This one of for the long riders
The 1,000k in a day riders
The numb in the bum still going riders
For the north south riders
The east west riders
This is an unapologetic piece about long distance motorcycle riding.
Australia is a country for the long riders
Curly twisty roads
Straight roads stretching to the horizon
traffic sparse on the secondary highways and byways
With the beating heart of the Mighty Breva eating up the distance
One of my favourites long rides in from Melbourne to the Northern NSW Coast
Its just on 1500 km from Melbourne Victoria to Coffs Harbour in NSW.
It combines open agricultural land
Fields of cotton, wheat and other broad acre crops.
Past cattle grazing
Little towns with quirky sculpture
Scooting along the gentle curves on the mountain foothills
And then over the mountains
with their deep gorges
and along the Waterfall Way
so aptly named
Running right beside the road
Till the mountains meet the sea
At Coffs Harbour.
A special treat of a long ride in spring is seeing a new born calf being encouraged by its mother to take the first tentative steps
I need to add 1500 km in a day is beyond this piecemeal adventurer these days. But Australia is a good place for eating up long miles. On my most recent trip north I covered around 950km in the first day from Melbourne to Coolah at the start of the Black Stump Way. That allowed a more leisurely 500 ks the second day – and stopping for photos and sightseeing which I can share. I try to keep to the back roads which makes disctance eating harder but travelling for more enjoyable.
In the more closely settled countries of Western Europe off the highways 5-600k is a big day on the road