Angelo having done 50 years on the planet, his family wanted to give him something memorable.
What better than a 4 hour Harley ride with our team member David?
The tour was planned to be met Circular Quay to his home in the Illawarra via the Royal National Park just south of Sydney. When David met with Angela at the arranged place at Circular Quay, David discovered where Angelo lived and so they exercised their combined knowledge and being flexible decided instead to explore Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. As the Illawarra would have been a busman’s holiday for Angelo.
Having met, they went to the awaiting steed (motorcycle).
Geared up, we saddled up, fired the Harley’s engine up and began the journey. From Circular Quay to and along Macquarie Street, Angelo was given a little history lesson through the Sena Bluetooth headsets then we rode to Mrs Macquarie’s chair, there were no major events so the road to the headland was open. They had a lot travelling to do so there was no stopping for a photo shoot today besides it’s all about riding.
A ‘ride by’ a Harry’s cafe de Wheels at Woolloomooloo as they were too soon into the ride for a pie and peas or even a coffee break. Some readers may not believe there was no stop as it has been suggested David only rides to get to the next food and coffee stop.
A gentle cruise through Kings Cross then they passed through Rushcutters Bay, Double Bay and Rose Bay.
Rose Bay, Angelo was informed was an old international airport for Sydney and Catalina’s Restaurant is where the old terminal was. Click on the picture of the Flying Boat for more details on the flying boats.
Today the seaplanes are smaller and you can be taken on some great flights by Sydney Seaplanes.
Having passed through Rose Bay they climbed ‘Heart Break Hill’ which is well known to runners in the Sydney to Surf Race. The Harley just climbed without any stress or strain and since having had the suspension raised, no scrapes of the running boards. The road wove down to Watson’s Bay and they did a quick loop with explanations of the area including the infamous Gap.
From Watson’s Bay it was then time to head south and through the back roads of Dover Heights, then down hill to Bondi Beach. The weather was great so the traffic was very heavy which meant no photo shoot and Angelo didn’t seem to mind.
Escaping finally from the car pack they return to the road most travelled and onto the exploration of the other Eastern Suburbs beaches. The story telling changed roles at Coogee as Angelo informed David that he is very familiar with the area as it used to be a haunt for Angelo and his mates, the best tale was about the he and his mates found themselves overdressed compared to the locals which at the time they had found very embarrassing but now it’s a great story..
Their Eastern Suburbs exploration ended at La Perouse and finally a stop to have a photo shot. It was also time for a leg stretch in preparation for the major ride south.
With them Back on the Bike, they passed Port Botany then the Botany Bay side of Sydney Airport, continuing along the coast of Botany Bay, passed Sutherland then they entered the Royal National Park for a leisurely 60 kilometres per hour with some to 80 kilometres per hour riding as sign posted through the northern part of the park. What is referred to locally as the southern part is 70 kilometres per hour. Once upon a time, it was a 100 with overtaking opportunities but then would it be leisurely?
They left the Royal National Park at its most southerly point being Otford and rode through the car park at Bald Hill, Stanwell Park as the new car park seems to have less parking spaces and there at the time there were no spaces.
Down the hill they stopped for a break at the Stanwell Park Beach Kiosk where Angelo is introduced to the Kiosk’s ice coffee. David wished Angelo a happy birthday and all they needed to do was add candles to the cream on top to really celebrate.
They re-mounted and continued to head south, crossing the Sea Cliff Bridge. As the view is better we turned around and crossed it again.
They rode up to the old Princes Highway at Helensburgh and it’s 100 kilometres per hour zones, the Harley just got into its stride. There were no more stops as they were on the home stretch to Angelo’s home and time was beating them.
When they arrived at home, there were lots of photos taken, especially by Angelo’s wife. This had David thinking there may be a Harley Davidson in Angelo and his wife’s future.
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