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Leon
06-06-2006, 06:42 PM
Well, as promised, Melissa and I said we would get back into riding after the wedding. And 2 days after returning from our honeymoon, we were into it. The destination was Mt Fox, a volcanic crater up in the highlands about 120km directly NW of our place. Of course the route was not direct, there was some dirt (baout 100km) and ranges and stuff - just what we wanted...

We ended up sleeping in a bit and didn't leave until about 0930.

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First up was a boring ride for an hour north up the Bruce Highway to Ingham. It was a good ride to get used to being on the bike again, but like all national highways it was extremely dull. Once at Ingham we headed SW again, towards the bottom of the escarpment that would take up about 800m above sea level to the high country. The dirt begins....

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Once we hit the range itself, it was a combination of dirt and very crappy bitumen and gravel, and very tight and very steep. Climbing up the mountain the vegetation and temperature changed drastically, and it was very refreshing after the always warm conditions down on the coast. The gravel across the top of the range was well graded, smooth and fast.

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After about 40km we spied the old volcanic crater to which we were headed.

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We turned off the nice gravel road onto a less used 4WD track that lead to the Mt Fox Crater National Park. This road was a tight little track, but the mighty KLE took it all in it's stride. The KLE really impressed today, and any doubt we had about it being suitable for heavier off road work.

Soon we arrived at the park, opened the gate and headed to the base of the crater.

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The beauty of having such big and solid panniers is it is easy to cart coffee and lunches! Plus you are never without a table or chair!

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Big KLE thumbs up from proud owner!

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It was very pleasant up on the mountain. We had only come about 150km, but it felt like were worlds away from our home in Townsville. But all good things must come to an end so we headed back out the way we came, pausing to grab some KLE action shots in the process.

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So in the end, it was a great day. Got to go rising together for the first time in ages, and the day passed without incident. This was Melissa's first real "adventure" ride, and she is all fired up and ready for more. Next up, to take her on a small 1 or 2 night camping trip, with a whole lot more dirt. Can't wait, it should be a blast!

glitch
07-06-2006, 07:37 AM
Nice one....and sweet pics as always.
Looks like Melissa's doing real well on the Kwaka, too.

jo
07-06-2006, 09:57 AM
I'm more jealous of the 1200GS..

Leon
07-06-2006, 04:28 PM
Hi guys,

A copy of my track log from this ride can be downloaded from http://www.savefile.com/files/6585625.

If this link is crap let me know ASAP and I'll take it down, the site was recommended by one of my mates - don't know how good it is.

To view it in Google Earth, select file, open, change file type to .gpx and select it. Check out the hill climb section from Ingham to Mt Fox using the tilt and rotate buttons to get a ground eye view of the side of the range, it was a steep bugger!

Cheers

Leon

Punisher
08-06-2006, 11:27 AM
i just tried that file leon and google earth states its an unsupported file

moike
08-06-2006, 11:48 AM
i just tried that file leon and google earth states its an unsupported file

That's odd, my PC is flying along it as I type.

Maybe your download was corrupted.

farawayman
08-06-2006, 04:46 PM
i just tried that file leon and google earth states its an unsupported file

I had the same problem. Seeing google earth has not been out long for the Mac . . .

Was waiting to see if anyone else had a problem.

art_tas
17-06-2006, 07:49 AM
Great trp and sharp pics! Nothing like going with your best mate either :)) We did similar rides when first married and i even got to go pillion - you ought try that.
I will try the google link and respond. Do you walk up that core or just look?
Cheers

Leon
17-06-2006, 08:54 AM
Great trp and sharp pics! Nothing like going with your best mate either :)) We did similar rides when first married and i even got to go pillion - you ought try that.
I will try the google link and respond. Do you walk up that core or just look?
Cheers

Thanks :)

We used to ride around on sport bikes a lot together, but then as I got more into racing I rode my sport bikes less and less. In the end I got the BMW and had a ball off road, while poor old Melissa usually ended up sitting at home with her YZF600. In the end we sold that and bought the KLE, and have never had so much fun on a bike I don't think. Especially in a place like Townsville which has very few great road bike roads (all the good roads are near Cairns), but a lot of off road running in all directions.

I went pillion on the Mrs bike a couple of times - never again!! :shock:

As for Mt Fox, yep you can walk up it from the spot we stopped for coffee, the view is great from up there. On that particular day we didn't bother walking up, but I'll will try to dig out some photos I took from the top of the crater during the dry season - it looks pretty different!

Leon

art_tas
17-06-2006, 09:26 AM
Great trp and sharp pics! Nothing like going with your best mate either :)) We did similar rides when first married and i even got to go pillion - you ought try that.
I will try the google link and respond. Do you walk up that core or just look?
Cheers

Thanks :)

We used to ride around on sport bikes a lot together, but then as I got more into racing I rode my sport bikes less and less.

Sounds familiar, some of my friends just have 1 track bike and an AV now - ditched the sporty to keep the lic.! I just went straight from Off road to track to AV.
In the end I got the BMW ....you poor sod having to make do with that ...;))and had a ball off road, while poor old Melissa usually ended up sitting at home with her YZF600. In the end we sold that and bought the KLE, and have never had so much fun on a bike I don't think.
I liked the Kwaka off road machines - very reliable and easy to maintain - never had 4 strokes though.
Especially in a place like Townsville which has very few great road bike roads (all the good roads are near Cairns), but a lot of off road running in all directions.
Noice, only been to Cairns - usual touristy stuff but the off road options look superb - I was very tempted :))

I went pillion on the Mrs bike a couple of times - never again!! :shock:

HAaa...builds confidence in your marriage...I had a broken ankle at one stage had to sit and grin aand hang on - not bad really....come to think of it we oughtta do that again.....

As for Mt Fox, yep you can walk up it from the spot we stopped for coffee, the view is great from up there. On that particular day we didn't bother walking up, but I'll will try to dig out some photos I took from the top of the crater during the dry season - it looks pretty different!


ok, thanks pop them on for a look, will save the walk ;))

Leon

Gravel Seeker
19-07-2006, 07:22 PM
Do you walk up that core or just look?
Cheers

As for Mt Fox, yep you can walk up it from the spot we stopped for coffee, the view is great from up there. On that particular day we didn't bother walking up, but I'll will try to dig out some photos I took from the top of the crater during the dry season - it looks pretty different!

Leon

I'm not climbing that lump again....it's a steep mofo


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Oh, hi Leon - long time no see :D