A Month in Australia, Melbourne to Cairns(area)

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  1. pandamanprod

    pandamanprod Been here awhile

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    One Month ADV Ride in Australia
    Melbourne to Cairns(ish) 4,7XX Miles.

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    This was my trip.

    Happy new year folks.
    A quick preface - I’m a little overdue for this ride report. Okay, maybe about a year overdue. Life sucks when it gets in the way of living (see what I did there Bill?) I’d like to blame the fact that I’ve been riding a ton since I’d returned, so no one can get hold it against me. To be honest, it’s kind of an awesome experience to sit down and really take the time in front of the keyboard a year later, so I can revisit everything in an entirely different perspective. I’d really like to shout out to Aquitas and Ninja97 for following up on my old thread about to write this RR and to all the crazy locals living down under who supported me on the trip. It certainly wasn’t the longest trip out there, but it was incredible. If you want to follow the live thread after the fact you can find it here.



    I’ve designed the RR to be about 10 Posts long, covering different parts of the trip. After I post the first two, I’ll be posting the follow-ups every other day or so. I'm trying to make this feel a little different, hope you get something out of it. I like to reflect on the personal aspects of riding, and frankly, this trip has actually had a pretty darn big impact in my life and perspective since I’ve gotten back and a whole lot has changed. Don’t worry, this won’t just be a bunch of hippy dippy bullcrap about how my trip brought me to a state of nirvana. It’ll be a bunch of hippy dippy bullcrap with a tranche of dope photos. I’ve embedded a batch of videos as well. Since I just don’t have the time yet to create the one defining video of the trip, the videos are all supposed to be ideas / feelings or broad compilations of each day's ride and something you can scrub through on your own as well. If you’d like to watch em all the way through great, none are more than 10 minutes.


    With that - Here we go!


    Part 01-LA to Melbourne.

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    That's me, in all my ragtag glory - 2015​


    So - where to start…. Intro? - I’m a dude from Southern California who works in Entertainment. I’ve made films, I’ve edited films, and now I work in a Studio supporting filmmakers, so if you see me running around with a thousand cameras you’ll know why. I’m a big fan of Mindfulness (or at least of preaching it, I do my best to practice it) which started 7 years ago when I got my first motorcycle. I’d gotten onto the dirt shortly thereafter, though my offroad riding was inconsistent at best. I'd only really have the time for about 3-4 dirt rides each year. If you can’t tell I was (and largely still am) a workaholic. I’m American after all. Despite not being able to ride all that much, I was always buying and selling bikes, and I was hooked into the idea of doing a big adventure ride, but never really thought I’d have a reason to go on one. Then life threw me a bone.



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    This was the face I made after I got off the phone with my friend.​


    In March 2016, I’d decided to take more time for my own projects and to stop booking long-term editing gigs and get mindful about my crap. Shortly thereafter I got word from a friend of mine that I was given a pair of free international flights. (see picture above) I figured these tickets shouldn't be wasted, so I thought that I’d go to the one place I’d always wanted to go, but never had any real reason to visit.


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    (Cue the trumpets)​


    At first, it started as an Idea to go for a week vacation, then it was two - then I realized Australians might like motorcycles more than I do, so it became 3, then I got on the ADVrider Australia thread, and it became a month. I’m serious when I say all that took about an hour.



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    My first build of the route / sized against the states for reference​



    I started up a thread (linked above) which became my primary resource for the entire trip. I immediately got a ton of replies/insight and private emails from people all over Australia offering advice on routes, offering me accommodation in their homes, and in some cases even offering me a loaner bike.




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    All you need to plan a trip these days.​


    A month isn't all the time in the world, so I wanted to put together a point to point track, so I could see the most diversity in the countryside. I decided on a trip from Melbourne to the Cairns area, where I would finish by visiting an old family friend. Just a few weeks after my initial post in March, I had a reliable 4k-mile GPS Track that a number of Locals in Aussie had helped me to Stitch together. By June, I had begun emailing with this awesome dude name Cliff about an adventure-ready DR650 he had for sale at my starting location.



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    This was my overseas / facetime/test ride



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    Cliff putting me at ease, the bike was immaculate.



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    Wiring the cash.​



    Cliff not only gave me a great deal, but offered to hold the bike for me, get the bike serviced, install some extra parts, pick me up from the airport, and let me crash at his place when I’d arrived. So I paid the man and never even questioned for a second it was a shady deal. (Buying / Selling cheaper / easier than shipping my KTM. Renting was out of the equation.)


    By August, I had loaded up on all my extra gear and could spend the remaining time crapping my pants trying to figure out what I’d gotten myself into.


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    My gear all packed up.​


    The GPS track was truly priceless and I think it was what set this trip apart from others I’ve taken. A lot of care had gone into the routes, and since they were just about all vetted by other riders I really relied on and trusted them. The only thing that could get me into trouble was...well, it was me. The tracks really allowed me to see so much cool stuff in such a short amount of time. Considering 2-3 week, guided adventure motorcycle tours can easily reach around 15-20k dollars (and I passed by a few doing sections of the same route as me), this route was invaluable to making the trip accessible.



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    Garmin Basecamp Awesomeness.​


    I decided to do a few more dirt bike clinics, including a trials course - The dirt bikes were a helpful reminder that I wasn’t a beginner anymore, and the trials lesson gave me a false sense of confidence when It came to hopping obstacles. (more on that later)

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    Motoventures Plug


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    Getting Schooled a bit in the dirt.


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    Learning to hop some rocks.​


    There was a lot of madness for the trip, a ton of back and forth on the ticketing situation - I’d forgotten to renew my license and my new hard copy did not show up until THE DAY BEFORE I LEFT.


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    I was sweating balls on this, thank god it came.


    The night before the trip, I had a going away beer.

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    Getting my crap together my girlfriend Jennifer on the couch, being incredible and letting me make a huge mess of the place.​


    In keeping with my film junkie background by the time I’d boarded the plane, I had two GoPros, a Sony DSLR and a drone in my arsenal, hence this picture of me on takeoff.


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    The flight was easy, although wearing a GoPro through Australian security is NOT a good idea, and I got hassled by immigration. After bouncing around on a connecting flight I landed in Melbourne and found Cliff! Luckily I’d remembered to put my GoPro back on.


    Here is a little compilation snippet. You get to meet Cliff with me at the end! Thrilling.



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    Cliff wondering what the hell was in the box.​


    Cliff has been instrumental in the trip coming together. Not only did the dude sell me a fantastic bike, after he picked me up from the airport, he showed me around Melbourne a bit, took me to a motorcycle shop to get some gear, then to the local DMV to register the bike and then to the pharmacy to get some meds. He told me after the fact he had taken a week off from work, partially to assist me in the trip.


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    Had to pick up some fresh gloves and a new helmet amongst other things.


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    That's the rego ( Australian for Registration) all done.


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    I went with something patriotic.​



    Cliff’s wife Jennifer welcomed me with open arms, cooked me a hot meal, made a bed up in a spare room for me, and even put some towels and bottles of water on my bedside table. It was pretty humbling. It was a simple gesture - though showing that kindness really helped me to get settled. Frankly, I’m not sure what I would have done if it wasn’t for the two of them. I was admittedly pretty scared. I’d done my fair share of road trips before, but nothing that would put me by myself, and off the beaten path as this was going to. When I woke up the morning after I’d arrived I was pretty rattled. I think Cliff could tell, and so we worked on the bike for a bit, and then went on a shakedown ride. Once I was able to cruise around on the bike, and get some experience driving on the other side of the road, I calmed down a bit.


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    This is Gembrook the area around Cliff and Jennifer’s place.

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    Jennifer cooked me a lovely dinner.

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    My own little Airbnb treatment at Cliff and Jennifer’s place. Incredible.

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    Getting the bike prepped.


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    Chatting with Bill


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    Getting some insight from Cliff


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    I was a little scared.​


    A few other locals had gotten in touch with me before I left, so I reached out. I called Bill aka Ninja97 who offered to take a few days off of work, and ride up to Gembrook to meet Cliff and I, and then head north with me for a bit. Another legend named Steve aka Bergdonk mentioned he’d be happy link up with Bill and I at some point and "chaperone me into Sydney". All it took was some honest asking, and I found this incredible reception of good people. It wasn’t clear to me until I was finished with the trip just how important it was to start this way. That evening I rode around and linked up with some friends of friends in the Melbourne area, and gave myself time to Zen out a bit.


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    A Little Brekkie the next morning.

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    Last call for pictures with Cliff and Jennifer.


    The weather forecast showed a ton of rain ahead of us, and I wasn’t entirely clear if the little purple line on my GPS would steer me straight, but I’d found a new family in Australia to show me the way. So I passed out, woke on up, strapped a crapload of stuff on the bike, and got on the road.



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  2. Lukeb

    Lukeb Been here awhile

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    Awesome ben glad to see it happening ...can' wait for the next instalment. .
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  3. Lukeb

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  4. pandamanprod

    pandamanprod Been here awhile

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    Part 02 - Gembrook (Melbourne) to Canberra

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    Bill met us in Gembrook at a coffee shop. Bill is an incredibly good guy who had done sections of the route previously and was keen to get off the beaten path. I think his Suzuki had over 200k miles on it. Or was it 400k? Wait was it Kilometers? Well it was a lot. Cliff, Bill and I had a coffee and set off from Gembrook, near Melbourne out into the hills.


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    The boys getting suited up.


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    Bill Leading out of town.


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    Couple of Aussies laughing at an annoying Filmmaker adjust his camera on the side of the road.


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    This angle was dope while it lasted​



    It was quite rainy and I had to sort out a few of my camera issues, so it was a little slow going at first. All the crap on the bike was really in the way, so we stopped at a junction when we hit the dirt so I could adjust, and give Cliff a fist bump goodbye - this was as far as he was going to go.

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    Saying goodbye to cliff.


    Thanks again bud.

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    Funny, I only knew him and his wife Jennifer a few days, but he’ll go down as one of those really good people who went the distance for me. If it wasn’t for him showing me the ropes and taking me on a few introductory rides, I might have had a bit of a mental fit.


    It was wet.



    Now that we were out of Melbourne, Bill and I traveled the C511, Warburton Woods road towards Matlock, and then headed down into this beautiful old mining town called Walhalla. It was a little rainy, but the clouds and mist kept us cool. Bill is a Moto-Courier, originally from Scotland. We chatted politics, bikes, culture - Bill doesn’t know it, but he’d be right at home in Venice, CA. Bill is a bigtime lover of the DR - and since this was my first real day riding one, I could see why. The bike was tracking really well, and the powertrain was absolutely butter smooth. I got comfortable standing up, with one hand on the throttle pretty quick. The bike was extremely relaxed.

    Bill talking culture.



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    Bikes near Matlock

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    This is me praying my drone doesn’t fly off.


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    A pretty moody shot of bill in Walhalla


    We had some options for dual track detours, but due to the rain and the slower speeds, we opted to stay on the main dirt roads, heading into the town of Heyfield, and then slabbing it North East into Dargo by nightfall. I was a little bit in my head about following my route to the t so the detour was tricky. But it was a good lesson in going with the flow, as everything we saw was incredible. It started to dawn on me how impressive Australia really is, and how in that part of the world, there is really no wrong way to go. Except for the highway.


    Drive by to nowhere.



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    Which way to Dargo?

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    Day 01 and My bike was getting a ton of...patina.


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    We got into Dargo Pretty late.​


    Dargo is a big hub for 4x4 and off-roaders, and the Dargo Hotel was my first introduction into an Australian Pub. It was here that I learned of XXXX beer and rural Australia's unwavering obsession with fusion Schnitzel. In this case, Hawaiian Schnitzel. The Schnitzel, 4X beer and Bundaberg rum (more on that later) became a staple of my diet for the next month.

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    Like I said, Hawaiian Schnitzel.


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    Dargo Babes​





    We stashed the bikes and had a great meal and I got just enough cell service to catch word that Steve wanted to meet up at Mckillops bridge a destination further down the line, and show me some local stuff. Bill and I continued on day two via Upper Dargo / Spur / Birregun rd to a ski town named Omeo.


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    Getting prepped in the AM


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    Dargo in the AM​

    Dargo to Omeo Scenic Compilation

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    Bill packing up


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    Crossroads to Mckillops​

    I was running on fumes by the time we arrived and bogged out twice on the side of the road. We fuelled up and carried on via the Benambra-Limestone road to the meetup point. *Steve, if your reading this you should know that Bill was very eager to meet you in person. I can see why- Steve is a Legend. As bill and I crossed the bridge we saw Steve with his fully custom rally inspired DR650 which had a custom suspension setup, electrical setup. Hell, even the cush hub was custom.



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    Checking out the route we visited - Steve's Rally DR on the left.


    Mckillops Bridge


    Honestly, it gets me a little misty, thinking of how well the locals were looking out for me. Apparently, if you reach out for help around here you get it. After a few minutes of catching up, Bill passed the torch we took a thumbs up selfie and he headed back home while Steve and I twisted the throttle towards Cooma. This was the first time I really elected to ignore my GPS, not out of choice, but because I was desperate to try and keep up with Steve who was racing ahead of me eager to show me the sights.


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    Saying Bye to Bill



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    Chasing after Steve


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    Who led me to the NSW border.


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    Monaro Tablelands


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    He’s a hi-speed tour guide​


    Steve is probably the most “Super-cool, down to earth, sustainable house building, knows every local track by heart, incredibly humble, yet insanely bad ass on a motorbiking Civil Engineer” I have ever met. We were blasting along at 120k’s (I'm already back on the metric system) an hour on dirt flatlands one minute, and he would calmly show me where he grew up the next. He immediately grasped what I was after on the trip, and took the time to take me to some great vistas around Cooma, and talk about the finer points of Australian culture. The Monaro Tablelands were of particular interest, where most of the world's best wool comes from. After about an hour or two I finally asked him where we were going, and he just casually mentioned he’d let me crash at his place, and that he was cooking me pasta. It was damn good pasta. The luck just continued in stride.


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    Steve’s self-sustaining fortress of solitude


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    Cool shed and a cool dude.​


    I was ahead of schedule, so we decided to lighten the load on my bike the next day and go on a loop from his place out to the beach and back. Steve is the resident gatekeeper of secrets, and I'd caught a glimpse of his GPS track library. As such, I was eager to take him up on the offer.


    Steve’s to Tathra / Narooma, Scenic Compilation



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    The AM Trip out along the valley roads to Tathra where we had lunch. This area had some beautiful coasts.

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    The first part of the day was on wide open flatlands and beautiful scenics through farmland and hillsides on the way to the coast. The dirt roads in this area have just the ride combination of hard pack and sediment, so slipping the rear wheel out on corners gets addictive. We made it to Tathra, a beach town that rivals Southern California, and I had a works burger.


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    A lookout at Tathra over the coast.


    I told Steve the burger was a 9/10, he was stoked on that. As we left he said, you ready for something a little more technical?


    Yup.

    Tathra / Narooma to Steve’s Scenic Compilation



    It was in the next few minutes after leaving the burger joint that I discovered why Australia has got my favorite type of riding. (See Vid above) Here we are one minute putting along the coast highway, we cross a bridge, cut down a small road, Pass some hikers and I find myself power shifting down into 1st on a forest Hillclimb. Right next to the beach, it was madness. 4x4 trails are everywhere in Australia, and Steve had planned a route that was going to take us along this two track and single track just about all the way home. I told him it was one of the best days I’ve had in the dirt and I’ll stick to it.


    The riding was incredible with the bike unladen, I was able to air down the tires a bit and hit all of the “Speed bumps” (Aka Launches) along the way. We rode through the forest into the dark, Steve Lit up the route via some high output lights. The colors became fantastic.


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    Good times had on the way back.


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    Steve meets a buddy on the way, we stop for a chat.

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    Pizza.​


    That night Steve cooked me a Pizza. I think he wanted to go steady. We chatted more about life in Australia, his career as a civil engineer and bikes. Steve’s house was pretty remarkable, It certainly setd the bar high. Or at the very least, his Garage / Shed. Another great dude, good friend and eager rider who wanted to share in the offroad magic that is Australia. In his words. “It might get different than this, but it never gets better than this.” I’d have to agree with that. The following day Steve saw me off, we did some more tracks, although the bike was much much heavier. We rode through the capital in Canberra, and it was another goodbye as he pointed me north on the side of the road.

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    Steve planning my exit from his neck of the woods via some GPS tracks.

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    A Scenic Compilation towards Canberra - Steve offers me the opportunity of a lifetime @ 00:50




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    Steve let me ride his Rally Inspired DR650, had way more power - and way better suspension, now I know why he was so fast!


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    Steve Struggling on my overlaiden bike.

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    A Stop in Canberra.


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    Another moto selfie, another awesome bloke. Thanks again so much for everything Steve! Short but sweet.​


    And just like that, I was on my own, now with the confidence to go kick some ass.


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  5. BradventureRider

    BradventureRider Power to rip yer bloody arms off!!!

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    Fantastic report, looking forward to the rest of it.

    Cheers
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  6. Not the Messiah

    Not the Messiah Old enough to know better, but slow learnin'

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    Oh wow!:-):-)
    I can see why you thought it was nearly OK.
    Looking forward to the remainder.

    have you planned the next trip down under yet?:photog

    Cheers
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  7. aspad

    aspad Been here awhile

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    Great stuff. Thanks
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    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Awesome RR, pics + vids!

    :thumb

    Glad you enjoyed your time here.

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  10. Balanda

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  11. pandamanprod

    pandamanprod Been here awhile

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    Part 03 - Canberra, Sydney, Mudgee

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    From Canberra I’d wanted to make it to the Wombeyan caves campground to set up a tent but it was a little late, and I met some locals who advised against it (see below) They helped me find an RV park where I setup as well. The only thing that was open for food was this massive casino resort. It was certainly a strange situation, and honestly probably the worst food I had on the trip. I remember feeling glad that I was able to get on my feet with the help of the locals for the last few days, but was really ready to head out on my own. I like to be able to stop and go as I please and at my own pace.


    Canberra to Mittagong




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    Some random folks getting bothered by a random American on a motorcycle.


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    Digging through my tent that eve.

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    Dinner at a Casino

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    Poke Beer with dinner

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    Caught sight of a super clean DR on the way home.



    Early the next morning I headed towards the Wombeyan Caves south-east of Sydney and did a little walking tour in my Motocross boots. I did the tour in about 10 minutes, got back on the bike and blasted north following the little purple line on my GPS towards the Jenolan Caves. Lotta Caves in this neck of the woods.

    Wombeyan Road Scenic compilation.


    Wombeyan Road Drone Shot






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    Setting up a drive-by shot on the DSLR - this got annoying quickly.


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    So I switched to the GoPro session, way easier, I highly recommend it to grab quickies, It’s perfectly square so it balances nicely.


    The Caves

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    More pictures, some low fi wheelies, and a drone shot later. - and I tackled what would be my first real “Garmin Surprise” of the trip. The 6-foot track. The 6-foot track is a very cool multi-day hike that people do - leaving from Katoomba and hitting the Jenolan caves a few days later. It has a number of beautiful scenics and points of interest, and because Australia is awesome, it is accessible on a motorcycle, so I passed by a lot of hikers and campers on the way. The locals were all very kind to me as I ripped by.


    Wombeyan, 6-foot track to Mt Vic Compilation




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    On the way out of Wombeyan.


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    Jenolan Caves




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    The River at the base of the 6-foot track



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    Bike on the 6 Foot Track.


    I had to hammer out my shifter after a low-speed crash. This was a frequent occurrence on this trip.

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    I made my way down to the river, and back out again to wrap out the night in Mt. Victoria, where I took up residence at the Hotel Imperial. Hol.Ee.Shiat. That place was Funkytown.


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    If you’ve ever seen faulty towers...Or the shining, you’ve scratched the surface of the Hotel Imperial. The rates were great, the management was great and the food was great, but the layout of the place is a fire marshalls worst nightmare, and the long-term residents were loud and a more than a little terrifying. The owners agreed to stash my bike for a day or two so I could take the train down into Sydney. I had some more XXXX Beer - another big Schnitzel, a great conversation with some folks who were big fans of the outdoors and crashed out. When I woke up, I bought a subway ticket, packed my backpack and headed into the City.

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    Stashing the bike.




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    The bar at the Hotel Imperial


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    Some awesome guests who briefed me on Fraser Island and Cape Tribulation.


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    Train to Sydney





    I had planned to stay in Sydney for a few days and but I only made it 24 hours before I headed back to the bike. The city was Cool, I saw some sights, had some good food and partied with some kids in my hostel. And tried to take selfies with as many people as possible. However, I was desperate to get back to what I was really after on this trip. Moto fueled adventure.


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    Where are all the dirtbikes?


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    Harbor


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    Super tourist


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    Headed to Manly Beach

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    Beach Blah Blah


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    Drank with this dude, he was a character.


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    Thought my day was over, got back to the Hostel and partied with these kids till 4am.​



    On my way out, I did stop by the blue mountains, and bussed, hiked/jogged through the area to snap some pics. It was incredible, but I’m not going to lie, the tourism sorta takes the fun out of the discovery of the whole thing.


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    Blue Mountains


    A comp of some Portraits while I was in Sydney



    Nothing against these overlooks, but we’ve got Yosemite in California, and I’ve had my fair share of overlooks in high tourist traffic areas. I got back on the bike to continue north.



    By this point, this was really only my second day on the bike by myself, and so my Garmin Montana GPS became my best friend. Steve had taken the time to give me some really good stuff before I’d headed out. The rain was dumping pretty good early in the AM, so it was slow going, but I found following the tracks on the GPS to be a ton of fun. Every tiny dirt road you typically pass up while driving along the pavement, I bombing down.


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    That morning was wet


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    Very Wet.


    At some point, the sun cleared up, when I snagged this photo. I also took a pic of my waterproof liners I was wearing.


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    Trash Bags over the socks. That shit works.

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    I found myself on this Gnarly awesome road called the Bridle Track, which snakes for a ways along a river. The rain dropped off a bit by the time I hit it, so it was a thrilling ride, racing alongside the roaring water. Heres a Compilation of the (bulk) of the day's ride.







    The road is mostly closed to 4wd vehicles, but “wide open” (according to locals) for motorbikes. After heading over a washed out bridge, I got into some fun stuff, hit plenty of mud, and some awesome switchbacks. Eventually, I passed a campsite, and just afterward a 4x4 truck. The dude in the passenger seat had a 4x in his hand, and when he saw me on the dirt bike fully loaded, ripping through the mud, he gave me a huge thumbs up for braving the conditions. My ego spiked, I made a left, dropped down a hill and found myself staring at this.


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    Heading backward would have meant camping, and I sure as shit wasn't going to miss Schnitzel for dinner. Just opposite the river, I saw a few folks camping, so I figured if it all went to hell, there was someone close by who would hopefully assist. One of the campers saw me hesitating and ran to the water's edge, he pointed just below his knee (signaling the depth) and gave me a confident thumbs up. Okay then! I got the go ahead.




    Just imagine: If you only have one front tire, and that front tire completely disappears under a strong current of water, it can be a little unsettling. Luckily I was on a causeway (paved) so I just dug my heels into some algae on the pavement below and steered the bastard with a little determination across the raging waters. I came out the other side to my party of campers. I was gleeful, they were a little under-enthused.





    20 minutes later I hit the pavement and my salvation.


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    The Campers who were waiting on the other side of the river

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    At the end of the Track - What a trip!


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    Where I stayed that night, (and got the schnitzel)


    This first day of riding taught me a lesson about following GPS tracks: You just do not know what is in front of you. After my wild and wet experience, I stopped at a small town called Mudgee around 4pm, checked into a hotel and got myself that Schnitzel. I had only done about half of the days GPS route. Not being the kind of guy who likes to cut corners, (and skip out on all the amazing riding that the locals had prepared for me) I decided I would wake up early, hit the rest of that days ride, and all of the next. Yea, that was a Mistake. (More in the next post)
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  12. pandamanprod

    pandamanprod Been here awhile

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    Well, got three up, might need a day or two more for the next couple, as I still need to pull some footage and get them formatted. I'm going to probably add in some more video into the original posts as well - so look for ***asterisks to indicate updates.
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  13. Balanda

    Balanda Been here awhile

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    Just fantastic to see how your ride went. I know a lot of the country you travelled around Wombeyan Caves, Blue Mtns, and how's the Bridle Track hey ? That was one of the first rides I ever went on ! A little neglected these days unfortunately. Great pics, great story, great attitude.
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  14. pandamanprod

    pandamanprod Been here awhile

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    Re-formatted some vids and added in a new one to post 02 - as we headed into Canberra.
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  15. bigborett

    bigborett Hipster

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    Great report. Good to see a strangers perspective on our little corner of the world.

    Shame it was so wet while you were going through Victoria. Missed some great riding through the High Country.
    Can't do it all I guess.
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    Very enjoyable ride report....VERY.
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  17. Backcountryboy

    Backcountryboy Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to the rest of this RR. Great photos and videos and including the maps makes a huge difference
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    ninja97 Been here awhile

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    About bloody time Ben, thought you might have fallen off the edge of the world or something.

    Gotta say the wait has been wworth it, great RR, looking forward to the rest of the story, can't wait to see that DR hung up on that fallen tree.

    Hope you have a great new year bud.
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  19. pandamanprod

    pandamanprod Been here awhile

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    Hah! Thanks Bud! Ive got the rest of it all written out just need to get the photos / vids arranged. Will try and get one or two More yo before the weekends (my weekend) is out.
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    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    :clap :lurk .
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