Australian customs is pretty tight with what they’ll allow in the country. For any vehicle to enter, it’s got to be incredibly clean…like new is their request. Unfortunately, getting my bike to look like new is impossible at this point, but I at least made a bit of an attempt, using untold amounts of soap, water, degreaser, and gasoline, and going through a few old tshirts and a Costco-like pack of various brushes.
After a couple days, with everything back together, the bike looking as close to new as it’s been since it actually was new, and a exit stamp in my carnet, it was time to get the bike into the container. As excited as I am to ride in Australia, the ride down to the shipping company was somewhat bittersweet, as I’ve really come to love riding through SE Asian roads, landscapes, and traffic, so I made sure to really take advantage of these last few kilometers with an excessive amount of lane splitting and weaving through the bikes, taxis, buses, and trucks.
We ended up with a whole container to ourselves, which made the loading and securing of the bikes pretty easy.
And just like that, the bikes are set to head to Darwin (via Singapore, unfortunately)