With the boys staarting to arrive into the big smoke of new york it was balf, harpur, andy, rich, edmonson that were checked into a camping ground/carpark in jersey city..
they had completed a recky of the area and had discovered us a local drinking hole to base ourselves from for the remainder of the week.. happy hour 4-7pm with $2 pints and a stones throw
from the camp site.. so the lads headed on down for the afternoon and mixed with the locals and it wasnt long before they thought we were all heros for what a trip we were about to embark
on.. this one particular bloke caleed TODDY from jersey city in his 50s had promiced us he would take us out for a good time and cruise up the hudson river in his 36 foot sailing
yacht.. 7pm had come up before we knew it so we boughht 2 30 packs of budweiser ($22) each, cheap as chips and headed back to the camping ground for beers and waited for the arrival
of sword and spud later that evening.. we all had a taste for the beers when we were getting abuse and yelled at by 5 young black dudes.. they came over and were all good.. got them
doing beer bongs and smoking some of their local tobacco which got us pretty twisted.. 11pm sword rolled up folowed closley by spud.. had few more beers balf went into a coma along
with edmonson and harpur.. sword andy spud and rich ventured into jerey to seek out some bars.. the lasst one closed about 2pm, we ventured back to the bus but not before scaling a
few hotel fences looking for some pools for some honkey bombs.. not to be.. we thought the idea of pushing rich down the street in a shopping trolley
would be funny, getting up to probably 20kmph down this main st that trams also shared.. ''BOOM'' he hit the tram tracks and was thrown a good couple metres and hit the deck in pain..
blood puring from his hand we realised he had taken a solid gash out of 2 of his fingers.. rich decided it would be a crack up if he rings 911
after not long we had 2 ambulances arrive with in a couple of minutes of each other.. haha.. he went to hospital and got back when the sun was coming up hand stiched up
like edward sissorhands.. and what were they asking for the cost of hospital/ambo fees? $1100.. tell him hes dreaming.. he sorted some travel insurance out and told them to call them
Tuesday 31st August
We awoke to the hot heat of new york has been booming out to discover balf had fire trucked the bed, but nothing as serious of what was to happen in the following evening..
We all just did our own thing for most of this day untill we had our 4pm meeting point with big Toddy up the hudson river.. he told us not to worry about petrol costs or anything
but just to bring food to cook on the bbq on the boat and a heap of beers.. we loaded up with 3 30packs of beer and a bottle of red wine for big todday weho was a ledgend..
he spun some yarns us to us like ''dont drink and drive man'' i went to jail for that, i got 1 month jail for that but i also threaten to killll a cop.. we were having 2nd thoughts haha.
we left on the bus to head around the marina and couldnt find where it was but finanly tracekd it down to then get a call from gus and eddie to say they had just arrived at
the camp site, so andy run back to get them and we departed to marina with at least 2 or more hours of sailing up the hudson.. gus and eddie couldnt believe they were in london
6hours ago and were straight out on the hudson river drinking beers in the 35deg heat of new york.. it wasnt long before the beer bong was out.. sword up 1st infront of statue
of liberty then balf in front of empire state building. the sun was heading down as we had sailed right up the shore line of jersey city to our left and manhatton to our left
Big toddy thought it wpould be a good opportunity to anchor up so we could jump off for a swim and cook the bbq... before we could get changed balf was in the nude diving off the
front of the boat like he was doing the nevis bungy jump.. and nearly every one else followed.. back on board, toddy got the BBq fired up and it wasnt untill afew minutes later
we realised we had left the chilli bin with all the food in it and toddys wine back in the bus! Ha. no one was too worried as we had the most important thing on board BEER!
back we headed down the fast flowing hudson back into the marina in jersey city where we went to get the food and back onto the boat which was moured in the marina to cook the bbq..
TODDY what a ledgend, boomer of a afternoon. went bakc via a supper market for some more $22 30 paks of beer and to the campsite for a evening there.. to describe
what this campsite was like it was more like a car park for campervans and buses to park when we were like the only ones there so with rich our deisel mechanic
and balf getting to new york 2 weeks earlier they had kitted the bus bout exceptianly well we didnt have any dramas playing music, there was showers and laundry
a stones throw down the road and we could even see the statue of liberty from our little spot.. we all passed out one after another scattered in around and on top of the bus with
a couple of locals popping over at some stage..
Wednesday 1st september
We all woke earlyish again with the hot sun heating the bus up like a glass house.. balf took a walk around the bus to see where everyone was
and l;ooked through the back of the bus to see sword passed out with his back facing the back door and looked at what to appear to himself some rather dirty
undies.. Sword reckons some one had stiched him up and put something in them.... We all went off and did our own things for this day sorted a few things out, phones,
bit of a walk around planned to meet bakc at the local at 4pm for beers. Fisher and preston were welcomed to the team with there arrival at about lunch time..
we all went down to the local for the $2 pints for the 3 hours, big toddy was down there for a few laughs and a big session.. we loaded up with more beers and headed back
to the bus for a session, the little marina down in front of our bus had heaps of boats.. another black dude came to our camp who owned some boat invited couple of the
boys who were still awake to head out for a night mission, greg gus andy and spud went down and headed out towards brooklyn bridge where the drunk all his spirits and spun
yarns with this dude and some rushian chicks.. Big Willy wilson was our 12th and last man to arrive in for 2010s biggest road trip who nestled into the camp around mid night.
Thursday 2nd September
Earlier i n the week some of the lads organised with a dude in the street in new york to swing us a deal for a 2day sightseeing trip to all the main sights of new york so
with us all on board now we headed in on the path train into new york where hardly anyone payed, just jumping the barriers.. so easy to get free transport in NY..
We sorted our tickets out and headed to jump on the hop on hop off bus around the main part of the city.. had a classic guide up stairs who informed on all the info history etc etc
didnt take long before andy stole the guys microphone while the guide was on a break at one of the stops and spun some yarns/jokes on the local sights on new york.. we then
departed for a walk down through times square towards the empire state building.. rip snorter of a day gave us some scintalating views of the most outragoues city on earth..
balf thought it would be a good idea to throw something off the top... so he made up a paper dart that he learnt to make in form 4 and let it sail down town..
batteries and cell phones wernt such a good idea.. back down the bottom and we tried to get as many of us into those spinning doors to exit the building.. 7 of us went through it
and probably created some uneccessary attention as a security guard pulled us over and said ''you know if you boys had of broken that you would have been locked the hell up'' ha.
we were a little fatigues so headed towards central park for a lie down but not before we discoverd a peep show shop where we chipped in for harpur to experience the new
york ladys.. a lie down in the park and then back to the camp site.. we headed for the local bar again for several pints and back to the camp site beofre heading to a german
beer garden where they served cold delicious steins of beer..everyone was fairly steamed and it was balf who started going off the rails when he decided to telephone himself
''smash a stein over his head'' again creating uneccesary attention.. he was removed form the bar.. with preston arriving the day before jet lag was catching up with the man
and he started to joe out as his head swayed round like a clown at the circus.. all the boys were egging sword onto telephonoing preston as he was he was passing out, hesitation was
at the top of the list but after peer presure being the winner of the day sword slogged him and the stein disintigrated into several parts.. he was thrown out..
balf and sword went onto the main road and stopped a random car and demanded to be taken to the closest pub.. sure enough some dark coloured bloke drove them a short distance to a pub..
balf pissed himself while at the bar he was uncontrollablle, having to pick him up off the floor.. he even got nude in the pub.. a few of the other lads rolled into the pub and there was
6 of us there, willy rich greg and andy headed into hoboken to check out the nightlife.. us other 6 lads were headed for home about 2am after closing was called..
someone had a idea that it would be funny if we walked homein the nude... 5 guys walking down some streets in jersey city in the nude and who drives past? the dirty old
red and blue lights.. some reason sword wasnt nude.. but 2 or 3 of the lads jumped a fence into bushes to hide balf just kept walking and sword went up to spin a yarn to the
2 cops and managed to talk them out of putting all into cuffs.. gus got the rough end of the pinapple after the bush he jumped into (no clothes) had some unique plant
like stinging needle.. the coming days his back was red as a beetroot coverd in rash''s..