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Old 09-14-2010, 02:07 AM   #16
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Hi Mike, I'm sitting at home with a heavy head cold.
I feel like crap . . .and then I saw your pics. I feel better now !

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Old 09-14-2010, 03:54 AM   #17
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Thanks for your comments guys.
The OCR has been covered by others but I did get some pics
McCardigan doing a stocktake


Prototype Multistrada tank on Airhead


Gnome yabbying (the yabbies won)


Gratuitous KTM on ute pic - yes there does seem to be an issue with hubs



Teo Lamers was there with a collection of Guzzis, including this custom framed monoshock NTX with kickstart
Guzzi porn




This outfit from WA had a mishap on the way in - and will feature later on in this epic.


Outfits were there in all shapes and sizes



Claude was there of course


More SmellyDog camerarderie? 3 legs & some ratbag from Roley.


A lightly loaded Airhead



Gad, "Now if I stick my tongue in your ear can I have one of your beers?"


Phil, Oh don't..........................stop"


Old Ozzie, "Fark now it's my turn?"


Phil- "Wondered where that Yabby went"


Is this Ozimick?
In any case the water was Farkin cold.


Getting deeper too


By Sunday late morning only the die hards remained


McCardigan bought round the Tuck Truck for supplies



A combined effort saw the GS upper suspension bush replaced with Wanaaring Tip Spare Parts.


I needed an early night so missed a good one at the Pub.
Tuesday morning saw Blue and I on our way North to Queensland.
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Old 09-14-2010, 04:39 AM   #18
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Old 09-14-2010, 04:44 AM   #19
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Oh, by the way, I just figured out how to do this (badly!)
So here's a map of my travels.
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Blue and I blasted up the dirt to Hungerford, just the other side of the border gate and had a chat with the local copper on the verandah of the pub.

He told us that he'd breathalised a crew coming through the day before.
One rider blew .07.
Cop "When did you have your last drink"
Rider "3AM"
This was at 2PM
The cop, to his credit, did no booking, but suggested rider stay in his fine town for a while as he was "concerned about his fatigue level".
We had a Coke.
More awsome fast roads lay in front of us.


170k up the road is the town of Thargominda, famous for the fact that it was the third place in the world to have electric lights, after New York and London.
The dynamo was driven by a turbine fed from a bore tapped into the Great Artesian Basin.





Also in Thargo we run into our old mate on the outfit, he hit a tree on the way from Hungerford and the chair took the brunt of it. It's been straightened and welded but still looks pretty Picasso.



We camp on the "Red Road" on the way to Quilpie


Here's Blue, trying to be photogenic.


It is getting warm, so when we park, we park in the shade


Roads are racetracks


And so to the original Bum Fuck Idaho.
Adavale. South West Queensland.
After a long session in the pub, entertaining the locals, we retire to the verandah of the local Hall.
To many pigs around to camp.
We share the hall with a couple of beekeepers.
Showers are hot & free, courtesy of the Great Artesian Basin.



This is the rest of Adavale


More to come
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:25 PM   #22
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:19 PM   #23
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Old 09-14-2010, 04:29 PM   #24
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:15 PM   #25
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Thankyou all for your kind words cheques are in the mail.
It was a bit of a late start for some reason, but we finally got moving towards Blackall.
About 20k's out I had a close encounter of the close kind with a maniac emu which ran out of the bush, from 9 oclock, straight at me, luckily I didn't see it until the last moment, otherwise I probably would have braked. As it was, it ran behind me with inches to spare.
Scared the shit out of me I have to say.
The only other moment with wildlife was earlier, when a roo, which bounced across the road well in front of me, fell over and was still thrashing around trying to get to it's feet as I whistled by.
I love these western Qld north-south roads, all the traffic seems to go E-W, so we have these roads to ourselves, they are, mainly, really good dirt, and the scenery can be breathtaking.





About halfway to Blackall we came to this range of hills with a sealed bit of road over the top bit.




Then we were on blacksoil.
This might not look like much of a road, but after you get in the groove it can be ridden at lunatic speeds


All too soon we arrived in Blackall, on the banks of the Barcoo.


This has always been on my bucket list, as Banjo's "The Bush Christening" would have to go down as one of the best bits of Aussie poetry.


A Bush Christening


On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,
And men of religion are scanty,
On a road never cross'd 'cept by folk that are lost,
One Michael Magee had a shanty.
Now this Mike was the dad of a ten year old lad,
Plump, healthy, and stoutly conditioned;
He was strong as the best, but poor Mike had no rest
For the youngster had never been christened.

And his wife used to cry, `If the darlin' should die
Saint Peter would not recognise him.'
But by luck he survived till a preacher arrived,
Who agreed straightaway to baptise him.

Now the artful young rogue, while they held their collogue,
With his ear to the keyhole was listenin',
And he muttered in fright, while his features turned white,
`What the divil and all is this christenin'?'

He was none of your dolts, he had seen them brand colts,
And it seemed to his small understanding,
If the man in the frock made him one of the flock,
It must mean something very like branding.

So away with a rush he set off for the bush,
While the tears in his eyelids they glistened —
`'Tis outrageous,' says he, `to brand youngsters like me,
I'll be dashed if I'll stop to be christened!'

Like a young native dog he ran into a log,
And his father with language uncivil,
Never heeding the `praste' cried aloud in his haste,
`Come out and be christened, you divil!'

But he lay there as snug as a bug in a rug,
And his parents in vain might reprove him,
Till his reverence spoke (he was fond of a joke)
`I've a notion,' says he, `that'll move him.'

`Poke a stick up the log, give the spalpeen a prog;
Poke him aisy — don't hurt him or maim him,
'Tis not long that he'll stand, I've the water at hand,
As he rushes out this end I'll name him.

`Here he comes, and for shame! ye've forgotten the name —
Is it Patsy or Michael or Dinnis?'
Here the youngster ran out, and the priest gave a shout —
`Take your chance, anyhow, wid `Maginnis'!'

As the howling young cub ran away to the scrub
Where he knew that pursuit would be risky,
The priest, as he fled, flung a flask at his head
That was labelled `MAGINNIS'S WHISKY'!

And Maginnis Magee has been made a J.P.,
And the one thing he hates more than sin is
To be asked by the folk, who have heard of the joke,
How he came to be christened `Maginnis'!


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Lovely stuff!

On the road to Barcaldine I see my first Taipan, stretched across the road, he would have been 2.5m and as thick as my arm, unfortunatly as I turned around to go back for a better look, a car ran him over.
He was not happy and slithered off into the bush, but he was buggered.
Shame, bloody cage drivers with the brain on autopilot.
And so to Longreach. Home of Qantas, (Is that an acronym for "Queer Apes Nicely Trained As Stewards"?)
The original booking office is now the tourist information office.


The Quantas museum was OK, but if you want the full package you need a second mortgage.
We took the cheap walk around.




As for the Stokman's Hall of Fame, well paying 25 bux to look at whips and hats? DRF has the hats, and you just have to look in my missus' closet for the finest collection of whips to be found anywhere.
It was at Longreach that Blue and I parted company, he was on his way to Cairns, me, back across central Qld to the Gold Coast to get the bike serviced and then on to Thrashers Terrifying Trek.
Blue was a great travelling companion, he could start a conversation with anyone, and frequently did, to the detriment of our km/day travelled.
But I was in no hurry, so, hey.
TBC
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:38 PM   #26
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actually, i was negotiating circumsizing phil. he IS cute.

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Old 09-14-2010, 08:35 PM   #27
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You've got a flair for RR's Mike. Top read .
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Brilliant Mike And thanks for including one of my favourite bits of poetry. The Barcoo is on my bucket list too.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:05 PM   #29
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My bucket list is all screwed up - I seem to be doing the things that require farking hard work & committment (I'm popping my half-marathon cherry this Sunday) instead of the fun ones (jumping my bike and riding to Nowhere and Back)
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After sampling the fleshpots of Longreach it was time to head south-east towards the "civilised" bit of Queensland. So it was Isisford, Blackall (again) to Tambo where, after a good nights kip, I woke up to this...........

Yep, rain.
Now this is all blacksoil country, so my plan of turning off the highway through Caldervale, Injune, Taroom, Mundubbera & into the back of Maryborough went to shit.
This is what the road looked like.....


No hero me, so working on the theory that the cute backpacker who just arrived on the bus at the Tambo pub wouldn't be interested in a quick meaningless relationship with an ugly, balding, perverted old fart, I headed off.
Mitchell, St George, Goondiwindi. In Goon I voted, dropped the bike for the only time on the trip (at a roundabout, forgot to put my feeet down).
If you're going to drop it, a good place, 4 helpers to pick it up again.
This is Goondiwindi's idea of a Macciato, well it was on the menu board.

Yes Joyce, that is indeed icecream.
Tasted great but!

Pretty country this.

Warwick was to be my destination for the night, but it failed test #1.
Traffic lights.
I don't, except in dire emergencies, stay in towns with traffic lights.
So I pulled out the map and the name Killarney popped out.
Good choice!
The pub has to be one of the best I stayed in. Cheap too.

Gave the bike a wash, so they could see what they were doing at the service.

The pub was jumping.
Managed to get drinking with a Guzzi rider from Armidale who obviously had more experience at it than me, because I woke up feeling pretty ordinary.
The CWA wanted a site for their hall, the only one available had a creek running through it, no problem!




Fongy rang and gave me directions to a good little road called the 14 crossing road which crosses the Condamine River (another iconic Aussie river) 14 times in about 20km.

All the crossings, except the first one, pictured here, are natural ie. rocks, so cleared up my hangover pretty quickly, not to mention the water in my boots.

Stunning country


Bit muddy in spots





Cows with a view from the front window




Gold Coast hinterland


The Gold Coast ....................what can I say?
A certain BMW shop charged me $350 for a basic service.
And it's got traffic lights.
In the next episode I escape from rip off central, and discover what it's like to be cold.
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