Imagine A Roadtrip With Michael Peterson & Michael Ho

30 Oct 2015 1 Share

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ROADTRIP

By Michael Ho, MP's Hawaiian Protege

We did a couple of road trips for sure. No one ever flew in those days. We did Queensland to Bells runs, Queensland to Sydney, Queensland to Phillip Island.

And with MP driving it was f*&#^$ gnarly, brah. You f*&%$ kidding me? You kidding me? I’m still scared today when I think about it. Driving full on in the Fiat with David Bowie as loud as it can go. Strap my seatbelt on and pray.

He had this thing where he always used to put his hand on the windscreen when a truck went by in case a rock hit it. I’m like, “F&$%, what are you doing?” And he’d never say anything. Then one time – boosh! – the windscreen explodes and he’s holding it together with his hand. I’m freaking out. He pulls over and I go, “What are we gonna do now?” It’s dark and he’s mumbling to himself, going, “Newcastle… Coolangatta… eight hours… we’ll still be there tonight!” He smashes all the glass out of the car but it’s going everywhere. He puts his sunnies on, pulls his hood down over his face so you only see his sunnies, and off we drive into the night. I just go, “Here we go, brah!” Strap myself in, scardest I ever been, and off we go.

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He didn’t slow down at all without the windscreen, in fact I think he mighta even gone faster. It was the scardest I ever been, but he wasn’t listening to me. He was like, “This is Australia, buddy. You want out I’ll pull over and you can hitch.” But he wasn’t going to be stopped. Literally I put myself in his hands. I reclined my seat, laid back, and hung on. There are still chips of glass flying, bugs hitting us, and he did his best, dark glasses on at night, flying up the highway no problem… rahhhhhhhh! Say a prayer. It was so scary, scared the hell out of me. He was a gnarly driver, but he was good. He drove just like he surfed. He stayed in his lane with the pedal to the metal and David Bowie blaring.

I used to be so happy whenever I made it to Queensland, me kissing the ground when we got there. Once I got to his place I was happy for him to drive as fast as he liked, cause we’d only ever be driving down to Kirra and I wanted to get there as fast as we could. “Go now, brah! Get me to Kirra!”

Then he’d look over at me and laugh and go, “Now you’re all psyched, huh!”

The roadtrippin gangsters Peterson & Ho

The roadtrippin gangsters Peterson & Ho

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