Who, Why and When

Hello and welcome to our mid life crisis. We are two thirty something blokes with a love of motorcycles and wide open spaces. This blog not only follows our four week trip into the unknown but also contains information and links on how we set up our bikes for the trip. Hopefully our story not only inspires you to get out of your comfort zone and do something mad and liberating but also gives you a bit of a laugh.

Cheers Mike and Rod

Friday, July 18, 2014

The DishMLCOAB 2 - Maroochydore to Canberra

Well I finally got around to the second MLCOAB. Unfortunately I didn't update the blog on the way around but I did get manage to take a few photos.

So after fitting the new front mudguard, buying a tankbag and most importantly buying a three leg camping stool (the one thing I really missed in the outback!) I shipped the bike from Perth to the Sunshine Coast.

There are quite a few companies who specialise in door to door delivery. Great service but it cost me just over a $1000 which I thought was a bit steep but seemed to be the going rate. I flew over just in time for Christmas with the in laws and spent a week chilling out by the beach. The wife and I even took the KLR for a spin up to Noosa for a coffee. Parked her right in between two Harleys (a Road King and a Softtail) but forgot to take a photo!

I took off south on the day after Boxing Day. Very hot and humid until I got South of the boarder into NSW. And the roadworks, bah continuous roadworks! I was pretty buggered by the time I got to Coffs Harbour that night. A log ride and very start stop!

I got an early start and had a marathon day riding all the way from Coff's to Canberra. I was in a hurry so I could spend a few days in Canberra with my good friends Ron and Ali before hoofing it back to Sydney in time for New Years. I learnt an important lesson on the way...... 7 Eleven coffee and Krispy Creme donuts are a great cure for monkey butt! Great ride, especially through the Blue Mountains north of Sydney. However it was still pretty hot and the KLR was burning a bit of oil, the first time she's ever done that!

Had a great couple of days in Canberra, checking out the money pit, sorry parliament and geeking out at the Tidbinbilla radio telescope.

The dish, well a dish, sort of not to scale

If only it could be like this all of the time!
I wasn't allowed to ride the KLR up on the roof! Isn't this what I pay my taxes for.

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