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Old 09-08-2013, 05:09 AM   #31
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Arrrgh, I feel your pain JM.
Went out today with the Disgraceful old Ulyssians and there was some inconsiderate mongrel out flaunting his new WetHead 1200GS. I had to go way down the back of the group out of sight of it, it was upsetting me that much.
Oh well, keep on with the savings plan and keep riding & posting!


Hey, thanks for reading!

We can't have everything we want all the time, I guess..

Then there would be nothing to look forward to

Cheers,

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Old 09-12-2013, 04:39 AM   #32
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Tooradin - 12th September 2013

Mrs Tiger and I had a few hours of daylight this afternoon to spend riding together.

Someone had new boots to try out..



Went out with no plans in my head other than to have a meal in Tooradin..

Start km's:



Emerald - Tonimbuk via Gembrook.



Through Gembrook.





Gembrook - Tonimbuk Rd.





Tonimbuk - Longwarry.



Some fancy houses hidden away out here..



Traffic.



Views from Bunyip - Tonimbuk Rd.





Crossing Princes Highway.



Moo?







Be my friend?



Sure!





Riding into Bunyip township.



Longwarry - Tooradin.



Low bridge!

I'm sure we would have made it under without ducking, but I couldn't help myself!

It seemed waaay too low.



Back on the dirt for a stretch on Bridge Rd.



Passing a cyclist.



North Yannathan Rd.



Back on the asphalt twisties.



West Gippsland views.





Drouin - Poowong Rd.













Nyora - Poowong Rd.



South Gippsland Hwy to Tooradin.



MAde it to Tooradin!

Great fish 'n' chips here.



Mmmmm..





Enjoying the sunset at Tooradin foreshore.





Big ol' tree..







Sunset..



About to leave.



Tooradin - Emerald.



End km's:



Total km's: 179.

Our route for the day:



Great afternoon for an unplanned ride

Thanks for reading.

Cheers,

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Old 10-14-2013, 03:10 AM   #33
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Weekend away in October..

Day 1:

11th October 2013

Emerald - Lorne.

Mrs Tiger and I had saved up a few days to attend the HU meeting in Cavendish this weekend.

The only problem with that was that it was fully booked by the time we got around to making a booking

Oh well, a weekend off is still a weekend away.

..and at least we would get the opportunity to try out some new gear and camping toys

Start km's:



Packed and ready to go.





The only real plan we had for this trip was to avoid the city by taking the ferry across the bay from Sorrento - Queenscliff.

Stopped for coffee and snacks before the ferry was due in Sorrento.





Little crumb thief..



Waiting at the back of the line for the ferry.



..and yeah, that's a whole group of Can-Am riders in front of us.

We would catch up with these folks later in the trip too.

Ready to ride on board.





On board.





Looking back to Sorrento.







Checking out the new toy!



A nice lady Can-Am rider took our pic.



Enjoying the view.



Docking at Queenscliff.



Disembarking behind the Can-Am group.



The ferry isn't the most cost-effective method of getting from one side of the bay to the other, but it is the more scenic alternative.

It was about $45 for the bike + 2 one-way, leaves from both ends on the hour every hour and takes about 45 minutes.

You get to see the best of both the Mornington and Bellaraine Peninsula's along the way.

Of course, by this time we had to stop for refreshments in Queenscliff.

Had these very tasty lamb shank and potato pies followed by apple slice at Anne's Gourmet Kitchen.





Main street of Queenscliff.



Back on the road, through Ocean Grove.





Tried some alternative roads to Anglesea..



Until we were met by this.



Stopped for a breather in Anglesea.



..before getting back on the road to Lorne.







Stopped and set up camp at the Queens Park camping ground in Lorne.





Trying out more new stuff..

Helinox camp chairs!



Set up for the night.



Wandered into town for fish and chips and a burger.



Hung out with the locals..



..and went for a sunset walk along the pier.







Signs to places near and far..



211 km's for the day.

Gps track for the day.





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Old 10-14-2013, 03:41 AM   #34
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If I may add my two cents worth to this write up, first thing I'd like to apologise for the photos on day one. Our little point and shoot camera was sent away for repairs recently so I was working with the digital SLR camera, and as I'm not a whizz at these things I somehow managed to change the setting and this seems to have resulted in the photos being quite washed out and not very good quality, so sorry about that!


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Until we were met by this.




It was sweet of jmcg not to mention it, but I think it's hilarious that my first attempt at programming a route into the new GPS was quite a spectacular failure! First off I managed to program a section of shared walking/bicycle track that we couldn't go down, and then we came to this closed road! Go me! I did mention that I'm not very technical right?!

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Trying out more new stuff..

Helinox camp chairs!



And I felt this also needs a quick explanation. I was celebrating my victory over being the first to get my new chair set up and sat in .

A note on the new chairs: they are ridiculously comfortable! We set them up first and then almost couldn't muster the enthusiasm to get out of them again to set up the tent
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:59 AM   #35
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Day 2.

12th October 2013.

Lorne - Halls Gap.

Without any real plans, we decided to head inland towards Halls Gap.

Last time we stayed there, we knew we would have to return and explore some more.

Besides, the forecast was for poor weather and I didn't want to be battling the wind and rain on the Southern coast..

Nice and sunny before packing up.



Stopped at the Arab Cafe in Lorne for pancakes and poached eggs.





The Arab is also a popular biker cafe..



Found out that the folks on the Can-Am's from yesterday were part of some organised event in Lorne.



Looks like they were ready to go on a ride out somewhere..



Pulled in to have a look, but got caught behind them as they were waiting to go.



Escaped across the grass lawn adventure style before hitting the Deans Marsh - Winchelsea road.





The main street of Birregurra was closed to traffic for a festival.



We decided to stop and have a look.



Some of us found new friends..



..and some of us found ice-cream!



Our next stop was Skipton.





Back on the road.

Nothing much except farmland out here..



..and distant hills.



The road between Arrarat and Halls Gap is a bit more scenic.



The Grampions in the distance.



Arriving at the Lakeside Caravan Park.



..to be met by our old mate Ruffles the crazy Border Collie



..who is clearly someone's new best friend.



Setting up.







Clearly Ruffles believes he is helping out here..



Went for a walk along the dam wall of Lake Bellfield that looks over the valley.





There be kangaroos down there..



I think I can see my tent from here..



Yup.



278 km's for the day.

Gps track for the day.



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Old 10-14-2013, 04:29 PM   #36
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Day 3.

13/10/13.

Halls Gap return loop.

The weather was looking pretty miserable today.

There was thunderstorms predicted for later in the evening so we decided to pack up camp until we could work out where we were going to stay for the night.

Of course, every day starts with an adventure latte



Owing to the rubbish weather predicted for the evening, we hired a cabin for the night and dropped off our camping equipment.

We then set out to ride some of the roads around the Grampions.

Serra Rd.





Weather looks okay here..



Not so much here..



Glenelg River Road.



Stopped for refreshments..







Back on the road.



Glenelg River Road.











Cloudy..





Stony Creek Rd/Northern Grampions Rd.



Returning to Halls Gap via Northern Grampions Rd.









Very scenic.













Back in Halls Gap.





Lunch from the bakery.



..and then the rain came!





It would rain on and off for the rest of the day.

We decided to retire to our cabin.



Went for a walk later and saw this 'roo with a passenger



Bye!



Yeah, it's cold!



Pizza for dinner.



Only 76 km's for the day.

Gps track for the day.



Not very helpful as it isn't labelled, but you sort of get the idea if you imagine that Halls Gap is located near the upper right hand corner of the track..

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Old 10-14-2013, 10:13 PM   #37
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If I may say: You have some very pretty country there. I was in Sydney and Hobart (I know, the other side ) in 1980 when our squadron was deployed in the western Pacific. I enjoyed Australia immensely and would someday very much like to go back and travel some more there.

Love your photos, although still having adjustment problems riding on the "wrong" side :-)
This photo amused me a bit, because it reminds me very much of central Oregon around Madras and Bend...

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Old 10-15-2013, 12:19 AM   #38
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If I may say: You have some very pretty country there. I was in Sydney and Hobart (I know, the other side ) in 1980 when our squadron was deployed in the western Pacific. I enjoyed Australia immensely and would someday very much like to go back and travel some more there.

Love your photos, although still having adjustment problems riding on the "wrong" side :-)
This photo amused me a bit, because it reminds me very much of central Oregon around Madras and Bend...
Hi Bob, thanks for reading!

You're lucky to have been to Tasmania.

We live right next door to the place and yet we've never been there!!

There are some sketchy plans to go there for a couple of weeks early next year.

Hope you get to come and visit sometime.

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Old 10-15-2013, 12:38 AM   #39
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Day 4.

14/10/13.

Halls Gap - Emerald.

Got up early for the ride home.

Still raining



Some of the local wildlife was hanging around our cabin..





The weather was on and off all the way home..

Looking back at the Grampions through the clouds.



Setting off again after a short break.



Some views on the road home.









Made it home just as it really started to pour rain..



End km's.



Total km's for the trip: 897

314 km's for the day.

Gps track.



It was good to have a few days away, but the weather at this time of year is a bit unpredictable.

Mrs Tiger has to go back to study but I'm hoping for some more rides over the next couple of weeks

Thanks for reading.

Cheers,

JM.

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Old 10-15-2013, 02:13 AM   #40
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Leongatha - 15th October 2013

Setting off.



On the road..





West Gippsland views.



Leongatha.



Hmmm..



I wonder...



Well, why not.





Stopped down the road for a quick photo op.



Stopped at Inverloch for lunch.



Great fish and chips!





Can I have a go?



Cake and coffee



Sea views..



Mrs Tiger had to test out the pillion seat.









Trying out the adventure pose..



Which way?



Quick ride by.







Unfortunately, the time came when the 1190 had to be handed back

Back home again on the ever faithful Tiger.



Gps track for the day.



Looking forward to the 2014 model release of the 1190 Adventure..

Cheers,

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Marysville - 20th October 2013

Emerald - Acheron River

What do you do on MotoGP race day when everyone else is at the island..?

Go riding!

Setting out - Macclesfield Rd.





Warburton Hwy, heading for the hills..



The Yarra river at Warburton.



Stopped at the bakery for coffee and cake.



The road to Mt Donna Buang.



The Acheron Way.





The first of the debris on the roads that we would encounter today..



Happy to be out and about.





Crossing the Acheron river for the first time.



Distances.



Back on the asphalt for a while.



Crossing the Acheron river again at the Fieglin Rd turnoff.





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Thoroughly enjoying your ride reports. My wife and I were out riding a week ago as well and came across the Spyder folk at the West Barwon dam near Forrest.



Do you know if there any good places to bush camp up near Marysville?

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Acheron River - Marysville

Stopped for a break at the river.



Scenic..



Don't fall in!



The Tiger wanted to be part of the scene..



Back on the road, 100m later..



Hmm.. Oh well..



Back on track.





More debris..





Surface was a mix of packed dirt and loose rock of varying sizes.







Turned right at Road 8.





The road ahead..







All was going just fine until..



Back the way we came.



Great views.





The turnoff to Keppel Lookout.



We've stopped here a couple of times in the past, but it's a cool place to take a break from riding.





Marysville in the distance.



Back down the hill to Marysville.



Entering town.



Marysville is a popular riding destination given it's proximity to the Reefton and Black spur bikers roads.



Stopped at the bakery for lunch.

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Thoroughly enjoying your ride reports. My wife and I were out riding a week ago as well and came across the Spyder folk at the West Barwon dam near Forrest.



Do you know if there any good places to bush camp up near Marysville?

Cheers Jules
G'day Jules.

Thanks for reading!

Hope you didn't get stuck behind the Can-Am folks like we did!

As far as I am aware, Anderson Mill campground is the only campsite in the area.

Here is a crappy map I found on the internet.



Couldn't really see any good places to 'wild' camp as it is mostly forestry areas out there.

You might be able to find somewhere reasonable if you were actually looking though..

Toolangi State Forest has good campgrounds and is in a roughly similar area geographically.

Cheers,

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Old 10-20-2013, 03:58 AM   #45
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