16 May…Home again, Beaumaris, Australia

Yes, I’m home safe and sound and the trip is finally over.


Me, outside our home in Beaumaris

It was wonderful seeing Merry at the Airport! ….She has been so supportive, but lets me know she has earned  several MILLION BROWNIE POINTS!….I suspect I have a lot of gardening and odd jobs ahead in the next few weeks!

It’s a funny feeling being home again after 5.5 months!….I’m back in my comfort zone and don’t have to go anywhere or find a place for the night for Azulo!…. It’s wonderful seeing my home , family and all the familiar things again.

I slept well(ish) on the first night home and the next morning Lucy, Merry and I went out for breakfast.

With Merry again on Beaumaris Beach

later, I went for a coffee and Vanilla slice at my favourite Coffee place in Beaumaris Concourse…Brodams!

A Vanilla slice with Lucy at Brodams in the Concourse, Beaumaris

My two mad dogs, Mister and Maggie recognised me and flattened me. I’ve taken them on two LONG walks to get to know them again.

Me with my two mad (but lovely dogs) Maggie (left) and Mister

I went to watch Merry riding her beautiful horse, Jet

Merry on Jet

So, that’s it. It’s all over!

It has been a wonderful experience and I have met so many lovely people and seen such amazing sights. People overall have been so kind and helpful. I would like to thank so many people for their help and friendship.

Places that I thought may be dangerous turned out to be like any other places in the world. This is not to imply that there aren’t dangers in some of these countries…. but there is danger everywhere….. My view is that  If you are careful and keep to the basic rules of safety, the chances are you will be fine.

I rarely felt in any danger on the trip. This was only soured by the mugging in Quito but that can happen anywhere.

I think it’s true to say that the world is a lot better place than the TV and other media have us believe and the vast majority of people are honest and considerate.

I think it’s a shame we get all the negative news about places that create a  perception in our minds which is often unfair. Also, perceptions last longer than the dangers…Colombia is a case in point. I think most of us still feel Colombia is a drug ridden and dangerous place. …Yet the big problems in Colombia were over 20 years ago and much has changed since then…Problems that still exist are largely restricted to out of the way parts of the country that tourists don’t visit….Why are we still judging the place by the events of  20 years ago? It seems perceptions last longer than reality…Sermon over!

There are so many people who have been kind and helpful to me throughout the trip. I have also met and became friends with so many people from so many different countries….. It’s the people you meet on a trip that make all the difference

To all those who have watched the blog and in particular, all those who have sent email or blog comments. Thank you so much.

These comments, some of which are hilarious, have been a life blood to me. A trip like this can be very lonely at times and the blog has kept me in touch and given me an interest.

The blog, incidentally has had over 38,000 hits. I don’t really know what that means but it shows that lots of people have looked at it!

I would LOVE to know who has watched the blog…If you see this post and have not ever sent me an email or blog comment…please email me on gbransbury @gmail.com and let me know…

Finally, Thanks to my family and in particularly Merry who has been so supportive all along. It has been a very long trip for Merry and I hope she hasn’t got too used to not having me around!

So, this is the very DOPEY OLD BLOKE tuning out and saying farewell.

Bye Bye!




13 thoughts on “16 May…Home again, Beaumaris, Australia

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  2. Dear Geoff…once again I have come to visit your Blog and enjoy your adventorous trip which is a great example that at the right time we must stop what we are doing and “follow our dreams” !!!
    Congratulations on your major achievement !…it was lovely having you & Merry around in our country, Chile.
    All the very Best , keep in touch !!!
    Love, Robert & Sarah

  3. We are both in awe of all you have achieved on your epic journey. We have enjoyed reading your blog, even though you got us worried once or twice when you seemed to be taking an odd route. What amazing memories you must have. At least you will be grounded for a while sorting out all your pictures. arranging the book deal and your lecturing events – and of course paying back some of those brownie points!! We think Merry has been incredible with all the work she was doing behind the scenes, and if ever she lets you loose again don’t forget to let us know and we can get our daily armchair adventures. We hope Azulo gets home safe and sound; what a fantastic and reliable companion he proved to be. It has been a pleasure and honour to be able to follow you over so many miles. Do let us know when you’re going to be over here = we’ll avoid the Mexican Restaurants! Love and best wishes to you all Wendy and Alan

    • Wendy and Alan
      Thanks again for being part of my adventure. it’s also great to be in contact again!
      i’ll send you details of our UK trip soon
      Love Geoff

  4. It has been wonderful being with you over the last five and a bit months – seeing all the wonderful sights through your camera lens and sharing your adventures from the comfort of my office. I would particularly like to thank Merry for letting you go. Whatever you say about the lack of dangers, she must have been worried the whole time. As you disappeared down some unmarked track on your own, we felt the danger even if you did not.

    This blog seems to be a wonderful thing and I wonder whether you would consider continuing to use it when you next leave home. I am sure that there will be some good tales to tell and pictures to see when you come over here to the UK, and particularly when you follow in your Grandfather’s footstep in Europe and go afloat in France. In the meantime I will have to think of something different to do with the first few minutes of the day after I have switched on my computer.

    Congratulations you not so Dopey Old Bloke. You have really shown that people of our age should not be content with putting our feet up in retirement but should get out and do something worthwhile. Bye Cousin until we meet again.

    • Michael
      Thank you again for being such a regular and amusing contributor. I will definitely use the blog again for the European trip…Azulo wont be impressed I’m substituting him for a barge though!
      I’ll email details of our UK trip soon
      Love Geoff

  5. Absolutely amazing effort , Geoff…so many adventures for us all to have followed on your wonderful blog, made even more special by the excellent photos!!
    Having just returned from 4 weeks touring South America, Rod and I are totally in awe of what you have achieved traveling with Azulo!
    Great to have you back in Beauie…and lovely for Merry to have you home safe and sound.
    Wenners and Rodders.

  6. Glad you made it home safely. It was great to see you and we thoroughly enjoyed having you come and visit. Perhaps next time you can find a more direct route and bring Merry with you?.. I am sure the separation anxiety from Azulo will pass quickly, in the meantime enjoy your time at home – Europe is only 3 months away!

    • Hi Andy
      Yes, it was rather a long way around but worth it!
      Again, thank you for having me stay with you all. i had a great time and it was the perfect way to finish my trip
      It is so nice to have met another member of my family and I think we got on like a house on fire so I hope it won’t be long till we meet again
      i hope someday you can meet my sister Val too and her childten who are actually your age! You would like Natalie , Charles and Tony very much!
      Jordan and Alex and of course you and Melissa are welcome here if you ever manage to brave the flight!
      By the way, I am thoroughly enjoying the Simon Scarrow book “Centurion” that you gave me. I will download the rest!
      Much love Geoff

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