Fuelled by coffee

A weekend motorcycle road trip to Gayndah and surrounds.

After two days riding out to Gayndah and the surrounding local towns, I’ve realised that, other than buying fuel, essential stops on a road trip include a café for a good coffee and a local bakery for a tasty pastry. 

On a winter motorcycle road trip these essentials can make the difference between enjoyment and agony. 

Road trips don’t need to be long and even a single overnight stop can get you far enough out of Brisbane to take in the countryside and open spaces. 

Route planning doesn’t need to be too involved, just allow enough time to stop and check out the many scenic spots and local lookouts and arrive in town in time to wander the high street before the local shops close.

A mate and I chose Gayndah for no other reason than I hadn’t been there before and it looked like an interesting place to ride. 

It also meant a chance to visit local nearby towns and track down through Nanango, Crows Nest and into Toowoomba. We rode to Gayndah via Dayboro, Mt Mee, Maleny, Gympie and Kilkivan, so it was far from being a direct one-stop ride.

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While a decent coffee can be found in most places, a standout from me is the great bakery products available in Gympie and Nanango. With the weather grey, damp and far from comfortable, a hot coffee and pastry made the trip a lot more enjoyable. Stopping at the Gayndah pub for a cold beer and a hot meal rounded out the sustenance needs. After all, this is about the journey and not the destination.

A road trip on motorbikes in winter in damp and chilly riding conditions meant some extra planning. 

While it’s easy to turn on the heater in a car or SUV, it’s important to have enough riding gear to stay warm and dry during temperature changes or bad weather. For the record, I didn’t plan well enough and paid the price, arriving at our Gayndah motel cold, wet and aching all over.

Fatigue is always a high risk on long journeys but if a rider gets tired and uncomfortable it increases the danger. Add in bumpy sections of road (and there are many west of Brisbane) and the constant thumping of the bike’s suspension can add to a rider’s fatigue over time. 

Fortunately, with the shorter fuel range of a motorcycle, at least its necessary to stop more frequently so there are more opportunities to rest and refresh before continuing. 

So there you have it, in the name of ‘fatigue busting’ add in another fuel stop, another coffee and another pastry. All essential of course!