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We left Esperance early Wednesday morning to make the 530 Km run to Albany. After a Maccas breakfast we spent an hour or so looking around the town before we headed off. It was a very nice seaside place and one we would have liked to spend more time at but our schedule did not allow it. We started off for Albany at around 9.30 pm, again in fine sunny weather. We don’t know how much longer our luck is going to hold out but it is certainly fantastic riding weather. We motored along pretty solidly for the day through fairly flat but pleasant country stopping every 150 km and arriving at the quite large port city of Albany around 4.30 pm. We fueled up on arrival expecting we would not be able to get fuel the next day (Anzac day). We set off early on Thursday from Albany on a foggy and brisk morning for Margaret River which was to be a run of about 475 km. This ride turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip so far (ridingwise that is). With the whole 475 km passing though beautiful forests periodically alternated with lush pastureland that would be right at home on the NSW South Coast or the Victorian Gippsland. This was coupled with constantly sweeping curves all day loved by motorcyclists the world over. All this under a clear blue sky and around 22c. A truly wonderful motorcyling experience. Come with us for a short two minute YouTube ride through the Shannon National Park in SW Western Australia >> http://youtu.be/YI0p0BrTtb0
Along the way we stopped at the at the famed Treetop Walk and enjoyed the ” walk with the giants” through the tree canopy 40m above ground. We arrived at Margaret River at 4.30pm. Ros was delighted with the number of family and friends who managed to track us down to wish her a happy birthday. Thank you to you all. We stayed off the bike today (Friday) and took a tour to some of the local wineries (Pierro, Moss Brothers, the fabulous Watershed and the opulent Voyager). A brilliant day and a must-do for our Probus Wine and Cheese group sometime in the future.
We have now covered over 6,000 kms and well and truly eclipsed our previous maximum 5,400 kms during our Tassie ride last year. We have been on the road for 17 days with just 2 days off the bike so far averaging over 400 km each riding day. We are heading for Perth tomorrow for a major pitstop of around 10 days and won’t be back on the road again (after tomorrow) until Tuesday 7 May so we won’t be doing any more posts until we get moving again.
Bye for now
Ros and Dick
Some of the beautiful coastline around Esperance WA
Rest stop on the road to Albany at Jerramunjup WA
Albany in the morning mist
Walking in the treetops 40m above ground
A small part of the fabulous Watershed Vinyard and Winery, Margaret River WA
Part of the Opulant cellar door facility and magnificent surrounding gardens of the Voyager Vineyard and Winery at Margaret River WA
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We packed up in the rain at Streaky Bay on Sunday and prepared for a wet ride as we headed for Ceduna and the Nullarbor. Although the road was wet and the sky threatening most of the day we stayed relatively dry
We passed through Ceduna at around 9.30am and the place was like a ghost town. Not much happens in SA on Sundays!!. We headed out across the Nullarbor in cloudy 18c weather. Check out the Nullarbor Jig >>>> http://youtu.be/CPn0vRsiTjI
The country was green and the periodic glimpses of the rugged coastline were spectacular. We overnighted at the remote Nullarbor Roadhouse with fuel topping $2.00/litre and food was also likewise expensive. It is understandable I guess given the location and the lack of alternatives. Monday saw us continue our Nullarbor ride with a clear sky and temperature ranging from 12c in the morning to 24c during the day. The views of the famed Bunda Cliffs along the Great Australian Bight were breathtaking. They run for 200 kms and are supposed to be the longest unbroken cliffs in the world. We saw a dingo on the road and on our run into our next stop at the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse we saw numerous magnificent wedgetailed eagles feeding on roadkill. We had an early 7.30am start from Cocklebiddy in a brisk 10c and foggy morning to tackle the 650k ride we planned to Esperence today. This was aided by the 1.5 extra hours we picked up as we crossed the time zone in WA. We tackled the reputedly Australias longest section of straight road (151Km) spotting a herd of camels enroute to the somewhat rundown mining town of Norseman before heading south for another 200km ride to our current home in the Bayview Motel (special seniors rate of $105/night).
So far we have covered over 5000kms. We are heading for Albany tomorrow then a two night birthday stop (Ros’s) at Margaret River.
We will check out Esperence in the morning before we head out but it look pretty nice when we wheeled in tonight. The bike is still running beautifully and is booked in for a major service when we hit Perth on Saturday for a major stopover. We found out over the last two days that there are actually four time zones in Australia. There is a timezone (previously unknown to us) known as Central Western Time which is 45 minutes behind Perth time and covers about 200km of the SA/WA border area. You learn something new everyday
Bye for now
Ros and Dick
Loading up in the rain at Streaky Bay SA. We almost backed the bike right into our room to get out of the rain as we loaded up.
Some of the 1000km + of the Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor
Nullarbor rest stop
A small part of the amazing Bunda Cliffs
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We set out from Kadina Friday morning to catch the 1.30 pm ferry across Spencer Gulf from Woolaroo to Cowell. This is a high speed vehicular ferry which cuts out a 400 km road trip via Port Augusta and Whyalla to reach the Eyre Peninsula. After having our usual problems with the lack of road signs in SA we eventually found our way to the terminal and boarded the ferry for the 2.5 hour trip arriving at our Cowell motel on the other side at around 4 pm. The weather was fine and sunny with the whole day a pleasant and easy day travelling just 84 km (on the bike).
We set off early this morning, after a quick breakfast at the Cowell Roadhouse, to ride the 160 km to Port Lincoln on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula. This is reputed to be the Seafood capital of Australia and, judging by the large numbers of huge trawlers moored in the marina, we can believe. It is obviously a very profitable town as it had an almost Gold Coast look about it with many expensive looking homes surrounding the fishing fleet. Fishing is obviously profitable in this part of the world. We then headed up the western side of the peninsula to stop tonight at Streaky Bay some 500 km after we set of this morning from Cowell. We passed Coffin Bay on the way which is also reputed to be one of the best angling spots around. We lunched at a remote and slightly sus roadhouse at a place called Sheringa which was very “hillbilly” and was missing only the banjos. The food was ok but we wasted no time in hitting the road again. It is currently raining at Streaky Bay and we may be in for a wet ride tomorrow when we set off through Ceduna across the Nullabor hopefully stopping for the night at the Nullabor Road House. Everything is still fine and we are having so much fun it is hard to stop smiling.
By for now
Ros and Dick
Waiting for the ferry in their “luxurious” departure lounge
Here it comes, at last !
Just a fraction of the Port Lincoln fishing fleet
Wonder how big their congregation is?
The Sheringa Roadhouse
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We had had two more great days of riding since leaving Mount Schank SA. Day 8 saw us travel via Mount Gambier down to the Ocean at Beachport then following the spectacular coast line passing through Robe and Kingston SE. We then headed off on the long, mostly unihabited, 144km stretch of coastline all the way past the Coorong National Park before heading inland to pick up the might Murray River at Tailem Bend, our next overnight stop. We covered a solid 400kms for the day. We headed out on day 9 (Thursday 18 April 2013) riding through the beautiful Adelaide Hills passing through Harndorf and Gawler before heading out onto the open plains heading for Wallaroo on the Spencer Gulf. We plan to bypass Port Augusta and Whyalla by taking the high speed ferry across the Gulf to Cowell on the other side. We are staying tonight at Kadina after riding 322 kms today through the maize of poorly signposted roads (but fantastic scenery) through the Adelaide Hills. We will be catching the ferry just down the road at Wallaroo at 1.30pm tomorrow so we will have an easy morning. The trip takes 2 hours so we will stop overnight tomorrow night at Cowell on the other side of the Gulf before heading off the next day (Saturday) for Port Lincoln and beyond. The bike is running beautifully and we are now well adjusted to our days in the saddle.
Bye for now
Ros and Dick
Morning tea at Beachport SA
The mighty Murray at Tailem Bend SA
We have now done 2165 Kms and are staying tonight in a little country Pub at a nowhere town called Mount Schank SA on the road to Mount Gambier. (The pub is the town!) Check it out on Google Maps >>>http://goo.gl/maps/cS5tm
The Bellum Hotel – Mount Schank SA
We have had a couple of days great riding albeit with a bit of rain here and there but nothing too bad. We travelled the Great Ocean Road yesterday and stopped for the night at Port Campbell.
Along the Great Ocean Road
Here is a short HelmetCam video to give you a taste of riding the GOR http://youtu.be/uoTDrEkN-Fk
It was 9c this morning as we set out but it warmed up a bit (17c) through the day. We saw some beautiful country along the way.
Some beautiful country along the way
We are heading for Tailem Bend tomorrow via Robe and Kingston.
Bye for now
Ros and Dick
After four solid days of riding we decided to take a day off the bike and recharge the batteries (so to speak). We holed up in a cabin at a funny old caravan park at Portarlington (like stepping back into a 50′s time warp) which is on the south west edge of Port Phillip Bay. It also gave us the chance to visit the local IGA and stock up for a couple of ” home cooked” meals to give us a rest from Club/Pub food for a couple of days.
We spent a couple of hours putting together this short video of some of our riding highlights over the past few days. Our poor little netbook computer struggled with the video editing so the quality is not too good but gives you an idea of our ride so far.>> http://youtu.be/nNtQXOYLyjE
Our “luxury” cabin in the Dylene Caravan Park at Portarlington
Portarlington – Local industry – Mussel farming
We are heading off tomorrow to tackle the Great Ocean Road. Weather forecast 19c and rain
Bye for now – Ros and Dick
Where are we now? Check out the Google map link >>>>http://goo.gl/maps/IAQQp
We set off on schedule on a bright sunny day headed down the NSW South Coast.
Lunch at Ulladulla
A nostalgic stop at our Honeymoon Hotel at Batemans Bay.???..years ago
Looking out over the Bega Valley
All the Grey Nomads camped at Malacoota
The four of us preparing to leave Bairnsdale
We stayed the first night at Cobargo then on to stay with our relos Brad and Ruth at Bairnsdale. They provided great hospitality and company and rode with us the next day giving us a fantastic tour through rural Victoria staying with us in Leongatha.
We said our farewells the next morning after riding to Cape Paterson together. They headed back to Bairnsdale and we headed via Phillip Island to take the ferry at Sorento across the opening of Port Phillip Bay to Queenscliff then on to Portarlignton where we are having a lay day tomorrow to catch up on some washing etc.
Everything is good and we are having a great time
Ros and Dick
We are currently in Leongatha in Victoria and have had three great riding days covering about 1500Kms. All is going well. More details later tonight.
What self respecting gray nomads would set off without displaying their names on the back of their vehicle?
Now we know who this bike belongs to!
Certainly not us!
Seven days to launch and on the countdown