An Australia Day Daisy

Daisy Hill MTB Park

Australia Day on the daisy Trails

It was 5am Australia Day morning and 23 degrees, the skies were overcast and there were some dark clouds with the odd light shower of cooling rain. A perfect morning for our first Daisy Hill ride for the year.

I jumped out of the Colorado, it had been quite a few weeks since my last ride with PK at Daisy Hill Conservation Park and that didn’t end pretty! Last time we were here I bounced off a tree and hurtled into the forest landing on my side with a crushing blow and a stake in my right arm, the result, a trip to the emergency ward, after breakfast of course, and 8 stitches.

It was time to face my demons and get back on the GIANT horse that threw me!

Top of the Ripley's Trail

Resting at the top of the Ripley’s climb.

After recent rains the trails had been washed clean. Daisy drains well so despite the heavy rains it was still solid under wheel and perfect for an early morning pedal.

As we made our way from the Duck Pond on Underwood Road up along 2nd Cummin to the Five-Ways  it was nice to see a few Wallabies to welcome us back. It is so peaceful and their are not too many other bikes on the trails yet although I am sure it will be a busy day.

From the Five-ways it was a nice run down the Tunnel of Love, I was in the lead so this was my chance to pick the right line through the Rock Garden and make PK proud. My line was to the left as this seemed to be the shortest and most well worn path.

The Tunnel of Love continues down and through the fence line to become the Koala Trail, a nice flowing trail that you can really pick up some speed before again reaching the  Stringy Bark fire trail link road.

Turning off the main trail we then headed up Ripley’s, an awesome single track climb through the open wooded forest. Daisy Hill is a special place and the forest can change from one side of the hill to the other providing plenty of variety and different riding conditions.

At the end of Ripley’s, we decided to take a right hand turn and head up the short Gilligan’s trail, only 450m but a link we hadn’t ridden before so we thought we’d take a look. Linking again with the fire trail we headed back to the Five-Ways via the SpeedLink which is always a quick down hill run to the creek. The ride through the valley looks like a scene out of Jurassic Park, with the large ferns and the thick undergrowth.

Although the run down is free flowing and a short cut back to the Five-ways there is still a bit of climb back up. After about 12k’s of riding under the belt this climb can be quite challenging.

It was nice to reach the top and the cooling breeze at the Five-Ways was a welcome relief. After a short breather it was then down Possum Box, stopping briefly to visit the scene of the accident to see if I could find the culprit spear that caused all the damage to my right forearm last time I passed.

With Possum Box cleared without incident it was then just the short ride out through Mad Max and Choc Buddah back to the awaiting Colorado’s at the Duck Pond.

It had been a great first ride of the year on the Daisy Trails for Australia Day and after loading up the bikes it was time for the usual breakfast stop at the Rochedale Deli Cafe, a favourite among many of the riders after a active morning on the trails.


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Beating the Baggage Allowance

Baggage Maximisation!

Avoiding the excess baggage charge!

These days airlines charge a fee for the baggage allowance which was once included in all air travel tickets.

Therefore it is handy to know what IS the baggage allowance for each of the domestic airlines in Australia and what they charge for the privilege.

We found Webjet has a handy domestic guide. Click here for Australian Domestic Airline Baggage Allowances.

Flight Centre also has a comprehensive airline guide including International Baggage Allowances. Click here for International Baggage Allowances.

It is also good to know that this is a combined bagged allowance. You can take as many bags as you like, as long as the total weight does not exceed the allowance.

Armed with this knowledge is was Michelle’s responsibility to pack the bag for our short weekend excursion to Cairns, North Queensland.

The challenge had been set, one bag between the two of us and it had to include my Mega Huge Afro Wig and the costumes for the 70’s Disco Birthday Party, the reason for our trip.

They say a photo is worth a thousand words, and the photo above proves, to Michelle’s delight, her impeccable packing ability!

With a grin, and a quick photo for proof at the checkin counter, Michelle proudly announced, “Challenge Completed!”

Well done Michelle, you can pack my bags any day!

What is your best story for getting away with excess baggage?


The Key to being a Person of Influence

You can be the Connector!

5 Steps to become the person you have always wanted to be and that you know you can be.

A very timely read that will find you when you are ready to receive the messages. It will find you at a time when you are ready to take action to become a Key Person of Influence, a KPI, in your industry and in your personal life.

This book, “Become a Key Person of Influence” written by Daniel Priestley, lays the foundation, the five steps to move your from where you are today, virtually unknown, to a Key Person of Influence with opportunities abound.

The 5 Steps to become a Key Person on Influence in the next 6-12 months are:

  1. Develop your Perfect Pitch, your tagline.
  2. Write a Book.
  3. Make a Product.
  4. Become Web-famous.
  5. Find and Develop Joint Venture Partners and opportunities.

A simple yet comprehensive guide to becoming the person that you have been developing all your life.

Now it is time to move into the spotlight and let all those opportunities find you.

A great read, get your copy today and make this the year of YOU!

Power to Cara Robinson as the Hat Fitz on New Years Eve

Cara says "If The Hat Fitz"...

Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson at Lizotte’s on the Central Coast

Sometimes the most unexpected performances provide the most lasting memories.

With a last minute trip to the Central Coast it was most fortunate that we were able to book the last table for the New Years Eve performance by Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson.

On entering Lizotte’s Restaurant at Kincumber, you immediately feel warm and welcome. The place is very nostalgic, decorated with memorabilia from the many local and international artists that have performed at this cosy Theatre Restaurant.

Although a full house for New Years Eve, the staff were friendly and the service extremely efficient. Dinner was served in a timely manner and was a true delight and the best was yet to come, Sticky Date Pudding to die for, the best ever!

Then it was time for the show. I was very open to the evenings performance as I had no idea what to expect as I am not normally a Blues fan, however, these guys were fantastic, great soulful music and true entertainers.

Cara is the show all on her own, she is mesmerising and although seated at a drum kit plays an array of instruments from the rough and rugged washboard, strapped over her should, to a dainty flute!

Take a look below, Cara is a true talent!

The guys had everyone up on their feet and clapping their hands and stomping their feet, playing right through until midnight when the entire restaurant celebrated the count down to New Year.

What an uplifting way to welcome in the New Year.

Not something I would normally have on my radar as an evening of choice but I must say I am a convert to the Blues Music scene and in particular the wonderfully entertaining Cara Robinson.

Check out their great album “Wiley Ways” and they will have you too clapping and stomping your feet!

Happy New Year