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Burren Rider 05-22-2005 09:49 PM

Dirt Down Under
I have been doing a bit of riding lately but most of it has been fairly close to home and not really worthy of a ride report in it's own right. Each ride seems to highlight some great country though so I thought I would start a thread showing a very small portion of the place I like to call home.

I'll kick off with a few photo's from the weekend's ride to Wave Hill Station.

The most peaceful part of the whole trip, kicking back and taking in the moonlight.

The rest of the time was spent fending of KTM's. Truth is, the only reason I managed to get in front to start with is that I had the maps. If it wasn't for that I wouldn't have seen which way they went.

I tried to wear the O'Brien brothers out in an old sand quarry that has become an impromptu motocross track over the years but I think it only made them quicker.

Burren Rider 05-22-2005 10:12 PM

Blue skies, a deserted stretch of beach and time to play.

Unfortunately I have busted my tailbone a couple of times doing stupid things on dirt bikes (you would think once would be enough) so I have a farily strict 'no mono' policy. It didn't seem to worry the others though.

Watching the guys was impressive. I have seen some pretty good wheelies in my time but this one was something else again.

For my money though the best thing about low tide is the ease with which you can do big skids. Pat is the master of such things, throwing the bike into one full lock slide after another.

Burren Rider 05-22-2005 10:20 PM

Saturday night was spent around a custom made fire drum (not sure what to call it really) making the most of the excellent tucker put on by the station owners. The country hospitality at Wave Hill would easily be a match for the fanciest city restaurant in my opinion.

Sunday started with an early morning trip to the Clarence Gorge for a bit of exploring.

Even KTM's look good in this light

Burren Rider 05-22-2005 10:29 PM

From the Gorge it was north into the rainforest before heading home after a solid weekend of riding.

Spanish Bob 05-22-2005 11:28 PM

Beautiful! Where exactly in Aus are you?

Puffy 650 05-23-2005 12:17 AM

That sure looks like a lot of fun.:D

AZcacti 05-23-2005 12:55 AM

Great pics. I spent two weeks in Australia this April and I can't wait to go back. Wonderful country :freaky

elfederiQo 05-23-2005 01:04 AM

Frontpage quality

Originally Posted by Burren Rider
Even KTM's look good in this light

:eek1 Now that's a jaw-dropping picture! Absolutely wonderful....has an African touch to it.

dirt rider X 05-23-2005 02:09 AM

:D you lucky prick ... those rain forest tracks look awesome :D

Komet 05-23-2005 02:28 AM

Very nice report!

John E Davies 05-23-2005 08:02 AM

Beautiful pics - I love Australia. I visited a couple of years ago but did not get as far north as the area of your report. I love 4 wheeling also - you guys sure have a lot of available terrain to explore.

John Davies

Esteban 05-23-2005 08:42 AM

Great shots, great riding !! You guys look like you like to fly.
How many varieties of poisonous snakes do they have in Australia again ??

The double wheelies on the beach is awesome.


Burren Rider 05-23-2005 03:58 PM


Originally Posted by Spanish Bob
Beautiful! Where exactly in Aus are you?

G'Day Bob,

I am from Casino in Northern NSW. It is a country town about an hour so from the coast which seems to be far enough away to keep things pretty laid back. We are pretty lucky in the variety of country we have to explore around here. Unfortunately there is a pretty strong green movement as you get closer to the coast and they are set on closing most of it at the moment. Time will tell if they succeed but I hope they don't, doesn't seem right to lock off area's that have been open to the public for 150 years.

Burren Rider 05-23-2005 04:02 PM


Originally Posted by dirt rider X
:D you lucky prick ... those rain forest tracks look awesome :D

Yeah things are pretty good around here. I used to think that you needed to travel a long way to have a good trip but these days I am content to wander around my own backyard on the DRZ most of the time. It's amazing the diversity you can cover in a couple of solid days round here.

Burren Rider 05-23-2005 04:07 PM


Originally Posted by Esteban
Great shots, great riding !! You guys look like you like to fly.
How many varieties of poisonous snakes do they have in Australia again ??

The double wheelies on the beach is awesome.


G'Day Esteban,

We have a few snakes, but I like to tell myself that they are sleeping about now. Climbing around the rocks at the Gorge takes a bit more thought in Summer when you are likely to encouunter a cranky Brown Snake or Taipan.

As for the photo's, I was pretty happy with the way they turned out. I think I might have to find some new riding mates some day though because these blokes make you feel awfully slow. :D

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