ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-25-2007, 10:56 PM   #1
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
Laugh Two weeks, 10,000 miles around Australia, 300 photos and one sore ass!

Every year I get the chance to take a couple of weeks off and get some serious helmet time. This year was going to be the Big One again - Highway 1 pretty much all the way round the coast of Australia. It ain't as tough as it looks though - there's plenty guys out there a lot harder than me (the record for this ride is actually less than a week!!!). It's not a regular 'tour' either, because I wasn't really going anywhere - my destination was the same point as my departure - Melbourne - and I've done the same ride twice before. In the process I sat inside my helmet thinking quietly for 18 days and solving all my problems (as you do), covered 16,750 km on perhaps the longest single highway in the world (any nominations for longer?), had a face-plant run-in with what we Aussies lightly refer to as a 'road train', killed a kangaroo with my right boot (instead of being killed by it), and suffered bird-strikes on a regular basis including near-misses with man-high emus. . .

And don't worry - I won't post all 300 photos, but I will pick through them and try to show the ones in focus!

Anyhow, here's my attempt to see an entire continent through a helmet visor on my two week break . . .


lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 01:45 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:02 PM   #2
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
Day 1, Point of departure Melbourne

If I leave early morning Friday before Easter, I can stretch my trip to over two weeks because there's a holiday on April 25 here in Oz. Anzac Day - time to remember all our war dead - and there's been plenty for a country with our population. Anyway, here's me looking proper dorky in my shiny BMW clobber at 5.20am, about to slip into the dark rain. Yep, raining already and my feet are still on the damned ground. . .


lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 01:41 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:09 PM   #3
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
I know there's a lot of blokes from other parts on this forum, so here's a quick and rough idea of how big Australia is, in case you didn't know. Pardon the crayon drawings.


lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 01:41 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:11 PM   #4
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
Anyway, Day 1 was pretty uneventful. It rained nearly all day, with just a few openings for decent photos. Here's one in South Gippsland a couple of hundred km into the ride. Just a beach, nothing special.


lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 01:42 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:12 PM   #5
TouringDave
Tri Moto Veritas
 
TouringDave's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2005
Location: Frankston, Vic, Aust.
Oddometer: 6,946
Post away Low! let's see the pics!
__________________
K7 Strom with Chair
84 Kwaka GT750 Cafe Project
84 Kawaka GT750 Outfit Project
TouringDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:15 PM   #6
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
They got a cute pub at Tarwin Lower, but sadly not open at the crack of sparrows'.



It rained all day nearly, so I just kept riding. Didn't even take any photos all the way to Engadine on the southern edge of Sydney where I propped for the night around 5.45pm. 1205km for the day and bushed. Not a bad start though.

lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 01:50 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:15 PM   #7
El Diablo
Mama I'm goi'n fast!
 
El Diablo's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: San Jose CA
Oddometer: 747
Need 299 more pics
El Diablo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:19 PM   #8
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
Day 2, Point of departure Sydney

Like yesterday, raining again at 6.50am as I jump on board.



It rained again for the first 400km or so, which created limited photo opportunities, but eventually there was a break so I stopped for some fruit.

lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 01:54 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:22 PM   #9
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
There's a lot of interesting little towns on the New South Wales north coast. The road seems to follow a pattern of riding alongside a river toward its mouth, then passing through a town and over the bridge before heading inland again. Nearer the coast, it wasn't raining, but every time the road went inland, there it was again.



This is Macksville, I think.


lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 02:02 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:23 PM   #10
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
Weather still crap, so this was the best shot of the bridge I could manage.


lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 01:55 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:27 PM   #11
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
The sun even came out for a minute, so I had to stop.

lowrpm screwed with this post 02-23-2009 at 11:15 PM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:29 PM   #12
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
Pretty windy though.



lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 02:04 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:32 PM   #13
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
Aside from those brief spots of sun, it was wet all day again, but I managed 1130km for the day, finishing in Nambour for the night. I was disappointed with my failure to get good photos because that was one of the main reasons for my trip, but with all the rain, it just didt't seem like a good idea to get the camera out. Also, in those conditions I just don't feel like stopping. Too uncomfortable, too hard to get going again.
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:36 PM   #14
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
Day 3, Point of departure Nambour

Incredibly, Sunday morning was more of the same. By now I'd ridden 2500km - and it was still raining. From a photo point of view, this was going nowhere fast, but I knew it'd get better if I just held in there.



I basically rode all the way to Sarina without stopping because the rain was so heavy. It was only when I reached town that the sun came out. This is the pub I ended up staying in for the night.

lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 02:18 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 11:40 PM   #15
lowrpm OP
Tar Baby
 
lowrpm's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: On the ribbon of black, Melbourne, Australia
Oddometer: 1,352
The pig had to share a parking spot with some beer. I told the guy there I didn't mind - at least I wouldn't be lonely. For some reason he moved the beer into a secure lockup! Trusting bastard. That's my room on the end.


lowrpm screwed with this post 12-31-2008 at 02:16 AM
lowrpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 06:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014