As most people are aware, Hallie is a HUGE motorbike fanatic! It doesn't help that she seems to have it in her blood and has a natural talent for riding motorbikes, scooters, push bikes - anything really.
I think she was born dreaming of her first bike. Ever since we bought two little second-hand 50cc bikes off Gumtree many years ago she has taken to it like a duck to water.
Since then she has graduated to a 100cc and loves to go out riding any chance she can get. Late last year I noticed that Nitro Circus was coming to Hobart. Not just a watered down version but their proper BIG show with Travis Pastrana (Travis Pastrana is an American motorsports competitor and stunt performer who has won championships and X Games gold medals in several events, including supercross, motocross, freestyle motocross, and rally racing.) and everyone involved in the show.
I looked at tickets and decided that Hallie would love to go for her 12th birthday which is in April. I knew that because she was such a fan of Travis and follows them all on IG that, it wouldn't be worth all that drive down to Hobart and build-up to the day without good seats, so I saved up and got her a VIP ticket which meant best seats in the house, going to the practice session before the show, a special lanyard, opportunity to speak to the crew and have something signed by them and a free signed poster.
We mentioned it to Hallie's church friends, Gus and Ben and their Mums said if they saved up they could go to. It was a LONG wait for them all as I booked the tickets back on the 14th of November and the show was not until the 28th of March. Simon took them down and he said the weather at Blundstone Arena was perfect. Simon has always had a motorbike since he was young and I knew that he would get a great kick out of seeing all the stunts.
Being directed to their VIP seats.
The big man himself!! Travis Pastrana. The practice session went for 1.5 hours before the actual show started.
Here is Travis signing Hallie's motorbike helmet. Her dream come true. Simon was texting me and I was texting back - "tell Hallie to get a selfie with Trav".
Hallie, Gus and Ben lined up along the fence to get the opportunity to have a pic and autograph with their favourites.
Jolene Van Vugt (the first CMRC Women’s Canadian Motocross National Champion, first female to backflip a full-sized dirt bike).
And then along came Travis!!
The main show got started after that and I don't know what is going to top Hallie's birthday after this as she said she was in heaven. I've never seen her so excited before.