Archive for June, 2012
Whenever I don’t know where I want to ride, I typically end up on my way to Captain’s Flat. It’s not the nicest ride as the road is rough but the views are great. Today the wind blew me around a bit which added an interesting element to the ride.
This old mining town has a modern gem just as valuable as the gold and silver mined there in the 50′s – The Outsider Cafe. A visit to this cafe is a trip through the creative mind of Gunther Deix, one of the foremost Australian Outsider Artists. It’s an interesting experience as I can literally feel the emotion of his paintings flow through me.
The entire Outsider Cafe inside and out is covered with a life time of artwork. Paintings, sketches, sculpture garden and mosaics make up the very structure of the cafe. Wood fires warm the rooms and the food on offer is a real treat.
My favourite part of the cafe is Gunther’s studio where I love to sit by the fire and browse through the many art books.
Now that the mountains are indeed snowy I decided to head for sea level instead. A ride to the coast was also a good excuse to meet up with some riders in Tathra who will be joining the Black Dog Ride in August. So Jack and I loaded up the bikes and headed off for yet another adventure.
The ride to the coast is always a challenge on holiday weekends with most of Canberra heading the same way. But once you get South of Batemans Bay there is plenty of fun to be had. In Bermugui we turned a corner and rode right in to a pack of riders that we joined for a very spirited ride to Tathra. That was a fantastic way to end the ride as we pulled in the caravan park and settled in for a rest.
Sunday morning we headed off to Eden for breakfast at the wharf, what a rough life eh? After that I finally stopped to see ‘Old Tom’ at the Eden Killer Whale Museum which I have wanted to visit for some time.
Finally it was time for the main event as we cut through the back roads to Mt Darrah, arguably one of the best combination of twisties and straights you’ll ever find. If you want to experience a road that you can really stretch out on and build your skills then this is where you want to be.
I also finally took the time to stop and photograph some sculptures that I’ve been riding past for years. I just love this type of art so it was a lot of fun to stop and see it close up. And Jack learned that you shouldn’t sit on a motorcycle made out of barbed wire.
I see the sun is out and it looks like it will be another beautiful day. Maybe it’s time for the next adventure already?