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Old 17-09-2018, 09:26 AM   #1
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Default Far Cairn Rally 2018

Far Cairn Rally is always a good weekend away. Told my employer they could do without me on Friday and at 5am I was on the road, heading north up the Hume for a couple of hours. Turnoff just after Wangaratta and stop in Corowa to collect David and Anthony who were eating breakfast when I arrived.

A quick snap before we depart. I'm riding my Super Tenere, Anthony was riding his 1988 Suzuki GSX1100F and David aboard his Triumph Tiger 800 XR

Heading north we have to slow down for cattle feeding on the road near Daysdale,

Past Urana there's not much to slow down for

Fuel stop and morning tea in Narrandera, then up the Newell Hwy to Ardlethan. I had taken over the lead so from Ardlethan I headed off the Newell and led them to West Wyalong via Tallimba. After lunch at the bakery in WW our next stop was fuel at Condobolin. For the last 20km into town i noticed the old Suzuki dropping back, so I dropped the pace to 80kph. His fuel gauge told the story when we pulled up at the service station in Condobolin.

The difference between the 30 yo Suzuki and the 3yo Yamaha is obvious at the fuel bowser.
13.4km/litre for the 1100 and 19.8km/litre for the 1200 ridden the same distance at the same pace.

We took the bitumen route into Tottenham via Fifield and Tullamore. Arrived with plenty of daylight left to fuel up, buy supplies at the local supermarket and set up camp.

A good feed at the lcoal bowling club that night, and some beers and stories and catching up with other rallygoers later.

Saturday was a lazy day. I read a book, rode down to Albert for lunch at the Rabbit Trap Hotel, and went for a walk to the local cemetery for a bit of a look around. The weather was perfect until after lunchtime, when the wind picked up.

I had a relatively early night, but didn't get a whole lot of sleep thanks to the noise of the wind howling through the trees, and the walls of the tent occasionally flexing in.
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