Robin works for one of the smaller courier companies in Sydney and (not that I have seen him play) but I think he is a pretty decent Bike Polo player.
I had clicked on a the new follower of our tumblr blog and found a bunch of god be..a..u..tiful photo’s, some of touring and some of people I knew. After realising the photos where Robin’s and he had interest in our obsession I got his views on things.
When and where was your first tour?
Winter of 2013 three of us rode had the intention of riding down to Melbourne over about 7 days. We packed light(ish) and had the intention of doing about 130-140 ks a day. Didn’t happen, we woke up late had long lunch breaks and spent a lot of time buy food. The weather was cold but perfect for day time riding. We ended up hiring a car in Bega (about half way) and driving the rest after a few problems and lack of time.
How did the interest spark?
I guess just wanting to get out of town and go camping, doing a different sort of riding than what I do at work. Definitely inspired by other peoples adventures i had read and watched videos online. Documentaries like the one on the American ‘Tour Divide’ race.
What are the preparation techniques?
I spent a lot of time online researching camping gear going for a mixture of quality, weight and price. Hours and hours we spent looking for the right tent, sleeping mat and such. I’ve never really spent that much time working out the route which sometimes means you end up doing it while riding which can become tiresome.
How many tours have you done? Which were the best?
About 4 ranging from 6 to 1 night. All were good, Tassie was probably my favourite. We did some off road dirt riding which was heaps of fun, avoided a lot of big roads.
What is the worst thing about touring?
If your bike isn’t running smooth it can making riding a real bore. Running out of water in summer really sucks and not having enough snacks to get you to your next stop.
What are the not so obvious advantages of using a bike for travel rather than a car?
I guess you see more of whats around, more likely to see some wildlife. Its nice when you stop somewhere and people ask what you’re up to and offer advise or help on where to eat, sleep and a nice road to the next town. Its nice not having too much stuff, only carrying what you need.
What kind of cooking do you do on your trip, if any?
Ive got a little metho burner and a few pots, instant noodles and a bit of meat are an easy feed, cans of soup and bread,things like that. LOTS OF SUGAR. Nothing beats a pub meal after a big day of riding though.
What kind of music do you listen to while on the road?
Something with a good beat and a bit of energy, its also really nice to not listen to anything especially when you’re out in the bush and there aren’t any other sounds
Do you document your trips?
I try and take photos, normally I forget or am too lazy to pull out my camera. But its always nice to drop in the film and get the photos back a week or so after the trip and have a look back.
Do you have a dream tour?
I would love to do the tour divide from Canada down to Mexico. Big trips don’t really interest me as much as lots of short trips. Anywhere is nice to ride as long as your away from big roads and theres lots of nice places to stop.
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