Blog: January 11. No riding this week

Hi everyone.

It’s Monday morning and I’ve had a busy week – and weekend – with work, so I haven’t done any riding and I don’t have much to report.

Work did send me out to see the folks at Ducati, and I met CEO Warren Lee for the first time.

I only mention it because after all these years I’m a bit surprised there’s someone who’s been in the Australian motorcycle business as long as Warren who I hadn’t met.

Warren’s an ex-Hawkesbury Club motocrosser and an incredibly nice bloke, and he had the exotically named L’Oreal Pierce, Ducati’s Marketing Coordinator, there as well, so it was a very pleasant morning spent amidst some impossibly exotic bikes.

WarrenLeeLorealPierce03Meanwhile, Marty’s received one of those e-mails that always makes you feel good…


Yes I am finally back in my office in Narrogin Western Australia, having enjoyed one of the best motorcycle rides I have had in a long time, thanks to your ‘Great Rides’ tracks.

Please find attached a couple of photos of the bike in one nice and one err… interesting spot. You were right about the concrete crossing – treacherous! Anyway no harm done.

The bike is still in Sydney and I plan to get back over to NSW before too long for another ride. It will probably be late autumn before I am back up your way and will get back in touch when I do.

Meanwhile I found your routes brilliant for the R1200GS and generally the ride was mentally relaxing while physically more challenging. The toughest bits were the 20 creek crossings (got the bike stuck in the third-last one and had to drag it around a bit) and the ride through from Bellwood to Wollombi (?) in the rain at dusk made me concentrate a bit.

Kind regards

And thanks again

Jeff Douglas.’

Jeff also sent a couple of images from his ride…

DSC01225 DSC01161 Finally for today, has anyone else seen Pottsy’s Secret Squirrel pics on Facebook?

I thought the one of Secret Squirrel driving the 4WD was hilarious, but the one of Secret Squirrel at the Coffs Stadium-cross was the best yet. I think Pottsy’s found his super hero alter ego.


PS: Pottsy saw the post and sent this:

‘Secret Squirrel back at work having Walter Mitty moments dreaming about getting lost on the DR



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One comment

  • Norm on January 16, 2016 at 11:14 am said:

    AC Norm and Timmy are heading out for a ride tomorrow (Sunday,17th, Jan) if your keen for a casual local ride meet at the Caltex macksville 7:30 leave 8:00 – ANZAC biscuits supplied (they might not be award winning but they are legendary – see ADV mag page 39)

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