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glitch
06-05-2008, 09:40 AM
“WHY????”

WHY the hell do you wanna go touring on an ex-Australia Post Honda-Postie with 2 big tourers in the garage?? :looney:

If you’re really serious about that question…. you’re missing the point of what motorcycling is ALL ABOUT!!!

Let’s try a few off-the-cuff replies then:

Because life at 50kmh on a spindly-legged, totally underpowered bike makes you SEE things along the way.

Because slow travel creates a FEEL for the countryside and places travelled, rather than skimming past at warp-factor and being oblivious to all and everything to the right and left of that strip of asphalt or dirt ahead.

Because it’s a challenge in a lot of ways…..and because there’s so much time to really soak things up, think about them and enjoy the warm feeling of actually being part of it…AND LIFE!!

One of the biggest perks though is slipping through the time-continuum… the perception of someone travelling on a tiny bike (and a well-known and loved Postie-bike at that) makes people along the way stop and react and behave like “in the good, old days” of the ‘50’s and ‘60s… where one had a lot more time for each other than in today’s world.

The public interest in enormous…. waves and smiles from truckers… pedestrians old and young… local tradies and fisherman… and just about everyone else.

City or country-hamlet…. everywhere!

There’s no hesitation at all to walk up to the rider and strike up some conversation, tell life-stories and feelings like between old friends…and all that from the first second of contact.:wow:

You NEVER get that when travelling with a “big” bike!!

The locals smile rather than scorn you when the postie chuffs out onto the jetty (“Pedestrians Only!!”)… waves and thumbs-up when chugging through fenced-off areas and local parks where even dogs aren’t allowed…:chug:

You just get away with MURDER on a little CT110!!! All you have to do is to show up and smile….they LOVE you for it!!

If all that, and another dozen or 2 reasons, are incomprehensible to you…GREAT!!

Keep chasing the latest model scratcher for that extra poofteenth of a horsepower and this season’s Dainese-Clownsuit for the sake of beating the wind-drag at the 100kmh speedlimit…keep scouring Ebay for some Titanium earplugs to offset the $4000 Yoshi-howl….and leave touring the real, full-of-human-warmth-world out there for the slow traveller on a Postie (or whatever)… we’re THANKING YOU FOR IT!! :so:so





I hope, the following story will bring some of those points across.

It’s a tale of deep joy, of desperate situations, of lots of warmth and the best of human interactions.
A tale of making mistakes (and learning from them)…of “impossible” routes and nearly getting beaten by the circumstances.

Of busted engines, T-shirt-riding along 90km beaches and cruising the twisties through the sugar-cane fields and banana-plantations of Northern Queensland.

Of getting bogged… running against incoming tides and ferry-departure-times….of saving the precious camera while sinking rapidly into sandy creeks, arse first.
Of shivering into the sinking sun on the washed-over decks of the barge to Hervey Bay in a half-meter swell…and of meeting lots and lots of wonderful people along the way.

Best-Of-All??
Doing all this as an early celebration of our 30th anniversary with my best mate in life: Goodie !!!
(Yep, the contract has just been renewed :whistle::thumbs::thumbs:)

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Enjoy…..

t.b.c. shortly..

glitch
06-05-2008, 03:03 PM
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Old, unwanted and/ or disposable…that’s the state of our gear (apart from the bikes, of course:doh:).
And it better have more than one function, too.

Will the trusty old nylon-chateau hold up on its last and final trip? There are more bent and buckled pegs in the bag than straight ones…and where eyelets used to be, there are multiple layers of duct-tape. They survived the last 2 years…

The old Frank Thomas Goretex boots….on their way out for years and the last 50.000km worth of rides…they won’t come back home this time!:mad:

The old socks and out-of-shape T-shirts…will all the stuff hold together for the next 2 weeks?

Nailed into the breath-expelling poverty-class Virgin seat, the 2hr. flight to Brisbane left plenty of time for disturbing thoughts and doubts about all sorts of things…

Would the bikes hold up?… how’d we go in the deep Fraser Island sand? Would we even make it onto the beach for the barge?… how’d the tiny engines go for days on end with the throttle pinned to the stop, lugging rider and a huge pile of gear across the semi-deserts of inland-Queensland on our way north to Cairns?

Perhaps the nay-sayers WERE right and this was a stupid thing to even think about…
“Dear passengers, descending into Brisbane now, occasional showers and 28C presently…”

Nightmare’s over, let’s hook into it!:so

Guy (saab463) has not only suckered Glen (loxsmith) into joining us for the
2.stage (Cape York) of the ride in August :thumbs:…. but also promised to pick us up from the airport and get us across to the depot of Gilders Transport, where the 2 little CT’s are dozing away, strapped to a pallet.

The Gilders folks have agreed to open their store on a Saturday for us pick up the bikes and get going…so here’s a first BIG THANK-YOU in both directions. :chug::chug:
Stuff, only the “net” can create…:doh:

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The slats of the pallet have cracked in transport and the 2 bikes are leaning into eachother... no harm done, there’ll be plenty more scratches to come.
On go the mirrors and Guy gives us a hand getting the bikes off the timbers

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Somehow I’ve got the feeling that he wants to hang around until we’re finally wobbling out of the yard….or really, rather join us for the trip.:poke:

First stop, the local servo to fill up all tanks…Christ, it’s steamy around here, it’s wet all around and there’s another fat blackbelly hanging right above us.

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8k’s of local freeway turn me into jelly, crossing those on/off-ramps at 60 when the rest of the traffic runs at nearly twice that, takes a keen eye and some razor-sharp timing coupled with some bold moves:doh:…and somehow we find our way to Gap Creek Road, a mostly sealed road to the west of Mt. Cootha, leading via some steep dips and climbs through the outskirts of the small National Park… bypassing most of the endless Brisbane suburbs towards Samford in the process.

Thanks Mr. Google Earth!!:so:so

Black skies drive us on towards Dayboro as a few sporties whiz past, eyes like dunny-seats at the sight of the 2 loaded-to-the-gunwhales CTs :bs

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and things get drizzly up Mt. Mee, leaving nothing to gaze at but woolly grey surrounds from the Rest Area at the top... as we climb into the wets.

A quick left at d’Aguilar (shaddap Guy/Glen :so), then onto the Kilcoy-Beerwah Rd for a few k’s…
GE had spit out another road thought of as a dirt-shortcut running north from the hamlet of Stanmore towards Maleny…which turned out to be a dead-end.

With the black clouds pushing, we made a quick decision to try another tack…up the Bellthorpe Range Road!!!
OMG!!!
What a cracker of a road!!!:glu:glu:glu

A tiny single-laner with some super-tight hairpins scrambles steeply (down to first here, cause if it ain’t steep, the corners are too tight for anything else) up the mountain, the wafts of fog add an eerie spin to the whole thing while fat drops fell out of the canopy above….the Mystical Mountain Way!:so:so

Onto Plums Rd and Broken Ridge, just as eerie but nearly a highway in comparison :drool:

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And YES, the cows came home!

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A rare moment: Some cracks in the cloud cover reveal the Glasshouse Mountains and coastal plains….and it’s still around the 28C.:wow:

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Alongside the Maleny-Kenilworth Road, a bit further north

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The pub at Kenilworth proves the only joint in town offering beds… we don’t really feel like pitching tent after a day like that.
Booked out by a Biker-mob from Bundaberg.:(:(

Lots of stares, lots of laughs…no beds!

At $120/night, the little BnB out of town is a bit stiff for us and it’s off for the 40odd k’s to Eumundi on the Bruce Hwy. (that’s about 45Min on a postie, folks:wink:)…. dark clouds and fading daylight merging into indefinite grey muck… then dark, just as it turns out that Eumundi offers the same as Kenilworth: NO available beds anywhere.

Jeezaz, what is it with this place?:???::???:
It’s Saturday…but not even a Long Weekend…and definitely no BrisVegas or beaches anywhere close!

We’re soaked, the high temps/ high humidity don’t help…the wet-gear is like a mobile sauna…it’s just after 6… pitch-dark…
....and raining again.

Nothing for it, we have to take the Bruce Hwy, Australia’s No1 Hwy. and ride the shoulder for the 8 k’s south to Yandina, a small town with a supposedly big Caravan Park.

It’s only 8k’s….but 8k’s of HELL. Traffic and Big Rigs barely see us and whiz past as we’re wobbling along the shoulder in the dark, trying to dodge walls of spray, specs so fogged up that the whole world seems to consist only of the sound of a million tyres swishing through endless puddles with the expectations of a major hit into the back any second.

It’s truly scary!:eek::eek:

The reception closes straight after we toddle off, keys to a small cabin in hand :so…and hugely relieved to have escaped the last 20 min. on the Fwy.

The Chinese in town produces some decent tucker, the rain has stopped, the walk back/ forth has done us good….as have the few coldies :chug:.

The drizzle starts again as Bazza from the cabin opposite pokes his nose through the uprights of the veranda: “ Hi guys, can you give me some clues as in what to wear for a date out?…..and, hmmm….are those Postie-bikes? When I lived in Bright, we used to…..”

It was a bit strange for a ‘pickup-line’, but what the hell….nice guy!!:clap:

And Baz, if you read this: G-day, mate…and we made it to Cairns, buddy!!:thumbs::thumbs:

warnabrother
06-05-2008, 08:38 PM
:clap: ...

cant wait for more...

Hytram
06-05-2008, 10:57 PM
Every time I read the title I read it as "Muppets" instead of "Midgets"

Pete.. you're a Muppet!!


Swedish Chief?

moike
07-05-2008, 07:44 AM
Ifery teeme-a I reed zee teetle-a I reed it es "Mooppets" insteed ooff "Meedgets"

Pete-a.. yuoo're-a a Mooppet!!


Svedeesh Cheeeff?

Swedish Chef?

Hytram
07-05-2008, 08:14 AM
http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=0-jE2X62U5k

farawayman
07-05-2008, 08:52 AM
:bs:clap::clap::bs

2 points and only 2 points for the Svedeesh Cheeeff



















more points will be awarded if he gets a wriggle on and finishes this Report
:so

glitch
07-05-2008, 12:46 PM
I'll get me mate Gordon on that...he'll f'ing have some f'ing comment, for f'ing sure!!

glitch
07-05-2008, 12:53 PM
A wave from Baz and it’s off into the dark:(, low-ceilinged morning for the hour along the backroads to Tewantin, jump-off point for the Great Sandy National Park and the Coloured Sands of the Cooloola Coast north of Noosa.
Running for cover…

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It just won’t quit bucketing, check those drops bouncing off the footpath :glu

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We’re getting used to the new ‘travel-rhythm’ of going to bed early and getting up with the very first tinge of daylight.
The very extended brecky at the bakery in Tewantin takes the day to ~9.30... when finally the rain lets off a bit.:???:

Time to check conditions of the beach along the Cooloola coast for our first-ever sand-run on the posties :wow:.
The coast has taken a battering lately, Leisha track just below Double Island Point in the north (check near top of map), is closed due to a sand-slip….which leaves us with the 4WD-only Freshwater track to get to Rainbow Beach :mad:…or return to Tewantin and do the big loop on sealed roads to Rainbow.:mad::mad::mad:

CLICK MAPS TO ENLARGE!!

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(maps shown in this thread are copyright by EPA/ National Parks Queensland and used for demonstration purposes only)

The ladies behind the counter at National Parks Office just laugh and shake their heads….”Postie-bikes???? NO WAY!!! You won’t even make it onto the beach…”

The skipper of the ferry across Noosa River at Tewantin nearly has a fit::doh::doh:
“I shouldn’t take you across, you’re nuts. Anyway, take cutting No.3 out to the beach, that’d be the easiest. See ya back in an hour for the return-trip.”

Stiff shit, mate….you won’t see another 3bux out of each of us :bs…. Cutting No.1 is a decent wobble but a piece of cake:so:so

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20m run-up to make 2. gear bite good and solid, weight to the back, hang loose and let the front flap about….and if things get too slow, start duck-walking the thing.:thumbs:
On the beach at first go and in no time :so:so

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Let the FUN begin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The receding tide’s still high but there’s enough of the hardpack near the water’s edge for some easy cruising.
Hmmmm….better think about this one first though :???:

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Pissfarting around….the mighty OneTen lays donuts on the beach:bs:bs

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Another creek-crossing

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At least the rain has stopped, but the humidity is something else….time for a break and a sip from the waterbottle.

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A bit further north…the Coloured Sands :glu

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As long as we can keep things on-song and stick to the firm stuff near the water, speeds are around the 60kmh. Here the tyres-at-road-pressures make the going easy.

Veering off into the looser, drier sand, the going gets tough.:eek:

No way we can drop tyre pressures, we haven’t got rim-locks…. at low pressures we’d get better traction, but the tubes would bunch up inside the tyres as the tyres rotate on the rims, until they rip the valve-stems off the tubes.
We only got 1 spare tube packed for both of us….those things weigh a ton and cost precious space…

The first rays of sunshine bathe everything in a golden glow :wow::so

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Parking…rapid-style…just hop off where she bogs :chug:

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glitch
07-05-2008, 02:46 PM
We ride up the beach towards the tip at Double Island Point to check out the site where the “Cherry Venture” ran aground a few years back. The site is bare apart from a big info-board stuck in the sand and some timber posts to mark the site.

Back to the Freshwater Road exit…
We stand on the beach:???:…. one eye cast towards the south, where beach, breakers and salt-spray blend into some murky whitish-grey in the distance….the other eye ogling the deep sand-ruts into the bush, the track disappearing in a maze of peaks and troughs beyond…:???:

The unknown beckons, let’s give it a whirl:wink:….run-up in 2., arse squashing the pack at the back....and give it the berries.
2.gear dies about halfway through the deep stuff, quickly into 1. and keep her going…wobble, wobble, oops:wow:, still upright….go, go, GOOOOO.
DONE!!!
Goodie takes a gentler approach and has to duck-walk the last bit.

Past the Camping-Area and the track is strictly single-lane, climbing into the green canopy ahead. Things get rough, but still manageable…:wow:

Deep troughs, roots, murky puddles without bottom….lumps, that make the skidplate scrape….it’s a hell of a lot of fun, even when the front-end dives clunkily into the stops again and again.
Way too busy to take pics...

A big diesel roars towards us….looks like someone hollered for help, it’s the local towies from Rainbow Beach.

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One of the steep drops towards a creek

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Things get easier the further we go…

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Another few k’s and Rainbow Beach turns out somewhat different to what we’d memorized…Australia’s Coastal Sell-Out has firmly taken hold of the place, nothing much left of the sleepy, little Gateway-to-Fraser :(:(.

With rivers of sweat running any which way inside our clobber, we don’t feel like staying around….or pitching tent…we nick of north on a little side-road towards the Tin Can Bay Inlet and Rainbow Waters Holiday-Park, a few k’s out of town.:so

What a rousing reception !!!!!!!!:clap::clap:

Friendly folks….and 3 posties as service-vehicles for the huge, park-like place.
Great hosts, full of laughs and goodwill, it’s like coming home!!:thumbs::thumbs:

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Postie-riders….come in all shapes and sizes :whistle:

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“The exhaust rusted out and our resident grease-monkey fixed it, sounds great, doesn’t it?”:bs

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While drying out…

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….and an early dinner/ late lunch...

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….another postie rocks up, little dust clouds swirling on it’s slalom between caravans and cabins.

“ Hey guys, heard from Mark that a couple of posties rocked up….I’m Steve and the local Grease-monkey here”….BIIIIGGG GRIN!!

So, you’re the one who fixed that exhaust?

“Yeah, the old one’s got a big hole up the arse-end and I used a piece of curtain-rod instead, then bent a few ‘baffles’ into it with the multi-grips!! Sounds great, aye??”

I LIKE this guy…. instantly!:so:so

“Come around tonight for a few tinnies… we’ll have a fire going, the smoke will keep the Widgees away….you know, they’re like mozzies, but don’t bite ya, they piss on ya and if ya scratch, it’s worse than a mozzie-bite. Bet ya didn’t know THAT, aye?
(cackle, cackle…)

Now I like him even more!!:so:so

It’s a great night around the fire with Steve and his wife…what characters!:wow::lollol::lollol:
And in the end it turns out that they’re taking a long break from their business in Ulladulla….Motorcycle Repairs and contract Postie-servicing for Aussie Post.:wow::wow:

steamboat
07-05-2008, 05:00 PM
The Widgee's:poke: how i remember the Widgee's,got bitten and pissed on in Tin Can (by the Widgees that is),couldn't stop scratching all the way to Townsville:bang: absolute misery despite liberal coating's of local remedy of I/2 Detol mixed with Eucaliptus oil,thank god on that occasion I wasn't on a bike

glitch
07-05-2008, 05:30 PM
The Widgee's:poke: how i remember the Widgee's,got bitten and pissed on in Tin Can (by the Widgees that is),couldn't stop scratching all the way to Townsville:bang: absolute misery despite liberal coating's of local remedy of I/2 Detol mixed with Eucaliptus oil,thank god on that occasion I wasn't on a bike

Those little suckers are a real curse....and you can't even hear or see 'em!!
After day2 I looked like a disease-riddled leper (and boy, it's still itching NOW).
Bewdiful one day, perfect the next....my arse!! (wait, got bitten, ahhh, pissed on...there, too).

glitch
07-05-2008, 07:03 PM
Finally the sun’s out!!!!:lao
……and time to whiz past Steve’s, Tanya’s and Piston’s (the 4-legged member of the trio :so) chateau to say Goodbyes… admire Steve’s “workshop” in daylight (a big fold-out table with superb views across Tin Can Inlet, where he earns their keep by repairing and servicing all the small-engined stuff of the Caravan Park like chainsaws/ mowers and the like :thumbs:).

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Bellies are still aching from last night’s laughter on our way to the barge.
Vehicle and camping permits are bought at the IGA-supermarket in town…

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Looks good?:glu

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Some different sort of fun…:eek:

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…before the ramp goes up

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“You’re not serious, aren’t you?” :looney::looney:

The skipper gives us some tips and tries to talk us into a return-ticket by dropping prices :P

“Tide’s pretty high still…. just follow the cars onto the bypass-road and exit at kilometer11….make that kilometer18 for you!

Just off the ferry, the tracks disappear into the bush; the crossing’s cruel on the two cc-dwarfs.

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The bypass road is rough and hard-going, the ruts aren’t too deep but harsh enough to make both ends bottom out continuously.:eek:
At km11 we’ve had enough of it, it’s getting warm, too…let’s see if we can make the beach, catch a breeze…and if the water’s low enough for us to find a tiny strip of hardpack, too narrow for cars, but enough for us, perhaps?
BINGO!!!!:thumbs:

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And so starts an 80km dream-run up the Eastern Shores of the Biggest Sand Island in the world.

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One word: MAGIC!!!

I’ll let the pics do the talking as we’re flying up the hardpack past Eurong, climb up the timber-reinforced hill into Happy Valley for drinks and nibblies…
No fuel needed, we should be good for at least 300k’s sand-riding, having topped up in Rainbow Beach.

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Goodie blocking the runway:)….

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The “Maheno” Wreck….and some of the tour-guides are STUMPED at the sight of the 2 CT’s: :eek::eek:
“Never seen one of those on the island…but last week there were a couple of guys on big enduros, rode side-by-side on the Indian Head Bypass and crashed into eachother, had to be flown out with broken wrists, both of ‘em….” :(

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Go north, my friend….
Getting towards dead-low tide, the beach gets wider and wider…speeds are up apart from the creek-crossings. Some of them very shallow and wide, just wetting a section of beach…others a little deeper with sharp entries and exits.

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Past more Coloured Sands formations at Red Canyon

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We’re taking our time…. ride into the soft stuff higher up till the nose sinks too deep, sit and just gaze into the surf…what an incredible place!!!

It’s mid-afternoon when we finally hit the end of the beach near Indian Head, a big, rocky outcrop with only one way around it….the Bypass Road.
This is strictly 4WD-only….guess why?

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A lousy 7-8k’s to the Waddy Point Camp turn-off…
The heat is stifling… the going EXTEMELY slow and very, very physical.
It’s deep and loose, the tracks are trenches filled with roots and pockets of loose/deep sand, we start to learn to tell consistency by shades and hues of colour.

That’s in between endless bogs, pushes, ripping the front-end out of the loose stuff after getting bogged…..rivers of sweat, soaked helmets, gloves slipping off all the time, boots barely hanging on.:bang::bang:

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Add 3k’s from the ridge down to Waddy Point Camp and there’s 11k’s in 2.5hrs of fighting, cursing, screaming in frustration, pushing, shoving and heaving….and laying down by the side of the track in total exhaustion, gulping our water-bottles into a vacuum-pack.

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By the time we stand in front of the Ranger’s office at Waddy Point, we’re totally stuffed, leaning against the bikes, barely able to stand.

“Bookings required for this camp-site! For bookings call….yaddayadda”
Needless to say, that by now we’re totally out of mobile-reach.
Of fark, gimme a BREAK !!!

The Ranger shows up and decides that’s it’s fine for us to stay “but close the gate, the whole place is dingo-fenced….ahhhh….and there are showers in the toilet-block at the far end….even 3min hot one’s if you’ve got a spare dollar!!”

I coulda kissed him…:so

KNACKERED!!

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The afternoon turns golden… then dark within 20 minutes as we’re setting up camp and get the dehydrated curry-beef-pasta-whatever going....
On any other day I wouldn’t feed this crap to a dog… tonite it's a 5-star banquet.
Let’s top it off with another muesli bar for dessert.

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Then listen to all the rustle in the bush around us for a short while….
Sleep comes like being hit with a club, by 8 o’clock we couldn’t give a rat's arse if the whole island would be floating to Antarctica…

~130k’s total, 10hrs

Gosh…WHAT A DAY !!!!
:glu:glu

goodie
07-05-2008, 07:05 PM
MIDGES, Pete. They're called Midges!!

"Hervey Bay council: (extract)
MIDGES

There can be a downside in living in a beautiful area like Hervey Bay, for example who wants to work when we can be enjoying the outdoor lifestyle. This downside includes the nuisance factor associated with midges.

There are two main types of midges: biting midges, which are more commonly known as sandflies and the non-biting variety called Chironomids."


Well... the non-biting ones didn't really worry us, BUT the females of the biting ones, fell instantly for Pete! He's got the battle (scratch) scars to prove it! Luckily, I've been ignored (by the litttle suckers) - and I didn't complain.

goodie
07-05-2008, 07:17 PM
KNACKERED!!

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Gosh…WHAT A DAY !!!!
:glu:glu

KNACKERED? ME??? Naw...............
Just embarrassed about my helmet hair :whistle:

jo
07-05-2008, 07:36 PM
Loving it!

moike
07-05-2008, 07:51 PM
Midges.

Sue was attacked by them south of Broome, but they passed me by. I guess they're fussy.
Sue was in agony until a traveller suggested dabbing windex on the bites. No cure, but some significant relief!

jefflthomas
08-05-2008, 05:17 AM
thought doing the Alps on a two wheeled Bavarian dumper truck was a little mad :drool:

:wow: but now you've gone completely postal!! :doh:

Punisher
08-05-2008, 06:15 AM
Frazer is beutiful, honey mooned their, did all that by 4x4 bus. I still remember walking to the Z men (aussie ww2 Commandos) training grounds and having dingos run up to me to see what i was.

jefflthomas
08-05-2008, 11:18 AM
you got some damn fine BOTM winning pics there Pete :so

loved the beach & surf stuff....but i'm guessing they were taken in April

so ineligible for the BOTM you know i'm talking about :doh:

really tics me off!! :bang:

were you still on the ride in May?

glitch
08-05-2008, 02:00 PM
Loving it!

Keep looking in...the next day turned out a real cracker :doh::doh::doh:

Midges.

Sue was attacked by them south of Broome, but they passed me by. I guess they're fussy.
Sue was in agony until a traveller suggested dabbing windex on the bites. No cure, but some significant relief!

Thanx mate, will try that tonight. Vicious little pests, they are.
Yo, Goodie was lucky to have me around, she got away lightly...

Frazer is beutiful, honey mooned their, did all that by 4x4 bus. I still remember walking to the Z men (aussie ww2 Commandos) training grounds and having dingos run up to me to see what i was.

Didn't see as many dingoes around as on our last visit in '84, but Waddy Point Camp was completely fenced....so they've got to be around in decent numbers.

you got some damn fine BOTM winning pics there Pete :so
loved the beach & surf stuff....but i'm guessing they were taken in April
so ineligible for the BOTM you know i'm talking about :doh:
really tics me off!! :bang:
were you still on the ride in May?


Yep, ride finished 3.May in Cairns.
More beach/surf to come shortly :D

glitch
08-05-2008, 04:57 PM
Clear skies and a million stars :glu…things are looking good around 4am…but it’s hell trying to get out of the fartbag, there’s pain everywhere.:eek:

It’s even painful trying to scratch the living crap out of all those widgee/midgee/whatever bites…sand-riding's TOUGH!!

The next pang of consciousness is caused by a heavy downpour battering the leaky, old tent….SHIT!! :mad::mad:
By the time we’ve frantically stuffed the sleeping bags and rolled up the self-inflaters to keep at least the sleeping gear dry, it’s all over again…still, we don’t feel like getting started in a hurry.:???:

And then there’s the 3km deep-trench climb out of the camp-site back onto the ridge, another 3k’s of loose stuff to Orchid Beach and the turnoff to the Wathumba Creek Camp on the western side of the island.

Talking to another camper who seems to have spent a few days here, we’re advised that there’s a far easier way to Orchid Beach: “Just run along the beach, it’s about 3k’s…easy”. I went through yesterday morning….no probs.”

High tide then?? (as dead-low tide is ~2pm)

“Don’t know, yesterday morning was fine!”

Yippie…if that saves us 6k’s of hell…GREAT!!:thumbs:

Hit the beach…and this guy was right on the money!!:wow:

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One of the locals….fingernail-sized in real life.

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It barely takes a kilometre and the beach shrinks to an ever-narrowing strip.:???:
Sand-cliffs on the left, breakers roaring on the right, a little strip of sand speckled with dead trees in the centre…and I make the first grave mistake of the day by keeping going, dodging the waves on the right when picking the “dry” moment to carve around some of the trees.
Goodie follows about 20m behind, slowly slipping back, hesitating to take a punt on the incoming and receding waves.

Another 200m and there’s a tree ahead, which roots are clinging onto a big lump of sand…a tiny headland poking into the waves, a foot of water around the base even when the surf roll back.:evil::evil:

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That’s it!! Finished!!

And it’s barely dead-high tide yet!!:looney::looney:

Realities start to dawn on me:eek::eek:, looking back I see Goodie stuck on the last clear patch, a clump of dead trees between us, and too afraid to make one more “jump”.

There’s loose sand near the bottom-edge of the cliff, meaning that the last high-tide didn’t make it up there…a “high”-spot!!:woot:

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The little CT protests as I try push and shove the thing into the deep, loose sand and right into the bottom edge of the sand-cliff, as far up the beach as possible!!

Then run back to Goodie to somehow get her bike onto high-ground, there’s just no way to get back to the camp-area, the waves would wash us out a dozen times.:oops::oops:

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Sweat runs, the sun pelts down…and we’re sitting on our 20x5m perch, a foot above the surf-line…. if that.:whistle::whistle:

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Watching the waves, always ready for the “big one”….mentally running through the tide-tables of the IGA-Supermarket in Rainbow Beach (shoulda done that earlier, dummy!!), rationing our first bottle of water.

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I’m cursing myself for getting us into the shit.

ONE rogue wave… and we’re done!

While brooding and mulling about, I’m counting waves…and there’s a certain pattern.
Every now and then, there’s a ‘dry’ spot around that obstacle for a few seconds…
I keep counting.
After an hour and a half of staring down the waves, but staying dry on our little perch, it’s time to take a punt.:looney::looney:

Engine running, gauging distances for acceleration and timing (I HAVE to be on full revs in 2. gear if there’s a soft patch below that tree) I’m off for the “ONE_SHOT_ONLY” run….and things work out perfectly!!!:clap::clap:

With only inches to spare, the next wave hunts me back up the beach into the soft stuff….but on the right side of that tree, where the beach widens up.
You can’t imagine the howl of victory and relief!!

Dodging the waves, I run back as Goodie doesn’t trust herself to copy the moves needed.
Another 10 mins of studying the wave pattern, I find the old rhythm again… and the V6-RR does a clean run across the goal-line.

100s of vehicles have been destroyed on Fraser over the years, the postie’s time wasn’t up….yet!:oops::oops:

Celebrations all round, the water-bottle does the rounds….we BEAT the sucker!!

The rest is a piece of cake, dodging a few more waves…the beach widens and there’s the climb into the sand hills up to Orchid Beach Resort.
The high-flying emotions make relatively short work out of the loose uphill section; the tracks in Orchid Beach have been stabilized with thick timber-slats as a base to the loose stuff on top…bumpy, but easy riding.

Mistake No.2….with the euphoria I forget about our drained water-reserves, something to bite us in the arse lateron.

And Orchid Beach turns silent at the sight of the 2 little critters...

art_tas
08-05-2008, 07:20 PM
MIDGES, Pete. They're called Midges!!

Well... the non-biting ones didn't really worry us, BUT the females of the biting ones, fell instantly for Pete! He's got the battle (scratch) scars to prove it! Luckily, I've been ignored (by the litttle suckers) - and I didn't complain.

Hey Goodie yet another example of Pete attracting the blood sucking females??? What happens when he does this in Slovenia??? hee hee:woot::poke:

goodie
08-05-2008, 07:28 PM
Hey Goodie yet another example of Pete attracting the blood sucking females??? What happens when he does this in Slovenia??? hee hee:woot::poke:
At least, WE are protected then :lol: (I hope)
But I think, that the vampires (you are referring to them, right?) live... :wink: in Romania.

glitch
08-05-2008, 08:26 PM
16.5k’s across the neck of the island ahead of us:eek::eek:… to Wathumba.

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It’s back into the deep, loose stuff…some parts are as bad or worse than yesterday afternoon, the stuff amongst the trees is a bit firmer…sometimes.

We start to dread any open, sunny patch….and the sun IS pelting down.

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In no time we’re laying in the sand beside the track again, gasping for air.
Bugger the safety gear and protectors… the jackets will stay off from here on.

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Not that I fared any better :bs

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…and some of the climbs and drops take EVERYTHING out of “men and machine”

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Along the last few k’s to the west-coast, our earlier euphoria has evaporated and we’re an hour and a half late for this run….1.5hrs of sun that has dried out the sand and makes it even deeper.... 1.5hrs loss against the dead-low tide for the beach run to come, 1.5hrs late on the time available to catch the 4pm barge across to Hervey Bay….:???::???:

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I run ahead a little and pull into the camp area at Wathumba.
The milling crowd of fishermen and “beachbums” falls silent… again::P:P

“What the hell are YOU doing here?? We saw you on the hardpack on the east-side yesterday…did you just take the posties across from Orchid?:rolleyes:
Shit, you’re keen, mate…can you gimme a hand getting the canoe off the roofrack?”

Christ, I feel like collapsing but yeah…heave-ho!:thumbs:

Strange, Goodie hasn’t come yet….:evil:
A few minutes later I get that sinking feeling in the guts…only saw her about 1k back??
Knees shaking, head spinning, I let the postie fly for all it’s worth… and there she is, standing next to the bike! Standing, at least!:woot:

“No idea, there was this horrible screeching noise and she wouldn’t really go anymore….”
It’s in neutral and I can’t even push the bike…????
The front end is somehow locked up….a second later it dawns:
Sand in the brake-drums !!
Loosening off the brakes at both ends, we’re mobile again…

“Mate, you look rooted….wanna beer?”
This guy’s got ICE-COLD beer in the back of his Landcruiser!!!“Wouldn't take my own Cruiser over here, this one’s rented”

…yep, the place is like THAT !!


It’s heaven here…the shade of the tree-canopy and ice-cold beer.
Out there is the weird and somewhat intimidating Wathumba-“foreshore”….a labyrinth of creeks, puddles, mangroves and dried-out mudflats.

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“You wanna go f’ing WHERE??? There’s NO WAY you can get onto the beach from here and there hasn’t been a 4WD along that beach for weeks…make that months!!
You can’t get across Wathumba Creek…no way!
There are welts of seaweed buried just under the surface all along down to Moon point and if you pelt into one of those, you’ll need a tow at best….at worst, the next tide will finish the job….forget it!! Go back to Orchid…”

We look at each other….a long look…
Go back to Orchid? Then the Indian Head Bypass? Jeezaz Christ….
The rest would be easy though…

This side is only 40k’s to Moon Point…if we make it across the creek, if we find the beach at all, looking at all the flats and mangroves….

We’ll try for the creek first, then see what it looks like from there….
….and off we wobble through some rapidly changing sand, mud, hardpack, mud again, skirting mangroves and bigger puddles….it’s hot out here.

The 4WDs and fishermen disappear from the mirrors, there are some old tracks sloping into a wider creek…that’s gotta be Wathumba Creek. The opposite sand-bank climbs near-vertical for about 5m straight out of the creek, no surprise they can’t get a 4WD across.
It’s quick-running water, too…that’ll be quite a drag when crossing….and the sandy bottom will make anything sink when standing still in the water.

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The only way is to push the bike in first gear and on the throttle, move quickly through the water and go into a diagonal traverse up the other side, with the bike hopefully digging it’s own way up the side of the bank as I’m slip-sliding my own track half-above it….

We go in, the angle is wrong, I’m at 90deg to the waterflow, the wave is building quickly, I forgot to pull the choke before going in and the carb and engine are under water, cooling rapidly, the bike stalls ¾ way through !!!

Goodie rushes in for the push and somehow I get the engine running again for the traversing climb….DONE!!
Learning from the mistakes, the V6-RR goes in on an angle, choke in….and just cruises through and up the bank on the other side.

DONE!!! :clap::clap:

Mistake No 3 and 4:
Shoulda bludged more of that beer….and….never count your chickens yaddayadda…

Right across that sand-hill, mangroves narrow the sloping track dramatically….with a BIG, rotten- stinking mud-hole at the bottom.
To make it short…the first bike takes heaps of effort, we get stuck, the mud is a good ½ meter deep and of the gooey-sucking variety….and Gosh, it REEKS!!
Goodie slips while trying to push and falls backwards into the disgusting slop.

Trying to pull her boots back out of the stuff, she nearly gives up and abandons them, truly hard work…. without gaining an inch.

Again, learning from the first one, the 2. is a piece of cake….and this time we have more speechless fishermen and their kids as spectators.
A bit more loose stuff and we’re ON THE BEACH!!

There ya go….impossible, my arse!!

Now for the rest of it, down the western shores to Moon Point…

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We’re STUFFED…and exhilarated by having come that far…but it’s cost time.
Any big obstacles like that and things will get very tight, the barge still leaves at 4pm.
With dead-low tide and some luck we should be able to make it….




Virgin beaches



….not even footprints:glu:glu:glu:glu

glitch
09-05-2008, 10:42 AM
With T-shirts flapping and staying right at the water’s edge, the going is good.:glu:glu
Remembering those “hidden welts of seaweed” we start off slowly… we should be ok that close to the water, aye?:???:

It’s one of best runs of our lives….the remoteness and solitude, the virgin sand, blue-green breakers on the right, sandhills and bush on the left, not even traces of a single soul anywhere…we might as well be on the moon.

One of those rare moments in life!!!

As exciting as what the east-side was yesterday….THIS BEATS THE PANTS OFF IT!!!:clap:

The exhaustion is forgotten; exhilaration and outright jubilation take over. Free as a bird…it’s just too easy….

It doesn’t long for things to turn:mad:.
Flying as high as kite, I bomb into one of the creek-crossings, stupid as before, at right angles to the flow.
Didn’t realize that the creek curved across the beach, therefore the water is deeper and quicker on the outside of the bend….and the creek’s bloody wide, too….

The water is like glass and ~4” deep….bahhh, that’s nothing.:whistle:
Still in 2., I let it rip, things get softer and slower, into 1. then.... and keep it howling.
It’s getting deeper, the bike slowly loosing the speed-fight and with the opposite bank only 5feet away, I’m getting ready to rip up the front, weight back as far as possible, nearly sitting on the packs.
The front-end just dives away from me, hitting one of those soft patches where the flow has deposited brown sediment on the bright-white sand….and into the plonk we go!!

I’m still standing (and rapidly sinking into the sucking sand), but the midget’s on its side, burbling away until a big gulp of water kills the engine…only the tip of the exhaust remains in fresh air.

The battle to get the bike out of the sucking sand gets frantic….Goodie comes to the rescue (and finds a shallower crossing closer to the surf for her own crossing).:oops::oops:

Drying out…

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Taking a break after 100 unsuccessful kicks…:rolleyes:

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…..while it finally hits home, how remote the beach really is.

“there haven’t been 4WD’s down THAT beach for weeks…make that months”
There are NO settlements of ANY KIND along this side of the island (apart from Kingfisher Resort far down the coast), no beach-shacks, no camping-areas, no shop/fuel or whatever.

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Things drag on…but she finally fires up again

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It doesn’t take long to reach km40 on the odo…and that’s where Moon Point should be, the spot where the barge to Hervey Bay lands.

In the back of my mind is a nagging suspicion that the engine has taken on too much water and some of it has run down it’s bowels…

Km40…and there’s NOTHING there…just the beach, the bush on the left, the surf on the right.
No signs, no marker, no broomstick stuck-in-the-sand….not a single track in the sand, no people, no footprints, no vehicle, not even seagulls bickering about “human leftovers” …

There’s a bit of a “dark hole” in the vegetation to the left, perhaps a track comes out from the centre of the island??
Who knows….let’s go searching for the ferry-landing, it’s nearly 3pm already.

We keep going….

Km43….coming around the spit, the beach caves into a bay on the left, mangrove studded and shallow. Straight ahead is another spit of bright sand… in between a kilometre of mudflats.
No ferry-landing point here, must be around the next spit then…
Let’s try to shortcut through the mudflats, the mangroves along the curving beach to the left look too dense for reasonably quick going.

The black mud changes consistency constantly, but keeping around the 30kmh the going is ok….deepish, but ok. Onto the pegs then to keep up the speed and ride out the dips and troughs and puddles of the flats…
Getting to the spit and the familiar pattern of bush, beach, and surf, is a relief.

Peek around the corner and there are vast expanses of mudflats ahead, the beach-line curves deeply to the left… in the distance another head-land-type of spit, sand missing, but full of trees. About 4km across to that spit, the coastline further south doesn’t seem to have any beach at all but dense vegetation down to the mudflats.

This doesn’t look right!!
But there seems to be a channel of water cutting through the mudflats, perhaps the ferry runs up that channel to a landing spot in the mangroves?

There’s another creek to cross, the bottom is a rugged mix of firm-ish mud and washed-down sand…but it’s fairly shallow.

We run across the 2. lot of mudflats, hordes of soldier crabs fleeing in front of us, like a slow-moving carpet-rug. Sorry we can’t let go of the throttle, guys….and there’s soooo many of you….:(:(

glitch
09-05-2008, 12:22 PM
The “channel” ahead proves to be way too narrow for a barge carrying vehicles :???::???::eek:….and slowly but surely my gut’s knotting up.:(
This just doesn’t look and feel right…. AT ALL!!!

We’re too far south, Km47 on the odo and should’ve come past the ferry-landing a while ago:evil:….apart from that we’re in restricted “no vehicle access” territory…no surprise when looking around!:wow::wow:

What’s worse, we’re also nearly 2 hrs. past dead-low tide and the water is coming back in….on those flat, it’s going to RUSH in!!

The dread mounts as we turn around, the mudflats already markedly narrower than before….time to high-tail it out of here, and damn quick at that!!!

The tide DOES come in…what used to be dark mudflats with a sprinkling of silver-shimmering puddles is turning rapidly into the exact opposite…and the water seems to be just rising out of the ground.:eek::eek:

Desperation sets in…we only have 2 muesli bars and a cup full of water left in the last water-bottle, there’s no friggin ferry to be seen anywhere across the whole bay and we might well get caught out by the tide, the sandy shore the same distance away as the last sand-spit.
If there ever was a ferry around here, it’ll be leaving in under 30 mins!

The going isn’t to bad yet, but the mud softer, deeper:(….sucking the tyres in, and there are bigger puddles everywhere. It’s a huge, vicious slalom-course now…

Coming back to the last creek-crossing, the freshwater still flows as quickly as before, but it’s a lot higher now.:eek:

[Sorry for no pics in this section…we were sort of busy]

Speed HAS to be up even on entry; otherwise the wet mud will suck us into the ground…not 5 foot across and the front-end just disappears into the murky ground…we go diving in a soft patch of sandy water.

Landing arse first I’m sinking quickly, the fast-flowing water washing out the sand/ muck below me.
Same to the bike that lays on top of me.

THE CAMERA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek::eek::eek:

Keeping it dangling around the neck for quick-use, the bag has taken a dunk….now in my left hand holding it above water, while trying to push the bike up with the other hand… but only feeling myself sinking deeper into the creek-bed with the effort.:doh::doh:
Motor stalls…and the quiet is sudden and full of dread.
She’s drowned….AGAIN!!

GOOODIEEEE!!!!!

The few seconds it takes her to park the RR seem like hours…

Now we’re even deeper in the shit, loosing precious minutes to just get things out of the creek, tearing the little CT out of the claws of the sand, water everywhere, it’s running out of the packs and everywhere else.

We both push Goodies bike across to prevent a 2. bike drowning….
There is just no time left to drain carb and airbox, pull the sparkpklug or stand her on the backwheel to get the water out of the exhaust…reality hits with a mighty whack.

WE’RE DONE!!!

We’re exhausted by the physical efforts of the last few hours, no way in hell to push a fully-laden postie the 500m to the sandy spit through those mudflats, it’s just getting too soft.

Goodie might just make it, I’ll try to carry the pack and leave the bike to the tides.
If the going gets too hard with 20odd kg on my back, I’ll abandon the gear as well and run. Or swim, whatever….

In the far distance is the white outline of a ferry….but pointing south-east, we’re north east!!

glitch
09-05-2008, 12:28 PM
One more kick….just one more kick…..:(:(

….AND THE LITTLE HONDA SPLUTTERS AND FARTS BACK TO LIFE !!!!!!!!!

In total disbelief we press on…. stalling, catching, coughing and jerking….but GOING!!!

Every tiny dip into one of those endless puddles and she cuts out, sucking a small dash of water out of the airbox into the carb…

But starting again after a few kicks…We make it onto the spit…look back and THE FERRY HAS TURNED NORTH NOW, steaming towards us along the island’s shores.

It’s a hard choice to either follow the safety of the coastline, the loose sand and mangroves…or run the 1k across the smaller mudflats, straight to the next spit, which should be Moon Point and the ferry-landing…or somewhere around there.

Despair still bites deep, but resignation is fading….if the bike dies across the flats, at least I can run for the spit, possibly catch the ferry and get off the island for the safety of Hervey Bay.

The little CT and I don’t know it yet…but she’s fatally wounded, water in the crankcases and engine-bearings, water everywhere….but she keeps going, tough as nails and giving more than she’s got…WAY MORE!!

Tears of hope turn into rivers of relief, dripping off the chinbar of the helmet as we hit the safety of the sandy spit and hardpack-sand again.

A fishing boat lies close offshore:
“Moon Point…FERRY????”
He point up the beach a bit:
“Where the buses are!!!”
Buses???? BUSES????????????????

Rounding the view-obscuring spit

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We can’t believe we’re here :glu:glu:glu

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Folks are milling around us, the drivers and tourguides just shake their heads.
“Posties…HERE!! F’ing POSTIES ...I don’t believe it!!!”

Neither do we....

We’re soaked to the waist, sand plastered everywhere, sand grinding away in the jocks, the Goretex road-boots doing what they’re supposed to do: Not leaking ANY water….
...leaking out in this case.:so

The tourguides offer drinks and nibblies as the ferry pulls in….it’s all too much, I need 5min me-time, shutting out the tourist's ahhh/ohhhh babble around me….

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The barge leaves late and the afternoon darkens as the boat makes it’s hook around the sandbank before crossing into Harvey Bay, the choppy half-meter swell washing over the decks.


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Again the little CT coughs into life for the 100m off the jetty to the Caravan Park, which thankfully has a big caravan with Alum-annex on offer…. a safe-haven of grand proportions to us right now.
The take-away closes at 7.30 and being a few mins late we’re stuck with the left-overs.

Who cares, it’s a full belly. Beats a muesli bar and a dribble of water anytime!!

71k's....~9hrs



Oblivion comes at 8.30….

glitch
09-05-2008, 04:49 PM
The bodies ask their toll…and we sleep in!

….till 5.30am:so

The tumultuous emotions of yesterday still haven’t settled, we somehow can’t believe that we’re here, that the sleeping bags stayed dry in the dunk-in-the-creek, that even the camera bag was dry inside and the Canon seems to work faultlessly.

Turning over: “Mornin’, how ya feelin’?”
“SORE…top to bottom and right to left!”
“Still love me?”
“Only, if you go for another run through the mudflats with me…”

That’s my girl….even tougher than the little CT’s!!:thumbs::thumbs:

The laughter drives us out of the sleeping bags…



“Whadda you laughing about??!!”…. early visitor

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No more fidgeting…the bikes need a clean up and check-over.

While Goodie checks out the laundry for a couple of loads of sand-crusted gear, I find a hose with enough pressure to give both bikes a good wash-down.
There’s sand absolutely EVERYWHERE!!

First the RR…. she’s fine all-round after a quick 10min check-and-fiddle…. tighten up those brakes again, too. There’s even sand in the steering lock…key only goes in halfway.
Then the dreaded moment:

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ARGHHH!!! SHIIIT!!!

“Oi….you lost one of your gloves in the mudflats yesterday….want me to go and look?”:poke::poke:

More ARGHHHH!!! Those things were nearly brandnew...

Goodie’s off getting a litre of fresh oil, then digs through the recycle bins for empty bottles and something to use as a drainer-tray. A 5liter ice-cream tub is perfect…. as is the discarded roll of dunny-paper.
(they use those “20kilometer-rolls" here and chuck out anything that might only last another half-day or so).

What should be 1liter of engine oil looks like 2.5liters of Berger’s Fence-Masta Extra-Thick…it’s all just grey sludge.

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And so begins a day of oilchanges….8 of them!! with very short stints of careful riding to warm up the latest gunk before another lot goes in.:wow:

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Careful to not spill a drop, the dunny paper does a great job… as do the 2 caravans next to each other to camouflage the grease-monkeying in between.

The rest is drying out....

http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/08/Cape/CapeShape0160.jpg

…while Goodie does a few shots around the place, in between the laundry- and-oil-runs.

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Oil-change No.7 produces clear oil after the warm-up…. one more to make sure.

Still…~40k’s of desperado-dashes across the mudflats with that custard in the engine…I just can’t shake some bad vibes…:mad::mad:

http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/08/Cape/CapeShape0164.jpg

You just gotta LOVE that brown, bubbly stuff :so:so

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farawayman
09-05-2008, 05:13 PM
What a good read well done mate :clap::clap::clap:

But I cant help thinking this like bringing a butter knife to a gun fight :wow:

especially when you have a perfectly good shottie in the shed








:poke::poke:

Punisher
09-05-2008, 06:15 PM
heh, postie bikes, made to do anything and anywhere, very light and cheap :-)

good read guys. cant wait to read the rest

glitch
09-05-2008, 06:47 PM
What a good read well done mate :clap::clap::clap:
But I cant help thinking this like bringing a butter knife to a gun fight :wow:
especially when you have a perfectly good shottie in the shed
:poke::poke:


Since we're back, I've thought about that a few times....and here's my choice of ideal bikes just for the Cooloola and Fraser days:

Getting onto and out of the beach and for the inland tracks/ bypass tracks: Some 250MXer, the sand is way too deep/loose for heavier bikes, where extra power just makes them dig in quicker and harder.

Along the beaches: just about anything will do, but not too heavy in weight.
Let's say a DR650 or something.

For the mudflats: an old Suziki RV90, the one with the balloon tyres

Now for the nasty stuff: The Wathumba Creek and mudhole.....well, I'm stumped if I could think of a bike that could beat a postie. It's gotta be light, it should have an auto-clutch (as one tends to scamble around, hanging onto the bars, lifting the front-end off the ground/ out of the ruts etc) while making the bike move under it's own power.

For the Orchid Beach/ high-tide section...a 10ft dinghy with a 25hp outboard perhaps...

No way to get a Strom through the same stuff....not with only 2 ppl, anyway.
The Wathumba mudhole would need a 4WD on the other side...and how's that gonna get across first? there isn't even a tree to use a winch on...

And according to the locals (i.e. ferry-man and barge-captain), they're recovering big trailies on a regular base, most of them bent or drowned...or both.

steamboat
09-05-2008, 07:07 PM
Wot about ,say, 175-250 Agr bike with appropiate mods ie gearing, snorkle, tyres etc :rolleyes:
Might work?

glitch
09-05-2008, 07:15 PM
Wot about ,say, 175-250 Agr bike with appropiate mods ie gearing, snorkle, tyres etc :rolleyes:
Might work?

Perhaps....if removing as much un-needed stuff as possible...most comes down to weight...or rather lack thereof.
There are many situations, where power just doesn't count, but the bike has to be manhandled through/around obstacles.

glitch
10-05-2008, 04:38 PM
Sun’s out and things are looking up:woot:. Ideal travel weather…clear skies, light breeze and not too warm yet.

Still….can’t shake that queasy feeling that I was too late with all those oilchanges and that the bike copped a fatal hit.

http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/08/Cape/CapeShape0166.jpg

It’s out west for the start…the traffic thins out a lot after Maryborough towards Biggenden….

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A break at the Coalstoun Lakes Store on the Isis Hwy finds the cute-looking place closed, but the tables and chairs are out and in the shade….great spot for a stop and the apples go down real well.

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http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/08/Cape/CapeShape0169.jpg

So far, so good…the motor sounds good however often I dip my head for a suspicious “ear-to-the-metal”…

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Only a cop car follows us for a few k’s towards Gayndah…but doesn’t stop us. Looking across when he goes past, I know EXACTLY what he thinks, it’s all over his face…:bs:bs

Through Gayndah on the route north and on a loooong hill 20k’s after town I REALLY hear what I’d been “waiting” for all morning::eek::eek::eek:
A rough, clunky noise rising and dropping with engine-speeds.

SHIT!!…..Game over!!!

The little mill is finally quitting, having lasted another 220k’s on the fresh oil.
She’s now blowing smoke, too…
This is Thursday and the start of the ANZAC-Day Long Weekend, everything will be closed tomorrow, after that it’s the weekend….and our time is slipping away rapidly.:(:(:(

Resignation sets in, then the old spark comes back: No friggin quitting until EVERYTHING has been tried!!:mad:
Gayndah looked substantial enough, let’s go back…nursing the bike as best as I can.
The noises multiply; things are grinding themselves into dust down there.
She’s still going, though….:doh::doh:

First to the servo in town, a friendly and helpful operator gives us a quick rundown on the town. 3pm….
Across the bridge is the local car repair shed…big, old Fred takes his stethoscope and pronounces Goodie’s bike worse than mine!! Huhhh??:eek::eek:
Until we see how long it takes him to get back to his feet….the Anzac celebrations have well and truly started for him quite a while ago.:so:chug::chug:

Next thing’s the mobile phone….both Glen (loxsmith) and Guy (saab463) had offered help in case things went pear-shaped.
But what could they do with a Long Weekend ahead and being over 300k’s away?

In the back of my mind days-remaining/ return-flights/ transport of the bike at least back to Brisbane and all sorts of other things started to whirl and tumble….
Getting onto Glen at first try: “Don’t worry, will figure something out…call Joe at OneTen, that’s where I buy my spares, and see what gives!!!”

Never having met before, I have no idea how serious that really is, but hope is rising again!!!

From the little contact we’ve had so far I know that he’s a MAKER, let’s hope he can make something out of THIS.
3.30pm
I call Joe at OneTenMotorcycles in Caboolture, their whole business is about CT110s…
“Yep, got a few change-over engines here ready to go, 1 A-grade and 3 B-grades”
We go through the details and I ask his ok for Glen to deal on my behalf.

What comes now is just unbelievable in today’s times:
Glen offers to pick up the engine in Caboolture on Anzac-Day morning (Joe had agreed to that), then come up ALL THE WAY to Gayndah on Saturday morning, leaving home at 5am !!!
If THAT isn’t enough, he also PAYS for the whole lot (engine alone is $1000), as Joe can’t take credit-card over the phone.

I sit down right in front of the local childcare-centre, opposite tipsy-Fred’s steel garage, and put my head in my hands…. totally stumped by those offers of help.

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Another call: Mate….I just don’t know what to say…or how to thank you!!!
“Hehh…what goes around, comes around, see ya Sat morning, Guy’s coming along, too.

He doesn’t know how thick that lump in my throat is…

By 5pm and “close-of-business” for the next few days, all’s organized for a mercy-dash to save the mission!!!:woot::woot::so

Then comes the next hurdle…how to find a place to not just stay for a couple of nights... but also take the bike apart for some serious mechanical work.

First to the Caravan Park in town….it’s absolutely choked with young folks from all around the globe!!!:eek:
Mandarin picking season is in full swing and every bathtub is booked out!!
Every other Caravan Park owner/ manager would’ve given me a boot up the clacker after telling my intentions straight out….not so HERE!!:thumbs::thumbs:

“You want some space…and a table or something?”
:glu:glu
They own another house opposite, the backyard is rigged as a make-do overflow-extension of the main premises…and there’s a spacey corner, a semi-abandoned/ unused covered BBQ, another roofed area to work under in the shade, which is even paved….this is PERFECT!!!….and it’s ours!!
Many THANX to the owners of the Riverview Caravan Park in Gayndah!!

Tent up before dark…the Grand Hotel in town puts on some surprisingly good tucker and the beer is nearly frozen….a quick chat to get to know each other with some of the other residents of the “backyard” (all pickers and really nice guys)…. and the intensity and speed with which things have happened over the last 3 days knock us flat by 8.30.:looney::looney:

Eyes close with a deep feeling of guilt for having involved so many people, stuffing up a family Long-Weekend for folks we don’t even know and just causing a lot of trouble to many!!
:oops::oops:
Then again…it’s balanced by the warm feeling that things like this still exist and that there’s a lot of GREAT folks out there!!:clap::clap::clap:



It’s so easy to get oblivious to that in the daily grind….

Punisher
10-05-2008, 06:14 PM
1

well my 9 month old daughter posted that for you guys.

all those trying to work out a better bike, what about a ct200?

glitch
10-05-2008, 07:57 PM
1

well my 9 month old daughter posted that for you guys.

all those trying to work out a better bike, what about a ct200?

Mate, if you can find one....let me know!!
It's a bit harder to get parts for and essentially they're the same bike... skinny hoops, useless drum brakes either end and all that....but at least there'd be a bit more oomph for the hwy-cruising

Hey...and a hug for babs:cdle

goodie
10-05-2008, 08:03 PM
Hey...and a hug for babs:cdle

+1
from me

wobbler
10-05-2008, 08:30 PM
Awesome trip guys and report

glitch
11-05-2008, 05:09 PM
Awesome trip guys and report

:so Ta....more to come :clap:

glitch
11-05-2008, 05:45 PM
Glen had told me to tear the old engine out….and I have to take off the stator-cover and get the old, baked-on gasket off. Let the fun begin….

The Gayndah Workshop

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The XR250 long-range tank comes off first…crashbars and other bits follow as the morning grows into a glorious day…

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Done!!!….. the donk is out after discovering that our toolkit isn’t anywhere near the task….and one of our jolly neighbours offers his 4WD-tool chest, a rare treasure grove of semi-rusted sockets and other useful bits!!!

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Life with the fruit-pickers…Goodie tries to keep up hanging up what the wind blows down…. and declares defeat before lunch…

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Bloody Midgees/ Widgees….the Aeroguard seems to ATTRACT them rather than to ward them off….

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The day closes with everything ready for the transplant tomorrow morning…Glen calls, he's got the engine in the boot of the car…


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Spirits are soaring again….we’re not done yet!!!
Changing our route from inland to the Bruce Hwy up the coast, we hope to recover some of the lost time and still make it to Cairns….

loxsmith
11-05-2008, 06:45 PM
Never having met before, I have no idea how serious that really is, but hope is rising again!!!

From the little contact we’ve had so far I know that he’s a MAKER, let’s hope he can make something out of THIS.
3.30pm
I call Joe at OneTenMotorcycles in Caboolture, their whole business is about CT110s…
“Yep, got a few change-over engines here ready to go, 1 A-grade and 3 B-grades”
We go through the details and I ask his ok for Glen to deal on my behalf.

What comes now is just unbelievable in today’s times:
Glen offers to pick up the engine in Caboolture on Anzac-Day morning (Joe had agreed to that), then come up ALL THE WAY to Gayndah on Saturday morning, leaving home at 5am !!!
If THAT isn’t enough, he also PAYS for the whole lot (engine alone is $1000), as Joe can’t take credit-card over the phone.

I sit down right in front of the local childcare-centre, opposite tipsy-Fred’s steel garage, and put my head in my hands…. totally stumped by those offers of help.



Another call: Mate….I just don’t know what to say…or how to thank you!!!
“Hehh…what goes around, comes around, see ya Sat morning, Guy’s coming along, too.

He doesn’t know how thick that lump in my throat is…



Always treat others how you would like to be treated and never leave a fellow man in the shit if you can help out. It was a pleasure Pete.

And how could I not help when you seem to be just as ?*&%ing crazy as me ???

Love the story, and it's good to catch up on reading after 4 days away from the computer.

So carry on, I'm all ears!

Glen

Now out to the garage to continue my prep.

jefflthomas
12-05-2008, 11:23 AM
your nominated Pete :whistle:.....http://www.maximumbikes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16979
if i've made an error or you want a pic changed let me know http://www.maximumbikes.com/forums/images/smilies/spoton.gif

after reading this http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1734

i'm nominating glitch_oz

although he's not yet eligible as these pics are from April

the trip ended May 3 so there should be eligible pics before polling

glitch_oz - HONDA ? CT110 Postie (Australia Post Bike) NOT YET ELIGIBLE /stock specs = http://www.postiebikes.com/specs.htm
http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/08/Cape/CapeShape0022.jpg

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glitch
12-05-2008, 03:43 PM
Always treat others how you would like to be treated and never leave a fellow man in the shit if you can help out. It was a pleasure Pete.

And how could I not help when you seem to be just as ?*&%ing crazy as me ???

Love the story, and it's good to catch up on reading after 4 days away from the computer.

So carry on, I'm all ears!

Glen

Now out to the garage to continue my prep.

Yo, thought I'd had that "?*&%ing crazy" bit wrapped....nice to see there's another "inmate" around :so

Still, the mercy-dash was absolutely incredible and it not just kept the show on the road, but proved an experience of a special kind !!

More to come on this yarn...

Another thanks go to Brian and Max from BikeMart in Ringwood (http://www.bikemart.net.au), who kitted me out with a new set of Mesh-gloves and an armoured vest today...:thumbs:

Cape York...dumb and dumber !!!

glitch
12-05-2008, 03:47 PM
your nominated Pete :whistle:.....

:oops::oops: Does that mean you want me to post the yarn on MaximumBikes EU as well?:wink::wink:

Thanks mate.......they'll most probably wet themselves over there looking at the pics...:bs

glitch
12-05-2008, 04:34 PM
Another cracker :so of a day looms and Goodie’s off for some breakfast shopping, sticking with the local theme :D

http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/08/Cape/CapeShape0183.jpg

True to their word, Guy, Glen, Glen’s daughter Laura and Steven with son on the Viffer show up at 8.30 after an early-morning dash of 300+k’s…:eek::eek::eek:

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…a huge weight drops off my chest and another lump in the throat starts to grow, seeing the whole bunch roll up…tools in hand even before the car-doors open.
WHAT A CREW!!!!:chug::chug:

The "Blues-Brothers"!!:bs
Guy and Glen…

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On goes the cleaned up stator-cover…

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The “Blitz-Wrenchers” at work:thumbs:

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Guy just can’t help himself (this boy NEEDS a CT110….BADLY!!!):doh::bs

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Coming together

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In a bit over an hour the moment’s come…will she fire up?:rolleyes:

2 kicks and we’ve got a LIVE ONE:woot::woot:
Joy and relief on all faces, the spanners fly one more time to finish off the job and shortly after Goodie and I look at eachother speechlessly:
The crew has left as quickly as it’d showed up and we’re dumfounded….would’ve enjoyed their company for a lot longer than that!!
:clap::clap::clap::clap:

If we’d pack up quickly, we could still make some miles this arvo….and under an hour later we’re back on the road:so…. screwdriver in jacket-pocket for some carby-twiddling along the way.:wink:

Ready to pop! Something that only grows in pots in the “cold South” grows to small-tree size here…:eek:

http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/08/Cape/CapeShape0193.jpg

Along the way to the coast….only in Queensland!!!:bs

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Late afternoon sees us dropping down the Great Divide into Biloela

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The new donk is running fine… the gearbox a little whiny, but strong.

The end of the day sees 250k’ added and finishes with a long talk about anything-under-the-stars with a German traveller from Bielefeld.

Rita’s near the end of a 3-months East-Coast jaunt in a tiny camper-converted delivery-van and has scores of stories to tell….nice to have met you, Rita, hope the rest of your trip turned out a perler. :so:so
Ours did!!

glitch
12-05-2008, 05:38 PM
It’s nippy… but everything’s bone-dry this morning.
We’re waaaay behind schedule and the new donk will get it’s christening today:oops:….we have to make tracks…and LOTS OF IT!!

Just after 7 and ready to roll out…

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Along the way

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150k’s and 3hrs into Rockhampton ahead.... we make it with 30 mins to spare.
A quick fill-up and we’re pointing north for the endless drone up the main road, Bruce Hwy.
Dodging some big clouds along the way, we aim for breaks every 2 hours, but have to dodge some black clouds…. which is a laugh compared to dodging the traffic on the Hwy….even if riding the shoulder as much as we can.:eek::eek:

It’s amazing what traffic “looses” along the way….there’s all sorts of junk along the shoulder of the road, the worst are those big, black rubber-hoops, retreads lost by the trucks, which make us “rejoin” the main-fray after critical judgements of distances and speeds....To not get knocked into the scenery by traffic whizzing past.

A HUGE CREDIT here to the truckers, those pro-drivers who roam the main roads 24/7 with their semis and B–doubles: THOSE GUYS ROCK!!!
They’re the most aware and courteous of the lot

…. the local tradies are ok, too.
Curious, slowing up alongside, having a perv and a yack…:bs

The grey-nomads with their caravans are the worst, often slowing down to our speed, staying behind and blocking following traffic instead of just swerving the tiniest bit and going past.:doh:

We keep rolling north, stopping for short breaks and coffee at some roadhouses

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The slow going gives time to think, the mind wanders…

Another bridge ahead, and they’re all STRICTLY the width of the 2 lanes, not an inch of asphalt extra along the side….better slow down this time, there’s a couple of B-doubles steaming up close behind us….they’ll need ALL the width.
Glen’s “what goes around, comes around” at work…

It’s a looooong day, the scenery uninspiring, and after 453k’s the afternoon darkens…. we’re in Sarina, ~30 south of Mackay.
10hrs on the road, the new motor is well and truly run in and needs an oil-change…tomorrow!

The reception of the Caravan Park is closed??? …at 5.30? There’s lots of laughter from somewhere around the entrance, and we inch into the place.

The ruckus stops dead: “What are YOU doing here??”
“You want a cabin? Only got one left and that’s getting renovated…if you don’t mind not having a fridge, it’s yours!”

Done!! We’re getting off the bikes…crabbing sideways. 450k’s on that little sucker feels like a 1000k-day on the Strom.:doh:

“ Ah….and if you guys come back in 10mins., we’ll all have a Pizza-nite…just order what you like, 5bux a head”.

Sarina Palms Caravan Village is a tropical park run by Dennis and Judy….and it’s like coming HOME.

http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/08/Cape/CapeShape0201.jpg

What a GREAT place. What a crew, what an atmosphere…:so:so:so

Their companions are all travelling folks, welded into “family” by those 2…. bummer we missed ‘Happy Hour” at 5, the laughter would’ve given us cramps!
The Pizza-night still does, though.:thumbs:
They sure know what makes life sweet….

Life on-the-road...the unexpected happens all the time.....

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jefflthomas
12-05-2008, 10:31 PM
Does that mean you want me to post the yarn on MaximumBikes

they'll most probably wet themselves over there

was gonna say...."yeh...easy...straight copy & paste!!" :so

but your probably right so maybe you'd better edit out the SCARY bits :wow:

they are a bit on the "sensitive side" over there :doh:

glitch
13-05-2008, 04:58 PM
was gonna say...."yeh...easy...straight copy & paste!!" :so

but your probably right so maybe you'd better edit out the SCARY bits :wow:

they are a bit on the "sensitive side" over there :doh:

I was rather referring to "pissing themselves laughing"...:bs:bs

glitch
13-05-2008, 05:03 PM
After loosing both gloves to the mudflats on Fraser :oops:…and Goodie finding one:eek:…it’s time for a suitable replacement:
The local hardware store comes to the rescue. :whistle:

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Pulling out of Sarina towards Grasstree Beach on the coast, I shoot past a small sign on the left: Sarina Motorcycles!!

Goodie reigns me in and we go back to meet Darren, who’s just started the biz a few months ago.
He lets me use the workshop and tools for the quick oilchange, while we yabber away.:thumbs:
Another lot of great folks, super-friendly and easy-going.:so:so

Darren and apprentice

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On the coast ~30k’s south of Mackay, the little paradise of Grasstree Beach, a place we’d stayed a while... nearly 25 years ago….:glu

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Coconuts along the beach, nothing much has changed

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Time to remember “the old times”, when we roamed up and down the East Coast of Oz for 9 months….

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Hay Point is only a few k’s up the coast, Australia’s biggest coal-shipping port.
The road up the hill to the lookout nearly gives the poor posties a cardiac arrest. :glu

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The loop straight west to Mirani, then north to Mt. Ossa, not only neatly bypasses Mackay, but is a real single-laner GEM…twisties….FINALLY some TWISTIES again…BLISS!!!
The bumpy track leads through the endless fields of sugar-cane which will fringe our ways from here northward to Cairns.

A bit up the road is Calen, a small settlement along the Bruce Hwy and time for lunch.
The shop is straight out of the ‘50s :glu:glu

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An old guy joins us in the shade, he’s blown into town to say final farewells to his best mate of 70+years…and we both get a philosophy-lesson to mull over for the next couple of hours to Bowen…
THANKS for some of life’s wisdom to whoever you are, mate!!:so:so
If there’d only been more time we’d have loved to stop by your place for the cuppa and more of what you’ve passed onto us…

Not far to Bowen

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A bit of an easier day…only 300k’s…but what a way to travel!!
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Tropical riding gear (Jeez, I shouldn’t post this….back home they’ll crucify me for that shot:bs:bs).

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Bare feet, crocs, T-shirt, no gloves…and the chinstrap’s undone :looney::looney:….going shopping in Bowen!!!
Don’t be too harsh, folks…PLEASE??:upyrs: :bs

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FUTURE.
13-05-2008, 06:08 PM
Love the report and photos and even the surgery ones on the 110. :lollol:

Question. How can we get stickers like the one on the front guard???

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glitch
13-05-2008, 06:40 PM
Another day of “making tracks”…
¼ to 6 and we’re packing….:woot:

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A look back at Bowen’s Yacht harbour…

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…before hitting the Main St. bakery for a breakfast-raid. :so
Up the road, a steep hill 20k’s short of Ayr irks our interest…GOSH, this is STEEP!!!
I have to duck-walk the bike while it’s slowly dying in first gear over those last few meters…:eek:

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The views are worth every burnt clutch-plate :thumbs:

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Down’s easy…but the front-end’s sitting on the blocks when using the front-brake even gently.:eek:

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On the road…and shooting while riding.

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Smack-bang in the powerband of the CT:doh::bs

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Another surprise-bit of HWY1

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Goodie’s V6 RR after some “smoking-down-the-hwy…”:so

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A quick bite at Hungry Jacks in Townsville….a couple of chippies add an extra 30 mins of rest in the shade:rolleyes:…then up the coast towards Ingham.

“The Frosty Mango”….a huge ice-cream-shop in the middle of nowhere... even the Army pulls in for a break and those deliriously-delicious 50-flavours.:clap:

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Cars pull in, cars leave…

“ Whadda YOU doing here?….didn’t we see you in Brissie a few days ago?”

…and here we go again!:so The sun pelts down, the double-cone melts away… grins and laughs with total strangers…travelling on a postie!!:thumbs::thumbs:

More HWY 1 towards Cardwell…
The cane-fields never stop….

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YEEEEHA….someone slower than us !!!!!!!!!!

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We pull the pin after 371k’s in Cardwell, opposite Hinchinbrook Island.

He caught a Barra off the pier at Cardwell….proud as Larry!!

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At other times, there are 19ft crocs under the jetty…:rolleyes::eek:

Hinchinbrook

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A good day on the road says Goodbyes…

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glitch
13-05-2008, 06:48 PM
Love the report and photos and even the surgery ones on the 110. :lollol:
Question. How can we get stickers like the one on the front guard???


Glad you enjoy, mate:thumbs:

The stickers....Steve made a big batch for us a year or so ago, as "merchandise" to get a few bux toghether in order to pay for the cost of running AT (domain name and server cost).

Perhaps we should try this again?
If there's any interest, that is....
Can anyone remember what those stickers ran at $-wise?
I knew we offered them as singles or packs....

glitch
13-05-2008, 10:03 PM
A grey and overcast morning….at least it’s warm.:clap:

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The green-grocer’s is open and we grab something for breakfast along the foreshore.

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Typical North Queensland….

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The way to Tully…the harvest is in full swing.

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We need another litre of oil, and Tully Motorcycles offers the good stuff: Motul 1000, full-mineral!!:so
I wonder how this would fit onto the CT…oh Gosh:eek:, I’m getting those crazy ideas again:eek:, better leave quick, otherwise I’ll whack the Visa onto the counter.:bs
(at least I wouldn’t fall into those creeks anymore, aye?):oops:

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The way north

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For something else, and more memories of 1984, we duck back to the coast to Mission Beach….

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…which seems to have turned into the “full-plastic”…tourist-trap, shonky developers playpen, blocks of holiday-flats and the whole gamut of rapid, under-controlled and over-hyped real estate boom-time….just a few k’s up the road is a one-laner through thick rain-forest to Clump point.:so:so

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The wind whistles past as we chew some muesli-bars…

Another few k’s north is Bingil Bay…and the Plastique-Fantastique hasn’t discovered the place yet. We even find the council’s beach-camp at the very end….and 25 years have stood still here.:wave:

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Still a little paradise!!::thumbs:

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All one needs…shower and kitchen :thumbs:

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The back road looping onto the main strip used to be dirt…it’s now a glorious piece of twisty bitumen that makes the heart sing at 60kmh….:wow:

We turn off at Silkwood and take the small road via Yapoonvale to Mena Creek.
YEEHA…what a rollercoaster!!! Crikey!! :glu
Good fun amongst the cane-fields, tight, twisty, bumpy and old single-lane timber-bridges…the CT’s are feeling at home instantly.:clap::clap:

The Mena Creek Store comes up with some REAL tucker….monstrous salad, egg and bacon sandwiches….GIGANTIC!!
And all freshly made….of course, we get stuck yabbering away for an hour or so…get to know a few locals who’re picking up their mail, cop some stories from the driver of the milk-truck….stick around till tonite and we’ll all be like family, I reckon! Friendly folks!!

The afternoon clouds over again as we crawl up the Palmerston Hwy into the Atherton Tablelands, chased by some low-hanging blackbellies.
It stays dry…JUST.
MillaaMillaa Falls seem a good a idea…what a pretty spot.

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The “Misty Mountains” look damn misty as the afternoon closes…we’re after some shelter for the night, bugger pitching tent tonight.

There's a mobile signal along the Main street and we can stitch the storage for the 2 CT's for the next few months in Cairns. BEWDY!!!

MillaaMillaa Tourist Park has new owners, and again, super-friendly folks we instantly get on with (it’d be pretty hard, not to!!):clap::clap:
The cabin is a converted workers quarters with a huge carport out front….big enough for 80 posties, I reckon:so…and we’re by ourselves.:wow:

“ Grab what you like, the bananas and oranges are just perfect”
Free fruit for all.

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And they are !! We grab a couple on the way out and go back for more later on… after installing ZoneAlarm, AntiVirus and a few other apps on their “Internet café” section of the reception. The machine is totally unsecured…and the only public net-access in town…. incredible!!:wow::wow:

The place is a tropical 7 acres….small sites tucked away in dense rain-forest, their own creek with Platypus and Tree-Kangaroos….heaven!!:chug::chug:

The rain starts… and it turns nippy…well, sort of….North QLD way nippy, I mean… :wink:

tim
14-05-2008, 08:33 AM
Glad you enjoy, mate:thumbs:

The stickers....Steve made a big batch for us a year or so ago, as "merchandise" to get a few bux toghether in order to pay for the cost of running AT (domain name and server cost).

Perhaps we should try this again?
If there's any interest, that is....
Can anyone remember what those stickers ran at $-wise?
I knew we offered them as singles or packs....

found this.

vinyl cut $4 each

small black $2 each

Sticker pack of 3 for $9
1 vinyl cut, 1 large black, 1 small black. Only 18 of these packs due to the small amount of large black sticker we have.


$1 postage per order or pickup

glitch
14-05-2008, 10:12 AM
found this.

vinyl cut $4 each

small black $2 each

Sticker pack of 3 for $9
1 vinyl cut, 1 large black, 1 small black. Only 18 of these packs due to the small amount of large black sticker we have.


$1 postage per order or pickup

Thanks mate !!:so

glitch
14-05-2008, 10:16 AM
It’s still overcast…but dry.
It wasn’t really planned, but the sign advertises fun galore “Not suitable for caravans”…. our kind of road!!:thumbs:

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And no disappointment to be found anywhere…the single-laner crests and dips through the countryside, dense tropical bush, then farmland, and then dark bush again…

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It’s nippy, the wind whistles across the paddocks and it’s only ~100k’s to Cairns…we can take our time.:chug:

Just short of Ravenshoe we hit the main road, Kennedy Hwy.

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Then the skies crack open a little as we carve the twisties and pull into Mt. Hypipamee N.P to have a look at “The Crater”…. and the upper reaches of the Barron River.

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The backroads across to Malanda…what a place up here!!!:glu:glu


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Out of the corner of my eye I see something moving on the far left…then a sloppy, wet “WHACK” as something hits the ground, I can even hear it in the helmet.
HUHHHH?? Something fell out of the sky!!:eek::eek:
Looking back, there’s a dead rat at the side of the road…I must be dreaming!!
A flying dead rat??

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Cruising past the signs, we quickly stop for a shot at the Giant Curtain Fig Tree

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Goodie explains the “flying carcasses”….a hawk must’ve picked up the rat near the road…. then taken to flight, just as I was coming around the bend.
Stunned by the Mighty-Midget, the bird dropped its prey…. missing me by about 10ft.
…to Lake Eacham, a tranquil little place.

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Taking our time to explore the Tablelands is a luxury….and we bask in it!!!

The Twin-Kauris near Lake Barrine….

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…. before we’re on the slimy clay along the eastern side of Lake Tinaroo….

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…. exploring some of the bays and camp-sites….perfect places to stay for a few days, months, longer…:thumbs::thumbs:
Some of the side-tracks are fairly rutted and we’re glad to have started ditching some of our gear…everyday sees another set of old socks, jocks and other bits in the bin…the reason we took that old stuff along in the first place.

Cathedral Fig Tree along the way…. fairytale-stuff!:eek:

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Another German tourist on a 650GS rolls up…and we’re playing tags on the dirt between all the lookouts and pretty spots, the postie holding it's own against the 650 on those tracks.

Hope you’ve made it back to Sydney without trouble, mate…and hell, 9 months for a lap of Oz sound damn good to me!!!:so:so

The skies finally crack open in the late afternoon as our ride draws to a close near the overflow of Tinaroo-Dam…up on the lookout is our German mate.

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It’s a magic spot down here…the water gently drops in huge sheet down the dam-wall, not another soul around, flocks of parrots bickering in the trees….:glu:glu

Time to pitch tent and look for some tucker…

glitch
14-05-2008, 01:12 PM
4.30am…clear skies and a million stars as close as an 8- foot ceiling…our last day’s looking PERFECT already.:so

5.30…time for a cuppa. Tent wide open with most gear outside for airing and yacking away in the camp-kitchen, the first drops make us run to get things under cover.:mad:
Never packed up sooo fast…but the tent goes on totally soaked.

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15 mins later…

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Another 15 mins, and some grey muck descends on us, drizzle sets in on the back roads south to Yungaburra and the short climb to the top of the Divide

Looking down towards the coast…COAST,???…what bloody coast???:(

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Top of the Gillies Hwy

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Only 5k’s down the glorious, but wet twisties, things dry out, the road is MAGIC.
Good enough to turn up the wick and let it fly… catching up with a few cars, which are quickly disposed of….the extra weight on the back gives the midgets just that little extra punch to zip through the inside of sharpish bends.:thumbs::woot:

“Fresh PawPaws” says the sign at the bottom of the Gillies…we’ve gotta try that.
Honesty-box….50c for the small red-hearted ones…a buck for the big ones.:wow:
We try the small, then somehow find place for 2 big ones in the packs…

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The real world has us back in Gordonvale for the short run into Cairns.
People, cars, trucks…. chaos everywhere!:wow::wow:

Having studied the Cairns street-directory, we find the Coconut Caravan resort easily…and there’s a free cabin to dry out and sort our stuff before we’re flying out tomorrow.

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The leaky, old tent goes into the bin…it somehow hurts after nearly 20 years.
It’s seen a LOT of places, from Tassie to Cairns, from the Southern Alps to the Flinders Ranges and pretty much everything in between….:(:(:(

2650k’s…was it THAT much??:wow::wow:

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The most outstanding piece of our gear….the CROCS!!
Note the chain-gunk at the right tip…it’s the quickest way to check chain-tension in the morning, a gentle kick from underneath.
The gunk won’t come off, either….underneath the material is scuffed from ”scraping the CROCS” through my beloved right-handers… instead of scraping the pegs.:bs:bs

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A quick dash into Cairns CBD to check out the address of the place where the bikes will be stored… then we’re trying to find a car wash for a cleanup and grab some tucker and a 6-pack for dinner, eh?
Have a nice, lazy afternoon to sort our gear…
Rolling up to the carwash, Goodie’s rear is FLAT!!
NOOOO!!!

And most of the gear is in the cabin!

With end-of-the-working-week-chaos building around us, we’re assigned a corner at the carwash to dismantle the rear with a handful of tools; Beaurepairs is close and gruntingly fixes the tube on the spot…THANK YOU, guys!!!:so:so…we watch a local tradie tear down the overhead mechanism of the “MAX. 2.1m Height!!!” automated wash cubicle….and 90 mins later weave and dodge our way through the mounting traffic….Italian Scooter style!!:chug:
Fark-me-dead…what an afternoon!!:wow:
The 6-pack tastes twice as good…

Heath has agreed for us to show up on a Saturday morning… another GREAT soul happy to help out.
My donk farts and stutters in the morning….SHIT!!!!….then I discover the pulled choke…must’ve happened when cleaning up yesterday.


Heath at the storage place…MANY THANKS to you, mate!!!…we’ll see each other in August again.

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30 mins after taking the positive leads off the batteries and the midgets are locked into safe-storage inside a steel-cage, inside a factory, inside a locked and patrolled compound. Big, fat tarp over the top….have a “good sleep”, you two!

And a deeeep bow for all you’ve gotten us through!!!!!!!!!!!

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The cab-driver is the last of those fantastic folks we meet along the way, the $24 fare to the airport proves a bargain after getting the low-down on Cairns…it’s low-laying areas on barely-drained swamp, where the sea pushes into the drainage channels of the city at each high-tide….the local politics of the place of the last 10 years, corrupt mayors (and mayoresses) that have taken “the good, old chums”-theme to new heights…and lots more. Al Capone…tropic-style.
24 bux?
PRICELESS!!


If anyone reckons by now, that we’ve had enough of the posties after this ride and finally be happy with the “real” bikes or get into 400/650 dirt-squirters instead….SCHTIFF BICKIES.
We only just got a taste for it…and it’s mighty sweet.:thumbs::thumbs:

See ya back here in ~4 months…. after the
“CHARGE OF THE MIDGETS_ ASSAULT ON CAPE YORK pt2”

Can’t wait for it!!! It’ll be a cracker….:doh::doh:
Crazy?? We'll give you CRAZY!!!:bs:bs

Cheers!!:so

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FUTURE.
14-05-2008, 05:37 PM
found this.

vinyl cut $4 each

small black $2 each

Sticker pack of 3 for $9
1 vinyl cut, 1 large black, 1 small black. Only 18 of these packs due to the small amount of large black sticker we have.


$1 postage per order or pickup

Please do them again guys. :) I would buy a few packs.

Punisher
14-05-2008, 06:24 PM
what a top read and a top trip Glitch and Mock. you should work out how much its cost ya, those posti bikes dont cost much to buy and run after all.

and i do agree, slow speeds, you see a lot more and go a lot of places most people wouldnt consider taking them on, after all they are kinda expendable. i seriously doubt you would see anybody take their 15 grand strom through frazer.

so what was your most rememberal moment Glitch and yours too Mock?

goodie
14-05-2008, 08:42 PM
so what was your most rememberal moment Glitch and yours too Mock?

That's easy! The time on Fraser Island!! There we had the good and the ugly (scary). I just loooved riding along the hard-packed sand in warm sunshine, water lapping gently one metre away from the wheels. Free as a bird and totally unconcerned. I wished, the day would never end! One word: MAGIC!!!

Then the scary sections on the west coast, where it was touch and go a few times and very tough going, close to exhaustion more than once, and afterwards the exhilarating emotions in "having come through this" unscathed.
Fraser Island, I love and respect you - and I will never forget you!

PS I also have to add, that I didn't have any previous sand riding experience. That probably added to the excitement as well!

goodie
14-05-2008, 08:48 PM
My favourite sentence on this trip: "Pete, your bike needs an oil-change!" :rofl::bs

glitch
15-05-2008, 07:58 AM
Please do them again guys. :) I would buy a few packs.

I'll scrounge around for any "leftovers" from last time....give me a couple of days.:so

glitch
15-05-2008, 08:28 AM
what a top read and a top trip Glitch and Mock. you should work out how much its cost ya, those posti bikes dont cost much to buy and run after all.


Mate....to be honest, I don't really wanna know how much that fortnight came to.:wow::wow:
For the start, it was too much FUN...
The actual cost of running a postie is fairly minimal, once you've got the bike (~1000-1200 plus ~300 for parts and bits to get it onto the road), there's 300 bux Vic rego, $30-50 tyres, 3l of juice/ 100km road-riding, you get the idea.
Looking at the overall cost of this trip though...things blew out.
Bike-shipping, flights back and forth, a $1000 replacement engine, 90 bux for 8 oil-changes in Hervey Bay, 40bux ech for vehicle permit and camping permit on Fraser Island, another 40 bux/ bike for the barges to and from Fraser (and those were "postie"-grin-your-head-off-rates).

In the end...either you do it...or you don't!

For the next stint there'll be no shipping charges as the bikes are already up there...but the flights, permits for certain areas of the Cape, the barge across the Jardine River....and lots more, I'm sure.
Then add the more-than-real-possibility of breakdowns/ recovery-costs/personal expenses due to breakdowns like extra flights opr transport of bike from Bamaga via ship back to Cairns and, and...and!
All that before any possible costs related to prangs and injuries...

In the end...either you do it...or you don't!




and i do agree, slow speeds, you see a lot more and go a lot of places most people wouldnt consider taking them on, after all they are kinda expendable. i seriously doubt you would see anybody take their 15 grand strom through frazer.

so what was your most rememberal moment Glitch and yours too Mock?

Damn right...after what we've seen, I wouldn't take the Strom to Fraser, NO WAY!!
Cooloola ? maybe....(with a few mates to help eachother onto and off the beach, the 15k's of Freshwater Rd. could well turn out a real bitch though...maybe half a day's worth of blood, sweat and curses).

The most memorable moments?
I'm in tune with Goodie here....FRASER!!

The emotional highs-and-lows were just EXTREME, jubilation and deep awe skyhigh.... followed by deepest frustration and despair only 30mins later....and the last hour in the mudflats with the rising tide and half-dead engine grew from concern to outright fear, then towards panic...while the sunset on the barge across to Hervey Bay an hour later was a real highlight again....things were just extreme.
ALL DAY LONG!!....one of the most intense days in my 50odd years :chug:

But even without Fraser and Cooloola, there were so many highlights....and quite a few of them involved the contact with other people...it's hard to sort it all out.

jefflthomas
15-05-2008, 01:02 PM
thanks, to you both, really enjoyed that!! :so

no offense, but gotta confess, this early pic cracked me up :bs

kinda looks like http://www.maximumbikes.com/forums/images/smilies/lol_5.gif

"hurry up & take the bloody pic will ya, i'm dyin' for a pee" http://www.maximumbikes.com/forums/images/smilies/mut.gif
http://www.glitch-oz.com/pics/08/Cape/CapeShape0030.jpg

goodie
15-05-2008, 01:11 PM
Nah, it was just bloody cold, rain was threatening and it was getting dark soon, with no accommodation in sight..............

jefflthomas
15-05-2008, 01:24 PM
no accommodation in sight..............

obviously!! :rofl:

loxsmith
16-05-2008, 08:22 AM
Great read. Roll on stage 2, can't wait! :clap:

roarin
18-05-2008, 10:03 AM
Hehehehehe. Absolutely magnificent reading Pete (and Goodie):clap::clap: There is certainly nothing like a bit of fear & panic to make a ride that bit more memorable eh? Hehehehe. As they say -it's not an adventure unless something turns to shit along the way:so

Already looking fowards to the next installment. Thanks again for the read & photos:thumbs::thumbs:

glitch
18-05-2008, 04:20 PM
Hehehehe. As they say -it's not an adventure unless something turns to shit along the way:so


Jeerz...you can say THAT again!!
Sounds like you enjoyed the read....the way it should be :so:so

Already full bore into the preps for the next one, quite a few things need changing. I'm sure (rather: shitting myself), it'll be another cracker :bs

loxsmith
18-05-2008, 09:12 PM
Don't be scared Pete, even if we don't get there we will still have a laugh and a good time. It's the adventure not the destination!
Need to make a few mods to my ride, the bike, not Leeanne. Can't see shit outa those bloody mirrors, and we all know you need to watch them like a hawk. The seat drifts around like a dinghy in a cyclone, and the front forks are near on non existant. Need some really thick oil in the forks, thats for sure. Started spoke wiring tonight and dumped the oil.

Covered over 200km this weekend, should have seen the faces at the Mt Glorious Cafe when I slide to a halt in front of all the assembled sports bikes. Was there for ages, everybody wanted a chat. Nearly wound it off the clock on the way down the mountain and yes the motor was not running. Drum brakes are really scary when they heat up!

Glen

whitey
22-05-2008, 08:24 AM
Another epic ride and equally epic report. It was a great read over breakfast this morning. Well done Pete and Goodie. :chug:

This just looks wrong.... but oh so right at the same time.

glitch
22-05-2008, 11:15 AM
Don't be scared Pete, even if we don't get there we will still have a laugh and a good time. It's the adventure not the destination!
Need to make a few mods to my ride, the bike, not Leeanne. Can't see shit outa those bloody mirrors, and we all know you need to watch them like a hawk. The seat drifts around like a dinghy in a cyclone, and the front forks are near on non existant. Need some really thick oil in the forks, thats for sure. Started spoke wiring tonight and dumped the oil.

Covered over 200km this weekend, should have seen the faces at the Mt Glorious Cafe when I slide to a halt in front of all the assembled sports bikes. Was there for ages, everybody wanted a chat. Nearly wound it off the clock on the way down the mountain and yes the motor was not running. Drum brakes are really scary when they heat up!

Glen

:bs:bs Love that seat-comparo...the seat hinge might need some "opening-up" and a sleeve inserted? (speak: whacked into place)
Yo, the forks are useless...might as well weld-em-shut and gaffer-tape a whoopie-cushion on top of the seat.:eek:

Drum brakes are even scarier after water-crossings :so:so

Can inmagine the scene @ Mt. Glorious....it's HILAROUS, innit??!!

glitch
22-05-2008, 11:25 AM
This just looks wrong.... but oh so right at the same time.

:so:so:so
Happy, you enjoyed the read!:D

Willyboy
02-07-2008, 02:00 PM
Wow awesome pics Fraser looks amazing! Looks like an awesome trip!

PS. My bike will be on the road in a week :)

glitch
02-07-2008, 04:59 PM
Wow awesome pics Fraser looks amazing! Looks like an awesome trip!

PS. My bike will be on the road in a week :)

Mate...it was a CRACKER!!! :glu :bs
More coming soon (not soon enough, though :D)
Good to hear the CT's BACK! :clap: