Yesterday being my day off, I decided to take a run out on my motorbike (Cochyn as I call her), and as is my wont, to take some photographs. I particularly wanted a good photo of my bike, one with a vista of long sweeping empty road behind her in it. I wanted this shot for two reasons.
a) She’s just had the riders seat recovered, and it’s bright red. It looks rather fetching, I may have the passenger seat recovered in the same colour. (My wife thinks it looks dreadful.)
b) I wanted to show all my UK based biker mates one of these magnificent “bikers roads” we have here. They aren’t used to such long sweeping roads. Not empty ones in any case. And definitely not empty, dry ones, with the sun on them. So it would annoy the hell out of them. Neat.
I remembered there being such a road out to Captains Flat from Queanbeyan. I also remembered there being a pretty, and pretty old by Aussie standards, church which would be a suitable subject for some HDR shots, on the route. Oh, and the old copper mine at Captains Flat would be a good subject for HDR to. Sorted then.
So I set off. I only got lost once, in the new rats maze at the airport, and soon found myself on suitable stretch of road, one which spanned to the horizon, with a perfect vanishing perspective. I parked the bike blocking the left hand lane as traffic was infrequent. After shooting some snaps I noticed cars heading my way, and stopped taking shots, as I didn’t want other traffic in them.
I soon had enough of this view, and did the same thing at another couple of points on the road. But now, here’s the point of this whole long boring screed.
Without fail, any and all passing cars stopped to ensure I was ok, and not broken down, (or just mad and taking pictures of a bike on an empty road. Oh, hang on…)
I was highly impressed, and not a little touched by this. In the UK people would have only stopped to shout; “Haaa Haaaa!!”, or to mug you.
Very nice Captains Flat people. Thank you, you’ve made a slightly batty pommy a very happy man.
(Yes I did get some cracking shots of the bike, the church, and the mine.)
“Captains Flat what?” I keep wanting to ask..