View Full Version : Jamieson, the hard way

26-08-2008, 12:29 PM
So after Saturday's 'school day' of riding for me (another story!), we headed off on a much more ambitious trip for Sunday. Healesville to Woods Point and Jamieson. The day started a little foggy out our way (and rather chilly, but that goes without saying, where we are! ), ut the sun quickly made an ppearance. We met up with a rider from the KLR forum, who also rides a 2008 KLR650 and the three of us headed off after our hot chocolates at the bakery http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif We dodged the mobile chicanes heading to the snow through the Black Spur and into Marysville. Had some very frustrating straight line heroes overtake us on the straights and then hold us up in the corners coming into Cambarville http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_evil.gif I don't think they were happy having a bunch of chookies in front of them http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif even though they wobbled through the twisties on their road tyres through the snow line http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_evil.gif

We headed straight on while they turned off for Reefton (hope they didn't interfere with others as much as they did us http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_evil.gif ). The road to Woods Point is mostly gravel and fairly open, but slippery and quite potholed and rutted. I stayed at the back as I again came to grips with the new sensations of a bike sliding around under me, but still holding the road http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_cool.gif . There was a bit of snow around, but not as much as when Jay went through a couple of weeks ago. We stopped at the start of the bitumen before you get into The Triangle.


We had a bit of a chat about where we would stop for lunch and what might be worth stopping to look at on the way. Jumped back on the bikes for a trip up to Matlock. We were going to try to get to the top of Mt Matlock, but again, seasonal road closures thwarted that plan. We settled instead for some pretty shots of the bikes.



We then headed the short way to Matlock. This was again a very slippery bit of road. I had some very disconcerting encounters with potholes and ruts on hairpins that had me thinking I might be out of my depth, but managed to make it safely to 'town' where we stopped at the top of the hill to eat our lunch, have some tea and listen to funny talk on the two way radio http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif The view was incredible and with the sun out, no wind and some food, we were feeling very content http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif



After lunch, we headed into Woods Point. Again, a very challenging road for me, but relatively incident free. I was feeling like I was getting the hang of things pretty well and Jay was surprised I wasn't too far behind http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_redface.gif Its pretty tricky working the whole standing on pegs with dirtbike boots and avoiding the gear lever while staying off the front brake and making sure you're in the right gear http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_eek.gif http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_cool.gif

We stopped again in Woods Point. You come across the trippiest little places doing this sort of riding. I believe they only received mains power relatively recently here http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_eek.gif You have to watch out for chooks on the main drag and, I reckon if the pub closed, the town would die.


We also thought we might try this on another long weekend when the weather's better...


We followed the road through A1 Mine Settlement, Gaffney's Creek and 10 Mile to Jamieson. We sussed out a couple of likely spots to camp over summer along the banks of the Goulbourn River as well.


This part of the road was dry and hard packed with a lot of fine gravel on either side of the wheel tracks. This was harder to ride on that the slippery stuff we had earlier http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_eek.gif Some pretty hairy hairpins and straight bits, sun getting lower and in our eyes and very few other vehicles on the road. It wasn't long til we were in Jamieson and heading down the Snobs Creek Road.

I LOVE this road! awesome fun! The gravel section was very rough. I was very tired by now and with my feet cramping decided to just sit on the seat and slowly bump my way through the 14kms of rough stuff. This is where we had a VERY close encounter with a tool in his Merceded 4WD. He cut the blind corners so close to us there were barely a couple of inches between us and him...us pretty much riding in the gutter http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_evil.gif http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_evil.gif http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_evil.gif

We stopped again for some pics of Eildon and snow capped peaks.


The bitumen part was wicked fun http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_twisted.gif Corner after beautiful corner of lovely twisties http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif A lyrebird tried to bring us unstuck by flying out right in front of us, but the native escaped death by the two wheeled fiends http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_twisted.gif

It was then an uneventful trip through Thornton and Taggerty back home again.

I was sooooo tired after my big weekend. 12 hours of deep sleep and I'm still recovering http://www.netrider.net.au/forums/images/smiles/icon_eek.gif

We'll be doing plenty more of these sorts of trips, the sooner the better. I'm nowhere near as good at telling the story as Jay, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway!

26-08-2008, 04:13 PM
top stuff Lil... thats the sort of riding I bought the Strom for but never really done it due to it being too heavy, I still want to get a DR650 or a KLR (KLR 250 was my first bike)

good to see you back on a red bike

26-08-2008, 11:36 PM

27-08-2008, 08:07 AM
Good job, lil. I know the roads you've been on very well - very gutsy of you to tackle them in winter. You've got the right bike for it now. :thumbs:
I totally agree with marty, the strom is just too heavy for those conditions - why can't we have a bike for EVERY occasion? :D

29-08-2008, 09:08 PM

Hey I saw that red KLR being fuelled up at the petrol station on the way home from work tonight. Didn't recognise you with the big facemask on (and no Ducati). Hi Lil.

31-08-2008, 09:36 PM
Didnt realise you guys dont take the V-stom a bit more off road.......the woods point road isnt that hard for most bikes. I reckon you guys could manage it easily on the Stroms...... So when we going....?

Lil done an amazing job, she didnt hold us up at all, she went at it all 110%.
Now she is hooked which is great. Ive modded the bikes a bit now, had our first camp on them, no worries. # man tent and all the trimmings and i took the bike seriously off road loaded up in the wet just to make sure it was capable.
I didnt take the camera though, you would not believe the mess i got myself into.
Bike handles OK in the mud loaded up, no drops but some VERY scary uphill climbs, then had to come back down the same hill as we couldnt get the bikes any further......Scary stuff.

Woods point anyone ?

31-08-2008, 09:57 PM
Bike handles OK in the mud loaded up, no drops but some VERY scary uphill climbs, then had to come back down the same hill as we couldnt get the bikes any further......Scary stuff.

Speaking of not being able to get the bike any further up a hill...

took me 20 mins to pick up the bike and wheel it slowly back down the hill about 50 metres till I could find a spot flat enough to turn it back around.


Lesson learnt.. when you're barely tall enough to tiptoe the bike on the flat, don't stop on a ridge between two ruts... :D (and don't ignore all the signs saying "no through road" LOL)

01-09-2008, 04:23 PM
bunch of panzies, the amount of places ive put road bikes in my time, the cbr600f4i, can go anywhere :-) ive taken her down dirt roads, dirt tracks, up hills. and im sht scared of dropping her.

when you have a bike you dont care about dropping, you can take it anywhere, and power slide the bugger.


07-09-2008, 05:53 PM
Hey I saw that red KLR being fuelled up at the petrol station on the way home from work tonight. Didn't recognise you with the big facemask on (and no Ducati). Hi Lil.

Heya Nev :) Brutto is the new steed and is likely to stay that way for quite some time :woot: I lost the 'LIL' plates when Rattletrap was stolen, but just been thinking that maybe I should get a replacement..

Still easy to pick me out and about...hair out the back, old and faded red DriRider jacket, bike usually filthy from the days' off riding :thumbs:

Which servo???


16-09-2008, 02:55 PM
... but I hope you enjoyed it anyway!

...and I bloody well did !!!
GREAT yarn and some fantastic pics.....THANKS for a really enjoyable read and gawk!! :so:so
Still strange to see ya on a chookie though :glu :bs

21-09-2008, 08:06 PM
Still strange being on one!

I must say, though, I do feel like it's more my style...I'm not a hangeroffer :bs and feel much more comfy keeping my bum on the seat :oops: