from Sydney to Northern Territory
Arriving back in Sydney was like coming home ... but to a home I no longer knew. I recognised the 'bridge' and the Opera House, and a few of the streets but everything else was a stranger.
I felt like an absent uncle who had come to visit his nieces and nephews after a long interval and was amazed by how much they had grown up, how beautifully they had turned out, how well mannered and smart, with such a zest for life ... I was, for want of a better word ... proud. I first came to live in Sydney when I was twenty-one years old, and on our first meeting I fell in love...in love with Sydney and a girl from Sydney ... I stayed until I was twenty six, when I left for PNG ... I never stopped loving either of them.
I went to Western Motors, where I bought Mr Beem in February 2002 (left, below) and they gave him a big service for free (right, below) They were very pleased the bike had had such an adventurous life.
Then for Beem and I it was up to Queensland and Northern Territory, seeing some good mates on the way, and then .... back to PNG. Here are some other pictures from Sydney to the north, once I had got Beem unpacked (left, below).