I am back from 5 days away with my beloved.
We never had a proper honeymoon in 1991, so this was to be 'the honeymoon we never got to have'.
Wednesday morning and the bike is fully loaded, so a quick photo with Sophie and we were off...
First stop was two hours later at Belyando Crossing, and a lesson learned - make sure you take every toilet stop you can get on a long trip!
This was the only town in almost 4 hours of riding, and it didn't have fuel for the bike. Lucky we have a big tank as this was the view for a very long time between stops (actually this was the view for most of our 5 days on the road)...
First night we stopped at Emerald in this little cabin...
...and the next day we headed off to Gayndah...
...via Mt Zamia...
Each morning we were on the road by 7.30 -8am and found we couldn't eat anything that early so our regular breakfast was Scotch Finger biscuits and cool drinks about 10am.
Leaving our tropical home behind we had to adjust to cool nights and foggy mornings. This was especially noticeable on the morning of Day 3 as we prepared to leave Gayndah.
On the way out of town we stopped to see the Big Orange...
...before heading to Childers a couple of hours later for our coffee break. The scenery around there was gorgeous but as we were riding at the time I couldn't get a photo. If we could find work teaching there for Mr E we would seriously consider the move!
Later in the day we arrived at Bundaberg and stopped to buy soft drinks at the Bundy Rum Distillery. They make the best ginger beer and sarsparilla. A passerby kindly took a photo of us together by the Watermark. This is a limited rum edition (7000 bottles) released to raise funds for the Queensland Flood Appeal, hence the name 'Watermark'.
The night of Day 3 we stayed at The Caves, outside Rockhampton. We loved it so much that we are planning a return trip. but next time we'll stay a few days and really enjoy all it has to offer.
We had a secluded cabin in the bush...
...with lots of guests dropping by to say hello!
After another day of riding the highway we arrived in Airlie Beach on Night 4 and collapsed in our little cabin with Iced Teas and more Scotch Finger biscuits....
...before heading off for pizza in the very-youth-oriented beach town.
Our last day on the road and the first stop was Bowen for a coffee and a photo of the Big Mango!
An hour later we were just passed Ayr and made a surprise visit to Wendy and Joe's for a quick catch-up cuppa before the last leg of our journey home. They are a gorgeous couple and Mr Joe is a 'superb' cook! As soon as we checked out Wendy's knee surgery Joe had the pan on and was frying up bacon and eggs to feed us - this was the best meal over the whole 5 days of riding! Thanks Joe and Wendy!! (Silly me forgot to take a photo!)
Two hours later and we drove through our front gate with two side panniers filled with dirty washing, and the biggest smiles. This was the best belated homeymoon ever!
The only downside of the whole trip was that I started out with a throat infection the night before we left, and by the time we arrived home last night I had a chest infection and head cold as well! But I didn't let it spoil our trip. I was wrapped up warm and had a scarf around my neck all the time we rode.
The kids survived at home alone, and though my heart was torn over the demise of the Gum Tree Designers the day before we left, I had to keep my heart focused on my sweet husband and deal with everything else once we got home.
So, bear with me, and I'll share where to from here in my next post.
For now, I need good home cooking and some serious sleep. :-)
Lotsa love and hugs,
PS: For the girls who warned me about 'helmet hair'...you were right. It's ghastly. LOL!!