John and Carol’s Journey
The opening of “180 Miles By Bike” Accommodation and adjoining (work in progress) Art Gallery will mark the culmination of years of work and determination to create a setting in which people can visit and relax in a friendly atmosphere and at the same time experience our love of the visual arts.
John and Carol maintain that all of us have skills and talents which are inherent and moulded by our environment and dreams. In their case it is art that has been the steady constant of happiness throughout our lives.
Their parents nurtured their love of literature and arts. John’s father was a talented artist in his own right, and gave much unnoticed inspiration through his occupation as an advertising manager. The use of words and poetry and always searching for quirky moments to depict has its origins in this history.
John also developed a love of cycling from his father who carefully restored and hand painted an old racing bicycle that he had as a youth to hand on to John. John would watch cycling at the old Brunswick Velodrome, seeing the likes of Syd Patterson, racing over the boards in the cold open arena on cold Saturday nights.
Once John realised that his Port Fairy Accommodation and Art Gallery was located exactly opposite the old 180 mile post from Melbourne on the Princes Hwy the name for the property became an easy choice.