*Warning a skippy was harmed in the making of this post*
**Disclaimer; the blogger is going to rant a bit in this post**
I can safely say that there is now a 3rd thing I hate about Victoria.
1. Ridiculous weather.
2. Melbourne Traffic.
3. Suicidal skippies....
Today started out as a gloriously un-rainy Melbournean day. Very crisp, very foggy. Without heated grips I resorted to desperate measures.... a hot water bottle down my top! It felt like I was pregnant, and also made me look more like an ompa loompa that ever.... but by god, was it brilliant!!
Headed into Wilsons Prom before all the throngs of day tripper cars got there. I was following oh-master of morning photography Nosoh and shadowing his every move, and drooling over every landscape, corner and vista.
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All was going well, until just after the Mt Oberon turn off when not faster than 60km/hr out came killer skippy. Only 3 metres in front of my the f#c1%^ hoppy decided to jump out the shrub and hug me.
This was my conversation for the next few seconds;
It's truly amazing HOW much goes through your head in such a short time. How aware you actually are, but how not aware you remember things. And no, your life doesn't flash before your mind's eye.
- I'm f#ck3&.
- DON"T swerve, hit it straight on.
- If you so feel you wish to try as usesless at is will be, is do an emergency braking.
- Oh look, it did feel like a speed bump!
- Oh bugger, I'm doing the starfish on ashpalt into the oncoming side of the road.
- Oh look! I can see my bike overtake me making sparks!
- Don't roll, keep you head up.
- Bugger. I'm rolling (I don't want to damage the helmet and Sena - they're friggin expensive!!).
- Get off the road, get off the road.
- Turn the bike off. Turn the bike off.
- Get it off the road, get it off the road.
- Get the skippy off the road. Get the skippy off the road.
- Check to see if skippy is alive.
- Oh, I hope Nosoh isn't crapp1ng his pants at seeing the stack....
I'm sorry Vic, I've decreased your skippy population by one (and I feel terrible about it).
I was over the moon about my orange lawnmower turning on and working after such a road smooch. I was most surprised though simply HOW MUCH the thing can slide along the road!! wow. And this was only at about 60km/hr. I can now imagine what some of the motoGP riders feel like when they're hurtling down on the gravel pits.
You don't think about the stack itself. You just focus on taking steps to get yourself out of the immediate situation so you're not in any further danger of oncoming vehicles. What steps you need to tak next to minimise damage and of course, you generally are more worried about the bike than yourself! lol
Even though the day started out in an 'interesting' note; It was still a nice rest of the day making the best of the more sedate ride back towards Melbs. May as well make the best of it!! Got to see some of the nice green rolling GIppsland hills it's famous for and also see a big cock (The BIG pheasant) to end the day. I guess it was quite fitting !
I am forever grateful for Nosoh's company & help with the lawnmower, and also helping me keep the day in a light manner and inkeeping with humour. Like I keep saying - beautiful landscapes is one thing; but it's usually the rider's company that goes along for the adventure that makes it more memorable.
Needless to say too - ALWAYS GET GOOD QUALITY SAFETY RIDING GEAR. Because it will save your skin!!!
(I don't however recommend using a hot water bottle down your top as an 'air bag', but i'm SO glad it didn't bust on me!) hahah
I now don't know exactly what's going to happen in regards to repairs to the bike, although it was mostly superficial, there's enough that it could potentially be written off and there goes the rest of me 'tour' of Aust.... i'm hopping things will be a bit cleared on Monday when the lawnmower gets assessed by KTM.
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I Watch this space....