Well, it's back to an old passion for me. These past two years
I have had a few limitations caused by the rehabilitation of my
right knee. For sure, no sprinting and horses too became a bit too
risky and although learning to speak Italian is exciting I was desperate
to find some physical outlet other than the gym working on my knee!
I returned from Italy in December 2006 inspired once again by all
the Vespa's racing around and noticed a growing group of Vespa riders
here at home. I really started to get the itch to ride again. And,
then of course, I read the book and watched the DVD, The Long Way
Round” with Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman, and that was
that! I remembered everything I loved about my past days on a motorbike.
Having spent some part of the last 3 decades riding motorbikes
I thought a Vespa might be a PERFECT mode for satisfying the itch
and getting around my little north shore habitat. So, off I went
to buy my first Vespa. But150 kilometres later I knew two things:
I did not want a Vespa and I did want a motorbike so I was prepared
to trade it in.
I spent a month or so exploring the possibilities and really thinking
about the kind of riding I always loved doing and wanted to do again.
I met a lot of interesting people on this part of the journey. Of
course, the older I get and the more experiences I have the grander
my sense of what truly is adventurous and possible. I was dreaming
of doing something a little more exciting then riding out on Sunday
to the Windsor pub for coffee that I would have been quite excited
by when I was in my 20s.
In the end I settled on the BMW F650 GS for its ability to deal
well with both the sealed and unsealed roads I am likely going to
need to ride if I am ever to do something truly interesting. Right
now everything is interesting.
I have done a few fun road and off road courses and have been getting
myself into as many situations as my time allowed. My next Italy
trip was looming and with that a 3 month break in riding .. so I
looked for something to do on the way. That led me to book myself
to do a motorcycle tour of TURKEY for 21 days with Denise and Mike
Ferris of Ferris Wheels to lead into my next stay in Italy . The
tour starts on the 25 th of April with a 300k ride from Istanbul
to Gallipoli. I will visit the memorial the day after (for the sanity
of it) Anzac Day. Then it is down the coast and we're away for another
4000km. I always wanted to visit Turkey , and this will BE visiting
Turkey . I will be sharing this trip with 14 other Australians and
I think it will be a grand adventure. I can sleep when I get to
When I return home in July/August I promise I will update this
page with some photos from the trip.