Old Man's Gap Year
Follow me on my ride!
Motorbike around Australia is this years Old Mans Gap Year adventure for 2018.
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This is one Baby Boomers adventure as he “jumped off the cliff of normalcy” to pursue his bucket list now while still physically active and mentally able. Chapee quit the security of his job, rented out his home and actioned his goal to ride around Australia on his 2006 Harley Softail Deluxe (aptly named Bluey) heading North from the Sunshine Coast on July 09th.
Not content to just set off and put his mind on cruise control Chapee wanted to put some purpose to his adventure to keep himself active and alert. He figured he was effectively homeless for at least the next 6 to 8 months as he drifted from place to place camping out in his tent. That struck a nerve and he dug deeper into the plight of Australia’s Homeless unearthing some startling facts. For example, did you know that the fastest growing demographic for homelessness is women aged 55 plus! Up 52% from 2011 to 2016. On any given night it is estimated that some 105,000 Australians are homeless with the growth most noticeable in rural Australia. Exactly where Chapee was headed. It was time to give back and so begun a search for a suitable Charity Chapee could align with, enter STREETSMART (see link below) who is a registered not for profit charity doing great work for the Homeless by sewing back donations to local organisations in the area closest to where each donation originates from. Perfect fit for what Chapee was looking for. Chapee was now on a mission.
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So, climb aboard Bluey as the virtual pillion passenger on this years Old Mans Gap Year Around Australia and enjoy the ride and help Chapee raise awareness for the Streetsmart Charity taking Action against Homelessness in Australia.
Love the Ride of your life every day, keep your knees in the breeze & your eyes on the horizon . Chapee.
Chapee & Bluey, ready to ride!
DARWIN TIME TO SERVICE BLUEY
Made it all the way to Darwin a total of 7615 kilometres!! Defintely was time to have Bluey serviced and big thanks to the team at Hidden Valley Harley Davidson who did a great job as Bluey is running sweet as bro!! New Dunlop tyre on the back which was due as my previous tyre did 12800 km which is a tad more than usual. The front will be due when I reach Perth for service number two. Got the guys to take my handlebars up slightly anqd gee it makes a huge difference as has me more upright and not lent forward. Darwin will be home for the next few weeks as I check out the sights and head off to Kakadu for a few nights. Still loving the trip thus far and meet some fantastic people. Be sure to become a subscriber on my You Tube channel,link below, likewise with Instagram. Let anyone know so e can continue to raise more funds for Streetsmart, again link to Give Now below.
Looking forward to seeing more of the wide open spaces. CHAPEE from the road
Bluey – 2006 Harley Softail Deluxe