I was writing and photographing in The Great Australian Roadtrip (2007). A collection of feature articles (totaling around 16 pages) came in Overdrive Magazine India spread over 4 issues in 2008. The articles are listed below with the scripts.
You can read more about the trip here.
Article 1 : The Great Australian Roadtrip : Published in Overdrive January 2008 issue.
Published in Overdrive Magazine in India : January 2008. The follwing is the article script.
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The Great Australian Roadtrip
Text : Sundeep Gajjar (Sunny)
Photography : Sundeep Gajjar (Sunny) & GAuR Team
After traversing the length and breadth of India in their Great Indian Roadtrip,the xBhp riders hit the road again. The expedition this time around is across the wild scenic Australian continent. First hand account by Sundeep Gajjar.
Tyranny of distance
The population of New Delhi is equal to all of Australia’s. The population density of Australia is 2.6 people per square km while India has 329 people per square km. If you were to swap both the countries’ populations, Australia will have only 132 people per sq km! However, much of the land in Australia is too harsh to live in, but like Dubai, the Australian Outback can also be converted into a full fledged urban centre.
However with Australia’s modest populaceit will not be really required for a long time to come. Australia also has a road which is straight as an arrow for 146.6km. We will do this road towards the end of the trip. In fact the well known phrase to describe the large distance problem is ‘Tyranny of Distance’. Besides the huge intra-country distances, Australia also seems aware of its geographical position on the world map which has it really far away from most of the rest of the world making international travelling and trade all that more of a headache. In fact Perth, a major city in Western Australia is closer to the Asian cities than it is to the east coast cities of Australia!
Travel from Perth in the west to Sydney means a change of no less than three time zones! Probable obstacles Our initial assumption was that it would be easy to do a road trip in a developed country like Australia. But the truth is, problems are everywhere. Some of the immediate problems that we realised we could face are possible road fines (which are really hefty, $300 or so for a minor offence like jumping a red light or over speeding), or get mauled by a road train, or get hit by a kangaroo (there are many kangaroos all over Australia and the danger of being hit by a kangaroo is much more than getting hit by cows on the road in India), or get caught in torrential rains in the North (it is the wet season). We won’t even start talking about the dangers of being lost in the Outback (Australian Desert region). So what have we been doing in the first two weeks?
Frankly I don’t remember what I had done yesterday clearly. On a road trip so much happens in so little time that it is many a times information overload. You meet and interact with more new people on the road in one day that you would do in probably a month back at home. In Australia everyone talks to you with a warm smile and is curious to know what we three guys are up to, specially after seeing us in those alien kind of riding suits. In fact since Casey Stoner (an Australian Moto GP racer), is current world MotoGP champion, we have been often light heartedly called upon as ‘Hey, Casey!’ on the road by small children and elders alike! One immediate difference that we noticed was that many people from developed countries can be seen touring India on bikes of four-wheelers, many times as part of a RTW (Round-the-World) trip, but we hardly come across Indians going out and doing a decent sized road trip adventure. And we are not including your honeymoon holiday car hire in Switzerland types. Here it is the same; we did not meet even a single Indian on the road till now. Interestingly, we saw many Indians in Melbourne in all walks of life. We also saw (too) many Asians (Chinese, Vietnamese etc). In fact in almost every major city in Australia there is a place called China Town. Again it all really depends how social you are or can be in Australia, because everyone seems to have something to talk to you ‘more than situation demands’, even if it is the person on the road you just asked the directions from. Al in all, just remember to say ‘Please’ if you are asking something and ‘Thank You, See Ya ’ even if you are never going to come around that way again in your life. The common place phrase which serves as the ice breaker is to talk about the weather, specially in Melbourne.
It would also help if you can be natural with the sentences ‘No worries’ (which means no problem) and ‘How are you?’, ‘Oh, doing pretty good, how about you?’. Of course getting that Australian accent just the first ‘die’ you land down under can be a little unnerving. I personally found the Australian accent a little hard to understand sometimes, and a little strange too. Well, Indian accent isn’t that homey either! We had around a week to get accustomed to riding in Australia, and let me tell you it is very taxing on the mind to ride in the strict discipline that (most of) the Australians follow on the road, specially after the maddening chaos of India’s traffic. It is all the more important that you give yourself plenty of time on the road near the place you lodge before heading out on motorways or the interstate highways. Coming back to our trip, we started from Melbourne from a place called The Federation Square. It is a central location which is like the hub of Melbourne, also often called the place where Melbourne meets.
Melbourne Federation Square
This was the first time that we were going to go out of Melbourne into the countryside an of course marking the first day of our trip. We are using a waterproof GPS unit (TomTom Rider2) mounted on my bike and its fantastic how it can lead you to any doorstep in any city in Australia like you know it! The first five odd days’ route was simply heaven. We were doing some of the best motorcycle roads in Australia! We were expecting hot weather in Australia, but to our pleasant surprise the temperature was hovering around 15 degrees in Melbourne and dropped below 10 as we did some hill roads. The only irritant was the incessant rains which hounded us for a good week. But we still managed to get some good pictures to capture the mood even while being soaking wet!
The Great Alpine Way is a road so named to probably compete with the popularity of The Great Ocean Road. We weren’t complaining either way! It was beautiful seeing the clouds descend from the skies and almost touch the ground. The greenery and the super smooth roads made it even more surreal. The roadside was full of interesting subjects like these trees. Roads like these, flanked with greenery were commonplace in the first week or so of the trip. One of the toughest days in the trip came at us on the third day. We had to do around 100km of unsealed road known as the Barry’s Way. We had done much challenging roads back in India in the Himalayas. But what we did not know was the in Australia in these parts, the dirt roads become unbelievably slippery in rain. And that’s what hit us and reduced our speeds from 100kmph tops to around 20kmph. Even the van was sliding all around. On one side was the hill walls and on other deep drops.
On day 4 heavy rains made us stop at Thredbo, a small village. We were surprised to find all modern amenities in this place too! Every town or village that we have been to till now has superfast internet and very clean roads and environs. Day 5 saw us ride from Thredbo to Canberra, the capital of Australia. Along the way we met a group of riders which had women riding the likes of ZX10R and R1s & leading the group through sweeping corners. Talk about equality! This is where Australia leaves India behind – the biking culture is very developed, along with the facilities and the bikes available. Canberra is Australia’s capital and was planned and developed specifically to be the capital of Australia. The city came across to be unusually clean and green with the magnificent Parliament building and the famous Telstra tower on the Black Mountain. Day 6 saw us ride to Wollongong, a major city before Sydney. Again it was raining heavily. We also met a group of riders en route with huge capacity bikes like the ZX12R etc, guess they chose a wrong day to ride. And as for us, we did not have a choice at all! Riding in the rains on smooth sweeping corners at high speeds can be quite a daunting task with road tyres.
On Day 7 we took a service break in Wollongong to get a few things checked in the bikes. We also spotted a fantastic exotic – A Benelli Café Racer 1130. From Wollongong it was the Blue Mountains leading to Australia’s greatest city of Sydney. Interestingly we did not Sydney even a bit, it had too much traffic, was not at all motorcycle friendly (you cannot park your bikes on the footpaths like in Melbourne). However, the cosmopolitan nature of Sydney was fantastic along with the vibes in the air, specially in places like Sydney Opera House. Continuing from Sydney, it was sunshine all the way. We had not seen such clear blue skies anywhere. To Brisbane via Hunter Valley The Oxley Highway and Thunderbolts way are two roads in Australia that everyone on a road trip must do! In Brisbane we were hosted by Mannu Sharma, a xBhp member who rides a CBR600RR. He showed us around the city and also went with us to Gold Coast and back. It as a fantastic riding with the Honda in sweeping corners. It was fantastic to have an Indian family with Indian food so far away from home. This concludes our 15 days of the trip, with 65 days more to go. Thousands of more photos, experiences and videos can be found at http://www.theGreatAustralianRoadtrip.com which is updated at least thrice a week.
Article 2 : Full circle : Around a continent in 60 days : Published in Overdrive in February 2008 Issue.
Full circle : Around a continent in 60 days
Published in Overdrive in February 2008 Issue.
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Text : Sundeep Gajjar (Sunny)
Photography : Sundeep Gajjar (Sunny) & GAuR Team
The Australian odyssey of the XBhp riders continues, as they explore further down under, mixing it with kangaroos, heat and crosswinds. Sundeep Gajjar documents the passage…
Australia can be comfortably divided into two circles. The bigger one for us was Melbourne to Melbourne in 60 days and over 19,200km. The smaller one is the beautiful Tasmania island studded with superb riding roads and twisties along some of the wildest backdrops you can imagine. It was a fantastic feeling for us as we returned to Melbourne on December 30, just in time for New Year’s Eve. We were on the road for 60 days, each day adding a new dimension to our personality. It is amazing how quickly time flies. It just seemed yesterday when we started from the great cosmopolitan city of Melbourne, through the Great Alpine Way and Snowy Mountains into the capital of Canberra, the Blue Mountains and through to the largest city of Australia – Sydney. From Sydney it was a fantastic ride through to Brisbane, Gold Coast and into the blue waters and white beaches of Whitsunday Islands. This is where we left you off in our last episode. We will concentrate on the Australian Outback in this article.
What awaited us after this point was what a dream ride is made of. No doubt we had ridden some of the best roads in the world through mountains and forests but the Australian Outback is the stuff which could make your skin crawl in the middle of the day and at the same time leave you in awe of the nude rustic nymph the land is.
The word ‘outback’ actually represents a remote and sparsely populated area, more specifically a desert. So technically, the far reaches of Ladakh, Zanskar and Spiti Valley in North India can also be called the Indian Outback. But the Australian Outback is of a completely different nature and a different set of dangers and beauties haunt this vast land. The first thing that one notices is probably the diminishing vegetation and height of the trees. With this also start the often encountered very straight roads and the notorious crosswinds. The things to look out for in the outback are kangaroos and other wildlife wanting to cross the roads (specially at dusk and dawn), crosswinds, road trains, fatigue,scarce water and fuel and of course intense heat and even cold nights! With so many things to look out for how can a ride through the Outback be boring? Taking into account the social nature of humans and roughly two vehicles every hour, it can be a little challenge of sorts to keep oneself in focus of the hustle and bustle that awaits on the other side. We got the first taste of this magical land when we took a left from a place called Charters Towers. The first day into the outback and we had to do 800km, our longest ride till then. It was a pretty much straight line dash between Charters Towers and a place called Mount Isa. Aditya in the van missed a turn in the middle of the journey and went on straight ahead 30km into a dead end. This wasted a lot of time and energy because there was no mobile network (GSM). Only CDMA phones work in these remote parts and we didn’t have one. Finally we managed to regroup and only arrived in Mt Isa late at 9 in the night. This is when it dawned upon us that the Outback could be dangerous if taken lightly. We had read about many stories of tourists, even locals dying in the Outback after getting lost without water and navigation aids. Sometimes, even GPS fails to show the way as one ventures deep into uncharted territories off the marked highways. This is why it is recommended to take an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) which calls for the nearest help in case you manage to lose your way. To get a feel of this we recommend watching ‘Wolf Creek’, a movie based on a true incident in the Outback. We also went through a place called Cloncurry which boasts of having the highest recorded temperature in Australia at 53.1 degrees many years back. We entered Mt Isa at around 9pm and saw a flood of shimmering lights, then as we came near and entered the city we saw a Toyota showroom, then some superbikes. It made us wonder how a developed city like this exists in the middle of nowhere. Just 50km back we couldn’t spot a vehicle and now we are surrounded by technology. But as we realised much later in our travels that Perth, the most isolated city in the world, is a wonder in itself. We were very keen to get into the Northern Territory, where the speed limit is set to 130kmph from January 2007. Before that you could very well do 300+kmph if your machine could do it. There was a very vehement opposition to the new speed limit because the opposing party believed that driving at high speeds on arrow straight roads with no one to talk to maintains the concentration levels. I also believe in that theory. We in fact used to try different antics to keep ourselves awake on the straight highways, like standing on the footpegs, zig-zagging, frequent stops and sometimes even dragging the two bikes in front of imaginary fans waving for us! There must be few places left on earth which allow you to rest on roads without a worry of getting run over. We often did that. It was a huge sensory boost for us when we used to lie down on the hot roads with our suits insulating us from the heat and seeing the clear blue skies through the tint of our helmet visors. The petrol stations are few and far apart. The van used to carry a couple of cans for us. The petrol is available at what they call as ‘roadhouses’. They are mostly privately operated single buildings in the middle of nowhere on major routes offering basic facilities and restaurant besides the precious fuel. We often wondered what their life must be living alone in the middle of nowhere, but then realised that they must be meeting more new people in a day than an ordinary man would interact with in a whole week. As we further sliced our way into the never-never (another term given to the really remote Outback) we stayed overnight into some towns that had large aboriginal populations. An uneasy peace exists between the aborigines and the white Australians, but that at best is left alone. Some places like Tennant Creek and Halls Creek were eerie with a very small population and a couple of very expensive motels with basic facilities. One of the highlights of our Outback venture was Uluru or the Ayers Rock in central Australia. It is a massive rock jutting out of flat plain in a very abrupt way. The day we reached Uluru it rained and we even managed to capture a beautiful rainbow. This region is usually called the ‘Red Center’ due to the vast amount of red soil and very little greenery. The first major city we entered after Brisbane was Darwin in the ‘Top End’ of Australia. That’s was quite a few thousand kilometres later. We were lucky till now in two aspects – one, we did not find any rain at all (unlike many warnings that we had got from various people down south about the torrential rains washing out roads), and secondly the Telstra wireless broadband internet modem worked perfectly even in the remotest of areas and allowed us to update our blogs daily via our beautiful MacBook at http://www.theGreatAustralianRoadtrip.com.
Darwin was hot and humid and offered us some respite from the never-never. But I heard the real deal will begin once we enter Western Australia which is largest state of Australia and has even more sense of isolation. The west coast is almost a negative of the east coast which has lots of greenery and a throbbing tourism industry. In fact the conditions were so hot and dry that our chains got eroded in a matter of days. The tyres literally go burnt due to excessive high speed road heat. We had to wait for two days for the spare chain sets to arrive from Melbourne to a place called Port Hedland in Western Australia. To put things into perspective of how expensive the labour is in these parts, the bike shop charged us $110 for an hour of working on the bikes! We will continue our journey into the Outback through Perth, then the Nullarbor and the famous Great Ocean Road and into Melbourne in the next edition…
Article 3 : Crossing the Nullarbor : Published in Overdrive March 2008
Crossing the Nullarbor
Published in Overdrive March 2008
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Text: Sundeep Gajjar (Sunny)
Photography: Sundeep Gajjar (Sunny) and Aditya Pande
The xBhp riders come full circle in Melbourne, but not before experiencing the nothingness of never-never land, the outback and Crossing the Nullarbor Nullarbor. Sundeep Gajjar is spellbound.
We last left you in Western Australia. In the Australian outback. And we were about to enter Perth, the most isolated city in the world. The ride was as usual surreal, the vast empty spaces, the never ending straight roads were straight out of a drag racer’s wet dream. Only that our steeds max out at 220kmph. We did not spot any patrols in the entire Northern Territory and Western Australia. Maybe a couple, but that’s it. You really need a demented officer to be standing in middle of some of the world’s straightest and least used roads. And even if he was there he wouldn’t certainly be expecting two red bikes doing insane speeds.So there. That’s the fun part. Now I cannot stop taking about the outback. Really, you need to be here to experience the ‘nothingness’. Sometime you can drop a pin in the middle of the highway at mid-day and you will hear it. Before Perth we went through the Pinnacles Desert in the Nambung National park. It looked as if we were riding through some other planet with all the naturally formed limestone pillars ranging from a few centimetres to a few metres. Nevertheless we arrived in Perth, the most isolated city in the world, and we were in awe. It was a shock to me. It was the most beautiful city I had visited in Australia in the whole trip, maybe Hobart in Tasmania comes close, but that’s not even anywhere near as isolated as this uber-developed city. The Swan River and environs are simply beautiful, combined with the swanky vehicles and the tall skyscrapers. The bell tower and the London Court (in Perth CBD), are a must see. But the ‘most isolated city in the world’ tag might not help its tourism for some time to come, though it definitely adds to the exotic value. From Perth it was a run to the southern corner of the western coast. Astoundingly, we found this to have some of the most beautiful places in Australia. Augusta is a place in southern Western Australia, and its beaches were divine. Even though it was in a township it had many secluded places with clean blue and green waters. From Augusta it was a rather uneventful ride to Norseman, the gateway to the mighty Nullarbor plains. Crossing the Nullarbor Plain is one of life’s greatest journeys. Nullarbor means treeless, and crossing the Nullarbor by road is described by many as a must-do in one’s life time. This specially holds true for us since we did it in one day, and on December 25, 2007, Christmas Day. Before the touring gurus go haywire over me ranting about the relatively mediocre total of 1200km that we did in 16.5 hours (including 2.5 hours of breaks), let me state that we were not trying to set any records; it was just happenchance that we had to do these many kilometres in a single day. There is no decent place to stop in between the two towns (except roadhouses in maybe Nullarbor and Eucla). This ride was special in many other ways too. First of all it was Christmas and we were in the middle of nowhere to celebrate it. Second, we crossed the longest straight stretch of road in Australia (146.6km) in pretty quick time. Third, we saw the cliffs at the awesome Great Australian Bight and finally of course the personal target of 1000km in the trip was achieved. In 2006, on the India trip, the best we did was 820 odd km, from Chennai to Hyderabad. I rode a Fireblade on the trip, along with 12bhp scooters! Doing 1000+ km in Australia, specially in the Northern territory and Western Australia is no big deal at all due to the almost non existent traffic and 100kmph+ speed limits. In fact we did not encounter a single traffic light in the 1200km that we did on the day. But like I said, it was special. The major deterrent for us on this day was the blinding glare of the rising sun. Trust me our eyes hurt like hell for the first couple of hours into the journey into the east. Actually crossing the Nullarbor begins at Port Augusta on the eastern side and ends at Perth, the most isolated city in the world, but the actual ‘feel’ comes when you do the part between Norseman and Ceduna, and that is exactly what we were doing - in one day. After the ‘interesting’ checkpoint of Australia’s longest road we were looking forward to the Great Australian Bight. In this section the road runs almost beside the cliffs. There are five viewpoints marked on the Eyre Highway. The turnoffs to the right will take you to the edge of the cliffs in less than a kilometre. The sight is overwhelming and scary if you suffer vertigo. We recommend you approach the very edge of the cliffs cautiously and on your knees lest a wind blows you off from behind. The Southern Ocean merged into the blue skies almost seamlessly as the waves splashed at the feet of the mighty cliffs below us creating a white foam and intense drama. It has to be seen to be believed! A word of caution: If you are a social animal, you may be much better off making friends with a soft toy on your dashboard or tank pad and keep cuddling and talking to it, else you will have to make do by talking to yourself for most of this journey. Yes, this is the country of the ‘Null’ - no trees, no humans, only the road, sunshine and crosswinds whispering secrets from a million years from the times of Gondwanaland. We reached Ceduna at around 9pm and the Never-Never was almost behind us now. The distance from Ceduna to Adelaide seemed a mere 700km after the Christmas day total. Adelaide was Aditya’s home town for the last two years, so officially he had completed the full circle of the Australian mainland. From here on it will be civilisation again at every point and we missed the outback.
But before I leave the last of the outback, let me tell you the best of our experiences in it:
- In the outback you hardly choose the place you want to stay. The distance between two livable towns is usually so great that you really don’t have a choice but to book your bed there.
- Usually the lodges are extravagantly priced. Rightly so, from the labour to resources, everything is bound to be expensive in such isolated and sparsely populated places.
- If you like star gazing then the outback night is the place to be.
- Usually, you can verify the earth is round by noticing the substantial curvature which the view of the horizon offers across a sparsely vegetated desolate landscape.
- One of the most thrilling and mentally rewarding experiences you will have is overtaking a road train at high speeds. Trust me, it’s thrilling!
- If you are a budding rock star and you want to shoot a picture for your first worldwide release album, then the outback is the place to be – barren trees, spooky landscape et al. And you will most probably get the single green tree standing alone in the middle of nowhere too.
- Like to have your eggs without too much of a hassle? Don’t bother carrying a burner. Just keep it on the road for 10 minutes and relax in a shade (if you can find one).
- We got to know that the Northern Territory had a 130kmph speed limit from January 1, 2007. Bad luck for us. The fatality rate had risen from zero to infinite after the speed limit was imposed. Because there was 1 death as compared to 0 in the no-limit year, that makes 0/1 equals to infinite!We also think that riding fast would help us maintain the required alertness for such long straight rides.
- Wycliffe Well is just south of Tennant Creek, touted as the UFO capital of Australia and one of the places with maximum UFO activity in the word. Although sighting an alien still remains my dream.
- Tropic of Capricorn passes just before Alice Springs. Although it’s just a virtual line on the globe it still was thrilling to see the sign and pass through it. Incidentally we passed through Tropic of
Capricorn again somewhere in Western Australia. This line also dissects Australia into two even halves.
- Australia has 18 of the 20 top venomous snakes in the world. And the only chance you may get to see some of them and return alive is at one of the reptile centres. We went inside one in Alice Springs and it was quite interesting, and loathsome with all the creepy crawlies.
- Signs like ‘Limited water supplies for the next 423km. Obtain your supplies here’, are really encouraging.
The next big city after the Nullarbor was Adelaide in South Australia. Needless to say the highlight of the section from Adelaide to Melbourne was the Great Ocean Road. We had our apprehensions and tried to look at the road being overhyped. But our critical viewpoint was dismissed as we rode through it. The road is truly a mix of some awesome vistas, twisties and touristy traffic. We reckon one would probably enjoy it best on a bike on a weekday’s early morning ride. It was great happenchance that we arrived in Melbourne to complete the full circle on the New Year Eve. This gave us a chance to be a part of the fantastic experience at the World Party in Federation Square, Melbourne. We celebrated the coming of the new year with thousand of other people from many different nations under a common sky and with world class fireworks. Something to remember for a long time to come.
But hang on. The best is still to come. Although we had done the Australian mainland full circle, the beautiful island natural state of Tasmania was still left. And we were all waiting for it. We took the Spirit of
Tasmania with our bikes and van in it to the famous island to see what the hullabaloo was about…
Article 4 : Tasmania! : Published in Overdrive April 2008
Published in Overdrive April 2008
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Text: Sundeep Gajjar (Sunny)
Photography: Sundeep Gajjar (Sunny) and Aditya Pande
The ‘natural’ state Tasmania aka Under Down Under, called so because its boundaries are defined by water, was final chapter in the Great Australian Roadtrip. Sundeep Gajjar counts his blessings. Photography: sundeep Gajjar & Aditya Pande
In the last issue of OVERDRIVE we had come to a full circle at Melbourne. The big island of Australia was conquered! Now what remained was the small but terrific natural state of Tasmania or Under Down Under. It is known as the natural state because its boundaries are defined by the waters, not by humans on a paper. I would describe Tasmania as a spaghetti soup. It’s full of corners of extreme kind and it is surrounded with ocean and penetrated with water bodies. We also experienced wilderness like we had never seen before, and that too just off the main roads. The fresh water lakes strewn all over had a brown colour on the banks due to the tea trees. Every few kays we would see a sign indicating a tourist photo spot. In fact lots of Australians themselves are surprised that they have such a quality holiday destination so near to home! Tasmania seems to have the best riding environs in the whole of Australia, no doubts about that, but the skill level required to negotiate these corners is indeed of a high exponent. Our interpretation was corroborated by a newspaper release which said there have been at least 8 motorcycle accidents on Tasmanian roads since the new year started with one fatality. It was the outback inverted.
The route which we took in Tasmania was Devonport – Strahan – Queenstown – Hobart- Huon Valley - Coles Bay – Launceston– Devonport The highlights of Tasmania for us are:
- Route from Devonport to Strahan
- The winding roads
- Lots of other bikes
- Omnipresent sweet smell of (pine?) in the air.
- Wilderness areas
- Lots of side dirt paths leading to shores of water bodies of all kinds : rivers, rivulets, creeks, lake, ocean
- Tuesday Bike Night at Joe’s Garage in Hobart
- The landscape around Queenstown reminded me of the jagged mountains and rugged landscape of Ladakh in India
- We met a guy on a CBR Movistar replica,
Jesse. He accompanies us for a good deal in our rides in Tasmania.
- The environmental drama and damage caused at the Gordon Dam.
- Getting a BMW 1200GS from Moto
Adventure Tours for a day.
- The clouds and beaches at Coles Bay in the Freycinet Peninsula, but we were really disappointed not to see the Wineglass Bay,which was rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The End: A continent conquered Yes, we have done it. The emotion was that when we met up with ‘Tez Riders’ at the Federation Square for a last photo session with the Indian flags in Australia. And it didn’t seem long when we were preparing for the trip, and we started off on the first day from Melbourne in rain. All I can say god had been with us for very long and had protected us from any serious mishaps down under. The Hyosung GT650s had been very faithful to us all along. The kind of stress they went in the 72 days was surprising. For a 650 road V-twin they had performed very well, and we did not even feat dropping them because the parts were so cheap. All in all we would say that the action performed speaks louder than any words. We have done Australia with Unsung Heroes, no more. G’Day, for now.