Happy half birthday to my daughter, she is 6 months old this weekend. She wanted to order everything on the menu
With love from Mark and Zara!
Dispite our super busy work schedule, we managed to find a sunday to make a trip north to dads favouite place, St Albans via Wisemans ferry.
Visiting the old Settlers Arms pub for the 2nd time, dad was in a very happy place.
There were some re-enactments of old convict life and an old convict camp on the Great Northern Road we walked up.
Here are some actors playing as convicts resting between cutting out rock to build the great northern road.
Mum and dad talking to a soldier overseeing the convicts. He knew of Chichester and called it ‘chi’ which dad couldn’t believe how he knew thats the locals name for it.
Dad drove the Lotus with mum all the way home back to Sydney.
Photos from my latest Mountain Bike race, the Convict 100, so called as its along the old convict trails carved out and made by the old convicts. I raced with mate Ian, we camped right next to the river in St Albans.
I didn’t take my phone on the race but here my notes:
We finished the 68km offroad loop in 3:32. We placed 15th in our age category and 45th in the whole race. I think if it wasn’t for Ian’s Flu symptoms we would have done about 20 mins faster and finished in top 10 overall and maybe top in our age category.
After the race at the St Albans Settlers Arms pub for a well earned beer and some hearty hot vegetable soup.
My Ibis Mojo Mountain Bike is 5 years old this April. Still going strong. Although its got 26″ wheels and the standard for mountain bikes is 27.5″ or 29″ now its still an incredible all terrain bike that takes all the punishment I can throw at it.
Put it this way the bike is a lot more robust than me, I always come off worse in a crash
Its had a few upgrades over the 5 years, swapping all the gears and pedals from Shimano XT to the top of the line XTR range to make it lighter and stronger, swapping the saddle for a super light (and uncomfortable at first) one and adding some lights for the commute to work and back. A MASSIVE improvement was a brake upgrade from the original Avid Juicy carbons to Shimano XTR, this was Ian’s advice. Wow, such an improvement in strength and feel. It feels like I have the accuracy to stop on a 50c piece now.
The best thing about owning an Ibis is as they are a low volume hand made bike by a bunch of mountain biking dudes in the US, is just how rare they are. A couple of times a month fellow riders who know how rare and high-end they are, stop me to ask what its like to ride and generally ask about the bike and say they never see them, I have to agree.
I myself have only seen, I think I could count 5 in the the 5 years I’ve owned one, 1 a year. Its nice owning something so rare and respected by fellow riders and something not costing the earth like a very fancy watch.
I hope to keep hold of this little gem of a bike for at least another couple of years.
March 2016 Lotus club drive to Thredbo – mountainous driving at its best. The Sydneysiders meet up for the journey down.
Lunch at Brumbys schnapps restaurant.
Arrived at Thredbo with the beautiful mountains all around.
The main day of alpine driving starts with a photo of all the cars at Dead Horse Gap.
All the guys taking photos of the Lotus spectacle
Driver briefing before we head off on our days alpine drive.
I didn’t get any other photos of the day, but it was around 500km’s of very fast and the best fun driving I think I’ve ever had. A loop through all the Alpine regions best roads. I do have some videos though, here’s though the tighter twisty mountains:
Stopping at the top of one of the mountains, note the Black Elise got a bad puncture, we were all looking to help.
Driving across the higher ridges with all the dead tree’s
After a good night out at the Black Bear German restaurant and a good night’s sleep, we’re all off again.
My co driver Ian with my Lotus club nickname on the roof.
On the way home we stopped at the same old wooden bridge I took the photo of my RS4 4 years ago.
I was invited by friend Courtney on 3rd March to the Australian launch of the new Porsche 911 (991) generation 2 launch party. Interesting technically as now Porsche has switched ALL their 911 models to use turbocharging, something the purists are not so happy with.
After some videos about innovation and building on the past and some puffs of smoke, the new car was unveiled, and I was impressed.
and thank you to all the family who sent us baby girl congratulations cards, there is a lot of pink on our table now
Thank you as well for all the gifts we have received from friends and family, they have been very practical like wraps and toys and all things we need. I think we are very set up now, we just need to learn ourselves how to look after our little Zara. Thank you all.