I headed off on a 5 hour ride to see my dad at Malua Bay on the South Coast of NSW on a chilly winter morning. It was only about 10 degrees Celsius outside (for non-Australian reader that is a cold day in Sydney!) and the forecast was for strong westerly winds. Channelling the Michelin Man with three layers of merino tops, a down vest, down jacket, my new Dri Rider motorcycle jacket, two neck warmers and one fleece-lined fluoro vest later I was ready to go.
My new headset intercom was synced with my iPhone and I was looking forward to listening to a random collection of music as I wound my way along the coast to Malua Bay.
I don’t do cold weather well. Knowing this, my partner Richard fitted some Oxford heated hand grips to my bike. Along with the bark busters and giant loop bushwackers, which all but stop the wind hitting my hands, I knew I could ride comfortably for hours without my hands cramping up. Bliss!
Richard also fitted an X-creen windscreen extender for extra wind protection which not only deflects the wind but also keeps the rain off my face. That man knows how to give a girl a comfortable ride😉
The wind picked up as I headed south with the 35 – 40 knot gusts all but blowing me off the road at times. With gritted teeth and thighs pressed firmly into the fuel tank I pushed on. The scenery on the winding coastal road was spectacular and I made a few stops to take in the views and enjoy the spectacular sunny winter day.
After a quick coffee stop at my favourite café in Berry I was back on the road only to be met with endless kilometres of road works and school holiday traffic making for a longer than expected ride. Wherever possible I skirted around the cars and was fiercely abused by a frustrated driver on one occasion, but just smiled, waved and kept on riding. The joy of two wheels!
I made it to Malua Bay just on dark and settled in to enjoy a glass of wine, a steaming bowl of home-made soup and some quality time with my Dad.