Road Trip!

It’s time to test my repaired knee…

Tomorrow morning we’re setting off for a road trip with Miss Scarlett the motorbike and Rolling Thunder the trailer. It’s the first big trip I’ve done for ages, and more specifically since I had my knee arthroscopy. There’s only one way to find up if it’ll stand up to three days on the motorbike, and that’s to do it.

The trailer is mostly packed. We don’t actually need it since we’re not camping, but since the advent of the caravan we’ve become accustomed to travelling in a certain style, and with more of the comforts of home than before. So the trailer will carry the coffee machine and milk frother, and a much bigger than usual bag of gear, and food and tools, and a quilt… well, you get the idea. Plus, it’s a smart and good-looking setup, and Miss Scarlett doesn’t object to pulling a trailer at all.

Day 1, Friday, we’ll do about 560kms, and stay overnight at Monto. There’s not a whole lot there, so we’ll be staying at the Albert Hotel, a big old colonial style pub with accommodation upstairs along a wide veranda with wrought iron railings. It’s basic, but hopefully it’ll be comfortable.Β  Monto will be noticeably colder than it is at home, hence the quilt, just in case. Day 2 we’ll head 250kms south again, to catch up with fellow bike-club members at Goomeri, another little south-east Queensland town, but one with a fabulous bakery and cafΓ©. They’re all coming up from Brisbane and other parts of south-east Queensland. It’s not what you’d call halfway, but it’s only us coming down from the north, so it makes sense not to make everyone else travel further, and they can get there in a few hours on Saturday morning. It’s what the club calls a Ride to Eat, where eating provides the excuse to climb on the bike for a ride! And after a cup of coffee and a pie or a cake, we’ll turn around and go back to Monto.

And then on Day 3, we’ll point ourselves north and head for home. You do stuff like that when you have a big, beautiful bike to ride, the weather is sunny but cool, there’s beautiful countryside to ride around and friends to catch up with. We’ll be tired at the end, but the Husband has one more day off before he has to go back to work, so we’ll take advantage of that to have a lie-in and then clear up.

Who knows how long we’ll both be physically up to these long distance trips? It makes sense to have maximum fun while we still can. πŸ™‚Β Β 


54 thoughts on “Road Trip!

  1. manicmumdays says:

    Sounds like a nice little trip to test your knee! I quite like Monto, you will definitely need that quilt if memory serves! Tho hopefully they’d have sufficient warmth for their visitors …
    Never heard of Goomeri, hope to hear all about it when you’re done πŸ™‚
    Safe travels and have fun!!

  2. claire93 says:

    have a safe & fun trip!

  3. Love that you’re traveling with coffee machine and milk frother!

  4. kathyreeves says:

    Safe travels and lotta of good fun and conversation with your crew!

  5. Emmely says:

    Enjoy your trip!

  6. jmcheney says:

    Though I’ve never been on a motor bike or ever aspired to, I do admire your traveling style~ coffee machine, milk frother, quilt, etc. And oh yes, destination fabulous bakery! The good food I find along the way & the special places I find it are very important & memorable travel milestones for me. A friend once told me he could never remember what he’d eaten in his world travels. The Poor Poor Thing! Have a fun, lovely & safe trip down to that bakery & back.

    • katechiconi says:

      Once you get past a certain age, travelling in style becomes more important. I can’t sleep on the floor any more, and I simply can’t face the day without my coffee heart-starter. Like you, I can’t understand those who travel without remembering the food milestones πŸ™‚

  7. Enjoy! It looks like a fun time away.

  8. You’ll get no argument from me about having fun while you can. It sounds great πŸ™‚ Watch that knee, Mrs, and don’t do any dancing on tables….

  9. dayphoto says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! You have a great time!!!

  10. Sarah Doty says:

    That sounds like so much fun! Be safe!

  11. I LOVE road trips! This one sounds wonderful:). I have never tried a trip on a motorcycle though. How do visit as go along?

    • katechiconi says:

      If you ever do, make sure it’s a big, comfortable one – what we like to call a ‘land-yacht’. A tourer rather than a cruiser or sports bike. We both have rather high tech helmets with wireless intercom, so we can chat, take phone calls, hear the satnav directions, or in the Husband’s case, listen to music or a talking book.

  12. nanacathy2 says:

    I hope you have a simply marvellous time. It maybe a long way for a bite to eat but it sounds such fun.
    We too travel in style, extra bedding, a fan heater, bathroom plugs, I even take my own bathmat! We have taken cafeterias but never a frother.
    Lady you have style.
    Enjoy your weekend and safe journey.

  13. magpiesue says:

    I hope the trip is as wonderful as it sounds – or even better! Here’s to the knee holding up for the duration too. Miss Scarlett and her bustle do make a pretty picture!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a good looking set up, and certainly turns some heads on the highway. I think the knee will be OK; we had a trial ride the other day and nothing was screaming, so I have high hopes.

  14. tialys says:

    Being insistent on the maximum possible luxury when I go on holiday I only take a capsule wardrobe, passport and credit card with me. For the most part, drinks and food must be prepared and served to me by somebody else. (what a diva!)
    However, I do like the look of Miss Scarlett and, if your knee (or bum) get sore, perhaps you could elbow all the provisions out of the way and prop yourself up on cushions in Rolling Thunder and be towed along like the Queen of Sheba. You might get a bit of wind burn though.
    Have a great time.

  15. Great roadtrip. A bakery is a fine place to meet up indeed but the journey on a bike is the destination!

  16. anne54 says:

    What a fun trip! Many moons ago I did some travels as pillion on a motor bike, and loved it. There is an immediacy with the world that you don’t get in a car. I hope the weather is kind to you, and you don’t get the immediacy of rainy weather! Looking forward to the photos.

  17. Dimitrios Karvelis says:

    I love road trip with my moto πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹, where’s your next road trip??

  18. rutigt says:

    I guess you are on your way home now! I hope you had a wonderful trip on your bike!!!!!!

  19. nettyg says:

    Bet you had fun at Goomeri, I LOVE that bakery. And Monto is….interesting:) We used to do similar things when I lived in Wilcannia, decide at some odd time of night we (usually nurses + me) absolutely had to have pizza, so we’d drive 3 hrs to Broken Hill, meet friends, have our pizza and a beer and drive back. Life’s too short. How’s your knee?

    • katechiconi says:

      Isn’t it smashing? And they’re so lovely in there: I rang during the week to ask for something particular, and they had it ready and waiting for me. The Albert Hotel in Monto is quirky, huge, serves generous good plain cooking, and the landlord is a Mackay bloke, so we enjoyed ourselves, and wouldn’t hesitate to go back. John worked in Monto for a couple of years back in the 80s, so he enjoys visiting for a nostalgia trip! The knee survived the 1640km round trip very well πŸ™‚

  20. Have fun! Love the coffee machine packing, tops idea.

  21. Lynda says:

    Milk frother? Bean grinder? For a short trip of only a few days I would have ground the coffee beans before I left. Well, actually, I am that lazy at home too. I grind up three to four days worth and store it in a small apothecary jar. Frothed milk at home? Never. But it sounds delightful and is worth investigating!

    Waiting for pictures! Hope you’ve had a successful (read non painful) ride. It sounds so fun!

    • Lynda says:

      PS: True confession, I do carry my own mini coffee maker when I travel. The thought of X amount of other people using it before me is beyond my comfort level.

    • katechiconi says:

      I just find the freshly ground taste so much nicer… It’s a small grinder, about the size of a 16oz cup, and the milk frother is an insulated jug with a lid, a heating element in the bottom, a small motor, and a magnetised doohickey inside the jug that whizzes around and puts a froth on the milk while it heats it.
      It was a good trip, not totally pain free, but great to get out, stretch Miss Scarlett’s legs and catch up with friends. Post soon!

  22. Coffee machine! Woooow!
    Safe trip!
    Check out our blog if you like, Germany to India. No coffee maker though 😦

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s the little things that make a trip fabulous rather than just great, and coffee is one thing we just can’t compromise on. If we’re camping, we take a little Italian stovetop percolator, and use it on the camping stove. Your trip is on a whole different scale to ours!

  23. simonroma says:

    Travelling by bike is one of the most complete experiences known to man, or to me anyway. I love travelling in Europe and with my bikes I have been down to southern Spain for a few days with my daughter, explored alot of Italy with my lady and I travel several times a year to and from Cambridge and Rome by bike or van depending on the weather.
    Travel expands the mind and the bike does it best. Thanks!!

    • katechiconi says:

      On the bike, I like the immediacy of everything around you on the road, so much more interesting than being stuck in a box on wheels. Mind you, I enjoy our car and caravan trips too, as it gives us an opportunity to explore this amazing country of ours in a slightly less gruelling way than on the bike. I’m just not up to day after day of 500-700km runs any more…

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