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Old 05-22-2005, 10:49 PM   #1
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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.






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Old 05-22-2005, 11:12 PM   #2
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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.


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Old 05-22-2005, 11:20 PM   #3
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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

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Old 05-22-2005, 11:29 PM   #4
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From the Gorge it was north into the rainforest before heading home after a solid weekend of riding.





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Old 05-23-2005, 12:28 AM   #5
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Beautiful! Where exactly in Aus are you?
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That sure looks like a lot of fun.
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Old 05-23-2005, 04:58 PM   #7
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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.

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Old 05-23-2005, 02:04 AM   #8
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Even KTM's look good in this light

Now that's a jaw-dropping picture! Absolutely wonderful....has an African touch to it.
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you lucky prick ... those rain forest tracks look awesome
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Old 05-23-2005, 05:02 PM   #11
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you lucky prick ... those rain forest tracks look awesome
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.
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Old 05-23-2005, 05:11 PM   #12
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Now that's a jaw-dropping picture! Absolutely wonderful....has an African touch to it.
Thanks, I never really thought of Africa in that way though. It's funny how you perceive places you haven't been to.
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I had the opportunity to take a 950 for a run near Dalby recently. Great bike too, although I reckon it would lead you astray if you weren't careful .


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Full size version? I would nominate this one for front page material if you do!
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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’d 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.






Now this looks like fun! If I ever go "down under" I'll want to roost around like that. Australia is cool, "put a shrimp on the barbie mate!" right?
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