I did this ride solo on my BMW R1200 GS motorbike. I've owned it since new (2008). The bike had its 230,000km routine service just before this ride. The engine is original and has never been overhauled. It performs as it did when new. But a thorough wash and polish no longer brings it up … Continue reading Motorbike Tour of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Weather generated in the roaring forties hits this part of the world with glorious force. The reason is that Apollo Bay is just around the corner from Cape Otway which extends unprotected into the Southern Ocean. The Southern Ocean in a post-frontal gale Summer announced its arrival around here with a series of cold fronts … Continue reading Storms, seabirds, surf…..
I have a strong sense of location. Wherever I may be, I keep track of north, I consider the major geographical features in the four cardinal directions, I note how far from the sea I am and I make it my business to know what the weather is and to have a guess as to … Continue reading The Southern Ocean at 38° 45′ 26″ S, 143° 40′ 11″ E (and some other things)
The arrival of winter in Apollo Bay is technically a date. But it is also when the whales start to arrive along our coast, it is when big swells and fierce weather hit the region and it is prime time for seeing the entire Milky Way arch across the heavens on a moonless night (a … Continue reading The Arrival of Winter in Apollo Bay
The air was clear and cold, and the moon would not rise until close to dawn the following day. There was the occasional patch of coastal stratus ghosting silently along the coast in the chilly westerly. (I take the view that a little bit of cloud can enhance a night sky photo). … Continue reading Apollo Bay crowned by the Milky Way