So Marco & Ursala have returned to NZ. They have already booked their return tickets - this time directly from Wellington to Canberra on the Singapore Airlines Wellington - Canberra - Singapore flight.
Their recently acquired bikes are safely stored in a neighbours garage. The F700 had a service and some minor repairs after it threw a chain on the way back from Victoria on the back road from Tumut to Wee Jasper.
Replaced left hand mirror, new chain, cogs & rear hub. So now good as new.
I have started checking though my camping gear, making sure all the necessary bits and pieces are ready for the trip. 1 new acquisition - a lightweight camp cot. Should make sleeping more comfortable - especially on those rocky outback roadside camp sites.