I’m Grrrrty. In December 2012 I was given an astonishing award that lets me follow my dreams for two years. As part of this journey, in November 2013 I got my motorbike Learner’s permit, and two days later bought a BMW G650GS.
My bike is beautiful. She weighs in at 192 kilos and runs like a dream. She has factory-lowered suspension so I can touch the ground on tip-toes (I’m 5’3″ / 161cm). I dropped her 9 times (while barely moving) before I worked out the dynamics, but now she handles like she’s part of me. On the first day I rode her 100km – at first tentatively, around and around the carpark and then the circuit at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne, where I live… then I headed down Beach Road to Mordialloc, then back through the city at night, behind the Etihad stadium and over Wurrundjeri way. It was exhilarating. As I mapped what I’d learnt to my lovely beast of a Beemer, I knew it was a match made in heaven… all I needed to do, was to ride.
As I write this, it’s August 2013. I have my licence now, and I’ve ridden almost 13,000km – around Tasmania, along the Great Alpine Road / the Victorian High Country, and the Alpine Way (NSW and ACT), up and over Black Spur and Reefton Spur, around the Dandenong Ranges, the Strzelecki Range, South and East Gippsland, and along the Great Ocean Road as far as Lorne. Now I’m ready to ride around Australia. That’s the tale that this blog will tell.
I’ll leave here my thoughts and images as I ride around our astonishing, multi-faceted land. I want to discover my country – it’s people, it’s geography, its many ways of life – and I want to share it with you. I hope you enjoy.