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Old 10-23-2010, 06:11 PM   #1
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Up the Mountain and Down Again x 2 - An Aussie Day Trip

A day trip in South East Queensland, Australia . . .
Mark (Happy Snapper, KLR650) decided he needed a ride, so he and I (DR650) headed up to the Mt Mee area, accompanied by Clem (2Wheeler10, F800GS). Mark took a few photos, saying he’d do a brief ride report, but then emailed the photos to me and delegated . . . . so here goes!

Clem hadn’t ridden with us before and he met us at Albion Macca’s, fuelled up and ready to go. Introductions and coffees over, he was then introduced to our organisational style . . .”fuel? ahhh, yeah, better get some!” . He then appeared confounded by our attempts to pair our Bluetooth headsets . . .with his IT background, I’m sure he was thinking RTFM.

Eventually we set off, only to manage to get separated from Happy Snapper by red lights, and then overshot the fuel point by 50m, having to go several hundred meters to find legal turning points. (I think if I’d been alone, it would have been a sneaky blat back on the footpath, but didn’t want Clem to think that was our norm.)

So off to Dayboro, headed up to the turn off to Mt Mee forest, and proceeded past the “Road Closed” sign. I maintain it was a sense of Adventure – Mark reckons I have “poor situational awareness”.

This was our route for the day – the elevation profile shows what passes for a mountain in our part of the State. Mt Mee forest is part of the D’Aguilar National Park.



This gives an idea of the terrain. We turned left at the T, entered the forest at The Gantry, followed Mt Mee Forest Drive (Lovedays Road), and exited at Broadwater before heading to Woodford (blue dot, top right) for lunch.



Clem showing off his face and me hiding mine. Both in Rev’it gear . . this was the first ride in my new Sand jacket and pants . . officially “silver”, but my wife reckon’s it’s a “very gay white”. Whatever the colour, it’s comfortable, and versatile.



Clem showing off his bike – a very nice F800GS. He’s ridden a cruiser for a couple of years, but is new to dirt – you couldn’t tell though. Note the tires – the tracks were a bit eroded after recent rains, and marbley in places. Clem professes to have felt a little uncomfortable, but it didn’t show.

Mark and I are no speedsters, but we told Clem to set his own pace, and we’d adapt. We have Dunlop 606s, and found some sections of a couple of hills a bit hairy (for us anyway), so hats off to Clem.



Not far into the park, we pulled up to check Clem was sweet after a couple of downhills, when along comes this chap on a fully faired BMW (k100 I think) with street tyres – hah – who’s the adventure rider here! When he checked our maps and saw how many more km of similar track was ahead, he decided to detour . . going back up the hills must have been interesting for him . . .



Clem’s first creek crossing at Broadwater:



Followed by me:


Having got to the other side, we turned back to the day use area for smoko. Which in typical manner I had forgotten – thanks for sharing guys!

When manoeuvring in the car park at walking pace, apparently Clem’s Beemer was a little tired, but after a quick lie down it was OK to go again. Mark had moved on with the camera, so no conclusive proof.



Clem on the go again:



Turns out the road wasn’t closed – there were signs that the creeks had been high and it would have been closed at some stage, so we suspect the signs had been left in to discourage 4WDs from chopping the tracks up.

We exited the park, and headed for Woodford. Now Mark likes a chat, and at lunch he said he liked a local’s Woodford T-shirt . . . well, that started the local on the full story of his T-shirt, the Vietnam Vets MCC, his tours in Vietnam, his experience with Andrew Peacock (the then Defense Minister), his time with the Israeli defence force, etc. etc. That’s the first time I’ve seen Mark bettered in a chat!

From here, it was back up to Mt Mee. Clem was then again bemused by our navigational ability: I’d remembered that Campbell’s Pocket Road was a fun tar ride back up the hill, but someone has moved it from near Woodford where I thought it was to Wamuran, where we found it.

Half way up we found another “Road Closed” sign – I couldn’t miss that one, and we detoured up Tidwell and Pedwell Roads up to the lookout (where’s our sense of adventure!?).



A chat and a couple of obligatory shots at the lookout:





Then back to Dayboro for a drink / debrief.

Thanks for the company guys – an excellent day out.



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Old 10-23-2010, 06:14 PM   #2
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Some really nice sharpness and quality to your pics!
More next time!!
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:25 PM   #3
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Some really nice sharpness and quality to your pics!
More next time!!
Thanks for sharing!

Thanks

Most photo credits to Happy Snapper (Mark) - he makes a living from it, so they should be good :)
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:32 PM   #4
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Excellent RR mate.. you have a real flair as a word smith!

I had the choice of taking the lovely Debra out for dinner last night or doing the RR.

So dinner won out mate.

Appreciate the photo credits too!

I must remember the Gay White jacket comment for the next ride.

Yes the little Cannon pocket camera amazes me with what it can turn out.. This is the one I flung into the air on secret men's business and it landed on the road.. it still works and Deb used it in New York and California last month with really good results.

The hero shot of Clem is a little soft.. had been sharpened a bit. Just cannot get my head around the thought of taking a DSLR with me.. I make a living from them and don't want to wreck one of them on the bike.

Aldi have a 10m waterproof digital that looks like a Panasonic in their shop today reduced to around $130. Once you couldn't buy a point and shoot 35 mm for that price.

A good day out.. sorry i spoke to the guy at Woodford...I'll take a vow of silence from now on when we see interesting looking people.

Clem.. you were a bloody hero on the GS.. and only been riding for 2 years.

Looking forward to the next one. K Mart have tents for $25 today.

Get one, get out of the house and get on the bike..
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:16 AM   #5
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Nice report guys. Mt Mee is a great area to have a ride through after some rain. The roads looked in great nick.
Thanks for sharing

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Old 10-24-2010, 12:55 AM   #6
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Nice ride boys..
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:56 AM   #7
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Thanks for the ride guys. Great company, great weather, great ride and great photo evidence to boot.....can't ask for much more.

Looking forward to the next ride if I am allowed out
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:26 AM   #8
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Great report there.
I stayed up at Neurum creek last night, but I went through Dayboro
out to Laceys Creek and up Wirth road. Worth a squiz if you haven't
been that way. I was put onto it by Kato, (thanks mate).
And I'm hearing you about the marbles on the corners! Faaark!
But jeez, how nice it was cutting through the trees at daybreak...
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:35 AM   #9
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Great report there.
I stayed up at Neurum creek last night, but I went through Dayboro
out to Laceys Creek and up Wirth road. Worth a squiz if you haven't
been that way. I was put onto it by Kato, (thanks mate).
And I'm hearing you about the marbles on the corners! Faaark!
But jeez, how nice it was cutting through the trees at daybreak...
ta - have been down Laceys Creek past Wirth to Range Road forest drive then back to the Gantry in the past, but (as we hadn't been through since the rain) we thought that might be a bit of a stretch for a new starter.
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:25 AM   #10
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Thanks, nice photos and report.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:49 PM   #11
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Great day on the bikes by the look of it.....bit of everything

Did you guy's feast at jallas in Woddford ?

Cheers.
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:17 AM   #12
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Jeez, I like those topographical maps.

Top report, tx.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:46 AM   #13
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you guys have some nice riding over there. More pictures next time please.

Nice!!!!!
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:43 PM   #14
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cool stuff, I bet the fellow on the K100 was glad he bumped into you ;-)
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:55 PM   #15
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Jeez, I like those topographical maps.
GPS track log -> Mapsource -> Google Earth . . . . useful tools
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