The night was hot and muggy and all through the house, was the sound of my snoring, gawd it sounds grouse! Then I woke up this morning and to my sheer surprise, the sun it was shining , not a cloud in the sky. So threw on the herman munsters and Zeddee and I fanged up to Maccas at McGrath's. Met up with Andrew West , GeorgeO , DrSleepy , wby 1 and Damo1974 . After playing gut roulette with a delightful mcsomeththing or rather, something resembling coffee we were good to go. Andrew West kindly led with GeorgeO TEC. Now DrSleepy had a grin like cheshire cat...his seeeeeexy Daytona was a delight to behold...he has found the ultimate way to keep mossie numbers low and beat the Aedes aegypti put a stop the ole Zika virus...Add one Daytona, plus one DrSleepy , a nice stretch of road at $1.50 ish and bingo problem solved. I am writing to Susan Ley as we speak So off up the Putty and everyone road beautifully. For me it was the first good ride in a month and the very first time I felt a sense of symbiosis with Zeddee. The ride felt fan-friggin-tastic, cornering was unreal and giddyup just great. I realised it was 8 weeks since I bought Zeddee AND 18 months since I rode a bike for the first time. And so onto Grey Gums...it was pretty quiet when we pulled in. Thank you sweet baby jesus all the sensible riders parked on the concrete slab...but stupid oldmaid thought, mmm that shade up the end near that gumtree looks mighty fine. So I fanged up, went to put the side stand down and it sank a good couple of inches, so I thought okay maybe if I turn and go over ... whoops fck me dead, down like a sack of shit in the sand. YAY I finally dropped Zeddee thank god! A monkey off my back. All these French scooter guys raced over to help the "damsel" not in distress. I wasn't proud but so relieved to have finally dropped the bike. Dirty and dusty but I managed to hit the kill switch as I rolled inelegantly out of the way...everyone helped heave Zeddee up. Thanks guys. Have a go at this mother of a sausage roll- more like a meat loaf or sausage wellington! GeorgeO u fortunately had to leave us here, so I went TEC. So after a food refuel or a fluid in and out, off to 10 mile. I was enjoying TEC until I came to a corner, saw three bikes on the side of the road, a guy over the other side of the fence...I thought fck, one of our guys has come off, a guy then went to cross the road in front of me...then I saw a banner against the rock face on my left, saying Keogh Photography. I was so mega pissed at them setting up on that spot I really gave that guy a spray! Stupid dumb arse fckers! So once my adrenalin dropped back to normal we all met up to fix up my flapping side mirror, a minor casualty from the play in Grey Gum sand pit and to repair Damo1974 's brake light. Andrew West and Damo1974 left us here. And then there were three. So we headed up to Broke. What a glorious ride! Everything is so green and creeks that would normally be dry as a nun's had a nice steady flow happening. The hint of sandstone escarpment against the brilliant blue sky, combined with the green leafy skyline was just so lovely. Then onto Wollombi. This was a great road but a little tight when a truck hurtled along on the other side of the road...ehhhhh har time. A quick liquid drop at the Wollombi pub and then onto Calga and the Old Pac. Then wby 1 had to head off so DrSleepy and I headed off to Estuary for a nice cuppa. Beautiful spot. A great ride and could be my very last ride in Sydney. I do love that ride up through Putty with the changing landscape and cooling canopy of trees but the Oxley, that is pretty special!