1-3 May, Scottsdale USA

I’ve been having a wonderful time and rest in Scottsdale at the home of my old friend and Business Partner, Jim Josephson and his wife Susan.

I crossed the border from Mexico to USA in remarkable speed on 1 May.

The only potential problem is that l didn’t receive any papers for Azulo…… I’m sure I’m meant to get papers but there was nowhere that I could see to get them and the Officers told me I didn’t need any papers anyway.

I double checked with another Officer and received the same answer.

Nonetheless, I’m SURE I should have papers, and I bet I get asked for them when I try to ship Azulo from LA!….. Time will tell!

Anyway, I arrived at Jim and Susan’s lovely home in Paradise Valley at around three PM and have enjoyed three lovely nights here.

Jim and Susan's home

I have known Jim since 1973…39 years! …..Initially I was a Sales Manager in his Company, Computer Resources. Jim already lived in USA at the time…… later, Jim joined me, Brian Hacker and Arie Baalbergen when we started Applied Learning Australia in 1983.

Jim and Susan

Jim and Susan’s house is simply amazing and my bed is so comfy I could move in!…. It’s so nice to be with them and to relax in this beautiful place after all my long journey.

The weather is perfect. Warm but dry heat

Jim and Susan cooked a magnificent steak which was just what was needed after my less than terrific experiences with food in Mexico

Yesterday, we went shopping and had lunch in a very nice shopping mall. The kids were playing in this terrific street water feature in the Mall. The water kept rising and falling. I could have joined in!

Water feature in Mall

Today we visited”TALIESIN WEST” which was the winter  home and Architecture College of the famous American Architect FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT. The guided tour through this home in the Desert was very interesting.

Taliesin West...Home of Architect Frank Lloyd West

Afterwards we had lunch at the Hyatt Scottsdale which is a huge and amazing Hotel Resort

Hyatt Resort Scottsdale

It’s been a lovely and restful three days and I have almost forgotten I have been riding around South America for five months!

Tomorrow it’s back to business and Azulo has to come out of his luxury garage and hit the road for Las Vegas!

I am spending three nights in the  Imperial Palace, las Vegas  and on Saturday I’m going to see Elton John perform at Caesars Palace………… Then it’s on to LA on Monday 7th
I then have to ship my bike…. Hopefully I don’t have hasstles with US Customs regarding no papers…

I spend my last weekend with my relative Andy Wainwright and his family which will be a nice way to finish my trip, …then I hear the big Qantas engines roar on monday 14 and head for home to see Merry!

 

26 thoughts on “1-3 May, Scottsdale USA

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  10. No, it was only your side of the family sent out as convicts if you remember. Perhaps they weren’t clever enough not to get caught!!

  11. I remember those A B telephones too. We had one in the boarding house at school and used to make free calls by sliding the money mechanism over with a compass! Probably why they arent still around today, apart from the fact they were used in the days of having a human telephone OPERATOR!! Something less frustrating about those days rather than the automated systems of today though.
    Glad you are having a good time in Las VagAs. Elton and the helicopter flight sound great.
    Love
    Merry

    • Hi Merry
      Us Poms didn’t know how to fiddlle the phone…. so it’s true that they sent convicts to Oz… didn’t know about you though!
      Love Geoff

  12. Hi Geoff, have finally caught up with your blogs. Sensational adveenture we are looking forward to hearing about in more detail. Perhaps over a red or two.
    Regs
    Rod &Wendy

    • Hi Wenners
      Nice to hear from you. I bet you liked Machu Pichu! I ope you ave some good photos!
      See you soon
      Love Geoff

  13. its not so much a “Bellinger battle” anymore as full on war!
    Enjoy Elton’s show tonight – on 13th October last year, he had performed live 3,000 times so he’s certainly got in enough practice before you see him later!
    Scottsdale looks really nice – theres a Mexican restaurant called Los Sombreros there if you should find you’re missing Mexican food!!
    Hope Azulo enjoys riding on American roads and he doesn’t get into trouble next week for not having the right paperwork.
    love Karen

    • Hi Karen
      3000 performances! You are a font of wisdom! He still does it with lots of energy and It was terrific. The staging was amazing.
      I’ll give the Mexican food a miss, thank you very much!
      Actually I’ve been tucking into the Burgers… They are really good and it’s nice to have some good old junk food again!
      Monday sees Azulo’s last big ride in the Americas….I will then have completed 26,000K on the clock!

      Love to the family
      Geoff

  14. Enjoy Elton tonight – hope he’s on good form!And also that LV on a Saturday isn’t too much of a zoo! What on earth are you doing with the bike in Vegas – I bet they won’t let you leave it in reception. After all that way on a bike even the Qantas seats will feel comfortable. And enjoy that Aussie coffee when you get back; although you won’t find too many great cups of coffee here at least you’re going on to Holland!!! Go well, Geoff – that last 250 miles will be a breeze!

    • Hii Alan
      A bike in Vegas…NO worries after riding in Mexico City!
      Elton was great. Terrific staging too. Tomorrow off on a day trip to the Canyon!
      Geoff

  15. I’ve never heard any Aussie say American coffee is good! Another thing to look forward to when you get home.
    Love, Merry

  16. Hi Geoff,

    Wow, what a change, you must be suffering from culture shock! I suppose the US roads are a little busier? Take care.
    We’ going to miss the armchair travel of South America: you have a way of making the scene come alive. Maybe a second career as guest speaker? Better than Merry’s suggestion!
    Preparations for The Dinner are coming along and we look forward to seeing you there.

    Regards, Muis and Menno.

    • Hi Menno and Muis
      Yes, it’s rather nice being in US…they understand what I say! The coffee is good and I don’t get Chili in everything!
      Las Vegas on friday night however is a zoo!
      Only about 400k to go!

      love Geoff

  17. Just a little note of interest. Don’t know if you remember, but the architect who designed our house said he was a great fan of Frank Lloyd Wright and used his influences in designing our house. Can’t say it looks much like his own place though!
    Enjoy Eltons show in LV. Love, Merry

  18. Wow Geoff,

    Can’t believe it’s almost all over – has it been that long? Anyway many thanks for providing such an enjoyable and entertaining blog – we’ve felt as if we’ve been (armchair) riding with you all the way!

    Look forward to catching up soon.

    John

    • Hi John

      Many thanks and also thanks to you for being with me. look forwars to seeing you soon!
      Geoff

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