This month I went to my first bike rally. Not something I would usually do, but a good friend had brought his bright yellow “beamer” (BMW) over for the weekend, and there was no escaping the inevitable: to the bike rally we must go! I was pretty excited actually. So this was the scene: a grumbly, grey day with persistent drizzle, yet the Waimate showgrounds were packed with tents, bikes, black-clad leather bike riders, bikes… and more bikes. There was free tea and coffee too!
The dazzling array of speed-machines, polished metal and paint jobs was really quite mind blowing.
Not bad for a first time bike rally, really.
There’s a river out of Eden, to a small town Towamba, right on the edge of South East Forests National Park. Not much there really, but by gum you’ll find yourself a wallaby, a wombat and a shy antechinus. Then there are the bower birds, kookaburras and rainbow lorikeets (all of which were moving too fast for capture on film)…
And of course my Jo-bro and co live here too…
Newcastle or “Newy” in New South Wales is a comfortable three hour train journey from Sydney central. It’s an interesting mix of industrial enterprise interspersed with beaches, pelicans, cappucino and classy red motorbikes.
My brother Sam lives there too. Here he is with his BMW bike.
Cruising round between coffee shops is an enjoyable way to see the sights. This morning coffee club in the suburbs provides plenty of leafy trees, and a good gathering place. The kids are conveniently congregated on a nearby trampoline.