In Emerald I drove around with Neal, a fellow biker who kindly put me up for the night, to check out the Christmas lights in town. Some neighbourhoods certainly do make an effort. I particularly liked the ones that had Kangaroo lights with Christmas hats on! Now THAT is what I call an Australian Christmas! The show however, was stolen by mother natures lights that night. I have never seen such an active display of lightning. Wonderful.
self built log cabin, or "Man Cave" as it says above the door! Dave is a self confessed Pastafarian. Pastafarianism is the worlds fastest growing carb based religion. Pastafarians belong to the Church of the Flying Spagetti monster with the headgear being a colander (I'm not making this up! Google it)! They describe themselves as a genuine religion but perhaps they are best described as a movement that promotes a lighthearted view of religion and opposes the teaching of intelligent design.
Dave had brewed his own spirit and invented a new cocktail named after his belief system. We toasted the Spagetti monster that night with a double Pastafarian and played international Pool. Australia won!!!
I had planned to stay just one night in the Man Cave but that ran in to 3!
Sun State Motorcycles. I was hosted by Dave and Sharon, both from the UK. I had met Dave in Bali having spoken to him on Facebook many months previously about his own plans to ride the world. He ended up going to OZ for a quick visit first. He never left. His bike remains in the UK and his plan put on hold for a new life in the Sun. Plans are made to be flexible and who can blame him for staying. The East coast really is beautiful.
From there I headed off to Brisbane to meet two more fellow Travellers. Jeremy, who is travelling
This was an opportunity not to be missed. 3 solo RTW travellers in one place at the same time.
It was great to finally meet them both having shared many good and bad times with them online over the last few months. All on our own journeys and all solo riders for a reason no doubt! We agreed that if we stayed together too long, we might find out EXACTLY what those reasons were!
|RTW Shane in the Himalayas before flying back.|
Despite our different backgrounds and different reasons for travelling, we got on like old pals from
In the morning Jeremy decided to move on whilst Shane and I stayed on for one more night to decide what our next move would be. Eventually we decided that we would spend the Christmas period together, taking in the sun and surf of the Sunshine Coast. The planning, routing and travelling could wait! My only deadline is to be in Sydney for the 10th January ready for my television appearance on Weekend Sunrise. This was the breakfast show I appeared on before I left London and I had to keep my promise of riding in to the studios when I made it to Sydney! Something I am very glad to have the opportunity to do!
This morning I caught my first wave!!!! Two days before Christmas and another first to add to my list of firsts that this trip has given me! What an amazing feeling! I loved it and I want more!!
We have now borrowed an ageing camper bus and we are heading out to see if we can find somewhere to park it. We are loaded up with boards, towels, food and a sense of adventure!
Happy Christmas everyone!