Hi I'm Mick and I'm a Geologist in my late 30's who has been working in the West Australian mining industry for the past 14 years. I'm blessed with a beautiful wife and three lovely (sometimes) children. I'm about to set off from Perth on a four week outback motorcycle trip with my great mate Rod where we will tackle both the Gunbarrel Highway and the Gibb River Road before heading home. I've named the trip "Mid Life Crisis on a Budget", partly in jest but also for other more serious reasons.
Well, why would you want to do something like this? Well a number of reasons but for me it was because of a question that Mick asked about 10 months ago. See I have had a pretty full life up until now and I’m glad to say that it has taken me in directions that I didn’t fully understand until after it had taken me there.
Up until 2006, I had lived a life that was completely in a comfort zone or had always attempted to get back to that comfort zone if the boat was rocked. In August of that year I had a great opportunity to work overseas in South America for my employer. I initially wasn’t going to take the role as I was a single parent and at that time life had again thrown a curve ball that I was trying to deal with. With a little encouragement and an interesting conversation with a good friend, I decided to pack everything up and show my daughter (and me) the world. I went to South America and learned a lot about myself, the world we live in and what somebody can do when they put their mind to it. I learned that we have to live life to the full, and instead of saying “no I can’t do that”, say, “YES” and go for it.
For two years on the other side of the world, My daughter and I lived, laughed and had amazing adventures everywhere we went, met amazing people in the most amazing places, all because we would just say “Yes” to our friends when they asked us to do something.
So fast forward to sometime in 2009 when I re-joined my colleagues back to the Perth office. I had just met Mick and started talking about our mutual love for motorbikes, and then he asked a question
“Hey, I’m going to ride around the outback for a couple of weeks, Do you want to come?”
Well, what could I say! And that’s how I come to being his wingman on this fantastic experience. Oh by the way, I also watched “Long Way Round”, it hooks everyone.