Last week I decided to jump on the bike and visit a mate in Melbourne who's having a health battle and needed cheering up. After 6 hours of rain I stayed in Canberra overnight at my brothers and then rode back across to the Hume and headed down to Melbourne the next day where normally I would continue through to Gippsland and then ride across. The Hume is the most boring and ass numbing ride imaginable , this is where we thank Steve Jobs for the iPod! I was riding with my tinted visor on the helmet I use on the CBR and had the clear packed in the Police Radio box along with the puncture kit and tools etc that are unlikely to be used. After several work related distractions that required lengthy stops at the side of the motorway to resolve I finally jammed the damn phone in the glove box and got on with my ride. The bad part being that I arrived at the outskirts of Melbourne on dusk and had to unpack the bike to swap visors! It then proceeded to rain so I could enjoy the slick tram tracks and poor Melbourne drivers. To add to that my GPS had accidently turned itself on somewhere down the Hume when I stuffed the phone ontop of it, with the charging lead buried (yes with the tools) I anxiously watched it flashing low battery as I navigated my way through the peak our traffic on a bike the size of a small car and with multiple closed roads and unsigned detours near my Richmond destination. Not the ideal finish for a trip! Luckily the return trip was a lot mote relaxing, I headed from Melbourne to Sale with my newly purchase Shoei Hornet to overnight at my mates empty house and then had a gentle and scenic ride back to Canberra with several stops for photos and rest breaks. The following day I arranged to drop in at my cousins in Goulburn for morning tea and convinced my brother to ride along on his new Honda NC700Sa which he bought a couple of months ago to re-enter riding after a 20 year absents. Played tail gunner whist he got back in the swing (only his second time on the bike) and by the time we arrived he was sweet. After a nice catch up he headed back to Canberra which from his email was an eventful ride lol, whilst I headed back to the Tilligerry Peninsula. The only issue on that was on Pennant Hills road when navigating to the F3 freeway (I refuse to call it the M1) when the NSW Police decided to close off lanes for there typical poorly planned games. This backed up traffic to a standstill on Easter Friday so I stopped at the Maccas to relax and had a nice chat with a member of the Veterans motorcycle club. After about 45min it was clear and then a quick 2.5hours home. It was a good trip but highlighted that I need to get the BMW's seat rebuilt! I actually took one of my mates cushions and put it under my seat cover. The new helmet was fantastic and suited the riding on the upright seating of the BMW and allowed the visor to be open to let air in when using armoured safety glasses. I have attached an array of photos which shows the seclusion on the trip and some of the stops. Sorry for the long winded explanation.