IN their working lives they are teachers, nurses, policemen, plumbers and public servants but for the next couple of weeks they are leaving their jobs behind and enjoying life on the road.
More than 30 members of the Coffs Coast branch of the Ulysses Motorcycle Club rode out of town yesterday to make their way to the club's annual general meeting in Canberra next week.
On the way south, they will travel via Muswellbrook, Orange, Tumut, Jindabyne and Batemans Bay, covering more than 2000 kilometres in six days.
When they arrive in Canberra next Monday, they will be joined by thousands of other Ulysses club members, from around Australia.
"They have about 4000 registrations at the moment but by the time the AGM starts there will be many others," Di Blessing, the local branch's publicity officer, said.
"We treat it as our annual holiday and it is like getting together with a big extended family."
The highlight of the meeting will be a parade from the Australian War Memorial to Old Parliament House.
Another important part of this year's AGM will be promoting the 2007 meeting to be held in Coffs Harbour.
Di and the other club members, along with Coffs Coast Marketing manager Rob Cleary, will be doing their best to convince others to make the trip to the Coffs Coast. ? DAVID MOASE