Saturday, we had a party to go to at 2 o'clock this afternoon, so hail or shine we'd have to hit the road. Lucky for me it was a beautiful day.
|We even found the McDonald's that we'd wandered in the rain for hours looking for yesterday.|
We were starting to get views of the mountains that we would be crossing.
Next thing I knew we were riding up a mountain, it wasn't that bad really. Terry found an interesting little place to stop right at the top of the pass. Apparently you could walk round up there, but if you really felt the need for exercise I could think of better things to do!
|Yes it's freezing up here!!!|
That's all gravel we are riding on there, and it was a tight parking area. I have to admit I made Terry turn my baby around, and watched him like a hawk while he did it. He had problems and it's not somewhere I'd willingly take the bike again.
|Wait are we going down there .... ?|
Then we just had lots of straight road until we merged onto the Ipswich Motorway. We'd been given directions from here by Terry's brother who said just follow the signs. What signs? I even asked Terry's brother that a few times ... what signs? The first time you know you are even in Indooroopilly is when you get to the middle of town and see the Indooroopilly Hotel. So we were busy looking for signs and when we noticed sky scrapers looming over us we decided we'd gone too far and looked for somewhere to pull in and look at maps. Terry turned left at the next set of lights, which took us into a hospital. We were tired and a little unbalanced so when he had to stop unexpectedly for a pedestrian he almost dropped the bike, I'm proud of him he held it up. We stopped at the first place we found to park, looked at the maps I had, they didn't help. So we google mapped on the phone which isn't ideal really, it's too damn small. I thought we had it worked out so we got geared back up just as Terry's brother rang us back, we'd rung him to see if he could get us unlost, we had helmets on and by the time I got mine off the phone stopped ringing, so I got geared up again and he rang again ... I could have worked out how set the Sena up to answer the phone, but I really don't want to answer phones while I'm riding, I don't need that distraction. So we didn't answer and just jumped on the bikes on a mission to find Indooroopilly!
We back tracked and found the motorway we were supposed to be on, still no signs for Indooroopilly, but now I knew what the name of the road was we should have been on and found it easily. Terry took us through Indooroopilly, he knew where the motel was once he got on this road, he was way in front of me and this is a damn hilly place. I even got cut off by a police car at one stage, ugh it looked like everyone here is a crazy driver. I was scared and then I nearly ran into a car on this crazy round about that kinda sneaks up on you on the crest of a hill, the first I knew I was on a round about was when the car on my right suddenly loomed into my vision, I stopped suddenly. After that it was a cinch to get to the apartments we were staying in for the next few weeks. Oh except for the hill start .... it was my first real hill start on the bike and it was interesting to say the least, I've found something to hate more than u-turns.
|The view of the garden from our room.|
We had a couple of hours to rest, unpack and find clothes before we had to shower and go to a party. After the adventure of getting the bikes through Indooroopilly there was no way I was going to ride to the party, it was too hilly and unfamiliar roads were scary to me when I was tired and we would be returning in the dark. I managed to talk Terry into taking a taxi, which was interesting, the taxi driver actually asked us for directions to the place we wanted him to take us to ... I'm glad we did though, when we got there we saw there was nowhere that we could have parked the bikes. It's a lovely suburb but sheesh, hills, trees, gravel edges on roads that suddenly fall down to a park ... not bike friendly to me.
|The house where the party was, surrounded by rain forest trees. Didn't feel like we were 10 minutes away from a capital city.|
|Us in party mode.|