I have been slack in updating, yet again, but this time I have a reasonable excuse. Two days before our expected trip to the Flinder’s Classic I managed to break three fingers on my left hand. I leaned against the back door, which happened to not be latched, fell down the one step onto the patio and landed on hand. I now have four plates fixed in the three last fingers and do physio every waking hour for half an hour.. usually over three hours of exercises a day!
We didn’t get to go to the Flinder’s as we had to fly to Adelaide for surgery (which took three hours and I chose not to have a general anaesthetic). Ten days later we returned for a follow up to get the plaster off but this time we drove so we could camp and enjoy the scenery. We stayed at Wilmington to catch up with another adventure rider, Ross, who was sort of the person who drove us pair of nutcases together.
Anyway.. right now I have no idea if I will actually be able to ride again. Or at least a bike with a clutch. But I do my exercises every hour in the hope that my hand will work again. Apparently my bones are brittle so I am starting to think a smaller, tamer bike may be the go for the future.
Next week we are heading to the memorial for Bill Laver, an amazing man and character, who features in most Motorbikin dvd’s. I don’t think I ever met Bill but I watched all the dvd’s and knew Netty, his girlfriend, and Phil, his partner in riding crime. We leave Wednesday to head through the Gawler Ranges, the Borefield Track, Lake Eyre and then the Birdsville Track to the INSIDE Birdsville Track. We have the memorial on the 6th at Big Red that’s in the Simpson, even though we cross the original Big Red on the Inside track.
After that we go home to see my family and they get to meet the loony that is silly enough to put up with me (and the other four legged loony). Then we are heading for the Strzelecki Track or perhaps the old track. We were going to follow the Darling River but we both love the desert. After the Strez, we get to explore some parts of the Flinder’s that I haven’t seen yet, the Mount Fitton track and then back through Angorichina, a place that I love very much. It will be great to see Dave and Caroline again.
In conclusion, I don’t get to ride for a while but I do still get to see some amazing new country!