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Some groups would do a Wine Region Tour, some groups would do an Alpine Regions Tour, but @DW @Sungod Racing @JoshKTM and @AusPete decided to head to the beautiful, drought affected and fire devestated region of Mid North Coast of NSW. The title was pretty obvious when you see where we planned to go and where the current bushfire crisis allowed us to go .. or blocked us from going.

@Sungod Racing tour started well before the rest of us. He rode up from Queanbeyan, beside the Nations Capital, on his RC8 race bike. It bled coolant, had a ride on a trailer, got Tig welded and in a testament to his ingenuity didn't leave him stranded. He finally arrived at the Sunshine Coast on Thursday, had a beer in my pool and readied himself for a Saturday departure. That meant new tyres, a comprehensive removal of road grime for bike and ride gear, and a lazy breakfast in Mooloolaba watching fit young things in active wear strut their stuff. Great way to prepare for another 4 days of riding.

Day 1: Gathering of the Clan.. some new titles.
@Sungod Racing @DW and I met up at Goomeri for fuel on Saturday morning. This gave all parties a roughly similar length day and gave SGR a sample of the rumpled strips of bitumen that pass as roads up here. Tracking south behind Amberley Airforce base raised the discomfort level several notches. 42C in full regalia with a stiff westerly wind whipping up the dust was unpleasant. We met up with @JoshKTM at The Outpost Cafe in Canungra and headed for our beer point in Kyogle. So good company, some great sections of road interspersed with the mandatory transport legs. The Murwillimbah to Kyogle road has improved again since last year. The Exchange Hotel had a plethora of bikes and riders to share stories

@DW has a new to him 990SMT appropriately called Smut, so by default he became Smut Boy for the trip. SGR is The Masochist and self explanatory. The two riders of the "Gentlemans Express" SDGT just showed common sense and didn't require new handles.


Day 2: Mix and match roads, wet and wild ...

A spectacular overnight lightning and thunderstorm in the Kyogle and Casino region made for a damp start, but the run across the Bruxner Hwy to Tenterfield was dry. The extensive bushfire damage was a stark reminder of how uncompromising this country can be. In an attempt to keep off the New England Highway and add some distance to the day we looped west from Tenterfield, heading for Ashford, Inverell, Tingah and Guyra, before getting back to Bellingen for the night. Boy did it rain. It was bittersweet in many ways. Paddocks that haven't seen rain in years had standing water on them. With some luck the drought corner may have turned a little. The quote of the day belongs to SGR - he was wet through. "So wet that when I squat the water squeezes out of my jocks". The run from Inverell to Guyra via Tingah was a little unexpected gem of fast flowing good surfaced road. The Waterfall Way was incident free this time.


Day 3: SGR heads west and south; the others head east and north.
The Bellingen Hotel is a cracker and worth a visit. Great bistro and good rooms. Plenty of beer choices and live music on Sunday afternoon.
So after a morning coffee and refuelling bikes we seperated and headed out. SGR headed back up the hill and into a very stiff headwind. Enough headwind to require replanning to make fuel stops. He got wet and cold again and pulled up in Gulgong, short of his Bathurst target. He got back to Queanbeyan on Tuesday afternoon, and will no doubt tell his own story of the return trip..

Smut Boy, Josh and I had to replan our route as the Gwyder Highway between Grafton and Glen Innes was closed at Gibraltar Falls National Park, as a back burning exercise appears to be taking longer than planned. The wind has brutal from the west, so a rerun down the Bruxner to Tenterfield or Texas was canned in favour of scuttling back to Kyogle, lunch and an exploration ride in the Nimbin area. It was an unexpected little trip, but well worth spending a slow, lazy afternoon tootling about in the hills. Left to my own devices I would have suffered my usual destination fixation and ridden past this region, and I would have missed out on a very nice exploration.

The two surprises of the day were the run from Grafton to Lawrence and back to Summerland Way. It only adds a couple of kms but is way more interesting than staying on the main road. The second surprise was the extent of the bushfire damage from Whipporie to Rappville and slightly north. In total the damage extended for about 60 kilometers along the road. There were some areas of regrowth bursting through and some areas still smouldering.


The afternoon exploration...


Day 4: We head home .. and drink beer in the pool.
Kyogle to Rathdowney via the Lions Road was a route I had never taken before, and showed signs of serious bridge and road repair effort. Seen for the first time it was way better than I had been led to believe. It's not a racetrack but it is pretty as hell. Josh headed back to Brisbane from Rathdowney for an early finish while Smut Boy and I headed to Boonah and reversed the Day 1 route to Fernvale and around Somerset Dam. I went right at Kilcoy and SB went left. Both of us got home in good time. I enjoyed a beer in the pool as an end of ride ritual.

My route home..

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Great write up Auspete, great long weekend.
Thanks to all 3 of you for the good company.
A good sound when 4 v-twin Austrian machines power through the hills.
Pretty well problem free for me this time, apart from a broken indicator due to vibration and a donation made to the Filths Christmas fund on the final leg home.
 

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I definitely enjoyed me extended weekend ride out with all you guys I’d never ridden any further west than Glen Innes and definitely enjoyed playing around in the hills around Nimbin

Here is the actual track and where we hit dirt was not that far as we thought back to the road

Looking forward to to the next one Guys :)
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T'was an entertaining ride report there Pete and no shenanigans like @DW trying to drive up @Sungod Racing 's tail pipe. And look at that, everyone made it back under power.
Guess we'll put that old joke to rest now: What does DW and German Shepards have in common? They both like to ride in the back of pickup trucks.
 

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T'was an entertaining ride report there Pete and no shenanigans like @DW trying to drive up @Sungod Racing 's tail pipe. And look at that, everyone made it back under power.
Guess we'll put that old joke to rest now: What does DW and German Shepards have in common? They both like to ride in the back of pickup trucks.
They're called ute's mate. C'mon bloke, where's ya bogan dictionary.
There are other ways I could be similar to a German Shepherd as well....... I have an angry bark and I like licking my own balls and tearing limbs off smart a-se Canadians.
 

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Great report....the Lions road is very overrated, IMHO...
Not too many options at the time @Troppo Mt Lindsay Hwy was still closed and I had heard enough bad Lions Road reports to be sceptical. We needed to get west of Ipswich so we went that way. Not a race track but certainly better in general than the Mt Lindsay Hwy from 12 months ago.
 

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a children's book with you and Pete?
Starry, starry night, Paint your palette blue and grey, Lookout on a summers day with eyes that know the darkness in my soul ... .... More poetry than a childrens book Cors. The words I think wouldn't be suitable for a childs ears, somehow the words I write come out ok.
 

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Absolutely devastated that we didn't get to join you guys. Between Jim not getting his *** in gear, customers arriving with urgent work and then realising very late in the day he was not able to attach panniers to the 690 SMC without a rack we didn't get off on Sunday. After he finally got a rack made and attached them sorted himself out (and had a nanna nap) we got on our way. The heat was intense to say the least even in my mesh jacket! We stopped for ice blocks and drinks in Gin Gin and whilst there another customer and transport guys contacted him. Wanting a bike dropped in Gladstone 24hrs later despite the transport guys being unreachable for days.

In the end my tantrum prevailed (took almost an hour) and it was arranged it could go on transport next week so off we set again. However due to the heat and Jim's body aches it took us till midnight to reach the coast and then whilst I was ready to sleep he was awake and kept me awake till 3am...

We woke late and when we did get to the garage there was coolant leaking from Betsy. Busted o-ring, repaired and topped up and we headed off. Late breakfast/early lunch in Kirra then decided to work our way home via Tweed. Once we got to the fuel stop at Coomera, Jim decided as his *** felt like he had been f**ked by a Rhino thanks to the seat on the KTM we would just take the usual route home. Due to pain for both of us and poor vision for me (turns out I have conjunctivitis).

Then as we continued the old man decided to test if his fuel light would come on so didn't fuel up at Gin Gin. Bad mistake as he ran out of fuel 30km north of Gin Gin (due to asshole drivers I hadn't seen him pull off and was being tailgated so just hightailed it onwards). The spare bit in the Jerry can got him to Bororen but wasn't going to get further. I had to do the dash to Benaraby and get fuel to get him there. We finally got home at 3am.

No wildlife or humans were harmed in the making of this drama

Next time I'm going to make sure he sets aside the time to prepare and we leave when we should (or a day early)!

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That whole saga sounds much more traumatic than our little trip I have to say. 😟 Still, I am very glad to hear you made it home physically unscathed, even if a bit worse for wear.

Next time ... next time. Always next time.
 

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That whole saga sounds much more traumatic than our little trip I have to say. Still, I am very glad to hear you made it home physically unscathed, even if a bit worse for wear.

Next time ... next time. Always next time.
Nothing is ever simple and easy at least most of it is easily masked with alcohol and strong pain killers!

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Wow....... @DW buys a KTM, and passes the ride drama title to the 'flying doctor' :giggle:..... is there a KTM poltergeist hanging around the group :eek:.

And they say "adventure" riding is for dirt bikes only....... :LOL:.

Sure has been hot in the last week :(...... any progress on an airconditioned 'Michelin Man' bike riding suit?

Great ride report @AusPete ........ I look forward to @Sungod Racing adding his 20c worth, once he recovers from riding our less than smooth roads.

PS Our group's chairman of the board suggested at Tuesday's weekly :coffee: conference that we should do the trip to Temora in October 2020, to do the big 'Warbirds' event (y)(before they crash any more priceless aviation artifacts)...... so I'm hoping I'll get called in for hip surgery soon as it has become very difficult to walk any further than to my SDGT - riding is ok, walking anywhere is not, so I use a walking stick to take some weight off the left hip.

Bad look, I know I know - rider dismounts powerful sporty looking bike and pulls walking stick out of top case, and limps to cafe:rolleyes:.....
 

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Wow....... @DW buys a KTM, and passes the ride drama title to the 'flying doctor' :giggle:..... is there a KTM poltergeist hanging around the group :eek:.

And they say "adventure" riding is for dirt bikes only....... .

Sure has been hot in the last week :(...... any progress on an airconditioned 'Michelin Man' bike riding suit?

Great ride report @AusPete ........ I look forward to @Sungod Racing adding his 20c worth, once he recovers from riding our less than smooth roads.

PS Our group's chairman of the board suggested at Tuesday's weekly :coffee: conference that we should do the trip to Temora in October 2020, to do the big 'Warbirds' event (y)(before they crash any more priceless aviation artifacts)...... so I'm hoping I'll get called in for hip surgery soon as it has become very difficult to walk any further than to my SDGT - riding is ok, walking anywhere is not, so I use a walking stick to take some weight off the left hip.

Bad look, I know I know - rider dismounts powerful sporty looking bike and pulls walking stick out of top case, and limps to cafe:rolleyes:.....
I have heard about the air conditioned suit, already told Jim I will be buying myself one

Hip replacement on the cards @DaveAu?

I've torn the lining in my hip joint (labrum) for the 3rd time so waiting on seeing the specialists at RBWH as its out of the realm of repair for Rocky to get it fixed again. Only so many times then they will do a hip replacement. So now I survive on Tramadol SR, the IR Tramadol and Panadol osteo (with Valium for the back spasms it causes but not when I'm riding).

I have heard of motorcyclists with a Disabled Parking Permit and it is perfectly legal as they can rise safely but have serious walking impediment needing a stick.

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:LOL:...... yes, I'm already pre-admitted as a cat3, and I've been through the anesthetic clinic interview, so they reckon I'm on track for January-March, which will be fine as it's toobloodyhot to ride much until April.

Except for crazy mad buggers like @AusPete & @DW & @Sungod Racing...... they either don't sweat much in their helmets, or have big pools to recover in when they get home on a hot day......... (y)

My local GP thinks there could be a cancellation over Xmas so I might be lucky enough to find myself on a table sooner ....... the hip hurts so much now that I'll jump at any earlier offer with glee..... :D. I can ride, but doing the other stuff like re-fueling, lubing chain, airpressures, loading luggage, parking and walking to motels (funny how we always seem to get the upstairs rooms allocated when on a long trip), cafe's or lookouts etc, is now very awkward.

Ps @AliceNicho ....... they use metal composite's now standard, so that's 20yrs+ service life for full hip joints instead of the 10 yr life the older types had.
 

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@DaveAu so that means if I got a new hip it would outlive me

It is bloody hot but I needed time out, not that I enjoyed the break as Jim is still bitching about it not even sure if I will get a full 24hrs rest without dealing with **** but hey I'm a mum right...

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@DaveAu so that means if I got a new hip it would outlive me
(y) yep, same goes for me...... scary thought eh....... not going to live forever, like I thought I would....... o_O.

Rider's say, any ride is a good ride...... just like pilots say, any landing you walk away from is a good one ....

I'm not so sure the 'glass half full' theory can help much on a hot day, but you'll feel better once you swing a leg over Betsy in the cool early morning air.........

Bugger...... I broke the forum again........" closed for maintenance"....... WTF...... now up again....... hope this post works!
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(y) yep, same goes for me...... scary thought eh....... not going to live forever, like I thought I would....... o_O.

Rider's say, any ride is a good ride...... just like pilots say, any landing you walk away from is a good one ....

I'm not so sure the 'glass half full' theory can help much on a hot day, but you'll feel better once you swing a leg over Betsy in the cool early morning air.........

Bugger...... I broke the forum again........" closed for maintenance"....... WTF...... now up again....... hope this post works!
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Personally I quite enjoy night riding, cooler and less human traffic.

And sometimes yes any ride is a good ride, especially when you don't get out for a month.

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