A dog and cat go out to play..

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by jmcg, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    The dog (Husky).

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    The big cat (Tiger) setting out early..

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    Our route for the day:

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    The plan was to meet Mrs Tiger in Healesville and make our way home via the Yarra Ranges National Park and the Kurth Kiln Regional Park in outer Eastern Melbourne. Mostly easy dirt trails with little more than some potholes and washouts to contend with..

    Where better to find a big cat than at the zoo?

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    Well, okay, not a zoo but a sanctuary.. Same thing, right?

    Healesville Sanctuary

    From Healesville, we went via Don Rd to Donna Buang Rd.

    Admiring the view.

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    The Tiger in it's natural environment; fast dirt roads, dense woodland.

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    The big Dog looking South from the hang-glider launching ramp on Donna Buang Rd.

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    Getting overtaken by the Tiger while admiring the view :huh

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    View of the launch ramp.

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    Might not look it, but that's a long way dooooooooowwwnn... :eek1

    The Tiger coming down the mountain.

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    Stopped at the Warburton Bakery for cake and coffee.

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    Mmmmm.. Cake!

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    Handy wall map.

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    There used to be a great moto cafe in Warburton, run by a down-to-earth bloke who would sit and talk bikes with you all day. Sadly, he has moved on :cry

    Hit the road again. Went via Big Pats Creek along Smyth Creek Rd To Starling Gap campground.

    Stopping to enjoy the surroundings.

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    Who needs GPS when you can consult the map!

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    Uh oh..

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    Hmmm.. That's a reasonable-sized hole.

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    Stopped for a break at Three Bridges.

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    More Tiger action shots.

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    Stopped to admire the view at the power lines on Beenak Rd.

    South East.

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    East.

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    North West.

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    Mrs Tiger.

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    ..before heading back home again via Gembrook.

    Even got a thin layer of dirt on the big Dog..

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    Tucked away ready for the next play-date :D

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  2. Tim

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    Looks like a good day out :thumb
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  3. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Great post. Love that Husky.

    Local dealer here has all of the flavors, from the little one to the big dog,

    I like the one that is like a 330cc?

    Someday.
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  4. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Hey, thanks for reading :D

    Any day on the bike is a good day!

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  5. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Much appreciated :D

    Yup, the big Dog is a LOT of fun to ride.

    This was it's first dirt outing and it was a HOOT!

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  6. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    With work and study eating up the days, it's not often that we get the chance to ride together.

    Went for a short (70km) ride via Gembrook and Tonimbuk through Bunyip State Park, a popular off-road riding and 4X4 area.

    Our route for the day:

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    The Tiger and the Big Red Dog ready to go..

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    Hills around Gembrook.

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    Stopped for coffee and cake at Gembrook.

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    Gembrook - Tonimbuk Rd.

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    Checking the GPS...

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    ..and again.

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    Tiger action shots.

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    Break time.

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    Black Snake Creek Rd.

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    Disappearing Tiger.

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    Mount Burnett views.

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    ..before returning home again.

    A fun, easy ride.

    Lots more roads and trails through the park to check out in the future :D

    JM.
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  7. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    After yesterday's modest effort (above), today saw us riding out to 'Seven Acre Rock' in the Yarra State Forest.

    All told, about 130km's for the day.

    Mostly wide open dirt trails through the parks with a mix of asphalt on the way home..

    A rubbish map that I made showing our route..

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    Standard setting out pic..

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    A Tiger in motion, Black Snake Creek Rd.

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    Stopped at the Dyers Creek picnic and camping area.

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    Looking back the way we came on Bunyip Rd at the power lines.

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    The Big Red Dog motoring up the hill.

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    Looking soooo hard core on that scary dirt :rolleyes

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    ..and off into the distance.

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    View from the next rise.

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    Lookin' up at the trees on Forest Rd.

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    Stopped at Gentle Annie Gap.

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    Made it to the Seven Acre Rock walking track :clap

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    ..where apparently two person skateboards are a-okay :lol3

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    Walked up this trail.

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    ..over these rocks.

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    ..and made it to the lookout :D

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    Great views looking South to Bunyip township.

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    Back to the parking area at the start of the track.

    Another example of how hard core we are.. Even a Toyota Camry can make it to the lookout! Yeah!! :D

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    The Tiger disappearing off up Beenak Rd.

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    Made it to Yarra Junction where the only food on offer at 2pm seems to be fish and chips..

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    Yarra Junction.

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    Returned home via Gembrook-Launching Place Rd, a great tarmac ride through the twisties with the exception of a few poorly maintained sections of asphalt..

    Feeding the animals..

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    We saw quite a few riders on other more dirt-orientated enduro bikes tackling some of the more rugged trails in the park, but there's plenty for riders of all skill levels in these great areas.

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  8. TanMcG

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    Love this pic :D

    It's been an awesome couple of days getting out on the bikes together again! Been way too long!!

    Thanks heaps:clap
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  9. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Decided to make the most of a sunny Winter's day and go for a ride to the hills..

    Route for the day:

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    (146 kms).

    View of the distant hills from Macclesfield.

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    Macclesfield Road.

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    The Yarra River at Warburton.

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    Under the gum trees.

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    Stopped at the Warburton bakery again.. one of the only places in the known universe where you can get a feed and a coffee for a reasonable price!

    ..and yes, the coffee does come in a beer mug! :D

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    Hopeful..

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    The Brisbane bridge over the Yarra.

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    Went via the Acheron Way to Narbethong.

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    My original plan was to head towards Marysville via the fire trails, but the dirt section of the Acheron Way doesn't really dry out at this time of the year and was quite slippery in places. I decided against doing more off-road, instead heading towards Narbethong.

    At the end of the Acheron Way, I turned back towards Healesville via the Black Spur.

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    The 'Spur' is a well-known local road, popular with road-riders.

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    It is best avoided on weekends and during holidays as it becomes a giant slow-crawling traffic jam. Speed limits have been reduced in recent years and the area is heavily policed on weekends. There are plenty of other less well-known roads around Melbourne as well as some great off-road riding areas.

    Being a weekday, I virtually had the place to myself :D

    Made one last stop overlooking the Maroondah Reservoir.

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    Before heading home..

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    ..for a nice hot cuppa to warm my freezing hands!

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    So, not a very exciting report and some even less exciting pics..

    But hey, I'm glad I got to go out and get some riding done on a sunny day, even if it was freezing cold! :vardy

    Cheers,

    JM.
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