And I am back at work, only a short break this year, which is a necessary shame. Ah well. I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year, and am having a longer break than me! Continue reading
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)
Sm bottle Jack
Phone and wallet
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
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.
Its just over a month since we went on holiday, and gods its gone so quickly.
After a fantastic breakfast at the Thredbo Resort Restaurant, we packed up and faced the -1°C temps on our way down the mountain. We were riding through cloud as well and it was foggy and freezing, but as always fun. We were also buoyed by the knowledge that is always warmer at the bottom!
I refuse to drive in Melbourne. Tram tracks and hook turns weird me out. I also refuse to drive in Sydney due to the generally kamikaze nature of Sydney drivers, and poor OH is stuck in the drivers seat with a hysterical, screaming passenger…..I am kidding a bit, its only gotten that bad once.
Today was spent getting reacquainted with Melbourne and its fantastic parts. We had drinks last night at The Croft Institute, which is a hospital themed bar hidden away near Chinatown. We wandered until we found dinner and then had the best sleep we had had in over a week.
An early start from Lorne, departing at 8 and planning to have breakfast at Apollo Bay, about 50km down the road. We cruised through the beautiful scenery, not rushing, just cruising and watching the beautiful ocean scenery.
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!
Race day! With a hang over! Woo! I should’ve have thought about that!
Seriously tho, it could have been worse. I didn’t have a headache that couldn’t be taken care of with some nurofen and not drinking meant money saved.
Too drunk, have some pictures. It was hot and there is a radio station playing guns and roses, stone temple pilots and metallica here on the island.