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Old 01-09-2015, 10:54 PM   #1
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The Great Divide, relax and enjoy the journey not just the destination

Well I've had the title as my signature for quite a while now so I thought it was time to practice it.

Took off for a 3 or 4 day ride through the australian northern NSW river and high country area. It was planned to be a casual ride and sight seeing tour, and I wasn't disappointed. After the rain we've had over the last month the hills are bright green, and the rivers and falls are spectacular.

The general route was south on the eastern side of the Great Divide and then back north on the western side going as far as Waterfall Way and Dorigo. I said 3 or 4 as I knew you could do it in 3, but I was keen to stop at places rather than ride straight past them like I often do on rides. The plan was Brisbane, Kyogle, Mallanganee, Jackagery, Ulong, Dorigo, Tenterfield, Warwick Brisbane. I had planned on pub or motel stays but booked nothing and had routes on my GPS for exits and cut throughs if fuel, accommodation, or weather played a part. I did over 1400km all up, some longer and some shorter sight seeing days.




If anyone's interested in the whole photo bucket of 170 odd photos over 1000km please feel free to have a look

http://s1326.photobucket.com/user/Ne...?sort=3&page=1

Also as a general side note I planned this trip mostly using the Dual Sports Austraiia Great Divide DVD that I purchased, so if you really want all this and more info and GPX routes rather than ask me for it please support it and purchase the DVD, I have no affiliation with this product just want to make sure those that put the effort into making sure we enjoy our sport to the max are rewarded.

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Day 1
Brisbane, Kyogle, Mallanganee, Jackagery, Grafton.
The weapon of choice was my nice little BMW G650GS Sertao, it proved a great bike for the ride.

Day 1 Video



Being Brisbane based I decided to get to Kyogle a relatively quick way rather than spending time on trails I ride quite often, this allowed me to spend more time on trails normally out of reach for weekend rides. Its still a great slab ride I enjoy anyway heading through Beaudesert and Rathdowney and the Lions rd. And you get to do the nice little Gradys Ck diversion






It was also nice to drop in and see inmate Seanos new place at Mublebum (Mummulgum) outside of Casino before I hit the dirt at Malenganee, it's a hell of a back yard you got Seano


After Seanos headed into Mallanganee then onto Clarence Way and across west on Carnham Rd over to the Mann River. I can't believe how fantastic that country looks at the moment. If it wasn't for the Wallaby that committed suicide at 12.30pm on my shin on Clarence Way it would have been an uneventful scenery packed ride. I was tucking in tight on a sharp blind left hander on the side of a hill well out of harms way of any 4WD that could round the corner, the left hand side of the road was a 6 foot high sloped ledge where the road had been cut out of the side of the hill. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a Wallaby twitching under the shade of a tree, he decided to hop down the slope hit full speed as he reached the road, wasn't sure if I was going to hit him but held it all steady and straight ready, straight into my shin. Little bugger for about 30 seconds I was twisting my leg around trying to feel if he'd broken my leg or ankle then I realised my heel was in pain as he'd knocked my foot off the peg and into the doubling peg, I could hardly get my boot off that night as I applied a bit of ice and thoughts ofmy ride being over after day 1 where going through my head, but next day it was all good. It was also wise that I had chosen to wear my Sidi Adventures and Shin/knee guards.







After crossing the Clearance you head to Hanging Rock road, the mountains are green that's for sure, I think this is the greenest rolling hill country I've seen since I spent time in NZ. The road is pretty awesome too.





At the end of Hanging Rock Rd you come to the spectacular Broadwater water on the Mann River , loads of swimming and plenty of camping there.




I'd checked a couple of days before hand and Jackagery had some Cabin availability, but when I got there on the Sunday they were booked out so I headed into Grafton as the next days ride into Ramornie State Forest started from half way to Grafton anyway. I did about 500km on the day, but always planned that one to be one of the bigger days.

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Old 01-09-2015, 10:55 PM   #2
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Day 2

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Got away about 8am after a nice comfy bed in Grafton. About 25km out of Grafton and it was into the forest and onto the dirt like it was going to be for most of the day. I had a short 250km day planned and an option to push on after Dorigo if I felt like trying to ensure I was only away for 3 days. The start was into the Ramornie State Forest on the way to the Nymdoida State Forest and National Park.




It was around about leaving Ramornie and entering Nymdoida when I was in the depths of valleys, hills and a deteriorating trail that I started questioning if doing this ride alone was such a great idea. It happened a couple of times along the ride but each time you went through about 30 mins of it and then would come out into great riding country and you just got lost in the beauty of what you were riding through or seeing. Needles to say I certainly spent the whole ride at a very conservative and cautious pace, watching every line I took and every corner ahead.







After a few hours of seeing no one came a nice road through cradle creek and you could see signs of population starting to emerge with letter boxes and bush driveways and the odd bitumen section on a range, corner of hill.





After emerging out of the wilderness and certainly getting hungry I first rode past the little store at Lowanna but decided to do a uturn just down the road as it looked like a nice little spot to stop. I wasn't disappointed and the shop keeper come post master was glad I popped in and was all chatter when I walked in, apparently things had been slow with all the shut days over Xmas. I even got a lesson about how one of the old fellas in town used to be paid to maintain one of the roads I'd been along. And it was commented on how I must be a good rider to get that "big bike" through there, hahahah, I chuckled, nice people they were, just one of the nice people you run into and chat with on rides through places like this.






From there and with a full belly it was only a short ride into Dorigo but had a bit of sight seeing to stop and do on the way



Not far out of Dorigo is Danger Falls, a fair bit of water coming over, great spot.




After a quick through Dorigo it was down Waterfall Way for a couple of scenery stops




Back into Dorigo and the old steam train graveyard is a hell of a sight




By this time, early afternoon some showers had stared to roll in, so I decided to call it a day and head to the hotel for the night



It was a wise choice when you don't enjoy riding in the rain as just as I booked in it started bucketing down, so I took to pounding the streets and supporting the local cafe for a well earned Latte, after all I was on my BMW so found the closest thing I could to a Starbucks :-)





Then settled into the pub for a decent steak and a good night sleeps. Amazing what you get up to when you've finished early and rained in, I got a bit bored and over a couple of beers and false starts whipped up an iPhone selfy stand from a beer coaster, worked a treat for a couple of days

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Old 01-09-2015, 10:56 PM   #3
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Day 3

Today's plan was ruff, leave Dorigo and get to at least Glenn Innes, or past there to Deepwater or even Tenterfield, I knew it was going to be a big sight seeing day with lots of stops, the weather had also turned kind so I knew I was off to a good start.

What I didn't count on was just how spectacular and how many things I'd see. Leaving Dorigo even the country side was a picture, just a shame all my photos are iPhone photo's and don't really bring out just how picturesque it really was

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It was off to the Guy Fawkes National Park and through to Dalmorton.





Along the way you come to the Vista Point Lookout, certainly worth the stop and just an intro on what I was up for that day.





From there it was time to push on into Guy Fawkes, another one of those short moments when the track starts getting ruff and the thought of riding alone starts playing on your mind. Ironically when I look back on that moment and from day 2 they are the two places where I notice my spot getting the least amount of tracking spots through, just shows how they really where the points most buried in the wilderness.





From there down the valley into the Boyd River side spot of Dalmorton




Onto old Grafton Rd and quick stop at the Convict Tunnel and a drink on the river, even some signs of the locals along the river.




After the Convict Tunnels I had Tommys Rock Lookout marked on my notes and a waypoint, I didn't quite know what to expect in that part of the world and was mystified how come the land opened up and and didn't really seam as high as I'd been in. I kept charging along with a stop here or there when I came to a nice spot, great road too.





As I got close to Tommys Rock Lookout I came to the other point I had marked as an option, that is Narrow Pass Fire Trail, it's then I realised how come the land was low, it's was because Narrow Pass Fire Trail was the 4Km steep climb up to the lookout. I wasn't sure at first wether to do it or not, but I'd be kicking myself now if I hadn't. The photos of the pass certainly don't do the incline justice, but the GS proved to be a tractor on the 4km climb.










Coming to the end of Old Grafton Rd through Simpsons Gully I thought my day was getting close to ending and was thinking of heading to either Glenn Innes or Deepwater, but decided to push on and see just how far and how many more things I could see today to lesson the last leg home on day 4.





Bypassing Glen Innes and Deepwater I stayed in towards the mountains bypassing the highway. Heading towards Glen Elgin, Gregadoo, and Tenterfield was probably some of the fastest open country dirt I had encounted so far, plenty of fun and no one in sight. It was also really the only part of the trip where gates started to get a bit annoying, especially later in the day, it was 2.30pm hadn't been through a town all day for an energy boost and was running on water, snakes and a couple of muesli bars.





After a fair bit of open country it was back into the Forrest with Capoompeta, Spirabo, and Washpool





Took me longer than I thought to push through there and it was fuel stop time in Tenterfield about 3.30pm, I intended to book into the pub but after a poweraid and chocolate bar coupled with the fact a late afternoon shower turned into this clearing sky with rainbows and sunlight it was just to nice a late afternoon to not keep riding and drop into my last two marked spots, Boonoo Boonoo and Bald Rock, from there I was going to decide if Stanthorpe or Warwick would be my night stop.

Anyone who has been into Boonoo Boonoo will know just how nice a road the ride in is, and with a drying road it was perfect for a few nice sticky corners, about the first time on the whole trip I had really pushed the GS to have some riding fun, gee that's a great road.



Bit more water in the rock pools and falls from the last time I had been there, but I had a failing iphone battery and didn't capture all of it





A quick look into Bald Rock to check out the camping ground, even ran into a lone tent with a KLE500 parked up under a tarp, couldn't find the rider but if you see this say hi, my old favorite underrated adventure bike I had before the GS.



From Bald Rock the Mt Lindsay Highway is really just a back country rd with nice dirt sections and farm country so I bypassed the Stanthorpe turn off and headed for Warwick, all the last leg of the day has been fading light so with my Wallaby incident from day one in mind I kept a nice conservative pace down the middle of the road with an arrival of around 7pm into Warwick, certainly had a good appetite up for a nice pub feed and planned an easy country back road slab ride to Brisbane the next day for an early finish. What a cracker of a day, either side of 500km with lots of stops and enjoyed every bit of it.

All in all it was a great 1400km in 3 1/2 days with most being places I'd never ridden before, and certainly want to do again.
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:46 PM   #4
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Great pics!

Hi BygDaddee,

That was a GREAT ride report with GREAT pics!

Looks like a great easy ride? Would it be ok for a Vstrom? Also ok for Delica 4WD van?

How did you get on for fuel?

Great report, well done!

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Thanks for the RR. Looked like a great ride. We sometimes forget there is more to this country than desert. I think I'm going to have to find that Convict Tunnel next time I'm down that way.
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Hi Mike,
I think the answer to both your questions is yes, if you look at my bike I only had MT90 Scorpians on. The only place that discretion would be applied would be Narrow Pass Fire Trail, that would need to be assessed for condition and suitability by the rider and driver. But that's an optional offshoot anyway, not part of the normal route.

Fuel range is about 250km, the Serato only has a 14 litre tank but is unbelievably economical even loaded adventure riding like it was, I get between 26 and 27 Km per litre. I actually bypassed a lot of fuel with the biggest leg I did being 330km Dorigo to Tenterfield, I can get well over 370km + but try to not to push those numbers.

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Hi BygDaddee,

That was a GREAT ride report with GREAT pics!

Looks like a great easy ride? Would it be ok for a Vstrom? Also ok for Delica 4WD van?

How did you get on for fuel?

Great report, well done!

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Awesome mate, I love all that area, great RR, thanks for sharing.
Im hoping to get up that way again for a few days when the weather cools down a bit around April May.
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Yes I was very lucky, I really wanted to do a west trip, but decided about November that a better chance of cooler conditions would be south, I wasn't disappointed. I can't believe how lucky I was with rain and temp, it rained everywhere I was going, and everywhere I had been, but I only got 3 or 4 light cooling showers on me the whole trip. Most of the time it never got over 25 deg, it was a complete fluke.

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Awesome mate, I love all that area, great RR, thanks for sharing.
Im hoping to get up that way again for a few days when the weather cools down a bit around April May.
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Looks like a fantastic trip - and a great report

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I found the 690 not quite what I wafted, it didn't do the one bike thing as much as I'd like.

I enjoy the WR much more than I did the 690 for 1 and 2 day rides. Much more relaxing and easy going, the 690 just loves to be ride hard, and the harder you ride it the better it goes, that's just not me know.

The Serao is my cruisy mountain and back roads ride, and also does fire trails and dirt roads with ease. The best way I can describe it is a beautiful little bike when riden at an average pace on either dirt or tar, you know it's a single and has limited suspension when you push it hard. I really love it although my longer term plan is to replace it with an 800 or similair.

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Might have to replicate your ride with the S10 Cadillac ... looks magic mate!
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