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IT'S THE RIDE NOT THE DESTINATION

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Here are some recent motorcycle adventures.

I don't take many photos, the best images are in my head!

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We chase the moon... get into trouble, get out of trouble and explore some of our own backyard.
A short trip into the hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast.
It's winter, it's cold and we love a challenge

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Into the Hinterland

Chasing the moon

We only had a few days to spare but took off to enjoy the bracing winter weather, it was time to give the Girls a run in the wild.
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Picture of the Trip?
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Why? Because we did about 1000km but this marker showed we were only about 30km from Brisbane!, and even though we'd travelled all day we were only 25km from Kenilworth... it just seemed very funny to us. [that's as the crow-flies, of course]

She's Back

baby gets a bike June 2022

My riding partner, my daughter... gets back on a bike. Duty done, battles waged and won, it's time for some freedom on the open road.
It's a 2009 Yamaha 1100 V-Star, candy apple red and loud as hell!
And we're introducing the next generation to our love of all things loud and strong.

INDIAN SCOUT

a ride to stretch her legs

To Mt lamington national Park

In late 2015 the Indian Scout was back in production. The original company had run 1901 to 1953... then a succession of come-back attempts... until finally the Polaris group took up the challenge and brought her back.

It was produced late 2015 with an MY16 manufacturing plate, I had to have one, and I wanted the original rust red colour from the 1950's.

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Mt Lamington Trip

Bundaberg to Bathurst

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Left Bundaberg in torrential rain to get to Brisbane to meet the riding partner, my daughter. She rode the Little Purple Pig [Yamaha V-Star 650cc] and I rode the BMW R1100RT.

The weather forecast looked dreadful so thermals and wet weather gear were packed, nothing would dampen our spirits on this trip.

Day 1. Brisbane to Tamworth 600km

We hadn't meant to ride that far but Glen Innes was boring and the barman was quite rude, preferring to play his computer game.
We rode on to Armidale only to find it was graduation week and proud parents had booked the entire town. Decided to ride on to Uralla it's only 20km down the road, only to find... a convention of car enthusiasts was in town and NO accommodation.

It was dark, the temperature had dropped 20 degrees but it's only 75km to Tamworth. Let's ride through the New England ranges in the dark! **yehar grandma** this will put a chill up your spine.

The lights of Tamworth and a luxury motel never looked so good and we were prepared to pay any price to get that bed.
Great dinner at a local pub with great live music. We feel better already. You'd have to call Day 1 a baptism of FIRE for 'The Fox'

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That's Vincenzo's near Stanthorpe, and the "Fruitisforus" Dinosaur is at Ballandean near the Qld/NSW border.

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And proof that we did intend to stay in Glen Innes... but they lost our business.

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We are WHOVIANS, Doctor Who Fans. and look what we found, just the best mail box EVER!

Day 2 Tamworth to Bathurst via some very unusual back roads!

First a stop at the Werris Creek Railway monument

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These magnificent sculptures stand as testament to those who worked so hard on our railways and the Memorial wall commemorates those who died in the line of duty.

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There's a museum of railway memorabilia including this Railway Water Set... well it IS Bottled Water, you just have to share a glass!
Across the street was an old railway residence and weather station. I know it's seen better days but it is how we knew the weather in rural Australia most of my life.

Such images are a glimpse into Australia's past, they're not famous or magnificent but they add to the memories I'm constantly imprinting of our beautiful country.


Moving on it was time to cross over the ranges and find Bathurst... hmmmm easier said than done.
Let's ask a local at Meriwa... He was a nice man but mumbled a lot of information which sounded like a short run out of town and turn left to Mudgee.
After 10 km we decided to take a road... that didn't say Mudgee... what could go wrong?

Oh look it says Goulburn River National Park this will be pretty!

Now I've done some dumb things in my life and this dirt road and flooded causeways was fast being added to that list.
It was a case of 2 idiots on motorcycles laughing our way through some beautiful country, and we thought we were legends. Then we turned left to Bylong.... and welcome to HELL. 16km of THE WORST dirt road in Australia.
We crawled along at 20kph trying to pick a line through the bone shattering gravel and when we finally hit bitumen we found 2 men on motorcycles resting under a tree. They stood there, staring and asking if we'd come thru there, on THOSE BIKES?
Well yes actually, we're women and Legend's after all. We're famous down that way now BWHAHAHAHAHA.

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This isn't the worse flooded crossing we traversed, we were too scared to stop at that wet and slippery crossing.
This one you can see the water has just reseeded enough to show how high it had been just the day before..

And the irony is that we never got to Mudgee but did discover some amazing country and popped out onto bitumen near Bylong and headed through Rylestone and Kandos into Bathurst.
Found a nice motel close to a pub and we were set for the night.

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Another one of those memorable scenes and it's why we ride, to be the only person on a stretch of road with a view like that.
Some would call it lonesome we call it freedom.

Made it to Bathurst and of course had to ride around Mt Panorama.


Day 3 Bathurst to Katoomba


Via Oberon and Jenolan Caves

Hands up if you've even been on the road from Oberon to Jenolan Caves. As I thought, not many takers!
It is an AMAZING road. The warning signs will astound you... "No trucks, no caravans, no articulated vehicles". The good bends are signposted for 25kph... the really interesting ones are marked 15kph. They are VERY scary as you double back on yourself and the camber of the road feels all wrong.
Perhaps a skull and crossbones would be a better sign hehehe.


But we made it of course.. and were squealing with delight when we got into the little village that is Jenolan Caves, actually wished I had a Go-Pro camera on my helmet for that one.

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Looking back up the hill towards the Guest House and the small ticket office and gift store. The cave systems are brilliant and you simply have to take a tour.

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This is the opening under the mountain called the Grand Cavern but I prefer the old name Devil's Coachouse.

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Some beautiful formations and I could really see the Dragon's Head.

It was time to move on for the ride back up the mountain and on to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.

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First stop, the Three Sisters lookout at Echo Point.
It had been another great day so we enjoyed a well earned Ale.

We tried to avoid highways so the next day we went cross country out to Richmond, and UP the PUTY Road. It runs through some beautiful country behind Sydney and Newcastle and we arrived in Singleton in the Hunter Valley.

An early night was called for and some yummy Chinese Take-Away bed picnic!

Some final memories

A funny thing happened at Gloucester... a mean lady at the petrol station so we paid her $2.50 and left! We figure we're not welcome there

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The sign says, Best Scones on the Coast at the Moreland Cafe... they actually have the BEST, home-made apple pies in the entire WORLD. Just get off the high highway near Taree and try it.

We had to endure 200km of Highway 1 until we could go cross county to Grafton where we fitted a new front tyre to the BMW.

Just outside of Kyogle we found the best motorcycle road of the entire trip.
You leave the highway and head to The Risk [yes, it's called - The Risk] and you go up over Mt Lion on a road which is maintained by the Lion's Club of Kyogle.

They do a wonderful job on this road and it winds through some magnificent scenery. When you get to the top of Mt Lion you are only a few kilometres from the Qld border and there is an honesty box!

If you enjoyed the ride, put something in the Donations Tin.

So now were were back in Qld and all the signs say, Beaudesert and Brisbane so we headed into the city.

All up the little bike did 2300km and 3300km for the BMW and it was a fabulous mother and daughter trip.

And my favourite photo of the trip... stick 'em up lady!

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2013 Bundaberg to Cairns

Some images of a trip North

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Bowen is a strange town with unusable, contaminated land right in the centre of town and at Cairns the sky rail runs up to Kuranda

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A repairman climbing a tower to keep the sky rail running.

The old train trip back down the mountain is boring, nothing to see, and not worth it.

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Helicopter lands ahead of a black storm

It's time to leave Cairns

Bundaberg to Darwin

A winter trip in 2007

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On a freezing cold winter morning (OK, 10 deg. C is freezing for us) we departed the east coast and headed north to Townsville, we're on our way to the NT. Yes we know it's shorter to go west, but Townsville has the best chinese seafood restaurant in Australia and what's a couple of hundred K's for a treat like that

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Yacht in the Mackay river - tide's out, no rush - it'll be back. Going west we pick up the dinosaur trial. Small town of Richmond has fossils exhibit and you walk where dinosaurs walked - excellent!

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You don't need much of a map to go to Darwin and looking forward or looking back, it's the same view. Stopped for a break, still wearing those woolies! It may look desolate but there's plenty wildlife - emu, eagle, brolga, camel, dingo you just have to relax, enjoy the surroundings and you'll see plenty around each watering hole.s

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Finally cross the border - I'm home !(I'd lived most of my life in The Territory).

Just have to watch out for these monsters. Road Trains Rule.

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These notices are in roadhouses so tourists know how dangerous these big trucks are, and that they'll need a 4WD with a snorkel to get to Twin Falls!

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You can get off the highway and visit places like Mataranka hot springs and Edith falls. Just make sure you read the signs.... or ask these guy

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Once you leave the desert you can leave the road and enjoy so many waterholes.

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This is the artwork in the foyer of the hotel is quite stunning.

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I left the main highway and took the loop through Kakadu National Park and came across the “Bowali “ visitors centre. It encompassed all aspects of Kakadu, from Uranium mining, parklands, burn off's, aboriginal associations etc.
The radio-active stuff on display was fascinating and the areas overlay with the Gagadju 'sickness place'… an ancient cultural verbal tradition which has basis in fact.
One of the very best tourist/cultural centres ever visited.

This is the famous Crocodile shaped hotel at Jabiru. The shape is difficult to make out at ground level but from up high you can see what a neat building it is.

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Arrived in Darwin, and enjoyed sunset over the Timor Sea.

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It's time to leave and head south to the Daly Waters Pub where every surface is covered with memorabilia. It has good basic bush accommodation and my cabin was called, Faith in Australia, quite fitting considering my journey.
Excellent food too and a fun night when the backpackers from every nation share their stories.

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Signpost atop the Mount Isa lookout is fun.

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More dinosaur exhibits at Winton.
The small town of Winton has several dinosaur displays. It's very well presented and realising that Qld had so many Dino herds, it makes you feel quite insignificant.

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Next was Longreach which is famous for the Stockmans' hall of fame and a museum commemorating the birthplace of Qantas. I toured a retired Boeing 747 they have on display. You can walk on the wing if you like!

After Longreach it was a cruizy ride back through the central highlands and Emerald, and then turned south once I hit the ocean.

The trip took a month and covered 7500 km.

A trip Melbourne to Canberra

and back

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Straight up the Hume highway, stopping to see the dog on the tucker box at Gundagai and made it to our nations' capital.
It's hard to take photos from a motorcycle. (note the headlight in the picture)

Parliament house is pretty spectacular, all covered in grass with this fantastic phallic symbol on top.

The new & old Parliament houses are aligned with the War Memorial.

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The war memorial never fails to move me. A truly fitting tribute to our fallen

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On the road again. It's ok I have this map...
From Canberra, went up over the mountains and came to the southern ocean and followed the coast back around to Melbourne.

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These are the gardens at the Japanese War Cemetery at Cowra.
Such a beautiful tranquil place. I've lost track of when we went there but it could have been this trip,

Why don't we go to Coober Pedy?

Stuck a pin in a map and decided that Coober Pedy sounded like a great ride

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After riding through the desert I'm so happy to see this sign, flies and all!

This is a salt lake. It runs for as far as the eye can see mile after mile.
It's a long ride into the centre of Australia and I did it in the middle of a locust plague followed by a fly plague.
Next stop Coober Pedy

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Felt pretty safe at Port Augusta!

A Melbourne to Brisbane trip

Toured through Bathurst, Tamworth and Parkes

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Who could visit Bathurst and not ride the famous Mount Panorama Race track

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Looks like the weather has warmed up.
There really is a giant guitar in Tamworth and a giant space telescope in Parkes.

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So many trips.. they to blend together

I've ridden from Darwin to Tasmania, from Melbourne to Adelaide & up to Cairns

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The Great Ocean Road was a nice ride and Yes I know, it's another Loo shot but you have to believe how important they become on long bike trips.

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There were trips following the Murray River.

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Visited the blue lake at Mount Gambier and this is somewhere in the desert.

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Somewhere in the mountains and you'll notice that I alternated between my 1996 HD Springer and my 2000 BMW RT1100 on those rides.

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I've been all rugged up for the cold in Victoria And stripped down for summer riding (my first Harley - another springer - Hot Pink!).
But it's a wonderful life, isn't it?

The Bikes 1993 - Now

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Harley Softail Springer 1993

Stolen!

Yep, some A-Hole stole it from the Gold Coast in 1996.
Being Hot Pink I thought it would be immuned from thieves.
I'd travelled a long way on that baby, thru cyclones and deserts, crossed Bass Strait and toured Tassie.
It was a 1993 - Harley Davidson 70th anniversary edition.
Thieves broke her up for parts!

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Harley Softail Springer 1996

Insurance paid out

A new one to replace the stolen bike. Pink was no longer an option so settled for States Blue Pearl.
Travelled a long way on this one as well, toured SA, Vic & a lot of NSW.
After moving to Qld and living near the coast, the salt air was a nightmare on all the chrome... she had to go!

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BMW RT1100 2000

Long Distance Cruiser

Now this was luxury even if it was very tall and I'm quite short!
Big and fast and I rode everywhere.. Darwin. Cairns. All thru' NSW Vic & S.A.
Last ride was 2015 - NSW - rode Mt Panorama for the last time, and some hairy back roads... She had to go; I was getting older and knew my hips weren't going to keep doing this for much longer.
Sold it to an Undertaker - cool huh?

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Yamaha 650 V-Star 2001

Town Run-About

Great little bike for trips to town, altho did go on some longer rides around NSW, just for fun.
Yamaha certainly know how to make bikes, it was all grunt and great performer for a 650cc.
Sold it to a young lad who dreamed of a bike that met the LAMS requirements but looked GOOD.

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Indian Scout 1130cc 2015

A Lower Bike

I admitted it was getting harder to ride that tall bike.
The Indian was the solution, it's lighter and lower to the ground, with great power and good turn of speed. I love it... my last bike before I retire from riding I think.

More Travelling

To New Zealand

Driving both islands in search of beer

project8 Link to NZ Beer Tour

Time Travelling in Wales

Enjoying Wales & remembering the past

project7 Link to travel in Wales

Scotland & City of York

Coast and Highlands a travel journal from 2022

kelpies Link to Scotish travels

Then to the USA

Still in search of good craft beeers

proj9 Link to USA travels

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