I am 52, I live in The beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia. I have a 25 year old daughter and a 23 year old son. I recently sold a business, that I was part owner of for 13 years, and needed a long earned break.I have loved riding motorbikes since I was 17, when it was my only means of transport for 4 years until I got my car licence.
I traded my bike in on a car and regretted it every day after. Then I met my husband, and we had a family, so my priorities changed. Now my children are independent, and I am on my own, then the call from my past came, so I brought a road bike 5 years ago.
My friend Jane also bought a motor bike, we headed out most weekends riding and loved it. We rode to Yackandanda one weekend and met up with a lot of fellow bikers, that’s were we came across the BMW adventure tourer bike owners, who told us how great they were. Not long after that I bought my F650GS. Jane and I had planned to have 6 months off to travel, part of that 6 months we were going to ride around Australia, Jane got her BMW and we saw the Compass / Off Road Skills training and outback ride advertised.
We signed up and did the training last August 2013.
Neither of us had done off road riding and we thought we might need those skills to tackle the Australian Outback. We had an awesome time and met some great people, and most importantly, learnt to ride off road!! We got talking to Mick McDonald and Simon Pavey about the ride we had just done and the famous ‘Road of Bones’ ride. We were fairly pumped after what turned out to be the best week ever on bikes, then on the way home we decided – ‘Life’s to short’ and we are not getting any younger, “Let’s Do It!!” So we emailed Mick and Veronica, and joined the ‘Road of Bones Tour 2014!’