The most fun you can have on two wheels

For the past week or so, the Husband and I have been reliving our youth.

We’ve been on a long trip south to the club rally of Australian ST owners. Miss Scarlett is a Honda ST1300, and we were taking her to play with her friends… We estimate the entire trip will be about 1700km or just over 1,000miles by the time we get home.

Today was the motorbike club rally day-ride. Setting off at 9.30am, over 80 motorbikes, just like Miss Scarlett or very similar, roared through the western streets of Toowoomba in southeast Queensland, carrying over 100 passengers aged between 30 and 75 out to the country on a day trip, stopping for morning tea of pumpkin scones, jam and cream, and pub lunch of a vast selection of pies, sausage rolls, samosas, sandwiches, fruit and similar.

The street outside the pub where we had lunch was a sight to behold, and brought passing traffic to a screeching halt. Sorry the photos are so dark, but it was a fairly gloomy day, great for riding, not so great for photography.

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Just half the bikes on the ride

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The other half. Why is it someone always walks in front of you when you’re taking a shot?

Tonight is the club dinner and award night, and true to form, the weather has turned nasty, with lashing wind and rain approaching horizontal. Not cold, though. This IS Queensland, after all…. We’ll be transported to the dinner and back by bus, so no need to drink responsibly, a good time can be had by all. It’s been great fun to meet the wide variety of people who own and love their STs, we’ve learned a lot, picked up a lot of tips and ideas, and can’t wait to catch up with the other owners who live closest by to home.

Tomorrow we turn for home, tired, sore, happy and relieved to be coming to the end of the trip, but so very glad we’ve done it. I’ve even managed to do some stitching while I was away, and have manufactured 10 of the hexie flowers I still need for the front of the WWF quilt. I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed once again – a clear sign I’m getting old!

Normal service will resume shortly.

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27 thoughts on “The most fun you can have on two wheels

  1. I’m glad you’re having a good trip – though rather you than me! Good on you for all the stitching…
    love,
    ViV

    • katechiconi says:

      We have one more big push and then we’ll be home. My body is stating quite plainly that it’s time to stop, which I have to ignore for another 6 or 8 hours… The forecast for today is that we’ll run into some heavy weather about halfway, so I expect to spend half the day very damp indeed… The jackets work well, but one’s bottom half gets soaking wet!

      • Is there such a thing as a waterproof leather onesie?

      • katechiconi says:

        There are waterproof onesies, there are leather onesies, there are onesies of all kinds, but they are all, without exception, designed for cooler climates than the one in which I live. In the tropics, it’s better to be cool than dry… Sadly, I’m not yet back in the tropics, still hundreds of kms to go, but I refuse to spend the hundreds of dollars needed to buy good rainproofing just for the few occasions when we’re south of the Tropic of Capricorn! Yes, I am indeed the victim of my own stubbornness…

      • I remember being marooned on an island in the father and mother of a tropical storm and relishing the coolth of being drenched. Also, when it’s very hot, a wet hat acts as a natural refrigerator.

      • katechiconi says:

        Exactly! My tropical wet weather bike jacket is made of a dense mesh to let the air through, with armoured shoulders, elbows and spine pad. There’s a separate waterproof liner you can wear either over or under, which I mostly don’t bother with in the heat, since I’ll dry quickly. But you just can’t get bike bottoms like that, and they wouldn’t offer as much protection from road debris as my jeans do…

      • Jeans aren’t that much of a protection. My son came off the back of a friend’s motorbike in his teens, and skidded along the road on his backside, reducing jeans and underpants to zero cover. He was fortunate that the person who found him was the local district nurse, who told him not worry, she’d seen more than that in her time!

      • katechiconi says:

        Very true, but I just can’t face either thickly padded rainwear or leather or kevlar impregnated denim when it’s 36C outside and the humidity is regularly over 70%. I trust there was no lasting damage in that incident?

      • he cracked two vertebrae, but being then a teenager, he healed quickly.

  2. Going for a ride never sounded so good!
    Esther

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s nothing to beat the fun of seeing the beautiful countryside in the company of others who love their bikes and doing the same thing. The rides are very well organised, we have three members who are paramedics, we are all over 30 and therefore can be considered *slightly* sensible, and the routes and planning is all explained in the pre-ride briefing. Also, we’re not as loud as some big bikes, so the people we pass don’t mind us so much! We got a lot of waves and thumbs up!

  3. Kim says:

    I’ve only been on a motorcycle a few times in my life, always behind someone…in my wayward youth. 🙂 Glad you are having fun. Your bed awaits! Drive safely.

    • katechiconi says:

      In my own wayward youth, I had my own motorbike! Now I’m too arthritic to manage one comfortably, and Miss Scarlett is too tall for me to ride in any case. We made it safely through torrential rain and wet and windy darkness to our last waypoint last night, today it’s time to point her nose for home!

  4. You’ve taken me back to my youth Kate 🙂 Enjoy!

  5. Nanette says:

    Glad you were safe from those storms! Your picnic day sounds idyillic. Enjoy the ride home.

    • katechiconi says:

      The edges just brushed us last night. This morning, all is wet and drippy and even slightly cool, for a miracle. Breakfast, packing, and then we’re off again. Next stop, Childers.

    • katechiconi says:

      I spoke too soon. We got utterly drenched yesterday! Nothing a hot shower didn’t fix, and hopefully our gear will have dried out by the time we have to put it back on!

  6. EllaDee says:

    Wow, what a sight… the locals will be talking about it for weeks!
    The meet sounds fun and well organized which is a blessing.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s been brilliant, and we can’t wait to meet up with new friends from north Qld we met there. Next year’s rally is in Perth – we’re going, but I suspect we won’t be riding all the way there!

      • Magpie Sue says:

        However will you get there if you don’t ride? I mean, won’t Miss Scarlett miss out on the fun if you don’t take her?

      • katechiconi says:

        We will load Miss Scarlett onto a trailer, together with rather more ample luggage than we allowed ourselves this trip, and we’ll drive her there… Nearly 5,000km or nearly 3,000 miles and 55 hours of continuous driving… I think we’ll turn it into a holiday instead of an endurance ride! There’s so much to see along the way, and friends to catch up with at the other end too.

  7. Magpie Sue says:

    There’s a BIG motorcycle rally in our neck of the world late in Sept. every year (late summer/early fall for us also). It’s called the Oyster Run and literally takes over the small communities in the area. There have to be pictures of it on the web somewhere, hundreds of bikes of all sizes and shapes. Oh the noise! But it looks like tons of fun for those participating. I think the local merchants mostly appreciate the business but it sure made it difficult to hold a beading workshop at the La Conner Quilt Museum when the bikers roared through!

    • katechiconi says:

      I hopped over and had a look – it’s massive. Our club is now over a hundred riders from all over Oz, and it’s been going only 4 years, as well as being bike-specific. We’ll never be as big as yours, there just aren’t that many STs out there, but I hope we continue to have just as much fun!

  8. good to hear you have a lot of fun !!! keep it up !

  9. Oh I did not realise there was such a big group of you.. How amazing.. c

    • katechiconi says:

      Such fun to meet so many people from all walks of life with one common passion for a piece of engineering excellence. Which, incidentally, goes like a bat out of hell!

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