Yamba sits where the Clarence River meets the Pacific Ocean
The rolling white surf of the ocean
Crashing into the salt water pool at high tide
These pools are such iconic scenes of beaches on the norther NSW coast
Where you can swim in the ocean water that in Spring is a warm 22c
Looking back to land from the waters edge
The white sand and the matching cream coloured Surf Lifesaving Pavilion lead your eyes to the Pacific hotel
The perfect place for a cold beer and a meal on a summers day.
The smooth water of the moorings in the Clarence River are such a contrast to the pounding white surf of the ocean just the other side of the headland
and looking west of the Clarence river
The sunset is breathtaking
On the way to Yamba from Coffs Harbour there is one of my favourite camping spots.
It’s in the Yuraygir National Park the Illaroo campground.
I had first visited this place with a dear friend.
There was a big thunder storm due
So I pitched my tent and shelter in behind the sand dune and its scrub
and walked down to the beach to await natures lightshow
I wish I had the skills crashes of thunder and the forks and sheets of lightning that filled the sky that night.
The internal borders on the eastern seaboard of Australia finally started to open as the community transmission of Covid 19 is eliminated.
It was time to load up the mighty Moto Guzzi Breva and hit the road.
Time to visit dear friends interstate that I hadn’t seen a long while
First stop was the lovely old town of Carcoar,and the lovely camping spot on the banks of the dam
From Lithgow through to Singleton the Bell Line of Road and the Putty Road is a spectacular ride across the top of the Blue Mountains.
The Blue Mountains were badly burnt in the terrible Australian bushfires last summer, but it was great to see some regeneration.
Off the Blue Mountains it was the backroads to the beautiful Pacific coastline north of Sydney.
Rattling over the old timber bridges that are distinctive part of the NSW backroads.
On the way from the mountains to the coast.
On the northern NSW coast mountains and the sea come together and on a hot summer day there is the ocean or a run up the Waterfall Way for a freshwater dip.
To Dangar falls in Dorrigo.
A route enjoyed by many beautiful bikes.
And at the bottom of the Waterfall Way is Urunga.
Where the Kalang River flows into the Pacific Ocean.
And the big old hotel offers a cold beer, a comfy room and a good meal.
The Moto Guzzi open days on Lake Como go off with a bang
As the marques faithful followers flock to Mandello de Lario.
From Trieste it was a winding road over passes both broad and narrow.
Lakes dotting the path
To Como the Lake of Dreams
Its early September on inthe villages the fruit on the trees ready to pick
As by the weekend end the first snow had started to fall
Dusting the Alps with white and adding a chill to the air in the passes.
Then there is the history of the area such as Bergamo it’s old and new city, home of Pope John xxiii and comrades of Garibaldi.
And the little village of Glorenza that time almost has passed by.
And is on the door steps of the Swiss Alps.
Hot Jazz on the banks of the Danube in Budapest
The Danube is one of the halmarks of this beautiful city.
This is the urban Danube winding through many of Europe’s great cities.
A working river transporting people and good across the continent.
The Iron Gates of the Danube forms the border between Romania and Bulgaria
A gorge around 100km long with small villages dotted along the way.
And finally the Delta
The great Danube starts in nature in Germany’s black forest and is a protected nature park when it reaches the Black Sea.
Im so glad the nature aspects still remain.
Those are the places that really fill me with awe
Maybe because it complements the wild flow of riding a motorbike.
It was a long haul across Europe.Many mountain passes and next to no motorways.Crossing borders and venturing into Eastern Europe for the first time.
The sun rise over the Danube Delta made it all worth while.
A small boat tour of the Delta just breathtaking
Moving across the lakes and through the chanels. Wild life abound
And in the morning sun water lillies emerge
Small traditional fish traps reflecting a sustainable approach to fishing.
After the rain a hike in the forest on a mountain behind Cortina
The forest with beautiful wild flowers
And of course the mighty Breva handled the goat track to the car park with aplomb.
From my camp in Cipena near Bormio it was over Stelvio once again and onto Merano, a gateway to the Dolomites.
The high road from Merano leads to the Jaufenpass.
From there the amazing rock structures that are the Dolomites unfold
Campsites tucked under the monoliths give amazing mountain sunsets
Over the Passo Gardana, a favoured by bikers the way I took toward Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cortina is such a beautiful Alpine city.
The there is the back roads and villages. Little campsites where there is space and few people
In and around the village of Cimolais
Like all Alpine areas you have to sometime pay for the beauty with thunderstorms and a day of rain
Rain after the thunderstorm in Cortina. It’s a small price to pay.
There was much nostalga riding from Switzerland to Italy
The Fluelapass was the first Alpine pass I rode back in 2016
At the time I couldn’t imagine how I could come back again
And now Im on the 4th tour.
Truly addicted to the Alps
The Fluelapass links to the Ofen Pass and that to the Umbrial Pass which crosseS into Italy and leads to the beautiful city of Bormio.
The top of the Stelvio is a Circus of bicycles, motorbikes, cars, sausage Stalls hotels and shops .
From Bormio the valley opens up
With lovely camping grounds, with walkers, cyclists and bikers in summer. Skiers in winter.
Perfect for camping in the pretty village of Cepina.
There is something special about the little camp ground beside the Vezere river at St Leon
Its simple without trappings but just beautiful.
And a perfect spot to explore the valley.
From where the Verzere meets the Dordogne at Limeuil
To the beautiful town on Montignac
The Vezere valley offers
Wonderful sights to see. Magnificent Chalets and wonderful roads to ride
Wishing all Bloggers, friends and followers all the best for the festive season.
A time for peace and for love
A time for looking forward with positive anticipation
A time for reflection and forgiveness
A time for appreciation
A time for tolerance and acceptance
No matter your faith, your values, your creed
Take the time to count your blessings, and appreciate that there is beauty in the world around us.