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Old 09-21-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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First camping bike camping trip - Yadboro area

Inaugural Zippa Camping Challenge was held on the weekend. The idea was to keep reasonably close to home so the newbie (me ) wouldnt feel to out of depth. We had ridden through Yadboro before & DZ had camped there before with family.
We headed out around 7ish all packed. Steve with his super tanker (Pig) sporting shinny new yellow panniers full of the “bare” essentials and me with enough luggage for a week.



We headed straight for South Nowra where Sven and the mighty KLR were waiting for us. Route discussed and we were off again more or less straight down to Milton via Wents rd and it was into the hills we from there with a brief stop at Pigeon House Mountain and a couple of detours to check out some camp spots.

We ended up at Long Gully Camp site and made camp in the pleasant surroundings. Now I know it isn’t a race but there was a clear winner in the “Set up a tent world championship” and the winning entry got to help the newby J.



Camp made, a refreshing wade through the river and Zippa was restless so it we were back on the bikes for little explore while Sven decided to try catching a afternoon siesta. As is always the case Steve and I managed to find some interesting terrain, a little creek crossing and a little bit of bike extraction from a hazard. Good fun!










After the creek crossing it was time to have a bit of a look a round though this didnt last too long. This was the first of a few ummmm lifts for the BMW


We arrived back to camp to find that Sven had been busy and had the fire going, so we settled down for an evening around the fire and dinner. Though I don’t know if bread, cheese and tined spaghetti constitute a meal. I am undecided.

Sooooo now lets compare meals shall we......
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There was another couple camping near us that completed the walk up to the castle during the day....... only took 9 hours as well :shock: they stopped to say hello & said they would be back after they had dinner......... funny enough that they didnt make it & was lights out by 8pm

Sunday morning was cool but not too cold and the fire was still going from the night before. So after our breakfast we broke camp and decided on an easy loop through the forest and back too Milton. I could not have been be so wrong.





The first part was straight forward as we headed down the Western Distributor Road and then onto Wallaby Hill road. Then it got interesting. It was clearly evident what havoc was created by the high winds earlier this month with a gazillion trees strewn across out path.





We picked out way around, over and through many. Built ramps to get the bm over some until we were met with some obstacles that were too much. So we turned around and tried another way. Eventually here too we were met with the impassable. And yet again on another road.










So 4 and a half hours latter, out of water in the camel packs a little hot and bothered we finally made it out to the Kings Hwy, jumped into the Currowan Creek to cool off and headed for Braidwood and a late lunch around 2pm. The morning had turned out an epic, but great fun.



Sven was enjoying the tar surface and not being faced with any trees across the road and put his head down for home where Steve and I caught up with him latter after I explored the fuel reserve range on the bm hmmmmm. And we all arrived safe and sound at home through fog and darkness around 6:30pm. Exhausted.

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Sven and Steve for a great weekend.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:06 PM   #2
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:03 PM   #3
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What a classic ride!! Your ride was what Dual-Sport Adventure ride is all about!! You inspire me to so that kind of ride! thanks
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:47 AM   #4
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well done mate. love it down that way some great spots
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:08 AM   #5
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Enjoyed that. Great photos. Thanks for posting. Campsite and meals looked interesting. Was that single-pole tent one from ALDI?
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:30 AM   #6
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Looks like you guys had a great trip. Well done.

Everytime I read a report such as this it makes me want to drop what I am doing and head out into the bush and ride. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-22-2010, 05:26 PM   #7
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Any chance of seeing a route on google or the GPS track of where you guys went?

I have the Garmin Zumo 550 which I think I saw on one of the bikes there. If you could pm me the track file that would be really appreciated.
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Old 09-22-2010, 07:19 PM   #8
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Enjoyed that. Great photos. Thanks for posting. Campsite and meals looked interesting. Was that single-pole tent one from ALDI?
No it isn't from aldi I bought it 15years ago from The Great Outdoors.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:52 AM   #9
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I was just thinking of doing a ride in that area.......might have to wait a bit for the council/rangers to clear the trees.

Great RR, thanks for posting.
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:33 AM   #10
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Great stuff. I always enjoy shots from the camp as well.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:15 AM   #11
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Any chance of seeing a route on google or the GPS track of where you guys went?

I have the Garmin Zumo 550 which I think I saw on one of the bikes there. If you could pm me the track file that would be really appreciated.

Not sure how to attach stuff to a pm so have sent you an email.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:04 PM   #12
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Bummer about the trees in the road....looks like you did your best to get through. Fun seeing the camping pics.
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Old 09-23-2010, 05:25 PM   #13
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You guys need to start carrying a chainsaw.

Looks like a fun time.
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:30 PM   #14
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Geat pics ! Looks like an " active" ride with all the downed trees.
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Old 09-24-2010, 06:36 PM   #15
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Cool ride, remember that the Beemer has about 5 litres in the Reserve. I've reached 380 odd K's once although I then put in 16.95 litres of fuel in. But it's a big reserve.
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