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Re: Another mid-life crisis adventure
Returned home safely from the Phillip Island trip last Tuesday.....
What a trip that was and what an experience indeed. I can certainly tick this off my bucket list because I think this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for sure!
For a complete novice rider like me (on red Ps), this trip was like "baptism by fire" LOL
On the trip from Sydney to Phillip Island, we have experienced everything there is to experience in terms of weather....it started it off with gusty winds throwing me left and right until Tony (a 68 years old experienced rider who was part of our group) kindly gave me handy tips on how to stabilize the bike against the wind, so I thought OK, now I can enjoy the trip a bit more but nope, from the section between Omeo and PI it started pissing down so heavily that it gave me the feeling that God was following me all the way to Phillip Island with a fire hose and intentionally pointing the nozzle in my face LOL
Oh, from the section between Cooma and Omeo, we went through Mt Hotham and all I can say is that by the time I got to the top of the mountain my pants were wet (not from the rain mind you!), the road up there was full debris and sticks, so not only I had to completely get a grasp on perfecting cornering (which I stuffed-up a couple of times and scared myself and oncoming tourist cars), but I also had to make sure I don't end-up over the edge with these sticks causing the bike to slide all over the place.
You would think that would be enough "torture" for the newbie.....but nope
Last but not least and as soon as I entered Phillip Island and luckily still wearing the wet weather gear it started hailing! And for the last 10 minute drive across the bridge leading to the Island the wind got so strong that I was leaning the bike against the wind almost on the same angle as the race bikes on Moto GP. hahahaha
Unbelievable stuff and I really thought I would never make it there in one piece!
All that gloom aside and after attending the GP for the very first time and hearing my most preferred sound of racing bikes zipping by, I thought, this was well worth the effort for sure!
The trip back to Sydney was MUCH MUCH easier with sunny weather and no wind all the way to Cooma (yes, I did ride from the Island to Cooma in one go!) and then from Cooma to Nowra (when it started bucketing down all the way to Sydney)
I would like to thank Darren (Augustus) & Elizabeth for their hospitality, as Darren extended an invitation for me to stay at his place for the weekend and I also thank Max (maxgmoore) for encouraging me to take the plunge and do this trip which I reckon was certainly an eye-opener for a novice rider like me and I learnt a LOT from it which will benefit me going forward. The experience was an amazing one indeed!
My GS500F never missed a beat during this trip and I was actually very proud of its performance for the close to 2,800kms I covered.
Here are some pics:
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