Rolling Thunder part 6: Get the motor running…

Head out on the highway / Lookin’ for adventure / And whatever comes our way…

I don’t think I was exactly Born to be Wild, but I couldn’t resist the lyrics in this instance. And yes, I admit it, I may be slightly reliving my lost youth…

thunder-and-lightningSo, we’re packed, and ready to go. I think Miss Scarlett looks rather handsome with her follower, don’t you? I still need to do some touch up work when we get back, but the job is good enough for this trip.

I’ll be checking in while we’re away, and there are bound to be some nice photos I can share with you. First stop Townsville for a day and a half, then on to Atherton in FNQ.

Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with a bit more Steppenwolf:

I like smoke and lightning / Heavy metal thunder / Racin’ with the wind. But observing the speed limit at all times, of course!


47 thoughts on “Rolling Thunder part 6: Get the motor running…

  1. Oh my gosh, now I’ve got that song in my head. When I think of you, that’ll be the soundtrack!

    • katechiconi says:

      Sorry, sorry! I didn’t mean to give you an ear-worm. I must admit, I’ve been singing bits of it at the top of my voice as we zoomed up the highway … We’ve made camp, and are settled in for the next couple of days.

    • katechiconi says:

      It does, and better still, it ran beautifully for the 4ookm or so to our first stop. The bike scarcely notices it’s there; starts are slightly slower, but once the whole thing’s rolling, it’s easy.

  2. Moira says:

    You did great on the paint job! Enjoy the road trip. =)

  3. Robin Murphy says:

    She looks very racy and ready to hit the highway. You have done a great job, have a wonderful holiday, can’t wait to see the photos. Got the hexies packed I hope.

  4. Paint job looks good… how many hours did it take in the end (including paint-buying time)?
    Hope you have fun and the back holds up to all the riding.

    • katechiconi says:

      Lots of unseemly hooting has already occurred, including full bore singing of the theme tune, and bike-dancing to accompany it! Tent is up, drink in hand, dinner just needs to be unearthed from the depths of the esky and nuked. It’s aaaaallll good!

  5. Debbierose says:

    That’s one sweet looking ride. Have a wonderful adventure, travel safely

  6. katechiconi says:

    It’s got off to a great start. Bike and trailer both performed immaculately, the weather’s perfect and we have a day of great rides planned for tomorrow 🙂

  7. tialys says:

    I don’t remember that last line in the song 😉 But do it anyway!
    Great job – the whole ensemble looks amazing.
    Have fun!

    • katechiconi says:

      So far, all speed limits are safe… We didn’t want to start the holiday with a speeding ticket 🙂 Day 1 has been lots of fun, tomorrow will be even better because we don’t have to be anywhere particular, and there are some spectacular rides around Townsville.

  8. EllaDee says:

    Wonderfully eye-catching. Enjoy your travels, they’re well earned ☺

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a smart little rig, and attracted a good bit of attention on the highway, especially from other bike riders! We got camp set up in an hour, had a lazy evening and a warm, damp night in Townsville. Meeting a fellow blogger this morning, then up the Paluma Range, Hervey’s Range and Castle Hill for some wiggly road work. Woo hoo!

  9. claire93 says:

    enjoy yourselves

  10. nanacathy2 says:

    Safe journey and back again. Have a fabulous time.

  11. You and your earworms! Thanks for taking me back to those carefree days 😉 The trailer looks great. Enjoy!

    • katechiconi says:

      Off and running…. Miss Scarlett doesn’t seem to really notice the trailer apart from at the lights; take-off’s a bit slower than without it, but the rest of the time she roars along oblivious.

      • Nice and stable! I’m guessing you drive Miss Scarlett about half the time on a long trip?

      • katechiconi says:

        Oh, if only… I’m a shortie, and when I’m on the seat, both feet are at least 6 inches off the ground. The Husband is happy about this, as he’s not a good passenger…

      • Oh no! Was he the biker first then? It’s the reverse here 🙂
        I used to be part of a motorcycle club in America, and one woman had a truly massive Honda Gold Wing. Her toes just barely touched the ground, but it never stopped her!

      • katechiconi says:

        No indeed, I’ve had my licence much longer, but I always rode lower bikes. Miss Scarlett is very tall, and I can’t even touch toes to the ground, and at 300+ kg, she’s too heavy to balance unless I can get both feet down. Also, GWs (aka land yachts) have electric ‘training wheels’ instead of centre stands, which come down when you’re stationary, saving the need to put feet down at all!

      • Did they have that feature back in the 80’s? It always looked like she was holding it up (barely).
        It looks like a friend is giving me his garage to store my Harley – and it will be a nice warm dry place I can work on her, finally.

      • katechiconi says:

        No, they probably didn’t… But actually, I prefer riding with the Husband, I find it more companionable, and he does help to keep the rain and bugs off me! Look forward to seeing photos of your girl on the blog when you finally manage to work on her!

  12. Conor Bofin says:

    Love how this has turned out.

  13. nettyg says:

    Oooh, woo hoo having fun! I hope you bring the scarlett rig when you come to visit me, you can race with the wind round here and stir up my neighours. Enjoy your adventure.

  14. Carole says:

    That looks brilliant! Hope you have an amazing time on your trip. I look forward to photos 🙂

  15. Oh you’re a wild one at heart! Enjoy, and drive safe. xx

    • katechiconi says:

      We’re very well behaved really! The Husband has a Dangerous Goods Vehicle licence, which requires him to have a clean regular licence, so there’s no wild behaviour on the road.

  16. rutigt says:

    Looking great! You´ll be a succés where ever you go! Have a nice trip!!

    • katechiconi says:

      The trailer has been worth its weight in gold so far, and we are camping in far greater comfort than would otherwise be possible. And the trip has been tremendous fun so far. Photos soon!

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