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The Antipodean Mariner realised a long-held goal this year to do a motorcycle 'road trip'. In the AM's case, 4,653 km through western Victoria and New South Wales to Queensland on two wheels. The weapon of choice for the trip was the '92 BMW K1100LT tourer, fully loaded with tent and sleeping bag. The AM's family flew to the holiday destination giving a window of nine days to cross three states to (and from) the sun and beaches.
The broad plan was to avoid the coast and take the Newell Highway from Victoria, skirting around Brisbane to destination Maroochydore.
What made the trip really memorable was the solitude. Nine days on the road solo. Some days, the AM only spoke to a handful of people. Petrol station cashiers, cafe counter staff, the caravan park custodian. Whole days spent in the saddle in communion with the rural Australia.
Highights were the scenery and wildlike - slowing (or avoiding) emus, wombats, kangaroos, snakes and lizards. Low point was standing under a shop awning in pouring rain in Junee NSW eating a fried chicken skewer.
The Beemer was perfectly matched to the task. Not sure yet when or where the sequel will be, Australia still has a lot to explore.
The Antipodean Mariner
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