Weekend Wrap Up : Motorbike Ride : Maleny via Bellthorpe

A week of much needed rain throughout the Brisbane region, saw our weekend soccer commitments cancelled, leaving us to ponder what to do.

With the kids at their mum’s house for the weekend, my partner looked at me and said those fun-filled, adventurous words; Let’s ride!

“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days” ~ Unknown

Saturday morning, we awoke and checked the weather forecast again, just to make sure nothing had changed from the night before, as riding in the rain, really isn’t much fun! The weather looked good for the day, so we donned our gear and got on our faithful motorbikes of choice and headed north.

The Route:-

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Source: Google Maps

 

We left Carseldine service station and headed north up the highway to Woodford. From there we headed towards Maleny via Bellthorpe.

Having never ridden through Bellthorpe before, I was pleasantly surprised. We had the road to ourselves and the scenery was spectacular as we wound our way up the side of the mountain. The road is sealed and is in good condition and offered a few nice hairpins.  On the way up, the road is marked through the main section of the mountain, however there are plenty of sections that aren’t guard railed, so caution needs to be exercised.

We meandered up, as the road was still wet from earlier showers and we were now entering a gorgeous place amongst the clouds offering lots of raw beauty to look at. Once up the top we continued to follow the road signs to Maleny via the fields and pastures with views out over the Glass House Mountains down toward the sun-filled coastline.  However, there was definitely a noticeable change in the temperature and it became quite cool. Winter is definitely on its way!

Bike in hills

The road through Bellthorpe is sealed and approx 1.5m wide, however as it is grazing land there are the odd few sections where the cattle has crossed the road to other pastures and that brings with it the odd cow patty and loose dirt. We didn’t see any cattle wandering freely up there as all the paddocks appear to be fenced.

Hills

Heading into Maleny, we were looking for somewhere to park and noticed that there are a few designated bike park areas, all signed for 2hr parking just near each of the zebra crossings. We easily fitted our two bikes into one space.

For lunch, we pulled up a chair at the Pallet Life Gallery Café. This little delight is hiding out within the Artisan Market.  The Pallet Life Gallery Café serves soup, light sandwiches, salads, an all-day breakfast and an American style pulled pork burger (which my partner enjoyed), along with milkshakes, smoothies and fresh juices.  Whilst the menu isn’t overly extensive, it certainly had enough for us to choose from and the serves were generous enough to fill our hungry tummies.  Just note that at this point in time, tea, coffee and soft drinks aren’t on offer, however there are plenty of other locations in which to grab a take away or move to for coffee and cake afterwards if you suffer from a sweet tooth addiction.

Lizard
Lazy lizard sunning himself on the fence whilst we were enjoying lunch

 

After lunch and a bit more of a stretch, we decided to continue our trip to Kenilworth as neither of us had been there before. Kenilworth is approx. 80kms from Maleny, again on sealed roads with most of the road speed limit at 80km p/hr.  Kenilworth itself is quaint and offers a few tea/coffee houses, however I think the main attraction is, Kenilworth Country Foods Pty Ltd, also known as the Cheese Factory.

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to stop and to be honest, I only noticed it on the way out of town, plus it was getting late and we needed to head back.

If you choose to continue on the road heading north, the next township would be Eumundi, however we decided to double-back along the same roads that we had come up on.

Overall we spent a good half a day on the road. Which included an hour and a half for lunch and shopping at Maleny. Our overall experience; a great day out.

We hope that this review and insight into what we got up to on the weekend offers a little inspiration if you are looking for something to do for a day trip. We would love to hear your comments, thoughts on the above or perhaps what you did on your weekend.

10 things you probably didn’t know about me!

Today I thought I would do a post about me!

Hold up! I hear you say….Isn’t your entire blog about you?

Hmm….well yes, I guess it kinda is.

Now, feeling kinda self-absorbed, I’m going to justify my selfish indulgence and fob it off as; I’m working to complete my 2017 challenge of writing daily.  That works, and I’m feeling much better about this post already, ha!

Anyhow, throwing caution to the wind, here goes.

10 things

I’m a twin and I’m older than my brother by 10 minutes.

We have a great relationship and he never lets me forget this fact, as on a milestone birthday, the message in my card reads; I’ll never be as old as you sis. Nice!

I kite-board.

Now, I’m not into aerial tricks etc but I do like to do the odd ‘floaty/girly’ jump from time to time. It’s a great way to disconnect. Just me, the kite, the board, the wind and the water…bliss!

I enjoy baking.

I love the challenge of creating some biscuits, slice or cake and the way it makes the house smell, yum!  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  Might have to get the recipe books out and get creating this weekend.

I dislike horror movies.

However my partner enjoys them. So at times I endure them by sitting on the couch and covering my eyes with a pillow in the gruesome parts!  Then I go to bed with all the lights in the house switched on.

I love to Travel.

I have a strong desire to do more of it, with Canada being high on my bucket list.

I can’t whistle to save myself.

Many have tried to teach me this very vital skill and show me how to pucker up, but I fail each and every time.

I can’t stand shortbread.

I used to love it as a kid, but then one family Christmas get together, a member of the family made a big batch of home-made shortbread cookies and guess who scoffed the lot with a big glass of milk! Yup, it was me! It was great at the time, but then I spent the rest of the night hugging the toilet bowl. Never touched the stuff again.

I ride a motorbike as a hobby.

It’s a great way to get out and see something different on the country roads. Enjoy a brunch / lunch somewhere and explore something different.

I have a strong dislike for liver and tripe.

I grew up with a mother who used to prepare, Kidney & Liver stew with rice and Tripe & White Sauce. Let’s just say, I spent a lot of time at the dinner table pushing that meal around my plate trying to create semi flattened mounds and hide the food so that it looked like I had eaten my fill. I went to bed hungry on those evenings.

My favourite colour is pink.

Enough said really.

So there you have it!  10 things you probably didn’t know about me.  If you would like to share 10 things I probably don’t know about you, feel free to do so in the comments section.

A Bit Extreme?

Today I was excited at thought that my partner might surprise me tonight with a midweek visit.  Being the diligent girlfriend that I am, I thought it best to ‘test the waters’ and query if this may still be a possibility so as to stock the fridge with some food items for dinner.

To my surprise, I received a text advising that he thought about it last night and decided instead of spending the night with me, he would throw himself down the stairs.  He is now nursing a jarred back and twisted ankle and has decided to stay at home instead, understandably.

So, that lead me to think; Are there people in the world that honestly come up with excuses not to spend time with their significant other and what are some of the best that you’ve heard?

 

**In all honesty, he was running through the house as he was in a rush to answer his phone, (which wasn’t me by the way). Upon approach to the stairwell, he stepped on the very edge of the step and as it is carpeted, he slipped and down he went.  In his defence, whilst traversing the stairwell in a kart-wheel style motion, he did manage to protect his Ipad that he was carrying in his hand, so at least it wasn’t all for nothing, ha.**

 

My Dog Won’t Get Out Of Bed

Bailey

My dog won’t get out of bed, but I have to!

How does that work?

Why does he get to stay home and laze around all day, sleeping, stretching, grazing and doing all things that dogs do?

Actually, I have often wondered what he gets up to when I’m not there. Probably nothing, I’m thinking!

What do your pets get up to when you’re not at home?

Where has the time gone!

Wow…where has the month gone!

I can see that my challenge of writing every day is working out, oh so well for me…lol, promise that I will get better at this. May take me all year, but I will succeed (fingers crossed)!

As it has been ages since I’ve written anything, this very thought leads me to ponder….what have I been doing since my last post?

Well since then I’ve:-

  • Participated in my first ever Fun Run, well 10km walk for Breast Cancer Awareness and International Women’s’ Day.
    • Still can’t believe I paid an event manager to allow me to walk around a circuit for 10km and who ever decided that Fun and Run should go together, is clearly a very efficient runner or a sadist! Either way it was for a good cause and something else I can tick off my bucket list.

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  • Yoga, I’ve been attempting to bend and twist at a few different studios around my area before I committed to one studio in particular. It has been great experience as I’ve tried a few different things (again, tick off the bucket list) by checking out the competition so to speak.
    • Aerial Yoga was one of these things. Never before have I used a hammock style device to assist my non-limber body to stretch and get me into weird positions. I have to say, whilst it was odd and at times a little claustrophobic, it was definitely fun. Although, probably not my cup of tea on a regular basis.

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    • Bikram Yoga was another of these things. Now again, which sadistic person thought that adding heat to a yoga class would be a grand idea. My first time I participated in this class, it was 50% humidity and 38 degrees Celsius inside, I was sweating just lying on the floor! Anyhow we started with the breathing exercises and 26 poses that are done every class and half way through Dancer’s pose, I couldn’t stay standing. I suffered light headedness, vertigo and a few other things, which saw me in Child’s Pose on the floor wishing the minutes away and wondering if this is what it’s like to do yoga in Hell. As I don’t like to be beaten by things, I rocked up again and again over the duration of my visitor’s trial and ended up quiet enjoying the class.

 

  • All in all, I’ve ended up back at the original studio I trialled as they are just a little more experienced and I’ve meshed really well with a couple of the teachers and their styles, not only that, the class times work a little more effectively for my life.

 

  • Enjoyed a lovely weekend on the motorbike, heading out to Canungra for a lovely breakfast and catch up with friends.

 

  • Oh, and since I’ve now had the unfortunate privilege of seeing my photos from the Walk, I’ve now successfully joined Weight Watchers (again) to get on the weight loss goal, so expect some updates on my Weight Loss Journey.

 

This poor blog or online journal really is a bit of a cat’s breakfast at the moment. Perhaps by the end of 2017 it will become apparent what my passions are and perhaps even take some direction.  Until then, thanks for reading and please bear with me.

Elise ♥

Information Overload

I’m back!

Now I’m not going to go on and on about being slack cause I’ve not posed in a few days, that’s just life!

I’ve had a few things going on behind the scenes and yes, I know, whilst I should have been writing about it, I, for whatever reason have chosen not to. Mainly due to my lack of motivation and confusion about the world of blogs.

Instead, these past few days, I’ve decided to immerse myself into the fast paced world of learning ‘How To Blog’ and to be completely honest, I’ve gotten myself completely confused in the process.  There are all these questions;

  • What is my blog about?
  • Do you have an elevator pitch?
  • Do you have a landing page?
  • Have you got your SEO sorted?
  • Plugins?
  • Do you have Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and the likes?
  • If not, why not?
  • Blah, blah, blah!

Wow, it’s seriously enough to do your head in without even getting into how many different courses there are and who’s the best in the business etc etc.

Now, I understand that there is a call for all of those things, but right now, the trajectory that I am on, is to simply just blog on a daily basis about my life and the going’s on within my square inch of the world.

I completely understand that if I was to be blogging for business then there is a just calling and a definite knowledge base to ensure success within this field. But as I said, for now, I’m just going to keep it simple.  Well, as simple as I can be!

Do I want readers, you bet, so I will be doing some of those things mentioned above immediately and in time, perhaps the rest will follow suit. But before I have a complete technological meltdown, I’m just going to focus on the goal at hand.  Write daily!

If you would like to follow along on my journey through life, then please feel free to hit the follow button or subscribe via email or even just check back whenever you feel like it.

Til then, thanks for your time.

Elise ♥

Poem: Let go, let it be

Let go, let go, let go,

If I only I knew how!

I go to my mat and breathe a deep breathe

Whilst saying to myself let go.

 

Why do I have to know the answers?

Why do I have to know now?

Why can’t God have granted me patience and strength,

To just let it go.

 

Push, I push, I push, everyone around me,

My poor partners plea,

Let it be, let it breathe, wait and see.

 

But that’s not good enough, I need to know now,

Why can’t you tell me?

Why can’t you let me see how?

 

You ask me to wait, but how will all things work out?

Oh if I don’t push a little, then how will that be?

If I don’t push a little, then I’m afraid nothing will come to be.

 

Universe give me strength, give me the patience that I need,

Help me to breathe more deeply

Help me just let it be.

 

So as I close my eyes tonight, my mantra will be,

Let go, let go, let go,

Just wait and see.

Elise ❤

 

Dear Diary – I’m on my way

Hello!

Thanks for dropping by and checking out my new blog at Inconsequential Scribblings!

I decided to get off my butt and do something constructive and useful as I believe that;

 

“Keeping a journal of what’s going on in your life is a good way to help you distill what’s important and what’s not.” ~ Martina Navratilova

 

and with a few of life’s challenges, that I’m currently experiencing, I think that I need this!

My hope is that by sharing my entries with you, that I may inspire, invoke thought, empower, share ideas, share an insight into my life and perhaps have a bit of fun and meet some new people along the way.

So let’s just start with the basics.

Goals – 2017

  1. Get fitter and eat well with the benefit of dropping a few kilos. (Say this every year, but this year it is going to happen).
  2. Journal every day. (Ok, ok, so it is February already and I’m only just putting pen to paper so to speak).
  3. Practice more self care.
  4. Travel.

Alright, so the year in review thus far;

  • Started with the eating well two weeks ago, have noticed pants are getting a little looser;
  • Started back at yoga a week ago;
  • Journal, started today;
  • Self care, hmmm gotta ramp that one up; and
  • Travel, booked a trip to Bali and a trip on a cruise. (Insert pat on the back here).

So far so good!

I’m hoping to run Inconsequential Scribblings on a regular basis, so if you wanna stay tuned and check in on my progress, find out what I’m up to, share some musings, thoughts and the potential personal rant from time to time, then be sure to follow me or check back every few days.

Speak soon

Elise ♥