Despite it getting close to the end of the year I seem to have been keeping pretty busy. I’ve had four nursing home concerts, 3 x solo and 1x group and I have another group one on the 27th just to round off the year. As well as that I have another solo concert this Sunday at my local RSL’s Christmas Party (why they would want me to sing is anybody’s guess) so the blood has been gushin’ outa mah fangers.
And the arrival of the Summer weather has meant that the conditions have much more conducive to riding so I have been keeping busy doing some short runs, mostly up and around the highlands. Today I did a short loop up the Pass, down through Kangaloon, out onto Sheepwash Road and then back home via the Tourist Road and the Pass again. About 100kms and the weather and conditions were just perfect. I also noticed that (finally) The Range Road is open to traffic after being closed for months now for much-needed repairs. I was on the way home at that stage so I will have to explore it on another day.
The bike continues to please me and I am guessing that it is now up around the 6000km mark; even with short runs they sure accumulate.
Christmas is going to be a little different this year. After years of Helena catering the traditional Christmas Eve meal and festivities, my daughter, who has a huge kitchen and uber-expensive appliances, has offered to do the deed and give Helena a break. We are very grateful, not the least being that Natalie is a fabulous cook who delights in exploring all sorts of culinary backroads, it should be fantastic.
Once the holiday break is over I am going to try and arrange a longer ride, not like the expansive 4 day Snowy extravaganza, but a little more than just a quick dash up the mountain or down the coast. Predicting when that might be based on BOM predictions is about as hazardous as playing Russian Roulette with all the chambers loaded, but you plan and you go and face the consequences whatever they may be, don’t you?
The Italian motorcycle web sites are foaming at the mouth with ridiculous MotoGP predictions; hey there are nearly 90 days to go before the first test of 2024, I am predicting that they might self-destruct before then. In any event they make hilarious reading so I guess I should be grateful that they are keeping us entertained.
And, on the subject of MotoGP, I wonder if ex-MotoGP riders have negotiated deals to have their rubbish pronouncements published on social media? I mean, seriously, who cares what you think? Ex-riders, in my opinion, should be required to keep their helmets on and their visors firmly shut.
Anyway, that will do for me, catch you next time.
Here’s a couple of my recent rides.