Friendship and The Open Road

05 May

Over 35 years ago I served with a mate in South Vietnam by the name of Mick, we were both Medical Advisors serving with the Australian Army Training Team, the most highest decorated unit to have served from the Australian army, we served together in the years 1970 to 1971 and returned to Australia and became Medical Instructors at the School of Army Health here.

For 6 years we worked together in this field until we finally left and pursued our own different paths in the army.Mick went onto being an instructor in demolitions and associated activities and I went on into the Health field as a Health inspector and Occupational Health and Safety officer.

We finally met up a while back and our mateship rekindled old memories as we discussed the various paths our lifes led us to. Two vastly different paths but the mateship is still as strong, Mick and his lovely wife Marg have a homebase here in Adelaide but they spend most of their time riding a great motorcycle with everything but the kitchen sink, I stick to my Subaru Outback for offroad travel and Mick and Marg hit the highways and byways on this great Bike.

Just a bit of nostalgia to share with you, Micks bike has the logo on it of our old army unit and he is also a member of the Ulysses club , a club for those over 50 who enjoy the open roads.

These are a couple of pics of his bike, am I jealous ? , bloody hell I am but such is life , we have travelled far over three decades and travelled different roads but as Sue Dreamwalker says , we still belong to the same tribe.

Cheers guys and wishing you all a great weekend



Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


20 responses to “Friendship and The Open Road

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    May 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Emu, now thats my kind of Bike… WHY? its got 3 wheels LOL.. I cant even ride a push bike without falling off.. 🙂 Love the other logo on the back too.. Grandparents on the Run.. 😉 Now you being a new Grandpa and all… you maybe need to get some practice in at those nappy changing sessions and get that Hands on practice in which being an X medical man would come back naturally ;-).. How are the lovely 3 some?
    Great pictures of the Bike… there is something about shinning chrome and Black Leather that always turns your head to look at those special Bikes…
    Here in the UK there is a place in Derbyshire called Matlock.. its a gathering place for Bikers and on Sundays and Bank holidays they come in droves to show off their painted flying machines, and Ive traveled this road many times.. Enjoy Ian.. ~and Thanks for the mention… We are indeed ONE Tribe 🙂

    • The Emu

      May 10, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Hi Sue , thanks for that interesting look at Matlock, what a quaint little village and houses
      Certainly looks like a gathering of bikers there.
      The threesome are all going well and I will post a pic of the three of them , have only seen one so far but look forward to seeing the three together, hope work is going well for you and life is being kind, thanks for taking the time to visit and comment
      Cheers Sue

  2. natswans

    May 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Great to read this today so pleased you met up with your old friend from the past. It’s good to keep in touch , and have a good old chat . That bike looks amazing , I had a travelling streak in me , and maybe it’s still there sounds fun to me. I can imagine you flying around just like a Hell’s Angel.
    Have a lovely Sunday warm there I hear. Sun and Showers here.
    Hugs Sheila

    • The Emu

      May 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Dont think I am too old not to take up biking Sheila
      What a life, open highways and not a care

  3. kate58

    May 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I love bikers 🙂

    • The Emu

      May 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

      Hi Kate , will send you a pic of me and my Harley if you like

  4. freefaith1

    May 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    What a beautiful bike. It sure looks like it has everything one would need for a long & very comfortable trip. So pleased you & your mate still keep in contact. These are the type of friendships that we need in our lives. Hugs Valerie x0x

    • The Emu

      May 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks Valerie, starting to think I am not too old to take up biking
      Just dont know which group to join , Hells Angels or The Banditos, lol
      Hope your Sunday is going well,beautiful sunny day here in Mildura

  5. magsx2

    May 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Isn’t it wonderful to meet up with old friends that we hadn’t seen for awhile.
    I just love the bike, that is unreal, they certainly have done it up very nice. What a way to see OZ, and I love the words on the back, that is priceless. 😀

    • The Emu

      May 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm

      Greeting my friend, I am starting to think I am not too old to take up biking
      Just dont know which group to join though, Hells Angels or The Banditos , lol
      My mate paid about 45,000 all up for the bike with all its bits and pieces.
      Hope your Sunday is going well

  6. Sabina Brave

    May 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Great bike 🙂
    Have a wonderful weekend Ian 🙂

    • The Emu

      May 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks Sabina, starting to think I am not too old to take up biking , dont know which group to join though, Hells Angels or the Banditos, lol
      Hope your Sunday is going well

  7. prenin

    May 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Beautiful bike Ian!!! 🙂

    I wish I had the means, but I guess miracles have to happen first! 🙂

    God Bless my friend! 🙂


    • The Emu

      May 5, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Starting to think I may not be too old to take up biking , just dont know which group to join , Hells Angels or the Banditos,lol

  8. wonkywizard

    May 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    With such a sexy bike, even non bikies envy!Your narration reminded me about Robert Frost’s “The Path Not Taken”. If you like your choice, it’s a good choice.Of course, any choice carries the risk of not choosing the other, but we don’t know the other. And that’s fun in a way.

    • The Emu

      May 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      It is rather exciting when you reflect on the path you chose in life and the alternatives, the what could have beens
      Still though I may not be too old to take up biking, plenty of adventures left in my life yet.

  9. suemacarthur

    May 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Love the bike Ian
    Take care

    • The Emu

      May 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Maybe I am not too old to take up biking Sue, dont know which group to join though, Hells Angels or the Banditos, lol
      Have a great Sunday, weather beautiful here today.

      • suemacarthur

        May 6, 2012 at 4:55 am

        Oh Im sure you should be a Hell Angel ,
        sunny here but we need rain
        Take care

        • The Emu

          May 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

          Thanks Sue but reckon I will be a James Dean out of Rebel Without a Cause


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