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Old 07-28-2012, 08:16 PM   #1
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Redundancy Ride 2009 - Round Oz by Triumph Scrambler

In mid-2009, a tap on the shoulder, a cheque in the hand and a boot out the door was my personal introduction to the local impact of the global financial crisis.

Armed with some lazy cash and abundant time on my hands, thoughts turned to travel before I had been escorted from the premises.

I deliberately limited planning for the trip, wanting to largely drift and see where I ended up.

On my map, a thumb approximated half a day’s travel so the planning became “one thumb, two thumb OK I guess I’ll spend a night around here…”.

Preparation for the trip was also minimal, a few emails to friends/work acquaintances/internet strangers to impose myself on them for accommodation, a pannier rack and new front tyre for the Scrambler.

A few teaser photos from my seven week 22,000km ride around Australia on my Mighty Scrambler.










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Old 07-28-2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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Day 1: Melbourne to Merimbula

Distance: 661km Total: 661km

A good omen? Clear skies and sunshine

I decided to head north into warmer weather. This dictated an anti-clockwise loop.

Slab it down the highway to put in some distance from home.

Lakes Entrance.



Lunch at Bemm River.



I left these dudes and headed to Merimbula for the night.

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:36 PM   #4
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Day 2: Merimbula to Tahmoor

Distance: 472 km Total: 1,133 km

An early start following a quiet night at the backpackers hostel.

More good weather to cruise up the coast.

Tathra.



Bermagui.





Batemans Bay.





A quick diversion to check out Jervis Bay.



I cut inland through Kangaroo Valley.



Looking back to the coast from the Cambwerra lookout.

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Old 07-28-2012, 09:59 PM   #5
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Day 3: Tahmoor to Gloucester

Distance: 411 km Total: 1,544 km

A big loop to avoid Sydney.

Picton.



Stopped for morning-tea on the Putty Rd.

Feet dangling over a cliff, thermos coffee and chocolate biscuits whilst a pair of eagles patrolled the valley. It was a good morning to be alive.



Back on the bike, I ripped the Putty Way.



I shared lunch with a Ducati girl in Singleton before bouncing my way to Dungog. Man, the NSW roads were shocking.

I lucked out and had the bunkhouse at the Gloucester caravan park all to myself.

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Old 07-28-2012, 10:18 PM   #6
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Day 4: Gloucester to Walcha

Distance: 531 km Total: 2,075 km

A corner carving day!

An early morning attack on the Thunderbolts Way.



It got increasingly cold on the ride into Walcha.





Now, a good distance from home I could feel myself mentally slowing down and wanting to explore.

A long diversion to yet another waterfall and a former goldtown I’ve forgotten the name of.



A quick ride down the Oxley Highway to lunch at Port Mac.





It was so much fun, I was forced to turn around and do it again!



A dodgy room in the first pub I stumbled across in Walcha.

I nearly froze on the walk to the better pub in town. I was rewarded with a mountain of bangers n mash I could barely jump over.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:43 PM   #7
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Day 5: Walcha to Grafton

Distance: 430 km Total: 2,505 km

I checked out the grave of Captain Thunderbolt (bushranger) on the way to Armadale.



Lots of u-turns as I roamed and started exploring.







Not surprisingly, lots of waterfalls were found along the Waterfall Way into Bellingen.



Back up to Dorrigo and then the back roads into Grafton.



The staff at the Grafton Hotel were expecting a quiet night and so let me park my bike inside the dance hall disco.

My serenity was tested when I was beset by an utter tool on a BMW. No matter what I tried that night I was unable to shake my cling-on.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:05 PM   #8
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:04 AM   #9
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Day 6: Grafton to Lismore

Distance: 319 km Total: 2,814 km

An early departure to ditch my cling-on.

I followed the river.



Although it was free, I couldn’t help but sing along…you know, that one about the ferryman…



I stocked up on elephant sized pumpkin scones and a kilo bag of macadamia nuts at the farmers market in Evans Head.

I was excited to find my first sugar cane for the trip.





After lunch, I hiked down from the lighthouse at Cape Byron and out to the most easterly point of mainland Oz.





Another concert weekend at Byron Bay meant the place was jam packed with gumboot wearing arty folk.

I made a getaway through the macadamia nut farms.



A night best not soon repeated in Lismore – a truly gruesome meal in a dodgy pub on the outskirts of town followed by an opportunity for a punch on with a few of the locals in the bar and sleepless night in my grimy room upstairs.

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Old 07-30-2012, 12:31 AM   #10
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Day 7: Lismore to Murwillumbah

Distance: 354 km Total: 3,168 km

I took a short cut through a macadamia nut farm.



Fantastic riding but very rough and bumpy towards Nimbin and Kyogle.





It was starting to feel tropical.





I looped the Lions Rd into Queensland.



Before dropping back into Murwillumbah.





No dodgy pub room for me tonight. I was hosted at the family home of a former customer. Late afternoon spent checking out their show horses and hubbies monster sized tractor-mower. A late night with much wine and belly full of laughs.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:34 AM   #11
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Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more.

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Old 07-30-2012, 05:36 AM   #12
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Good to see a Scrambler on a Australian adventure, want to do it myself sometime...got the Ventura rack, GPS, handguards & heated grips, skidplate etc. I'm ready

I noticed you have a Staintune system on the Scrambler, how do you find it ? I have Staintunes on my Thruxton & TORs on the Scrambler....completley different, if you ever want to sell the Staintune let me know.

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Old 07-31-2012, 01:09 AM   #13
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Day 8: Murwillimbah to Maryvale

Distance: 239 km Total: 3,407 km

A long breakfast before I hit the road.



A short ride before it was time for 2nd breakfasts at the Chillingham store.



I snuck into Queensland proper on a little back road.



A couple of hours walking around at Natural Bridge before I climbed the ranges.

The high rise towers of the Gold Coast in the distance.



I rode west to avoid Brisbane.



Advrider inmate Phil Fong was to be my host for the next two nights.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:11 AM   #14
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Good to see a Scrambler on a Australian adventure, want to do it myself sometime...got the Ventura rack, GPS, handguards & heated grips, skidplate etc. I'm ready

I noticed you have a Staintune system on the Scrambler, how do you find it ? I have Staintunes on my Thruxton & TORs on the Scrambler....completley different, if you ever want to sell the Staintune let me know.

Cheers Terry
Hey Terry,

I like the staintune pipes a lot. I've given a longer reply when you asked in general in the Scrambler thread but in summary - cheerful chub-chub sound at idle, cruising and around town with a angry old-school bark when revved. The sound on over-run when having a blat is bliss.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:41 AM   #15
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Day 9: Maryvale to Maryvale

Distance: 330 km Total: 3,777 km

An early start after a quiet night at the historic Maryvale Hotel.



It was finger snapping cold on the ride to the Toowoomba Triumph dealer.

I lazed at a couple of cafes and then was treated to lunch in a posh restaurant by another former customer while I waited for the Scrambler service to be completed.

Today, my trip almost came to an end when I got a surprise phone call from a competitor to my former employer with a job offer. Immediate thought was to fast track the 1,600km home. Second thought – err, how do you feel about me starting work when I finish my trip in a couple of months….maybe?

I spent the afternoon at the motorcycle museum in Haigslea.



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