A few years ago my husband hit his mid-forties and decided he wanted to add a bit of excitement and adventure to his life. He thought a trike was just what he needed, and I liked the idea, so after a lot of saving and research we got the trike we wanted from Panther Trikes.
Getting that trike opened up a whole new chapter in our lives. We started to explore our corner of Queensland, and just over the border into New South Wales.
We have found lots of wonderful places, here are just two of my favourite rides:
If we fancy rainforest and winding roads then we ride to Mt Tamborine Gallery Walk. It is always busy and it's hard to find a parking space, but The Witches Chase Cheese Company usually has lots of parking spaces available, so we park there and walk down the road. The eclectic and artsy shops are always interesting and we usually find something to bring home, even if it's just something sweet from Granny Macs. The roads of Mt Tamborine are not for the faint-hearted, so if you are new to two wheels, take it steady and don't ride alone.
Somerset Dam and Esk sit in beautiful countryside. I recommend Enigmas Cafe in Esk for morning tea, and a walk across the road to rummage through the antiques at Staging Post Inn. The store is like the Tardis, bigger on the inside, and they have vinyl records in there. Now I feel old.
If we are feeling sociable we ride with friends from the Qld Trikers. We also belong to the Ulysses Club. At under 50 we are still Junior Members, and although we don't go on many rides with them, we always try to do at least one big Toy Run a year. To hear all those engines starting at the beginning of the parade is amazing and the police do a great job of blocking roads to make it all run smoothly.
I recently found a site called Motorcycle Paradise and it's full of excellent advice and lots of first hand accounts of rides around the Brisbane area. I cannot wait to try a few of them out and find some new favourite places.