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    From time to time, I revisit some of the many tens of thousands of photos I've taken since I started riding motorbikes again in 2010... after three decades of getting around in caged vehicles.

    Generally, I just process a few each day from what might be hundreds that I've shot (I shot 1,500 photos in a single day recently). The quality varies, and doesn't worry me as much as what the story behind the photo is. The cameras used have ranged from crappy point and shoots (I've killed a few) through my original DSLR (a Nikon D100 that I bought in 2002 and managed to kill in 2011) and the Nikon D7000 that I've had since then.

    So - let's see what stories I can remember. I'll kick off with a low-res shot from the highest mountain region of Timor-Leste. This guy was one of two who "raced" us for a while as we headed back down this trail to the main north-south highway, about 30km away. The ponies were fast. We were amazed at how well they kept up, although we were riding somewhat cautiously. Falling off here isn't advised, as its a $50,000 medivac trip to either Singapore or Darwin.


    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Incidentally, I think that's Timor-Leste's tallest peak in the background of that shot above. If so it's Mt Ramelau which is 2,986 metres tall. I climbed Ramelau, starting well before 3 am for the sunrise, but I've posted that before.

    This next shot, we were 3 islands further along on our trip... on Flores, Indonesia. This is Gunung (Mt) Inerie, a 2,245 metre conical volcano - viewed here from the crater of another nearby volcano



    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Another one from Flores. This is an old lady who was hosting us while we learnt a bit about the local culture. Her house is very old... IIRC this is the house that had some old elephant tusks - taken 600 years ago - leaning against the wall, covered in dust. The deal was that it was bad luck to touch them - you'd be infertile if you did... so there they sat, gathering dust. We were in almost total darkness here... just the glow from some coals on the hearth, we were sitting back sipping coffee, being told the local history and customs. This lady was into her drugs... prepping a mixture of betelnut and associated stuff... and didn't seem to mind me popping the flash.



    and... for some wooden boat content.... how about one from further east in Flores. A fisherman heading out from the beach

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I could escape with photos any time... I've just fixed the girlfriend's chest of drawers, so I get a few minutes to look through some more and here's another one. The story I'd like to understand better is in the background.... the fishing platforms, but this is just a happysnap of three locals fishing off Lombok, Indonesia. I'm guessing they don't worry about sharks or crocs there (I know there's crocs at this latitude, further east, but I guess they have been killed off around Lombok). Those fishing platforms set quite large nets... and I recall seeing similar off the Vietnamese coast

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Excellent material Ian. Always interesting to see images of your adventures.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Just to note... taking pictures of people in those areas is always a risky proposition, yet it adds so much to the narrative.

    Well done.
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    Thanks for the pics. Makes me want to travel those areas.
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    Nice pictures Ian and thank you for not posting the pictures of those gentlewomen.

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    Great pictures and narration. This thread deserves five stars. Going to vote for it right now.

    Looking forward to a whole bunch more.
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    Thanks folks. I'm sometimes amazed at what I find when I go back and look at some of the photo folders I have.

    Here's a story... this is the "workshop" where I left my bike for a few days whilst waiting for new wheel bearings in Laos, back in 2012. The owner had his kid under a Hyundai truck, doing something... no jack stands. The rest of the story is obvious. Bugger the safety. Bugger the environment... just get the job done.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    One from March 2012. Fish farms at Lake Maninjau... a caldera lake in Sumatra. IIRC it was about 75 km to ride around the outside of this lake. I somehow convinced a local lady to escort me on this trip... she was a divorced woman, whose husband lived elsewhere with her two kids. She was living with her sister and brother in law and they ran the restaurant I ate at one night. She was paranoid about local perceptions and when she agreed to show me around, it was on the condition her brother in law dropped her off several km out of town to meet me... same again when we got back, I had to leave him for her to collect. Apparently I made an impression on her... she was sending me 15 or more messages a day until I left the country (there's something to be said for using local SIM cards).

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    There's some purpose on display here. Mamma's heading somewhere. This one is from my first trip into mainland Asia... in Cambodia in 2010. It's on the Tonle Sap River, near Siem Reap, a favourite destination of mine

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I am liking the vicarious travel, thanks.
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    Speaking of travel.... how about resting? I've got another photo of this same rest stop, with the guys just flat on their backs... exhausted. This was just one of hundreds of creeks on Cape York... a place that is the same size as the United Kingdom.... but it's entire population is just 18,000 people.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    For a change of pace... a 12 second video of foot rowing in Vietnam. This was near Ninh Binh, south of Hanoi

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Water buffalo are great subjects. This one was owned by the family that took us in near Sapa

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I am somewhat at a loss.... I'm separated from my photos . I moved house today and my main computer... with my photo archives, is still where I was living for the last four months or so. I'll rectify that soon... and do some backing up.

    So, here's some randoms from Vietnam's first ever National Park - kicked off by Uncle Ho. It's south to southwest of Hanoi, although I got there via a rather circuitous route. From memory, it's called Cuc Phoung National Park. I stayed outside the park the first night in some semi-derelict Soviet-era "resort" and then had a night in the depths of the park in a cabin. I loved it... but it wasn't exactly luxurious. Well worth visiting to see the endangered primates centre.

    Here's a couple of randoms from my second night there. Bloody large orb spider that I nearly walked into



    Slimy thing



    and... the pool, which I decided to leave alone... along with the overgrown facilities

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    One from Atauro - an island off Timor-Leste

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    A bit to port, matey....



    Just a random crow that decided to have a rest in our rigging while we island hopped from Flores to Rinka and Komodo Islands (and a few smaller ones) on the good ship Olympic
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    A random shot that screams "poverty" to me. Just an on the move shot as I rode across the island of Sumbawa, in Indonesia.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Excellent photos Ian, thanks for posting .
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    Thanks Peter. I'll try and mix them up a bit.

    Here's something that you don't do often. Change direction, as they call it. It's where you switch which side of the road you drive on. In Laos, they drive on the right hand side of the road. This is the Laos / Thai border. In Thailand, they drive on the left hand side.... so, it's all change... and try not to forget.

    Plenty do forget and the 20 km each side of the border is a bit more dangerous than usual.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Some jungle flowers from near one of the waterfalls at Luang Prabang, Laos. For those considering an Asian tour, take note that Obama made sure he took in Luang Prabang.... and I'd recommend it to anyone. I could live there. Hmmmm.



    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I'd have to go through some folders to find the location of this one.... suffice to say its a carving inside an old Vietnamese (I think) building

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    When I lived in Dubai, the day started with a 7ish coffee at the airport Costa Coffee, five days a week. A pleasant change was something far more relaxing... breakfast down on Dubai Creek, surrounded by wooden boats.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Here's one I haven't shared before. A couple of interesting points... this is the main north-south highway in Laos. Route 13, which runs all the way from the Cambodian border to the border with China. The second, is that it's somewhere near Vang Vieng, north of the capitol, Vientiane. Vang Vieng is a very popular destination with backpackers... partly because of the stunning mountains around there and partly because of the drug culture (which is cracked down on from time to time) and the river rafting, etc. We didn't spend time in Vang Vieng and my main interests in Laos have been elsewhere, but I might try and spend a few days there next time.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    A phone photo of mine that I've been meaning to take a closer look at...



    Luckily, there's a good description on the Australian War Memorial website:

    Messerschmitt Bf110G Tail Fin : Major H W Schnaufer ; Nacht Jagd Geschwader 4

    Right hand vertical stabiliser (tail fin) of Messerchmitt Bf110G-4 night fighter made of aluminium and painted with one hundred and twenty one emblems consisting of small roundels and four engined British bombers with the date of each victory underneath. The victory marking for 13 June 1944 has a 34mm x 33mm wide paint chip over it. A large hakenkreuz (swastika) is painted in black and white paint on the stabiliser and a small band of red paint is along the bottom edge covering some fabric tape. The rudder is completely missing from the rear of the stabiliser. The reverse side of the fin has remnants of the original mottled camouflage. A large dark grey coloured oval is situated on the lower reverse side, this appears to be from where the horizontal stabiliser was originally attached to the fin.

    ... and has some close ups - next two photos aren't mine:





    From wiki -

    Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer (16 February 1922 15 July 1950) was a German Luftwaffe night-fighter pilot and the highest-scoring night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. A flying ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during combat. All Schnaufer's 121 victories were claimed during World War II, mostly against British four-engine bombers, for which he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, Germany's highest military decoration at the time, on 16 October 1944. He was nicknamed "The Spook of St. Trond", from the location of his unit's base in occupied Belgium.

    Tough times.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    My elder boy at Eastern Creek Racetrack, back in '06

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    From my trip to Gallipoli, Turkey two years ago. WW1 biplane outside the war museum

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    One from today... a bit washed out with the sun in the wrong spot.

    I went for a nice 120 km winter's morning ride with Paula today. This was just before we stopped for morning tea at Wiseman's Ferry

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    Another crappy phone pic... from the Vivid Festival that's on in Sydney at present. Took this as we were leaving the Sydney Opera House

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    A 4 shot panorama of the ferries that ply the Mekong at Luang Prabang. This is arriving in LP after taking the back road through the mountains... 3 years and 1 month ago. I've done this ferry crossing several times.. before and after this particular trip. I do love that part of the world. 10 km from the tourist town and the people are just so genuine and nice.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    A Porsche 356 at a Porsche day at Eastern Creek last year

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I better find something other than a Porker after this

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    I posted this in another thread the other day, but after two Porsches, I better do something different. This cat was in a back lane down near Dubai Creek. Stunning eyes. I was tempted to 'turn up the dial' in Photoshop... but resisted.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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