There you are, I’ve been lookin’ for you everywhere!
Gee you’re lookin’ well, ya been crook long?
Wadya mean your fine and been here the whole time.
It’s me that’s been M.I.A.?
OK. Guilty as charged.
I guess it has been a while since my last post hasn’t it. Three months in fact, almost to the day.
First off, thanks to those of you who emailed me asking about my well-being. I have to admit I was, and still am humbled by your inquires and well wishes. I had no idea a hiatus such as this would be the cause for concern.
I guess I should offer some explanation on how this blog deteriorated from a regular weekly post to nada so fast?
No, I haven’t been hibernating. I might be a bear at times, but it doesn’t get that cold in Brisbane during winter.
In fact as I write this, its 31°C (88°F) outside. So that’s not the reason.
There’s been no illness, no misfortune or accident either. Simply put, there’s been so much going in my life, I’ve hardly had any time to myself.
What with selling my mums place in Sydney and getting her re-settled in Brisbane, to kids moving out… or coming home, as the case may be. To yard work, painting the house , surgical procedures, car repairs after a dog attacked it… and real work… you know, the one thing you get paid to do.
I just haven’t had time; and when I do have time, I’m dead on my feet.
I’ve been so time poor I haven’t even been out on the bike for a real ride since January.
We all know riding to and from work doesn’t count, right?
In fact the first real ride I went on was on July 23 out to Cooyar, north-west of Brisbane. The Pillion and I headed out with some friends and covered about 350km (220 mi) that day, stopping in at the slide king, Garry McCoy, service station for a hamburger.
Sadly Garry wasn’t there, but the hamburger did it’s job and filled the hole under our noses nicely.
The ride up cleared away the cobwebs and the ride back was bliss.
Then, a couple of weeks ago The Pillion, The Bar Tender and I headed down to northern NSW.
We left at around 08:30 and didn’t get home until after 19:00.
It was a big day of riding. We covered 620km (385 mi), doing a loop from our home on Brisbane’s north side, down through Beaudesert, Woodenbong (love that name), Lismore and Ballina, where we stopped for lunch and live music at the Shawsie.
The trip home was a little less twisty with the only real challenge being over the Burringbar Range to Mooball and Murwillumbah. From there, we joined the Pacific Highway to Tweed Heads and rode north. That last bit was 134km (83 mi) of long, flat and boooring.
I’m still time poor, but I’m hoping over the next few months it will get easier. Starting on August 27, this weekend, I’m heading out to Morgan Park Raceway to watch the The Australian Superbikes. Something I haven’t done in a very long time.
After that, there’ll be more rides, maybe a weekend away or two, and of course a trip down to the Laverda Concours at Cleveland (not Ohio – QLD) in October.
As for returning to regular weekly posts?
I’ll have to see how that pans out. I guess I’m just going to have to make time.
After all, you know what they say: “All Work and no play…”
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