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Old 11-27-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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Alec's First Ride with Mum's Blessing

Alec is my 11 year old son and I love him dearly. For some time now Alec has wanted to go for rides with me, but there has been one obstacle in the way, his Mum. Dont get me wrong I love my wife to bits, she is a fantastic mother and wife.

But 25 years ago she was a passenger in a car that rolled and she broke her neck in 2 places and snapped her adontoid (the one that kills when your hung). At the time, she was the first person in Australia to survive this type of break so her case was used by surgeons during their lectures to medical students at Universities.

She was paralised down the left side for 6 months (thankfully she regained 99% of her movement back). As a result of her accident she has come to realise how fragile life is and the thought of her son on a motorbike was too much to bear.

After much talking and her realising that I am not a hoon on the bike she finally gave her blessing to let him go for a ride. Needless to say she was very worried, but Alec was over the moon and so was I. Here is this mornings ride.

A friend loaned me some old motorcross riding gear that his son used to use and this eased Shirleys mind a little to see Alec with some form of protection albeit old gear. He had back, chest, elbow, knee and head protection.

So here we are, it was bloody cold (not by some of you blokes standards) normally in late November it is over 30 degree's Celcius at 7am but it has been unusually cold lately and it was 16 degree's as we pulled out.


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The plan was to ride to Simpsons Gap then onto Standley Chasm, then head back to town via the Ilparpa Loop and to Macca's for brekky.


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Simpsons Gap


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On the road back to the Highway we saw this poor snake that got in the way of a car and paid the ultimate price.


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It was then I noticed the odometer on my 12 year old girl had ticked over to this huge amount of Kilometers


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Then it was off down the road to Standley Chasm


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The scenery of the Western MacDonnell Ranges is spectacular.


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The turn off for Standley Chasm, it is a 8km ride in.


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Only to find this !! The gate is supposed to be open at 8am, it was 8:15 so we hung around for a while but no one came to open it so we left.


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That's my boy, the ADV salute Mum hasnt seen this photo yet


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We stopped at Honeymoon Gap. I didnt notice till later that someone had painted an arrow on the rock, havent got a clue what its for !!

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Alec in the dry river bed

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Or is it !!


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Water in the desert


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Freshly filtered through the sand


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Then after 120km it was to Macca's for Brekky. Alec throughly enjoyed the ride and is looking forward to more, I'm not sure that Mum is comfortable with that but she is slowly letting the umbilical cord go It was sooo good to get out there with my son


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Old 11-27-2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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It was then I noticed the odometer on my 12 year old girl had ticked over to this huge amount of Kilometers


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Tell me you own 9 other bikes!? Are you saving that thing for a museum?
Otherwise, great report so far , I'm in, keep it coming.


p.s. get Alec some gloves
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:12 PM   #3
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:30 AM   #4
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:07 AM   #5
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Nice one guys ....so whats on Alex's Christmas list
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Old 11-28-2010, 02:08 AM   #6
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Old 11-28-2010, 06:29 AM   #7
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Good for you guys! I can't wait to do a trip like that too. Enjoy
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:52 PM   #8
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That is awesome!! I always like seeing things like this. It is so difficult to keep young ones attention now days with Xboxes, Wii's, 5 trillion channels of tv etc etc etc. When one finds an activity that is enjoyed by both Father and Son it is truly special.

If you can convince Mom the next step could be having his own bike. My Son (who is also 11yrs old) and I ride as much as we can, we take a summer vacation in locations where he can ride every day.

Not to hijack your RR, but if your Son loves bikes....... learning how to ride safe at his age will only add to safety when he grows up.......

My Son in Guatajuato last summer







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Old 11-28-2010, 04:22 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Matteo2

learning how to ride safe at his age will only add to safety when he grows up.......

My Son in Guatajuato last summer







Thanks for bringing back great memories
I couldnt agree more, the earlier he learns the safety side of things the better.

Thanks for your comments, your son looks like a real ADVrider

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Old 11-29-2010, 03:25 AM   #10
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I bet if you got the boy some gloves and real riding boots, mom would let him ride with you more.

Good show, mate
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Old 11-29-2010, 04:40 AM   #11
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