A few weeks ago, I was invited to attend one of our DV Free sponsors annual events in Bateman’s Bay NSW, it was their first 12-hour Transmoto dirt bike event in 2018.
For days I was debating with myself if I should fly, drive or ride down and in the end, I made the decision to go with a motorcycle as I believed it was time to stretch my wings and comfort levels when it comes to solo riding. I guess some people may think that a trip around 2800klm in four days is nothing, but for me it was everything, as it was the first milestone in my DV Free journey.
About 17 months ago, I started to learn how to ride a motorcycle and I never thought in a million times that I would ride my first solo trip within my first two years of riding. Close to 100% of all my riding so far was either with friends for a day or two or short distances to work, city or home but nothing came even close to this trip. I knew I could ride such distance because having clocked up close to 40,000klm (which is a huge amount within 17-month) but I was worried how I would cope with my emotional and physical state.
When you are riding with others you have this certainty that if something happens someone will rescue you, but when you are alone, you need to figure it out all by yourself and that scared the crap out of me. The strange thing was, that in one way I knew I will be okay but on the other hand I didn’t know, but my attitude towards the uncertainty was like “unless I give it a go I will never know”.
So, on Friday the 2nd of April 2018, I left Brisbane around 6 am, with the plan of arriving at my friends Trevor and Elena from “Long Relationship” place in Sydney. I do have to add that I was riding a BMW GS1200 with nobby tyres which is called the pumkin in the world of dirt bike riding. Geoff Ballard one of our new sponsor from the Ballard’s/Mxstore store kindly lend me his bike. Riding this bike was pretty new to me too, as I only received it a week earlier. This bike wasn’t anything I was used to, the power and weight of my bike (Suzuki v-strom 650 lambs approved) was not even close to this bike, and I guess this was just another thing I felt emotionally challenged with.
The 10 hours sitting on this bike gave me lots of time to reflect on where DV Free and I was at this point of time. Numerous times I was challenged and yes, I did shed a tear or two whilst riding. I wasn’t expecting the emotional turmoil I had, but in the same token I was thankful for those feelings as they made me even stronger and more determined. Around 7 pm that night, I arrived in Sydney and I can’t tell you guys how much I was looking forward to lying horizontal. Once in bed, I felt like I was hit by a truck or I ran four marathons in the same day, my body ached all night.
The following morning I left for my final destination in Bateman’s Bay State Forest. The 12-hour Transmoto event was just amazing. Everyone was so friendly and accommodation and the camaraderie between each team was just out the world. Having Transmoto behind DV Free was also a great feeling because it made me realize even more how important this journey is and what we do. Watching those guys go through 12-hour of curling terrain made me realize how luck I am when I am off road, as those roads are nothing compare to what these guys had to go through.
Sunday late afternoon, I had to cut my visit a bit short as I need to be back on the road to Sydney before it got too dark, but I knew these guys would finish well without too many injuries. Apparently, they had several guys being picked up by Ambulance, however they were all fine in the end.
Monday morning was a bit emotional again, because I had to say good bye to my dear friend Elena and I knew this journey was about to end soon. 11 hours later with just under 2800 klm in four days under my belt, I arrived back in Brisbane without any hiccups. During the ride home I decided to attend Transmoto’s second event in Bright Victoria…can’t wait to do it all over again late…. stay tune for more updates.