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Old Man's Gap Year
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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!
18850 Kms Arrived in MELBOURNE
Travelling across the Nullabor has been a goal of mine from when I was 19 when I lived in Perth but only ever flew in and out of Western Australia. To finally get to ride across on my Harley in squadron with two other bike riders was a thrill. Far from boring I found the experience to be invigorating with an orchestra of ever changing scenery. To stop at the viewing area of the Great Australian Bite was magestic with the swelling ocean directly below pounding up against this great country. I just loved that moment of standing there and feelng all the oceans power and to literally see part of the outline of Australia stretched out in front of me was indeed a memorable experience. I applaude Harley Davidson for making such capable and reliable machines that seem to be born to ride such roads as Bluey has not missed a beat in over 18000 kms thus far. Whilst I have enjoyed a respite from camping in the big smoke of Melbourne I am excited to start my month of riding in Tasmania when I board the Spirit of Tasmania this Friday. Old Mans Gap Year continues to be everything and more than I ever could have imagined. Bluey is booked in for service number 3 at Richardsons Harley Davidson in Launceston which is my favourite Harley Dealer. Awesome shop, awesome cafe and awesome friendly staff so looking forward to visiting again. Till then Keep your Knees in the Breeze, your eyes on the horizon and see you on the sunny side, CHAPEE from the road
Bluey – 2006 Harley Softail Deluxe