|04-02-2007, 08:07 PM||#1|
Joined: Aug 2006
Yerranderie to Hobbys Yards via Abercrombie National Park
We met up at a friend’s place out along the Wombeyan Caves Rd at about 9.00 ’ish. The other blokes had trailered their bikes from Kiama, and I had ridden down from the
Braved the tourists and 4WD weekend warriors (some maniac in a Hilux with a death wish) along the
Headed north looking for Limeburners. Along Limeburners to the grassy flats for morning tea and then up the jumps and along to the
No lunch at Yerranderie- just a snack and a bit of a chat to some blokes from Ulysseys Club Castle Hill out for their annual dirty weekend away. One bloke had ridden out on a Harley fitted with KTM forks and wheels, and Ohlins Twins shocks on the rear…….. It’s a wild piece of gear and looked pretty top-heavy, but very well done. Must be a brute in the tight stuff, but I don’t suppose he built it for single track work.
Back out to the
Out onto the Burraga road into driving rain and fog. We’re all in MX-type helmets and the rain really stings the face. Bitterly cold, and the goggles are all fogged up and it’s getting darker so I can’t see a bloody thing. On through Burraga, the then west on a windy dirt road past a sign saying “Trunkey creek-39km.”. That was a long, long 39km. Had planned a counter-dinner at Trunkey, but too wet to go inside. So we regroup and press on to Hobby’s in the twilight.
Staying around the farm on Sunday, talking to the farmers and checking out the paddocks. The drought has been cruel, but it’s greened up which is an improvement.
We found a big dam that was 80% dried up and it made a fabbo race track complete with Daytona-style banked corners and all.
A refuel a hamburger at Neville Generall Store, and check out the maps for the next days riding.
Next day it was up early to a crisp and clear Monday, and by the time we were ready to hit the road and hour later it was overcast & black and looked threatening. Heading south and east through the high country around Burraga towards Abercrombie for a closer look at the National Park, and intermittent drizzle had us thinking of those greasy red-mudded hills.
But it came good as we dropped down lower and was positively balmy as we looked in at the highlights of the Park along the
The tracks in this National Park don’t seem to have had much 4WD abuse and are in excellent condition. Also, quite unusually for the NSW NPWS, the tracks are all open to the public and there is good access to some really excellent camping spots. You could do it OK on a road bike if it was dry, but it might be challenge if it rained in the night.
We worked our way east to the
A great way to spend a few days. I guess the TTR250s are not everybody’s cup of tea: 250 air-cooled 4 strokes are not the most exciting bikes to ride. But they have some pretty endearing features too such as light weight, excellent economy, comfortable suspension, a bulletproof electric start, and go-anywhere ability. We tend to have a crack at just about any track we come across, and the TTRs have always risen to the occasion.
Happy trails !!
|04-02-2007, 09:10 PM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2006
It was a top few days away. The Abercrombi Nat Park is a rare place in NSW- a National Park where the administration actually seem to be encouraging 4wd etc touring. There are no blocked off tracks within the park, and there's a map displayed on the western and the eastern approaches showing how it's all layed out.
The tracks themselves are in excellent nick- apart from the one across the North-west border- and appear to get fairly little 4wd use.
You should try to get out there (if you havn't already been) on your Yerranderie trip that's coming up. Or has it gone by already ?
Good to hear from you !
|04-03-2007, 11:52 AM||#5|
Joined: Nov 2003
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Great pics and report.
Just curious about the tanks on the TTRs. I know you said they are 21 litre Acerbis - are they for a particular model of bike? (have never seen any aftermarket tanks for the TTR)
If they weren't specifically for the TTR, was there much work in fitting them?
Is it cider o'clock yet?
KTM 640 ADV, Yamaha TTR 250, BMW R1150RT
|04-11-2007, 03:59 AM||#7|
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Sydney , Australia
GreatRide and pic's , martin - what a way to beat the Easter crowds - BTW what maps did you use - i'm still a map man not gps !
|04-12-2007, 02:49 AM||#8|
Joined: Feb 2005
Location: Bathurst 1000, Australia
There are also a heap of single tracks on the eastern side near Cat Hill on the Abercrombie Road.
Bathurst DSMRA have got a ride out there at the end of the month but would be more enduro riding in the tighter stuff.
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2006 KTM 950 Super Enduro
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2001 KTM 400 EXC Motard
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