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Old 07-14-2008, 05:12 AM   #1
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Yerranderie Ghost Town, Australia, July08

A little bit of background on this trip....

My Dad rides a '98 specially imported (Italy --> Australia) Transalp XLV600. He has been riding for a million years, and loves to get out when he can. He runs a specialist gym (fitness centre) in Newcastle, on the east coast of Australia. He has only started it, and been operating it for the last year, so times have been stressful. So I suggested that we set aside a three day weekend, and go for a ride. The date had been set for the last three months (amongst my busy schedule in my own new position at work!!).....

My new flatmate had also decided (partly due to my influence) to take up motortbike riding. He got his learner's permit, and we went halves in a KLX400.....

It turned out that the planned weekend with Dad was perfect timing for Craig's first adventure ride also!!

Well..... this was the plan, until I went out and did some of this with it..... and broke it!!

(details witheld!!)

So anyway.....

I was left in a situation where I didn't want to let anyone down, so I had to find me a bike..... I would ride a borrowed bike, and my flatmate Craig would ride my KLR.

I tentatively put a post up on the Australian section of ADV, asking if anyone would be gracious enough to lend me their bike. It turns out that I have more friends than I thought, and I had several generous offers!! Through whatever reasons, I ended up with Deano's blue V-strom. What a lovely bike!!

It had heated grips, cruise control, a big adjustable aftermarket screen, side bags, 45L Givi top box, complete with a roof rack!!

I really enjoyed riding the Strom.... it is more of a road bike than dirt, but I was very surprised that even with road tyres, I could hang the tail out on the gravel with confidence. I think the engine makes the bike.... I reckon one of these engines in Dad's Transalp chassis, and you'd have the perfect tourer!!

So now that I had a bike secured, we were all ready to roll. It is the middle of winter here in Australia, however it is still ok riding weather. We had minus 7 degrees C during the night in the area that I was planning on riding. Even on the coast where I live, it was cold enough to need inner liners and neck warmer to ride at night.

We set off at 9am....

That's Craig standing by the KLR, Dad warming his Tranny up ( ) and my bike for the weekend, the Strom to the right.

We headed out through the north-west of Sydney, via Annangrove, Windsor, and Freeman's Reach, and stopped for a coffee at Bilpin.....

It was cold..... we didn't even take our jackets off....

We continued on to Bell, and Mount Victoria, via Hampton to Oberon. Although Craig was only doing 80kph on his Learner's Permit, it didn't really make that much of difference to the travel time. For example, I split from Mount Vic, and sped on ahead. I stopped at Hampton to take a photo, and by the time I got the camera out, Dad and Craig had caught up!!

We had lunch at Oberon, and then made out way towards the mountains. We had already ridden past snow on the side of the road on our way into town. As we got further into the hills (Shooters Hill 1250m ASL) we saw heavier and heavier white stuff from two nights before!! Needless to say, it was cold riding.

God bless Deano, and heated grips!! Mercy upon Craig, and my KLR!! He should be grateful that he at least has a screen, of which the KLX had nothing if it had made it along!!

Caig having a ball on his first Adventure ride, upon the BEAST!!

Me, looking like Michelin Man in all my winter layers!!

From here it was 60km of not-so-fast dirt to our camp site. On the KLR I would have knocked the distance over in DAKAR time, but aboard the STROM with road tyres, I had to be careful!! Being uber cautious not to bin Deano's bike on the slushy ice/mud, I set the pace for "learner" Craig, who took everything in his stride!! Dad being the Veteran of the pack (not too excited, yet not so slow) kept the pace up without a worry......

(to be honest, he mentioned later in the night that he used to ride his GS850 Suzuki road bike into rallies on worse roads than this..... at faster pace!!)

RIP a fantastic camp site and riding track.... AS IF they are ever going to open it......

(referring to Limeburners:)

Finally after a few creek crossings and tight twisty dirt roads, we arrived at Yerranderie, which is an historic Silver Mining town, which is now privately owned. Its history dates back to the 1880's. We camped at the "free camping" which is owned by the Water Board, on the edge of the private area.....

There's surely a flat spot somewhere around here to put the tent!!

Dad sporting a new head-torch, Craig showing off his new R-Jays pants....

I was trying my best to be fancy with the Auto point-and-press camera!!

Alright..... time for bed now.... have to be up early in the morning, so stay tuned for the next installment tomorrow night!!

Cheers, Dan
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:27 PM   #2
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Nice work Danno!!

Nice artistic photos!!
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:20 PM   #3
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Looks like another great ride in our great part of the state.

Some good pics there thanks Danno

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Old 07-14-2008, 09:18 PM   #4
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Pleased to see you had a successfull trip after all the stuffing around Danno.

$182.50 and a bottle of locktight later and all is good

cheers John
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:39 PM   #5
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Did you have to remind me of Limeburners Danno,I'd almost forgotten about it.Nice report there mate.


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Old 07-15-2008, 03:10 AM   #6
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Nice report that Dannoj and trust me when I say that I am sure that the Strom would handle anything you threw at it (I mean, if it can handle the way Deano rides it ).

Nah good stuff all up and that snow did make me kinda cold and I don't like cold (yes, I am a woose)

Good stuff to Craig as well, hope he had a blast.

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Old 07-15-2008, 03:12 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your replies guys!!

Alright.... time for some more....

The next morning, after a cold night in thermals and sleeping bags (cold outside, warm in!!) we had a relaxing day around the Yerranderie area.

Hmmm.... how would I like to be travelling around.... two and half tonne of metal, glass and plastic, or......

This shaft had a walkway over the top. Hard to imagine the engineering tasks back in the day, but they seamed to manage!!

There was good fencing around the mine shafts. Most of them have been filled, or blocked.

Provided you didn't disturd anything, you are allowed to get up close to all of the old relics. Don't touch Dad!!

There was plenty of signage around to help and direct the tourists....

We spent a good three or fours hours looking around the mine sites. The place is actually privately owned by a lady who lives in Sydney (I think). She has two blokes who manager it for her. We were told that she actaully runs it as a loss, which is kind of sad.

After our self guided tour we headed back to camp for some lunch, collected some fire wood, and had a look around at the cemetary and a few other places.

The Transalp logging truck.....

Not to be outdone, I went and loaded twice as much onto the KLR!!

The old cemetary was actually quite interesting. A lot of young people, including three or four 18 year olds killed in mining accidents.

Craig had a bit of a boo-boo on the way out the next morning. Coming up out of the one of the creeks, he missed 2nd gear and layed it down. The crash bars did their job (as they always do!!). Not sure if he bent them out of shape, or bent them more back INTO shape!! Here dad and I are doing a quick repair to a sheared footpeg bolt. Craig commented that the exterior shoulder and elbow pads on his brand new Dririder jacket did the trick. ATGATT!!

We had a fantastic ride out. The weather was perfect, and the tracks not too dusty. Craig's pace was picking up as he got more confident on the bike. We were all having a ball!!

We took Range Road, and Langs Road out to Wombeyon Caves Road. All of this has been recently graded, and is now a super highway!! It was good not having to contend with the massive pot-holes for a change, but otherwise it made it a bit less interesting!! However it did allow us to appreciate the awesome views of the Blue Mountains as we rode along.

Mandatory tunnel photo!!

From here Craig split off and visted some friends who live at Joadja (also an old mining town). Dad and I headed into Mittagong for some late lunch, and then hit the Hume towards Home. I left Dad at Pennant Hills, where he continued on to Newcastle. The V-strom was awesome on the freeway. Very comfortable sitting in behind that big screen!

Thanks again to Dean for the lend of his bike, which made this weekend possible. Thanks also to Dad and Craig for the good company. We all had a fantastic time, and can't wait to get out and do it all again soon!!

Cheers, Dan
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Old 07-16-2008, 12:26 AM   #8
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Great report, going via Shooters hill and Jenolan Caves on the way to my folks place in Springwood. Should be good. I'll be on my own but I will be interested to see what it will be like that way. The snow will be interesting .

Thanks for sharing!

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Old 07-16-2008, 05:21 AM   #9
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Nice report Dan and brilliant clear pics.

Firewood collecting on bikes really should be an Olympic sport. It never fails to bring out the competitve streak in ADV Riders. More timber . . . heavier loads . . . bigger logs.

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Old 07-16-2008, 06:24 AM   #10
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Very nicely done there young fella...
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