A smiling build
Walkabout; “a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian Aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work” (Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1908).
rideabout; “a short period of wandering rides engaged in by Australian Bikers as an occasional interruption of regular work” (build Motosykleta, 2013).
G’day Cobber, I’m a white haired old bloke who lives on a Royal Enfield motorcycle called Claire and I’ll give a heypnee if you can tell my nationality. Some folk say I’m not the full quid and they are probably spot on. I have a shed in Melbourne, Australia but it’s not my home as I’ve recently found I feel more at home on Claire or in my tent as I meet more folk in a day than I’d meet in a month in my shed, I assume that is why I need to travel. That may change tomorrow.
Tuesday 24th of December 2014
I woke about 06:30 and thought “good, an early start”, then at 08:00 the alarm woke me, damn I’d slept in. By the time I’d straightened up, had a coffee and tablets it was 09:00, 09:45 after getting the bike from the carpark a few blocks away, a shower and it was 10:30 and I was locked out of my room, not a good start to the day. That fixed I started packing the bike after 11:00. I was ready to roll shortly after 12:00 but the very strong and gusty wind had me looking to delay departure in a vain hope the wind would abate. So it was close to 13:00 when I reluctantly rode off into the very gusty wind and rain. While not as bad as the Tasmanian gusts but they were very scary. I found this time that a bit of speed is better. Continue reading
Monday 23rd of December 2014
Wandered around Wellington on Claire for a while and found the Botanic Gardens. During a pleasant brunch at the rose garden, which by the way is very impressive, the waitress, a lovely lady suggested I look at Mt Victoria. Continue reading
Saturday 21st of December 2014
Rangiora to Blenheim. After saying goodbye and thanking Warren and Lex for their warm hospitality I headed north to Blenheim. As usual the first part of the ride was listening to imagined noises, etc but thanks to my prep and the stunning scenery I soon relaxed and enjoyed the ride. Continue reading
Wednesday 18th December 2014
I’ve been smiling since I boarded the plane to NZ but this morning my smile was a little wider as the sun was shining after 3 days of rain. Hoorah!
But everything was wet from overnight showers and needed to be hung in the sun to dry. While that happened I started sorting and packing the Claire. Just after luunch I was ready to roll which was good timing as clouds had moved in and began spitting. I set off for the short ride to Warren and Lex’s place at Rangiora. Continue reading
Monday 16th December 2014
Got up early to walk the 9k to Peter Fletcher Transport to pick up Claire. Thanks to a lift from a total stranger who by chance worked just across the road from the depot I arrived just after 08:00 to discover some paperwork had not been lodged on time and I had to wait a few days, bugger. Continue reading