What’s the best thing about riding into a city? Good coffee, food and (sometimes) a real bed to sleep in. And the worst thing about riding into a city? You have to ride into the city. A hellish experience almost anywhere, especially Melbourne where drivers seem to be more aggressive (or less attentive?) than in other places in Australia.
The struggle of getting into and out of Melbourne was worth it, and I got to catch up with my friend Jaakko, a Fin who’s been traveling the world for nearly a decade and spending the year working in Melbourne. A decade of travel! To my knowledge, the only places he has yet to visit are Africa and the Antarctic. He spent years in the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, New Zealand and most recently, Australia. He’ll also be delivering my little TU250x from Perth to Sydney where it will be sold by another friend, Jacqui, via a similar route I’ve taken myself. Jaakko has also promised to give me a proper interview when he’s here in the States later this year, and I look forward to sharing his travel stories and tips with you. But I’m getting ahead of myself. And I’m also behind (myself…?), as I haven’t shared the rest of my trans-Australian voyage.
So without further ado, here’s a brief video on Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road video comes out in just a couple of days.