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Day 23: Friday 20th January


all seasons in one day 39 °C

Teena had today off so we planned to ride up the Swan Valley.
The severe thunderstorm warning was a little alarming and the sky was looking very black to the south, but we'd been hearing threats of thunderstorms all week so we paid little attention.


Halfway down the highway the skies opened and it poured.

Wearing only our summer gear with no liners, within moments we were drenched. The rain was so heavy we started to have trouble seeing so we pulled over then turned off the highway to look for shelter. As if I wasn't wet enough, as I cornered I rode through the water pooling on the road's edge and it splashed up all over me, completing the drenching.

By now we'd lost Teena and the best shelter we could find was in a park under a tree where we stood in boots full of water until the rain eased.

I was dropping my bike off for a service and we eventually caught up with Teena there.
There were many beautiful old Guzzis there.


We ended up riding straight back to her place and changing out of all our wet clothes and taking the car instead.

All our gear laid out to dry

So, we drove up the Swan Valley and had lunch at a cafe in a beautiful setting overlooking a pond.


It was quite hot and humid and, of course, there was not a drop of rain for the rest of the day...

I would not like to meet the spider who built this web!!

I picked up my bike on the way back. Riding back to Teena's the temperature was tipping between 39 and 41 degrees...

There just happened to be someone who made custom ear moulds in the next suburb from Teena's so I went and
had a new set made. I'll have to be extra careful to zip my pockets now!

Suzie came over and we went for dinner at the local pub. It was the first time the Guzzi Girls had really been together on this trip.

The Guzzi Girls: Suzie, Jo & Teena

After dinner we drove to the marina at Hilarys and walked around a bit and had coffee. There were lots of people there and the atmosphere was festive.

Posted by Jo vanEmmerik 18:25 Archived in Australia

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put that sunscreen on mum!!!! and LOL that spider web!

by phil

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