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Old 12-19-2011, 04:06 AM   #16
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Geoff: tks for putting me on the straight and narrow with the Pics,

Ockrocket: you are correct, we have the same situation in Qld, Mt Glorious, Tamborine, and Beechmont Rds. all great roads but ruined by a few / many that just don't think too far ahead. I spent 15 years in the Motorcycle industry and have seen my share of injuries and worse. ( I will refer to an accident later in this RR) that is why I said I'd be sure of seeing him on the armco further up the road.


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Old 12-19-2011, 04:52 AM   #17
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Anyway, after a great two days I had to head home. I decided to see some new countryside. For some unknown reason I set my alarm 1 hour early. ( ph showing Gold Coast time on one screen and Sydney on another.) so I was on the road again at 2.45am Bris Time.

I headed west toward Picton, Cambelltown, Penrith and Winsdor. Up the Putty. Beautiful country around Colo.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:17 AM   #18
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Colo rest area..
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:21 AM   #19
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Hey Desert KLR.. Geoff, can't get more than one photo on ??*!@#3
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:25 AM   #20
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Northern end of the Putty.. truckies do it tough as well.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:34 AM   #21
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I had thoroughly enjoyed the last 160km. I saw several sports bikes going for an early run. The last time I'd been on this road was in a car to see the Australian GP at Eastern Creek in '93.

Onward to the open cut mine at Singleton, what an eye opener. Not sure what will happen to the hole when there is nothing left. Plant a few trees I surpose.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:38 AM   #22
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The country opened up around Muswellbrook. And I just loved to hear that faint induction sound every time I went up the gears.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:57 AM   #23
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I needed a break and fuel. So Scone was the next stop, with 388km on the clock I was making progress. The old KLR was returning 23km to the ltre. Same as on the Outback ride. ( I had cleaned the air filter, but that didn't make any difference)

Just north of Tamworth I stopped at Moonbi lookout. great views.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:59 AM   #24
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This is where I came from.......
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:08 AM   #25
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Wow.

Great pics.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:10 AM   #26
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The day was starting to get away from me. I could have stopped and taken photos all day. But I had our Xmas Street Party to attend to tonight. I would have to "crank it up"

I had a feeling the inland ( New England H'way) was a bit longer than the coast road. I stopped briefly at Uralla. Thunderbolt ( Fred Ward ) a Bushranger was shot dead by police in 1870. It appears he is the Hero of the town. At least now he is bringing some money into town rather than taking it out.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:53 AM   #27
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I had my head down now. Into Glen Innes at 2pm, a nice little town but three servos had closed down. A quick refuel with another 342km up.

Tenderfield the next town, 91k to the north. A decision was made to head toward the coast at this point. If I were to ride in the dark I wanted to be on good, well used highway, not country roads where roos could be an issue.

The roads were very twisty, About 20 k out of town I was flashed by a couple of cars. Around a tight RH a motorcyclist was down. It didn't look good. The big cruiser was upright but the rider wasn't moving. I feared for the worst. Several motorist were assisting. I asked if there was anything I could do. Nothing. then I saw one leg move slightly and though that was a good sign.

I continued on, 30 minutes later I passed the ambulance that was despatch from Casino. It would be at least another 1 1/2 hours before he would be in a hospital . ( I have since phoned Casino and Lismore hospital but could gain no info as I didn't know his surname. ) I sincerely hope he is on the recovery trail as we speak.


At 5.30pm in Lismore, I phoned my wife to let her know I'd make it to the party by 7.30. I pushed on, Loving the KLR more with every km covered. More fuel required at Mudgerabah ( 15.6 ltre for 367km).


Finally home, the party was in full swing, I showered, opened a beer and then realized I had not had lunch.

With 1155km for the day I could not have been more happy.

I think I am falling for BIG SINGLES. What a bike, nothing fancy, not expensive, With two trips combined of over 7000km ( total milage since new of 10907km) I am IMPRESSED.

total distance....2181km
total fuel used ..91.95ltres


LOVE MY KLR


Take care and thanks for reading........Ian Robinson
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:54 PM   #28
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Fantastic Ian, I look forward to your next ride Any idea's where that will be too??

I bet that beer was good after 1155km With those sorts of km in a day, you could be over here in Alice in 2 days !! I'll have a cold one ready for you.

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Old 12-19-2011, 03:00 PM   #29
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Geoff,

Tks for the invite. only been to Alice once via Plenty H'way. ( 4x4) good trip. I want to get down around Ceduna, Streaky Bay in March. Also include the salt speed runs at the same time if possible.

The KLR rally is in the area at that time as well. Trouble is too many places to go. Too much to see.

It is a great country to ride.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:32 PM   #30
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Good job Ian! Another FarRider in the making!
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