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Old 05-10-2014, 09:39 PM   #1
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Its been a while since I committed to a ride report but the addition of a great little Canon G16 camera meant I had better photo options for this trip than taking an expensive DSLR so here we go.

Mick had a plan. A ride from Brisbane, shipping the bikes up there from Melbourne, and riding home via the Great Divide, using some of the coastal towns as overnighters from time to time.

My recent retirement meant that I was now available for this trip and I grabbed the opportunity for a couple of weeks of riding. Dave was also a starter but would join us around Coffs Harbour, only returning from Japan a few days after we started our trip.

I flew into Brisbane on Wednesday morning the 23rd April, initially planning to leave the following day. It was such a beautiful day and we were ready to roll by lunchtime so we decided to set off. We had no bookings for accommodation so we would keep the plan loose based on weather and other factors!

We planned to get to Woodenbong the first day and stay at the pub. The trek out of Brisbane was predicatably boring, battling through traffic and finally getting to Beaudesert and keen to get onto some dirt asap. Our choice was a run through the back tracks outside Maroon and through the Koreela National Park, with a bitumen run from Old Kareela through to Woodenbong to finish.

The tracks were excellent fast running with lots of scenery and the odd loose cow to keep us on our toes. Heres a few shots from the day













Late afternoon saw us in Woodenbong as planned and checked into the pub with a cold one on the bar shortly after unloading and storing the bikes.

Day2 coming soon ....
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:23 PM   #2
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Old 05-11-2014, 03:01 AM   #4
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:06 AM   #5
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:47 AM   #6
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Old 05-11-2014, 03:49 PM   #7
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............ Continued

Up early at Woodenbong and on the road before 8am. The weather looked good but some warm gear needed for the first part of the morning! We planned to ride the Richmond Range and finish the day at Ballina. After a run down the bitumen on the Summerland Way we took the Toonumbar Forest Drive. Sounded like a fairly easy ride, but a lot of the riding was dual track, and clearly didn't get much use, so we were in 2nd and 3rd gear most of the time with some washouts and erosion mounds to keep it interesting. Great riding and after a while we wound up at a sensational camping spot at a lookout at Mt Lindesay. We stopped for a drink as it warmed up and took some photos







Our next challenge was to find the road that ran south down the ridgeline of the Richmond Range, but this turned out to be fairly easy and we enjoyed a great run south, with very dense forest, smooth tracks and some slippery clay that we had been warned about at the pub the previous night. The last section of this track emerged from the forest into some open farming land which allowed some great views to the east. We stopped took a few photos of a weekender perched at the top of the ridgeline with amazing views.





After some more nice dirt road we emerged on the bitumen. Our next task was to find the Cambridge Plateau Forest Drive which was to take us further south down the Richmond Range. This proved a bit of a problem as we took wrong turns and ended up nearly in Kyogle before we took the Sextonville Road and found our way. Some more excellent riding through here but very early in this section my bike, a 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R gave a cough and splutter and died. Sounded like I had run out of fuel but starting out with 26 litres it seemed strange. After a short time the bike restarted and we continued on and thought not much more about it. Put it down to a problem with the sidestand kill switch.

By the time we finished this track the bike had stopped again and after 5 minutes or so restarted and, as it was getting on, we decided to take the bitumen through Casino and on to Yamba. After a couple more cutouts on the bike I was concerned I had an issue that needed a bike shop. We decided to head directly to Coffs the next morning where there was a dealer.

We set up camp in Yamba and checked out the place. Nice little spot for a break and I would go back there.





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Old 05-11-2014, 11:56 PM   #8
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Being from Qld you guys are showing me all the old spots! I'm HOMESICK! Keep the reports commin' and have a great trip.

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Old 05-13-2014, 06:51 AM   #9
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Looks good. The camera seems a bit blue-shifted but that could be after the fact. Seems like a nice sharp shooter though!

I reckon it's gonna get a lot colder as the ride report goes on...
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:30 AM   #11
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Continued .. Yamba to Coffs the slow way!

We set off early from Yamba and frustratingly the bike stopped every 15 minutes requiring 5 minutes before it would restart. After a stop at Grafton for a coffee, we soldiered on and arrived in Coffs, booked in at Park Beach Caravan Park and set up camp quickly. We headed for Coffs KTM to see if they could help and they were very helpful. That afternoon they cleaned the fuel filters, hoping that this was the issue but after a test ride the problem repeated and this meant another visit the following day. We did a bit of online research and thought the problem looked like the dreaded KTM 690 fuel pump problem. The guys at Coffs KTM agreed and squeezed us into their busy Saturday workshop schedule and replaced the fuel pump. I picked up the bike late Saturday and it was dark so we decided on a test ride the following day. On Saturday night we were eating at the club and could hear a dull roar outside and I walked to the window to see torrential rain and an inch of water across the grass outside!

When we got back to the tents Micks cheap and cheerful tent was leaking in several places meaning an uncomfortable night, with a lot of his gear getting wet. The next day was spent drying the tent and gear, a quick trip to the camping store for a better tent and a successful test ride for the 690. In the process Mick found a problem with his front fork seals on his 625 starting to leak, so we would need to fix it the following day. Again Coffs KTM came to the rescue, replacing the fork seals and later on Monday and we were on our way to Meet David at our next stop, Nambucca Heads! Dave was already there waiting, having arrived that afternoon and booking us a site.

Some shots below of Coffs, where we spend a lot of time walking, and Mick very damp tent!











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Hi Podge! good to see you're getting some rides in!

pretty jealous of this ride report.....
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Old 06-02-2014, 06:23 AM   #13
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Dam looks like you and mick had some fun.
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:02 AM   #14
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Dam looks like you and mick had some fun.
It was a great ride, and Dave joined us in Nambucca Heads.
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Continued .. Yamba to Coffs the slow way!

Apologies for the slow progress on this report folks but further travels have got in the way! A jaunt to the Clare Valley in SA and some riding in the Grampians based in Halls Gap took priority!!

Micks bike was ready fairly late in the day so we rang Dave and agreed that we would meet him at Nambucca Heads, on his way up from Melbourne, and he would book us in to the caravan park there.

We arrived after dark and quickly set up our tents and sleeping gear by the light of our head torches. Luckily we still had time to eat at the bar in the caravan park and sat around til closing drinking a few reds! We all agreed that we would stay another night at Nambucca and do some exploring around the local area. The next morning I went for an early morning walk to check out the extensive artwork along the breakwall near the caravan park. Some of it is fairly impressive as you will see below.








After breakfast we headed out to Macksville on the bitumen and then took to the tracks in Ingalba State Forest. Blasting along these forest trails was a hoot. Lots of sweeping corners where the tail of the 690 could powerslide had me smiling inside my helmet. After a couple of dead ends, caused by the GPS indicating trails that joined but were cut off by fences or creeks, we emerged back on the Pacific Highway for a short distance on the bitumen and then back onto the dirt at Eungai Creek. The extent of the riding we have here in Australia never ceases to amaze me and the riding we experienced in this section through Tamban State Forest was very interesting, with some creek crossings, mud in places and some fast fire trails.

A bit further into the forest we came across a couple riding two up on a BMW 800GS. They were on a day ride from near Port Macquarie and were thoroughly enjoying themselves. After a chat we continued and emerged at Frederickton and rode into Kempsey for lunch. During lunch at the excellent Lou's Café (done in the style of a US diner) it started to rain and it looked like hanging around. We decided to press on but sticking to the coast where the tracks wouldn't be as badly affected by the rain. Next stop would be Crescent Head
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