Tuesday 30th November 2010 – Last night I met a French lady in the hostel. Her English was a bit patchy so I endeavoured to fill in the missing words with my school-girl French. We ended up having quite a good conversation and I felt quite pleased with myself for managing to string a few sentences together.
So this morning I said au revoir to my new French friend and headed south for Coles Bay. The hostel manager, Paul, a keen biker, suggested I should take the road to St Mary’s instead of going all the way along the coast. This took me up the St Mary’s pass and down the Elephant Pass – both narrow twisty roads, but compared to my rainforest epic, a piece of cake! I even passed some of the WA boys on the way up. I passed some more of them outside the Motorcycle Museum at Bicheno but as I didn’t know it was there until I was level with it, I wasn’t able to stop so continued onto Coles Bay. I got there about 1pm, checked into what can best be described as a “traditional” YHA (i.e. needing a lot of work) then headed off to the Freycinet National Park and, by a remarkable stroke of good luck (rather than navigation) found myself at the start to the Wineglass Bay walk. So off I set – this time just in half motorcycle gear (I managed to strap my jacket to the bike). What a climb – took me almost 2 hours to do a 1.5 hour walk – but it was worth it as the view of the bay was fabulous. Unfortunately it was quite overcast so the colours weren’t as good as they’d been around the Bay of Fires but still a good view.
That night I decided to eat in the local pub. I sat next to a lovely couple called Wendy & Ross who were on their honeymoon. They were really interesting so it really brightened up my evening and, at the end, they even paid for my meal! I couldn’t believe how generous and friendly they’d been.
Next morning I went to the bakery for breakfast and got talking to some people who were part of a group of bikers over from Sydney. After I finished eating I paid for my food then put my wallet in my jacket and returned to the hostel. When I came out a few minutes later, one of the bikers was leaving a note on my bike saying he’d found my wallet and had put it in my luggage. Apparently it had fallen through the lining of my jacket. God, imagine if they hadn’t found it and I’d gone riding off without it? I could have gone miles before I noticed and then I wouldn’t have had a clue where I’d lost it! So thank you so much to the lovely biker from Sydney who tracked me down and returned it – I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kindness.Posted by Jill Maden at December 02, 2010 11:08 PM GMT
Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.
"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."
"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"
Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.
Next HU Events
- Canada West: Aug 21-24
- USA North Carolina: Sept. 4-7
- France Mini: Sep 5-7
- Canada Ontario: Sept. 11-14
- NEW! UK - Haggs Bank: Sept. 19-21
- USA California: Sept. 25-28
- Aus Queensland: Oct 3-6
- Aus Perth: Oct 10-12
- Aus VIC: Oct 24-26
- NEW! Aus NSW: Oct 31-Nov 2
- NEW! South Africa: Nov 13-16
- NEW! HUMM Morocco: May 13-16, 2015
What others say about HU...
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!
NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!
Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!
What turns you on to motorcycle travel?
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
New to Horizons Unlimited?
New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!
Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.Read more about Grant & Susan's story
Membership - help keep us going!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.
Books & DVDs
All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.
MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!
Story and photos copyright © All Rights Reserved.
Contact the author:
Editors note: We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.
Hosted by: Horizons
Unlimited, the motorcycle travellers' website!
You can have your story here too - click for details!