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farawayman
05-05-2008, 09:52 PM
You've got it coming !!!
Took a bit longer than expected, I know, but we were somewhat busy....while the GS owners were sitting on their arse WATCHING all the action :bang::poke::poke:
:bs

After that totally uncalled for comment from Pete, I thought I had better get off my arse and post up a ride report.

There were meant to be three of us but one had a crook back so it was JC and I that met up in Lilydale and headed off up the Melba with just about every other tin top this side of Geelong. Well that's what it felt like ANZAC morning. JC had already been to the dawn service, me, I had good intentions but needed the time to find and pack some gear.

First stop was Mansfield
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That was the end of the traffic,
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next stop Powers lookout.
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It was strange really having a white bike following me, now I know what everyone was complaining about when I was on my old K.
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A quick run down into Whitfield and across to Myrtleford for fuel and lunch
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Not many photos but some nice roads Happy Valley and Granya Gap, Jingellic, Tumbarumba, Batlow and Tumut for fuel and the bottlo.
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Tent up , a couple of bundies, meet the neighbours and warm up the fire. Not a cloud in the sky, it was going to be a cold!!
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farawayman
05-05-2008, 10:09 PM
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A nice K11 was there
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as was a lot of other bikes
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Some even slept with their bikes
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Expect glitch on one of these once he has got over his postie bike thing.
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Subie powered sidecar
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jefflthomas
06-05-2008, 08:18 AM
good stuff! :so

farawayman
06-05-2008, 08:32 PM
Time for a little scoot to find a phone and report in that we are all ok, so it's off down the dirt to Wee Jasper. Did all the touristy things to do there, drink at the pub, hamburger at the store and check if the public phone is still working.
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Clouds were rolling in time to head back to the rally site.

We had neighbors now. Hardly a camp site left. they were camping beside the road and in the surrounding paddocks.

Lots of Beemers and Beards and some blokes had both
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I think there's going to be a fire
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and the Gymkana is starting
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Someone lit the fuse
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A couple of hoops were sacrificed
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There were even sidecar rides for those who needed a thrill
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I don't know why there was a third wheel it was never on the ground
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nev
06-05-2008, 09:23 PM
Good stuff Farawayman. Your pics have really captured the essence of what bike rallies are all about.. and even managed to make some of the people look sober !

farawayman
06-05-2008, 09:45 PM
Next morning we said goodbye to new friends.
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We decided to head over the top
a quick stop at Yarrangobilly caves.
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The clouds seemed to be catching us again and JC the smart man he is decided to don his wet weather gear. Me well I thought I would risk it. The turn off was just up the road and if we could get through Cabramurra and down the mountain all would be well. First the fog/cloud slowed us down then the hail had a go for a while before the snow really turned it on. JC stopped and told me he couldn't see where he was going. I decided to lead, find some shelter at Cabramurra and get into my wets, a bit late I know.

We never saw Cabramurra it was there somewhere but we never saw it. Dropped out of the cloud to find the road crossing a dam wall.

Yeh thats me pulling wets over soggy leather.
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Something warm for lunch at Corryong
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Time to head home, fuel at Wodonga and down the Hume, across the Strathbogies but took the first turn off and down that very greasy dirt to Merton. JC had the front wheel going one way, the back going another and his legs trying to go every way at once. Funny to watch but I was much to busy. We made it without any mishaps but the wet and cold had taken it's toll, my bladder was stretched and my concentration was gone. I had to stop and take a leek.
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The stopping was ok, it was the getting back on that was the problem. I was cold, my plastic pants were stuck to my wet leathers and in turn were stuck to me. I couldn't get my leg over the seat. :doh:
I wheeled the bike to the other side of the road where the camber would help and while I got on, the wet greasy clay on the roadside wouldn't allow me to take the weight on my right foot so I could kick the side stand back and select a gear. Well I thought I could just roll it forward, let the side stand fold up select 1st and ride off but the wet and cold had other ideas. No damage except JC got back before I had time to get the wets off and pick her up :rofl:

Thanks JC, A great weekend and thanks for your pictures.

glitch
06-05-2008, 09:47 PM
After that totally uncalled for comment from Pete, I thought I had better get off my arse and post up a ride report.


Yeeha...it worked !!! :thumbs::thumbs::chug:

Good one mate!! Love it :so

Never figured GS-riders for hanging out with a bunch of pissheads, but there ya go :whistle::whistle::whistle::bs

One of those days I've really gotta get off my hind-quarters and show up at one of those rallies....the last one's been years ago :oops:

Thanks for the thread...another enjoyable gawk and read :so

Punisher
07-05-2008, 01:56 AM
hail and snow :-)