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Old 09-15-2010, 12:15 AM   #31
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Enjoying this RR

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Old 09-15-2010, 06:10 AM   #32
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Get me out of here!
Cities do my head in so as soon as I could I headed out of Southport.
Why would anyone want to go on a holiday to the GC?
Canungra for brekky, then out through Beaudesert to Rathdowney, turn off here and take the Lions Rd through the border ranges.
The train line you see in the pic is part of the "Border Loop" built in the 20's to get the trains over the ranges, it loops around through tunnels over & under itself and was quite a feat of engineering.
Also reputed to have been built by a pretty rough crew.
The area was known as "Gun Ally" during the construction.



The Lions rd comes down out of the ranges at a rather interestingly named The Risk.
The hall is a beauty, ruined by the concrete ramp and pool fence facade added in recent times. Check out the ripple iron walls.


Taking no risks, I took the Summerland way to Woodenbong (great name hey?) then down through Urbanville to Paddy's Flat, on the Clarence River.




This looked like an ideal camping spot, it was Tuesday so I had the place to myself.

Spread out like a Boongs camp.







Paddy's Flat has a place in Australian history, here lies some of the only evidence of the notorious "Brisbane Line" a WW2 strategy that drew a defence line between Brisbane and Adelaide and, in the event of Japanese invasion, planned to leave the rest of us north and west of that line to our fate.
The Clarence river valley was regarded as an easy way to the coast, so was forified and these tank traps are a reminder to us all of how much our
government cares for us.



Beautiful spot but.


There were even brumbys


I crossed over the Bruxner Hwy just east of Tabulum and followed the Clarence all the way to Grafton.


A quick stock up in Grafton and it was out through OBX Creek to Dalmorton, an old mining village, now part of the Guy Fawkes Nationl Park.

Check out the feral oranges.



Great roads through the rain forest to Hernani on the Waterfall Way




As soon as I came out of the forest I realised something, the wind was up and it was bloody cold.
A hasty run into Armidale to thaw out.
This, however was just a taste of what was to come.
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Old 09-15-2010, 12:54 PM   #33
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Paddys Flat,,,, is a great spot to camp. Was there about a month ago.

Hope you didnt drink the Coffee in Tabulum
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Old 09-15-2010, 06:10 PM   #34
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Armidale was COLD. Situation normal I'm told, something to do with that magic number 1100 (metres above sea level).
The forcast was for snow above 900.
Shit, I'm from WA, only seen snow once in my life, broke my leg trying to toboggan down a hill covered in it. That happened 40 years ago but snow and me, we have an agreement.
However, the option of going down to the coast and being 20 degrees warmer, but in 20 times as much traffic..........................was not an option.
So it was down the New England Hwy to Uralla, then to Walcha, Niangala, with the idea of going to Nundle.
Always wanted to go to Nundle, since I read about a "Trundle to Nundle" in a mid 80's copy of Revs, It was a road test of the LMIV Guzzi.


Did I say it was cold?


It was also raining, and got down to 1 deg. not to mention blowing it's guts out.

The road from Thunderbolts way through Hanging Rock to Nundle is a steep, winding slippery, wet, cold 50 odd km and after 10k's of it I did what I rarely do, I turned around.
No pics of this bit I'm afraid as I was just too cold to stop.
Once I got to Gloucester the weather improved somewhat, so after a good lunch at the pub it was more back roads to Singleton, where I was assurred I could get a front tyre.
Set myself up in a pub and waited for the shops to open in the morning.
The guy in the tyre shop didn't want to know, "mate I'm booked up for 2 weeks", so with bald front knobby still hanging in there, I headed off down the Putty Road to Colo Heights, where I hung a right and took a very scenic dirt road across to Bells Line of Road and to Lithgow.




The attitude of the guy at Lithgow Motorcycles could not have been different from Singleton.
"Yep, we've got one of them"
Me "Can you fit it"
"You'd look pretty bloody silly walking around with it 'round your neck"
Me "I'll take the wheel off the bike for you if you like"
"Cool, we won't charge you for fitting then"
So with a bit of free advice from a freindly local I was on my way into the freezing day.
Did I mention it was cold?
Down through Oberon, I see my lowest temp at Black Springs, where the rain is ice and it is blowing 100km/hr in my face, lets see, with me doing 100 that makes 200, temp zero, with wind chill that makes, according to my on line calculator
-13.4deg.
There was my old nemesis lying on the ground beside the road....Snow.
After Taralga, where I ran into Andy of Strapz fame it became positively tropical 10deg.
Through Goulburn I finally arrived at Murrumbatman where I was to meet up with Dirty Dennis for the trek to TTT.
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Old 09-16-2010, 12:15 AM   #35
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Here's the man himself.


And is this George with Lake Davorallyfan in the background, or hang on...........it's the Stig!


We met up with Davo in Gundaroo and this was followed by a Cooks Tour of every gravel road in the region, no time for rubbernecking when Dennis is leading. Typical KTM hoon.
We eventually fetched up here at the Taralga pub


For one of these


and a couple of schooners of Old, before the Trek into Thrashers.
Not far in we came across this.................


After we assembled 7 bods we managed to skull drag it back onto the track and continued on our way to the helicopter pad where a few were assembled in readiness for the final assault.



After a small problem with traction, or lack of it on one hill (ie. I got bogged) we arrived at the rally site, one I had been wanting to do for about 20 years. And here I was. Yee Ha!




Andy and Thrasher light the fire.




And so the night progressed, as they do.
The morning dawned fine but crisp, I have a photo somwhere of the frost on the bike seat but can't seem to find it, so you'll have to take my word for it.


The horse was curious about the goings on.
Having ridden the track in, I can't imagine how the hell this horse got there,
Walked? It would have been a terrifing float ride, that's for sure.


We had Brekky in Taralga and were back at Dennis's by just after lunch, where I packed up and pushed off.
Thanks Dennis for a great weekend mate.
This is the view from DD's driveway.
Pretty cool huh?


Heading west, almost, I feel as if I'm going home.
Due to family committments I have to give Dargo a miss this time, another fortnight as well as the trek home would mean changed locks at Maison Guzzi.
I still have a long way to go.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:41 PM   #36
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Great report Mike,You're a absolute legend
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:14 PM   #37
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Mike, thats the best RR I've read!
In fact I would say it's more than a RR, its an epic tale!

Well done old son, and thanks for taking us along for the ride!


An old mate of our's Jock, is keeping an eye on this RR and wants to pass his thanks along!

Thanks again for the ride!
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Thanks BF, G'day Jock, miss ya round here mate.
Keep those cards and letters coming in folks.
More soon.

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Mike, thats the best RR I've read!
In fact I would say it's more than a RR, its an epic tale!

Well done old son, and thanks for taking us along for the ride!


An old mate of our's Jock, is keeping an eye on this RR and wants to pass his thanks along!

Thanks again for the ride!
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:58 PM   #39
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Mike, great RR and fantastic pics, thanks for sharing.

Sorry you couldn't make Dargo, mayby next year?
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Hi Ray, expected to see ya at Wanaaring, did the vegetables need their hands held?
Oh, and as Bully so kindly pointed out
Legend = Leg + End = ankle, or 3ft lower than a c**t.


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Yeah still watchin vegies grow ,& missus won't let me ride with the busted leg.
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Oh shit, that's right, I'd forgotton about that, sorry.
How's it mending?

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Very nice trip. Guys you leave in a magic country. We want more of it
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From Yass I took the Wee Jasper road, would love to do this on a sportsbike.

And here is the actual Wee Jasper shearing shed.

After Wee Jasper the road turns to gravel until about 30ks out of Tumut.
A nice little detour on my way to my overnight stay in Wagga.
Wagga (don't call it Wagga Wagga) surprised me, it is, as I found out, Australia's largest inland city, It's ruined by the traffic lights on every intesection down the main drag.
I've never seen a place so overburdened wiyh traffic lights.
I'm out of there as fast as I can in the morning, drawing a line for Mildura, where I have arranged for a new rear tyre. The old Mitas 09 is not toast yet after 11thou. probably got 2 left in it, but Mildura is the last outpost of civilisation that has a Mitas stockist. More on this in a moment.
When I was a young takka my Dad & Mum took us on a camping trip to the Eastern States, it was quite an adventure in those days, when half the Eyre Hwy was dirt.
Anyway, for some reason I always remembered the lifting bridge over the Murrumbidgee at Darlington Point.
I've not been back to DP in 50 years, but I discover the vandals in charge have removed the bridge. (Part of it now graces the entrance to the DP caravan park FFS)
However, not all is lost because a few ks down the river is Carathool, they still have their bridge.

Magnificent! A pox on you, Darlington Point.
Caravan park gates! Bah Humbug!

The Hay Plains have always been dry, desolate, hot or freezing, most boring piece of road in the whole country.
Not this time, they've had rain.


At Hay itself, there was a pond by the side of the road with rushes and frogs.
Question, where have those damn frogs been hiding out in the 15 years since there was last a pond here?


Of course, where there's frogs, there's frog eaters





More scintillating scenery, but at lest it's green.


You'd think that with all crap they put on cameras these days, a spirit level would be a must have, so I could get those horizons straight.
I spent a couple of nights in Mildura getting my tyre, doing the washing and other stuff.
Mildura M/C were friendly and helpful, but they are listed on Mitas' website as a "Premium Dealer"
I don't think they had ever fitted one before, they certainly had zero stock and had to overnight it from Melbourne.
Anyhow, it got done and I had time for lunch at my favorite pub in Wentworth.
Last time we were here, they reefed the cook out of a drinking session in another pub in town, just to cook us lunch after the kitchen had closed.
I like that sort of service.


Onward up the West side of the Darling River to one of my favorite towns in Oz, Pooncarrie.
The country sure looks a lot different than when I was here last November.


After a few beers and a lotta laughs with the publican and a few locals, I pitched my tent on the lawn next to the Hall and settled in.






I think the last photo says it all, the Jacks bottle was looking a bit sick in the morning. You get that but. On the Big Jobs.
Don't go away folks, I'll be right back.
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:23 AM   #45
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Farcanhell Mike
I thought we had a fairly big OCR adventure, but it seems fairly insignificant compared to your epic trip.

Do carry on.

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