Sorry for the lack of photos in this update, I was just too chillaxed to take any.
Day 19 of the Around Australia Ride was a rest day in the suburb of Scarborough, Perth. This was also intended to be a bit of a service stop for riders as we would have been on the road some 8-9,000kms by this stage. I decided I would only get a tyre change and had this completed the day before so I could spend the entire day just relaxing, and relax I did. Whilst other riders shot to all points of the Perth compass for servicing, exploring “Free-o”, boat rides and other such things – I went nowhere.
That’s right, I didn’t even fire the bike up, choosing instead to have a long breakfast while I did some updates to the blog. This was followed by a massage which while nice was not quite the “deep tissue massage” I was expecting. I guess that is what I get for going to a day spa for a massage instead of a proper remedial clinic. But it was only a walk across the road and the foot bath before the massage (?!???!??) was quite pleasant too.
After the massage it was time for a walk along the beach. I went north as far as I could and got a little extra sun. Cringing as I write this but it wasn’t as nice as Cable Beach with its hard packed sand, but it was a warm day, not too windy and gave the legs a good workout that they needed.
Once the walk was done it was time for lunch at a local Dome franchise which I quite enjoyed – finally, a risotto that has been cooked properly. I lingered there quite a bit as the restaurant had a great view of the water.
Once that was done it was back to the motel for another update and what the hell, a long bath. When I said I had a relaxing day I’m not joking. It was all wrapped up with some drinks at a pub and watching the sun go down over the Indian Ocean, probably for the last time. Tomorrow we are off to Margaret River. It’s only a short day so I’ll either get there extra early, or quite late if the exploring is good.
So there you go, quite a short update and some might be wondering with all that Perth has to offer why didn’t I get out more? To be honest Perth is somewhere I can visit anytime I have the inclination, it’s not out of the way, it’s accessible and I am sure I will come back again. I really needed the break here and the thought of getting on the bike to go anywhere just didn’t appeal at all. I feel much better for just relaxing around Scarborough and I would rather choose to take time-out here than be forced to take it later down the track at somewhere I DO want to explore.