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Old 09-11-2013, 04:50 AM   #31
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The sun set tonight on my stay in the Outback by the sea...




Tomorrow I take off for the East coast, looking forward to some of these now...


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Old 09-11-2013, 09:30 PM   #32
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Thursday 12 Sept.
Leaving Karumba 8am, topped fuel in Normanton to avoid the risk (225 km till fuel). Already hotting up, about 33c.

Coming across a few good roadwork detours, not too muddy or traffic'd...



Saw a car in the distance along the neverending straights, slowed down to see if they were ok, just as well, from a brisk cruise (x30) I slowed enough to spoil this lone policemans radar attempt...oh well, we waved each other gidday and back to my enjoyable cruising speed...(forgot, shouldve stopped for a pic!)

Arrived in Croydon, middle of nowhere...nice town, got fuel,got coffee and had a good laugh with the 3 backpacker girls working the cafe, 2 brits and 1 irish, all sweeties...






Got real excited, saw my first real bend in the road!!


Crossed a huge river, dry as a bone...the water the must have up here in the wet season would be amazing, most of the route I've covered would be underwater, thats lots...


After a nice 370 or so km I arrive at my stop for the day, Georgetown...
Interesting tower, havent researched this one yet but its historical..
Facts: Built in 1889,the Cumberland Tower was built to disperse smoke from the large steam driven engines powering the batteries that crushed gold bearing stone, the area peaked in gold production in 1886,with 11,500 ounces. There's a bit of info

Duke does a few km on dirt, boy its getting hot, now 34c...


Neat Motel just before the township..aircon blasting, relaxing in the shade now...only 12% humidity, not looking forward to the 62% in Cairns tomorrow, but the twisty roads will compensate
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:06 PM   #33
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Cool morning in Georgetown, soon to be 38c, I'll hope to be on my way into the cool tablelands by that time...

End of the peaceful outback, into the bustle of Cairns, relatives and traffic...
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:27 PM   #34
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Excellent ride and a nice time of year to do it. Hats off for tackling those roads on that bike....not sure if it'd be my choice but there you go!


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Old 09-13-2013, 03:35 PM   #35
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Friday 13 Sept.
Not too worried about black friday...I took off from Gerogetown and headed toward the East...


Got excited when I come across some bends in the road, a sign of things to come


Passing through Mt Garnet, up to Atherton and down into Cairns via the twisty bends of the Gilles Hwy, some nice views..

And twisted fun...


Come across a truck...such a dampner, but soon put him behind and continued the fun...




Landing in Cairns, meeting my brother, getting a Harley escort to my rest stop for the next week or so.


Good to be back on some twisty roads... I'll be doing day trips from here discovering the fun rides and scenic views while its not stinking hot, although 30c/70%humidity isnt as mild as I'd like.... the foods good, thanks Bro
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Old 09-13-2013, 07:03 PM   #36
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Ya'll live dangerously driving on the wrong side of the road all the time.


Thanks for showing us around the land down under.
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:59 PM   #37
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Ya'll live dangerously driving on the wrong side of the road all the time.


Thanks for showing us around the land down under.
Yeah, its fun sharing the journey, and I get a buzz out of seeing the same after a time, amazed I've done it on the 690.

Driving on any side of the road here is a challenge ,

Currently in steamy hot Cairns, today I'm taking a ride up to Port Douglas with my 2 brothers, one has just turned up on a new (to him) cruiser, other bro has a HD electra glide... competition for the Duke on the twisty roads I think I'll go in front

Here's two of us parked in the esplanade yesterday, good views walking past...


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Old 09-15-2013, 03:51 AM   #38
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Sunday 15 September...
3 Brothers ride Port Douglas...

Surprise surprise...visiting my 2 brothers here in Cairns,North Queensland I find one of them turns up on a bike, first time back after about 30+years...loves it...
So, first time since maybe the 1970's we ride together as a family...


2 cruisers and a Duke, an unlikely alliance

But we left early in the humid heat that I'm finding very hard to take!!



And head up the beautiful scenic coast road up to Port Douglas..
Traffic was ok, but crowds and heat in Port Douglas got a bit much, drinks under breezy palm trees watching sailing boats glide past helped ease the pain.
Great views..


After coming back and another few drinks 2 of us took a ride up to a dam,thru a winding tight road, cooled off with city views...sh#t its a big place here!


Nice road in..


The big city,viewing south..


So, after almost getting heat stroke, got home to another round of drinks...
I'm missing the hot/dry outback already!! But, I'll enjoy some of the local roads before heading home via inland again...

Good fun
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #39
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Lazy day in Cairns.

Wandered along the foreshore... nice view...



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Old 09-17-2013, 05:15 AM   #40
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17 Sept. Sweaty,Hot,Smokey,Twisty.
Zipped out early to the KTM shop here in Cairns, a nice friendly bunch who seem to care, Wayne Leonard M/cycles, dont mind promoting a good thing.
Anyway, they had a tankbag for my Duke, and I found a battery bacpac for the GoPro, all done at a very good price too..
That done, I took off past the "Pyramid", a hill just south of Cairns looks very much like one...



Then onto the Gilles Hwy, seeing some bushfires, or backburning, filling the area in smoke...getting rather warm by now, was glad to hit the mountains...



Checked to see if the GoPro was working, at about 120kmh !! Notice the power lines, all wobbly

..silly me put an extra little arm to raise the camera,but it turned into a shakey camera, only did a 30second timer photo up the hill, getting about 80pix, only 1 really coming out not wobbly, pity.



But, nice views along the top roads up toward Atherton, then Mareeba and down via Kuranda...



Stopped or a cig/drink at a lake, checked the camera...
Ugly mugshot LOL



Then also stopped at a curtain fig, large strangling fig, very impressive, and cool in the forests...



Brilliant ride up the Gilles, clean fresh surface enjoying a brisk pace occasionally testing the abs...then through hot Mareeba and into cool Kuranda and down some very nice fast bends, although everything up here is 60kmh speed limited, there was a car in front from Kuranda who I left there, moving at a very nice pace...

Then back thru the hot traffic...new tankbag worked great but the Duke stalled twice in traffic, not showing very hot temps either, just stopped dead, restarted straight away, a bit conerning...might ride around the city tomorrow see if it plays up...

Otheriwse a wonderful day ride around the rainforests of North Queensland...
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:38 PM   #41
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18 September...
Stinking hot in Cairns, but took off on the Duke in full non-atgatt (cotton long shirt,cotton pants, runners), great in the heat

Just a hot ride in town to see if it stalled again, didnt fault so maybe had some sh#t fuel...

So out of town and up a wiggly road, just for fun....

That was my day....mostly sat around like a fat Buddha drinking and sweating

Heres 2 out of many gopro that looked ok...





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Old 09-19-2013, 03:15 AM   #42
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19 September.
Crocodile safari in the Daintree River...

Tried my Attenborough hat on and went looking for crocs after a lovely airconditioned drive up to the Daintree River near Mossman...


Great time on the boat, saw quite a few young crocs, up to about a metre long, then big mama appeared...no swiming today



She was smiling at me...beedy little eyes...



So, one day I didnt feel like a wet shamoise in the sticky hot tropical weather...great day...

Tomorrow the three amigos might go riding up thru the hills...
No doubt all dressed in tropical atgatt....

Heres a nice cloudy mountain view this arvo... 33c,75%sticky...


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Old 09-19-2013, 05:16 AM   #43
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We have alligators here,regardless of croc or gator distinction,those things are damn scary.Good trip.I would have made the river cruise too.Is that the only large predator there?
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We have alligators here,regardless of croc or gator distinction,those things are damn scary.Good trip.I would have made the river cruise too.Is that the only large predator there?
Yes,and no (large predator), there's other dangerouse creatures, one being the Cassowary, a bird which can run up to 30mph and rip your guts out with its 3pronged claws...

Oh, we also have Dropbears, they're the most feared creature here!!

But, hey...wouldn't catch me in the rivers or sea up here!!
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Yes,and no (large predator), there's other dangerouse creatures, one being the Cassowary, a bird which can run up to 30mph and rip your guts out with its 3pronged claws...

Oh, we also have Dropbears, they're the most feared creature here!!

But, hey...wouldn't catch me in the rivers or sea up here!!
Holy crap!I'd rather deal with bears here than those birds anywhere.
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