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Old 06-22-2008, 01:47 AM   #1
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A great dirty weekend

For the last 2 years the Monarch motorcycle club of Vic have organized a ride to Woods Point, right in the heart of the Victorian High Country on the weekend closest to our winter solstice which happen to be yesterday.

I left home on the tuck truck, after looking at the expected weather forecast for the weekend, out through the Yarra Valley hwy


to Yarra Junction, a quick photo opp. at the recently opened arrived Powelly pub








and onto Nojee for petrol and lunch. As I pulled in, right behind me was a Highway Patrol car.






Morning officers, they were courteous and said g/day, mentioned that they were out checking on motorcyclists, but didn’t ask me for my license or rego, it was their lunch stop, a couple of pies and a coffee, and they were off looking for trouble.
And you can see why they patrol this area when you have roads like this, It is a very popular area with motorcyclists, but unfortunately it is a high risk area with a lot of crashes and resultant deaths and injuries. As another copper said to me who works in this area, they are sick of scrapping riders off the road and have recently come down hard.

I chose the Red Parrot café opposite the general store to eat, it is a favorite of mind, great food, but can be a tad slow when busy.



Another great place there is the Tavern, but no time today for a beer,


Just pass there the bitumen ends and the dirt starts as I head north to Loch Valley and onto the Triangle.
That was the last photo until Woods Point as I had problems with my batteries including the spares.

Even though I had a GPS and a detailed map of the area, and had ridden these roads before, some bastards had removed signs at critical intersections, and as a result I ended up heading back to where I had come, from Poweltown. Buggar. I had to back track almost back to Nojee, 50 kms and time wasted, headed off again, about 50 kms up I come around a corner to find a bloody big tree down across road, with out thinking I rode around it on the shoulder of the dirt road and promptly slid off into very soft mud. Shit! I stuck. Oh well lets hope some one comes along. About half an hour a couple arrive from the same direction in a small sedan.
I always carry a snatchem strap on the outfit. Loop it around the tree, and hook it up to the car and he gently pulls the tree off the road, then he can drive forward and pull me back on the firm dirt. Lost about an hour, got going only to find another critical intersection missing signs and I find myself heading east instead of north, only thing to do is keep going as I know where this track comes out, at the Thompson dam north of Erica where the others had left at about 11.00am!
By now its 4.45pm and with over 60 kms to go on a very narrow, windy track and being Solstice, with only about half an hour of light left and its beginning to rain. Only thing I can do is go for it, finally arriving at the Commercial pub in Woods Point in total darkness at 6.15pm.



That 1st beer didn’t touch the sides, Thanks Gaz.
A good turn up of fellow adventurers and we soon proceed to wine dine and enjoy the evening. Charming publicans, Cam and Kirrilee looked after us.


The cost is $70 per person, which includes a 3 course dinner, a big cooked breakfast and a warm bed. Bloody excellent value.
They are very motorcycle friendly as the pub, indeed the whole town of 42 people thrives on motorcyclists, 4wdrivers, fishermen etc to survive.










Mick and Robyn arrived late around 10.00pm





The early arrivals had retied for the night, but us late arrivals continued on to closing time at 1.00am!



Breakfast was very good



It continued to rain during the night and was still drizzling when we packed up









and headed off back up the mountain to Matlock which sits on top of the Great Divide at around 1400mts,

The track on the right leads to another great tavern, its one of the highest pub's in Oz



Some of the riders had fun along this section of dirt. Sidecars are bloody fun in slippery muddy conditions

Then we headed for the start of the Reefton Spur rd





Whose knickers are those Gaz


The Reefton Spur road is one of Oz's finest motorcycle roads, on a sunny day this road has a lot of traffic.

It runs for about 20 kms, and this is propably the longest straight section, I once tried to count the number of corners in that section and gave up after 200



Here are a few just to wet the appetite, and this is only an hour out of Melbourne.






But it is also very unforgiving.



Pass the Reefton Pub which is at one end of the Reefton Spur rd.



and onto Warburton for lunch.






And these are real Adventure bikes ridden by real Adventure riders, no keyboard jockey's or wannabe's here





And where we split up to make our own way home.

A bloody great weekend.


For those with a real sense of adventure, pencil this in for next year, you won't be disappointed


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Old 06-22-2008, 02:36 AM   #2
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Oz Winter Solstice ride

looks good chris !!!
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Old 06-22-2008, 02:59 AM   #3
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Great to see a ride report full of bikes and riders that have seen a few corners between them
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:03 AM   #4
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Vintage Jap bikes rule! Well, maybe not but anyway...you know what I mean.

Nice one, Chris.
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:04 AM   #5
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great pics Chris, glad y'all had a top weekend.

Looked a bit warmer than last year! Bit wetter though.

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Old 06-22-2008, 03:11 AM   #6
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Looks like you had a great time.I especially liked the sidecars ( am I getting weird ).

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Old 06-22-2008, 03:29 AM   #7
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With those Southerly winds this weekend, you have better check you are not related to a brass monkey before getting ready for beddy-byes tonight.

Looks like a blast of a trip.
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Old 06-22-2008, 04:07 AM   #8
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Old 06-22-2008, 04:13 AM   #9
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[quote=nil_orally]With those Southerly winds this weekend, you have better check you are not related to a brass monkey before getting ready for beddy-byes tonight.

As Manuel from Fawlty Towers says "Que?

Glad you enjoyed the report, it was a great weekend.

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Old 06-22-2008, 04:19 AM   #10
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Nice one Chris, thanks for the rr.
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:22 AM   #11
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Nice winter ride!! We'd take your winter weather in time!!
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:43 PM   #12
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Great report Chris!
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:59 PM   #13
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I love the Jap single with the low bars and semi knobs.
And the classic Honda 250.

That looks like a great ride. One day I'm going to get over there for one of them. (Hopefully next year)

Hey and Andrew2, I'm drooling over the outifts too. We must both be wierd.

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Old 06-23-2008, 02:03 AM   #14
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Quote:
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We must both be wierd.

Yes.

yes you are.

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Old 06-23-2008, 02:10 AM   #15
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Thanks for sharing, great report
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