Repost from MHRSF: Yet another night in Sydney

I had another blog that I used for a trip around Amsterdam, Germany and Prague, and that I used to start cataloguing my frequent stays in hotels. Sadly, I am also forgetful, and this blog went by the wayside after I got JAGOAM up. But, I rediscovered it the other day and feel as though this one belongs here as well.

So for my recent birthday the fabulous OH brought me tickets to see a Soundwave Sidewave starring Korn and Rob Zombie, bands I was mad about in my teens.  I’m young enough that they’re not scary to see on stage, but old enough that I wish I had been 18 in the late 90s to see them in their prime. Anywho, the gig was at the Big Top in Luna Park, a place immortal which I have never visited. I was very excited :) so it was off to Syd, taking the bikes the long way to expand upon the holiday feel. Out of Canberra down the Clyde to Batesman Bay, turning north up towards Nowra with the tyres sticky and the tail pack bobbing.  
Packing is minimalistic on a motorbike – you’re limited by available tie down points, weight and the gear you’re wearing, as you have to swing your leg over the extra tied on or do this funny hop shuffle highkick in tight pants and knee high boots (not as cute as it sounds.  And cue mega upset when u drag your heel over your tank and mark the paint) and that’s how I get on my bike with the tail pack on. Marks on paint from this trip = 1. Not bad. So in my tiny 13l tail pack for an over night trip to a metal concert is…..
2x shirts (1 concert 1 tomorrow)
1x cargo shorts (cos fuck handbags in a mosh pit)
1x sm toiletries bag (eyemakeup and remover, shampoo/conditioner, brushes, hairspray, moisturiser, some other shit) 
Phone chargers
Sm bottle Jack
Contacts
Glasses
Phone and wallet
Spare etcs
Tshirt for OH.
That’s a lot squished into that tiny bag, but it does a great job.

OH had in his tail pack:
My doc martins
His New Rock boots
Cargo shorts
T shirt.  I think I had the better pack lol.

So, good run, some traffic, first syd tunnel by bike and the omgthatssofuckinggorgeousness of riding over the Harbour Bridge. Loved it.

Checked into our hotel in Milsons Point, who were initially confused by the concept of parking 2 motorcycles in one carpark, but warmed to the idea. Parked the bikes, unloaded and then up to our room with its lovely view of the slummy building next door. Facilities were typical for Sydney, basic with a premium price. Ce la vie. The bathroom was especially cramped, and it appears as though there must still be water restrictions – its been years since I’ve had a shower with pressure in Sydney. And this was one of the worst – lovely big rain maker shower head, but a watering can pushes the water out harder. Urgh.

However, the bed was comfy, the room was clean and the hotel was quiet. No funky smells. 

The concert was amazing, but my feet are summer adjusted and my docs just ate them, to the point D carried them back to the hotel and I ruined my socks.  My feet still hurt :/

Home was via the busy George St and out to the beautiful Royal National Park and Seacliffe Bridge. Gorgeous riding roads. 

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I stole this from Google, as I was too busy riding it to stop and take a photo. IIRC I di have some photos from Stanwell Tops. If I find them I’ll share them.

We’re going home from the Island! (Day 6)

This morning we packed up, said goodbye to our friends, and departed Phillip Island, at about the same time as half the people who were leaving today. It was busy! We opted to try and get to Grantville for breakfast, but found a service station which had a McDonald’s attached that would do…..and so did half the people who left the island at the same time. At least it meant the food was fresh, and the coffee was surprisingly good!
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