Faster-Than-Walking 歩くよりは早く世界一周!?

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Taking the slow road round the world, on the cheap, on a postie-bike... 2-up.

"ファースター ザン ウォーキング""歩くより早い"
2008年4月30日オーストラリア・フリーマントルを110ccのちっちゃいバイク1台で出発。
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Shipping by Train in India
If you want to travel by train in India a certain amount of preparation is required. The most important factor is book your tickets well in advance.
There are basically 3ways to book.
You can book online from anywhere in the world. Just be sure of the availability. We were put on a waiting list when we thought our tickets had been confirmed.
You can go through an agent which saves you the hassle of doing the legwork, a small fee is payable.
Or you can fight the crowds and attempt to book your tickets at any ticket counter anywhere throughout the country.
Long story short, we got of the waitlist 3hours before departure and had a pleasant enough journey.

If you are traveling by motorcycle and want it on the same train then you are in luck. Its actually very easy.

First you need to head to the Packing Office at your departure station and ask if you can put your bike on the train. Go the day before.
Then you need to empty your tank of all flammable liquids and remove stuff that sticks out like mirrors, indicators and levers...



Then you will need to find someone to pack it. These guys hang out around outside the packing office so its not hard to find them. They first covered the bike with hay then deftly sewed hessian bags over the top...



After that you need to head back into the Packing Office and fill out the forms.
Depending on the size of your package (bike) and its destination, the fee will be charged in Rp 500 increments.
Siliguri to Chennai fee for our bike was ... Rp1500.
1% of its value for insurance ... Rp250
Service fee of ... Rp30

Total of Rp1780.

You will be handed a bill of lading, then you can leave your beloved "safely" in their capable hands.

When we got off our train almost 40hours later in Chennai, this was waiting for us at the back of the train...



Very happy.
Then we were instructed to wheel the bike off the platform to the Packing Office.
Our Bill of Lading was magically transformed into an Expediting Form by this man...



We rolled the bike out onto the sweltering streets of Chennai, stripped off the packing materials, which the circling locals quickly collected, and rode away.

Easy!

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Shipping Bangkok to Dhaka


It took us some time to decide where our next port of call would be. The only way overland out of SE Asia and into South Asia was over-water so that made the decision a little easier.
Judging from previous reports sea shipping into India, Bangladesh and Pakistan ranges from extremely frustrating to outright impossible. We didn't really like the look of those odds so our attention turned to air-shipping the bike, hopefully on the same plane we will be taking.

With airshipping, the possible destinations were greatly increased but we always had to keep the practicalities close to mind. Yemen(too dangerous), Iran(too cold), Nepal(too mountainous), India(too difficult) and Bangladesh... well I hadn't heard anything about Bangladesh so what better reason to go?
Sorted.

We booked our flights for Dhaka and headed to the shipping agent early, figuring 3weeks would be ample time to sort it all out. Turns out it is way too much and the agent only needs 3days. She gives us a quote and we are out the door.
67Baht per Kg 4500Baht in fees and around 4000 Baht for the crate was within our budget.

All prices in Baht and Taka @ Feb 09 rate of US$1 = 34Baht
/ US$1 = 68Taka

With one week to go we went back to get the bike measured and a packing crate made.
Quote was changed (positively) to 65Baht per Kg 4500Baht in fees and 3500Baht for the crate. Our bike weighs around 100kg which would work out to be about 6500Baht. With the crate and fees we expected the total to come to around 15000 Baht.
Internal Dimensions for the crate to be made: 110cm x 80cm x 200cm.



For all of you that are interested in the long blow by blow account of our shipping trails, feel free to click on "read more" below.
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Shipping Indonesia to Malaysia.
In case you haven't already discovered, a lot of stress and expenditure is associated with crossing international borders with a motorcycle, at least for me anyway. In countries like Indonesia rules and regulations are changeable like my undergarments that is if they are followed at all. There is often about 10ways to do something, usually about 5 of those ways are successful in your given time frame. There is only one "official" way to do said task but this is often overlooked for reasons incomprehensible.

Belawan, Indonesian Side
We arrived at the speedboat port in Belawan near Medan on a Wednesday and tried for about 5hours to find a way to get our bike on the ferry to Penang, Malaysia. No dice.
Once we had exhausted all other options we then mentioned Mr Monte's name and he magically appeared before us within 10-15mins. We had been tipped off that this guy could assist us by other members on HUBB.
A few phone calls were made by mysterious Monte and another guy shows up to give us a shipping figure and to tell us the next cargo boat leaves Sunday night.
Rp850 000 for everything which I thought wasn't too bad. We paid Rp300 000 as a deposit. And Monte gave us some tips on where to stay in Medan, I didn't want to spend 4days in Belawan. If you have been there, you'd understand why.
We relaxed and explored Medan for the next 3days, it was nice. We enjoyed it so much that we slept in on Saturday and were late for our meeting with Mr Monte in Belawan, the day to hand over the bike to customs.
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East Timor/West Timor Crossing
Strictly not shipping the bike this time but Ill put it in this category anyway.

The Batugade-Motoain border crossing was straight forward enough.
There was a total of 3 checks on the Eastern side and I made the mistake of giving my Carnet to the Immigration guys rather than the Customs guys, so when we got on the bike to take off , Customs started yelling and waving, thankfully without their guns...
On the eastern side things were more orderly but there were many plain clothed people milling about, handling our documents and asking questions. We were through and riding within 30minutes.
Had to register with the police in Motoain so decided to have lunch at a street stall nearby, tasty if a bit fly-blown.
Made it to Cendana Hotel in Kefamananu just before the skies opened in the afternoon.
Safe!
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Shipping Darwin to Dili, Don't Dally!
Darwin side.
We arrived in Darwin around midday on a Friday still unsure if it would in fact be safe enough for us to go to Timor Leste as there had just been an asasination attempt of President Ramos-Horta. We had been bush for so long without any news or information on current events that Id actually forgotten there was an outside world... The desert had indeed done a good job on me, but Aki of course was calm and collected as always.
We found free wifi at the state library in parliament house but it took some effort for me to get in past security. Once they were convinced I wasn't contagious nor packing explosives I was free to walk in and out at will, didn't stop them looking at me weird though. We left armed with all the important info about shipping agents, Darwin lodging, Dili riots and of course what Paris Hilton was up to...
On calling around to a few Shippers we, like many over-landers before us, chose Perkins. The only hitch was that cutoff to get the bikes on the boat had ended earlier that day. My charm mysteriously failed to get the bike on the boat over the phone and Aki advised against me going down to the office in person.
We were forced to wait until the following week to get the bikes on the next boat. This was a blessing in disguise really as it gave us enough time to give the bike a tune-up, fit a new rear tyre, discover Darwin a little, meet up with old friends and new. I also toyed with the idea to go down to the Yacht club to see if we could get a ride on a boat heading north but the thought of all those elderly men walking around in white shorts made me a little nervous.
I was at the Honda dealers considering a trade on a new XR650R when I met Tim and Dale who work there. Tim had done a similar trip a few years earlier but unfortunately it ended painfully in India, he was kind enough to give us lots of valuable information as well as beers and a great dinner, Kangaroo Steak... A first for both of us. Most funny host's and much appreciated hospitality.
Kangaroo Steak Raw Stylee
I took the bike into the Perkins shipping yard on the Friday morning, parked it next to a container then walked out the gate to the office by the road. I was given a form to take back into the yard, on this the yard guy measured up the bike(roughly) and wrote down its dimensions. I took this back into the office and the shipping price was calculated. I paid a grand total of Au$127 on the Darwin side, I was told there will be fees to pay in Dili.
I met with the customs officer that I previously organised to come to the yard. She looked at the bike for about 1minute then checked the chassis and engine numbers, stamped my carnet and that was it.
I walked back into town to have lunch with Aki.
We left on an AirNorth flight at 7am the next morning. It was sad being without the bike and having to rely on public transport. It was actually hard to leave Darwin too, we had become quite attached to our little Caravan Park and I had to say goodbye to the meals Aki was cooking in the Park Kitchen. I used to wake up to this every morning in Darwin.

See, I can spice up any boring post, just add a few pictures of food!

Dili side
After 90 white knuckle minutes on the propeller powered plane we arrived safely in Dili. Luckily we were able to hitch a lift with a kind family who took us directly to the Smoke House Guest-House. On the way there I spied a shipping container with Perkins written on the side by the side of the road.
The following day I walked back there and found out this is where my bike will be, but I must go to the forwarding office in town first when the boat arrives in a few days. After speaking to the staff at the forwarding office we were given the ETA of the boat. On the arrival day I went straight to the Perkins shipping yard and was so happy to see my bike unloaded from its container. In a blur of paperwork, I had the bike in my hands and I was let loose into Timor Leste. By going straight to the shipping yard I by-passed the forwarding agents fees all together. I paid no fees or charges to get the bike, well happy.
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