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STOOKIE
27-07-2008, 08:48 PM
Another trip to woods point……..
The day started at 7am for me, getting up , layer the clothes on, putting the must have gear on the bike and putting my rack bag on.
Rode through the spur the Healesville to meet the guys, with tourist on the wrong side of the road, diesel slicks and it was wet too.
Meet up with Bonnie Doon (pete) KLR08OZ (lee) Tim from the Austouring forum and myself. Lil also came down in the car, just so the guys could see Im not a part time girl and she does exist…..lol.
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Set of through the spur heading for Marysville, I do the spur run as part of my commute so I set a quick pace to start with, heading up to Marysville was slow due to the cage drivers in 4wd who don’t need or will ever use them for the purpose intended, bloody status has a lot to answer for……
Stopped at Armstrong lookout to wait for the guys…..the cloud where hovering around the hills like a warning of things to come……

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We get onto the dirt and Tim sets off at a rapid rate, Im following as quick as I can building my own confidence and putting trust in my TKC80’s. Pete and Lee are not far behind, taking it a bit easier than Tim and I due to new tires and Lee on a virgin bike.
We get to the where the tarmac starts and stop for some pictures in the snow, not knowing it was about to get dramatically worse.
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I park up in the snow for a nice “scenic shot” whilst Pete is ripping up the snow with rooster tails flying around everywhere, very unfair snow fight……
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We start heading up to Matlock and the clouds have descended upon us…….vision is seriously impaired. My goggles are fogged up, they are filthy from the bike in front, rubbing them only makes it worse.
We are all having some issues with traction, potholes and the soft muddy clay on some corners that attacks unexpectedly .
I nearly trashed myself hitting 80km/ph on a straight only to have 35k corner pop up from nowhere. Covered in potholes the bike went spastic and I was holding on trying to focus on the corner. After sh**ing my pants and sliding to what seemed my end, the bike sorted itself and squirmed around in its own way.
Phew ! ! ! lets just take it a bit easier from now, but after a few K’s it was game on again. The fog lifted as quick as it came and then flat stick skimming the gravel at speed I didn’t think possible.

Then the snow hit, it was everywhere, a lot worse than the previous weekend. Not what we where expecting. Tim came a cropper and slid out and buggered his gear lever. After a bit of pushing and pulling he got it manageable . Off we went on our decent down the hill. It must have been 4wd convention as the road was threating us with 4wd at every corner. The snow was hard packed and slippy as a big bag of slippy things. So Tim who is now going for the snow speed record with road tires decided to slide to a halt on fromt of some more 4wd trucks as a bit of a show. This time he buggered the rear brake. So now we have a bike with ahrd to shift gears and no back brake………bummer. And the riding is all steep decent from here on in to woods point.
My ass cheeks where so tightly puckered I think I asshaled my bonds undies…….
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After a few stops for a smoke and to catch breath we finally get into woods point. I think it took us a good 3hrs.
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We ordered lunch and it took about 3 hours to arrive too……….
Filled up, and warm again we headed back up the hill in the soft slippy clay dirt. This time I gave the bike a right flogging and stood up on the pegs and let the arse end do what it wanted………a technique that seemed to be working. Fast dirty fun, nothing wrong with that.
Getting down into the valley meant the snow had gone, the temp had risen and we where making a bit more time and speed.
Lee had a bike with 100km when he turned up for the ride and the stock tires, with no previous riding like this he was doing an incredible job. Pete was coming to grips with his new Knob, er sorry I mean nobbies.
Out of Gaffney we where all having a bit more fun, flogging the bike out of corners to get the back end sliding, locking the back into 35km hairpins…….best fun ever.

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We get into Jamison which seemed like forever, and my headlight and taillight was dead. Blown fuse was the conclusion, so an escort home in the fading light was needed. We turned left heading to snobs creek and headed up and over the hill. The time was after 4 so not much light left, Tim and I pushed a bit harder as I needed to get as close to home before dark. But we stopped at a lookout to take this picture, this veiw in the dusk made the whole day worthwhile for me.

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Heading down the hill to snobs creek was windy and loose, great powerslide territory so I let rip.
Getting onto the tarmac was a welcomed sight but there was green moss all over the road in sections making my front wheel misbehave.

We finally get out of the twisties ( not something I ever thought I would say) and stop at the junction to thornton and waited for everyone to catch up. Now the light was fading quick so I stuck myself in between Pete and Tim for the escort home. By the time we reached thornton it was dark, I was pushing to follow the taillight, wherever tim went I followed, let me tell you, that was hard work, trusting every turn.
I get home to be welcomed with a hot cup of tea, the guys hang around for a coffee. Pete’s bike is blowing like a $5 whore, the header clamp has come undone and he lost both bolts. It sound awesome but not what he wanted.
So all in all another amazing day out in the hills. I will let the other guys fill you in on the day from their point of view but a fantastic day out for me.

1 broken gear lever
1 broken brake lever
1 broken headlight and tail light
a bike that blows
2 falls from tim

the experience -- Priceless :)

and a battered fish lunch that took an hour to arrive and wasn’t worth the wait.

What an amazing Sunday.

To all the riders who think they are adventure riders, do this trip in the snow and the freezing temperatures and then we will talk.

Thanks to Bonnie Doon, KLR08OZ, and Tim for the best days riding in a bloody long time………
Hope you enjoyed the read.

Stookie

** the guys mentioned in the report are from another KLR forum, Tim from Austouring woke up with his balls attached this morning and also came along**
Although tim proved he can crash, and he proved it twice, he was travelling at significant speed with his road tires......MASSIVE BALLS:lollol:

tim
28-07-2008, 10:33 AM
Thanks for organising the ride Stookie, had a ball..

Bike will need a new gear lever and rear brake lever.. and prob pegs as they are bent now. Also need to straighten bars, looks like they have twisted in their mounts.

I have torn the ligaments in my left shoulder. Doc has said no riding for 2 weeks but I expect to be back on the bike by Thursday (with good doctors drugs).. Train'd it in to work today, now I remember why I bike it in. :) :)

great day out with a great bunch of guys, if anyone gets the opputunity to ride this route, go for it.

Punisher
28-07-2008, 02:22 PM
Jeezuz. that sounds like me riding to work on me scooter :-p

glitch
28-07-2008, 05:12 PM
:clap::clap::glu

Jay...you should start thinking about getting those ride reports trademarked!!

Again, great stuff and sweet pics to go with the text.
Tim decking it?
Nawwwww.....couldn't happen !!!!























....to a nicer fellow :whistle::whistle::bt


Did Lil drive along for the whole loop?

glitch
28-07-2008, 07:15 PM
Bike will need a new gear lever and rear brake lever.. and prob pegs as they are bent now. Also need to straighten bars, looks like they have twisted in their mounts.


Wanna come around and do the necessary "straightening"?
:thumbs:

Aren't the levers steel?
How about putting the torch to 'em and belting 'em straight?

jefflthomas
28-07-2008, 08:38 PM
:doh:..you guys are on the wrong Kawis! ....http://www.maximumbikes.com/forums/images/smilies/mut.gif

http://www.cptelecom.net/ecurtis/sno5.jpg

glitch
29-07-2008, 06:54 AM
:doh:..you guys are on the wrong Kawis!



Yo...that's exactly what it feels like this morning:eek:

STOOKIE
30-07-2008, 01:29 PM
Thanks Pete, glad you like the report.
The pics are better now I got a decent camera. The veiw that tim found on the jamison to snobs creek road was outstanding.

Dont know why id need to trade mark my reports......:rolleyes:
Maybe Im missing the point....:looney:

Tim is a top lad, great rider, full on, all the time. I liked it.
Somebody with a quick pace allowed my confidence to boost to extreme for the day.

Definatley a camping trip for a few days in that area, loads of tracks to explore.

Than ks again

I will sell my next report to the highest bidder.......1 latte and a cream bun:wow:

tim
31-07-2008, 11:43 AM
Wanna come around and do the necessary "straightening"?
:thumbs:

Aren't the levers steel?
How about putting the torch to 'em and belting 'em straight?

Thanks Pete, will prob take you up on the offer.. need a few more days to get the shoulder right, left arm is pretty useless at the moment. Rode in today, jeez that was painful.

glitch
31-07-2008, 06:35 PM
Thanks Pete, glad you like the report.
The pics are better now I got a decent camera. The veiw that tim found on the jamison to snobs creek road was outstanding.

Dont know why id need to trade mark my reports......:rolleyes:
Maybe Im missing the point....:looney:

Tim is a top lad, great rider, full on, all the time. I liked it.
Somebody with a quick pace allowed my confidence to boost to extreme for the day.

Definatley a camping trip for a few days in that area, loads of tracks to explore.

Than ks again

I will sell my next report to the highest bidder.......1 latte and a cream bun:wow:


Latte and cream-bum coming up :bs

Good write-up....entertaining, dotted with relevant pics... just a good read all up. :chug::chug:

Once I've got that 650 regged, I'm in for one of those rides/ weekends :so

STOOKIE
02-08-2008, 01:34 PM
As soon as its regged then let me know, Im up for a camping weekend. Or just the same route.
Should hopefully have another bike for lil by then.
Its strange not having to wait for her anymore, feels wrong.

Hope to see you all again soon.:D

glitch
03-08-2008, 06:19 PM
Its strange not having to wait for her anymore, feels wrong.


:bs DON'T let her see that