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nev 09-04-2018 08:44 PM

Dalby Qld.
 
The Super Tenere is booked in for it's 70000km service in a few days time but it only has 66000km on the clock, so an interstate ride is in order.

Alarm was set for Friday morning, 2:30am. I completely forgot to stop and take any photos at all for the whole day, so the report will be purely statistical. 3am I was refuelling at the local BP servo and hitting the road heading north. 05:40am I refuelled in Barnawartha Vic, 08:25 another tankful in Yass NSW. A quick stop in Boorowa to slip out of the thermals as the day was heating up then a few minutes past midday another tankful of fuel in Dubbo NSW, a cold drink and a top up of fuel in Gilgandra NSW, another tankful in Moree NSW just before 4pm and just after 7pm another tankful in Dalby QLD, and then across the street to check into a motel. I stuffed the room key in my pocket and without opening the door jumped back on the bike headed east, through Toowoomba to the western suburbs of Brisbane, another tankful of fuel at 21:30 and then headed back to Dalby, arriving at McDonalds about 20 minutes before midnight. By about 12:30 there were more than a dozen motorcycles parked in the car park. I guess a lot of other people must have booked their bikes in for a service this week and needed to get out for a ride. :whistle:

robbieb 09-04-2018 10:30 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nev (Post 73050)
The Super Tenere is booked in for it's 70000km service in a few days time but it only has 66000km on the clock, so an interstate ride is in order.

Alarm was set for Friday morning, 2:30am. I completely forgot to stop and take any photos at all for the whole day, so the report will be purely statistical. 3am I was refuelling at the local BP servo and hitting the road heading north. 05:40am I refuelled in Barnawartha Vic, 08:25 another tankful in Yass NSW. A quick stop in Boorowa to slip out of the thermals as the day was heating up then a few minutes past midday another tankful of fuel in Dubbo NSW, a cold drink and a top up of fuel in Gilgandra NSW, another tankful in Moree NSW just before 4pm and just after 7pm another tankful in Dalby QLD, and then across the street to check into a motel. I stuffed the room key in my pocket and without opening the door jumped back on the bike headed east, through Toowoomba to the western suburbs of Brisbane, another tankful of fuel at 21:30 and then headed back to Dalby, arriving at McDonalds about 20 minutes before midnight. By about 12:30 there were more than a dozen motorcycles parked in the car park. I guess a lot of other people must have booked their bikes in for a service this week and needed to get out for a ride. :whistle:

Or the word got around that a Victorian was in their restaurant so they thought they'd better get in before it burns down :whistle:

glitch 10-04-2018 06:20 AM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by robbieb (Post 73051)
Or the word got around that a Victorian was in their restaurant so they thought they'd better get in before it burns down :whistle:

:killingme:killingme

Williamson 10-04-2018 07:07 AM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by robbieb (Post 73051)
Or the word got around that a Victorian was in their restaurant so they thought they'd better get in before it burns down :whistle:

I can do better than :killingme


.......... :killingme:killingme:killingme:killingme:killingme :killingme:killingme

Williamson 10-04-2018 07:14 AM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nev (Post 73050)
.... 3am I was refuelling ..... 05:40am I refuelled ...... 08:25 another tankful in ...... a few minutes past midday another tankful of fuel ..... another tankful just before 4pm and just after 7pm another tankful .... another tankful of fuel at 21:30 .....

Crikey Nev, that's a lot of fuelling up ~ every 3 to 4 hours, what around 400km? Small tank, high fuel consumption? What's the go?

nev 10-04-2018 03:08 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Williamson (Post 73056)
Crikey Nev, that's a lot of fuelling up ~ every 3 to 4 hours, what around 400km? Small tank, high fuel consumption? What's the go?

Petrol doesn't seem to last as long as it used to in the old days.

nev 10-04-2018 03:09 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
The one thing I did stop for during the day was a spectacular sight about 30km east of Dalby after 11pm at night. A locomotive with a special carriage or two was on the train line which ran adjacent to the road, and was grinding the tracks. The showers of sparks in the night was spectacular.

Saturday I didn't ride and spent the day in town associating with about 45 other motorbike riders who all must have had services booked on their bikes because noone was out riding.

Sunday I woke up after sunrise and set off. Dalby main street is undergoing a major facelift, accompanied by major roadworks.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0536.JPG

Headed south through the cotton fields towards Cecil Plains

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0538.JPG

Around one corner I came across a Wedgetail Eagle. He was riding the air currents only 5-15 metres above the ground, floating in the air scanning the bare fields below for any prey. He wasn't too annoyed by my presence and hovered above me for quite some time.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0547.JPG

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0548.JPG


Into Millmerran, a town filled with murals depicting various facets of the towns farming history

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0550.JPG

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From there I headed towards Goondiwindi, with a backroad detour from the Gore Hwy to the Cunningham Hwy.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0564.JPG

Lots of huge cactus type plant/trees in this area.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0565.JPG

An easter theme to the Goondiwindi artwork on the north side of town.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0567.JPG

nev 10-04-2018 03:22 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
From Boggabilla I headed down the Bruxnor Hwy then through North Star and Croppa Creek to Pallamallawa on the Gwydir hwy

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This was parked outside a pecan nut farm. I think it's used to shake the trees to get the nuts out of them.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0575.JPG

At Gravesend I headed south, but with a dirt shortcut to bypass Bingara and hit the Bingara-Narrabri road.

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Narrabri claims to be the Sportiest town in Australia

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0578.JPG

Backroads from there to Wee Waa where I had to fuel up on 91 as there was no premium in town.

Most of the road from Wee Waa - Pilliga - Coonamble was like this.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0584.JPG

Murals have given new life to what was a dirty old water tower in Coonamble.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0586.JPG

and this one in Gulargambone is half completed.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0588.JPG

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robbieb 10-04-2018 03:41 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nev (Post 73068)

Around one corner I came across a Wedgetail Eagle. He was riding the air currents only 5-15 metres above the ground, floating in the air scanning the bare fields below for any prey. He wasn't too annoyed by my presence and hovered above me for quite some time.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0547.JPG

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0548.JPG


Cool pics, but are you sure that's a Wedgetail?

Could be a Black Kite

http://www.birdlife.org.au/images/si...80-580x400.jpg

glitch 10-04-2018 04:15 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nev (Post 73068)
An easter theme to the Goondiwindi artwork on the north side of town.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0567.JPG


Looks I went too far south in search of my MONA...that's stuff I can handle!
:clap:

Quote:

Originally Posted by nev (Post 73069)
Boggabilla... Croppa Creek....Pallamallawa ...

That's sooo Queensland! :bs

Quote:

Originally Posted by nev (Post 73069)
This was parked outside a pecan nut farm. I think it's used to shake the trees to get the nuts out of them.


That thing should be recommissioned then...and re-assigned to Canberra to shake the living shit out of those pollies :thumbs:

Good stuff....Farrider meet?

nev 10-04-2018 08:24 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by robbieb (Post 73070)
Could be a Black Kite

Probably. I should have been sleeping when I was still typing that part of the report :)

nev 10-04-2018 08:26 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by glitch (Post 73073)
That's sooo Queensland! :bs

They're very Queensland, notwithstanding that they're all in NSW.

nev 10-04-2018 08:39 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
South of Gulargambone I headed off the highway again,

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0590.JPG

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Then off the road off the highway, through this road which ran through paddocks

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0594.JPG

Saw a signpost to "Timbrebongie Falls" which I coulnd't resist following, because the land out here is so flat I had to see what passed for a waterfall.
Not quite sure how it got to be called a Falls. There was just a bit of a camping area beside a river. Looks like the place the local P-Platers come and tear up in their 4WDs on a Saturday night.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0596.JPG

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Da...408_171922.jpg

I rolled into Narromine a few minutes before sunset and decided to call it a day. The local pub had a few rooms out the back and I even ended up with a guard dog to look after the bike overnight.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Da...408_192845.jpg

nev 10-04-2018 08:45 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
I forgot about this pic.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Da...408_123406.jpg

At about lunchtime I was on the Bingara-Narrabri road, and there is one particularly nice section of road where it passes through Killarney Gap. Right at the summit is a parking area and I stopped in the shade for a break. There was another rider there on his Z900. He was a local from Narrabri. After a chat it seems that there aren't too many places worth riding to when you live in Narrabri, so he loads a few cans of beer into his backpack and rides the 40km or so up to Killarney Gap, stands around and drinks his cans and then rides home. Anyhow, he was pretty pleased with his new bike.

glitch 10-04-2018 09:06 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nev (Post 73079)
They're very Queensland, notwithstanding that they're all in NSW.

Shyte, there ya go...and I thought Qld starts north of the Murray :eek:

Williamson 10-04-2018 09:22 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Better fuel economy today Nev, haven't had to refuel once.

Quote:

Originally Posted by glitch (Post 73083)
Shyte, there ya go...and I thought Qld starts north of the Murray :eek:

I've met some New South Welshmen who think the worlds ends south of the Murray. They're probably the ones that haven't been to Victoria.

nev 10-04-2018 10:00 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Williamson (Post 73084)
Better fuel economy today Nev, haven't had to refuel once.

It's all downhill heading back, duh.

robbieb 11-04-2018 08:42 AM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nev (Post 73080)

I rolled into Narromine a few minutes before sunset and decided to call it a day. The local pub had a few rooms out the back and I even ended up with a guard dog to look after the bike overnight.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Da...408_192845.jpg

Did it piss on your tyres for extra territory marking?

Paul n Dixie 11-04-2018 10:33 AM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
:D Great RR Nev :D

I wpuld like to suggest thos cactus trees might be some form of Prickly Pear?

nev 11-04-2018 03:05 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Paul n Dixie (Post 73091)
:D Great RR Nev :D

I wpuld like to suggest thos cactus trees might be some form of Prickly Pear?

That's what I was thinking, but all the prickly pear i have ever seen was much closer to the ground. I do know that there was a big prickly pear problem up in that region at the time that it was settled. My grandfather was granted an allotment of land at Wandoan in the early 1900s which apparently was to be granted free on the condition that the prickly pear was all removed, but he appears to have forfeited that land and instead enlisted in the AIF and went to Europe to join the WW1 fun.

nev 11-04-2018 08:44 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Monday was just a transit day home from Narrabri down the Newell Hwy.

I was on the road early, a stop for fuel in Parkes and a stop in Forbes for a break.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Da...409_062810.jpg

some cows

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0603.JPG

a river

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0605.JPG

Railway station in Jerilderie.

http://www.thisstupidurl.com/2018/Dalby/IMG_0607.JPG

Home by early afternoon Monday.

nev 12-04-2018 03:36 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Google Map of the entire ride from the GPX data.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ve...Kc&usp=sharing

glitch 12-04-2018 04:42 PM

Re: Dalby Qld.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nev (Post 73093)

Ohhh, yeah...NOICE!! :clap::clap:


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