Comment: hey Unc, nice site, well done. Takes me back to my 1st couple bikes Honda CB 750 four and me old fav the kawka 900. when ya coming to visit us in Sydney.
Name: John Higginbottom
IP Address: 18.104.22.168
Date: 27 May 2009 12:55:57 GMT
Comment: Congratulations on the web site Robert. Very impressive start. Obviously you have been burning the midnight oil (when not meandering ). We can now follow your wanderings in in greater detail in close to real time perhaps?
Name: Andrew Wyer
IP Address: 22.214.171.124
Date: 27 May 2009 22:36:07 GMT
Comment: It's a very good start, well done. Most interesting. Andrew (A fellow, if infrequent, suspect)
Name: Brian Lockwood
IP Address: 126.96.36.199
Date: 28 May 2009 07:39:28 GMT
Comment: Well done Robert! I am impressed with your website and look forward to its growth as you continue biking and meandering around the world. Cheers.
Name: steve dummit (the old man)
IP Address: 188.8.131.52
Date: 1 Jun 2009 00:50:19 GMT
Comment: Enjoyed India with you. missed you by a month in Morrocco. Come on to the US A, we have some great roads. I just got off a tour of the Great Smokey MT park and the blue ridge parkway. steve
Thanks Steve. Great to hear from you. RC.
Name: John Williamson
IP Address: 184.108.40.206
Date: 1 Jun 2009 17:36:29 GMT
Comment: Robert, can I just live vicariously through you, old chap?! You've taken some really nice trips of late. The website is quite well done, easy to navigate. Like you, had a mid-life hiccup, but all is well that ends well! Best of luck, and be safe. JW
Comment: Dear Mr.Robert, Greetings from India !! Good to see your website and it looks great. It is so nice to receive your mail and to see your photos on the web. I run my own Inbound Tours business and operate tours for Ferris Wheels in India, Nepal and Bhutan and trying to get some contacts established for some business for my company. The business has been low with the world economic crisis. I trust you are healthy and happy. Thanking you and wishing you my sincere regards, Amar Sharma
Very nice to hear from you, Amar. You made a great contribution to our enjoyment of the tour. RC
Comment: Congratulations Robert on a great site, love it and will keep up to date with your travel adventures. I met you on one of your travels to Walgett you may remember me as Puss. Cheers Robert Puss
Hi Puss. I do remember you. Most certainly. I even recalled it on the site: Meanders in Oz. Look under Outback NSW and Qld. Nice to hear from you. RC
Comment: Hi Robert Just looked in on the rest of your meanderings, as you suggested really is an extensive site, you have done a great job. Just thought Id clear up the idea that I'm an organiser within the Wildcats, I don't organise just one of the crew a fellow rider. By the way the girls I was with that day all know me pretty well.Nothing I do would surprise them. Cheers Puss
Hi again Puss. Thanks for the clarifications. I was more concerned about a couple of women who were not with you but were obviously listening in to our conversation. RC
PS. I plan to do the Darling River run one day.
Name: ROS JONES
IP Address: 220.127.116.11
Date: 7 Jun 2009 11:49:38 GMT
Comment: HI ROBERT, GREAT WEBSITE,REALY ENJOYED YOUR TRAVEL STORIES, YOU DID SAY YOU WERE GOING TO GET IT ALL TOGETHER, SO NOW YOU HAVE. HAVE BOOKED ON THE FIRST CROATIA TRIP SO MAY MEET UP AGAIN WITH FERRIS WHEELS SHOULD YOU END UP IN NORTH QUEENSLAND, GIVE ME A CALL. CHEERS ROS
Thanks, Ros. I just might get up there on way back from ride north. RC
Name: John Austen
IP Address: 18.104.22.168
Date: 3 Jul 2009 10:36:34 GMT
Comment: Hi Robert. Excellent website. I have just read your Turkey blog and watched the slide show. The very excellent photos brought it all back vividly. I look forward to reading about all your other tours...particularly the Morocco trip. I am sending the link off to several friends that I am sure will enjoy it also.e`
Thanks John.I appreciate your feed-back. Happy and safe riding. RC
Welcome Page: http://www.paperclip.org.uk
Date: 24 Aug 2009 22:08:23 GMT
Comment: Just surfed in by accident and thoroughly enjoyed your travel stories.
Thanks Rob. Nice to hear that. Sorry it took so long to get back, but I'm on the road. Have you spotted my current trip blog? Robert
Name: Peter (Part of the Narrandera Mob, but really from Traralgon
Comment: Super site... We r all glad that the 3 days during which our paths crossed were so much fun for all. Michelle (now nick-named Potch) will post a poem for you to remember us by. We composed it over the UHF radios on the journey from CP to Port Germein. Definition of Potch. "Good for nothing" ... to quote both Peter (husband of Potch) & the underground mine tour leader. lol Safe travelling
Thanks Peter. Sorry to have thrown you in with the others! I had actually called you all "the Victorian Mob" until I remembered it was only you and Robyn that came from Victoria. I had to go in and amend the references. Look forward to the poem.I really enjoyed all your company. Cheers Robert
Name: Peter Thomas
Date: 2 Sep 2009 05:44:01 GMT
Comment: Hey Robert, I've been following your Big Trip North blog and I'm really envious. What a fantastic trip. Stay safe and upright. Cheers Peter Ulysses Canberra
Thanks Peter. Nice to hear from you. Robert
Name: David and Bev
Country: AUSTRALIA VIC
Date: 12 Sep 2009 06:59:11 GMT
Comment: Hi Robert, met on the Kings Canyon Walk. Your site is well done and has given us a litle insight into your travels you spoke of. Keep travelling safe
Hi Dave and Bev. Thanks for the message. Robert
Date: 9 Oct 2009 04:07:13 GMT
Comment: We still check your trip blog regularly and wish our adventure continued on .... An update on the Narrandera Mob - Gavin and Julie are now grand parents, we were at the farm celebrating Gav's 50th b'day when the baby decided to start the arrival process... At 3:00am yours truely was the only one sober enough to drive to Wagga (130 km away) Keep making us envious with the postings on your travel blog Regards Peter & Robyn
Hi Peter and Robyn. I appreciate getting the news and knowing you are still following the adventure. It's all about to wind up soon. Regards Robert
Date: 23 Oct 2009 11:46:09 GMT
Comment: You are an inspiration! thank you for sharing what you have done. best wishes
Thanks Robert. It's nice to know I'm being read afar. Cheers Robert
Date: 4 Nov 2009 10:18:37 GMT
Comment: Wow Have just checked out the new bike. It sounds like the Saleman did not have to work to hard to make this sale...
Thanks Peter. Look forward to testing it in the Centre next year. Robert
Name: Lars Hyltoft
Date: 22 Nov 2009 09:18:54 GMT
Comment: Dear Robert What an inspiring webpage. I just wanted to let you know that I have been enjoying the content of your site and I have been reading about your travels around the world with great interest. When I have got a bit more road experience I want to travel to some of the remote areas of Australia perhaps even cross some of the deserts. Best Regards Lars Hyltoft
Thanks Lars. I appreciate your thoughts. I note youi have just got an F800GS. We might meet on the road - or off the road. Robert
Name: Paul Cosentino
Date: 24 Nov 2009 01:18:02 GMT
Comment: Hi Robert, happily came across your site while researching my planned "lap of Oz" starting mid September 2010, i found the camping info especially valuable as thats what i plan to do much of the time so a big thanks for all your work in putting this together, CHEERS, Paul
Thank Paul. Good luck on your planning and trip. Robert
Welcome Page: http://www.chookscratch.com
Date: 2 Dec 2009 07:11:55 GMT
Comment: Great website :) I have just bought an 09 GS500 as a first bike, too. I am only 350km into my motorcycle journeys but I am loving it. Great reading by the way. Cheers
Nice to hear from you, Scribbler. You'll have lots of fun. Good choice of bike. Robert
Date: 4 Jan 2010 02:50:18 GMT
Comment: Enjoyed your new page - very interesting read love your daughter-inlaw
Thanks. Pleased you enjoyed it. You might need to read it to my son! Robert
Date: 4 Jan 2010 10:13:52 GMT
Comment: Hello, Robert. Thanks for directing me to your site. It's great. I'm enjoying all the tales of the Australian Cricks and spending a lot of time trawling through Suffolk and Cambridgeshire parish records !!!! I'm just trying to find out where the Crick family were before they moved to Kirtling ......
Hi Heatha. So am I. The most recent lead is possibly Wickembrooke. Glad you enjoyed the research. Robert
Name: Julianne Morrison
Country: CANBERRA , AUST
Date: 11 Mar 2010 04:40:17 GMT
Comment: Wonderful website! Very interested in the the stories about the Cricks. Ellen Crick was my Great Grandmother.
Hi Julianne, wonderful to hear from you. Love to know what got you onto the site. Ellen and my grandfather (Thomas Francis) were siblings. That makes us second cousins once removed! Please send me an email. Would love to hear from you. Robert
Country: INDIA NOW OZ REAL SOON
Date: 15 Mar 2010 19:20:21 GMT
Comment: Real nice blog. Most are difficult to read diatribes but yours leads us through. Maybe meet you in canberra one day. Bring a diesel RE back from India
Hi Lee, Glad you liked my site. Did you catch the page on India? Robert
Country: ITALY (EXPAT KIWI)
Date: 26 Mar 2010 15:24:09 GMT
Comment: Hey Robert, thanks for a beautiful website. We are going to Rajasthan late October to do a similar trip. (Husband just getting his licence now, luckily I've had mine since a teenager. Thanks for all the great info, and wonderful photos. Safe travels.
Hi Lisa, Thanks for the nice words. Rajasthan is simply "incredible". Have a great time. Robert
Name: Dave & Wendy Barker
Country: TASMANIA AUSTRALIA
Date: 3 Apr 2010 04:12:35 GMT
Comment: Thanks Robert for your "Roughguide to Dalmatia".We will blaze the way for you on the first Ferris Wheels trip. Your website is full of interesting items and we will continue to follow your progress in the future. Happy riding.
Hi Dave and Wendy, Hope your trip goes well. Sounds exciting. We can later share impressions. Robert
Name: Paul Scott
Date: 31 May 2010 10:51:30 GMT
Comment: Very nice site Robert, I have been undertaking some research of my own regarding a planned road trip on my Honda Silverwing Scooter and your camping section and road trip details are very informative. Coincidently I'm also Canberra based and like you have come to two wheels later in life so can relate to your experiences and do admire your get up and go attitude - congratulations on the website
Thanks Paul. Appreciate your comments. Hope it's helpful and your trip goes well. Robert
Date: 15 Jun 2010 06:52:12 GMT
Comment: Enjoying your Dalmatia Blog. Robyn and I needed your Korevla speeding fine negotiating skill when we tried to deal with an official at the Namibian/Zimbabwe boarder post a few weeks back. In comparison to your result we failed badly...
HI Peter and Robyn, Good to hear from you again. Sounds like your trip has been eventful! Look forward to hearing about it. Robert
Name: Anthony Loates
Date: 14 Jul 2010 10:17:05 GMT
Comment: My grandmother was a Crick from West Wickham not far from Kirtling. This was a very popular name in Cambridgeshire. They did breed like rabbits but it is now virtually extinct around here. Too many daughters. Brilliant article by the way - be lucky Anthony 'Andy' Loates
Hi Andy. Nice comment. Thanks. It was certainly a revelation to become immersed in Kirtling. Robert
Name: Brian Lund
Date: 14 Jul 2010 22:17:57 GMT
Comment: Well done Robert. Well written and well organized. I got a real sense of being there. I particularly appreciated the side note regarding Rhoda, my great great grandmother, and the Queen's Head from the 1841 census.
Hi Brian. I appreciate your interesat and comments; and the discovery of a Canadian cousin, albeit 3rd cousin once removed. Robert
Name: Anne Davies
Date: 19 Jul 2010 08:58:33 GMT
Comment: Hi Robert-you may remember how I played around with your foot back in April and bound it worse than an old Chinese aristocrat! I have finally read your blog and sent the link to my 87 year old father, who knows the old mail route extremely well. Used to spend a LOT of time wandering around that area with mates who own Calperum, Chowilla etc stations. He was very interested -- and MAY contact you to tell you so. Congratulations on a great site. Cheers
Hi Anne. Certainly remember you. Thanks to your specialised work, I made it on the Endeavour (a non-mc meander). Hope your dad enjoyed the memories. Robert
Date: 2 Aug 2010 02:37:56 GMT
Comment: Great Site... two other mates and I are in the middle of planning an outback ride.. The other two have done it before, but I'm new... Anyway... thanks for your informative site. Craig.
Hi Craig. Hope you have found some useful stuff on the outback. Just back from a 2 month ride to the Gulf (Sept 2010). Cheers Robert
Name: Roshan Raj
Welcome Page: http://indiabikingtours.com
Date: 14 Oct 2010 08:01:39 GMT
Comment: Hi, I found your website in google and its quite impressive and interesting. Your experience about motorbiking is amazing and we really appreciate the same. We are young and dynamic guys from hospitality industry in India and have started motorbiking tours in india. We would be glad if we could share the links between our website. Our website featuring motorbiking tours in Rajasthan is http://indiabikingtours.com Looking forward to hear from you. Regards Roshan Raj
Hi Roshan. Nice to hear from you. I wish you well. India is a fabulous place. I love it. Robert
Date: 23 Jan 2011 11:34:21 GMT
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your page. I have recently taken delivery of my first motorbike....a BMW G 650 GS ..Looove this bike.It is great for the off and on road Learner that I am. Very lucky to be able to have one for my LAMS period.
Keep on riding safe Robert and hope to see you out there.
Hi Andy. So sorry I haven't replied earlier. Must have just overlooked your comment. The G650 is, of course, a great stalwart of the BMW fleet. I rode its equivalent in Morocco and had great fun with it. Robert
Date: 27 May 2011 18:59:24 GMT
Comment: Great site with invaluable information! I am about to start a 15 month work gig in Oz and would like to tour and get off the beaten track in my spare time. I found your site a great help to dispelling the rumors of killer crocs and drop-bears we get to hear all the time. I've been building up my camping gear stash and it was good to see that you've pretty much taken the same approach that I did and, more importantly, it is working for you. Thanks - Marco
Hi Marco. Thanks for the comments. Glad the site was helful. You should have a ball. But the drop bears are a potential problem. Do look out for them. They even have them in Canada: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/09/3239298.htm. Robert
Name: Daz Wells
Date: 17 Jul 2011 07:50:08 GMT
Comment: Great site. Have you ever thought of joining the Ulysses? You have given me some great ideas for my next Ralley. Thank you.
Thanks Daz. I'm a Ulysses member and been to a couple of recent AGMs. Enjoy your rallying. Robert
Date: 2 Dec 2011 20:39:54 GMT
Comment: What a great website with in-depth advice about what you should buy. Certainly not enough people doing the same. Well done. I'll certainly be buying what you did.
Hi Wes. Glad you found the tips helpful. You'll keeping improving your kit as you use it. Robert
Date: 10 Feb 2012 05:02:25 GMT
Comment: Hi Robert,
LOVED your town pub page. I'm taking a few ideas for when my dream comes to fuition and I own a country pub (I'll be sure to have parking for the bikes!)
Hi Naomi, sorry for delay in getting back to you. Glad you liked the hotel page. Do tell me about your plans. Robert
Date: 4 May 2012 00:21:03 GMT
Comment: Racism: On a resent trip to India I encountered a significant amount of Racism. At one fuel stop, the attendant was serving a vehicle, so we moved in behind and waited our turn. As soon as he had finished he turned to the other side and ignored us. When we asked for service we were told to join the queue on the other side. We had an Indian person with us and they asked why we were being ignored. The answer came back, "we don't like people like you in our country". But we must not discriminate them in our country. Whether it be Australia, England, Spain or anywhere else. As the Canadians would say "Go figure".
Hi Gerard, That's a shame. Even the Indian press have pointed the finger at home for examples. However, during three trips there I have not experienced any racism aimed at me. Robert
Name: Rog42 Lawrence
Welcome Page: http://blog.rog42.net
Date: 7 Aug 2012 12:47:23 GMT
Comment: Hi Robert
Came across your site researching for my first big motorbike trip - 10 days North to South Border to Border on the USA Pacific Coast Highway.
Looking to camp some or the nights, and appreciated your camping post.
Keep up the great work, and I look forward to riding with you some day.
Hi Rog, Glad you found some value on my site. Your trip sounds great. All the best. Robert
Name: John Allen
Date: 13 Aug 2012 11:14:22 GMT
Comment: Just found your site, great info.
I am doing Brisbane to Canberra in October and wanted to avoid the Newell and New England. I had a rough plan but after ready your advice I will follow your middle route. Many thanks.
I will stay at the Gunnedah Hotel, it is just what I like.
Riding a Suzuki DL 1000 V Strom which will handle this trip easily. Just started my meanderings this year when I turned 56. Can't believe how much fun I am having now.
Hi John, Thanks for the nice compliments. I’m glad you found my
site helpful. The ‘middle route’ is a good run. Just watch out for wildlife
if travelling early in the morning. Robert
Name: Campbell Morris
Date: 2 Oct 2012 06:40:02 GMT
Comment: At 65 I decided to relive the past.
I tried and bought a XJ600 previous bikes were in the lower class. Now that I have the confidence back I plan to travel Banora Pt(Almost Qld/NSW Border) to Melbourne your tips are great, your stories inspirational an encouraging thank you so much.
Hi Campbell. Good on you for getting out. Be careful about "reliving the past!". Hope you have great riding. Robert
Name: Pat Manard
Date: 9 Nov 2012 14:04:23 GMT
Comment: Hey just want to drop a line and say how much I have enjoyed your site. Im new to the ADV riding. For my very first ride i took a little 3000 mile ride from Trinidad, Co to the pacific coast and back to Trinidad. Almost all on gravel roads and trails. Well had a slight problem and had to truck it from Las Vegas back to Trinidad. ;( Guess the Ole Honda XR650 couldn't handle the desert.
But I fell in love with this type of riding. I've always rode Harley's and never thought about offroad adventure riding. But it totally changed my outlook on motorcycling.
Maybe one day our paths will cross.
Thanks for the site.
Hi Pat. Thanks for the message. Glad you enjoyed the site. Your trip sounds amazing. It's good to come across a convert from Harleys!. Robert
Welcome Page: http://ridemyride.com
Date: 26 Nov 2012 11:09:48 GMT
Comment: Hi Rob, nice page! Have a look at www.ridemyride.com, this might be interesting for yourself or your readers! Cheers!
Name: neil johnston
Date: 31 Dec 2012 23:57:49 GMT
Comment: Nice site, stumbled on it looking for motorbike camping tips. Thought I would let you know about excellent motorbike friendly pubs. The Bendemeer Hotel is a great start for the Oxley with good food, secure parking and even on suites. The next motor bike friendly pub and a great base for the Snowies is the Tumbarumba Hotel. Cheap, great food and locked bike storage.
Hi Neil, thanks for these tips. Got to stay at the Tumbarumba Pub recently. It was certainly very good. Robert
Name: Peter Sprot
Welcome Page: http://www.petersmachines.com
Date: 7 Feb 2013 17:56:07 GMT
I came across your site by accident. Nice. Are you coming back to Kirtling green? I live in Wickhambrook and I am a motorcyclist who enjoys touring. I would like to invite you to call in if you are coming. Regards Peter Sprot.
Hi Peter, Nice to hear from someone in that part of the world. I really enjoined Kirtling and surrounds, but sadly don't expect to get back any time soon. Robert
Date: 19 Feb 2013 08:44:32 GMT
Comment: Stumbled across your site, Years been wanting to do it, start small, tips on stuff to get etc, that was a good idea. it helped and now looking to get something started, thanks for the tip over!
Hi David, Glad you like what I've got on my site. Hope you keep inspired to build up your own store of tips. Robert
Date: 25 Feb 2013 12:06:43 GMT
Comment: Hello Robert!Thank you for a really great site.Iam 66 and enjoy riding my 1997 xj900s..Your suggestions on the most interesting roads >< Brisbane and Canberra will greatly help me..I am taking off in April for a 2 weeks trip.Thank you again and keep well!!
Hi Max, Thanks for your feedback. Glad you have benefited from the site. Robert
Date: 22 Aug 2013 23:54:48 GMT
Comment: Robert you are a legend. Just read your story on vintage crossing of queensland in AM #7. Well done and keep living the dream. Wish I had the time off to do the same, maybe oneday. Bill has just written a potted History of the Suspects and you get a wee mention. Bye from Trev (the 1st Ringmaster).
Thanks Trev. Glad to hear you're still riding and reading about riding. Robert
Date: 21 Dec 2013 03:13:52 GMT
Comment: Merry Christ Mass father Robert. I very much enjoyed reading about your sojourn to Nepal and China. You are very brave. Thanks for sharing it with us mere mortals who don't travel overseas. Cheers from Trev A
Name: josh chivers
Date: 5 Feb 2014 11:04:11 GMT
Comment: Re cazneaux tree. Cazneaux deliberately flipped the negative to produce the spirit of endurance image- according to tree stories book.
Name: Peter Bale
Date: 7 Apr 2014 02:44:20 GMT
Comment: I like your choice of motorbike as I have a VFR 800 too and I love it!
Date: 19 Apr 2014 07:08:19 GMT
Comment: I am so glad I found this site, I am looking forward to reading the stories :)
Thanks Phillip. Hope you enjoy the reading. Robert
Name: Jim Liddle
Date: 27 Jan 2015 20:34:26 GMT
Comment: Hi all,
I ride a '96 Triumph Sprint 900 and love touring, camping and seeing this country
Thanks for the comment Jim. And well done on the Great Ride. Robert
Name: Stephen Thomas
Date: 29 Jul 2015 06:38:55 GMT
Comment: Hi Robert, a great website. I also have a 2012 model VFR800X Crossrunner, just love it. I've just booked myself a Dalmatian Delights ride for 2016, but very interested in the fact you took your grandson to South Africa. I know yours was a private tour, but do you know of any motorcycle tour operator that would be worth investigating? I want to admire scenery, not go hell for leather around twisties. I'm also interested in a few Oz rides next year. Thanks, Stephen.
Name: Frederico Smith
Date: 25 Aug 2015 13:57:38 GMT
Comment: Hi Robert,
Great to meet you in Texas on the weekend. I've enjoyed watching your videos here. What you've been doing on bikes for the last decade is exactly what I hope to do for the next 10 years - in my wildest dreams!
Frederico Smith (Mike)
Comment: I was enjoying reading your rides then I checked the about author and discovered you started all this after retirement, that really something. Here I am wondering how tough a Himalaya ride might be and I am 20 younger, just popping out now to get some concrete tablets before I read some more of your excellent adventurers.
Date: 14 Feb 2016 09:26:43 GMT
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Name: Cregan Anderson
Date: 19 Jun 2016 04:48:44 GMT
Comment: Hi Robert, your adventures and website are inspiring and informative. Great work and thanks. I'd like to recommend to you a grand hotel in which to stay. I'm just back from another solo bike trips on my new BMW R1200RT. It's The Great Central Hotel in Glen Innes. Like yourself I've stayed in lots of hotels and this is is the best. Nice roads up there too, just got to avoid getting done on their 100kph roads. Where to next for you?
Date: 4 Dec 2016 05:16:45 GMT
Comment: Hi Robert,
I really enjoyed reading about your adventures in Rajasthan, but am glad that I won't be on a bike :) The information about the palaces and forts is really good. You went to almost all the places I'll be going.
Welcome Page: http://bikermania.net
Date: 14 Dec 2016 17:54:00 GMT
Comment: You Have a good Work . Keep It Up
Name: Janet Hicks
Date: 21 Feb 2017 21:30:17 GMT
Comment: Thankyou for having researched the two mirror-image photos by Cazneaux. I hadn't realised.
Yur photo from 2009 identical to the one I took 2008, I was amazed almost to tears at the endurance of this living thing! It's the guts and determination I admire in life survival and "getting on" with things in life, immortalised in this tree and the early photos, and years later, we were there !