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Old 12-06-2006, 11:36 PM   #1
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A Crow-eater's Ride in Melbourne Mountain Country



A fabulous opportunity arose at short notice to trailer the TDM from Adelaide to Melbourne in tin-top Pajero comfort.

First day out of Melbourne was an easy ride to San Remo (Phillip Island) via the obligatory Tooradin Pelican Cafe coffee stop for us "old boys".



A quick look-see around Phillip Island ( the race track in the distance) before delivering my famous or infamous Masterbrewer "champagne" home brew.

Have beer will travel, as the saying goes,................... I think?....hic ! hic !



The next day, Pete (Cagiva), Waggs (BMW) & myself (TDM) set off for our first important coffee stop at Yarragon



Waggs being bike mad, mainly historic like himself me thinks, had previously tackled the Finke Desert Rally several times, which I am keen to spectator some day if I can get some guys interested.



This is last years rear sprocket after a bit of chain slip me thinks.
Still made the finish though.



The historic gold mining town of Walhalla



Land was so precious at the time that they apparantly buried their dead vertical to save space.



Entrance to the Long Tunnel Mine



Numerous tools of trade



The Woods Point Road with Melbourne's main water source a half dry Thomson Lake in the distance



The track was reasonable apart from the occassional pot hole or two



Just when you would look up to see the sights....WHAM !



Why is it always that the smoothest part of the track was temptingly near the edge !



Glad we didn't meet many 4 X 4's



Had a few problems with blown fuses on the Cagiva and it was looking like we would have to start sharing fuses very soon.



A route check stop



Crossing the Aberfeldy River.....practically dry!!



A fork in the road!



More to come soon

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Old 12-07-2006, 12:35 AM   #2
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Very nice. Sorry, can't type more: still reeling from the cricket...
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:51 AM   #3
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Great trip report MasterBrewer. Some great pictures there to stir the desire to adventure ride
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:57 AM   #4
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Very nice. Sorry, can't type more: still reeling from the cricket...

hahahahaha..............
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:41 AM   #5
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Did someone say something about Dad's army
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:38 AM   #6
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Lake Thomson Weir



Drought conditions in Australia....a very low water level at this time of year.
Extreme water restrictions apply.



View of the Beardmore track from the weir.



Another view of the track



The low water mark on Lake Thomson



Phew ! ! ! Did you see that monster roo back there ?




Antique fuel station at historic mining town of Wood's Point



Only one at a time to be served



Pete's version of his erection



Wagg's small one



Lake Eildon in drought



Great road from Jameison to Eildon except for the numerous close encounters with roos.



Eildon weir wall



The water side, only half full...................drought



At least the Jerusalem Creek was just flowing



Jerusalem Creek track absolutely fabulous.



More of the Jerusalem Creek Track.



Mt Torbreck Summit



Checking the GPS



Mt Torbreck track



One of those bad decision moments when it gets too steep for the big bikes.



You can just see Waggs waving beyond the tree.....very steep & rough...BAD MOVE!



Once started on the track I couldn't stop until I reach the bottom due to the stones, leaves etc. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to get back to warn the others.



The climb back out was something again



As you can see Waggs started on the right side of the track, but ended up on the left due to no fault of his own. Bouncing over rocks, ruts etc with heaps of wheel spin at every second



Glad to be out of there.

The Archeron Way was a very pleasant experience after that in deed.




Just wonderful smooth paved and dirt roads winding through lush green ferns



Mt Donna Buang summit



Finally concluded my trip with a dash along the full length of the Grand Ridge Road (approx 100kms).

Unfortunately my true intentions were to take numerous piccies along this fabulous road, but...................... HELL ! .......................I was just having farrrrrrr ! ! too much fun racing Waggs and hadn't realised that I hadn't fulfilled my obligations to you guys
(piccy wise)......sorry !..............I suppose I'm just gonna have to ride The Grand Ridge Road again some day soon . ...................Damn ! ! !




Just to finish on, this is my friends new guard dog named "Killer" Bart



He is just learning the typical guard dog stance



Finally my TDM back in one piece, thankfully me as well.




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Old 12-07-2006, 04:58 AM   #7
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Fantastic ride report and fabulous pics!! Thanks for posting
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:02 AM   #8
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I see a 750K in the backround.
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Old 12-07-2006, 05:53 AM   #9
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good to see some good home riding and excellent piccies
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:24 AM   #10
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Beautiful area. Thanks for showing.
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:27 PM   #11
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Great report mate. Was up there myself a while back and those reservoirs are far worse now than 6 months ago.
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Old 12-07-2006, 12:45 PM   #12
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Thankyou.. a great ride report. Lovely scenery and look like awsome roads.
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Old 12-07-2006, 01:39 PM   #13
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Great ride report - your making me homesick
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Old 12-07-2006, 02:47 PM   #14
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Master, top pics and report!

A TDM with knobbies? Respect!


Oh, by the way, what type of Pajero?
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:12 PM   #15
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Master, top pics and report!

A TDM with knobbies? Respect!


Oh, by the way, what type of Pajero?
Tin of course
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