07 December 2017 | The Blue Mountains
Well, that's me back on board, a bit over a thousand miles in seven days. Well, actually not on board right now. Outside Cammeray Remedial & Sports Massage shop to be exact, about to be rubbed and robbed.
In the last two days I went from under ten degrees and drizzle coming over the Snowy mountains to thirty six degrees across the Blue Mountains. I can tell you, that's a real challenge for the wardrobe, not to mention the deodorant.
Motorcycling is a risk sport and that I guess is part of the fun. In Australia, my two greatest fears were firstly, the Jumparoos and secondly Harley Davidson riders.
Jumparoos are like kangaroos except they have an exceptionally poor sense of timing.
My theory, is that when kangaroos have had enough of living in the bush and want to experience the bright lights of the big city they join the Jumparoos where they train on the skills required to get to the cities. As they can only bound along for a short distance and as the cities are hundreds of miles away, the Jumparoos practice leaping into passing vehicles. They lurk in the roadside bush and, as a car or motorbike approaches, they tense their powerful hind legs and, the intention is, at precisely the right moment, leap onto the passing truck or bike.
And this is where their poor sense of timing comes in. Judging by the carcasses lining the roads, most seem to get their timing wrong. You certainly don't see many Jumparoos in the city so I doubt many make it.
Fortunately I managed to avoid picking up or hitting one of them but it did keep things a bit stressful, always on the lookout for them, poised, ready to jump out the bush, hence the massage.
As for the other hazard, one reason I chose to rent a BMW is that it comes with a music system. Riding for long days it's jolly nice having your iPhone on shuffle, enjoying all your tunes many of which you haven't heard in a long time. The hazard is, stopped at the traffic lights, a group of hairy gorilla Harley riders pulls alongside, all leather waistcoats, chaps and tattoos.......and aaarrrgh.....your system shuffles onto Lady in Red.
Not very cool.