Day 11 – Batemans Bay to Castle Hill via Braidwood, Tarago and Goulburn

We got going at 8.30 this morning in fairly cool and cloudy weather. After winding our way through Nelligen to Braidwood we headed cross country to Goulburn before opting for our run home via the Hume Highway. We arrived home at about 2pm after a 350km run today.

Overall, we did 4,024 Kms and our dear old Honda ST1300 again performed faultlessly all the way.

What a great bike!!!!!

This is roughly the track we took on our trip (although there were a few obvious variations) but near enough for you to get the idea.

 Probably our next major trip will be to the Ozstoc National Rally which is being held at Wooli NSW in October this year.

See you then

Ros and Dick

Day 10 – Bairnsdale to Batemans Bay via Bruthen, Orbost, Cann River, Eden, Bega and Narooma

Getting ready to head off after lunch at Eden

Eden Harbour

We set off at a leusurely 9.30am to We left at a leisurely 9.30am this morning to give Brad time to get a few chores done prior to riding to Orbost for morning tea in warm weather around 30c. We said farewell to Brad who returned home after Orbost as we wound our way up the very picturesque and pleasant riding coast road. We enjoyed fish and chips for lunch at Eden.

We continued our ride to our last night at Batemans Bay contending with numerous long stretches of loose gravel road at the many road work sections we had to negotiate along the way.

We finally arrived at Batemans Bay at around 5pm after a fairly long day of 490 Kms.

We enjoyed staying the night again at our honeymoon hotel of a bit over 35 years ago although we were a trifle disappointed we weren’t able to secure the same room making do with the one next door!.

We enjoyed a great dinner at the bistro downstairs before turning in for our final run home tomorrow.

Bye for now

R & D

Day 9 – Mytleford to Bairnsdale via Mount Buffalo, Bright, Bogong, Falls Creak, Omeo, Cassilis, Swifts Creek and Bruthen

We enjoyed a great bacon and egg roll at the Mytleford Bakery before Brad, Ruth, Ros and I set off on our two bikes on a clear cool morning. Brad had suggested we ride to the top of Mount Buffalo to enjoy the spectacular views to be had on such a clear day.

The old Chalet

We wound our way up the mountain around what seemed like hundreds of tight bends before we wheeled into the Historic Mount Buffalo Chalet near the top which was established in 1937. It was undergoing yet another round of renovations so we were unable to check it out inside.

The views to be had at the lookout in front of the Chalet were fantastic.

Part of the great view

Brad, Ros and Ruth checking out the great views

We continued on our upward ride for a short intending to ride to the top but the road turned into a gravel track and I declined to take our 300Kg brute any further up this road so we turned around and wound our way back down again. On both the up and downward trip we shared the narrow winding road with cyclists and runners who were in the midst of some organised event.

Once back down we headed through Bright and took the road to Mount Beauty so we could travel through Bogong and Falls Creek on the fairly recently sealed road. This was another great experience albeit it constantly winding and twisting up and down through the mountains with both our bikes spending most of the time in 2nd and 3rd gear as we threaded our way around the never ending bends.

Part of the road down Mount Buffalo

We had planned to stop at Bogong for lunch but their only establishment was closed so we wound our way along to the ski resort of Halls Creek for a nice but rather pricey lunch.

We headed off from Falls Creek to Omeo where we had a rest stop and fuelled up at their rather chaotic Card operated bowsers before taking the back road via Cassilis to Brad and Ruth’s loverly house at Bairnsdale. I felt like we had negotiated more tight bends today than we had done on the entire trip. A very enjoyable although tiring ride. A highlight of this last stretch was that our dear old bike passed the 100,000 km mark on the speedo.

We enjoyed a great dinner with Brad and Ruth prior to my falling asleep on their lounge suggesting we had better turn in.

Unfortunately, Ruth had to go to work in the morning but Brad had arranged a RDO to ride with us some of the way.

Bye for now

R & D

Day 8 – Healesville to Mytleford Victoria via Alexandra, Mansfield, Whitfield and Milawa

We left Healesville this morning at a leisurely 9.30am after enjoying the cooked breakfast provided by our hosts Ozzie and Donia of the Tuck-in B & B.
As in previous mornings, the day was coolish and the sky somewhat threatening. We enjoyed the 70k ride along a winding road through the beautiful Victorian countryside to Alexandra for a fuel and comfort stop. We were delighted to pass many 50’s and 60’s cars along the way which were all obviously out and about for some rally. There were Minis galore, a couple of FJ’s, Ford Anglias, MGs, Sunbeam Alpines and many more. When we got the Alexandra the town was packed with old cars of every variety. A great sight. We rode on then to Mansfield again through green and mostly hilly countryside. The road was mostly dry although the odd wet patch here and there kept us on our toes as we wound our way through the hills and dales of Yarra Valley. After Mansfield we headed toward Wangaratta on the C521 road winding through the hills toward the small town of Whitfield. We soon ran into dense fog and spent the next hour crawling at times around the winding torturous road at speeds as low as 15 and 20k. We finally emerged from the fog just before Whitfield where we enjoyed our lunch at the Whitty Cafe along a few other bikers.

The Whitty Cafe at Whitfield

After leaving Whitfield we headed through the King Valley before turning off through Milawa to reach our destination, Mytleford at around 3pm.

287 Kms for the day.

Happy hour with Brad and Ruth

We met up with Ros’s brother, Brad and his wife Ruth at around 4.30pm when they rode in from Bairnsdale, where they live, to accompany us on the ride tomorrow back to their place.

After enjoying a social drink or two we walked next door to the Mytleford Savoy Sport Club for dinner. Another great day of riding.

Tomorrow we will be heading up over the mountains so we are hoping for a clear day which, on average only occurs about 30% of the time.

Here’s hoping.

R&D

Day 11 – Perth to Pemberton WA

We said our farewells this morning and headed South out of Perth hopefully escaping a predicted 37c as we head south into a cooler areas. After some difficulty navigating our way out of Perth. We were finally on our way via the freeway bypassing Bunbury to make our coffee stop at a small little town quaintly called Donnybrook. We left Donnybrook after getting some detailed road advice from a colourful Perth Yokel (er! I mean local) who said he hailed from Blacktown over 30 years ago, we headed for our lunch stop at a little place called Nannup via the scenic route comprising a winding road with lots of loose surface gravel along the river after turning of the highway at Balingup.

We then headed for our overnight stop at the Karri Valley Resort 20 Kms out of Pemberton arriving at around 3pm after travelling along some very pleasant forest roads in our 400km run south of Perth.

David and I did a “quick” 40Km shopping run into Pemberton to pick up the supplies we needed for Sue to finish off the Spaghetti Bolognaise that was on the menu for the night. We were sharing a two bedroom cabin which overlooked a beautiful little lake.

The view from the balcony of our cabin

The view from the balcony of our cabin

David and Sue went for a refreshing swim in the lake while Ros and I enjoyed refreshments on the verandah.

Our cabin

Our cabin

 

A visitor to our verandah

A visitor to our verandah

Another great day.

Bye for now

Dick, Ros, David and Sue

Days 28 & 29 Tamworth and Wootton

Google Map of our trip and overnight stops

Day 28 – Moree to Tamworth (287Kms Total 8,075kms)
Our 287km trip to Tamworth today took us through Warialda, Bingara, Barraba and Manilla. The country was picturesque and hilly with nice undulating and winding roads most of the way as we travelled along Fossickers Way from Warialda. It was mostly grazing country although a few crops were spotted along the way. The road surface left a lot to be desired in places bouncing us around a bit from time to time. The weather was fine and sunny yet again although we had a chilly start at 6c spending most of the day at around 14c. We were well rugged up and enjoyed the ride. Tomorrow we will be heading for Wootton via Walcha, Thunderbolts Way and Gloucester, a trip we have done numerous times enjoying it everytime. We are nearly home now and it is hard to believe we have been on the road for almost a month. We had better get planning for our next trip!

Approaching Warialda on the Gwydir Highway

Approaching Warialda on the Gwydir Highway

Cheese and bickies in the sun (to warm up) at Bingara enroute to Tamworth

Cheese and bickies in the sun (to warm up) at Bingara enroute to Tamworth

Day 29 – Tamworth to Wootton via Walcha and Gloucester (365Kms Total 8,440Kms)
We headed north briefly this chilly morning as we rode out of Tamworth headed for Bendemeer to pick up the Oxley Highway to take us through to Walcha. After refueling at Walcha we headed off down Thunderbolts Way to Gloucester 155kms away. This is really a beautiful part of the world with green rolling hills with the road winding through green valleys and across picturesque creeks. Generally a fantastic ride. The only downside is the very poor condition of the road surface for much of the way with some 40km/hr sections where the surface is extremely bad. If they ever get around to resurfacing this road it will be one of the best riding roads in the country (we’ve seen most of them so we should  know :o)  ). After lunch we headed down the Bucketts Way then across to Nabiac before reaching our second home at Wootton at around 2.30pm. We will spend a couple of nights here before heading back to home number 1 on Sunday.

Carsons Lookout - Thunderbolts Way between Walcha and Gloucester

Carsons Lookout – Thunderbolts Way between Walcha and Gloucester

Crossing the upper reaches of the Manning River approaching Gloucester on Thunderbolts Way

Crossing the upper reaches of the Manning River approaching Gloucester on Thunderbolts Way

Cheers Ros and Dick