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Bourkes ready to rumble

Lifestyle 2015

The sights, sounds and experience of travelling the vast expanses of Australia are obvious lures for people who have spent their lives stuck to a desk, in meetings, on the end of machinery or in a tractor.
Hitting the road to explore the country’s countless attractions with unrivalled freedom as part of retirement is part of the great Australian dream.
It has become so much ingrained in our culture that it has created its own travelling community – the grey nomads.
But while many lap up the opportunities to tow a caravan or travel in a camper van, others are taking a more adventurous approach.
Wimmera retirees Gary and Jo Bourke also have the travelling bug, but prefer to experience their adventures on the back of motorcycles.
While Gary, a retired teacher, gets comfortable on his Harley Davidson, Jo, who retired from her role as Wimmera Development Association executive director this month, saddles up on her Triumph.
Despite Jo being a new retiree, the pair hasn’t waited to cruise the countless roads that criss-cross the country. Jo and Gary have been pursuing their passion for years, Gary occasionally venturing overseas to test out the Harley in its home country.
Their plan now they are both in retirement is to rumble around Australia.
“We’re not sure which way we’re going to go but it’s really about following the weather. The only part of Australia I haven’t ridden is the west coast so I’d like to spend a bit of time over there,” Jo said.
“We generally like doing the long-haul rides. A couple of years ago we rode to Darwin and before we went I thought the landscape might get a bit boring. But it was just fascinating and something we really enjoyed.”
The couple has ridden to Queensland a few times and one of Jo’s favourite rides is over the alpine country. She also mentioned experiences travelling in South Australia.
The Bourkes travel on their motorcycles without internal communication, relying instead on various gestures such as hand waves and the odd flash of lights to pass on information.

Retired Wimmera Development Association executive director Jo Bourke will soon have time to pursue one of her great passions – Triumph motorcycles. Mrs Bourke had a step back in time when picking up her latest acquisition from Triumph dealer Wimmera Motorcycle Co in Horsham. She had previously bought Triumph Bonnevilles from the dealership in 2002 and 2008 and, in a coincidental twist involving trade-ins, found herself in the shop with all three motorcycles. She is pictured with the three Triumphs.

Retired Wimmera Development Association executive director Jo Bourke will soon have time to pursue one of her great passions – Triumph motorcycles. Mrs Bourke had a step back in time when picking up her latest acquisition from Triumph dealer Wimmera Motorcycle Co in Horsham. She had previously bought Triumph Bonnevilles from the dealership in 2002 and 2008 and, in a coincidental twist involving trade-ins, found herself in the shop with all three motorcycles. She is pictured with the three Triumphs.


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Posted on Nov 26 2015

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