Oct 06

Effie’s trip all wrapped up…

by in Australia, Belgium

After her epic journey the old girl is on a pallet, wrapped up tight and all secure waiting for a ship to take her back to Australia. Thanks to the generosity of Hans Sprangers of Sydney, and with the assistance of Patrick Vullings of Dutch Lion M/C & our good friends Harry & Mark de Boer she is tucked in beside Hans’s newly acquired post vintage Zundapp & sidecar. We’ll be there to clear her through customs then head on down to Tasmania where we plan to make our new home. Once Effie’s engine is overhauled I’ll be looking forward to riding around the island and even tackling a steep hill or two to prepare us for the next planned adventure.

And just on a footnote:

There’ve been so many fantastic people who have supported us over the past eight months that we hope we have included everyone’s information correctly on the supporter’s list. If there’ve been any errors or worse still we’ve somehow left you out, please accept our apologies & drop us a line.

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17 Responses to “Effie’s trip all wrapped up…”

  1. From Patko Zoltan:

    Hi Ron!

    Congrats for your great tour!
    I wish for U and your family long, healthful and happy life.
    I hope that I will hear from you at the future.
    If you need anything in Hungary, please contact me (I do not forgot the Samu’s video!).

    Zozy from Kaposvár (Hungary)

    Posted on November 11, 2012 at 8:39 am #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Zozy

      Thanks for your good wishes and your acknowledgement I accomplished my goal. It felt good and I met many wonderful people along the way. It’s great to be back in Australia and I look forward to Effie’s arrival so I can get her back in shape for her next tour. I’ll keep you posted on what happens next.



      Posted on November 15, 2012 at 6:18 am #
  2. From Michel BOVY:

    Deers Ron and Lynne,
    I wish you a good last night in Belgium and a good trip to Tasmania.
    I was very happy to meet you at Bernkastel, and after to escort the way to the FN factory with Pierre and Claude. Be sure we don’ forgot this very emotionnal moment when you stop at the gates.
    You are a great men to réalise this trip with a such engine.
    You are so a Gentleman; during the price-giving at Bernkastel, after you received your trophy, you asked Lynne to come next you and you offerd her your trophy with big Kiss, and a general acclamation folowwed.
    Now your dream is really finish and in a fews days you recovered your familly and i suppose you’ll speak much and much about your “crasy adventure”.
    Thanks you and Lynne to realised this site.
    I hope meet you again.


    Posted on October 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Thanks for your kind words Michel. It was a pleasure to meet you too and I look forward to riding together across another continent in the not too distant future. Once we’re settled in Tasmania we’ll give you an update.

      Keep well my friend.


      Posted on October 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm #
  3. From Di Tait:

    Well done Ron, and your wonderful support team Lynne, What a wonderful end to a wild adventure. So Tasmania is in your sights for setteling down again. Will look forward to updates on this next adventure. Di

    Posted on October 18, 2012 at 5:31 am #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Di

      Thanks for cheering me on. Yes, we’re heading back to Oz in a week’s time with the intention of checking out Hobart to see if it suits as a good place to settle. Loved the winter we spent there, so here’s hoping summer will win us over completely. Looking forward to enjoying some Tassie cherries! See you soon.



      Posted on October 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm #
  4. From Mayte Ziga:


    I met your wife here in spain when she went to VaughanTown.
    I just wanted to say HEY and I can’t believe what you have achieved! Amazing!

    I heard all about how you met, how you’ve lived and you guys are just AWESOME!

    Hope to meet you someday.

    Take care and keep livin life 🙂

    Posted on October 15, 2012 at 10:38 am #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Mayte

      Thanks for your positive comments about my journey. It was one heck of a ride and I’m now slowly coming back down to earth. We’ve begun work on a book this week and it’s been good to relive the adventure. Lynne loved Spain and there’s a good chance we’ll make it down that way sometime next year if all goes well, so maybe we’ll get to meet someday.

      For now we’re looking forward to starting a new life which will be a little quieter for sure, at least for now. But we’ll take your advice Mayte and keep living life to the fullest.



      Posted on October 19, 2012 at 8:45 pm #
  5. From John McKenna:

    Well done. What an adventure. All the best.
    John and Dianne

    Posted on October 10, 2012 at 7:18 am #
  6. From Paul & Kerry:

    I bet we’re the only people in the world that has many pictures of Effie AND that Zundapp she’s sharing a crate with…!!!
    Can’t wait to catch up.
    Paul & Kerry

    Posted on October 9, 2012 at 6:06 am #
  7. From wal haylock:

    hi ron and lynne i wish you both a safe trip back to oz.
    after you have settled i will try to make a trip (to tassie?) and call and say hello if i am welcome i’m sure i can learn more about my project from you if i catch up again
    congratulations you have succeeded and the trip you will never forget is over kind regards wal cheers!

    Posted on October 8, 2012 at 10:16 am #
  8. From Adrie & José:

    Told you so.

    Posted on October 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Adrie

      Did I say I didn’t think we’d make it? What was I thinking? LOL I think it was the “new” seat that made the difference.
      Sorry we missed meeting up again in Holland – you were still away when we were passing through. Loved the Netherlands and I hope to be back one of these days.

      All the best,


      Posted on October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm #
  9. From Pierre LAUMONT:

    Happy end of a great story !
    Wish you all many more happy times !!

    Posted on October 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi Pierre

      Thanks for the good wishes. I’m sure there are many more adventures ahead for us all. So glad we met & look forward to us meeting up again in the not too distant future.
      All the best to you and your lovely lady,

      Ron & Lynne xx

      Posted on October 10, 2012 at 3:27 pm #
  10. From Mike @ Tim:

    Just to say well done – amazing trip! hope to see you both again somewhere down the road…xx mike @ tim

    Posted on October 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm #
    • From The Old Bloke:

      Hi guys

      Great to hear from you both. Thanks for your congrats – it sure was an adventure, not all fun for sure, but certainly an incredible experience. Now it’s back to a little “normal” life until my next project. Definitely will catch up when I make it to your shores – either 2013/14. Hope you’ve both enjoyed a terrific summer riding. There’s a definite chill in the air now which makes me glad my journey is over…for now at least.

      Take care

      The old bloke & his missus (and his bike) xx

      Posted on October 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

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