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Culture Shock in Australia
and
Keep Your Ears on the Road

October 18, 2006 (Mt. Gambier, Australia)


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A big hello to over 2,500 subscribers to our RoadNews Newsletter.  We are in Australia and after a couple weeks of adjustment time we are back on the road we love so much.  You know which road- The road that has no end of course.

We have a new section of our web site for our 12 month tour of Australia.  This page will have the latest news and pictures so do not forget to update your bookmarks/favorites.

Our NEW Australia Homepage is Located At:
http://downtheroad.org/Australia/

Singapore was our last stop in Asia.  This is a world famous shopping destination and we joined right in.  We picked up some lenses for our camera, a new case for our laptop, binoculars and an Australian wildlife identification book for Cindie.  She plans on turning our Australia trip into a big safari.

Flying with bicycles is my least favorite task in our nomadic lives.  Large boxes have to be found and transported back to wherever we are staying.  Disassembling and putting a bike into a small card board box and then having it thrown around by baggage handlers seems dangerously unhealthy for something we depend on for our daily survival.  It is probably not as bad as I am making it out to be but we all have that one thing we hate to do (pet peeve) and boxing and flying with bikes is mine.  I an happy to report that our bikes made it to a new continent unharmed and the airline even forgot to charge us for outrageously exceeding our baggage weight limit.  We know many other cyclists that have not always been so lucky and have been charged fortunes to fly with a bike.  In 12 months we will be flying to New Zealand and will have to repeat the whole process again.

Anytime we land in a new continent we experience some form of culture shock.  This time it started with the water fountain we encountered on the way to customs in the Melbourne airport.  In Asia we had forgotten that there are places in the world that has clean water coming out of a faucet.  This strange contraption sticking out of the wall squirted a perfect stream of clean water into the air really took us by surprise.  We stood in silent confusion just staring at it while people pushed their way around us.  Cindie said, "We don't have to buy water again."

After we walked onto the street from the airport we noticed everyone rushing around with a million things to get done and not enough time to do them.  People in the first world pay a high price for their wealth.  A slow paced life is not as productive but is more peaceful.  This new culture and frantic level of activity left us confused for several days.

Fortunately we became acquainted with a family living in Adelaide through friends from Tucson.  Without ever seeing us except in photos from our web site, Ray was waiting for us at the airport when we landed. We stayed at his home for ten days while we settled into a new world.  Thank you Ray and Effie, without your help we would have been two lost drifters down under.

AUDIO BOOK

Life on the road can have many unexpected turns.  This is just as true in our online world as it is the real world.  While we were in Malaysia we came up with the idea of turning our printed book into an audio book.  We found a professional to record it in his sound studio and the next thing we knew we had an audio book.  The recording is divided into separate mp3 files for each chapter with the entire book over seven hours long.  It has been available as a download from our web site for a few weeks and the initial response has been great with sales much better than expected.  I have thrown bits and pieces of our new audio book together as a sample that you can download by clicking Hear 5min Preview (3.5mb)

 See our book's web page and download your purchase here

The next newsletter will include a new video postcard from the road.

Tim Travis


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INDEX #4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present


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 South Australia
Adelaide to Mount Gambier (Sept 15 - Oct 20, 2006)

Cindie's Daily Journals

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Culture Shock in Australia

Best Place to see Pictures
Thumbnail Pictures of the state of South Australia

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- The city of Adelaide
- Tanunda, Barossa Valley
- Cudlee Creek and Gorge Wildlife Park.
- Barossa Valley Wineries and Vineyards
- Murray River Pictures of Tanunda to Strathalbyn
- Macclesfield to Menengie
-Coorong National Park from Parnka Point to 42 Mile Crossing.
- Robe to Mt. Gambier


 

 Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Nelson to Melbourne, Victoria (Oct. 21 to Nov. 12, 2006)

Cindie's Daily Journals

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)

Best Place to see Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- Nelson to Port Fairy
- Warrnambool to Princeton
- Otway National Park: camping under the Koalas
- Apollo Bay, Lorne to Geelong
- Castlemaine with the Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club MBTC
- Melbourne Australia the capital of the state of Victoria, Australia.


 

Tasmania
Devonport to Devonport (Nov 13, 2006 - Jan 4 2007)

Cindie's Daily Journals for Tasmania

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
Downloadable Malaysian Video Postcard From the Road

Best Place to see Pictures for Tasmania

Full size Picture Pages

- Devonport to Strahan
- Cradle Mountain National Park Tasmania
- Strahn to The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and World Heritage Area
- Lake St. Clair Wilderness Park
- Tarralleah to New Norfolk
- Pictures of Mount Field National Park
-Hobart Wharf, Salamanca Market, Parliament Building in Tasmania
- Eagle Hawk Neck dog line to Swansea
- Port Arthur National Park and Penitentiary Ruins. #1.
- Port Arthur National Historic Site and Prison Ruins #2
- Swansea to Bicheno
- Freycinet National Park
- Nature World Animal Park
- Bicheno to the boat ferry at Devonport


 
 Victoria
Melbourne to Jindabyne , Australia  (January 5 - February 9, 2007)

Cindie's Victoria Daily Journals

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)
How do we stay married while traveling together 24/7?

Best Place to see Victoria Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory National Park
- Tarra Bulga National Park
- Bairnsdale to Jindabyne


 
 New South Wales
Jindabyne to Mudgeeraba (February 10 - April 24, 2007)

Cindie's Daily Journals for New South Wales

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)

Best Place to see all thumbnail Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- Jindabyne to Khancoban, Australian Alps
- Wild Flowers of Mount Kosciusko Peak Hike.
- Threadbo ski field and snow sports area
- Khancoban to Adaminaby
- Adaminaby, NSW to Canberra, ACT
- Parliament House in Canberra to Sydney
-Sydney Australia with the Aquarium, Opera House and walk across the Harbor Bridge
- Sydney to Diamond Head, Crowdy Bay National Park
- Port Macquarie to Nimbin.
- Nimbin to Mount Nimbil Lodge Campground Gold Coast.


 

 Queensland - Outback
Sunshine Coast, to Wollogorang Station (April 25 - July 23, 2007)

Cindie's Daily Journals for Queensland

Tim's Emailed Newsletters (Join  List)

Best Place to see all the Queensland Thumbnail Pictures

Full size Picture Pages

- Sunshine Coast and Maroochydore surfing beach
- Snorkeling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island.
- Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo
- Lamington National Park
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Brisbane, Australia.
- Cairns to Atherton Tablelands
- Cairns Rain Forest Botanical Garden
- Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park
- Atherton Tablelands to Georgetown, Queensland, Australia
- Georgetown to Burketown
.- Burketown to Wollogorang Station


 

 Northern Territory and Outback
Wollogorang Station to Darwin
(July 22 - September 14, 2007)

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LETTER

Best Place to see Pictures of the Outback

Full size Picture Pages

- Wollogorang to Borroloola and Heart Break Hotel
- Daly Waters to Katherine
- Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
- Yellow Water Boat Trip #1
- Yellow Water River Cruise and Boat Tour #2.
- Aboriginal community Oenpelli (Gunbalanya) and festival
-Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Merl campground in Kakadu National Park Northern Territory, Australia


1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present
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