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Hytram
01-08-2008, 10:24 PM
Work finally came to a head, I had a gut full but the job pays to well and the company car with a fuel card is a huge bonus. I told the boss I needed time off, I haven't taken a holiday in over four years just to do nothing. The first week was spent doing nothing but 12 hours of the day in bed and the other 12hrs doing not much more, The second week, the bike and roads called.

The route was only half thought of but I planned to try to reach Tintaldra pub for the night.

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The route followed for day one, googlemaps link (http://tinyurl.com/5llog3)

After mucking around with my iPod and other crap I didn't leave until 9:30am, It turned out to be a fresh and overcast morning, Damp roads but who cared, these roads where to be ridden rain hail or shine. Up through the local roads I know so well to a coffee/breakfast and fuel stop in Warburton

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ANZAC Memorial at Warburton. The first pic I took for the ride and it turned out to be a little more meaningful for the ride than I realised, but you will have to wait for day 3


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The IndistructiStrom waiting for its "latte"


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The Acheron Way just up from the Mt Donna Buang turn off, Slippery in places, I was actually glad for gravel on some of the corners to give grip instead of taking it away


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A little creek next to the Acheron Way, always for a good spot to play around with the new camera

Up towards Eildon and over the Eildon to Jamieson Road which is half surfaced and half dirt and both as good as each other

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Looking towards Mt Hotham and beyond

headed up to Mansfield for a fuel and food stop then unto one of my all time favourite roads, the Mansfield-Whitfield Rd, 66km of pure bliss, everything, sweepers, twisties, hairpins, views and a bloody fast run on a dry bit of road.

No photos of most of the day's journey. I took the back roads (dirt) to Myrtleford and then onto GRANYA GAP!!!

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Oh, I found a photo, click here for the full res (http://martyh.com/2008_08_01_Canberra_ride/ovens_pana_sml.jpg), just out of Myrtleford looking over the Ovens Valley

It was getting late, the sun was setting, I stopped to take some photos of the sunset, nothing really came out, I lost my lenses cap. So I blasted up Granya Gap in the near dark... roos... screw em.

It was getting cold, the heated hand grips failed to work, the sky was becoming a blaze of stars, did I mention it was cold? The Murray River Rd was different in the dark, I backed off and stayed under 120, I didn't really want to play hide the sausage with roo. I arrived into Tintaldra at about 7pm to a warm welcome from Alf and Maija, I couple of Ciders, a Steak and Kindey pie and a glass of red... then a warm bed for the night....

life is good

about 605 km for the day

jefflthomas
01-08-2008, 10:43 PM
looks lovely so far :so

Hytram
05-08-2008, 09:51 PM
Day 2


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Day 2 route googlemap link (http://tinyurl.com/5pllzw)

Day 2 started with beautiful blue skies, it was fresh but the sun was shining. A coffee on the veranda of the pub and the camera just had to come out

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The Strom in front of the pub

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one of the locals, I think its called a liar bird (or a Didak )


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One of the pubs muts


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I am not sure if Alf has a Crossley in here, but I reckon there is one, must ask to take a look next time


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I had to do at least one mirror shot


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no bloody petrol


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ok, I was feeling artistic

After talking to Alf, I planned to head up the Elliot Way, he said it was a school bus route so it should be clear of snow. I had to head in to Corryong to fuel up where the Servo owner said the same thing about the Elliot Way.

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Half way between Tintaldra and Corryong. Its hard to see in the photo but that is a full band of snow under the clouds which is the peaks of Mt Kosciusko


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about 10km into the Elliot Way I hit this, within 1km it went from no snow to this, the snow on the road was hard and slippery. After one major "puckered" moment stopping and turning around was the only option.


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Strom in the snow


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Roo tracks



Not long after turning around and heading back up to Tumut and came upon the Sugar Pine Way, I had been here a few years ago and I decided to try out the new tripod



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Up through Tumut and a mis-turn into the Brindabella State forest with about 20 B-double logging trucks to keep me company, the main road was amazing, so wide and well made the Fully laden B-Doubles could pass each other at 120kmh with out a problem, the Strom got maxed out with the panniers near scraping, only a ZX14 or a busa would had given justice to these roads


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after the big roads turned to dirt, miles and miles of logged forests, just after I put the camera away a massive eagle was hovering over my head, I should have got the zoom out.

I continued on to Wee Jasper, the dirt was very narrow and twisty, but in very good condition.

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What I think was the old homestead of the Wee Jasper Station

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just out of Wee Jasper it turned back in black stuff and it was mind blowing, corner after corner of beautiful flowing ....corners

The is was a short tip into the ACT, a quick squirt through town, oh I didn't miss the traffic one little bit. I head onto Queanbeyan and found a Caravan park with Cabins and booked one for 2 day, I decided to take tomorrow off and do some sight seeing for the day


about 335km done for the day

FZX250
05-08-2008, 09:58 PM
Good stuff. That isnt a liar bird, its a magpie. this is a liar bird:

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Oh and what kinda camera do u have? those pictures are bloody stunning!

Hytram
05-08-2008, 10:11 PM
thats one... hehe

glitch
06-08-2008, 09:12 AM
:clap::clap::clap::clap:

Goody, goody!!!
And stumper pics :glu:glu...more, more,more!!!
Love it, mate...keep going, you're on a roll!!
That's straight up the top in the ROTY stakes (Ride-report Of The Year)

Just pile on those pics mate, even those, YOU consider not good enuff!!!

Hytram
10-08-2008, 07:23 PM
day 2 updated

Hytram
12-08-2008, 06:49 PM
Day 3

I have been to Canberra twice over the years, once about 20 years ago and the other 4 years ago, I did all the sights over those 2 trips except the National Museum and the New Parliament House. I love Museums, especially stuff on old mechanical stuff, not a huge ancient artifact sort of person. I was really looking forward to this, the "National Museum", it must be great and so much in it being the "National Museum".

What a complete and utter disappointment. Lets just say I am very glad I didn't have to pay to get in, I would have asked for my money back. Its quite a large site, there is plenty of land in Canberra, but most of it was wasted on "The Garden of Australian Dreams" which I still have no bloody idea on what purpose it serves except paying so over self righteous backyard blitz garden designer a "grant" so he could snort cocaine up his asre...

The building it's self is impressive, but a Museum is not about the building but what it houses, and this museum only houses a very small snap shot of Australia that takes a hour or so to look at.


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the entry hall, more impressive than the collection


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"The Garden of Australian Dreams"... to much LSD before bedtime methinks


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WTF is this......



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The Tasmania Tiger, extinct, lucky for the Museum curator otherwise it would naw his bloody leg off for such a piss poor collection



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http://martyh.com/2008_08_01_Canberra_ride/day3/am/15.jpgthe only thing I went WOW at... Par Lap's heart... huge!

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I excepted to spend most of the day here, 1 hour later I was gone...

woeful



more of day 3 to come

Hytram
12-08-2008, 07:26 PM
After the utter disappointment of the the National Museum I decided to head upto the National War Memorial, I have visited this 20 years ago and was still very fresh in my mind although it wasn't a huge priority on this trip.

What can I say, I was blown away and still 2 weeks later I am in total awe of this place, what it houses and what it means.

I have never in my life been through so many emotions visiting a place in my life, this place is incredible. There is the wonderment of a beautiful building and an amazing collection. The heart felt sorrow of the many, many lives wasted and the terrible hardships of war. The hatred of the atrocities of war. The great pride of being a Aussie and even during the trying time of war, we as a nation stood up for what we thought was right and for our mates and families.

This is not a celebration of war but a Memorial of the many diggers and civilians that gave their lives, for what they stood for so we can live in this beautiful country. The Australian War Memorial is a treasure to this country and to its people.

I have been greatly effected by this visit, I didn't understand it when I was 15 but am now so humbled by the great many people that have given so much so you and I can be free.. Thank you.

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THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES


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LEST WE FORGET

may we never forget

we must never forget

Hytram
12-08-2008, 08:19 PM
More Pics from the outside of the Australian War Memorial


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Hytram
12-08-2008, 08:35 PM
Photos from the collection inside the Australian War Memorial.

Taking photos inside was very difficult because of it being incredibly dark and no tripods are allowed, All photos were taken with longer than usual (some upwards of seconds) shutter speed with the camera rested on walls and display cabinets to hold the camera still.. The results are very rewarding. Due to the limited space and not have a extra wide angle lenses, capturing full images was sometimes quite difficult.


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Hytram
12-08-2008, 08:41 PM
Some of the collection dedicated to maritime




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Hytram
12-08-2008, 08:46 PM
Art Works and static displays


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Hytram
12-08-2008, 08:50 PM
The Vietnam and recent conflicts


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glitch
13-08-2008, 07:46 AM
Absolutely stumping stuff !!

What a place...what a bunch of shots.

No wonder it left you moved !!

That's really one place I 'd like to see for myself (as good as what your pics are, I bet they only give a fraction of the "whole").

Next time in Canberra then!

Hytram
13-08-2008, 08:37 AM
just leave at least 4 hours, but you could spend 2 days there..

glitch
13-08-2008, 08:41 AM
just leave at least 4 hours, but you could spend 2 days there..

A place like that....whatever it takes.

nev
14-08-2008, 06:40 PM
Yeah. Jo and I visited the war memorial earlier this year when we stayed a night in Canberra. The last time I was there was about 30 years ago. The display is awesome (we got there late in the afternoon and didn't have much time to loiter unfortunately). The displays are fantastic and Marty, you really have nailed them in those photos. Someone has obviously gone to a lot of trouble to get all the lighting *just right* on those aircraft. I didn't notice it so much when I was there but your pictures really highlight it.

steamboat
14-08-2008, 08:27 PM
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steamboat
14-08-2008, 08:35 PM
The bridge section and Gun of the ship in the courtyard is part of the H.M.A.S Brisbane,I served on her in Vietnam in 1969,good to see the "Steel Cat " still serving ,the rest of her rests on the bottom of the ocean as a dive wreck of Alexandria Headland on the Sunshine Coast, sunk there Four years ago

Punisher
14-08-2008, 09:08 PM
my father inlaw was on ddg39 HMAS Hobart, aka GreenGhost. I think he may have served a bit on the brisbane too.

steamboat
14-08-2008, 09:22 PM
my father inlaw was on ddg39 HMAS Hobart, aka GreenGhost. I think he may have served a bit on the brisbane too.
Nathan have sent you PM
Glenn

Punisher
14-08-2008, 11:06 PM
heh, i guess this is why your named steamboat?

glitch
15-08-2008, 07:55 AM
Mate...you've got an incredible knack to get ONE thing into your pics:

EMOTION

Whereas most pics taken show some object in a matter-of-fact way....your shots...just....GRAB...it!!

Stumping stuff :clap::clap::clap:

steamboat
15-08-2008, 08:30 AM
heh, i guess this is why your named steamboat?
Among other thing's:whistle:

Warden
15-08-2008, 08:55 AM
Very nicely put together Marty, and as the others have said MORE!

I think I might have a wander around Warburton this weekend, and have a scoot down Archeron Way. Last time I did it I was on a Blackbird...

glitch
15-08-2008, 10:48 AM
Very nicely put together Marty, and as the others have said MORE!

I think I might have a wander around Warburton this weekend, and have a scoot down Archeron Way. Last time I did it I was on a Blackbird...

Blink, splutter, spark....hey, are you THE "Warden"....Netrider, a few years back?
Think we met somewhere along the way...what are you on now?

Warden
15-08-2008, 11:18 AM
I refuse to acknowledge that I was ever associated with Netcrashers! :oops:

But yes, I am one in the same! Our paths probably did cross glitch, but I have a bad memory for names.

I'm on a 1200 GS Adventure now, lovely bit of kit, and I ride like an old fart so perfect for me!

glitch
15-08-2008, 05:23 PM
I refuse to acknowledge that I was ever associated with Netcrashers! :oops:

:bs No sweat...many here have got some good memories from that time...incl. myself :thumbs:





But yes, I am one in the same! Our paths probably did cross glitch, but I have a bad memory for names.

I'm on a 1200 GS Adventure now, lovely bit of kit, and I ride like an old fart so perfect for me!

Yep, there was the odd weekend ride, can't remember what bike you had then...
Anyway...join the club of the old-farts-adventure wannabees :rofl:

Hytram
25-08-2008, 09:54 PM
After spending so much time at the War Memorial the day was almost over, I arrived at Parliament House 20 mins before closing time, you don't need much more. A guided tour wouldn't be a bad thing if you went there as there seemed to be a lot of information about what the place is constructed from, stone from here, wood from there, steel from somewhere else.

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the front entry near sunset

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Australia's Coat Of Arms

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Looking towards the old Parliament house (white building) right up to the war Memorial

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looking up the flag pole from inside

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the grand foyer


that's all for day 3... next, day 4 the trip home