Wednesday, 29 August 2012

What I've been Busy Not Doing

Well I've been pretty quiet lately. I haven't been riding to work and until last weekend I hadn't even got on the bike since the last post. Why? Tis cold!! But it is warming up and a visit to Melbourne a couple of weekends ago proved to me that Dubbo isn't really as cold as I thought ... ugh Melbourne is cold!!!

So why did we go to Melbourne. Well first let me fill you in on the adventure. First there was a gruelling 6 hour drive to Sydney from Dubbo.

I managed to get the Thursday off so we could drive down in daylight hours instead of driving down after work. That never works because after I get home from work the plan is always to just chuck luggage in the car and take off straight away. What normally happens is that 3 hours after I get home we are finally ready to leave, and we were to get on a plane for Melbourne on Friday morning at 7:45am. So we were both very happy to get to Sydney at 6pm instead of what would have ended up being at least midnight if we'd tried the after work trick. We got to Melbourne at just after 10am on Friday morning and we had a full day of shopping ahead of us ... yay !!!

So we found somewhere for dinner, and sorry I didn't get any photos of the shopping frenzy that followed. We had decided to just shop for normal stuff instead of checking out Elizabeth Street and the bike shops cause it was not as far to walk. Imagine our surprise when we thought we had had enough and decided to head back to the hotel only to find ourselves in Elizabeth Street. One thing I love about Melbourne is that it's nearly impossible to get lost in this city, you always end up somewhere you know when you are wandering around it's streets and alleys.

As we wandered round we also had plenty of opportunity to check out bikes and scooters of all shapes and sizes.

The cutest little bike I've seen yet. I saw this little baby being ridden down the footpath later that night .. not sure I think that's such a great idea.

We found a bike shop called Peter Stevens Motorcycles not far along the road and we went in to check out bikes (Brenda) and look for some new gear (Terry). Upstairs, we went ,after I pointed out a couple of bikes I liked and Terry wasn't the least bit impressed with (they weren't Shadows) and Terry found walls and walls of helmets. You have to understand .... in Dubbo the biggest bike accessory shop has maybe half a wall of helmets ... hmmm maybe 3/8th's of a wall, and the rest of the wall is taken up with motocross stuff. So this was like motorcycling utopia for us. I think I may have even let out a little squeal of delight but I'll never admit it, it was my shoes squeaking on the tile floor I told Terry.

We looked at helmets, then we went to another wall and looked at more helmets, then went into the back corner and looked at helmets. It was all getting a bit overwhelming so I checked out the neck and face warmer things I'd spotted and Terry soon followed. I was starting to think it was going to be like all the small bike shops I'd been in, the service seemed to be a non event so far. Then a nice man came up and talked to Terry, he took him off to look at helmets so I went to check out the boots, I've been dying to try on some decent boots and see if they will fit me.

In smaller shops you ask for women's riding boots and they look at you like you just started growing a new head. So I headed off towards the wall with boots on it and found about 6 different boots labelled women. Oh I was really starting to love this place, the first pair of boots I spotted was pair of Alpinestars that I'd seen online a few times and liked the look of, now to see if they fit and then buy them online. That was the plan, I headed over to the counter where Terry was looking pretty chuffed with a Arai helmet that was on sale and the man was just saying that he would send it Dubbo for us so we didn't have to try to take it on the plane as carry on. I asked to try on the boots and he was just so nice that when I found the size that fit me perfectly I bought them. They were also mailed home to us. What a great shop, I'll certainly go back!

So we then headed back to out motel room for rest before we had to get a bite to eat for dinner then head out for the night of adventure that was the real reason for our visit south. Normally when we hit Melbourne there's a stage show involved somewhere, this time it was all for Terry (although I have to admit that I did kinda start enjoying myself towards the end). This time we were in Melbourne to see Terry's football team play. Terry lived in Victoria for a while a few years before he met me and he became inevitably addicted to the game they play down that way, Aussie Rules. I grew up with Rugby league and really wasn't that keen on football because of it, it's a silly game to me with a bunch of big blokes pushing each other around to try and get a little ball. But I have to admit I kinda like Aussie Rules after watching a few games on telly. I don't watch much anymore cause when ever I watch Terry's team, it normally loses, I'm sure I'm a jinx. I was hoping they wouldn't lose if I was at the game, but was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice and go and wait outside the stadium if it started going pear shaped.

So we bought some Geelong scarves and headed with the crowd towards the stadium in the cold drizzling rain, at least it wasn't windy too.

Going across the train line towards the stadium, Melbourne is always well lit up.
I got a few pics of the crowd but none of them really turned out because I couldn't stop to take a picture with the crowd pushing past me in all directions.

Terry and I looking like proper Cat's fans.
The ground was so much bigger than it looks on the TV. And the stadium was huge and it filled up pretty good for a cold miserable Friday night.


Some football shots .. not real good with my little point and shoot camera, I saw a guy there with a lens that had to have been at least 3 feet long .... wow I want one!! Well to make a long story short the Cats eventually won. It's fun watching them in real life and you get to see stuff you would normally miss on telly, like the fans around you yelling abuse at the ref and the half time entertainment of the little tikes under five playing their own little games. And the guy sitting next to me who started out with a chant of ' GO Saints, GO Saints' .. which was the other team of course, then cheering louder than anyone round us when the Cats scored the first goal .. everyone looked at him and he just laughed .. oh such fun :)

So I reckon Aussie Rules is heaps better than Rugby League, it seems to be so much more fun and yeah the fans get a bit wild but I didn't see any of the violence I've witnessed at other football games so it was a blast. And yes I'm now saying I'm a Cat's supporter which gets me weird looks when I say it at home.

That was day one of our whirlwind visit south, day two dawned still wet, but now it was a drizzle interspersed with the occasional downpour, cold and windy. Ahh that's the Melbourne I've come to love :) We grabbed breaky then headed to South Melbourne markets to meet with a local who is also a member of the Shadow Riders Australia and his family. We had a lovely morning sitting and chatting with them, and their kids were just gorgeous even if one of them was getting cranky cause he wasn't allowed out of his stroller to go be with Dad while he was getting coffee. We didn't get to see much of the markets, which wasn't really that bad cause I'd have had to try to work out how I could carry on everything if I was allowed to shop. To tell the truth I had such a nice time chatting I didn't mind not shopping, but next time we are in Melbourne had better be with the car so we can come back and do some serious shopping.

That was pretty well it, we wandered back to the airport after lunch and got a plane back to Sydney arriving at about 5pm. Jumped in the car and drove straight back home. We made it by about 11pm and even though we were tired I was glad to be home and to have another day of weekend left to relax and do housework with.

One other thing I haven't done lately, I promised to get a photo of a galah to show you all what they look like, there are normally at least 100 or so of them hanging out on the street power lines or rummaging in the grass in the empty lot beside us. But of course since I said I'd get a pic of them they haven't been there. Must be a winter thing I'm sure they'll show up pretty soon, but because I promised blogger Bob over at Riding The Wet Coast that I'd show him a pic of the pinkest bird we have .. here's one from Wikipedia Wikipedia Galah Facts

16 comments:

  1. What a terrific post! Travel, sports, motorcycles, shopping and even a picture of you two. Thanks for sharing.

    And there's nothing wrong with a "squeal of delight". :)

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    1. It was a great weekend, just not long enough. I'm glad you enjoyed the post :)

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  2. Nice post Brenda, I quite like Ausssie Rules but it is not played over here. Only Rugby and League..

    HAvernt been to Melbourne for years i must make a dash soon.

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    1. Ah so Roger you have to make do with telly like us, thing is til I went and saw a game I didnt really know what I was missing out on .. now I know :(

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  3. Good stuff Brenda - I bet you only like Rules because of the skimpy clothing they wear ;-). Our eldest son who used to live in Melbourne took us to a Rules game at the MCG and we really enjoyed it, despite not knowing what was going on half the time!

    Oh, and my current helmet was purchased at Peter Stevens. Pretty good service and very helpful.

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    1. Shush Geoff .. Terry will hear you :D I dont think half the fans know what's going on half the time either, there wer plenty of those conversations going on around us ..."wha' the 'ell 'appened then?!?!!?" says drunken Saints fan ..."no idea I'll tell ya when I find out" says Cats fan who's listening to the game being comentated on the radio ... which is the only way to know what's going on. But tis all fun :D

      Yeah I was impressed with Peter Stevens the best service I've found so far, i've walked into so many bike shops and been totally ignored so it was nice to feel like a person while I was there.

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  4. Sounds like your visit to Peter Stevens was like 2 pigs in the mud, loving every minute of it. You could wander around there for hours checking everything out.

    You need to show us your new shoes(boots).

    Roger, maybe you should come for Motogp so you could have a beer with Jules and me.

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    1. Ahh but for the first week the only time the boots were worn was round the house, I did get to test them on the bike last weekend tho, that post is coming with pics of boots and helmet.

      Oh we loved Peter Stevens so much!!!

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  5. That post had a bit of everything in it, but then I guess o did your weekend.

    It is great you could get away for the weekend and even find some moto gear shopping time. It sounds as though the store treated you well. That is a good thing. Customer service seems to be slipping these days.

    Looking forward to your gear review.

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    1. The store was great (I think I may have already said that once or twice already :). Funny that it turned out to be such a good weekend when it really was a sporting weekend and I'm the last person to be interested in sport or even anything remotely physical. But yes it was a good one :)

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  6. Moto gear shopping on a rainy day and full entertainment otherwise. What's not to love. Your winter is almost over... hang in there.

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    1. Thanks Sonja ... yes not long to go now and I'll be riding every day again yay!!!

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  7. Brenda,

    I have been having some issues with posting on blogger blogs lately, I actually read your post a few days ago, but gave up trying to post from the ipad after there 4th try. Alpinstar boots, awesome! I hope to see a picture of the babies on your blog at some point. Looking forward to reading about how they perform. Its sad that most motorcycle shops only have small selections for women. I was a a giant powersports dealer and was disappointed, when I looked at the ladies section, it consisted of 3 different styles of jackets, and tons of pink helmets. Uggh.

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    1. Yeah Dar I'm having some issues with blogger lately too. Ta for taking the time to get a post up here tho :)

      Oh yeah they think that cause a helmet is pink then for sure it's one for the ladies ... sigh and pink skull and crossbones are just so cute arent they ... :D

      I actually walked into a shop with a ton of leather jackets (all black) cept it had the nicest blue and white one there with a lovely (but not too overstated) hibiscus design up the arm and across the back, was so close to buying it but I only just got a new jacket and wanted boots more. Maybe I'll get it on the next shopping spree.

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  8. Hi Brenda,
    Sorry for not replying to ur comment on my Blog.
    But I've only just found out that the Bloody Moderate thingy is Active and have had 17 comments that needed to be Moderated, so tonight I'm been a bit busy.

    All the best Tony T

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    1. :) ... oh you musta had so much fun!!!

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