AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Monday, August 25, 2008

Bikie Memories

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ American Memorabilia shop, Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula in AUSTRALIA!
Odd Shot Monday prompt
This is really odd! Who would expect to find a bike shop, specialising in American bike memorabilia, a Harley specialist, in Rosebud, right on Port Phillip Bay, about 70km south of Melbourne in Australia! The shop is not in the main shopping mall, but is part of a small cluster of shops where parking nearby is very limited, especially in summer when the tourists arrive for the beach season!
I can only guess! There is a bikie group known as Ulysses in the Rosebud area. This group attracts the older, veteran bikies. Perhaps this shop is a passion of one of the members! Bikies enjoy riding the beach highway and the winding Arthurs Seat mountain road. Perhaps there are enough bikies on the road down this way to make this shop a compulsory pit stop! And the shop is flanked by 2 cafes that seem to do a reasonable trade in all weathers!
And not many shops fly flags here on the Peninsula!

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A rainy, windscreen view of the shop
This is really the first pic I took. It was raining. But I wanted to include those bikes out the front! So, the wipers went into fast mode to clear the windscreen a bit, and I took the pic before more rain smeared the view! The other pic was taken later in the day when sunlight made a fleeting visit! And the bikes were gone!

Freedom on two wheels
Racing is the joy of
Somewhere else
Is like
Flying on Earth


Anonymous said...

Excellent post! I will read it in the future . I want you all the best

Maria Verivaki said...

i like the rainy shot best!

A Wild Thing said...

Those crazy bikers, be it American or Ausie...they are all crazy in love with their machines. They have been out in full force in this weekend of perfect weather here in the Dad even came for a visit on his huge BMW...he is a spry 80 year old crazy person.


Unknown said...

Nice shot! Raining all weekened here too..not so happy when I have 3 loads of washing all over the house hahaa..happy week ahead :D

Anonymous said...

I always said that motorcycling was the next best thing to flying.

Anonymous said...

It looks like it is a popular spot for bikers too. As I seem some parked there. Nice shot.

Rambling Woods said...

I think that Harleys are universal and the riders are very loyal. I too like the rainy photo...

Jane Hards Photography said...

I wonder if these are the bikers who come to the island for the Races. They are fantatics , but lovely odd people.

EG CameraGirl said...

Must be a popular biker spot, is my guess as to why. ;-)

Lara said...

thanks for sharing this! I am waiting for my Harley adventure this year, so this is a nice reminder that I will be in the saddle in few days :)!

Diane said...

i am so happy i got down to your odd shot. being who i am i tend to go by quickly if what i am looking for is not there~but i have to remember where you daughter has a very good friend who's parents live in Tasmania. but now you live in Victoria~is it close by?
the shot~probably an american living there loving life in australia and living his dream of owning a bike shop?! oh, what a life that must be....

Katney said...

I don't think Denise has seen this yet. She should. I have morotcycles in my Twofer Tuesday.



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