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maccajim 08-28-2008 10:10 PM

Australia Farm and Outback
 
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Hiya,
I just spent 2 weeks travelling around NSW Australia on a 640 ktm adv, I took lots of pics so will work on a long report hope u lot enjoy it.
Here is a pic of what is to come but i have to get there first.


maccajim 08-28-2008 10:24 PM

packed up
 
Packed up ready to go all camping gear food for a few days and tools
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Leaving Sydney Early Bye Bye to the traffic
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St Albans pub very nice way to leave sydney good dirt road upto the great north and wollombi
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Cool looking barn across road from pub

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The road after St albans is great dirt twisty passing thru farms and lots of animals about check the sign roos wombats and koalas
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maccajim 08-29-2008 02:00 AM

riding to Quirindi
 
Heading to Quirindi stopped here some place called battery rock weird formation
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I took the back road from Merriwa over the range mostly dirt to willow tree but turn off before reaching it really good road climbs upto about 700m then drop down to warm farming country
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Got there just on dusk thru a cover over the bike and relaxed a lot of riding started at 7 finished around 5pm pretty tired but glad to be out of the city and ready to go west
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Next morning on the farm got a few things to do check out the new foal and calf
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My dad with a 3 day old foalhe got bad colic so has been in the yard since born dad checking him out and getting him used to humans

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Same foal after 3 days in the lockup i took him to a nice green paddock and he went crazy doing laps of his mum loving the freedom and grass



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maccajim 08-29-2008 02:17 AM

Some cattle work
 
The old way horses and dogs is giving way to the Motorbike revolution
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The new way of farming mostly using Quad runners and 2 dogs the cattle are almost trained to come to the yards by feeding and the way the lanes are organised. So instead of needing a heap of cowboys horses and dogs one guy on a quaddie can do it all.
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Two well trained dogs can do most of the work these guys are good and love their work

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Here is the orphan calf his mum died having him so we have been feeding him milk formulae mix it up and put it in this fake Teet thing he is doing okay
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The next day Guunedah's Agquip like a farmers easter show i wanted to get a new Swag and something to stop the bike stand falling over in the soft red outback sand so worth a look
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where is my hilux i have heard stories of guys looking for hours for their car getting here early and then seeing this sea of identical trucks
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Chopper flights
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I wanted to get a swag but they were so busy i couldn't get any service and wasn't paying $250 without trying it out so went to honda and found their solution to sidestands digging into soft soil, not bad but i don't think it will work with a heavy 640 loaded with supplies

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Our solution was to weld a piece of oval shaped metal to the bottom of the kick stand facing out when down but back when up so it won't hit my andy strapz panniers works really well u can use your boot toe on the tab to firmly place it on loose gravel etc wire brushed it and some black spray paint looks like a custom jobbie.

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Siva 08-29-2008 02:18 AM

Xellent pics sooo far.....looking for more....

this pic is GOOD !!!

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:clap

maccajim 08-29-2008 02:57 AM

Heading off to Cobar
 
Left early to get to cobar it was very cold windy lots of semis nearly blowing me off the road then getting stuck behind heaps of slow Grey Nomads on the twisty roads to Cobar. The roads get straight and some good views.
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Conola fields very stunning it smells like breakfast putting butter on warm toasts nice but the roads are straight and i have my bike geared down for sand wish i had bought my old front sprocket or an extra gear!
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The straight roads go on for ages get an ipod
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Arrived in Cobar late in the afternoon and all accommodation looked booked out as Louth races just finished lots of no vacancy so found this dodgy place behind a pub. I thought it must be some dodgy pub/brothel thing with all these single rooms but turned out ok a lot of miners got sacked last week so only me and one other guy staying there. Everyone was very friendly and turned out a great place to stay with the pub and food 10 meters from my door
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Changed the tyres for some sweet dunlop 908s good dirt grippage '
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The Road Cobar to Louth starts off bitumen then serious red dirt lots of goats shetland poines and emus so watch out
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Dead straight but u have to watch for sandy sections
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U can see the dust of a 4wd in the distance it was very windy and some creepy serpent like trails of Red sandy/bulldust getting blown across the road

philth 08-29-2008 03:31 AM

keepem comin

auRoscoe 08-29-2008 03:33 AM

Good stuff :clap

FUTURE 08-29-2008 03:43 AM

Those are good photos. St Albans pub is a great place.

maccajim 08-29-2008 04:26 AM

Louth and Trilby Station
 
Louth pub store etc
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got a beer and filled up very friendly and helpful u can camp behind the pub looked like a good site but i'm heading to Trilby station only 20kms away.
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I turned up at Trilby and there was no one anywhere at the office or entire station followed the signs to the camp site a bit creepy no one around and skulls every where

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headed down to a camp site and it was very sweet
saw this fella keeping guard
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And this pelican on the river took off as soon as he saw me i thought very different to the coast ones that look fo a free feed, then i saw a lot of shotgun shells around so some yobbos must take pot shots at them, mongrels
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Trilby campsite right near the river heaps of fire wood and lots of critters around seemed like i was the only person for miles around
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I sat down by the mighty darling to check out the wildlife at dusk and some kangas turned up
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the pics are a bit blurry but it was a mother with joey and 2 siblings only 20 metres away i think the low chair and dark clothing make me blend in so they ignored me for awhile
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I made some really dumb mistakes here at night wanting to put the fire out quickly to goto bed i stupidly used my drinking water and then in the morning made heaps of brews for coffee etc found out i had used up almost all my drinking water, idiot! 2nd day on the dirt and out of water on a deserted station and the river water was undrinkable.
camping at Trilby great views
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I had a wander around the next day they have this shed with 2 cesnas heard later they muster with them and spot the herd.
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I road upto the station homestead and the owner was there i paid my camping fee and asked for water, he pointed me to a fresh rainwater tank sweetest water i have ever had. We had a chat about the farm and he told me the river is his boundary fence and as it is so low his stock can walk across to the neighbours, basically openhouse.

will do more tomorrow hope u likes it

Goosefeather 08-29-2008 05:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maccajim
will do more tomorrow hope u likes it

Looks like a great trip :clap

choccoloco 08-29-2008 06:31 AM

Yep like it

:lurk

GB 08-29-2008 06:33 AM

Great riding :thumb

:lurk

jtb 08-29-2008 08:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by choccoloco
Yep like it

:lurk

+1!:clap

Lambo 08-29-2008 09:57 PM

Really great, more please.


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