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Old 08-11-2017, 07:02 PM   #16
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Default Re: 2017 OzSTOC National Rally ........

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Try Coolah.
Yeah, went through there too.

Day 4


Despite some advice from some OzSTOCers to avoid the section between Tenterfield and Legume (due to some gravel), the advice from a couple of local (Byron Bay) riders on a day trip that this road was okay, and this latter advice ruled the day. Phil said something along the lines of, "Those guys are a BMW GS1200 and a Triumph Tiger, of course they'll it's okay".

Anyway, first things, first......

We departed the Royal Hotel Armidale at a sunny, but crisp 8:00am and headed to Guyra for breakfast. Again, on OzSTOC advice, we headed for the "last place on your right as you head north out of town".

As we headed north out of tGuyra, we didn't notice anywhere that served breakfast, but by the time we got to the Caltex roadhouse we thought we had gone too far, so we U-turned and headed south.

Back in town we spied Rafters, "this must be it", and so it was. For the reference of readers, Rafters is still in the town. Admittedly, it is the last place on your right as you head north.

The U-turn was worth it. Keep Rafters in mind when next in the area.

After breakfast, we swapped bikes for the ride to Glenn Innes. As I mounted the Suzuki GSX1400 I thought this is a sports bike (well, at around 230kg versus the ST1300's 330kg, what else would I think?).

A quick squirt of Suzi's throttle and few gear changes and I found 6th gear. Uphill and down dale, Suzi didn't a gear change for around 80km. I would like to say that I enjoyed the ride, but I didn't. I missed the full fairing and sans buffeting, and was glad to swap back at Glenn Innes.

Phil said that he didn't enjoy the ST, but I think he was fibbing. I checked to TomTom's memory later that day and asked him if he knew who was doing 155 on the ST earlier on. He said he didn't know.

Then Tenterfield via Deepwater.

Railway Station:






Post Office:


Tenterfield:




The gravel, approx. 22km of it, was pretty good. Phil of Suzi:


Then Legume:


Tooloom Road:


The views are spectacular:




So is the road:


A lemon squash at the Urbenville pub:


And on the Woodenbong for the night.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:07 PM   #17
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Missed the train?
Again?





Neat pics!
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Old 10-11-2017, 11:00 AM   #18
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Great pictures Michael thanks for posting- You,ll always get a good Route up this way..
BTW I notice the ST has a habit of parking on the RH side of the road, facing into oncoming traffic...Is this an ST owners trait?? ;)
(or is the LH roadside not firm enough to support the sidestand?)
Was good to see you and meet Phil. thanks for the coffee! cheers, Paul
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Old 11-11-2017, 07:53 PM   #19
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Day 4 went something like this ......



..... except we rode pretty well direct to Kyogle (because the Lions Road was closed for bridge works), then Nimbin, The Channon and then East Lismore to meet Paul (Paul n Dixie) for lunch.

The road from Kyogle to Nimbin to The Channon winds it's way up and over a few small mountain ranges, along ridges through valleys. If you have not ridden this road, this area, put it on your bucket list.

Nimbin:




The views are fantastic:


















The Channon:



After a chin wag with Paul, coffee and lunch were headed for Wooli via Coraki and MacLean:

Coraki:






And on to Wooli for two nights.
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:21 PM   #20
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How many times were you offered drugs in Nimbin? I think we were offered by 3 different people in the time it took us to order and eat a kebab last time we stopped there. Nowadays I ride the road, but I don't stop.
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