2017 has been a year of many adventures in amazing places
It maybe marks a progress from a piecemeal adventurer to a more full time one
The purchase of the Mighty Breva II in the UK opening up a whole new realm of touring
February in Tasmania
Looking down from the central highlands
March in the Australian Alps
Alpine National Park
View over Omeo
April trip to SE Queensland
Queen Mary Falls
Queen Mary Falls
June/July in England and the Mighty Breva II
Home away from home with fellow Guzzista and drying out the wet weather gear!
Stoke on Trent
July Into Northern Europe
Ferry Newcastle to Amsterdam
Camped in Denmark
August through Scandinavia and Germany
And into Switzerland
September in Northern Italy and Southern France
October back in Australia sailing and camping
And a quick blast back to Northern NSW
November a walk in beautiful Springbrook National Park, SE Queensland one of Natures Gardens
December a blast through central Victoria good food and good company
It truly has been an amazing year and 2018 holds the promise of more wonderful adventures. Life can be just wonderful.
Happy New Year to all
There are times to focus on peace and happiness
Jesus my have been the son of God or just a good bloke
It all depends on your perspective.
But he did try and spread a message of peace.
We often focus on the differences in humanity
Differences in religion and beliefs
Differences in race and skin colour
Differences in culture.
In nature there are also difference
As the solstice passes
At one end of the world there is endless night
At the other endless day
As it was nudging a sweltering 38 degrees in Melbourne recently.
My friends reported – 5 and snowing in Stoke on Trent.
So this is an opportunity to forget the differences.
Forget the distances between us.
And though at one end of the world it is dark and the other end light.
It is one world.
And though there are many religions and races and cultures
There is one humanity.
I wish you all peace and happiness.
If you follow some narrow winding roads through fields of maize, past sheep and cattle quietly grazing, near the Aara River, you find the village of Habsburg and Schloss Habsburg.
The starting place in 1025 for a family that would dominate Europe and its colonies for almost a millennium- the Habsburg Family.
The Schloss Habsburg is one of the many castles that dot the Swiss countryside.
Schloss Lenzburg in sight of Habsburg tower is an impressive example.
Perched on hilltops
And on lake sides
The villages and old towns have their own special charms.
Decorated building eves and old town entrance in Aarau
Monument in old Lenzburg
Looking across the Rhine to old Laufenburg in Switzerland from Germany
My time in Switzerland, this trip, is drawing to a close but I have enjoyed amazing Alpine riding, exploring aspects of a rich history and found a welcoming motorcycle culture.
Thursday nights at Trimbach bei Olten
All types of bikes some very exotic
Bridge to old centre of Olten
The old sections of Aarau and Olten were built in a circle formation.
The back walls of the rows of buildings forming a barricade with gated entrances.
Old main gate in Aarau
Curved walls in Olten
Inverness ancient trading city of the north
All have influenced this city
Inverness castle looms over the city
Destroyed and rebuilt a number of times
The Hanoverian garrison during the bloody Battle of Culloden that ended the Scottish uprising.
But I thing I was touched the by the Celtic Ray
At Hootananny where the beer and good craic flower
Inverness is the gateway to the very north of Scotland
The start and finish of the touring route the North Coast 500
It takes you the top of the British mainland
Dunnet Head the northern most point of mainland Britain
And the beautiful villages and dramatic coastline and history of North Scotland
Flying fox across the fjord
Inverness’ Calladonian Canal opened a trading route into the northern highlands
Locks at the start of the Calladonian Canal stepping up to Loch Ness
So my rediscovery of the Celtic Ray stated in the old streets of Inverness.
As the rest of Australia Swelters
In Melbourne has a top to day of 19c
As the Lunar New Year Celebrations draw to the end
There was Chinese dancing at Victoria Market
With traditional music and movement
Then in a change of pace the music for the chicken dance came from the speaker.
Not very Chinese I think
As kids got up to dance to a familiar tune.
Doing the Chicken Dance
But, of course, this is the Year of the Rooster
So why not use a European Drinking song which has chicken in the title!
Only in Multicultural Melbourne
Where cultures and traditions blend happily.
It was getting hot in the Flinders Ranges and the prediction was that it was going to hit 40 celsius.
Bike loaded and ready to roll at the back of the Blinman Hotel
I couldn’t wait to get on my way south through the Clare Vand the Adelaide Hills and down to the Fleurieu Peninsula (http://fleurieupeninsula.com.au/) where the cool breezes off the southern ocean keeps the temperatures down.
There was an overnight stop at the Barbed Wire Pub at Spalding just north of Clare then through to Port Elliot where the over 100 year old Port Elliot Beach House is totally friendly and cheap.
Port Elliot Beach House accommodation
The night at the beach was good to do some shopping. The Fleurieu Peninsula is so fertile and with 100 ks there are all types of foods. Yoghurts from the local dairy farms, dried grapes and wines from McLaren Vale and Langhorn Creek, fresh fish from the sea and lakes and tomatoes and over vegetables from Murray Bridge. All local and fresh.
The aim was to stock up them camp in one of the beautiful coastal parks that are just of the road to Cape Jervis.
Looking out to Kangaroo Island on the road to Cape Jervis
The road from Victor Harbour to Cape Jervis is listed in the top 100 rides in Australia and is a pearler, with optional detours down gravel (oh no not again) roads to beaches at the number of conservation parks along the coast.
As a 40 degree day (in October!) approached I slipped down one of those gravel roads to find a camp spot just over the dunes from the beach.
Reading down to the camp spot
Coastal Park Camp
With some camp spot friends.
A permanent resident
A beautiful place to camp on a very hot day and to bring my trip to South Australia to and end as the next day I headed back home.