2 Week Aussie Tiger Tale..

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by TanMcG, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. Shivanshu

    Shivanshu Adventurer

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    I am loving this, the Tiger looks good and comfortable with all that isnt it.... Great holiday you all had
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  2. TanMcG

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    Glad you have enjoyed. The Tiger was an excellent steed carrying both of us and our gear, no problems :D

    Sorry I have been so slow with the last couple of instalments, back at work and university now! Will try and get the last couple of days finished and up tonight..
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  3. TanMcG

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    Today feels like I’m cheating: I’m writing a ride report but we didn’t do any riding! This map gives an overview of Wilsons Prom showing location of Tidal River camping ground and the 3 beaches we walked to today and you can actually see most of the walking tracks we took.

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    It seems we have been a bit slack the last couple of days so the first activity on todays agenda is a run! We decide on a slightly longer distance, about 5km, as we’ve got a fun run coming up in a couple of days where we will have to run 8km so need to make sure I am still able to run a reasonable distance. It was a really pleasant morning and as we headed out of the camping ground we barely saw another living soul moving around.

    Back at the tent and feeling good we made breakfast and discussed the plans for the days exploring. An essential visit when at the Prom is Squeaky Beach, where if you remove your shoes and scuff through the beautiful white sand you actually make a squeaking sound. The day was looking like it was going to be a warm one so we filled a water bottle and donned our shorts and walking shoes. As we crossed the bridge over tidal river I caught sight of some movement down on the mud.

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    Where at first I thought there were about 3 or 4 little mud crabs scuttling about there were actually hundreds!! When they caught a glimpse of our movement they all made a mad dash for their holes.

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    Play 'spot the crab; in this photo on super zoom.

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    I could tell the day was going to be a good one as we had already located so many Scuttlers!! :clap

    The view up Tidal River to Norman Bay Beach (note the person floating down river on their inflatable mattress!).

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    We walked the trail around to Squeaky Beach and pretty much had the place to ourselves.

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    So we walked the length of the beach (yes, I took off my shoes and squeaked!) and explored around the rocks at the far end before locating the path that leads around to the next beach that is accessible by foot and named Picnic Bay. For those of you with really good eyesight you may be able to see jmcg in the background sitting amongst the rocks (or perhaps just a little dash of green? Yep, that’s him!)

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    After exploring Picnic Bay a bit we decided to start the hike back as it was getting pretty warm now and water was starting to run a bit low. Now I know I’m a bit geographically challenged but on the way back I was just following jmcg and obviously missed the signpost because I found myself clambering over big rocks in the path and saying “I don’t remember going over these before.” Jmcg looked at me stupidly and said “that’s because we didn’t come this way before! We’re on a different track.” Oops, I guess I lose points for not being observant!

    But then I made up for my lack of navigational skills by finding the biggest scuttler of our trip!!

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    Ok, I’ll admit he wasn’t really much of a scuttler with a big old belly like that, but he is pretty well camouflaged! I poked my head in the picture and you can get a bit of scale about his size (if you can find him amongst the leaves!).

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    The change in track brought us out on a beautiful lookout called Pillar Point. This is looking back at Norman Bay Beach where we are camped.

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    After a short rest to enjoy the view we wandered back to the tent for some lunch. And then owing to the fact it was a hot day and more to the point, I really like icecream, we walked to the shop for ice creams! To cool down we decided it was time for a swim, and changed into swimwear and went down to the beach. The water was cold and refreshing but I wasn’t in long before I started to get a bit chilly and grew goosebumps on my arms. We lay in the shallows for a while where the water warmed up a bit on its journey in over the sand. However this also resulted in jmcgs shorts filling up with sand!! When we had had enough of a soak we took a quick swim to rinse out the sand and then walked back to the shop for a cold drink, a snack and the newspaper.

    jmcg read the paper while I took a paddle in Tidal River. The rest of the night was a bit of a repeat of last night, with dinner heated up on the JetBoil, a walk on the beach, cuppa and M&Ms and then into bed. Just after climbing into bed (well, laying on top of the bed really as it was still hot), I heard a rustling out my side of the tent. I sat up and shone the torch out into the night and there was a wombat standing right there next to me. :D

    Perfect end to a pretty relaxing day!

    End of day kms

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    As you might have already guessed our total kms on the bike today is ZERO, but we took the photo anyway to check that the Tiger hadn't snuck out without us!!
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  4. TanMcG

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    Day 14 has arrived. The last day of our adventure. While I am sad to think that the trip is just about over, jmcg on the other hand said last night while we were laying in the tent that it was just like Christmas Eve. He has been counting down the days, as today we go back to the Motorbike dealer and he gets to pick up his new bike!

    I hope you are not looking forward to too much out of today’s report, because I fear you will be disappointed. As you’ll see it was a quick and uneventful ride home and I didn’t take many photos, sorry!

    Our route for the day

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    We woke up early, before it was light, to what sounded like light rain drops on the tent. jmcg looked outside with the torch and confirmed that it seemed to be just starting to rain. I asked if he wanted to get up and pack up straight away, just incase the rain started in earnest and he agreed. So we jumped up and packed up the sleeping gear, tent, and everything else in record time. See, in this photo I’m pretty sure that I am still asleep!

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    We rode around to the shop, as there was some picnic tables out the front with shade sails over them, and set about making breakfast. Even jmcg still looks a little sleepy in this one!

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    We never really did see any rain, however the roads most of the way home were wet. We took a short break in Leongatha at the McDonald’s so jmcg could get a coffee, and I had another free voucher that I’d found in Geelong a few days ago, for a bagel on the breakfast menu. As we don’t usually eat at McDonald’s we thought it would be a good idea to share a bagel for second breakfast while we had the opportunity.

    We then rode home again, home again, jiggity-jig.

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    Our final kms

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    (Now the pressure is on, if I have done my math correctly, we covered 2,768kms in total during our two weeks away)

    Once home, we unpacked, relaxed, ate some lunch and then rode into Lilydale as jmcg could wait no more.

    Christmas Day had arrived! The new wheels :wings

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    jmcg was pretty upset, as on the ride home from the dealer on his new Husky, it actually did rain :cry


    Well, we have reached the end of our Tiger Tale. Thanks for coming along on the journey with us.

    Cheers for now and I hope to see you out there somewhere soon! :ricky
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  5. Flinty

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    Just finished reading your report and it looks like I just caught the last installment. Great job. I was totally hooked, and i have to say envious of the timtams; so much so i had to stop lurking and respond. Sounds like you guys had a great trip. My husband and I just finished a week trip on our Tigers. They are great bikes. I love traveling on the motos and always wish we could just keep going and not have to go back to reality.
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  6. TanMcG

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    Hey Flinty. Glad to hear that the TimTams bought you out of hiding! We had a couple left on Day 13, but it was so hot we just about had to eat them with a spoon they were so melted! Yum!!

    Definitely wanted to just keep on riding. A couple of weeks back at home with work and uni and the holiday seems such a long time ago...

    Better start planning the next one then 'eh? :wink:
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  7. TripleTee

    TripleTee Over the river

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    Love this picture! Sure don't want to get the bottom of your shorts wet. :lol3

    Great trip and fun report - thanks for taking us along!!
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  8. jmcg

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    Hey, thanks for reading!

    Yeah, it's not quite the gnarly off-road adventure that legends are made of but we loved it :D

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  9. Radioman

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    Great ride report. You were out riding and that is what counts! :ricky
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  10. jmcg

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    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for reading! :D

    Hope to catch you on your journey South.

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  11. Crustyvarmint

    Crustyvarmint Back road wanderer

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    I've just read your ride report. Thanks for taking us along on your travels. Well written and most enjoyable. You have a flare for this.
    I know it is a lot of work, but I'm looking forward to more in the future
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  12. TanMcG

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    Hi there :wave, and thanks for your kind words! :D

    It was a bit of work but also fun reliving the adventure and having people read along too. I'm sure looking forward to going on another adventure and doing the write-up. Perhaps when the weather warms up a bit in my next break from university.
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