By Jade Johnston
“And these are your bikes.”
“Oh, I think I will just ride behind on Lauren’s bike. Like we did on our ATV tour in Coral Bay.”
“There is only room for one person on each bike, so you will have to ride your own. Don’t worry, we will teach you.”
If only you could have seen the look of worry and horror on my face.
Driving has always been outside of my comfort zone.
I started driving on the family farm when I was much too young to be legally be behind the wheel. Yet driving in the fields to round up a stray cow is totally different from driving on the road…. with other drivers… and road rules.
I took my drivers exam when I was 16.
(But to my credit, I only failed parallel parking. The silliest type of parking anyways.)
First things first, we needed to get kitted up. We were shocked at the amount of gear we had to wear – this seemed like much more serious business than our ATV tour in Coral Bay. Although I was thankful that they had waterproof jacket and pants on hand, as the morning was not looking like it would be too dry.
After they had us properly dresses for our impending adventure, they took us out to introduce us to our bikes.
We sat on the bikes (which was already a little bit outside of my comfort zone, despite the fact that it was not running) and showed us how to turn it on, how to accelerate, and how to brake and stop.
“Alright, lets see you do a few rounds of the practice circuit”
And off we went. Miraculously, I managed to not only not-die, but I also managed to control the bike. Success!
Heading off into the Kangaroo Island wilderness
We took us in single file. With one of the guides in front, and the other bringing up the rear. Today it was only Lauren and I on the tour, making it easy for us to go as fast (or as slow) as we felt comfortable.
As we rode through the bush, and out into open fields we had the opportunity to spot several kangaroos, who hopped away from us as we approached on our noisy bikes.
“We often come across black tiger snakes as well… you can spot them from a distance because of the way they shine.”
The day was much too chilly and wet for any snakes to make an appearance though, which was alright, since we had come across one a day earlier during our drive around Kangaroo Island.
Half way through the tour we switched from me being in the front (setting a comfortable, although cautious pace), to Lauren being in front. Of course, I would not let my pride take a hit by not trying my darnedest to keep up to her. Competitiveness trumps good judgement any day. Of course, even at my most competitive, I was never in any danger, as the guides had taught us how to operate the bikes well, and they were always close at hand if anything went wrong.
Facing my fears
After failing my drivers test when I was 16, I never again got behind the wheel. Being away from driving for so long had made me nervous and cautious… almost downright afraid of driving.
The guys at Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action Tours helped me conquer my trepidation regarding driving.
And I got to see some kangaroos as well.
Why you should book a tour with Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action Tours
Kangaroo Island is a great destination for a wide variety of activities. There are national parks, wineries, wildlife spotting opportunities, and great food. But for those wanting a bit of an adrenaline rush, Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action is going to be your best bet.
Even those without a drivers license can take part in the tours, and even children over the age of 6 can ride their own bike. Making this a great activity for families as well.
If quad biking is not your thing, they also offer lots of other outdoor activities. In the summer, why not go on a kayaking tour, and of course, sand boarding is fun all year round.
To book your tour with Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action, visit their website.