Touring with Gibbo
I have called this section ‘Touring with Gibbo’; 'Gibbo' being my nickname. I have ridden all over Eastern Australia, Tassy and South Aussie. This August (2017), I am off with long standing mates, who are the soul of the legendary UNEMCC, to do the ˝ lap of Australia. I know motorcycle touring well, and love it! I have two motorcycles; a 2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic, fully kitted out for touring, and a Chopped 1978 Honda CB 750 F2; very custom. I love them both. Any excuse to go for a ride is a good excuse. I also have a gorgeous Chrysler Valiant VG Pacer Coupe. I love touring with her as well.
Motorcyclists and motoring enthusiasts of all persuasions and interests, are welcome at Squeakygate Retreat. We welcome riders/ drivers on their own, with their partner or small groups. We can cater for 3 couples and a couple of singles together easily. If pushed we can extend that to 12 people.
This section of our website is designed to give riders/ drivers who do not know this broad general area suggested routes ranging from a few hours to two or more days. The focus in this section is interesting black top roads that avoid the Pacific Highway in this region (the Pacific [A1] is a total disaster with all the roadworks, and will be for the next few years) and take 'the road less travelled'. It's just so, so much more interesting. Later I will add a section for adventure bike riders. I have tried to make the tours a comfortable day's ride/ drive around the 450 to 500km mark. There are days that are longer and shorter, but that's the approximate median length.
I probably need to say that the directions here are suggestions only! Road and weather conditions change all the time. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY as the person in charge of your motorcycle/ car to always exercise due diligence to keep you, your pillion and those riding with you safe at all times, especially when you on unfamiliar roads. Take it easy!
The tours are designed to be self-directed, and able to be viewed on your mobile phone through our website and maps through motowhere.com. There are directions and a map link for each tour, as well as some pictures and comment on sites worth visiting. If you would like me to lead a tour and, I am available, I am happy to do this for you. Any excuse to throw my leg over the bike, or go for a drive in the Pacer works for me. For extended tours, I also have suggested accommodation places which are motorcycle friendly, and reasonably priced. Whether you stay there or not, is your choice. For each one on the list I have stayed there myself and recommend it. When I selected each place, I was looking for the following:
• They welcome motorcyclists/ motoring enthusiasts.
• Have secured under cover parking for your bikes/cars.
• Have good quality bedding and room facilities.
• Have ensuites at least as an option.
• Serve good quality meals.
• Have a licence to sell alcohol.
• Have a website with details of accommodation listed.
For me, when I arrive at a place, I have spent all day in the saddle. I do not want to get back on the bike or in the car until tomorrow. I want to be able to eat, drink and sleep in the one place. If that cant be done, I don’t recommend the establishment. I DO NOT receive any kick backs from any establishment. I am just trying to make your touring as easy as possible for you to organise. Happy riding and keep the rubber down.
Always Good Advice!
Aint she gorgeous!