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Hytram
15-06-2006, 08:35 AM
A few of us decided to hit the 2006 Alpine Rally which is held on the Snowy Mountains Hwy at Yarrangobilly in NSW on the Queens Bday Weekend

Day 1

Moike (R100RS “Superbike”) Stuart T (R1150GSA) and I (1 k Strom) headed off from Diamond Creek on the Friday moring. Headed up via Kinglake, Yea, Whitfield and Myrtleford for lunch. Then up via Redbank Road, the amazing Lockheart Gap then onto the even more amazing Granya Gap (3rd time lucky to get it dry!!). Then came the full speed ahead run along the Murray River Road into Tintaldra to say at the famous Tintaldra Hotel for the night.

(Claude's Matchless rat bike out the front of the Tintaldra pub)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1748.jpg

(Inside the pub)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1754.jpg

Day 2

A cold and foggy day welcomed us to the new morning and after a wonderful hot breakfast at the pub and a chain tightening on the Strom we headed off

(The Accom for the first Night)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1750.jpg

(The awaiting fog)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1755.jpg


(Stu Catching up with one of the other rally goers)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1757.jpg

It was desided to give the Eliott Way ago, usually covered in snow in winter only a speckle of snow was found

(Moike rounding a bend)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/Untitled-1%20copy.jpg

A short stop at the Tumut 2 power station for the mandatory echo blast down the access tunnel (video to come) and the great climb up the hill towards Kiandra.

(Tumut 2 PS)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1758.jpg

What was to be a short stop at Yarrangobilly Cave for a quick coffee turn into a full tour of the caves, which was well worth it

(a quick cup of Joe)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1763.jpg
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1766.jpg


(inside the caves)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1777.jpg
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1780.jpg
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1783.jpg

When we got out from the cave the rain had started, great…. I had left my jacket on top of the bike and my helmet sitting on the mirror with the visor open.


Off to the rally site we go…… to be continued

glitch
15-06-2006, 06:51 PM
Yippee, great ride reports galore :D , don't know which one to click first, what's happenin' all of a sudden? :shock: :shock:

Great rides/ good stories and even better pics....
And a typical "Marty trademark" shot :D :D
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1763.jpg

Love it !!!

Hytram
15-06-2006, 07:40 PM
Day 2 Cont

A short run of a few Kms in the rain to the rally site, over a crest into a sea of tents. We road around a little to find AL58 and set up the tents in the rain and then made a detour to under a tarp next the the warmth of the camp fire.
And then the drinking, stone bombs, firworks and the bullshitting started....

(fire works on the Hwy)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1817.jpg


(Al58, Stuart T and Moike all bullshitting :lol: :lol: )
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1822.jpg


(magnesium in the camp fire)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1835.jpg


(more magnesium)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1838.jpg


(even more magnesium)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1840.jpg


(Moike admiring some other bike's arse)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1842.jpg


to be continued

glitch
16-06-2006, 07:26 AM
(Moike admiring some other bike's arse)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1842.jpg


That beemer ....think I've seen it before. At the campsite (about 35km north of Cooma, Canberra way), during the very first "Celebration of Aus Motorcycling" ride about '98/99 or thereabouts. It'd just come out of the paintshop then, beautiful job !!

moike
16-06-2006, 10:02 AM
(Moike admiring some other bike's arse)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1842.jpg


That beemer ....think I've seen it before. At the campsite (about 35km north of Cooma, Canbarra way), during the very first "Celebration of Aus Motorcycling" ride about '98/99 or thereabouts. It'd just come out of the paintshop then, beautiful job !!

I particularly like the effort the owner put into trying to match the front brake disk toi the rest of the bike.

art_tas
17-06-2006, 07:38 AM
(Moike admiring some other bike's arse)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1842.jpg


That beemer ....think I've seen it before. At the campsite (about 35km north of Cooma, Canbarra way), during the very first "Celebration of Aus Motorcycling" ride about '98/99 or thereabouts. It'd just come out of the paintshop then, beautiful job !!

I particularly like the effort the owner put into trying to match the front brake disk toi the rest of the bike.


Yeah, for minute I thoght maybe it was parked too close to the mageniusm smelter and cooked the rotor!!!! Good trip...what comes next??? Come ontease us a bit!

Hytram
18-06-2006, 07:20 PM
Good trip...what comes next??? Come on tease us a bit!

ok then

Day 3

OMG it was fecking cold in the morining :shock: :!: :!: Im glad I took 2 sleeping bags. After a cup of Joe and Breakfast we packed up the tents, paid our fee, collected our badges and headed off towards Cooma

(making the coffee)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1876.jpg

(the KTM "coffee" option)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1869.jpg

(Moike's mule)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1874.jpg

(The Homestead)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1871.jpg

(5 rally goers that fell asleep in the wrong spot)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1868.jpg

(a Breva did make it!... just the wrong one)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1867.jpg

(Moike's camp)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1864.jpg

We made it about 3 kms up the road and the there start to be a fair bit of snow on the road, we spoke to other motorcyclist that had been a little further up and it got worse, so we did a U-turn and headed towards Tumut.

(the turn around point)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1877.jpg

Back down to the Murray River Rd for a flying run along which Moike imformed us that his first 1000km averaged 100Kh/h which included his run through Friday morning peak hour, a few dirt sections and plenty of tight twisties... a mightly fine effort.

Another lap over Granya Gap which is bloody brilliant going from north to south (not that south to north is bad) we then headed down to my favorate all time road, the Omeo Hwy....


to be continued

glitch
23-06-2006, 11:28 AM
More, more, more :!: :!: :!:
It's a great read, come on....give us more ! :)

glitch
30-06-2006, 06:51 PM
Don't let us hang out any longer....

Hytram
01-07-2006, 10:56 AM
Don't let us hang out any longer....

I then srapped a foot peg :lol: :lol:

to be continued

Marty

(oh...alright, will try over the weekend)

roarin
01-07-2006, 04:48 PM
Great yarn Marty. Keep it happening dude. I know what you mean about finding time to write it all up. It does take quite a bit of effort to string it all together eh :lol:

Hytram
01-07-2006, 09:29 PM
Righty O then...

The Omeo Hwy has got to be one of the true joys of motorcycling in Victoria, especially the northern section from the Murray Valley Hwy through Mitta Mitta to Omeo. It has everything from 150kmh sweepers to one after another 1st gear peg draggers with 100mt drop off to one side to dirt sections that for us was covered in snow in parts. I love this road. The Strom was made for it.

(stopping off at Mitta Mitta General Store, I wasn’t sure if I was filling up on unleaded or low fat)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1880.jpg


(Stuart going past me at warp factor 9!)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1883.jpg


(A Stromobile)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1884.jpg

Then came the bit of the Omeo Hwy I love, one tight bend after another with the Mitta Mitta River off to one side down a bloody steep drop 100mt below. Its doesn’t matter if you get one of the corners not quite right, it repeats its self after the next corner. This seems to go on for ever and no traffic to be seen anywhere...heaven :)

It was getting late in the afternoon so we stopped of at the Blue Duck Inn (http://www.blueduckinn.com.au/index.html) to see if they had any accommodation for the night, we where in luck. A little exxy at $160 for the three of us but it was well worth it. The cabin was "cute" with its limited generator supplied power and the wood burning steel fire box. The real gem was the pub. It was warm not only in atmosphere and temperature but also in friendliness. The food was to die for, not your usual pub meal but more a`la carte, the chicken parma was sensational.

It was early bed for me, the eyes desire to close overwhelmed the desire to sit and drink....

(a view of the Blue Duck Inn from the cabins, middle of the night with a 15 second exposure)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1894.jpg


(chookies in the twilight)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1901.jpg


(the twilight zone)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1903.jpg

day 4 to come

Hytram
02-07-2006, 03:20 PM
Day 4

We woke to the most clear, crisp blue skied morning with the sun streaming through the windows and ice on the seats of the bikes.

(the GS with a halo)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1910.jpg


(ready to go)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1908.jpg


(the pub in daylight)
http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/images/IMG_1907.jpg


Off we left to Omeo along the tight twisties that snake along the steep cliffs along the Mitta Mitta River, taking it easy on the shady spots in fear of black ice but opening it right up in the sunny sections.

Into Omeo we turn off the Hwy and take the Swift Creek back Rd to stop of at Swift Creak for Breakfast.

Then down the rest of the Omeo Hwy playing overtake the long weekend traffic game and surprising not a cop in sight.

With the weather closing in we said our goodbyes in Yarragon, it was a great 4 days riding and a big thanks to Moike and Stu for making it such

all the photos at http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/index.htm

over and out

Marty

glitch
02-07-2006, 07:16 PM
Fan-bloody-tastic !! :D
Those shots are !! STUMPERS !!!

Thanks for taking the time to write it up.
Makes you wanna go NOW, doesn't it?

glipschitz
04-07-2006, 07:44 PM
Great report and photos as always Marty! :)

Man it gives me one hell of an inkling to go touring for a few days / weeks / months!

The cruks of working for yourself..... finding the god damn time to do it!

G

Hytram
09-11-2015, 10:30 PM
sorry for the self gratuitous bumpage....

but I have finally got around to upload some photos from my great webpage crash of a few years back...

and I like the Ride report :)