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glitch
30-01-2007, 08:25 PM
With the Big-Momma Euro-Alps trip coming up later in the year (only 31 weeks to go !!! :clap: :clap: ), we’re on the low- settings for rides and related expenditure at the moment… time being another thing, it’s time to pull up our socks and make a real effort at work.

Still…. rides can be had, even on the cheap. With the second postie still registered, last weekend offered itself for some close-to-home fun.

Posties packed to the gills it’s off to Healesville via the Pantons Gap dirt (Old Don Road).

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Up Myers Creek Rd, turning into the Toolangi/ Murrundindi State Park at Toolangi.

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30 Mins later we’re lost amongst the maze of tracks, the search for the main track north-east towards Alexandra was helped little by a bunch of dirt-riders who couldn’t believe their eyes…. 3 posties on “their” tracks, riders in road gear… loaded with camping gear.

Things turned a bit rough here and there….

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:wave: :wave:
but we finally found the main track and headed east….until Goodie disappeared from the mirrors.
SHIT !! A flat… :poo:

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The march-flies organized a concerted attack all through the repairs…and the single CO cartridge used on that rear hoop nearly blew the rubber off the rim again. :D

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The Old SEC Road tapered out into some farmers paddocks…. where now?
Right along the fences and drainage channels, through some gates, zigzagging across open paddocks to get to the gate along the main road…and some rollercoaster tracks into Alexandra, for the first of many $6 fill-ups….that’s 6 bux for TWO bikes.

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Nudging the magic 100... :lol: :lol: :lol:
(it's a fake, the speedo carked it)

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Along Skyline Road into Eildon and south around the lake to Jamieson, the afternoon getting old, the shadows growing long.

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Eildon-Jamieson Rd: From Eildon the first 15km are good and clean….then roadworks have left a treacherous layer of super-fine loose gravel over the top for the next 5km….then 5 clean klicks followed by another 5km of new seal with fine gravel…even the little CTs were sliding around quite a bit. The 14km dirt section is pretty corrugated at the moment, especially all approaches and exits of corners.
The Jamieson side has quite a few rockfalls out of the clay-banks.
All up, not really recommendable for the “roadies” at the moment...

The clear night at the Caravan Park at Howqua gave up another surprise…the tail of the recently visible comet nearly took up a quarter of the skies…what a spectacle.

Barjarg on the Midland Hwy consists of an old, old servo (still going) and 3 wobbly tin-sheds…and it’s the eastern end of the Strathbogie Ranges.

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Finally off the tar again, too…through bush and pine plantations to the town of Strathbogie and up Mt. Wombat for some sensational 360deg views. :thumbs: :thumbs:

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The guy in the fire-lookout popped his eyes when 3 tiny posties screamed onto the top carpark in 1.gear… :shock:

The former camp at Toorour was the next target. A sign proclaimed a memorial for 2 guys killed in a plane crash in 1942, the track looked narrow and bombed out, let’s go.

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Bouncing our way to another sign pointing to a yet narrower track,

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it all finished up with some rock-hopping and a plaque stuck to a rock somewhere in the bush. :lol: :lol:

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Heading east again and down the hills to Lima and Swanpool on the Midland Hwy. again… for a top-up and some drinks.

Another forestry road leads from Lima East back towards Strathbogie, this one steep and rougher than the parallel track we came down. Good fun.

Past the weir at Polly McQuinn and a quick look at the dried-out Gooram Falls, which still provided some entertainment by nearly getting caught out by a berm of sand at the edge of the carpark. :lol:

Staying on a westerly tack, the Strathbogies showed their best side….the big-boulder strewn paddocks, great farming roads leading through drizabone cattle and sheep country, the rolling landscape broken by spectacular views and vantage points.

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Steep, little gullies add some challenging moments…as does wandering cattle or the odd roo coming from no-where.

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More Strathbogie Ranges:

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Just a few more...

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Close to Seymour and it’s south into the Tallarock State Forest. The entry is a bit hard to find, luckily there was a local with a ute…but Christ, what a climb. :shock: :shock:
4WD country alright…the postie barely makes it in first, standing on the pegs there’s no mercy with the rest of the bike, just hanging on and hope the little thing doesn’t fall apart.
Up top it’s onto an easy main track, popping out of the bush to more great views across the valleys. 8) 8)

A short hop into Strath Creek and a much-needed fuel-up, then on to Flowerdale, across to Glenburn and towards Yarra Glen.
About halfway between Glenburn and The Slide (intersection Kinglake/ Toolangi) is a turnoff for a back way to Kinglake, which turned out to be nearly all sealed, only about 4km missing, but plenty of loose gravel on top.

Back towards The Slide on the main road, then down the dirt (parallel to Melba Hwy) into Steels Creek and the back of Yarra Glen.

One more track to go….The Skyline Road. Yep, another Skyline Road, this one close to home.
Up the twisties of the Christmas hills, turning off just after reaching the top.
The road runs south along the Sugarloaf Reservoir….and there are some stunning lookouts. Views from Mt. St. Leonard across the Yarra Valley, Mt. Dandenong right down to Arthurs Seat on the Peninsula, it’s a stumper.

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So…why the posties again?
Simple….it’s a shitload of fun, only costs small change and quite a few things can be learned riding the little thing.
Hmmm….honestly?
Riding a bike, any bike, at it’s design-parameters IS a thrill…
Riding it way beyond it’s design-parameters is a farkin HOOT !!
And on a postie one tends to get away with a lot….

This one wraps it up for me...

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Thanks to Tim for a good portion of the pics :)

nil_orally
30-01-2007, 08:36 PM
Ordered a new set of knobbies for them yet? (I have some spare white paint).

gromit
30-01-2007, 09:03 PM
You should cross-post this on ADV-rider, Pete.

Great ride report and pics!

Willyboy
30-01-2007, 10:38 PM
Looks awesome, I've been putting the K's on mine still haven't gone for my license yet :?

whitey
30-01-2007, 10:53 PM
Another cracking report Pete !

"even the little CTs were sliding around quite a bit." :lollol:

glitch
31-01-2007, 07:03 AM
Ordered a new set of knobbies for them yet? (I have some spare white paint).

You just made my day !! :rofl: :rofl:

glitch
31-01-2007, 07:05 AM
You should cross-post this on ADV-rider, Pete.


I might do that...for the time being it'll stay an AT-"exclusive" :lol: :lol:

glitch
31-01-2007, 07:06 AM
Looks awesome, I've been putting the K's on mine still haven't gone for my license yet :?

What's stopping you? You can certainly ride that thing !!

Willyboy
31-01-2007, 08:22 AM
$$$$$$

goodie
31-01-2007, 07:36 PM
Pete certainly did ALL the writing by himself, but Tim and myself shared the riding and the fun. And fun it definitely was!! Can't wait to go out again.
Today I was able to buy "Roof-Top" maps (excellent!!) at Bike Mart, (which we should have had last weekend) - and next time we might find even more remote tracks :lol:

glipschitz
31-01-2007, 08:01 PM
Looks like you guys had some old fashioned FUN!

G

vbstubby
31-01-2007, 10:07 PM
I bet those bikes wish they were still delivering suburban mail

Thanks for the pics and reports - still can't believe the loads those bikes carried

tim
01-02-2007, 07:16 AM
Looks like you guys had some old fashioned FUN!

G

Yep nothing like drafting on a postie (only way to overtake) or going at it 3 wide flat chat at 80k's or trying to box in the faster rider to make overtaking difficult for them.. Absolute blast... Was able to sit on 90 going in to Mansfield for Brekkie on Sat, with a huge tailwind :D :D :D

glitch
01-02-2007, 08:27 AM
I bet those bikes wish they were still delivering suburban mail



Naw....they're glad to sniff fresh country air :lol:

stromboner
10-02-2007, 05:32 AM
Great write up.
You're untapping the hidden potentials and FUN in the posty bikes.
With this small adventure and the big one you've just written up I reckon I can see where this is going for you guys...

TRAIL RIDING.
It is beginning to seem that a lot of us "more "mature, discerning motorcyclists", arrive at this destination eventually.
Strom ownership seems to bring it on sooner.

Ain't life wonderful?
REgards, Stromboner (addicted to trail riding hence this totally subjective, opinionated post!)

loz
10-02-2007, 11:01 AM
sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet :grin:

glitch
13-02-2007, 07:59 AM
Great write up.
You're untapping the hidden potentials and FUN in the posty bikes.

With this small adventure and the big one you've just written up I reckon I can see where this is going for you guys...

TRAIL RIDING.
It is beginning to seem that a lot of us "more "mature, discerning motorcyclists", arrive at this destination eventually.
Strom ownership seems to bring it on sooner.
Ain't life wonderful?

Looks like you're onto something there....there seem to be more and more (and not just the "old farts") who're getting off the roads and onto dirt... seems like the time has come for all those hybrid-bikes of various shades, from MultiStradas to DRZ400s and everything else around that market.

Looks like folks had enough of the over-regulated, over-patrolled main drags and prefer to go places where fun can be had :D
And Christ, it IS fun!

Punisher
18-02-2007, 11:52 PM
i should keep and register the cd250u spud, and use that off road, its kinda an off road bike right!

Hytram
19-02-2007, 07:57 PM
i should keep and register the cd250u spud, and use that off road, its kinda an off road bike right!


I hear Loz is in the market for a cd250u... a straight one that is :P

mh

glitch
19-02-2007, 08:06 PM
i should keep and register the cd250u spud, and use that off road, its kinda an off road bike right!

That's IT!!! A set of knobbies will see you on the fire-trails :lol: :lol:

Punisher
19-02-2007, 09:51 PM
heh, its virtually got road knobbies on it already :-)

not that i havnt taken it off road before :-)

Punisher
19-02-2007, 10:21 PM
http://www.shellieworld.com/mad-biker/Willbriggie/Willbiggie.htm

heres some pics of it doing it in the dirt

glitch
20-02-2007, 07:16 AM
heres some pics of it doing it in the dirt

:thumbs: :thumbs: