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June 25

Our last pack up 145 days in van. 40 of which were “free” camping 22,000 km. 2,300 liters of petrol. Just visited my old stamping grounds Emerald, Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

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May 1 – Broome

Finally Broome, some 4,000 km from Perth   Great place to chill and restock before going back on the road to Darwin.        

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March 5.  A new van

We finally did it. We bought a new van. A Jayco Flamingo camper trailer. We did the whole deal on the phone and on line. We emailed photos of our CUB and did a walk through of the Jayco on … Continue reading

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Day 19 – Rest day at Wakkanai

Today we checked out the town, looking for a Tour du Hokkaido cycling jersey to celebrate finishing the tour, but couldn’t find one. I’ll continue the search online. We last thought for the price of the train tickets we could … Continue reading

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Day 21 – Train back to Sapporo

Today we had to lug our luggage to the train station from the hotel. As Jen would say we have gone back to ugly ducklings. Jen managed to get the hotel staff to lend us a trolley so we could … Continue reading

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Day 18 – Hamatonbetsu to Wakkanai

Last night we spied a great 30 km cycle road to take for the first part of today’s ride instead of the highway. We asked at the hotel if we could cycle on the road but in animation we were … Continue reading

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Day 20 – Rishiri Island and mountain

Today we got the ferry to Rishiri Island. a 56 km trip. Originally we thought we would cycle around the island (50km) but decided to hike parts of the mountain.  We left a bit late and the hike to the … Continue reading

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Motorcycle touring in Japan

Cycling touring in Hokkaido is quite big, we would see about 5 cycle tourists a day, almost all Japanese, but have also seen 3 very withered old Taiwanese guys, an Pom, who has been teaching in China and doing a … Continue reading

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Our food (or 7-11 treats)

we start the morning with a smorgasbord breakfast. I mainly go for the bread/ toast, Jenny adds an egg  If we can we stop at the town 7-11 and buy some bread ( just a 6 slice packet) or fruit … Continue reading

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Day 16 – Mombetsu to Green Park

96 k day. A super pleasant day today.  Mild weather, no rain some sun!  Mostly flat with 18 ms of gentle climbing at the end to stay at on onsen hotel on a golf course. Lots of little towns, industries … Continue reading

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