Margaret River WA

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Hi everyone,
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

Some of the beautiful coastline around Esperance WA

Rest stop on the road to Albany at Jerramunjup WA

Rest stop on the road to Albany at Jerramunjup WA

Albany in the morning mist

Albany in the morning mist

Walking in the treetops 40m above ground

Walking in the treetops 40m above ground

A small part of the fabulous Watershed Vinyard and Winery, Margaret River WA

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

Part of the Opulant cellar door facility and magnificent surrounding gardens of the Voyager Vineyard and Winery at Margaret River WA