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Old 02-03-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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Somewhere between Vagabond and Wanderlust

Anyone come back from a holiday and felt they need another?
I did.
So I left Sydney for a trip to Tasmania.
Trying to get out of Sydney 7:30 in the morning is a nightmare. Gridlock traffic all the way to Liverpool, what is up with this horrible excuse for a highway? Almost passed out in the M5 tunnel. Only to sit in first gear in hundred zone
Finally made it to Goulburn for the obligatory pit stop at the big merino and off on back road to Queanbeyan and Boboyan road. What an awesome piece of twisties galore with only one car in sight. Wow.
But it was boiling hot. 36 in the shade and I was hoping things would cool down up higher. It was not to be the case. Cast my eyes towards Cooma and saw something was not right. Stopped at Shannon flat to inspect the cloud with the blue tinge, yep. Big arse bush fire on other side of the mountain. Ironic when I looked at the buildings at intersection to see it was rural fire safety. Few cars parked on site, but no one there or they hiding from heat. Decided to make a b- line for Adaminaby.
By now the irony is losing its. . . Irony. I'm boiling in 38 degrees C and the big salmon or trout or whatever it is clearly a fish out of water. As are the the snow ski hiring, balaclavas, etc. I've just emptied a litre of water all over me.
Straddled my steed and made a runner for the hills. Direction, mount Selwyn. Last time I went through here it was 2 degrees, now in the thirties. And discovered something else. Can not do corners today. I'm sure it is a different type of bitumen used up in the snowies because it has the consistency of chewing gum when hot. I could feel my front slip in the corners and thought I had a flat tyre. Then spotted some road pieces got ripped out cause the bitumen stuck to road work truck's wheels. Damn.

By now it is blissfully cool 30 degrees and things looking up. Or maybe not. Going down has the tendency of raising the temperature a bit.
Ok, quite a bit.
To the tune of 40.5 degrees C.
In the shade.
At 17.30.
Time for and airconand time out
The big one.


Where there is smoke there is fire.


Even the water in the creek felt like bath water warm.

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Old 02-03-2014, 11:41 AM   #2
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Anyone come back from a holiday and felt they need another?

Time for and airconand time out

Any pictures to accompany your ride report?

Tasmania sounds amazing

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Old 02-04-2014, 12:32 AM   #3
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I'll try do some along the way. Will see how far I can get with phone only upload. Time for free WiFi hunting

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Old 02-04-2014, 07:11 PM   #4
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Subscribed...looking at doing Tassy next Feb myself.
Interested to see how you go, I was riding through Coonabarabran last year the same day the fires were threatening.
It was 48 degrees that day, have never had to push myself through something that bad before. Started in Young and stopped in Coony that night in an a/c room. The coppers were closing the roads in and out of the place just as I began riding out.
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:55 AM   #5
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To all listeners, apologies for the break in news transmission yesterday.
So this is day 1 news. Catch up.
Took to the creek at the camp site in Colac Colac. Fantastic camp site on grass with lots of trees. Lush and very clean. Just the water is untreated, so boil before drinking. This happy camper however took to the pub in Corryong. Very friendly people they are.
As you may recall, I might have mentioned the rain gods were smiling in me. The sun god on the other hand was not so kind. Around midnight I think these 2 gods had a bit of run in as an almighty display of thunder and lightning took place. But still rain gods are smiling on me. Just a few drops to say they still there.
In the animal news for the day: two near hits. I refuse to call it near miss. One little lamb made it home safe near Goulburn on the highway.
Technical news: still not tried to get WiFi to upload some pics, but working in that.

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Old 02-05-2014, 03:27 AM   #6
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Day 2 news highlights:
Decided to take the road from Colac Colac to Omeo. Being fully loaded on cast iron... rims with 90/10 road tyres was maybe not the best idea. Put a purely inexperienced driver on that and you have a perfect recipe for washer cutting. Twenty kilometers in and I started having visions of refugee boat leaving Melbourne without its refugee. To cut a long pipe short, 2 hours later the road between Benambra and Omeo made up for it. I'm not dishing the unsealed road, it was the widest twisty unsealed road I ever been on. Squarely blaming the rider for lack of experience and bringing the wrong tools for the job. After a coffee/brekky break, it was of on the abso-bloody-lutely brilliant piece of road, great alpine road to Bairnsdale. Skipped Sale and went back road via Maffra, Heyfield and due to high speed navigational error missed Toongabbie and Tyers. Oh well. Next time.
On to foreign news: another boat loaded with silver brigade and biker refugees manage to leave the mainland in strong wind and high seas. Despite the grim forecast, no $25 meal was lost in transit.
In other animal news: quite a few bunnies and 5 or so roos also made it home safe for the night.

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Old 02-05-2014, 03:54 AM   #7
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Day 3 news headlines.
Another refugee boat loaf arrived at dawn on Tasmania island. Authorities were alerted and all refugees were checked, but as per fruit smuggler instructions, all evidence were thrown over board.
However, some bikie gang members were reported being seen with officials, but rumors of corruption is still unproven. Some bike refugees used the opportunity to evade capture and immediately made a runner and headed straight for the hills.
In travel news:
Next stop, Wynyard. Waratah. U-turn at Cradle mountain. Pieman road to Reece dam. Zeehan, Strahan. Ran out of road at Strahan, so took to . . .&#/ .. ;:(&....the beach. . . @&_(.
Seems like there is a technical difficulty reaching refugee on the beach. Will get back on that story.

In Weather news: chilly start to the day around 10 degrees and warned up nicely to 23. Rain god still smiling and Sun god shows restraint.

Other news: the owner/lady at scenic view cafe in Waratah did not want to charge this refugee for a life saving coffee. So I ended up leaving at least $3 tip. Had a lovely chat and she gladly shared information about all the roads that go zip-zip-zip as we bikers like them. God bless her.

Animal news: one echidna and a black snake made it home alive. Gotta love a happy ending.

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Old 02-06-2014, 02:46 AM   #8
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Tried posting link to a photo. This is just shit. Can anyone tell me the best way to use Google photos on here.

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Old 02-06-2014, 03:00 AM   #9
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Old 02-06-2014, 03:56 AM   #10
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Day 4 daily news.
In today's summary round up, turns, corners, bends, curves and lots of twisties. Strahan, Queenstown, Zeehan, Trial Harbour, Rosebury, lake Plimsoll, Queenstown, Lyell highway to Richmond
After a chilly start the day warmed up nicely to toasty 30 degrees. A heat wave by Tassy standard I recon.
Traffic report:
Strahan road to Queenstown was messy. Lots of loose dirt on the road. Queenstown to lake Plimsoll was the best. Liked it so much that I did it twice.
Paid a visit to Trial Harbour. Anyone ever heard the ringing rock there? First but is bitumen from Zeehan. My second favorite bit of road in tassy thus far.
Economic news:
Things are not liking bright. The economic indicators took a dive and the refugee had to install austerity measures to ease the rapidly deteriorating fuel consumption. There is some discontent between the 5 members from the right hand party who holds the majority vote and the one brain and two ears party coalition. Seems like volume control its severely impacting fuel consumption.urgent talks still happening behind closed doors.
Drama news:
Left front shock shows signs of leaking.
Starting problem, thought to be kick stand related, is now dismissed and reallocated to potential suspect named fuel pump controller. Thank goodness for fully loaded bike on dirt downhill for running start. Lesson learnt, don't switch off when fuel is running low. Will see how I go before BMW roadside assist need to pick up the corpse.
Broke more pieces on the XD3 Arai helmet.
Ze German was telling me "Lampf". Then incessant warning about Lampf and Fuel. Was waiting for THE inevitable "Mein Kampf" Hitler style at any minute. so no more dimmer, bright only! Got no spare, yet.
Other news:
Anyone been to the Wall at Derwent Bridge. That is very impressive wood art. $10 to get in.
Also try make a stop for drink or bite at the Pit Stop cafe in Zeehan.

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Put stop cafe in Zeehan.


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Camp site on day one at Colac Colac.


Good morning Tasmania.


Boat people arriving. With only few true refugees.


First stop Wynyard.


Next stop, Waratah. Just across scenic view cafe. Do try them.


On Pieman road.


Reece dam. Other photos on the camera and not on phone.


Beach near Strahan.


Road to Trial Harbour


Trial Harbour. Pity I could not stop for more photos. As per drama news.

Lake Plimsoll


Road from Queenstown


Some fires and burnt mountain on road to Derwent Bridge in the national heritage area. Just before Nelson falls which was technically closed due to fires nearby.






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Day 5 news overview: Game over.

Trip to Gordon dam wall and Lake Peddar and Russell falls.



travel news:
Bumped into some other boat people. Refugees on bikes from the great crossing I met.

Drama news : like I really need it now, seriously.
This refugee is either malnourished or dehydrated, but despite another stunning Tassy day, things did not bode well from start this morning. Only after going past Russell falls twice, did I realize I missed it. So back tracked to catch up.
Still not fixed Mein Lampf.
Then spotted this and now lost all steam.


Seems like this refugee is going back where he came from. First boat out. .
Still the weather gods are smiling. This is killing me.

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Old 02-08-2014, 02:47 AM   #14
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Day 6 daily news:
Not gone anywhere really.
Checked in at BMW in Hobart. Seems like my best option is Launceston on Monday (public holiday might I add). Ian at BMW Hobart was extremely helpful. Thumbs up.

Other news:
Checked out Salamanca markets.
Oil leak or not, I just had to go up mount Wellington. Awesome views from up there. Spend a good few hours convincing myself it still better than sitting in an office. Only other mountains that come close to views like this are in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, cape town in south Africa and Queenstown, nz. Magical and majestic.




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Day 7 in the news.
Overview: Bound for Launceston, but decided to go via Bagdad, Elderslie, Bothwell, Poatina. Coming down B51, Poatina road in the pass, what a view. Pity there is not a decent lookout point to take it all in.
This is at bottom end, looking back to mountains.


Weather news:
Gods are still very kind to me. Started with a 33 degrees at 9 in the morning already. Went down to 23 in the mountains and up again to thirties. But STRONG winds.


On the drama side of the news. More of the same.


Some animal news as there were none for a few days. Safely escorted 2 echidnas across the road. Lots of dead roos and one wombat. Touch wood, not seen an echidna ran over yet.


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