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30 minutes ago, NSWP said:

And a real nice place is Victoria - Vancouver Island, we called in there some years ago on the Alaska Inside passage cruise, ex Vancouver.

Likewise. We had a 7 day pre cruise tour from Calgary which, on the final day, included a tour of the beautiful Butchart Gardens, but there was not enough time to see much else. I had an uncle who retired to Victoria but he passed before we got a chance to visit.

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So over on the Celebrity boards there is a topic about the EU leaving the US off there accepted travelers list. That was an interesting thread. Several indignant Americans and a few grasping at excuses and statistics. Some comments were fairly mild (I think mine were on the mild side) others were down right blunt (mostly from fellow Canadians) others from Americans who also think their national response has been pitiful.

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10 minutes ago, Blackduck59 said:

So over on the Celebrity boards there is a topic about the EU leaving the US off there accepted travelers list. That was an interesting thread. Several indignant Americans and a few grasping at excuses and statistics. Some comments were fairly mild (I think mine were on the mild side) others were down right blunt (mostly from fellow Canadians) others from Americans who also think their national response has been pitiful.

 

Another thread on the same topic :

US Citizen - keep an eye on Schengen/EU potential of denying entry due to COVID failuresI

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On 6/18/2020 at 11:12 PM, lyndarra said:

Likewise. We had a 7 day pre cruise tour from Calgary which, on the final day, included a tour of the beautiful Butchart Gardens, but there was not enough time to see much else. I had an uncle who retired to Victoria but he passed before we got a chance to visit.

 

We like it. We haven't been to Butchart Gardens for at least 5 years, last time we went to the fireworks show. It was our Anniversary. What a great show but it's hard to justify the cost. Maybe we'll go next year for our 20th anniversary. Victoria has many beautiful gardens free to the public and much closer to town. Government House and Beacon Hill Park are both excellent, and less than 15 minutes from the Cruise port. For all the friends I've met on this board, if you ever pass this way let us know, it will be great to meet you.

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4 hours ago, Blackduck59 said:

 

We like it. We haven't been to Butchart Gardens for at least 5 years, last time we went to the fireworks show. It was our Anniversary. What a great show but it's hard to justify the cost. Maybe we'll go next year for our 20th anniversary. Victoria has many beautiful gardens free to the public and much closer to town. Government House and Beacon Hill Park are both excellent, and less than 15 minutes from the Cruise port. For all the friends I've met on this board, if you ever pass this way let us know, it will be great to meet you.

Thanks Lyle, who knows when we will get a chance.🤔

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On 6/25/2020 at 2:34 PM, Blackduck59 said:

 

We like it. We haven't been to Butchart Gardens for at least 5 years, last time we went to the fireworks show. It was our Anniversary. What a great show but it's hard to justify the cost. Maybe we'll go next year for our 20th anniversary. Victoria has many beautiful gardens free to the public and much closer to town. Government House and Beacon Hill Park are both excellent, and less than 15 minutes from the Cruise port. For all the friends I've met on this board, if you ever pass this way let us know, it will be great to meet you.

Love Buchart Gardens is that how you spell it?  After our Inside passage cruise in 2006, we had 10 days in Vancouver staying at the Hojo (Howard Johnson Hotel) near Granville or  was it Glanville Bridge - the red light area. We did day tours to the Gardens, Whistler, Victoria etc with a visit or three to Timmy Hortons for some Canadian Health Food. I liked the Molsons beer in Van. The Coeliac Disease had not hit me then (2010 it hit me) so I could eat and drink all that stuff back then lubbly jubbly.

 

I am not a garden flower lover, in fact I detest gardening, mowing the lawn, thats it. but even the Buchart Gardens impressed me.

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7 minutes ago, Blackduck59 said:

Well what a day, I managed to turn the when will cruising start thread int another discussion about meat pies and p***ed off some Americans.

Also managed to find some humour and hopefully gave some laughs.

Nighty night Lyle.  The World is but a Stage and the men and women on it are merely players.  Sorry William.

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3 minutes ago, Blackduck59 said:

Take care Les, coming up on 2230. Lynn is already fast asleep and I think I've wreaked enough havoc for one day.

I wonder what tomorrow might bring😈

Tis the Sabbath mate, no Cruise Critic.  Got to cool the 'puter down.

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Well I just took a look at the Celebrity website, we are beginning t consider postponing our trip. We thought a "lift and shift" would work but it looks like the Eclipse will not be doing the Auckland to Melbourne route, as a matter of fact there doesn't seem to be an Auckland to Melbourne route in 2022. It looks like Eclipse is the single Celebrity ship in the region for 2022 and Sydney seems to be the home port not Melbourne. We probably won't be able to do the shift even if we decided to🤔

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2 hours ago, Blackduck59 said:

Well I just took a look at the Celebrity website, we are beginning t consider postponing our trip. We thought a "lift and shift" would work but it looks like the Eclipse will not be doing the Auckland to Melbourne route, as a matter of fact there doesn't seem to be an Auckland to Melbourne route in 2022. It looks like Eclipse is the single Celebrity ship in the region for 2022 and Sydney seems to be the home port not Melbourne. We probably won't be able to do the shift even if we decided to🤔

A big disappointment that they are not providing a suitable replacement cruise. I hope you can work out a solution with Celebrity.

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So Lyndarra is that a 750 four? I never really got into bikes, most of my friends did. I always liked the Honda fours. When I was in high school 2 of my friends bought 400 fours with the money they earned as staff at a Cadet Camp, that was 1976. Dave still wishes he kept that bike. His last Honda is a CB 900 Custom. He still has it but it's in pieces in his mom's basement. Now he rides a Harley. I prefer my creature comforts so I like the roof a car provides when it rains🙂

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47 minutes ago, Blackduck59 said:

So Lyndarra is that a 750 four? I never really got into bikes, most of my friends did. I always liked the Honda fours. When I was in high school 2 of my friends bought 400 fours with the money they earned as staff at a Cadet Camp, that was 1976. Dave still wishes he kept that bike. His last Honda is a CB 900 Custom. He still has it but it's in pieces in his mom's basement. Now he rides a Harley. I prefer my creature comforts so I like the roof a car provides when it rains🙂

The Honda 4 - (750 cc) was a great bike, rode them at work, about 1972 to mid 1970's.  Then the Kawasaki 900 took over.

I rode many types of 'Iron Horses'...Triumph Trophy 650cc, Honda 4's, Kawasaki 900 cc and then Kwaka 1000cc, then the BMW.  I think the cops have got the big Yamaha 1100 know, but none down here, just in the city, maybe a couple in Newcastle and Wollongong.    During the Sydney Olympics the government leased Harley Davidsons for the escort of VIP's etc.👮‍♂️

 

I always thought about buying a motorcycle when I retired in 2003, but my dear wife said, No, you have already used up your nine lives, I probably used up double that with my mishaps.🥵

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19 hours ago, NSWP said:

The Honda 4 - (750 cc) was a great bike, rode them at work, about 1972 to mid 1970's.  Then the Kawasaki 900 took over.

I rode many types of 'Iron Horses'...Triumph Trophy 650cc, Honda 4's, Kawasaki 900 cc and then Kwaka 1000cc, then the BMW.  I think the cops have got the big Yamaha 1100 know, but none down here, just in the city, maybe a couple in Newcastle and Wollongong.    During the Sydney Olympics the government leased Harley Davidsons for the escort of VIP's etc.👮‍♂️

 

I always thought about buying a motorcycle when I retired in 2003, but my dear wife said, No, you have already used up your nine lives, I probably used up double that with my mishaps.🥵

I recall a bloke lived near me in Highway Patrol had an 1100, but his day officially started started when he got on the F3, he was officially stationed somewhere in Sydney, but often by the time he got to the Hornsby end had to turn around and head home, stopping every few minutes to write little tickets for people.

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24 minutes ago, GUT2407 said:

I recall a bloke lived near me in Highway Patrol had an 1100, but his day officially started started when he got on the F3, he was officially stationed somewhere in Sydney, but often by the time he got to the Hornsby end had to turn around and head home, stopping every few minutes to write little tickets for people.

Some Regions out of Sydney Metro you started duty from home mate. We all had individual bikes, garaged at home, no one else rode them, except when you went on leave and they went in for the big service.  I had 4 years at Wollongong, 72-76, lived at Shellharbour, so having departmental transport was good, saving money on petrol when one was a battler, bringing up little kids and paying a mortgage, most of us on here would know how that was back then...Tough.

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29 minutes ago, NSWP said:

Some Regions out of Sydney Metro you started duty from home mate. We all had individual bikes, garaged at home, no one else rode them, except when you went on leave and they went in for the big service.  I had 4 years at Wollongong, 72-76, lived at Shellharbour, so having departmental transport was good, saving money on petrol when one was a battler, bringing up little kids and paying a mortgage, most of us on here would know how that was back then...Tough.

Yep lived through some hard times, enjoyed some good times, made the rest of both when they rolled around.

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On 6/29/2020 at 3:14 PM, Blackduck59 said:

So Lyndarra is that a 750 four? I never really got into bikes, most of my friends did. I always liked the Honda fours. When I was in high school 2 of my friends bought 400 fours with the money they earned as staff at a Cadet Camp, that was 1976. Dave still wishes he kept that bike. His last Honda is a CB 900 Custom. He still has it but it's in pieces in his mom's basement. Now he rides a Harley. I prefer my creature comforts so I like the roof a car provides when it rains🙂

Just catching up all the threads after spending a day savoring the sights around Gloucester and Dungog. Others here will know where that is, very bucolic. Had lunch in Dungog but no pie but instead a very nice Fosterton Loop sandwich, a variation of a BLT with cheese.

The bike is a SOHC 750/4 F1, 1976. I also have a 78 model F2 which came out with dual front discs. Also have a 1972 CB350/4 which doesn't get out these days as the motor is tired and has a bearing issue. The 400/4s were a great improvement over the 350/4 but not as good looking.

CB900s are nice but prone to valve train wear from memory. I don't get Harleys at all.

My current riders are a Yamaha FJ1200, FJ1100 and Honda GL1500 Gold Wing, the 6 cylinder 1500cc thingy. I have a few others stashed away in the shed as well, about twenty or so last count. The FJ1200 has heated grips which is nice for our winters(?).

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