About the Author
A Few Bio Snippets
I can't really call myself a seasoned
motorcyclist. In fact, I'm relatively new to
motorcycling. I had already entered my seventh decade before I even
thought of it as a pastime.
I think there were a few factors at play. It
undoubtedly had something to do with retiring and feeling the need to
be a bit adventurous. It also provided an opportunity to get back at my
sons, having been traumatised over the years from the worry of their
riding motorcycles. Then, it happened to coincide with my wife’s deciding
she wanted "something better" and heading off on a new bike, as
it were, in search of it.
Anyway, that was at the beginning of 2005.
Since April 2005, when I got my learner’s
permit and my first bike – a well used Suzuki GS500 – and ventured out
warily onto the neighbourhood roads, I've covered some 200,000km on sixteen different bike models in fifteen countries spanning four
And it’s all been just for the fun of it. No
commuting. Pure Touring.
Before that, I led a mostly normal
life. I was born and spent my early years in the Sydney
suburb of Lakemba. I later lived on a farm in the Sydney suburb of West
Pennant Hills. I spent a few years in a religious order immersed in
Scholastic philosophy and theology. I did law at Sydney University.
Then spent 19 years in the Australian Diplomatic Service and another 15 years
in other Australian government departments.
very contentedly in Canberra, Australia. Until a few years ago, I was
accompanied by my 20 something year old stepdaughter, her two dogs and her
cat. I cherish two adult sons and their wives, an adult daughter, two
adult stepdaughters (compliments of their new-life-seeking mum), three
grandsons, a granddaughter and a brand new step grandson!
When not otherwise occupied with family, I'm
simply a motorcycle meanderer.