Another week away working, this time in Sydney. Like the trip to Melbourne, I was able to catch up with some great people from years – and decades – past. Toby Andrews at Off Road Imports, the Kawasaki guys – who have a poster of my son up on the boardroom wall – Nick Dole at Teknik and a wild crew at Ballard’s.
The Ballard’s night was halfway to being an unplanned visit. I lobbed in Sydney Sunday night to swag it in the van and start work on Monday morning. The little moey next to work was booked out Tuesday night, so I booked in for the Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and when I was talking to GB he suggested I stay at The Farm on Tuesday night. “The Farm” is GB’s amazing farmhouse not far from Lithgow, and he was having some friends over to run through the Four Day and look at some pics.
So that worked out well. And what a crew! They were all more mature blokes, except for Jason Barrett of Barrett exhausts who still looks so young, and it seems the main entertainment of the night was for everyone to take the rinse out of everyone else. It was hilarious. Allan Cunningham of Safari fame showed up with an apple pie his wife had baked for the evening, and that followed the insanely awesome steaks Brownie had supplied and cooked. As we wandered through the Four Day stories and watched a heap of youtube clips of various rides and riders, it finished up a sensational night. I decided to leave at around 10.00pm to swag it in the office car park so I could be at my desk by 9.00am, and it was the highlight of the week.
The next big thing we have to look forward to is the One Day Challenge ride on August 10. I’ll pick up the Dominator this week so it should be in premium shape for that ride, and then the following week we’re all faced with a choice. There’s the Old Bull ride I talked about last week, and there’s now a three-dayer starting in Coffs on Friday. Chris Laan at the Shed Market organises what looks like superb dualsport rides, and I’m pretty keen to try one. This ride on the 16th, 17th and 18th looks like this:
Day 1 – Coffs to Gloucester – http://goo.gl/maps/e8G4g
Day 2 – Gloucester to Barraba – http://goo.gl/maps/RUV4U
Day 3 – Barraba to Coffs – http://goo.gl/maps/uiFka
I’m looking forward to riding with Whippie, and we can both only do the Saturday. That makes it difficult to do Chris’ ride this time. I’ll see what happens when I talk to him during the week, though. It looks like a great ride, and I’m keen to make the most of whatever time I can get on a bike at the moment.
So I haven’t much to complain about this last week…except I didn’t do any riding, of course. But then again, we have a couple of good weeks coming up. Maybe I’ll even have time to pre-ride the One Day Challenge course next Saturday. I hope so. I’ll chase Marty Hard-core and see what he’s up to.