On the road again, part 1

So, Day 1 was 410kms/255 miles of solid highway riding with a few breaks to unkink.

That night, we rolled into our campsite at 5pm and were set up by 6pm, just in time to sit down to a well-deserved drink.

townsville-camp

Next day, we’d arranged to meet up in the morning with another Kate, of Manic Mumdays blogging fame. I really enjoy meeting fellow bloggers, and Kate was no exception. She’s the 5th blogging friend I’ve met in person, and I find the experience is just as rewarding each time. Half the fun is in meeting people life would never turn up otherwise 🙂

with-manic-mum-kate

Townsville was scorching hot that day, as you can see from the photos below. The first is an image I’ve stitched together from two photos. Townsville is on Rose Bay, and the city is dominated by Castle Hill, a volcanic plug nearly 300m/984ft high. You reach it by a winding road which is bliss to all motorbike riders, and the view from the top is spectacular. Out there in the bay is Magnetic Island, so called because it sends all compasses wild; they point to it, instead of magnetic north.

magnetic-island-from-castle-hill

After Castle Hill, we headed out of town to Mt Stuart, another mini mountain 0f nearly 600m/1,960ft high, reached by a wonderful winding road. This one has TV and radio transmitters on the top, and provides very much the same view as Castle Hill, but higher, wilder and further inland. In the foreground, you see Laverack Barracks, then the Bruce Highway heading north, then the city, then Castle Hill and finally, Rose Bay and Magnetic Island.

rose-bay-from-mt-stuart

The next morning, we were up early, packed up and were away by 9am. But that’s a story for another day!

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22 thoughts on “On the road again, part 1

  1. tialys says:

    A great start to your trip. You must be spoilt for photo opportunities. You and the Lord of Chiconia look radiantly happy – lovely smiley faces 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      We are have a whale of a good time! Camping is fun so long as the bed is comfy, I find, and ours definitely is. Just wait till you see tomorrow’s post; tropical gorgeousness!

  2. anne54 says:

    Great that you could meet up with another Kate. I have fond memories of the time we met up, so I know what a pleasure it is. Have fun on your travels, especially the warmth and sunshine! Don’t forget to include a photo of the trailer on the road too 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ll try to remember one when we pack up and hitch up the trailer to head back south again. It rained last night, so everything is rather soggy. Hope it all dries before we have to pack the tent!

  3. The bike and you both look great! Travel well!

  4. claire93 says:

    friends to meet, beautiful scenery to enjoy along the way! what more could a traveller ask for?

    • katechiconi says:

      Don’t forget the exhilaration of riding the bike and being closer to nature than in a car – I can smell every flowering tree and bush we pass, instead of whizzing past in a closed box.

  5. lucyannluna says:

    Those views look fantastic, have a safe trip.

    • katechiconi says:

      The views up here in Far North Queensland are spectacular. We’re staying high up on the Atherton Tableland, and to get to the coast, you descend down winding roads through the rain-forested mountains till you emerge with the brilliant turquoise sea in front of you. Sooooo lovely!

  6. so fun to see the pictures of you, and I’m so glad you’re even able to go. A few months ago, pre- and post-surgery, I expect you might have wondered if it was possible. Hugs, and have fun!

    • katechiconi says:

      If I’m totally honest, I’m not pain free by any stretch, but I can stay on top of it with medication, and the glories of the trip make it all totally worthwhile. I’m glad to be doing it while I still can!

  7. manicmumdays says:

    It was so great to meet you guys!! 🙂
    We’ve had some lovely rain today so it might even be greening up by the time you pass back thru … (Kind cropping on that pic 😉 heehee)

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s rained all night in Atherton, and still is! Out with the wet weather gear… We’re debating where to ride today, as the roads will be slippery. I think we’ll treat ourselves to a motel or cabin on the way home, rather than pitching the tent for just one night! It was so great to meet you too, and I hope we can do it again next time we pass through, even if we’re just coming to say hello to you at work!

  8. Kate – who actually rides this bike? 🙂 🙂 Enjoy your holidays.

    • katechiconi says:

      The Husband is in the Pilot’s seat, and I’m the Navigator and Quartermaster, being too short to ride her myself. You can see he’s nearly a foot taller than I am…:-)

  9. Lynda says:

    Kate, it’s been a really long time since Bob and I went camping. You two look like you are having so much fun! (I’m reading back in time again.) And yes, meeting up with blogging friends is always fun! 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      We’re both aware we are no longer as young and flexible as we used to be, so sleeping on the ground in a tiny tent is a no-no. Hence the large tent, luxurious double bed with deep inflatable mattress, proper pillows and sheets – and of course, quilts! We’ve treated ourselves to comfortable camping chairs that fold down to nothing, and of course, fans and lights! Much more glamping than camping, but at least we haven’t brought a TV or sound system along, unlike many others!

      • Lynda says:

        LOL! NO! When camping you need to be comfortable at our age and you need to tune in to nature… otherwise just stay home. Right? 😀

      • katechiconi says:

        Exactly. We had peaceful evenings talking, listening to the birds and sounds of the night, deciding that loud rustling was a brush turkey, smelling the scent of the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow flowers as new ones opened at night. That stuff…

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