Rosann (Betty), is riding a motorbike around the world, a little bit at a time, whenever she can slink out from looking after her company. Her story is mostly about Rosann, travelling through countries and small towns, bypassing big city's and big highways as much as possible.
Betty and California Highway Patrol "where the %$&# is Tasmania ?"
Encouraged by complete strangers, two friends, and not a single family member, we write a little bit of story each day, add few photographs, maps and inappropriate observations.
Mostly, the story is easy to understand, except for the little bits of Tasmanian peculiar language and spelling.
Betty, famous NZ yachts woman, fly fisher, rock climber and professional golfer.
We have been riding motabikes together for 31 years.
We are riding a BWM, our third, and it is typically as unreliable as the previous two. It is on it’s 10th recall notice, has rubbish rear brakes, leaks oil into the clutch in Canada, sounds like rocks in a tumble drier and will bust it’s final drive someplace ridiculously remote, the Arctic Sea Alaska.
The only good bit about it, is the BIG fuel tank, huge panniers and long suspension.
Why do we call it “Whale” ? After falling off in deep sand, and trying to lift it up and push it, we are laughing our bums off, and figure this must be how the whale rescue people feel, when pushing beached whales back to sea.
Why “Alternative Route “? well sort of because we look for back roads and little country towns but mostly because it is a favourite joke.
“A university study found, that while stuck in a traffic jam, eight out ten married men had thoughts about adultery, the other two men sought an alternative route.”
The funniest bit is, Americans just don’t get it.
Dan and Whale, it is broken again.
Our motabike is shipped across the world by Dave and Maggie’s company “Get Routed International Motorcycle Shipping” and held captive regularly by various departments of “lets f**k the motor bikes about” Customs, Quarantine, Motor Registry, Forklift Unions ect.
We post most of our photies and short films, to Smugmug. If you have way too much time on your hands.
Any time we ride any where we always read about it here from people that have been there, fallen off, broken down, tried the food, been robbed, caught bed bugs and std's and still recommend going there.
Oh, the stuffed penguin???