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 Guestbook messages...
Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 05:29 PM (GMT)


There's been a slight problem with the guestbook recently, were you were unable to post messages.

The problem has been fixed now and sorry to those who were unable to add messages.

If you would like to leave a message for us on the guestbook, which we do appreciate, you can do it here.

Thanks, Lee and Julie xxx

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 Web site stats...
Monday, March 14, 2005 - 03:59 AM (GMT)


Over 30,000 visitors since we left, averaging about 100 visitors a day. Our busiest day was February 16th with over 360 visitors.
Our busiest month was January 2005, with a staggering 5100 visitors who viewed almost 15,000 pages on the site.

Most of you visit the website on a Wednesday at 09:00, which shows you must all be busy at work then!
01:00 is our quietest hour, so it looks like you all still need your beauty sleep!

From the server stats, we get most of the hits from the following places :-

  1. (nurses are busy then!)

  2. (my former workmates are still grafting it seems...)

  3. (staff at the council are still working hard then?!)

  4. (lazy students!)

Thanks to everyone who's visited the site whilst we've been away and indeed, emailed us throughout the trip.

We hope you've enjoyed the stories and pictures as much we've enjoyed doing all the things we've done.

There's plenty more stories and pictures to go on from South East Asia, so keep checking.

Seeya all soon,

Lee and Julie

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 Next 6 weeks...
Wednesday, February 02, 2005 - 03:43 AM (GMT)


We leave Kuala Lumpur today and fly to Kuching in Borneo, where we'll spend 3 nights. After that it's back to KL and then up to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia.

We then head back to KL for our flight into Thailand. We're staying on the islands of Ko Samui and Ko Pha-Ngan for a week or so around the middle of Feb.
From there we head to Bangkok, for a flight up to Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand.
Using Chiang Mai as a base, we'll be exploring the local hill tribes and do a bit of trekking.

We're then off into Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam and then fly back into Bangkok around the start of March.
We'll have about 10 days in Bangkok and from there we fly to Hong Kong on the 15th of March.
5 nights in Hong Kong and then we fly home on the Saturday night and arrive in the UK at Heathrow early Sunday morning.

A couple of hours at Heathrow and then we board our flight up to Manchester arriving at 09:50 on Sunday morning.

Take care,

Lee and Julie xxx

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 We're in Bali.... woo hoo!
Sunday, January 09, 2005 - 03:22 AM (GMT)


We were told by Qantas last Thursday (6th) that we had an extra stop on our ticket and where we would like to go!
We've basically got 7 stops or 29,000 miles with our ticket and because we'd not flown to Darwin from Sydney, which were are original plans 4 months ago, that counted as an extra stop we could take. Bonus!!!

We decided on Bali, as it was on our way to Singapore. We've got a week here and we're at the Hard Rock Hotel on their honeymoon package!
We're getting really spoilt - chocolates, wine, cakes and we've got a romantic dinner tonight.

We've got a private poolside cabana today, so we'll be in there with a good book and take the occasional dip in the pool!

We'll be coming back down to earth on Monday, when we head up into the hills of Bali to a village called Ubud.

Bali is beautiful and the people are so friendly. The temp has been 30 everyday but with the humidity at over 80%, it's the stickiness that really gets you. Good job we've got air conditioning.

We fly out of Bali on Friday (14th Jan) to Singapore and we're there for a week. After that, it's into Malaysia, Borneo, Brunei and onto Thailand.

Our thoughts and feelings go out to all those affected by the tsunami. We're still travelling through Thailand but only to the areas unaffected by the tsunami.

We've got just over 2 months left and we'll be back in the UK on Sunday 20th March.

The rest of the pictures from Australia, including Christmas Day at Bondi and NYE in Sydney Harbour, will be on the website next week when we get to Singapore.

Take care everyone.

Love, Lee and Julie x

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 Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 24, 2004 - 02:20 AM (GMT)


Thanks to those who sent us a card, we were well chuffed!

We're having an all day BBQ at Bondi tomorrow, so we'll have a beer and a burger for you all.

Have a great Christmas everyone and wrap up warm .

Lee and Julie xxx

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 Update - 14/12/04
Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 04:54 AM (GMT)


Hello everyone.

Stories and pictures from our travels around Australia will appear on the website each day this week. I've set it to add a few stories to the site each day and hopefully we'll bang up to date real soon.

We're currently in Melbourne at the mo. Great place but the weather has been quite strange. Thunderstorms and torrential rain some days - don't laugh!

Neighbours is filmed in Melbourne, so we headed over to Ramsey Street yesterday to see all the houses and to at Erinsborough High.

Following that we went to the 'Meet The Stars' night at the Elephant & Wheelbarrow pub. Lyn Scully, Boyd Hoyland and Stuart Parker were there and it was a great, if messy night. Harold and Toady are usually there, but they've been quite busy lately apparently.

We plan to be in Melbourne until the end of the week and then make our way back to Sydney around the 20th of December.

Have a great Christmas everyone!!

Take care, Lee and Joo xxx

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 Article from the Rochdale Observer
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - 06:30 AM (GMT)


Here's a copy of the article that featured in the Rochdale Observer.

ADVENTURE-loving couple, Lee and Julie Bradshaw, are enjoying the trip of a lifetime which will take them sightseeing around the world.

But they just couldn’t bear to be without their Rochdale Observer, even while visiting a remote area in America believed to have been visited by aliens.

The Bradshaws of Whitworth travelled along ‘Extra Terrestrial Highway’ – a lonely stretch of highway officially named in 1996 because of many supposed UFO sightings. And they took the Observer with them for the ride.

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 Stats so far...
Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 04:17 AM (GMT)


Here's some stats from our journey so far, as at 15/08/04 :-

Total Miles travelled - 25051 as at Auckland (15/08/04).

Miles in our van in the US = 7589 miles

Average Miles in a day - 212
Average Miles per hour - 9 (as opposed to 16 MPH on 18/05/04)

American States visited = 17

Countries visited = 4

Pictures taken = 3829 (Average of 32 per day)

Miles away from home (Auckland - Rochdale )= 11296 miles

Money spent = shedloads!!

How much fun we've had = loads and loads!!

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 Update - July 13th.....
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - 06:34 AM (GMT)


We're having a great time in San Francisco. We've just booked a trip to Alcatraz and a sightseeing coach tour round the city.

I've been gutted about not bringing my laptop with me, ever since we started out. So.... I've just gone and bought one! It's a beauty and cost half the price of the one I have at home!
There's free WiFi at the hostel, which means I can update the site all day long for free. Winner!!

I'm just going through all the pictures now and will be adding a load on each day.
I'll try and keep them in consectutive order. I was gonna add little captions to each of them, but there's millions of em. You'll be able to tell what they are.... make summat up if you don't!

Take it easy,

Lee and Julie xxx

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 Latest Update...
Friday, July 09, 2004 - 01:18 AM (GMT)


Well, we're still in the van and on the road. Driven almost 2000 miles already!

We're in Las Vegas at the moment and are having a great time. We were in Flagstaff and Lake Havasu City before here.
We spent July 4th in Lake Havasu and had a great time there. We met some of the locals and the night turned into an all night party back at someone's house. We also met some peeps from Long Beach and San Diego, so we're gonna pop and see them on our travels.

We leave Vegas tomorrow and are going to Hoover Dam and then to Area 51 - a tiny place called Rachel.
We're then heading over to San Francisco for about a week and then down to LA and San Diego.
Leaving LAX for Fiji at the start of August.

We've got shedloads of pix for the website, just need to find the time to sit through and get them onto the site.

Thanks for all the emails! We're slowly replying to all of them.

Take it easy y'all,

Lee and julie xx

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 We're in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sunday, June 27, 2004 - 04:09 AM (GMT)

News We're in Albuquerque at the mo. We've not been able to get much internet access lately, so apologies to the peeps who have emailed us. We still get the emails through my phone, so we've enjoyed reading them! Will reply as soon as we get to an internet cafe. This may appear a bit garbled, as this is being done on my phone as well. Sore thumbs by the end of it! Well, since leaving Bev and Chucks in Houston 2 weeks ago, we've been to some great places. Here's our journey, so far...... San Antonio - New Braunfels - San Angelo - Roswell - Canyon - Amarillo - Tucumcari (Route 66) - Santa Rosa - Las Vegas (New Mexico) - Santa Fe and now in Albuquerque. We've got 2 nights here and the continuing west along parts of old Route 66, into Arizona. My thumbs can't take anymore!! Take care, Lee and Joo.

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 What we've been up to and our next plans...
Saturday, June 05, 2004 - 11:10 PM (GMT)


We've spent the last week at my Dad's house in Everton, South Missouri. He picked us up in the van from Warrensburg train station. The first time we'd ever seen it in the flesh!
Great van and just about getting the hang of driving over here on the 'wrong' side of the road.

The house is pretty much in the middle of nowhere and is surrounded by 60 acres of land. That's about 60 football pitches in size!
They've got dogs (CoCo, Oreo and Belulah), cat (Squish) and a load of chickens (not sure of their names!)

The weather has been great, so we've been catching some rays and cooling off in the pool.

Really nice to see them all and it's been nice to spend time with them. Laura's a proper American gal now. It's like, so, weird!!

We're off sometime late next week in the van. We're heading south down to Dallas and Houston. Then we head west through Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Few days around Las Vegas, Hoover Dam and Lake Havasu and then onto San Francisco. Again, a few days there and then head down Highway 1 (Big Sur) into Santa Monica and Los Angeles.
Our flight to Fiji is at the start of August, so we've got plenty of time to get across there.

Whilst we're on the road, updates to the site and replying to emails may take some time.

Have fun and take care.

Lee and Joo

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Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 07:55 PM (GMT)


Hi folks!

We're in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the moment. Been here since Friday and are having a great time.
Weather's been strange! Scorchio yesterday and today it's bouncing it down!!

Went out last night to a few bars and a club, so today has just been a chill out day. Pretty much, like every day really!

Tomorrow (Monday) dinner, we set off for NY. It'll take us about 30 hours on the train. Hey, we did 3 days on the train the other week - this will be a doddle!

Pictures from Niagara, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax will be on the site soon.

Take it easy, folks.

Lee and Joo

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 Our plans for the next week or so.....
Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - 11:40 PM (GMT)


We're currently in Quebec at the moment. 3 nights here and then up to Halifax, Nova Scotia on Thursday evening on the overnight train.

Friday, Sat and Sunday nights in Halifax. 19 hour train journey from Halifax to Montreal, arriving Tuesday morning.
From Montreal, we catch the train (again!) and will be in New York on 18th May. 3 or 4 nights here and then onto Washington.

Take care,

Lee and Joo xXx

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 Pictures from our leaving party...
Friday, April 30, 2004 - 06:10 AM (GMT)


Thanks to everyone who made it to Cafe Bhangla in Whitworth for our leaving. Thanks also to the staff, who did a stirling job in keeping us in curries and Kingfisher beers!!

Here's all the pictures from the night. Not had chance to go through em, so I've just put em all on here. Enjoy!!

Just click the small picture, to view the enlarged version.

Loads of pictures here.....

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 Almost there!!!
Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 03:08 AM (GMT)

News Well, we're nearly off! I can't believe how fast it's come around.

In just 10 hours time, we'll be on the plane and offski!!!

We're both pretty much all packed up and ready to go. A few last minute things to sort out and we're ready.

Right, a few hours shuteye as it's 03:10 in the morning. Speak to you all from Vancouver. :)

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 Just bought a Fuji FinePix S7000, for the trip.
Thursday, March 11, 2004 - 03:24 PM (GMT)


A world trip isn't complete without a good camera, and that's why I've just upgraded to a 6 Megapixel Fuji S7000 digital SLR camera.
It's an absolute beauty and we should now bring back some top quality pictures.

Joo's gonna use the Ixus 400 camera as well, so we'll have plenty of pix when we get back!

Here's some pictures of the S7000...

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 Essential reading...
Thursday, March 04, 2004 - 05:33 PM (GMT)



12 months, 29,000 miles - that's a lot to plan!

Endless nights on the internet, searching out places to stay and things to
see, it's taken a lot of planning.
The following books have also helped us plan the trip and contain hundreds of tips...


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 We've just bought a Chevrolet camper van!
Sunday, November 23, 2003 - 05:00 PM (GMT)


Just purchased a 1994 Chevrolet G20 Gladiator van, to drive across from my Dad's in Missouri over to San Francisco and down to LA and Vegas.

It's a 5.7 litre auto van and was an absolute bargain at $2300

7 seater, 3 of which convert into a double bed.  Leather interior and has a CD, DVD player and TV inside!

My Dad picked it from just outside St. Louis and he's looking after it for us until we get there.  We can't wait!

Here's some pictures of it...

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 Tickets booked, Karrimor rucksack bought....
Friday, October 10, 2003 - 03:33 PM (GMT)

News We're getting there!

After spending almost 2 hours in STA Travel and seriously testing the patience of the staff, we've finally booked our tickets.

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 Welcome to - the website for Lee and Julie's round the world trip
Friday, August 15, 2003 - 10:12 PM (GMT)

News Welcome to our website.

This is the site, where we'll try and keep everyone up to date as to where we are on our travels.

We're heading out on the 20th of April 2004 straight to Vancouver for a full 12 month trip.

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