Ride a motorcycle on the south coast of Australia

A drawing of my motorcycle, by Delilah and Patsy Thomas.

For the next four weeks I’ll be riding my 1997 Honda Rebel 250cc cruiser east out of Adelaide area.

I’ll head south to Kangaroo Island, then take backroads eastwards. I’ll jump on the Great Ocean Road into Melbourne and then linger in that city to catch up with a cousin. If time allows, I’ll catch a ferry to Tasmania and tour and camp.

On the way back I’m considering following the Murray River north and west back into Adelaide area. I might pause in Clare and Barossa valleys to sip some wine.

I won’t be posting stories as frequently here, but I’ll definitely collect stories as I go. Wish me luck, and see you beginning of March 2017.



Sleep in a swag

Swag bedroll with a sleeping bag inside, inside a tent in Wirrina, Australia.

The temperature went down to 8 degrees Celsius for my first night of camping in Australia at Wirrina Cove Holiday Park, south of Adelaide.

Luckily, I got to sleep inside a real live swag.

A swag is a canvas bedroll. It’s heavy and waxed and includes both a zip-over mosquito net and a cover. Ropes at either end allow you to tie it to a tree, or like a bivouac sack or camping hammock.

Or you could make like a jolly swagman and pitch it under the shade of a coolibah tree.

Sleep inside a swag.