Not much to say really. I'm me, pure and simple.
I've been riding motorbikes since I was a kid. First of all on the farm and then on the road and in the bush.
My first road bike was a Kawasaki 100, red of course. This bike had an untimely end as the police found it in the Barwon River in Geelong after some kids had stolen it.
Next bike was a Suzuki 90 dirt bike. I didn't have this bike for long before it was replaced with a brand spanking new Honda 350. Twin cylinder, four stroke. I loved it!! In the early 1970's I shipped this bike to the land of the long white cloud and spent 6 weeks touring both islands.
The next ten years saw me riding many different bikes including Honda 750/4, Kawasaki 1000 (shaft drive), BMW 900C, Honda XL 250 and 500, Yamaha 550 and a few more overseas trips including 12 months in North America on a Kawasaki 650.
And then along came Nic, 30 years later Nic has succumbed to his genetic makeup and after a few smaller bikes he now rides a Triumph Thruxton (refer photo below, taken on the day he bought the bike)
Nic was almost a teenager before I got another bike. A new Triumph Thunderbird 900 in Burgundy and cream was the love of my life for the next 15 years. I was also the impetus for me to run Thunder in the High Country for many years. This fun weekend and following week of touring transforming into the Bonneville Dreaming weekend events as the Thunderbird was replaced with a green and silver Bonneville that was actually Steve Chiodo's personal Bonnie.
I have a bit of a thing for personalised plates. the Thunderbird was THNDA,
The Bonnie was BNVLE and now my Royal Enfield Himalayan is HMALN
Not only have I ridden bikes around most of Australia and New Zealand, I've ridden in countryside France for 3 weeks, Burma and Thailand including the Mai Hong Son Road for a month and another three weeks riding in Bhutan. My Lap around the Lake is a touring adventure on a scale quite different to anything previous. I'm planning to venture from the calm waters of Dove Lake to the expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. 70,000 years ago there was a land bridge across from Gibraltar to Morocco and the Mediterranean Sea was then infact a lake!!!
AND I have challenges of my own!!!!
Namely to come home in one piece!! and before that happens I plan to swim/snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of as many countries as possible.
I want to catch up with Margot my snorkelling buddy and maybe we'll snorkel off the Amalfi Coast together.
I'd like to visit Malta as my Dad was awarded the Malta George Cross for his service during WW2. While in Malta I want to eat a pastizzi in the Fontanella Cafe in Valleta
I fly in and out of Heathrow so while in London without the bike I hope I can visit Yotam Ottelinghi's Bakery Cafe in Islington
and maybe take a train ride to Birmingham to visit the auto and bike museum there knowing it's just around the corner from the Triumph factory in Hinkley.
Make sure that George, my body guard in Morocco has nothing to worry about.
I hope to catch up with Trevor and Jenny in Marrakesh and also with Bernie and Shayne in Capestang. Find Dr Rob as he heads from the Waves and Bikes Festival across France to Rome. Visit my chinese friend Ann, now living in Verona in Italy.
Can I survive without my phone for 6 months???
Have a hot chocolate complete with churizzo at midnight in a city plaza in Spain. Might need to ask George, the bodyguard to witness that.
As a National Parks employee I'd like to visit as many World Heritage sites and National Parks as possible.
I will be travelling with two mascots, a Ladybug from Montepulciano (Letter D?), and Harri the Tassie Devil (letter T). Both will appear in photos from time to time. Did you know that the collective noun for ladybirds is A Loveliness of Ladybirds?