Just back from a hoot of a trip and though I'd share it with you, hope you enjoy.
I left Sydney bright and early on the trusty AT750, it was great to be back on the road, almost 2 months since my last ride, musn't leave it that long in the future, even the motoray transport was OK. I was heading south to the high country for a few different events and wended my way via tar and dirt.
The countryside was looking great around Bungonia
A bit of easy fast dirt
and it was a smoko break outside the Loaded Dog a popular and bike frendly pub
Around through Queenbeyan and across the edge of the ACT, Australias capital and a state within a state a bit like Washington DC, and onto the Tharwa Rd to Shannons flat and Adaminaby with some more great dirt and majestic views, though some freshly graded rd caused a few sphincter puckers
Onto the high country proper for a while
And past some of the dams and power stations of the Snowy mountains Hydro Scheme, one of the engineering wonders of the 20th century.http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov....s/snowyscheme/
Over the top and onto the flatter river country again it was on to the Walwa pub to meet some other riders, Shane on his newly purchased 625 and Dom on his 1200 Adventure
A nice 1st day :clap
today we were heading again for the high country proper in victoria to say G'bye to a friend. Shane had fitted a new pair of D606's to the 625 before he left but they'd chunked badly on his way down, lost 7 or 8 knobs, some down to the tubes yikes, needless to say he wasn't happy
Shane headed into Albury for a new tyre while Dom and i headed for Mt Beauty, Tawonga Gap and Bright with a short detour up a powerline track for a good view
A cup of coffee in Bright and it was up great Alpine Rd to Mt Hotham for a drink in a bar with a million dollar view
back a few km and it was onto the dirt of the Dargo high plains Rd for a short hop to Mt freezeout to say goodbye to Sally
Now it was time to say Goodbye to Sally,
a contributor on Advrider, a mean rider ,sidecar copilot and longtime partner of Chris. Sally was lost 2 us all far too soon and today her ashes were scattered in the her beloved high country with many friends, relatives and Advriders, icluding Wolfie who came from germany to pay there respects and celebrate her life. Mt Freezeout has great views over the high country and it's a fitting place for Sally to rest. Anyway I'll leave it to some words from Chris and the piccies to describe it.
Last Thursday I fulfilled Sally's last wish, when along with about 55 friends including at least 12/15 ADVR's, we scattered her ashes over the Vic High country.
It was a very emotional day for me but also very pleasing to be able to celerbrate her final trip in life in such an awesome way.
There was tears, laughter, cheers as we drank champers and in a very moving closing, everyone released a pink balloon.
After the ceremoney and a bang up lunch it was 50km into Dargo for some more celebrating at the pub
Wolfie arrives at the pub, Chris had kindly loane Wolfie a bike for a few during his stay in Oz
It was a great night !!! Wolfie enjoys the 1st Aussie steak of his trip
Shane, Chris and Wolfie get the celebrations underway
Singing, talking, eating, drinking and irish jigging, there were going to be some sore heads the next day
the next morning was a bit slow for some haha... We headed off in different directions. Wolfie and i headed for Swifts Creek to catch up with some other friends for the next stage of our ride. Wolfie just love oz road signs
We decided on a tar day so we ate up the corners on the Dargo rd and the Omeo hwy. We were the 1st ones to arrive at Swifts Creek and it was bloody hot so it was into the river for a swim, nothing beats a natural bath after a hot ride
The others rolled in and it was real mixed group, a 650 Africa twin, 600 + 650 transalps, KLR650, a couple of KTM640's, a nicely modded Dr650 and 950 and a few others. i only knew a few of them so it was a get to know you session over a BBQ dinner and a glorious sunset
The plan for today was to ride from Swifts Creek to Thredbo via 4WD tracks including crossing the Murray river at Tom Groggin. I was pretty nervous about this, Im usually a dirt road man, with a bit of desert riding but dont get on the mountain trails and river crossings much and I'd herd tales of the murray being a bad crossing with spring snow melt etc. DrAT had invited me along, now I get to ride ride with he and his friends every couple of years and it's always a challenge as they live in the mountains and always challenge my abilities with their rides. Paul pointed to Mike on his TDM 850 and said he's coming along , you'll be fine, this settled my nerves a bit as I thought how hard could it be if a TDM on road tyres could do it, oh dear how wrong i was.
Wolfie and Nigel on the 650 AT decided to go their own easier way and meet us at thredbo. As we were standing around sorting out meeting places, fuel stops etc my nerves came back, i just wanted to get started. Well Mike led the way, I glued myself to the back wheel of the TDM and off we went. A few 100meter sand we were onto the 1st track, a couple of short rocky climbs and the bellowing rockspitting TDM had dissapeared into the distance, its not often Ive seen riding like it :loco . Another rocky climb with a tight right haner and bang me and the AT are on our sides blocking the track. It took 4 of us to pick up the At as it was laying back down the hill, get her lined up again and I got around the corner and onto the next flat bit in a tangle of flailing, legs arms and slipping clutch. Another long rocky 1st gear climb wher i thought my number was up a few times and the track flattened out, got smoother and i caught up with mike on the TDM waiting at an intersection. Sorry for the many words on this section but ive got no piccies of the hard bit and it was pretty exciting for me.
it took a while for anyone else to come along, I thought they must have
been down with hernias after picking up the AT
but no it seems one of the Transalp riders had had a harder time than me and crashed twice and decided to go back and do and easier way
I was buggered and hoped the whole day wasn't going to be like that !!. the track flattened out and became a logging rd that meandered along a ridge top with great views