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A Visit To My Therapist


Last century I worked at a place at the northern end of the Queensland Gold Coast. It was a 140 km (85 mile) round trip from my home on the south side of Brisbane, and consisted of about 15 minutes worth of suburban back streets and 35 minutes on a straight, boring, piece of highway with a 100 km/h (60 mph) speed limit.

The upshot of working at that place, was that I usually knocked off at 14:00 on a Friday, which allowed me to visit my therapist on the way home.

I was thinking about this the other day, and on a whim I asked the “Pillion-In-A-Million” (Not to be confused with “My Pillion”) if she would like to join me on a trip to see my therapist. She gave me a funny look, but as I had told her I was taking the bike and we could stop for a coffee on the way home she agreed to come along for the ride.

I guess I should have told her that my “therapist” was a 350km (220 mile) round trip that would take in the Gold Coast Hinterland and some of its more challenging roads. Roads that are steep, rough in places, and have hair-pin turns with no guard railing to catch you if you stuff up.

As with all challenging roads, there are scenic lookouts and places of interest along the way. One of these places is The Natural Arch, a place I knew was on the Pillion-In-A-Million’s bucket list.

I’ll let the photos tell the story…



The road ahead…


Love these old bridges but treat them with respect.


Some sections of road are really narrow and have steep drop offs on one side and falling rocks the other


Yes that’s an out-house in the distance!


I don’t usually like fish-eye effects but this looks awesome


Out of the twisties…


Natural Arch Reserve. Some people call it the Natural Bridge


Take the path less traveled


The walk is a little over 1km (1/2 mile) long and will take about an hour at a leisurely pace


Ah the serenity


The Natural Arch


Inside the Natural Arch


Stairway to heaven?


Panorama inside the Natural Arch. I love my phone for this


What, more stairs!?


A flat bit at last


Two Pines Cafe.


Pillion-In-A- MIllion


Inside the cafe

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 preset

Upper Beechmont


Upper Beechmont hang-gliding and para-gliding launch pad panorama



9 responses

  1. Wow, what a great road and truly beautiful place. No wonder it’s your therapist. Ahhhh summer…forecast here calls for 30+ cm of snow tomorrow night…on top of the 100 or so cm already on the ground…


    January 3, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    • Thanks for the comment.

      Seems like a world of extremes, you have snow and we are gearing up for temperatures in the mid 40’s (113F) along the coast this weekend. That with sub tropical humidity will make it interesting riding weather 😉


      January 3, 2014 at 7:59 AM

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  3. Love this post. You truly live in one of the amazing places on this planet! Gorgeous scenery. I love that you call the road your “therapist”. I think I’m going to have to steal that! ;D


    February 17, 2014 at 5:17 AM

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