First, a word of thanks for the inspiration this site has brought into my life. Hadn't had a bike for some 25 years since I was knocked off by some teenager not paying attention to what he was doing. Once I found this site some years back, I was hooked. Now, at the ripe young age of 58,I have got back in the saddle and loving it. Yep, the steed is a maxi-scooter - it is so practical and meets my needs in every way. My only promise to myself is that the bike is not for commuting - its for jaunts in the country. Soooo, welcome to my first trip report. Both my big toes recently underwent wedge resections. Ouch, haven't being wearing shoes for a couple of weeks but I was feeling a bit of cabin fever. Surely a blat on the bike would do me wonders ??? Having a very unusual warm spring in this part of Australia so I pondered whether a trip down the coast would be the go. Decided to firstly head to the Southern Highlands via Moss Vale and stopped at Robertson. It not only has the Robertson Pie Shop and is the gateway to the famous Macquarie Pass but it also has a supposedly very photogenic old railway station. Well, the station might be nice but it was hidden behind a locked fence so I don't really know. Hadn't ever ridden the Macquarie Pass before but it was midweek (I'm not the fastest traveler) and I didn't want to slow others down. It was fun, I only held up two other riders a short while and then I was down on the coastal plain near Wollongong. My Bridezilla has recently put an offer in on a "house" at Scarborough - which we might retire to. To call it a dump in its current state is being very unfair to dumps. I decided, I would head down and have another look at it but before getting there, there was a little matter of having lunch, so I pulled up at the Headland Hotel at Austinmer and had a beaut lunch. Now, I don't want you all going too green with jealousy but as in the immortal words of Darryl Kerrigan (The Castle), how's the serenity with this place ? Our Lawyer asked whether we had a copy of the Building Inspection Report - I think we need to nuke it from Orbit to be safe for sure. I headed back to Canberra via Bulli Pass and Picton Road and then onto the Hume freeway The winds had really picked up and the temperatures were a good 10 degrees C higher inland. The freeway did nothing for me so I got off at Mittagong and went via Bowral and Moss Vale again. My toes were really throbbing now (probably because of my parking efforts on a slope). Just as I was nearing Sutton Forest, I noticed a milestone on the odometer so I stopped for that. Note the Temp as well. I lowered the screen to get a wind flow into the helmet and pumped up the Highway Playlist and got home entirely knackered. All up, about 550 km but I think I earned the few beers when I got home!