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Old 11-12-2010, 05:57 PM   #16
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:11 PM   #17
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More changing plans!


After the Goodnight Scrub ride on the Sunday we decided we might head towards home via Rainbow Beach on the Monday.

Monday started typically slowly, however, and I decided to have a quick tinker with the bike.

Since I bought the KLR in March a broken stud on the exhaust heatshield has caused it to vibrate and shake and generally irritate me.

But itís funny how you can get used to these things.

And then one day you get on with the job. After all an Ďeasy-outí is only a 5 minute job isnít it?

Isnít it?


Three hours later Jacques and I have discovered the exhaust wasnít even held on properly, removed it, redrilled the hole after failing to get the broken stud out, removed the crash bars, lost a washer down the back somewhere and had to remove the fuel tank, etc, to get it sorted out.




Nice 5 minute job, but not much riding going on.

To make it worse the rain has set in.

Bugger it.

We check the weather report and come up with another new plan.
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Old 11-13-2010, 10:28 PM   #18
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Head for the hills!

The weather forecasts said the coast was going to be wet, and well you can go to the beach anytime canít you?

Hills are where the real action is, and Jacques tempted us with tales of the Wall at Kroombit Tops.

So Tuesday morning we set off to scoot through Monto, duck up through Cania Gorge and on to Kroombit Tops.

It all started well enough, jumping on a cracking dirt road heading west, but the closer we got to Monto the less visible the ranges ahead were becoming. Bloody wet and cloudy


At Monto SWVTBS decided to cash in her favour and asked if we could stop in Cania Gorge and do some of the walks.




It turned out to be a good move, the walks were good, the place peaceful, the little campground top rate.







After walk we headed up to the dam, checking out the Moo-cows picnic along the way!




Personally, I think Jacaranda are very manly!








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Old 11-13-2010, 10:45 PM   #19
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Homeward Bound

Sadly, Wednesday meant time to head home. And that meant riding into a bloody gale for a couple of hours south.

Still, I hadn’t before ridden or driven any of the road between Monto and Jimna. Can’t say I’ll be rushing to do it again though.

However getting back to our neck of the woods happened to mean that we NEEDED to take the dirt to Jimna, then cut through Conondale National Park on Sunday Creek Road.


We dropped into Peach Trees campground near Jimna for a cuppa on the way, which we shared with a lizard and a turtle.







Then the best bit came when Booloumba Road was open. It’s always been closed when i’ve come past before. It was fairly chopped up in places thanks to tree-clearing trucks … but that made for a welcome change after 350km of bitumen.


… then all of a sudden I was home and it was all over.

And all the places that we didn't get to we can go back and try again.
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:43 PM   #20
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And all the places that we didn't get to we can go back and try again.
Thats the spirit. Nice job of improvisation. A very handy skill for an Adventure Rider

That picture under the 'Jack on the Veranda' is just wrong though isn't it?

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That picture under the 'Jack on the Veranda' is just wrong though isn't it?
I couldn't resist it
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