Monday, September 26, 2016

Blaxland branch library

Katoomba branch library

Blaxland branch librarians

Blaxland branch librarian

Katoomba branch library

Saturday, September 24, 2016

                                            More pictures from the 2016 Biblio Turismo.

Turistas and Vicki at Blackheath

Where's lunch?

Do I have to check out my own items?

You did say I could borrow it for two weeks, didn't you?

The Three Alans less one

BT 2017 here I come.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


The short ride to Katoomba was uneventful. It was now Alan Walker, Ross Balharie and myself.

The breakfast was welcome and was shared with library customers. Elizabeth agreed to have her picture taken on the bikes as so too were the pirates (it was “Talk like a pirate day”, remember Kandos).
This library is magnificent with most likely the best view from a library in Australia. We need landmark libraries like this to show the powers that be what good libraries look like.
Alan Walker enjoying the view

Elizabeth the biker

Elizabeth the book lover


Into another library


Maybe we should dress up every year

The pirates have taken the bikes

The Pirates of Katoomba



The ride down the mountain was fast and furious, sunshine, no wind and gravity to pull us along the two lane macadam to the bottom.
The bikes were parked at the back of the library due to the steepness of the block. To our surprise a lady with her ten year old daughter turned up on her steed and joined us for pics a bite to eat and talk.
The staff were more than happy to pose on the bikes and the shots would make great recruitment posters for the profession, Library Association take note.
Alan Walker had to leave us but Ross and I continued.

We wore the leather jackets to be just like you

Alan Walker

Happy library customers

Blaxland branch librarian

Are you sure i can have the bike?

Do I look cool on this bike?

Thanks Alan, I always wanted a Ducati

Blaxland Librarian

S4RS Testastretta

Happy customer



The ride to Blacktown along the Motorway was fine and fast. Blacktown had a protest in the middle of town and all traffic was diverted.  Ross and I finally found the library and were met by
a staff member who gave us a tour of the library, we toured both floors. 

Again another great library, full of customers reading and studying and preparing themselves to be future leaders of Australia. The racial mix of customers in stark contrast to the mainly WASP customers over the mountains. Then Ross and I departed for another year. Leon who works at Blacktown ironically was not on the tour this year as he was on holidays.

This will be my next bike

Yes I fit it just fine.

made for me

One each, wow.

How fast does it go?

That fast, eh

Stairway to heaven

Guess who's office?

A long ride home to the Central Coast was pleasant as I missed most of the traffic.

A big thank you to  all the library customers, librarians, library managers and riders for making it such a successful Biblio Turista.

Next year’s Biblio will be north of Sydney. All will be revealed next year.

Alan A. Flores
Biblio Turismo Tour leader.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016




Old Post Office, Blackheath

Ian at Richmond

                                      Oberon Branch Library

Deputy Mayor and library staff

Oberon library customers

Ducatis available on two week loan

I love riding my bike in the library

Can I start it up?

Another library we took the Ducati into.
Oberon Library, Alan Flores with the Deputy Mayor

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About to leave

Too big to get inside the library

Alan and Ian at Oberon

Blackheath station

Oberon library customers
Oberon Library
Ian with Library customers at Oberon


The ride to Oberon was in showery weather and strong winds and not much heat.  The ride down from Mt Victoria was full of problems due to road works but once down the vistas through the valleys with the occasional ray of sunshine was well worth the ride. Only three libraries today.
Oberon library is a new building a short walk from the main street.
We were greeted by the general manager, the deputy mayor and a councillor and library staff. More refreshments and talk of the affect possible amalgamation with Bathurst may have on a Oberon population of 3,000.

Branch Librarian

Portland branch library

Window display

Portland Library customers

They never let me lend books

What's that Flores saying this time?

Portland Library

It's always a joy to visit.

The ride to Kandos was fast through a long valley and then there was the unbelievable view of the Aussie Grand Canyon, not as deep but extremely wide. Riding past at 130km it was hard to appreciate.

We entered town from the south, crossing the disused railroad tracks, past the closed station and along a road so wide it was bigger than some towns we passed through. The library is underneath one of the largest halls you will ever see in a country town built by the workers at the local cement mine, now closed. One can imagine the dances and concerts held there during the fifties and sixties. The next day was talk like a pirate day and the locals were busy getting the hall prepared.

The library was under the hall and Kerry was its guardian. A large library with appealing children’s and reference sections and easy parking out front.
One of the library members who came to greet us was the last Kandos station master who came to town 23 years ago to manage the station and now at 82 looked back and wondered why they closed the station down. He had served the town well. He said he owned one of the first Triumphs in Australia, a Bonneville.

Blackheath was a hundred and thirty kilometres away in freezing wind but blue skies and great vistas. The wild goats at the top of the pass at Mt Victoria were a concern to all of us but have been there for years and yet to cause an accident.

Hard liquor to warm us up in Ian and Sherrey’s room then a quick drink at the pub and a delicious meal at the Chinese restaurant.

Kerry, Sherrey, Roger and Ross at Kandos Library

and Alan

Kandos Station Master retired

Kandos Library

The Turista's steeds

Kandos branch library children's section

They are both available for two week loans

Kandos Branch Librarian, Kerry
Kandos branch librarian, Kerry and Alan Flores

Ducati Monster S4RS Testastretta

Kandos Railroad Station

Last train to Kandos
                  The 2016 Biblio Turistas        
Alan Flores


Alan Walker



Helen and Richard




We gathered at the Blackheath branch library at 9.30, cup of tea and a talk with the staff and again Vicki was there to take care of us and was also at Katoomba and Blaxland. What a hard working woman.
Another Biker called Brahma Kumaris from the local meditation centre joined us for a cuppa and the staff told tales of how they escaped the clutches of the big smoke to hide in Blackheath and tend their gardens and lend books to their community. There was some murmur bout witness protection program, but if that is the case their pictures on this blog will son ruin that. The Southern mob left the ride here and turned their mounts toward Oberon, Goulburn and Canberra and even Ballarat. It is always a sad farewell, but we usually meet up again in a year’s time ready for another ride. It is a credit to all the participants that we have ridden together for eleven years now without ever any conflict, lots of humour and sharing and caring.  
Helen, Richard and Sherrey with Blackheath branch librarian  
Blackheath branch library

Blue Mountains City Librarian,Vicki hosting a cuppa at Blackheath branch library

Blackheath branch library customer