Finally got my ride this weekend with dad up Bells Line of Rd to Lithgow then Mt vic home down the GW Highway, but what an adventure. Left home & weather was fine but as we left Richmond the wind started to blow through. By the time we were travelling down Bell which I have been waiting to do for weeks the wind was ferocious & really got my attention. Being on my l's this ride was part of my education but even dad didn't expect it to be that bad. Anyway, I struggled to keep the bike on the right side of the road & upright on some occassions. Had 3 moments where a spare pair of undies would've come in handy, but as you do you hang on take adeep breathe & do your best. Must admit having dad with me did make a difference to my confidence. Did my best to stay at speed just to get through the wind. However the worst moment was merging from the left lane coming down through some twisties into a another left hander & a truck which was quite some way back when I put my indicator on all of a sudden hit turbo boost & ran me off the road into the gravel on the left right next to the white post markings . He clearly had no intention of slowing down & did not hesitate to try & run dad off as well. Dad having over 55 years experience on 2 wheels held his line & the truck slowed down. Thankfully the cars behind the truck could see the situation & were more than accomodating in letting me back onto the road. When we reached Lithgow Maccas where we needed to defrost (my hands were numb from cold) we re capped on our adventure over a hot coffee - well deserved if you ask me. I can say I certainly learnt quite a few things on my ride & having your absolute wits about you in all situations is one of them. Definately a ride I will do again to gain further experience but never on my own. Will always make sure I have a buddy with me. To you truck drivers on line that ride, it is the cowboys out there that give you a bad name not those of you who have respect for other driver/riders & I thank you for your patience.