Out of Nothing

•March 15, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Anticipation: defined as “the act of looking forward; especially : pleasurable expectation”.  

I have been waiting and anticipating the release of “Out Of Nothing” for a long time…..its the true story of four tenacious men who risk everything to win world records for motorcycle land speed racing on the salt flats of Bonneville, Utah.



Today was the day the film had its Australian premiere at the Byron Bay Film international Festival, and there I was in the audience to witness one of the most unbelievable cinematic experiences I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.

It had humour, emotion, excitement, incredible cinematography, awesome sound and epic music…..it was everything a movie should be, and as a motorcyclist and filmmaker, it was a brilliant 90 minutes that will live with me forever.  Not only do I want to make films like that, but I want to go to Bonneville and experience everything that the salt flats of Utah have to offer…. 

If you get a chance to see this film, please do, you won’t be disappointed,

Cheers, Anthony 

Over the hill…..

•February 15, 2015 • 2 Comments

No, I’m not feeling old….

Last week I had another awesome early morning ride to Canungra again.

The intended route was to detour off the main road and go up Henri Robert Drive, then down the “goat track” to Canungra. But the calling of food, and a need for fuel made me rethink that idea and head straight to The Outpost.

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After a relaxing feed, I mounted my “steel horse” (yes, “Wanted: Dead or Alive” is one of my favourite songs) and rode out of town and decided to go via Mt Tambourine from the Canungra end. This was the first time that I had ridden the Harley that way, usually I tackle the goat track downhill, but it was refreshing to see the mountain from the bottom to the top.

It’s a relatively slow, yet exhilarating climb, and there are times when I find myself singing Patty Griffin’s “On Top Of The World” as I make my way up the mountain, the views, and winding corners are awesome….

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These two shots blended together give you a sense of the type of corners that wind their way up the hill….

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As with any ride on the Softail, it was fun, a great way to clear my head and then fill it with creativity, and once again ended with a smile.

It’s one of my simple pleasures…what are yours?

Have an awesome week, and who knows, someday I may spot you out on the road,

Cheers,

Anthony

Its back!!!

•January 29, 2015 • Leave a Comment

For me, riding my bike puts me in my “happy place”

That unique location where mind and soul join together as one….to create, to meditate, or just to be in the moment.

The purity, clarity and emotional release received from riding a motorcycle is something I cannot obtain from any other part of my life.

Even my music which is an outpouring of pure emotion doesn’t elicit the same feelings as riding my Harley.

And so the point of all this is that sometimes this feeling had disappeared…….riding my bike was still fun, still brings a smile to my face, but in my head I was often thinking of things that I needed to do or organise, or basically spent that mental time thinking and focusing on anything that wasn’t creative or helping me to reach my goals…..and then this week I went out for an early morning ride once more, out on the road to Canungra, and once I had the traffic and busyness behind in my mirrors, it suddenly hit me…..and I began to realise that the feeling never left, I just didn’t focus on the right things….didn’t begin my rides in the right frame of mind, and as I’ve learnt recently, “where your focus goes, your energy flows”….

So with a renewed focus, I set off down the road, my mind flooding with ideas…..everything from games to play and activities to try with the kids, fresh ideas for the book I’m writing, more plans for my documentary that I’m going to film in the USA……suddenly the happy place was overflowing with an immense feeling of joy and creativity, just as it should!

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing……shift your focus in the right direction and watch a smile appear, and who knows, your renewed mental state may prompt someone else to do the same!

Have an awesome week,

Anthony.

Destination: Coffee!!

•January 16, 2015 • 4 Comments

Perfect weather, gorgeous riding conditions, and a quiet, empty road ahead of me…..what more could a rider want? More time, more roads perhaps? …..no, the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow was Coffee!!!!!

Destination: Canungra QLD, location: The Outpost Cafe.

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The Outpost is a popular spot for riders of all types, with bikes lining the streets on a Saturday morning as their riders flock to this cool cafe in the heart of town……..but on this quiet weekday morning, there were only 5 bikes, so choosing a table was easy, and after ordering, I sat and began to feel myself unwind…….the ride out was great….I began a bit after 6:00am and loved every kilometre of straight and curved asphalt as the bike and I smiled…finally free to turn and rumble….the thundering v-twin propelling me down the path to a strong and much needed caffeine hit……

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The moments spent sipping my coffee, listening to some music and reflecting on the great life that I have were sufficient to recharge me and prepare me for a great day….

What simple pleasures do you have that can help turn a great start to the day into something memorable?

And so as I finished my last mouthful of liquid heaven and prepared for the ride back home, my mind was clear, focused and ready…..

Safe riding, and have a great weekend,

Anthony

September HOG Chapter ride

•September 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the long delay in posts….been busy!

Last weekend I was lucky enough to get away on Saturday and head north to my brother’s place to catch up with him.   It was great to get out on the road.   So I made my way up the freeway, heading off out to the northern suburbs and made my way to Gavin & Kate’s place at Griffin.

The ride was great for a freeway trip, and the afternoon and night with Gavin and Kate was great fun.  But it was the riding on Sunday that was going to be great…

I was woken by a knock on the bedroom door at 7:10am…..I was planning on leaving to head to the Gasoline Alley dealership around 7:30am so I was a bit behind but after getting ready and enjoying a cooked breakfast and awesome coffee (thanks Gav for getting up and doing that for me!) I was on the road back down to Springwood to join up with the HOGs for a ride.

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After the usual pre-ride briefing we were on the road by 9:00, heading west on a 215km ride out to Dam country, past Wyvenhoe, Somerset and Atkinson Dams.   The weather was spectacular and perfect for getting out on the road with a great group of riders.

I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the roads so I wasn’t sure where we were going but it was great fun.

 

Here’s a shot from the morning tea stop at Haigsea State School.  The people there put on a massive lot of food for us, it was great.

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After the stop we made our way through the hills towards Esk for the fuel stop for Sportsters and some of the bikes with smaller tank capacities

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And here’s a shot of some of the bikes at the lunch stop at Tarampa hotel….

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it was a great day out, and i covered close to 400 km on sunday, and over 100 on saturday so it was an awesome weekend out on the bike….

hope you enjoy this weekend and get to ride and experience all the things that we love about motorcycling…..

cheers,

Anthony

 

My blog post was featured on The Dawghouse

•July 11, 2014 • 3 Comments

Hi everyone,

One of the followers of my blog from the USA, Warren from Ijustwant2ride.com is one of the hosts of The Dawghouse on NTNradio in Virginia, and he featured my “Things You Didn’t do before owning a motorcycle” post on this weeks show. The link to this weeks episode is here

I was listening to it in the car and the kids heard my name…..”were they just talking about you?” Was the question…..”yes they were, all the way from the USA!”

I emailed them to say thanks and that I’d love to get on the show or call in when they air live when I’m over there, and got a reply from Ken saying they would love to have me on the show!!

So that was my brush with fame this week….

On a non-bike related note…..
Sharon Anyos (who’s children I care for, is 5 time Women’s World Boxing Champion and after a 7 year break, she is heading back into the ring, and relocating her family to Las Vegas. Her motivation for this is to show that anyone can be the best, then after raising kids they can shed excess weight and return to being fit and strong and win more world titles, and motivate the world to move and bring an end to diseases associated with excess weight…..so to do this she is asking the public to help support her journey, and you can show your support by donating to her journey via her campaign on indiegogo. Check it out and be inspired by this truly amazing woman.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Cheers,

Anthony

Street Glide Test ride

•July 7, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hey everyone,

I love my Softail, but some day I would love to have a Street Glide joining it in the garage.

While checking out my Birthday messages on Facebook yesterday, (yes Mr Incredible turned 41) I saw a post from Harley Davidson Australia about a competition they are running which allows you to test ride a 2014 Project Rushmore touring model and go in the draw to win a 5 day trip touring the Glasshouse Mountains region of QLD…..

I’ve been wanting to ride a street glide for a while, so why not do that and then try to win a chance to explore an amazing part of this state on one!!

For those of you who ride Street Glides, is there anything that I should be aware of or any tips that you can give…..I realise it’s a bigger bike than the Softail, but I’m pretty excited about it.

Woohoo, bring it on next Wednesday at midday!!

Cheers,

Anthony

 
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