Today I was going to get to meet up with one of Brisbane's known mentors, Colonel Coleman & his red rocket of a play bike. How exciting!
I was so excited that I wet my pants... well...the rain on the way to the meeting point and me forgetting my wets did help that particular situation... but not sure what contributed the most.
Soggy moggy or not, finally managed to meet the Coronel for a short lunch at Cafe Metz, Canungra before we took off up towards O'reillys. Prob the best road to test my new rubbers on since it's one of the most technical roads in the surrounding area - From Metzelers M5s to Continentals Trail Attack 2s. What a change! I guess that's exactly what it was - a change. The Contis are better in some aspects to the M5s but in others lacking - such as grip in the wet as the M5s. I found this tid bit of info in a particularly tight corner with a rather pronounced camber going downhill. Slight pucker moment, so I can safely say now I've tested the tyres well now
To add to the 'testing' conditions, the clouds rolled in with plenty of rain, fog also rolled in, and the pretty-faced wallabies decided to come out later in the ride. Fun ride! With such drab, grey & drizzly weather, water flowing over the road in little rivulets, there were only a couple of other riders out and about - kinda reminded me of Victoria weather minus the plummeting temps!
The cafe at the top of the mt had a t-shirt that reminded me of Andrew West ... since his shirts seem to have the same quick wit was he has.
Just as more fog and more rain settled in, we settled undercover with a drink and CC patiently answered my steady stream of Qs - technical to racing to riding experiences, the works. Gave him a small taste of the Spanish inquisition. At the very least, with the bit of info glimpsed, I'm looking more and more forward to experience what is a 'track day', soon to come.
Unfortunately due to much precipitation I wasn't able to take many photos of today's mountain jaunt but I least I took a couple just to appease those NRs who pipe up with "picts or it didn't happen!".
If there's two things that were cemented further in my belief system is: a) mentors are a must , & b) motorcycling - you never stop learning!