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StromAlong
22-07-2007, 08:50 AM
'Twas a beaut day in the Tropical North of Oz and i had the day off and an awesome black beast in the garage beckoning me for some attention.
What's a bloke to do then???.......

The Kuranda Range is just round the corner and up the road, about 5 mins from my place in Cairns. This is the view from the there.

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http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/ozstrom/Kuranda%20State%20Forest/KurandaStateForest034.jpg

Its rated in the top 100 rides in Oz, a great bit of bitumen all curvey for about 15km up the range to Kuranda.

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/ozstrom/Kuranda%20State%20Forest/KurandaStateForest032.jpg

A nice little town originally for alternative types but now pretty much an outer suburb of Cairns.


Just short of Kuranda is a turn off to Black Mountain Road which leads into a forestry trail, a nice little ride through the rainforest on some pretty good dirt. I cruised along mostly in third, up to about 60-70km/hr on the good bits, slowing down for corrugations and bumps.

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/ozstrom/Kuranda%20State%20Forest/KurandaStateForest001.jpg
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I wandered up the track for about 20km before looking at the map and finding the trail keeps going for a lot longer than i had time for, so I eventually turned tail at a Creek called Flaggy and headed back home, here are some pics anyway. Yes gravel.... that's what i'm after.....

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/ozstrom/Kuranda%20State%20Forest/KurandaStateForest005.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/ozstrom/Kuranda%20State%20Forest/KurandaStateForest020.jpg

Cassowaries are a large flightless bird, native to Australia. They are on the endagered species list (along with some bike riders i've seen!!!!!)

http://www.amazingaustralia.com.au/animals/pictures/cassowary_2.jpg

I didn't see any which is probably a good thing as they are not really social animals and can get quite aggresive if they want to......

http://www.amazingaustralia.com.au/animals/pictures/cassowary-attack-2.jpg

And have big nasty claws to open you right up..

http://www.amazingaustralia.com.au/animals/pictures/cassowaryfeet.jpg

Best to give way to this bridge no. 7

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/ozstrom/Kuranda%20State%20Forest/KurandaStateForest024.jpg

Cracks me up seeing silly street signs like this in the middle of nowhere. Why bother?

Flaggy Creek

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/ozstrom/Kuranda%20State%20Forest/KurandaStateForest008.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/ozstrom/Kuranda%20State%20Forest/KurandaStateForest015.jpg

From here it was a 180 and head back home...

http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w247/ozstrom/Kuranda%20State%20Forest/KurandaStateForest018.jpg

A bloody good afternoon out, made me realise just how versatile the Strom is, from fanging through the twisties, to cruising over the dirt forest tracks, all with consumate ease.

What a bike.

Cheers

Ross

Hytram
22-07-2007, 11:33 AM
Ross

welocme to Austouring, great photos, thanks

the Strom does look good in Black, I might have to go get the rattle cans out

Marty

iffracem
22-07-2007, 12:16 PM
:clap:

nice ride and report, and pics...

welcome

glitch
22-07-2007, 07:26 PM
Hi Ross

A big thanks for signing up and posting the story....and the pics are great !
What a beautiful neighbourhood you've got there and plenty of backroads by the looks of it.