Opportunities to see new places and meet interesting people go hand-in-hand with overseas travel. Last year was a banner year on both accounts. Press junkets took me to the Canary Islands, Italy (twice), Germany and, finally, Australia. While I generally travel either alone or with one or two members of the U.S. motopress, for the trip Down Under I flew from Los Angeles with friends Tom McComas, Steve Rapp and Greg White. When we arrived in Sydney, we hooked up with yet another buddy, photographer Andrew Wheeler, who was on a separate flight that had originated in San Francisco.