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Old 01-26-2009, 06:09 PM   #1
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Cool2 Cooling down the Australia day Long weekend

G'day Everybody,

For the OZ day long weekend, there was a camping weekend planned by the BMWTC club at the Bridle track - Between Bathurst and Hill end.

After ALL the show of hands i got for my proposed route..., Three of us (Me, Myself and I) left Sydney, stopped at North Richmond for fuel and then proceeded to the Bells line of road. At Bilpin, I took the Bowens Creek road, Mt. Irvine - Mt. Wilson route:



In the past, everytime I have wanted to do this route on my Tiger, the weather was bad. Now I am thanking God I did not attempt it!! It was pretty cut-up, narrow and washed out in many places. But it was an absolute hoot on the XC!

I did not stop to take any photos till the Bridge to Mt. Irvine. Then I reached the bridge...





This is looking forward towards Mt.Irvine..



I stopped only once and tried to take some photos to show you how steep and rutted the track was... but as usual, the pic does not show the details...





Once you get out of the dirt track, the bitumen is winding, narrow and Great fun!! I would recommend road riders to start from Mt Wilson end and ride on till they run out of Bitumen and then turn back!! It is so much fun!!

BTW - The Mt. Wilson Camping area was Chockers!!



Once I got back on the Bells line of road, I continued till Zig-Zag Rail, and took the Old Bells line of road, Glowworm tunnel road till it joined Wolgan road, then to Lidsdale then on to the HWY to Bathurst!!




This was an AMAZING track!! there were a few 4WD around but since the track was so rutted and cut up, no cowboy stuff...... I only took photos once in this track!





It was around 1.00 pm and 35degrees when I hit Bathurst, picked up cold beer and worked my way into the camping area.

After setting up tent and taking photos:





it was time for some internal + external cooling :





We had a great Roast dinner on Saturday night... Thanks for Organising it!! After that it was just time to sit around the fire and work towards..."World Peace"...







I went to bed seeing the stars from inside my tent....

Then Woke up to this cool, beautiful view... Beats Sydney city hands down anyday!!



The skies cleared quicker than my head on sunday... then I rode into Hill end for some hot meal and more for Sunday night....

I am kicking self for not taking the camera with me...... It was a PERFECT clear and bright day.

Well.. anyhows, after one more night of fun and relaxation, I left Monday morning through Willow Glen, Sofala, Cherry Tree, Capertree, Lithgow and Bells line of road back to Sydney.

Sorry people, It was a breath taking ride back but no battery ... so no photos...

Beautiful all the way till Sydney.... once you hit North Richmond, then its the boring routine, traffic back home.....

Overall a very enjoyable weekend indeed...

Cheers

Bala

PS: Gricho rode into camp on Sunday avo to say "Hi" to me.....
Sorry Giddy Goana... myte this is the third (or fourth??) time I ride thro Bathurst but could not say G'day to you.... A planned ride weekend should fix this!!??
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Old 01-26-2009, 06:15 PM   #2
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Thanks for the ride report. I am jealous!!

I am stuck here in Michigan in 2 feet of snow.
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Old 01-26-2009, 07:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the ride report. I am jealous!!

I am stuck here in Michigan in 2 feet of snow.
2 feet? where? I was out pullin wheelies on my scooter today.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:21 AM   #4
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Nice ride and pics
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:50 AM   #5
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well done Bala
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:59 AM   #6
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Good to catch up Bala and meet a few of the boys and girls, even if they do ride BMW's.

Giddy had a few things planned for the Monday morning so he couldn't make it out. We will gladly meet up with you for a get away shortly when we can organise something at work.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:06 AM   #7
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Nice one

See you at K.R.R. in a couple of weeks
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:20 AM   #8
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Every ride in Oz is a great ride it seems. I'll have to add this one to the Ride Reports section of the X Challenge index thread. Thanks for posting
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:06 AM   #9
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Nice one Bala, it doesn't appear you've got off your bike since buying it.

Great RR mate
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:07 AM   #10
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PS: Gricho rode into camp on Sunday avo to say "Hi" to me.....
Sorry Giddy Goana... myte this is the third (or fourth??) time I ride thro Bathurst but could not say G'day to you.... A planned ride weekend should fix this!!??
Never mind Bala.

Good to see your enjoying the BM.

BTW, Bowens creek Rd. is Tiger country , well at least Strom territory .

How thick is the layer of dust on the Tiger .

Well can't say I blame you. It's only human to ride the wheels off a new... er... bike .
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:16 AM   #11
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theres about 10 of us going out to Hill End this weekend,its a top place.
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