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Old 12-26-2009, 06:03 PM   #31
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:41 PM   #32
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day 8

so woke up on day 8 at 'the' spot..

the view as i opened my tent in the morning..




yep, a good spot..



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time to pack and head off for another misty day in the Otway Ranges...




the day was spent zig-zaging our way from top to bottom of the Otways, slowly heading towards Melbourne..



every now and then our track would drop us out on the "Great Ocean Road"..wouldnt stay on that long before finding another track to explore..



that chewed up the day, but soon it was time to split up, Phil had to work in Melbourne tomorrow...i didnt

We split just east of Geelong,



Phil heading to Melb, me heading north.....

Made it to Mums place that night for a good hot shower and a home cooked feed..

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Old 12-26-2009, 07:00 PM   #33
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It's cold and raining/snowing here in NYC and the only thing I want to do after reading through this is ride somewhere...I think I'm gonna have to wait a few months. So, I guess I'm just gonna have to live vicariously through you.
Keep up the great posts and all the photos.
You're making a lot of guys stuck in the snow very jealous.
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:54 PM   #34
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day 9...

So after a refreshing night in a house, i woke, had a big breakfast and headed off..

a short spurt west on the Western Highway, then off north through the Lerderderg Forrest..

up "Blue-Gum Track"..



down Fire break Number 1..




and down fire break number 1............



and thru the mud and up the other side..



another hour or so winding around fire trails, then a short break at O'Briens Crossing...



then on thru Blackwood and into the Wombat State forrest




decided lunch would be at the Store in Glenlyon... went thru there a year or 2 ago and was a great spot...

unfortunately it aint no more....



she is up for sale though... hopefully, the 'right' people will start her up again....

so, off, around the back of Mt Franklin, into Newstead (via a 'shortcut' through the Loddon river )



on to Maldon bakery for lunch, a scoot arount the hills there then north east, over to Sutton Grange, Metcalfe then on up thru Eppalock and Rushworth,




shortcut thru some more state forrests..




continued north..



continued north, sun started to drop so figured it must be nearly dinner time...

decide it was time to find camp..



made it to Barmah, just in time to get some take-aways as the pub was closing.. then set up camp on the banks of the Murray River again...



end of day nine.....



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Old 01-18-2010, 09:07 PM   #35
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day 10..

so, sorry for the break, Christmas (and another ride ) got in the way..

day 10... woke up to a beautiful day on the banks of the Murray river at Barmah... rought plan was to just "follow 'er home"....



stayed on the Victorian side around to Echuca,




Old paddle steamers:



crossed over at Echuca into NSW and out Perricoota rd, however, i soon left that for smaller tracks through all the state forests, conservation parks etc..

some of these tracks would be a real nightmare in the wet....




and since it was a hot day, i'd stop every now and then for a swim...



a lot of the tracks still had 'mud holes' in them, so the bike was looking pretty nice by now....



cant remember where i crossed back into Vic, think it was at Swan Hill..

the tracks were much the same, baked dry (mostly ) so made for good running..



the day was getting away, so time to set camp again.

found another nice spot by the river, someone had had a fire there before me so i figured, 'why not'...




you gotta love camp-fire-lit bike photos!




hell. just camp fire lit photos!



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and one last one



then off to bed...end o' day 10.

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Old 01-19-2010, 06:15 AM   #36
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Gotta love the fire photos...............
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:30 PM   #37
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day 11..

so i woke up on day 11, stuck my head out the tent, and it looked like it was just gonna be HOT...





up and into it, cleaned up (squashed and bagged the beer cans ) had some breakie, admired this great spot:




It was another day of crusing thought forests along the Murray..




went here, but was dissapointed with what i found



oh well, at least the river was there for some company..




by now, i was starting to get close to Mildura, thought some civilisation would be nice for a change..

the landscape was changing..




spent an hour or so in Mildura, "civilisation" just wasnt working for me, so i decided it best to 'bugger off' and spend my saturday night 'out there'..

time to cross over into New South Wales again..



went to Wentworth and made it worthwhile by pickin up some 'provisions' (fuel, beer, mince )

stopped down by the river for a break and a 'map look' to see where i was heading..




decided to head out towards Lake Victoria via the Renmark road..



it was a stinker of a day, the first 40 (?) kms were bitumen,



the country was really opening up and becoming more 'marginal'..



i'd stop every now and they and either stretch the legs:



or to take a gratuitious bike shot




or to just add to the 'modern art'




anyway, the bitumen soon ended and it was into the 'marbles' for a while..




with the odd bit of 'high speed hard baked clay'



the day was (again) getting on, so i cut down to the river to start my daily search for a good camp spot... was kinda surprised to pop out on the river at Loch 7...



i backtracked along the river a bit, came to the 'perfect clearing' but it was set-up for what looked like a fair mob of people (and like they were gonna stay there for a while!)

kept going, but ended up coming back to the 'next best spot' which was only about 500m upstream from them, started the campfire, got dinner on and then had a couple of blokes pull up in a boat... it was the (only) 2 who had the camp next door... they were just coming in for the day but had seen the fire and thought they'd best check what was going on.. brought me dinner down to their place, had a good feed, a few beers, great conversation, moseyed back to camp, took another gratuitous campfire shot and hit the sack..



end o' day eleven.......




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Old 01-21-2010, 10:27 PM   #38
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day 12

so day 12 was to be the last day of this trip...

it was another hot one, sitting around 40 degrees most of the day...

usually its a bit of a hassle to just 'pull up' somewhere..

not out here:




not sure i'd want to stay out here for 6 weeks!

i continued on past Lake Victoria, heading for Renmark via the Old Wentworth Road...



there wasnt a hell of a lot out here...

can imagine living out here would be pretty dull..

would perhaps need to fill your time building massive front gates...




or perhaps building mail boxes..




the day moved on, getting hotter and hotter, the road got worse and worse, marbles, deep gravel, sand...



by the time i got to the border and crossed into South Australia, i was over this road... the last 70km would have to have been the worst i've riden on so far.....



road improved after crossing the border... so did the 'modern art'...

I didnt contribute to this one




got to Renmark and fought the flys for my breakfast.. great looking town..

then went via Berri and Loxton, stoping to cool off in the river at both..



then, not wanting the day to end too soon, headed up to Bamera and around Lake Bonney..



started heading out to Morgan, and ended up taking a detour to a nice little pub called the 'Overland Corner'.. bloody old pub, and even though its a fair way (maybe almost 1km?) from the river, it has been under water a few times...

seems they have a fair old bash out here on New Years eve, had a beer or 2, and added the place to my list or options for NYE...



back on the bike and into the heat... decided to skip Morgan and start the ride home..

lots of dips in the river along the way to try and dull the 40 degree day a bit..



she really was a pretty scenic river to follow home...



by time i left the river towards Mt Pleasant, the sun was starting to set.. it had been another long but fun day in the seat..



I'd started the climb up into the Adelaide Hills, a quick glance behind me summed up the hot wide open country i'd just traveled thru..



I knew i was just about home... and was perhaps getting a little sad that this ride was over....

it had been a long 12 days, with a bit of 'everything' thrown in there.. and no problems with the bike

But then the breeze got cooler, and 'home town' Adelaide popped into view and i got excited about being home again soon...



I started wondering about where the next ride would take me.......


To be continued...................





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Old 01-21-2010, 11:03 PM   #39
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Old 01-22-2010, 03:07 AM   #40
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Old 01-22-2010, 08:45 PM   #41
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Bloody brilliant reporting GA, excellent stuff

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Old 01-22-2010, 09:28 PM   #42
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:49 PM   #43
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Laugh

hey thanks lads for reading and the kind words...

with any luck, i'll start the next chapter tomorrow
(think i'll just continue on here rather than starting a new thread..)

cheers!






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Old 01-26-2010, 10:19 PM   #44
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Thanks for taking us along

Enjoyed the trip,know you did,good job&enjoyed the pics...Ride safe.
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:24 PM   #45
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GoneAgain, Great ride report. It's not like here.

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hey thanks lads for reading and the kind words...

with any luck, i'll start the next chapter tomorrow
(think i'll just continue on here rather than starting a new thread..)

cheers!
Loved the ride report and ALL the pictures.

Can you put one more, of the CB250? I have one of those... a 1991 CB250 Adventure bike with over 35K miles and still going. I'd like to see yours.

This picture is going over the pass in winter.

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