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"To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." William Blake


Hollywood Where Dreams Come True

December 1st, 2008 by sunflowers

I went to check in online on Saturday night only to find out that my booking had been cancelled. Because I was using airmiles I had to wait to talk to the bmi diamond club desk at 8am on Sunday three hours before my flight was due to go. After five frustrated phone calls BMI finally put me on the flight in first class so I arrived in LA in style. My third cousin twice removed picked me up from the airport and after a day of working on the map on my website I am off tonight to pick up my bike from David who stored it for me while I was away.

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Shear Stress and Party Success

November 26th, 2008 by sunflowers

I had the most wonderful leaving party surrounded by friends. All the acts were brilliant. The first one had the whole street in the room (check them out below). We raised a bit of money for Casa Alianza (thanks to those who donated items) and I couldn’t have asked for a better night.

On the other hand I can’t seem to make inroads into packing up my stuff and my laptop died just before I was going to take a copy of the hard drive including losing my passwords and tax details.

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Richard Davies
Catriona Irving
The Boy The Girl And All The World
Iain Wilkinson

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It's another life out there

November 18th, 2008 by sunflowers

“I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.” Steven Wright

This was my inspiration quote of the day which just emphasised the fact I really wish I had a friend who is a lawyer. I am getting quite a lot of threatening communication. I think I know my legal position from doing business law as part of my undergraduate and mba but it would be nice to validate it. Though sadly it also reminds me of the W quote ‘Fool fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can’t get fooled again.’ Too bad this wasn’t true.

Can’t wait to start my trip. In the middle of packing up all my stuff and today I finish off my vaccinations. I also managed to get my bicycle unlocked. Turns out all I needed to do was get an abus key cut from the code card. It would have been nice if the bicycle shop who sold me the lock suggested that rather than a angle grinder which turned out to need an extension cord.

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Epping Forest

November 15th, 2008 by sunflowers

Epping ForestEpping ForestI love walking. Every year I bug my friends about getting out of the city to see the Autumn colours and I have wanted to do a photography course for ages.

So when my friend saw a guided photographic walk through Epping Forest she signed us up. when we turned up everyone had big flash SLRs and we had my little canon between us. But I think I got some nice shots and I discovered a new word, pareidolia which means seeing faces in objects – can you spot the pig face and the cat shape in the sky. Thanks Azra.

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Epping ForestEpping ForestEpping ForestEpping Forest ps. I just spent the last three hours trying to use flickr and picasa. I like picasa editing software but not their online albums. Flickr is cool but it just took me ages to upload the pictures so I think that I should go back to just putting the pictures on my server.

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Beware of pre-xmas London

November 14th, 2008 by sunflowers

EEE PC 1000Last night I had my bag stolen from the pub. What was strange is that it was under our table, the pub wasn’t crowded and it was within twenty minutes of sitting down with a half pint and we hadn’t moved.

At my Spanish class today I was told that this time of the year theft increases ten fold in London and that professional gangs from continental Europe come over to steal.

Ironically I am trying to sort out my trip insurance as well as buying the additional bike parts I need (centre stand and side panels) so had all my cards on me. I also lost my bicycle keys (will have to get my bike unlocked off Holloway Road), monthly rent money, cool suit jacket, chunky silver ring, mobile and my ipod. Unfortunately I don’t have contents insurance. But luckily I didn’t loose my new EEE PC which I have bought to write my blog with while I am travelling as even though I made the Death Road (Dalton Highway) the DC jack of my laptop didn’t.

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Halloween Hangover

November 2nd, 2008 by sunflowers

I have been trying to sell my Kawasaki ER6f and the only response I have had to my add other than Cardata (scam) is someone who sent the following email. Sounds dodgy!

halloween 2008Thanks for your response I will like to inform you that I do appreciate your response and interest in transacting with me,I will like to inform you that I will be purchasing the bike from you with the price that you have given (£3200) but unluckily for me I can’t come for the view because I have traveled to Australia on vacation with my wife who is based here and my son who schools here and I will also be traveling to Hong Kong on a business trip afterward, but nevertheless I will like to inform you that with the information that you have provided to me and the one that I have seen on the advertisement that the Bike is in Good condition is okay to keep me assured that my son will not be disappointed about the Bike.

I will want you to know that the payment that will be sent to you will include the shipping cost because it will be issued by my Creditor so once the cheque has cleared in your account you will then assist me to send the remaining balance on the cheque via western union money transfer to the shipping company that will come for the pick up shipment of the bike and also they will be the one that will assist me to sign the paper work,title transfer and all other necessary document that is needed to be signed for.So once you have accepted to do this for me I will want you to mail me with the name to write on the cheque and also the address to send it to so I can instruct my creditor to issue and send the cheque to you immediately,I will be expecting.

Regards,
Frank

P.S sorry I can’t give you a call at the moment as the network here is incredibly bad but as soon as i get a good reception, i will give you a call.

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Snow and Self Defence

October 28th, 2008 by sunflowers

2008-10-28-1Tonight I felt like a freak. At women’s self defence we are doing pushing and hand grabbing and apparently I am a big strong girl so no one wanted to push or grab me. So I bicycled home and cried. Nah, just kidding. But it was very cold and wet bicycling home. And now it is snowing quite hard which quite surprising for London.

I am also considering using flickr for my pictures as I have had to buy a new laptop for my trip as my DC jack has gone on mine and I can’t get it repaired so I am getting one of those SSD ones with a small hard drive.

If anyone knows how to add a google map with the trip mapped out if you could let me know I would be forever grateful!

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Better Prepared

October 23rd, 2008 by sunflowers

It just dawned on me that I am leaving to start the second part of my trip exactly two years after I was originally going to go at the end of November 2006 to ride from Argentina up to Alaska. Instead I took five weeks and went back to NZ and rode from Christchurch to Bay of Islands and back (thanks to Nigel for letting me borrow his bike) and came back to London to do a year and 10 month contract.

Yesterday my mate in Wellington wrote to me “Hopefully you can do a u-turn on your motorbike now though as I remember when you were here in Wellington and had to go all the way up the road and round the block in order to turnaround.”

Better prepared? I don’t know. I have been doing a women’s self defence course and so far all we have learnt to do is walk, shove each other and hit a pillow. Two more sets of Spanish classes and still can’t speak it. And I still probably still can’t do a u-turn on the hilly roads in Wellington.

But I have saved more money, don’t have to ride my bike that was constantly falling apart and more importantly I feel better about going and can’t wait to get back on the road!

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Holes in the Heart

October 15th, 2008 by sunflowers

I just got an email from my mother this morning and they have just discovered that my recently born nephew in NZ has two holes in his heart and has been scheduled for open heart surgery. So I promised my mother that I would do a postal vote in NZ’s upcoming elections as I am really pleased that I live in (and am from) a country where you can get that type of medical care on public health.

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Hot as Hell

October 14th, 2008 by sunflowers

Is the title of this post swearing? Sorry if it is. But on last day of riding from the Corbin factory near San Fransisco to Los Angeles I just about died from the heat. It was 107 degrees fahrenheit (42 celsius) and it was easier to ride with my visor down as the wind on my face was hot.

Side PanelsI could only do about 60 miles before I had to stop at a petrol station and douse myself in water at either a sprinkler or air/water station. Even then within 15 minutes I would be dry again.

Side PanelsStill I made it to LA for my flight the next morning back to London to do my last three months of work before I fly back on the 30 November to ride from LA to Argentina.

On arrival in LA I realised that I had left my bike’s side panels back in the Corbin factory. How had I managed not to notice? I have no idea because looking at the bike – it is pretty obvious I am missing something! Though to be fair maybe because I had the panniers on the bike it wasn’t so obvious.

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