She rode a German thoroughbred far and wide and never a worry did her loyal steed provide.
Until one fine day when out on a ride, her companion coughed up blood and lay down on its side.
His blood was blue and temperature was high, Princess Kath of Nerriga was left high and dry!
She was stranded among ruffians of giant proportion, who rode shiny black dragons that made much commotion.
She felt like a sailor in a boat of feathers, when out of the gloom emerged her knight in shining leathers.
He rode an Italian stallion a thing of beauty, saving damsels in distress he considered his duty.
As the ruffians beheld him they turned to putty, for he was the mighty Prince Diavel of Ducaty.
He scooped up the princess and on the pillion her set, and they galloped off together into the sunset.
OK now that the kids are asleep, let’s get into some serious stuff shall we.
4. Pizza - Suspension
5. VFRJeff – Need for Speed
8. Chief (Special appearance)
9. ConRod (the crazy IrishMan)
10. Blazin 13laze (the quiet Australian)
11. Conan the DRbarian
12. Daewoo + Jenny – who did an excellent job of being Tail End Charlies, Thanks guys, you made my job easy!
13. Master Dean
Dan, his gentlemanly Uncle of impeccable taste and his lovely daughter were there to see us off and their final words of advice to me were simple “Don’t fall off mate”. Hmm I wonder why they said that
I love the Old Princess Hwy, it’s such a relaxing ride with its smooth sweepers and zero traffic. Wakes you up gently, setting the mood. Unless, of course, your name is Dan and you ride a blackbird, in which case the Old Princes is attacked with savage ferocity as if old scores need to be settled on that stretch of road. But thankfully, today Dan was missing and we had a leisurely stroll down till hitting the freeway. I haven’t done the Mt Kiera road too many times but everytime I do it, I really enjoy it. I think a large factor is the complete lack of traffic. The surface is not the best and it’s got wet corners on the driest of days but taken carefully, this is an awesome stretch of road which is find challenging and very satisfying. The Chief, meanwhile, had peeled off and gone straight down the freeway to Wollongong and was going to make his own way back home.
Filled up at Dapto, the 7-11 is still closed off so we assembled at the Shell instead and continued onto the SR backroad to MacPass. It’s amazing how much difference the suspension makes on this rough road. For those who don’t know, the beemer has ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) which means that at the press of a button, I can change my rear suspension setting for both damping and rebound . There are 12 different combinations I can use and I distracted myself playing with these on the “goat track”, as christened by Jeff. On the R1, I’d be bouncing along with my bum occasionally touching the seat but on the beemer, I just flick it to comfort and cruise happily along like a geriatric on his motor wheelchair, dribbling contentedly under my helmet.
I was leading into MacPass and had a pleasant run with Conan following me on the DR. He had his camera on and shot this cool video of me climbing up the pass.
We were getting hungry at Nowra and had a 15min stop for fuel and . We decided to continue on to Nerriga for lunch as it was only another 60Kays or so.
Now I hadn’t believed Daewoo when he had told me that “Nerriga is JUST the pub”. What dyu mean its just the pub, where there is a pub, there has to be a town or least a village, or at least a post office? But fukn hell he was right. Nerriga is JUST the pub! Its bloody remote as and you feel like you’ve missed a turnoff somewhere and arrived into the wild west. But the pub is warm and cozy and does better food than it has any right to produce in that location. Good on them!
The ride back retraced our steps EXACTLY. Now usually we try to do a loop so we take a different route back but the route in was so fantastic I reckoned why change a winning combination. So up we went over Cambewarra mountain, into KV, up the mountain and into Robertson before doing a final coffee at the Robbo pie shop where we said our goodbyes.
I followed Dean down MacPass and noticed ConRod in my mirrors. We sailed down in smooth, unhurried fashion and it was a dream, traffic-free run all the way to the bottom. Blissful! Follow Dean through the twisties is very enjoyable as he makes it look so easy!
All up, it really was an awesome day out. Perfect weather, an awesome group to ride with, great roads, some old, some new. I’m sure we all discovered something new, about our bikes, about ourselves…and we all made it home safe and sound. Mega WIN!