Bell (Adelaide Tounge of Fire freakbiker superb) arrives at Canberra
Airport this Satdee at 6.15pm, and we are gonna pick her up on the
world's first tall amphibious couch trike that should ensure a memorable
first-time visit to our amazing little city.
Loose, are you representing with us on Saturday to pick up Bell
from the airport already?
+ perhaps you can call a Rat Ride for Sunday eve too?
Sam, you still up for it? Angel, you want in?
Splat's in, 2harmpz is in, Jo is in (fuk, she ROCKS!!), Dogga will
also be with us :)
How about we leave The Tardis at 4pm, to arrive by 6.15, head
down to the Molonglo to meet Sam (6.40ish), load a bike or 2 on
the Turtle, go downstream, get out again at end-o-Molonglo or city
(depending on the weather conditions), head into th city from there?
Suggested route attched (seems like the flattest [therefore easiest
4 trike!] route?)... wotchaz rekon? I'm hopin it'll be an easterly
I'll go and scope out water launch points and aquire replacement
rear wheels for the trike after school today... purchase a bottle
of champagne for Bell's arrival... then I will engage in more trike
repairs into the night...
On the day
Well, everyone bailed because it was raining a bit and because
they are really soft and lame, all except Two Humps. We represented
The map Plan B indicates a best-case scenario route. We pretty-much
took that route :D
2humps and I sadly rode SS Mitzie valiantly to the airport under
great duress, and without any freakbikery backup.
But it was an incredible entrance to Canberra for Bell! As soon
as she came aboard at the airport and the first of many champagne
toasts were underway, the heavens opened wide and splashed INTENSE
orange light all around... the skies turned red and purple... WOW.
Once we sorted out the 10 cops and many cop cars that literally
swarmed around the unattended "device" (as it was being
reffered to as!), we headed to the Boathouse Restuarant, and just
as we hit the water at impressive speed, the strong wind changed
direction — it now came strongly from the East giving us a
generous downwind dream run through the city! Amazing!
So, we sailed under Kings Av Bridge, moored outside the High Court
for a while, then went under Commonwealth Av Bridge and landed at
Acton Ferry Terminal. The very moment we came ashore, the wind started
to HOWL from the opposite direction! If the wind change had happened
literally 3 mins earlier, we would've all been farked!!! SOOOOOO
Sanj learnt that when at sea and standing on the floats to relieve
one's bladder, it's best to be pointing downwind...
We pedalled thru the threatening weather for about 7 hours and
bent both bac wheels pretty badly... but not quite badly enough
to stop us limping back to it's new home at Nancy and Scujette's
pad. We were both fully over the couch trike by then!!!! I wanted
it destroyed. We didn't take any photos, as that may have compromised
The next day
Thanks to Loose for gettin' stuff together for the next night's
ride, repairing MGE and setting her up with th BBQ and cold beers.
T'was great, and she loved being there!! This morning at 3.30am,
she and Dogga were still awake from the night before. Dogga and
I wished her a nice trip back to Adelaide with big smiles allround
I think Bell rather enjoyed and appreciated her first entrance
to The Nations' Capital :)