Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 A Year in Review

It's that time of year again to see what the hell happened during the last 12 months. Each year seems to be flying by now, I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and is gearing up for a bumper new year. It feels like it wasn't that long ago I penned my 2012 year in review.

Well what happened this year? That's a great question lets take a quick look.

The year started out very slow, January was so hot we hit 46.5°C(117°F) days and Feb I was working and didn't get a chance for a ride. I didn't get out for a ride until mid way through march where we hit up the Taralga Hotel for a great pub lunch with Geoff.
R1 off road action with a Wee friend

The next ride in April I managed to get out on was inspired by Gary over at Flies in your Teeth for his blog challenge of cool places to take a photo of your bike. I managed to get 3 great places. I also got down to the Royal National Park for a ride with lunch at the Scarborough Hotel with the family.

2 icons in the one pic
We got in an overnight ride in May to a little place in the lower snowy mountains called Wee Jasper. It was great riding with some beautiful country side but the female publican was eccentric as.

The weather was pretty crap in winter and didn't get a chance to ride plus my mum was sick in hospital and I missed a few weekends chances to get in some rides so the next major ride out was in August and Geoffrey had just got himself a new Triumph Tiger 1050 Sport. I didn't know he was going to do that. Of course it then duly got a right thrashing up the putty road and back just to see how it went.

I got out for a quick ride in September just before we headed to Fiji for our family holiday. It was just a quick half day ride up through Wisemans Ferry and back down the Old Pacific Hwy. I'd managed to beat most of the traffic by heading out early.

In late November I was busting to get out, as the annual snow ride trip had to be missed as I couldn't get time off work. This pissed me off no end and had to do some serious touring on my own as everyone else was busy or had already been out riding, that didn't worry me as I had a blast out on the Crookwell Road.

I managed to get myself a new lid for Christmas as the old shoei had just about worn out. I then got out for one last ride before Christmas with Geoff up the Putty and back.

That was pretty much it for the year, I didn't really get much riding in at all really especially seeing I had to cancel the annual snowies trip. Its 3 months later and I'm still shitted about that.

I've been trying to skrimp and save for a newer bike all this time but still nothing yet. The snot nosed, sandwich grabbing, curtain climbers have been eating me out of house and home, stealing from my new motorcycle fund, costing me a small fortune in diapers, clothes and shoes and they haven't even reached school yet. You did warn me Troubadour........

I started 2013 with 57,053 km's on the clock and finished with only 60,551 km's. Yep that's pretty lame even by my standards. Only 3500 km's. Still I enjoyed every minute of it and can't wait for the next ride. Bring on 2014 and the South Island of New Zealand, I have a feeling 2014 will be a good year........

See you all on the road and have a safe 2014


  1. Chill, it is not about the mileage, it's about the fun to be had. And fun you seemed to have had. Wait until your rug rats are getting older. (not getting cheaper…) But hey, if only one of them develops a serious interest for motorcycling you will have done something right ;-) Best for 2014, and I hope you'll get some decent riding in.

    1. Yes you are 100% right, it was plenty of fun riding thats for sure. It just never seems to be enough!

      All the best for 2014

  2. Happy New Year - well, it neary is here (10:40pm). Working on my Year in review post...

    1. Happy new year mate and all the best to your family.

  3. You may not have ridden as many miles as you would have liked, but they look like quality miles and you have some great photos there. I don't think I even rode that many this year, sigh. That is my reason for not keeping track.

    And you love your little petri dishes...... Just a matter of priorities - yours need diapers, ours need fuel filters, lol.

    And the best to you and your little entourage in 2014.

    1. All the best to you Brandy and Brad and your little fuel filters for the coming year.

  4. Steve:

    Quote: " stealing from my new motorcycle fund, costing me a small fortune in diapers, clothes and shoes and . . . "

    if it helps, you could delete the shoes.

    Ride when you can. You can't be obsessed as there's other things in life to keep you occupied. Lack of riding just makes those days more memorable and something to look forward to

    Happy riding in 2014

    Riding the Wet Coast