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Adventure Story, Novel, Book, Writings

July 14, 2006
(Sent From Normanton (home of the big crocodile), Australia)


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Hello to all:

It has been to long since the last time I wrote.  We have been busy.

We have been interviewed and featured in numerous big city newspaper lately but the big one finally came along.  A freelance photographer for the New York Times, Bridget O'Brien, flew out to meet us in Forester, north of Sydney, spent a couple days with us, and took hundreds of pictures of our life on the road.  We were featured in the "Why they Travel" section of the New York Times.  Obviously with the Times' circulation in the millions  our traffic, email, and book sales from the our web site went into overdrive  The Times reporter said that we deserve a much bigger feature story in the future.  We will let you know when this happens.

The perfect opportunity to work on completing our second book came in email.  As we have traveled through Australia we have been invited to stay with many people who follow our web site and subscribe to this newsletter.  This is a new experience for us.  Most of our Australian hosts had followed our web site for years and knew us well when we landed on their door step.  These invitations are the best way to learn about the various flavors of Australian life.  If you keep up with Cindie's daily journal you have read good description of our visits.  Such an invitation came recently from the Unser family living on the Gold Coast (near Brisbane) who operate a summer camp.  It was not the busy season and the camp was empty.  The owners knew we were working on our second book and encouraged us to stay until it was done.  We stayed for three weeks in the quiet and solitude of the camp's rain forest, sleeping in bunk beds with nothing to do except hike and work on he manuscript.  It is now completely written and 50% edited.  Based on how long it took to finish the first book from this point I knew it could be finished in a few more weeks of staying in one place and working until it was done.  Instead we have plans of riding so it will no doubt be delayed.  More on our future plans explained below.

After our three weeks of isolation and book work our families came out to visit, Cindie's sister Cherie and nephew James.   My sister Terri, and husband Jerry and their three kids Tori, Ali and Jake. We enjoyed the beach at Maroochydore, Lamington National Park, Lady Elliot Island, (Great Barrier Reef) and various attractions in the area like the Australia Zoo and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.  Half of those sights we would have skipped if the family wasn't here, so it was a nice change of pace. We were tourists for a few weeks rather than travelers.  Before we knew it everyone was leaving, I can say the hardest part is saying good bye to family. Tim and I will miss them.

After everyone went home it was just the two of us again and that change took some time to get use to.  We busied ourselves for the next week changing almost every moving part on the bikes.  Our families brought us new bike parts from the states.  We changed the entire drive train including new cassette, chain rings, derailleur pulleys and chain.  We also changed our  brake and derailleur cables, brake pads, replaced a broken bottle cage, and added new bar ends and seat post for Cindie.  Tim got new water bottles and we both received new bike shoes.  The old ones were over two and half years old and wore out.  We also got new jackets, actually our old ones we used in Mexico and South America. Our jackets from China were completely worn out.

Here is our latest Video Australian Radio (ABC) Interview and slide show with Cindie Travis:   This two part video is made from a radio interview between an Australian radio station and Cindie Travis while traveling around the world on a bicycle.  Photos and video were added to go along with the conversation. I have included two different ways to watch each part of this video. I am very interested in which way people prefer, what works better, and why. Please let me know in email.

part 1 (5:30 minutes)
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OR
 YouTube Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDhOV3ogpiw

part 2 (4:20 minutes)
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YouTube Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtlEAiPI41U

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Until next time,

Tim and Cindie

 

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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
Where am I  now

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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

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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?

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- 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

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- 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

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- 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
Where am I  now

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