Have You Got the Balls

Have You Got the Balls

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Melbourne to Foster

 
 Well the ride got underway, at long last from St Kilda Melbourne late in the day. I spent a whole day trying to rig up a luggage rack, but without any electrical power tools I gave up and packed a back pack and set off.
The bike parked at St Kilda library
 
 I rode the late afternoon sunshine and arrived at Mount Eliza and as the sun was about to set I stopped there for the night at the sports ground pavilion. It was a clear and cold night and I settled down early after a beer and a couple of glasses of wine. I was lucky to catch the international space centre fly across the sky before watching a partial eclipse of the moon. I slept on the benches which were most uncomfortable and were exposed to a chill wind which had me woken many times before three Celtic FC supporters woke me properly with chanting and a game of football in the dark at 12.30.
 


The beach at Mount Eliza

 
 The following morning started off chilly and I had to ride fairly slow as I made my way down the Mornington Peninsular. There seemed to be a heavy fog out over the bay and I was hoping the weather would warm up soon. It never reached any height at all during the morning as I headed around the peninsular to Flinders
Fog over the bay




Flinders


Flinders beach to the north
I headed for the ferry at Stone Point after discussing it with the Information people at Flinders and received my first shock when the main tank ran out of fuel so early and I was left with only twenty kilometres reserve tank. There is a distinct lack of petrol stations down here and my reserve just got me to within a hundered meters from a station. I had asked information regards a ferry to Philips Island and they tried to ascertain information for me without success, so I headed down to Stoney Point only to find that it was foot passenger only. So off for a monotonous ride around the bay
Looking across to Phillips Island


Arriving at San Remo and the Bridge to Philips Island

The old church at San Remo
I set off for a tour of the island and I was desperate to take a photo of Rhyll as I spend a lot of time at my friends near it's namesake in North Wales in the UK. I have to say this was much nicer. Then off to Cowes before heading out to the tip of the island. I had hoped to view the penguins parade at sunset, but was dismayed to find that you had to pay and could not take pictures. I decided to watch the human parade that occurs just before the penguins . Happens every night too and it's free.
Rhyll and not at all like the One I know in Wales

I arrived at the end of the island and went onto reserve tank again. My calculations meant that I had enough to reach San Remo where I knew there was a gas station, but any deviations from the main road was out of the question. San Remo was pleasant and I found a spot under the canopy that covers a picnic table. This was a pattern I continued with through out the journey, especially after being told that the BBQ heaters were free. I was even told that you could boil water for a cuppa with a flat pan or tin.






 

The coast line from San Remo to Inverloch was very beautiful and I was fortunate to have really good weather as I ventured on to Wilsons Promontory





Monday, 7 April 2014

And Finally.....

At long last, the long wait is over. On Thursday the bike will be registered with a promised sale after the ride ends. 
Six weeks to ride the coast to Brisbane and back around the mountains to Melbourne.
Need to start looking for a jacket as the weather is turning down this Southern end of Australia

Monday, 24 March 2014

I'm Just the Jockey

I have had enough reasons to quit Australia, with two thefts, including my passport which has complicated the acquisition of the bike and then the death of my brother in the Philippines. However there are some people that won't let you quit and will step in so that I won't leave here without realising at least part of the ride.

Two people or one person and a band of four have helped me no end in achieving part of my planned ride. One of those is Swannie who has sorted out my duplicate road worthy certificate that went missing when my bag was stolen, the second was Eva McGowan and associates who offered me there garden equipped with tent and bedding and access to all amenities.

I have always maintained that I am only a jockey in the quest to ride the coasts of the world on 20 GBP per day and that the real heroes are the ones who turn the obstacles over and keep the ride going. So with bike issues nearly resolved and at least some privacy to re-energise myself, I will set off to ride a figure eight to Sydney and Brisbane which will incorporate the mountains to the West.

To all those, Swannie, Eva Alex and Phill, I thank you for all your help.

I would also like to thank Home Travellers Motel who have also supported me in accessing their facilities too  and the comfort some of my travelling friends offered me at my time of loss.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Australia Wins. The Ride in Ashes

The final wicket fell this morning as the battle to stay in against Australia ended all hopes of victory. A googly expertly delivered by the road worthy certificate garage, in the form of a full retest fee for a duplicate document that was in my stolen bag, wiped out my middle stump.

I hoped to withstand the onslaught of the Australians in the face of bureaucracy delays and costs delivered by their spinners, has left my tail enders without a hope in getting the tour into a winning streak and I have declared and setting off back to the pavilion in England as soon as I can get out.

I intend to concentrate on a summer tour in Europe in it's absence

Saturday, 15 March 2014

A Passport Stolen Means Further Delay

Friday pm I had a bag containing my lap top and my passport stolen. Registration of the bike on Tuesday is dependant on production of the passport and with it being a weekend I can't say if it means more delays.

I have at this minute no idea to the processes necessary to get a replacement.

Thank god there is cricket today with Melbourne Helenics with two games in the balance to reach the finals and above all that there is a massive football game tonight between Liverpool and Manchester Utd.

These hopefully will keep my mind from dwelling on it all
IN MEMORY OF LUCA JONES
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