalm:
    • · 3 other animal near-misses - a kangaroo, a cow & a deer, :shifty:
    • · 2 tubs of hot chocolate powder (a girl is allowed to have a bike portable food craving...)
    • · 236 protein bars & 236 protein shakes,
    • · $13 a day on average for fuel ($1,534),
    • · $25.50 on average for food a day ($3,009),
    • · $1,300 in extras due to skippy incident, :grumpy:
    • · $150 average accommodation a week (about $2,400 total),
    • · $600 worth of PROPER Melbournean Winter riding gear (none of this pathetic "winter" gold coast riding gear!),:meh:
    • · $10 hot water bottle with fluffy cover - PURE GOLD!! :woot:
    • · $1000 in misc (including public transport, national park fees, postage fees etc),
    • · $900 in x2 bike services, and a set of new tyres,
    • · undisclosed amount for bribes to NetRiders to say nice stuff about me on-line :whistle: lol
    • · New friendships.... priceless. :love::D
    For more financial stingy tips on long term touring, see: Financial mechanics of touring | Netrider - Australia's Best Motorcycle Community

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    About Author

    The energy of a cut's lizard tail,
    The passion of a Spaniard at motoGP,
    As annoying as a flea in the ear,
    With the love for biking as Kayne West loves himself.
    Looking at life through vertically challenged eyes.
    Valvoline.... you know what I mean! ;-)

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  1. Timmsy60
    Hi Valvoline.
    I have read your blog from start to finish.
    What an epic journey and some great photos.
    A life changing experience.
    Great job.
      Valvoline and kate like this.
  2. kate
    ...and 3000 NR thumbs up!

    I've just realised you've ridden more than what I am aiming to clock up in a year, in a quarter of the time! *Life goals*
      Valvoline likes this.
  3. GeorgeO
    you forgot to add

    1 x cup of coffee owed. (Told you i would remind you of this!)
      Rus Ler and Valvoline like this.
  4. chilliman64
    x1 awesome adventure!
      Valvoline likes this.