A huge thank you to Julian, The Motorbike Guru and Mick at MKR Engineering for giving my lawnmower a little, but much needed TLC. Suspension now set to my weight's specs, stand appropriately shortened, tyres checked, chain tensed, electric 12v cables fixed. For anyone in the GC, these two traders in Lawrence drive are worth it Much better than the Mc-chains of larger moto stores who treat your beastie like a mere number....
I got the call to pick hubby up after lunch, and just couldn't help myself.... I took one look at the tripod strapped to the luggage rack... and... well... up the mountain I went! Of course one HAS to feel the workmanship in motion once the bike's had work done on it.
Today's mountain was O'reillys in the Green Mountains, was a' hollering louder than the rest. From Nerang to Canungra, and up the Lamington National Park Road right to end of the line. It is interesting that I found it to be in much worse condition that I remembered it, where many sections of road is subsiding, splitting and rock walls of weathered basalt is falling frequently. Littered with cow pats in the lower sections and loose soil on the upper reaches of it. However, this place is magical regardless of the road conditions...
The soft afternoon light was making the treetops glow gold. Well apt for a Gold Coast advertisement - The Green and Gold. The Hinterland meets the beach. In a place where sunshine reigns, and temperatures are warm compared to Viccie or southern NSW. Ahhhhhh the Qld weather: can't get better than this! Veeery soothing to the soul.
From amazing sclerophyll rainforest, where the sun rays are trying to push through the thick canopy, where the vegetation grows right UP TO the asphalt edge, to the light that filters through the bends at lower altitude. It's all a play of light and dark through this road.
This was just what I may need; a re-introduction to my own local roads. Softly getting it into my head, that this magical carpet (bike) ride will come soon to an end.
For now, enjoying a puuuurfect bike, with a home cooked, dinner made with love! Oh, how I've missed home cooking while on the road!