(Newcastle to Port Macquarie)
Another very windy morning to start the day off. But much later than the previous day. Glorious sleep in!
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Today I was excited because DrSleepy offered his services to be the local riding tour guide to showcase the north of his 'backyard'. To have yet another day of touring with cool company is a privilege.
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So off we took northwards along the Bucketts Way to Gloescester. A relaxing ride absorbing all the gently rolling hills, farms and tiny towns with brick throwing competitions & weekend car boot swap meets. Through this stretch DrSleepy got to see my real "suave" method for taking photos & how trial & error it actually really is... With me disappearing into long grass on batters or road ditches trying to take the shots. He also got to see how just simply parking the bike is an art form for the more-than-short rider, or how exact passing vehicles on the lawnmower is.... What ever the case, he was a complete tease when passing cars on his Daytona without any effort. Even was cheeky enough to run it in by "wagging" his Daytona tail! How rude!
None the less, we still managed some nice shots of the intermittent sun & semi cloudy skies & had a fun time.
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We pressed on towards Nabiac to go see another of Australia's must see biker's destination: The Australian Motorcycle Museum!!
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So. Many. Friggin. Bikes!!! More than a 1000 jammed packed into the museum. From all rolls of life & by-gone eras to the modern bikes of today. From humble beginnings where today's blenders have more horsepower than some of the earlier bikes, to the powerful beasties of today...
Typical male, DrSleepy just HAD to check the museum's BIG bike's chain tension & once inside had his tongue hanging out, drooling over everything.
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$$$ worth spent for a couple of hours of sheer amazement at the mechanics, history and beginnings of motorcycling. This is a must for every motorcyclist to see.
Each bike in the museum, just like every NetRider on the forum, has their story. Their charm. Their personality & a contribution to the overall collective. Without this variety, it would be a sad story indeed.
A bike that caught my attention was one tucked away on the far shed, plastered with old stickers (much like sjmho 's bike) & a basket with photo albums. As it turned out, the owner is now someone I can relate to and I admire. The albums were her "blog" - THIS is how you used to blog!!!
You never know where you'll get inspiration from.
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After a wonderful arvo, it was time for goodbyes; quite poetic with both riders taking opposing directions of an intersection: DrSleepy taking the south road & me, the north.
A day, isn't a day unless I get to see a BIG item, so swung by Taree for the famous Giant Oyster !! Wow it was ugly! Lol
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Port MacQuarie is where I'll call home for the next few days.
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