Day 1

Melbourne to Los Angeles

Dylan George Field's Airline ticket of Melbourne to Los Angeles
Dylan George Field's Airline ticket of Melbourne to Los Angeles

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Day 1 - Today I took a solo flight to the USA to begin my 90-tour by motorbike. The goal was set 4 years ago. When my partner Azar Zamani's visa was rejected to Australia, we decided I would go with only 1.5 months to prepare. I've arrived safely in Claremont (Los Angeles) and made contact with 'The Famous James Tucker' who exceptionally sourced, purchased and prepared my bike for the 14,000km+ journey in short time. Tomorrow I set off in the San Gorgonio Mountains and head North to discover the country. This ride is dedicated to my Uncle Shane Senini who passed away last week.

Journal

A mid-day United Airlines flight. I booked the tickets return for $1000 AUD return off Google Flights. My camping and motorbike gear were stuffed in a $10 suitcase I bought off Facebook marketplace the week before.

Always check the weight of your baggage. I thought it was 32kg and was wrong. It was 20. It was embarrassing enough that to use the ‘vip’ line let alone pulling my gear out of my suitcase in front of everyone. A kind man suggested I remove my jacket from the suitcase and wear it on board. I pulled a spare tire tube and stuffed it in my backpack. I was under 20kg.

I almost lost my $80 leatherman at customs. It’s a multi-tool with a knife. I couldn’t afford to lose it and it was invaluable on the trip. Thankfully I could take two items as check-in baggage. I went back to the counter check-in my backpack with the leatherman inside. I put my passport, phone and snacks stuffed inside my helmet and slung the sack over my shoulder. You can take a motorbike helmet the flight to my surprise.

The 14 hour flight was bearable. Countless flights to Asia to see my partner overseas have taught me to:

  • Pick an overnight flight. To sleep and be ready for the next day.
  • Pick a date that’s easy to get to the airport early. Don’t book before peak hour.
  • Get an aisle seat. You won’t be trapped. You can pee, walk access the overhead compartment whenever you like and you won’t disturb those next to you.
  • Full batteries for movies, books and entertainment.
  • Be nice to your neighbours

I arrived safely at Los Angeles International Airport the following day.

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Day 1 - Today I took a solo flight to the USA to begin my 90-tour by motorbike. I set this goal 4 years ago. When my partner Azar Zamani's visa was rejected to Australia, we decided I would go with only 1.5 months to prepare. I've arrived safely in Claremont (Los Angeles) and made contact with 'The Famous James Tucker' who exceptionally sourced, purchased and prepared my bike for the 14,000km+ journey in short time. Tomorrow I set off in the San Gorgonio Mountains and head North to discover the country. This ride is dedicated to my Uncle Shane Senini who passed away last week. Forum: https://bit.ly/2vps1rt Personal blog: https://www.georgefield.com.au/motorcycle/

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