Welcome to my Blog

My name is Carole, I live  in the (tropical) north of Tasmania and the bumps in the photo on the front page of this blog are the snow covered hills that I see from my living room in winter.  I used to call them mountains until I rode a motorbike through the Himalayas in 2014.  Ah, I doubt that life will ever be the same.

I set up this blog several years ago.  I didn’t use it for the first year because it seemed pretentious.  However, in 2012, when I was planning a trip to Central Australia, I needed a means by which my friends could follow my adventures.  Facebook seemed the logical but second last resort choice so I joined Facebook.  My Facebook experience propelled me to my last resort choice, this blog.  Here’s what happened.

I joined Facebook.  Facebook went through the contacts in my Outlook account and sent invitations to be my ‘friend’ to everyone therein.  These invitations were sent to my friends and to people who had sent me information about a variety of subjects, people who sent me various newsletters and people who had sold me a single item years ago. I even received acceptances in Korean from people I met or taught when I lived in South Korea in 2003.  I  have since cleaned up my contacts list.  As alarming as that was, because there was no way of recovering the information from Facebook and I am a very private person who would never give out the personal details of anyone, it was interesting how many people accepted the invitation.  Now I know why so many people have so many ‘friends’ on Facebook.

I did wish to be friends with some of the people who accepted the invitation, though, and clicked whatever it is you click to accept their acceptance.  I was then inundated with news feeds that were overwhelming.  Who knew so many people were so engaged in promoting causes and updating their newsfeeds every day.  Finally, I had to write to some of my real friends and explain that it was too much and I would be blocking them from my account.  I didn’t know that I could switch off ‘Newsfeeds’ or whatever they call it.  I can always find the ‘block sender’ button no matter in what hidden corner of the internet they place it.

Then the Tasmanian State Library offered a course on Facebook.  I toddled along and learned where I had gone wrong.  Too bad.  Too late.  I had set up this blog.

By the time I set off for Central Australia I had also joined a group of women riding Postie Bikes from Darwin to Cairns to raise money for an orphanage in Nepal.  The goal was to raise $30,000 and we eventually raised $50,000.

In 2013 I decided that I would attend the Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival.  Laura is at the base of Cape York.  I knew that if I got that far I would want to go to the tip of Cape York but there was a major obstacle.  Having purchased a terrific tent the previous year, I now found that I was going to a place that was overrun with pythons and crocodiles among other dangerous and venomous critters.  So I bought myself a Mitsubishi Delica 4×4 and set off.

Having survived a four month journey around Australia in the Delica in 2013, in 2014 I began to cast around for other adventures.  This time, however, it would be a motorcycle adventure.  I looked at Route 66, at Timor L’Este, at the French and Italian Alps and, of course, at South America.  I started reading books about motorcycle journeys, especially journeys by women.  I re-read ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ and read ‘Riding with Rilke’ for the first time.  Both of those books are by men but they are as much about an inner journey as a road trip, in my humble opinion.  But I digress.  Having spent months contemplating where I would go, I stumbled across an ad on Gumtree for an all found trip through the Himalayas.  I went to the website, as directed, and saw a photo of several hairy and not so hairy men on motorbikes so shot off an email to the organiser asking if they ever took women on their tours and I was invited to join the next tour, in three weeks, at a reduced cost.  Whoever said ‘The best laid plans of mice and…’ and I do believe it was Shakespeare (when I was at school we called him Willy Wagadagger).

Who knows what 2015 will bring.  Favourites at the moment are riding along the Black sea in Turkey with a side trip to Venice, a walk along El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a  driving trip through Utah and Northern Arizona or, finally, a riding trip from Santiago. Chile,  to Ushuaia in Argentina.

The trips I have made and those I may make are the reason for this blog.  I hope you enjoy it.



8 Responses to Welcome to my Blog

  1. Greg says:

    Dearest Carole,
    Wishing you the very best with smooth traveling with no bumps or pot holes while on your many journeys.
    We count the days until we see you.
    Your bros
    G & T XXXX
    P.S, Please mind the odd water buffalo on the road.

  2. Rosemary says:

    I’ll keep the boys posted of your travels 🙂 Take lots of Quells on the Spewit of Tas Saturday night hehe, looking forward to the first update.
    Take care xxx

  3. Amanda and Anthony says:

    Dear Carole,
    We will be following your adventure closely and are very excited to be able to share your stories with Thea and Maeve (who will log on in the wee hours). Take care on your fantastic journey, Amanda, Anthony, Thea and Maeve xxxx.

  4. Janice says:

    Hi Carole, I’m so jealous, I bet you’ll have a ball you always cope so will with new situations. It all sounds very exciting so enjoy your self and don’t forget your friends in Sydney who want to see you when you finally get down this way.

  5. Dragica says:

    Dear Carole,
    I truly admire your courage and your devotion! You are a very special person with great ideas which would never cross my mind. I know you will successfully accomplish your journey and I am looking forward to your posts. Take care and have a great and safe journey.

  6. Anne Stevens says:

    Hi Carole,
    I finally got on to your blog. And Jan has been pasing on the messages. Had to look to see where Innamincka is. You sure had a long drive. And now Dorothy the red postie bike’s turn. Good luck and we’ll keep in touch. Even an approx date for Sydney would be good. You know what happens here don’t you

  7. Sharan Whitcombe says:

    Hi Big Sis,

    I hope you have a wonderful journey. What a great experience! Stay safe. I think you got all the adventurous genes…lol

    Love your little Sis xx

  8. Marko says:

    Hi Carole,

    I think it’s a fantastic cause and a great way to have an adventure! As they say in India, Go Slow! 🙂

    Go Tassie Devils!

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