A German bike with an Italian number plate - in Australia.
I ventured out yesterday into the northern hinterland again. I was invited by a friend to meet a couple from Italy who were here on their honeymoon and had brought their BMW along!
It was a real pleasure to meet and talk with Antonio and Laura. (I hope I have spelling correct) They have just completed a 13,000km tour and I would dearly love to do something like that in Europe.
Alot of bikes in the street at Kenilworth. Skip the coffee at the Top Cafe its not very good which explains why the cafe over the road is full and this one was empty.
I actually drove about Europe and Scandinavia for a few months when I was much younger in an old camper van and that was interesting however in hindsight at that age I should have done the Contiki type bus trip as now is the time that a drive or riding holiday would suit.
I wont ship my bike over after hearing all the dramas Antonio had with our officials here who delayed the tour by almost a week and charged around $2500.00 in fees. Trouble is bike hire is very expensive so if you want to go for say a month it really is as much as the cost to buy a small bike.
Same for car hire over longer time period. I purchased and resold a camper van in London as the hire rate for 3-4 months was an impossibly high amount of money.
Well I had another good ride yesterday, however it was perhaps a bit too long with the last section over Mt Glorious tiring. Turned out it was an organised ride with the Brisbane Bikers forum which I didnt know about until the morning. Actually I was doing another ride yesterday until the night before when mate who posted this ride asked me to come along and that he wasnt sure of a couple of the roads.
Quite different to ride with a group again after many years riding solo. I much rather prefer to ride alone or with my regular ride partner however I enjoy the social side of a group ride when everyone stops somewhere.
Talking to Antonio has me fired up for my first big solo tour in a month to Phillip Island for the Moto GP. And if all goes well with that then I expect I shall move on to much more touring here and overseas in the future.