Harley Ride

on December 21, 2009 in Australia, Wot I Did on My Holidays

As usual, I was at a bit of a loss when it came to Barbara’s Christmas present, however, she’d commented in the past that she’d always wanted to ride a motorbike.

Since we’d be in Australia this year and I vaguely remembered flyers for Harley Tours last time we were here I did a bit of research and came up with http://www.wildride.com.au/

At the appointed time there was a growl as the two Harley Davidson’s rolled up outside our front door. A brief chat, a couple of photos and time to get kitted up in leathers and helmets and we climbed onto the pillion and were on our way.

The start of the ride was a bit of a baptism of fire as we made our way up Old Bathurst Road, a steep and twisty road through the bush. Neither of us had much experience of biking, so it took a short while for us to get our confidence.

By the time we hit the Great Western Highway, that had all changed and I felt confident enough to get the camera out and start taking shots as we went along.

Eventually we crossed the railway tracks and started our descent into he Megalong Valley (Not as it turns out the usual Aussie attempt at stating the obvious but derrived from the Aboriginal for “Valley Under the Rock”) going from forrest to rain-forrest and back again on the way down – I’m not sure I can tell what the difference was, but I’m assured that this was the case.

A short stop at the tea-room at the bottom of the valley, and then it was back on the bikes again and heading off to Govett’s Leap waterfall overlooking the Grose Valley (two and a half times longer than the Grand Canyon but not quite as deep)

Finally our last stop was at Lennox’s Horseshoe Bridge on Mitchell’s Pass, part of the original Great Western Highway and the oldest stone arch bridge on the Australian mainland.

Even with the extra padding that I’ve got, riding pillion isn’t the most comfortable way to travel (I’ve got a few aches and pains), but to see the sights and for pure exhileration biking has got to be the best way to get out into the wilderness.

One Response to “Harley Ride”

  1. Gordon Sucre says:

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