Lastest Crash – Recovery Update 21st September 2012.


I can walk they do remember what to do, come on legs keep going, don’t stop now……….

On Monday Kev and I went to the Alfred hospital in Melbourne’s city centre for my next set of X Rays and consultation with the specialist. As you have probably gathered the news was the best we could hope for, my pelvic bones have healed enough for me to bear my body weight again (now slightly heavier than it used to be through lack of exercise).

It will be a few more weeks until I am 100% but every day I feel a little stronger and seem able to walk a bit further. For ages it has felt like I have been climbing a mountain with a lot of false summits and now I really am on the ridge looking down. My own personal goal of being able to walk by my birthday (24th Sep) really has come true. People ask, how do I feel? initially it felt like my leg was made of glass and would shatter into a thousand pieces if I fell or knocked it. However it’s only been a few days and it feels better every day. The photo is with my hydro friend Seraphina at Williamstown with Melbourne’s city skyline as a backdrop.


It is not all plain sailing from here, my collar bone is not fully healed partly due to the fact I have been using my arms so much. I have another review in two months when they may discuss plating it if it hasn’t healed by then. Hopefully I can fully rest it now I can walk and it will get the chance to heal properly.

It looks as though the Aussie’s will have to put up with us a bit longer. Our next personal goal is to attend the Spaghetti rally in October organised by the Moto Guzzi Club of Victoria. It is not too far away so we want to ride there and camp as a bit of a test to see how I cope. All being well we can then make travel plans again. If it shows up some problems we may have to re schedule but we will get there. There are loads of great day rides we can do from here to get back into riding and improve my stamina.


Inspired by the success of last years calendar and to help raise some much needed funds we are pleased to announce our 2013 calendars are ready. It’s a great way to show your support and receive something useful and decorative in return that lasts a whole year ! We have fought to keeps the costs down and this year they will sell for less than last years.

We have chosen the photos to represent the Oceania leg of our journey, the calendars are A4 opening out to A3 when hung with 13 full colour pictures.

We will have a delivery to Australia in the next couple of weeks so we are taking postal orders now ($20). They are already available in the UK (8.50GBP) and obtainable at Moto Guzzi Club rallies or you can order from us direct, by clicking on the contact us button on our website or facebook and sending us a message. Please include your name, address and recipient if different, plus the quantity required together with how you would like to pay either in Australian dollars or GBP so we can reply with the relevant details. Payment methods are cheque, Paypal direct or direct bank transfer to either UK or Australian banks. There are also instructions about how to order in Gambalunga, the Moto Guzzi Club UK magazine. Thanking you in advance for supporting us and keeping us on the road.

Below is a picture of a scanned copy,

Next Up: – Back to the blogs leaving the Mornington peninsula for our last leg to Canberra before heading back to Melbourne to ship to South America and our accident.


  1. #1 by Kev & Karen on December 21, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    Lovely to hear from you Cate, thanks for the good wishes and we too hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy healthy new year.
    With love Karen and Kev xx

  2. #2 by Cate Davis on December 21, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Hi Karen and Kev,
    What a huge setback you have had, but Karen pleased to hear you are making a good recovery. Wish I could be closer to catch up with you, and by reading your blogs sounds as though you have a wonderful network of friends in Melbourne. Karen and Kev have a great Christmas Day and a wonderful New Year and All the Best in 2013.
    Love From Cate, (Wanaka) xx.

  3. #3 by Julie on November 29, 2012 - 5:35 pm

    bones are fantastic arent they ? you dont have to weld them or anything ,you just have to be carefull and wait ,sometimes they need a little help but judging by your smile, dem bones is doin the business. Great that you are being looked after so well,sounds like you have a splendid bunch of people round you.N ow all you both have to do is get ya leg over [ooer] and start chugging round the world again. all t best .sprout& julie

  4. #4 by Pete brocklehurst on October 22, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    Hope the rally trip went OK. I was at Stafford show yesterday and all club members on our stand were very pleased to hear of your improved mobility but only bought two calendars.

  5. #5 by Julie [aka Clarkie] on October 1, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Happy belated birthday Karen- I am so glad to see you are on your feet again and with such a big grin!! I’m sure you will take things easy and I hope your recovery goes well….at least you are coming into the summer months which is more than we have to look forward to in the good old UK!
    Take care,
    Julie xx

  6. #6 by Kev & Karen on September 22, 2012 - 3:01 am

    I’ll try very hard to pace myself.
    I’ve got lots of people looking out for me here, they won’t let me do anything too soon!
    Love and hugs K xoxox

  7. #7 by Arthur Spain on September 21, 2012 - 9:59 pm

    Great to see you back on your feet Karen and with a huge smile, please, please don’t try to push yourself too hard and undo all that good work, you have done remarkably well so far despite the temporary setback with your left shoulder.
    Enjoy your new found freedom, hope you both manage to return to the U K sometime soon, we’d love to see you if only for a short time.
    All our love as always. Mum & Dad

  8. #8 by Kev & Karen on September 21, 2012 - 7:39 am

    Thanks Ken we’ll look forward to catching up again. Look after yourself and enjoy the time off and get fully recuperated. You may find a picture of youself in the next blog….
    All the best Karen and Kev xx

  9. #9 by Ken on September 21, 2012 - 7:14 am

    Still checking up on you so don’t be alarmed. Have been very busy oer the last 6 moths and just had to take some time off to recuperate. Currently in Surfers staying with friends. No plans other than to relax. Next week I head to Darwin for 10 Days with a plan of being back to work on Oct 8th. Soon after this I will endevour to catch up and see for myself how your recovery is coming along. This may involve a race around the house so stay fit. Keep up the good work. Ken

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