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Old 01-15-2008, 03:27 AM   #76
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Shame we missed seeing the little fella on his travels around Sydney, our wee Hog wants to wish the little pig all the best on his journey!

GO BACON!!



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Old 01-15-2008, 04:43 AM   #77
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Day 2
Woke up to torrential rain it soon became clear that it was going to stop so we waited and only left Jindabyne at 11 AM.
The rain had stopped but it was blowing a gale. The Barry way goes South alongside the Snowy river through to Buchan it goes through some amazing country.
As the tar turned to dirt

and we started to go down into the valley the wind dropped

There had been rain and the country was so much more green than the last time I was through there.

the Snowy river was flowing well and we had a few stops to enjoy the view and bacon saw his first wildlife a family of emu's









At the end of the Barry way we turned toward Mckillop's Bridge



After Mckillops bridge it was through to the Bonang Highway
about 100 KMS of twisties with a little dirt for good measure.




Spent the night in Orbost more to follow now that I've worked out how to post pics. Thanks ATGreg for the help with pics.

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Old 01-15-2008, 02:15 PM   #78
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Let it be known Bacon likes the wind in his face! Great pictures and nice report. Emu? Thats an exotic animal over these parts!
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Woke up to torrential rain it soon became clear that it was going to stop so we waited and only left Jindabyne at 11 AM.
The rain had stopped but it was blowing a gale. The Barry way goes South alongside the Snowy river through to Buchan it goes through some amazing country.Spent the night in Orbost more to follow now that I've worked out how to post pics. Thanks ATGreg for the help with pics.
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:19 PM   #79
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YEAH!!! Go Bacon.... Cant wait to see what else he gets up too...
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:39 AM   #80
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Day 3
We left Orbost heading to Melbourne.
Via Nowa Nowa, Bruthen it was very windy the bike was hard to keep in a straight line some of the gusts must have been around the 120 kph mark.

Then through to Bairnsdale, Meerlieu, Longford ,Gormandale.
This is where we got it wrong

We followed the GPS towards the grand ridge road. We had the GPS set on shortest distance. So we followed a logging track and after the pre Christmas Rains things got interesting.
There were a couple of easy creek crossings,



but as the track wound its way up hill it became harder and harder.

Stone had been laid, but the road surface was very slippery and having Pillion in a million on the back was a bit of a worry as we climbed the rear wheel was having a hard time tracking.
We had a small lie down it was slippery and as I put my foot out to try and steady things, I knew that the underlying surface was way too soft.
No harm to bike, Pig, Rider or pillion.


The pics unfortunately do no Justice.
Bacon was a little shook up so we gave him some time in the wild flowers


We joined the Grand ridge road near Balook.

We followed the ridge road accross the Strezelecki range until Mirboo North.


From there we went through to Trafalga then the highway to Melbourne to catch the ferry to Tassie.
Bacon had his own bunk on the Ferry


little bugger was so excited that he took a long time to settle.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:29 AM   #81
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Day 4
Ferry arrived in Devonport Tassmania. After that annoying wake up call which I reckon is at least 45 minutes too early.
We were stopped by Quarantine and told that we needed to clean the bike they did not want any of NSW or VIC'S dirt.


Back way to Exeter passed the poppy farms. In Afghanistan napalm would be used on these farms but here its legal for pharmaceutical use.
But never have a coffee at the Take-away joint in Exeter it was the worst I've ever tasted
We wound our way towards Launceston then toward Lillydale and the dirt to Patersonia, then over the Sideling to Springfield then the dirt to Tonganah.




we found some amazing Christmas garden decor the pig was shocked

Through to Ringarooma and on to Weldrough there were a couple of turns where we were unsure but we were eventually on Tasman Hway heading for St Helens.
In Tasmania you often see couples on bicycles touring around and when the hills-mountains they are usually about 6 km apart with one looking like they are about to die and then a couple of K's back another looking like WTF am I doing here......... thinking about Divorce, or how great is this ...... I never worked out which thought process was in place by the follower I think I just got it
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:34 PM   #82
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Bacon was a little shook up so we gave him some time in the wild flowers

Shake-N-bacon? Glad all three(?) of you are ok!
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:01 PM   #83
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Day 5 Christmas Day
St Helens is a very quiet little town on Christmas Day the day before we had bought some food and planned a little ride around the area.
We went out to Binnalong Bay and then on to The Gardens


then up a track which joined the Ansons Bay road.
We came across an Echidna but it did not want to play with Bacon




From Ansons Bay we we went to Eddystonepoint and Policemans Point

Christmas lunch was on the Wild Pig Hill road
We had to lie to Bacon we told him that the ham cheese and tomato roll contained Beef

We returned to St Helens via Priory
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:33 PM   #84
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Day 6 Boxing Day
St Helens to Launceston the longer way.
Left St Helens and headed to St Marys we were looking for a road which goes from Grey passed Mt st john but could not find it the road we took before the Pancake place was the wrong one as it ended with no gate. So we headed back for a pancake.
They had this sign

After A fantastic Pancake it was down Elephant Pass through Bicheno and on to Cranbrook. Then down Lake Leake road what a wonderful fast run we had this road is a must for anyone who likes fast open sweepers about 70 km of great road had lunch in Campbel town.
It was time for some dirt we went toward Conara then headed for Nile then Deddington, English town through the hills toward Wattle corner then up Ben Lomond.


The last section of this road is called Jacobs ladder



Bacon is scared of heights
This place gives new meaning to watch out for falling rocks

After coming down Jacobs ladder it was down to Launceston for the night.
A great day through some fantastic country.
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:20 AM   #85
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Day 7
Launceston - Cradle Mt


From Launceston it was south through Longford, Potania,Miena and then up the side of the Great lake.


the pig choosing a route


we went along a path marked historic site where we came across this Grave the pig was spooked


the dirt Road up the side of the great lake was in superb condition
this next pic was (of a mates bike ) self incrimination is not my strong point.

further along another mate

It was not long at those speeds and we were back on tar

passed pine lake

through Golden Valley-Mole Creek- Sheffield where the pig met an Alpacca who was groomed like a poodle. It takes all types mum used to say..

on to Promised land, Moina and finally Cradle Mountian
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Old 01-17-2008, 03:21 AM   #86
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Excellent report guys. Wish I was as lucky as bacon to travel so much...
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:33 AM   #87
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Day 8
After a quiet night Bacon met the Duck, we were worried about cross species
reproduction, but after a disagreement and a short shouting match we were no longer worried.

No riding today, a day of bush walking.




Bacon said that he wanted to chill in the sun, but he would not wear his hat.
He's naughty: slip, slap, slop, was beyond his level of comprehension.

Up to Marrions look out then back via wombat pools.

Tonight Bacon met some new Aussie wild life.







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Old 01-17-2008, 02:52 PM   #88
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Awesome report! This is a crazy road and a FRONT PAGE picture!

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I'm off to Tassie in a week. Can't wait to visit some of these places... GREAT PHOTOS!!!!!!!
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Old 01-17-2008, 05:13 PM   #90
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I'm off to Tassie in a week. Can't wait to visit some of these places... GREAT PHOTOS!!!!!!!
me too - jeez, you are now the 6th person/group I know of going next week.. going to be busy on the roads I reckon
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