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glipschitz
29-07-2006, 03:06 PM
Well, after 6 weeks of being off the bike due to being way too busy, (and when I did go to ride it the battery was flat...) I FINALLY got the bike out of the garage.

1st stop was the servo to fix the tyre pressure as it felt shithouse.

That was all fixed so off I went. No destination in mind, just hop on and go where ever the hell the road takes me.

So I hopped on Maroondah Hwy and headed towards Healsville to have a poke around for any other riders... nope, no one to be seen. So I hit the spur and had a nice cruisy ride thru the spur.

The roads were not too bad thru the spur. A little bit damp, but otherwise pretty good. Mind you I wasn't trying to break any land speed records, so the conditions were great! :P

Got to the top of the spur at Narbethong and thought... hmmm, where to now? Well I took the turn off to Marysville thinking I might go for a coffee, but just after the turn off I see this sign .... Warburton ... hmm, haven't been down that road before... and I don't particularly like Reefton, so what the hell.

Down this 2 goats wide road, an old logging road. Here I am thinking yeah, this looks pretty good, It's sealed, not much crap on it and the scenery is good.

About 15 - 20k's down this road a hit dirt! YAY! This is where the fun begins!

Well I haven't done much riding on dirt and gravel, so this was really going to put me to the test.

I relaxed, and just took it all in 2nd / 3rd gear, staying upright and just really enjoying it. The scenery through this part of the forest is just SENSATIONAL!

Well, I had no frikken idea where this road would pop out. I had some clue that I was headding for Mt Donna Buang as the road seemed to be pointing in that general direction, but other than that, all I knew that I was headding towards Warburton.

Well, After 15 odd k's of some good, some bad, and some just ugly dirt road, I get to where the road ends. The 1/2 way point turn up to the summit of Mt. Donna Buang.

NOW THAT WAS A AWSOME ROAD!

http://www.gregl.id.au/motorcycling/sign290706.jpg

Doing a road like that really makes you appreciate riding. It's not all just hammering through sweepers, doing the twisties and passing everything at warp factor 9, this was a beautiful afternoon taking in the scenery, polishing up skills and really just enjoying being on the bike. It was me against the rest of the world and I was loving it!

http://www.gregl.id.au/motorcycling/bike290706.jpg

Stopped at Mt. Donna Buang for about 20 minutes to have a bit of a stretch, and a young chap was going back to the car with his folks and just was glued to my bike. So.... I made his day!

http://www.gregl.id.au/motorcycling/happychappy290706.jpg

Well off I went, back down Mt. Donna Buang toward Warburton and down the Warburton Highway for home.

All up, about 170k's of great riding, polishing up the skills lost in 6 weeks off the bike and just enjoying some of the finest roads that Victoria has to offer.

Greg

glitch
29-07-2006, 05:06 PM
Nice one Greg !! :D :D
It's the Acheron way...and isn't that roughly sealed section a stunner. Gives an end of the world feel but only a short hop away from Warby/Narbethong.

The way you came....up yo near the top of Donna Buang, there's another dirt road (small intersection) that leads to Healesville....dirt for about 12km, it's narrow but usually ok, past the small waterfall (in winter/wet days) that drops over the rockledge to right next to the road....then good tar and twisties down to Healesville.

glipschitz
29-07-2006, 06:42 PM
Nice one Greg !! :D :D
It's the Acheron way...and isn't that roughly sealed section a stunner. Gives an end of the world feel but only a short hop away from Warby/Narbethong.

The way you came....up yo near the top of Donna Buang, there's another dirt road (small intersection) that leads to Healesville....dirt for about 12km, it's narrow but usually ok, past the small waterfall (in winter/wet days) that drops over the rockledge to right next to the road....then good tar and twisties down to Healesville.

Pete,

I was going to come up that way originally then I remembered that they close that road over winter so I went thru the spur instead and found that road!

Will certainly be doing that one again some time soon!

Greg

glitch
29-07-2006, 07:13 PM
I was going to come up that way originally then I remembered that they close that road over winter so I went thru the spur instead and found that road!

Will certainly be doing that one again some time soon!

Greg

You're right...there's a gate at the Panton's Gap end (where the road from the Launching Place Pub, Old Don Rd., creeps into the saddle between the hills (then drops down to Healesville)...but...I even got the barge-arsed Strom past it, using the ditch on the high-side past the steel-post :D
Bit slippery but ok, the other side of the gate drops off a bit too steeply if something goes pearshaped. Good views into the valleys about 500m up from the gate (still sealed there).

iffracem
29-07-2006, 07:17 PM
That's the go... the ride is the thing, the destination is back home (eventually) the bit in between just.. well ... "happens"


Love the pic of the little tacker on the bike :D

When I'm commuting I often see kids staring out th eback/side windows, I always try and wave. It's great when they smile and turn to mum/dad and say something like "he waved... the bike guy waved at me"

aaaah it's the little... simple things in life that I enjoy the most.

:wink:

glipschitz
29-07-2006, 08:55 PM
It certainly is the little things that make the difference. That kid was buzzing. Glad I made someones day :)

Not bad pics considering its from the mobile phone :P

G

glitch
30-07-2006, 09:14 PM
Not bad pics considering its from the mobile phone :P

G

Hell, NO !! :shock:

loz
31-07-2006, 12:42 PM
Those are mobile pone pics? STRUTH!

Hytram
31-07-2006, 01:45 PM
Stopped at Mt. Donna Buang for about 20 minutes to have a bit of a stretch, and a young chap was going back to the car with his folks and just was glued to my bike. So.... I made his day!

http://www.gregl.id.au/motorcycling/happychappy290706.jpg



come on greg, tell the truth to everyone, that is actually you on the bike, the young kid took the photo.. :D :lol: :lol:

Marty

gromit
01-08-2006, 08:37 PM
What model phone do you have, Greg - and what are the camera specs?

matt232
03-08-2006, 12:48 AM
must be some correlation with yellow sv650s and young kids.......Andy ran into that same deal a fair bit.

glipschitz
03-08-2006, 06:34 AM
What model phone do you have, Greg - and what are the camera specs?

Umm from memory its a Nokia 6230i and its a 1.3mp camera on it. :)

G