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Old 04-27-2011, 08:04 PM   #1
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Kim and Phil .... do Emmaville

5 day Easter Anzac break and Pseudo (Kim) was camped at a beaut spot Ive always wanted to explore, Emmaville, NSW.
Kim arrived Thursday and set up in the one and only caravan park with her decked out bus towing the 650 GS BMW, I got away Good Friday with the rest of southern Qld sharing the hi-way but it was a bit of fun dodging and weaving the traffic and playing hide n seek with the revenue raisers.



Its autumn here and the days are sunny and cold n windy at night, the change in colours fantastic



Saturday brought a get-to-know town kinda day so we checked out the fuel roster at the local garage, a quick peep at the general store and a few supplies before they closed and a visit to the mining museum which was full of history and places to go see.


the post office




the mining museum

Tin was discovered in 1872 at what was once known as Vegetable Creek. By 1880 the population was 2,100, 1200 of these were Chinese, who grew veggies along the river banks and streams. In 1882 the name changed to Emmaville.
By 1890 the population was 3,398. There were 5 hotels and 7 stores, a tin smelting works at Tent Hill and a Chinese joss house at Emmaville.
In 1920 the discovery of Arsenic and the treatment plant at Ottery mine commenced, another mine on the Gulf road and one of the big dams broke flooding part of the town of Emmaville.
Cobb & Co had a regular service between the Gulf, Emmaville and Y Water, Thunderbolt had a few hide outs around the area and Emmaville is home to the black panther sightings.



We visited the cemetery, with some graves dating back to 1885.



And of course the longest grave ever, a sad story of an arsenic miner who brought home a cloth bag from the mine, in which his wife put the Sunday ham in and killed the lot, 2 adults and 4 kids.

So out to the Ottery Mine (Arsenic) we went




and thar she blows, that white shit stuck to the brickwork is the dreaded stuff and they have wire barriers to stop you from touching the stuff



Quite an interesting process really, the tower up the top burns the material and the stuff runs downs the chambers as it cools and solidifies once it gets to the bottom. They were pretty clever in 1920 to use gravity as a tool of science. The photo's there, show massive timber buildings for further processing but they are all gone now.

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Old 04-27-2011, 08:49 PM   #2
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So after the Ottery mine we pressed on to the tiny hamlet of Torrington



Its a great 40klm dirt ride with the twisties done in tar and the steep hills too, for all weather access I suppose. Quite a few creek and river crossings and a fair bit of wildlife abounds.



But there isn't much at Torrington 'cept a hall, a closed caravan park and two dozen homes but it had a nice park and Anzac memorial, which they waz getting ready for Monday. I noticed too, there was a route to Tenterfield which I'd keep for my escape route Tuesday.







and that was Torrington. I found this fella too and thought it worth a pic


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Saturday night we graced the bottom pub with our presence and it was a fun night out. Big Bill from Emmaville was playing and the whole town was out to see him - the locals were a scream on the dance floor ..... and so waz Kim

Next day and there is nothing better than a good start eh ?



I love slumming it.

We decided to do the Gulf Rd and according to the maps there was a route thru the national park called the "snake" which matched up with the route out of Torrington.
Off we went


35 klms of this









to which we reached the locked gate of the Gulf and had to turn back toward Emmaville



and we were on the way back when Kims 650 GS BMW shat itself while I was lining up for the gratious creek crossing shot



and dead it was.
After much trying and without BMW tools we gave up and hid the bike off the road, dusk was turning to night and we high-tailed back to camp on the mighty XR 650 two-up.
What an exciting ride that was I counted 8 near misses with the roos.

So with no means to actually retrieve the broken BMW we called the NRMA who arrived next morning bright and early and Kim got her bike back.



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Old 04-27-2011, 08:55 PM   #3
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Someday. There is so much back country to Australia. I want to ride it someday. Thanks for the report!
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:33 PM   #4
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Thanks Steve, from Glenn Innes NRMA

We pulled the bike apart or to the best of our abilities, with one small tool missing we couldn't get the air filter off.
On the Thursday that Pseudo arrived, she had had a mishap getting the bike off the trailer and dropped it .........
found out later that these models don't like that and the oil from the reservior floods the airbox and the sensors tell the bike the air filter is blocked.
Sam, who was coming down to join us from Lismore on his 1150 GS had rung to say his final drive had shat itself and he wouldn't be making it either ........

I love Honda and I'd gotten to ride the Gulf Rd once more

and it was Anzac Day



There's two rows of names on all four sides of the column



Took a pic of town from where the Joss House once stood

and went for a ride to find the older cemetery outside of town





there was some old ones here





I'm sure the date was 1875 on this one but it was all I could read.

I called into the top pub on the way back to camp for medicinal purposes, you see

and they were doing the fish weigh-in from the weekends comp









and the winner is ........


a 10lb Murray Cod 900mm long

and I bought a ticket in the raffle to support them and bugger me if I didn't win it



WTF am I going to do with this ?



But the nice bloke filleted it for me and we ate half that night at the camp ground and froze the rest for the trip home
What a bonza crew of blokes and the weigh-in is on the last Sunday of every month if n you get yourselves down there.
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Alas, Tuesday was here already.
We packed up and departed, Kim off to seek adventure with the prospects of employment at Roxby Downs South, Australia.
And me, home to Queensland.

I decided to take the ride to Torrington, then turn north for the run to Silent Grove, over Sam's Mountain and find my way into Tenterfield.

The road after Torrington







It was great.
Sometimes wide, sometimes clay, sometimes quartz, uphill and down dale thru the bush 76 klms of it



I'm on the right track



Toward Sam's Mountain



and the view from the top, those roads below, just covered.





Looking east to Tenterfield



to match up with Mole River and the dirt into Tenterfield



and the colours of Tenterfield



It was raining in town so I stopped for a feed at the pie shop and a cup of hot coffee, sat in the bay window and watched the world go by ....





MMmmmmm, wonder if he'd sit still on the handlebars ?

It was a wet slog home via the Mount Lindsay Rd to Legume then Killarney, then home but it was better than being on the hi-way ...

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Old 04-27-2011, 11:24 PM   #6
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Nice report Phil!!

Keep em coming~!

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MMmmmmm, wonder if she'd sit still on the handlebars ?



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Very good Phil
Wish I was there
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Great ride guys. Top base camp setup. Shame about the bike troubles. That mongo photo cracked me up. Top job.
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Would have loved to have seen you ride time on that bull Those horns would fit a Harley anyday.
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:52 AM   #11
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:56 AM   #12
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Great RR

great RR I will be in that area on the 20th. Will have to have a look at my map
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Nice one Phil Thanks.
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Good stuff Fongy

Some nice looking dirt roads to ride and the Murray Cod, I'd love to catch one of them someday.
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