.. and I thought this was easy ….. (the wordy version of the previous picture post)

Melbourne – 0 km
13 April 2016

Most of you know that I like a good bargain.
Actually it goes both ways: happy to give one and even happier to receive one!
So I am always on the lookout for a better deal.

No difference when it comes to ship my bike to South Korea

In several conversation with my shipping agent – thank you Ivan for your endless patience, instant responses and not loosing your sense of humour – from Bikes Abroad www.bikesabroad.com.au I came to the conclusion that one way of saving cost was to crate the bike myself…

I had read many accounts of previous motorcycle traveller who had done the same, so “Hey! what they can do – I can do as well! Haaah!”

I always displayed a propensity to ‘give it a go’! Here, in Australia you call it: “ a red-hot go!” So why not!? All part of the never-ending assimilation process.

To my dear male readers, go and have a look into the mirror now, even the virtual one. Now tell me: how many times have you been starting out on a task, full of gusto, energy and confidence? A task your wife/partner/lover would have called a tradesman??
I certainly have done this – many times over. I Know, for some of us it is difficult to learn (quickly) from past experience, even if it was mildly painful. So I could hear myself saying: “Yep! I can do this! I can crate a bike AND I’ll save some dough!”

Full of self-belief, enthusiasm and eyeing towards an increasing account of brownie points, I set out to do so. I know, I know, these starts are bound to lead to several trips to Bunnings. A single screw, nail or tool is missing. The nails, screws bolts in my collection (a considerable one) are too short, too long, to fat or an immediate need for a ‘special’ tool emerges, one that I most likely never used again in my life time. The reasons are endless and never obvious at the outset….
I must also confess, that usually/always? the task took ‘a little’ longer than a tradesman would have been able to complete it. In my defence I claim that the task unexpectantly turned into something more ‘complicated’ than anticipated.

Why is that so? I don’t know, I’d rather try again, unwavered by previous experiences

Consequently and plausibly I presumed that crating a bike is a piece of cake!

Off I went and asked the good-hearted Stefan B. from BMW Southbank to ‘organise’ a BMW crate for me. Stefan and his colleague Kenneth made it happen almost instantly – thank you boyz! Accosting another good friend, Marcos A, to lend me his ute, so I could ferry the crate to my home. Again, thank you Marcos! Cruising trough Melbourne’s cbd, the crate flat-packed in the ute, I had this ‘tradie-feeling’!  … window wound down, elbow out, showing my chequered flannel shirt, sunnies on, looking superior … Aaahh, here I was coming ready to do the task!

In a moment of  lucidity I rang another friend, Tony J, who besides many other things knows about the crating of bikes. I knew he had crated a fair few. Now, I won’t hold against Tony that  we often find each other on the opposite spectrum of the political debate, BUT he has a good heart and he knows his stuff! – knows it well!

So I asked Tony a few questions re crating. Doubt was growing in my mind. Was I missing some parts?  Was the task after all more complex than thought?  I always could drive to Bunnings …
Or should I  demonstrate behavioural change, learn from past experience and act accordingly?

I decided to let logic rule and asked Tony to professionally crate the bike.
Boy-oh-Boy! With hindsight I can tell you that was very wise decision.
My mate Tony was waiting in Tullamarine , all items in place ready to start the process. And I soon realised that there is much more to the task than I ever imagined.
If I had done it, it would taken a full day and still not be as a good in terms of result.

You can see it in the previous post’s pix.
Tony did the crating and did it well. I was the innocent bystander, learning what to do when un-loading in Busan.
Here’s one of Tony’s tips: leave the few tools you require to reassemble the bike on top of the pile, easy accessible.

Tony’s work will make it easy for me when ze bike will be unloaded in Pusan on May 8th.


14 thoughts on “.. and I thought this was easy ….. (the wordy version of the previous picture post)

  1. I hate to say this Axel, but I’m loving ya blogs. Don’t know why except maybe it’s the leanings of ya helpers…… just kidding. I’m very envious of your trip plans, the exitment u express and the sense of wonder for the future… just can’t wait to get progressive updates. I can’t wait… seems crazy but I’m full of wonder for u…
    Keep smiling….

    • Thank you Les.
      Now you are putting on the pressure 😉
      My excitement is still a little suffocated by the many other bits & pieces I still need to accomplish before next Saturday morning

  2. Hi Axel,
    wish you all the Best for your exciting trip.
    Drive carefully and take care. Looking forward for more news.

  3. Thanks Ronnie. Countdown is on now. Next Saturday 30 April I shall be “leaving on a jet-plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again …” remember this one?

    • Surely I remember this song. Eintracht won yesterday against Mainz and hope is back That they can avoid 2nd Leaque next Year.
      Keep you informed.
      So far everything goes well in Frankfurt.
      Only Hajo makes me crasey. No proposals
      yet Made concerning our reunion whenever.
      Eddie is pissed at well but we Hang on.
      Take care

  4. Hi Axel. Now the time is coming closer and before you know it, you are on your journey. I will follow you on your blog, stay upride and in good health. First week in September I am in France, somwhere between Dijon and Lyon. If you close by, we meet for a feast. By the way, Continental never had an H at the end. Stay in good spirit.

    • Winfried, das koennte hinhauen in September – let’s see how it all will develop .. Continenthal …. nee, sieht irgendwie nicht autentisch genug aus …..

  5. Hi axel. You aren’t alone Melbourne is cold and raining and we r expecting 10 degrees tonight. I’m really enjoying reading your blog and feel so much part of your adventure. Great idea going the blog. Rita 😉

    • Thank you Rita, well in my authentic Korean wooden house (hanok) style room, where I need to leave my shoes in front of the sliding door, the floor is heated, Most enjoyable on my feet. And as the room is also furnished in traditional Korean style = hardly any furniture – no wonder in a 3 x 3mtr room, I sit on the floor as I write this and my bum is happy & warm as well. Warm bum = world is good 😉

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