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Discussion in 'Free Zone' started by blixet, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. blixet

    blixet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Gabriel Valley
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Been in Australia for several days. In Melbourne now. Going out for the day to see the sights shortly.
     
  2. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Pics please and don't forget to smell the roses.
     
  3. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
  4. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I'd love to have the chance to get back to Perth & Fremantle.:thumbsup:
     
  5. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Oooh, lucky! Always wanted to go! Like @SnakeCharmer said, pics would be awesome!
     
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  6. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Covina
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2012 Rockhopper 29
    Melbourne is great! Lots to see and do in the surrounding area.
     
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    :eek:Hah! I'm going to Melbourne for the first week of October! :sneaky:


    Oh wait... I'm going to Melbourne Florida...:(
     
  8. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Watch out for the natives...

     
  9. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    F that. Everything that swims over there, and many things on land, exist strictly to kill you.
     
  10. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
  11. blixet

    blixet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Gabriel Valley
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Went to Phillip Island yesterday to watch the Penguins pop out of the ocean. Saw some point breaks that we’re going off; unfortunately no time to surf. Checking out wineries in the Yarra valley today.
     
  12. blixet

    blixet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Gabriel Valley
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Sydney. Big city, horrendous traffic, booming economy, huge housing shortage and real estate bubble. Good international food. Interesting old pubs, and the best thing I found was Sydney Harbor.

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  13. blixet

    blixet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Gabriel Valley
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Outback. Ayers Rock. Interesting environment, plant life, geology, Aboriginal culture. Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Most Aussies have never been to see it. See it once, it's enough. Southern sky at night is awesome and the sound of silence was very pleasant.

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  14. blixet

    blixet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Gabriel Valley
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Cairns. Tropical NE. My favorite place. Rain forest and Great Barrier Reef. Like to go back and spend a lot more time exploring. Favorite meal down under, grilled Red Emperor. Other than that, Australian food is forgettable. Kangaroo is chewy unless it is really rare, emu... eh, crocodile... blah. Meat and lamb is better over here IMO. Barramundi is the Aussie version of Tilapia. Farm it in in a cesspool and it will grow.

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  15. blixet

    blixet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Gabriel Valley
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    Melbourne. Another big city. More RE bubble, no such thing as affordable housing near or in the city.Teeming population, vibrant night life, can experience all 4 seasons in a day. Wine... whites are OK, Pinot OK if you are into that, reds are weak... mostly Aussie wine is just so-so although we did have a couple of decent glasses of wine from the Barossa Valley in So. Australia. Never saw a Fosters, had a couple of local beers that were OK, some that tasted like Canadian... Molson's or some such not that great. Tourism is a big industry all over, so the must see things are pretty over blown and forgettable, see it once to say you did. Rather not go as a tourist. Locals are friendly and fun to engage with. Inland cattle and sheep stations, vineyards are very beautiful in Victoria. Sports crazy place.

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  16. blixet

    blixet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Gabriel Valley
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    All in all, worth a look, of course it is a huge country so you only get a slice in a couple of weeks. Tried to sample a variety. Here's a few shots from down under:

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  17. blixet

    blixet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Gabriel Valley
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    And a couple more to finish it off:

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  18. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    That's some awesome stuff thanks for sharing.
     
  19. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
    Yeah, this was great, thanks for it!
     
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  20. Derkderkall

    Derkderkall Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Covina
    Name:
    Derek Allison
    Current Bike:
    2012 Rockhopper 29
    Did you catch an Aussie rules football game?
     
  21. blixet

    blixet Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Gabriel Valley
    Name:
    Tom
    Current Bike:
    Bronson
    I watched the AFL Premiership semis at a pub with a hundred psycho Magpie and Tiger fans. It was an all Melbourne game. The Pies pulled off a blowout upset. I preferred the NRL playoff game (the same night in a stadium next door). Only 30,000 at the rugby game vs. 100,000 at the MGD stadium. Melbournites love their Aussie rules football.
     
  22. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Sounds perfect to me. Nothing like fear to get the juices flowing.
     
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  23. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    Just drive down to Sea World and jump in with the killer whales....flow away. :thumbsup:
     
  24. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Those don't eat people.
     
  25. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    Yeah, they've killed a few that jumped in their tanks but you're right, they didn't eat them.
     
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  26. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    Nothing wrong with killing for sport. Some may argue humans need population control also.
     
  27. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    They're like sharks...they don't know you don't taste good until after they've chomped on you.