What do you do when your 50s come creeping, and the body starts creaking?
Time waits for no man. So give in or get going?
Nick and Vetti got going!
Nick and Yvette Wynne had held their motorcycle licences less than 5 years when they took off on a 20,000km, around Australia trip. Three months off, a pair of Ducati 1200cc multistradas and one heck of an Aussie adventure!
Time for a change
Nick, an Emergency Doctor and Yvette, a not-for-profit manager, decided a break from city life was just the ticket for refreshing, focusing and getting acquainted with this amazing land and its incredible and inspiring people. On her first test drive, Vetti had sensed divine inspiration; feeling the message descending from the heavens, ‘You could ride around Australia on this.’
So, they headed north from Sydney, bikes heavy laden and ready for all contingencies: tent, stove, shovel, axe and even a kitchen sink! By Day 3 they were in the Aussie outback proper. All their supports had disappeared in the rear view mirror.
“It was part escape and part adventure, and the main thing was that we were doing it together. How many married couples of more than 30 years have motorbiked around Australia on matching Ducatis?” said Nick. “And it was just as well considering we were nearly cooked alive riding across Cape Leveque in 48C heat, and got hypothermia while crossing the Blue Mountains – we wouldn’t have made it on our own.”
“But it wasn’t just about the scenery or excitement,” said Yvette. “We wanted to use the trip to inspire others to see this great nation of ours and to have a go at life, to have a go at faith. We also had an inkling of the incredible richness of the Australian people in all their diversity across this remarkable country. We wanted to find out more, to see for ourselves and hear the stories – we weren’t disappointed!”
Not always an easy ride
For Nick and Vettie it was time to test their skills, their faith and their resilience.
Broken keys, jiggling camera footage, long miles, searing heat, driving rain, scrub fires, spills in the sand, and Aussie animals defiantly owning the road. But everywhere they went, breathtaking outback beauty full of big grinning Aussies with open hearts just ready to help.
Everyone had a story. A husband taking his wife through the Bungle Bungles on their last trip, bravely fighting back her terminal cancer.
A mother dragging a cart raising money for the Depression that had affected her son.
A proud indigenous man generously sharing his country.
To name just a few.
God in the Outback
And what about Jesus? His gospel is going everywhere in every way.
A Catholic Church reaches a remote indigenous village in Beagle Bay
Small planes from Kingdom Aviation minister to outback stations in the Kimberly’s
The Seafarers mission that cares for the long haul sailors sojourning from overseas.
What started as an escape, became an adventure, and ended as a mission.
Not people to do things by halves, the dynamic duo filmed their adventures and the result is an inspiring and entertaining 12 part series airing right now on ACCTV. Holy Rollin’ follows Nick and Vetti on their adventurous mission and you get to ride pillion – or maybe in the side car! Holy Rollin’ not only features some amazing rides and breathtaking scenery, but gets up close and personal with many unique Aussie characters, often in remote corners of Australia – hearing of their hopes, dreams, tragedy and faith.
Holy Rollin’ is on Friday nights at 7pm and on ACCTV NOW, so grab your leathers, jump aboard and hang on tight!
For more about Nick and Yvette visit their website motorcylemissionaries.com.au. Find them also on Instagram @motorcyclemissionaries and on Facebook – Motorcycle Missionaries.