Australia, Tasmania, Western Explorer

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by FuddyLogic, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    Intro

    Howdy all,

    Scottmoto16 and myself have just returned from a 4 day trip up through the centre, and down the West coast of Tasmania.

    The Western Explorer, has been an ambition of mine to complete since moving to Tasmania 2 years ago. For Scott, it was also one road he'd yet to ride, in this motorcycle paradise called Tasmania.

    Here's my map of Tassie (I'll show ya mine, if you show me yours) that hangs on my office wall at work. As you can see there's a definite lacking of black lines over on the West - that was about to change...

    [​IMG]

    Now armed with a bike that could do this trip justice, Scott on holidays, and me able to wangle a couple of days off work - we set off last Friday on the KTMs.


    Let the ride begin...

    [​IMG]
    #1
  2. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

    Joined:
    May 17, 2005
    Oddometer:
    7,189
    Location:
    Frankston, Vic, Aust.
    Keep 'em coming please Fuddy! :clap
    #2
  3. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    Day 1
    Hobart-New Norfolk-Black Hills-Gretna-Ouse-Bronte Park-Great Lakes-Meander-Mole Creek-Devil's Gullet-Moina-Wilmont-Moina-Waratah


    Scott arrived at my place about 8:30am, after a quick coffee and bullshit we were on the road.

    Now every trip there's gonna be some stuff-ups, my intention is to get them out of the way early, so the rest of the trip is trouble free.

    Stuff-up #1: Stall the bike in the main street in town - whoops.
    Stuff-up #2: Leave my bike pump in my other bike jacket - oh well, Scott's got his, and we were trying to keep weight off the bikes:D

    Will get to the other stuff-ups as they occured, on with the ride...

    10 or so minutes out of New Norfolk, we were on gravel, took a bit to get the feel back again, and get used to the weight on the bikes. Scott was also running a new tyre (Michelin Baja). I decided to run with my D606 that still had some life in it, and leave the new Baja at home - Hmmm would that come back to bite me?

    Made good time to Ouse, stopped outside the pub, but it wasn't open so no chance to mingle with the locals.

    [​IMG]

    How's that rear sprocket looking Scott?


    [​IMG]

    Turned off the main drag up to Victoria Valley and back onto gravel, where Scott practiced his sheep mustering skills, clearing the path for me - thanks mate

    Obligitory bike shots at the first pisstop...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Past Lake Echo

    [​IMG]

    As you can see by the swell on the lake, the wind was picking up. The forecast was for showers and wind - not the motorcyclist's best friends.

    Scott pointing in the wrong direction - can't remember why...think he was trying to follow the sun

    [​IMG]

    Following Scott...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Hmmm...those clouds don't look too good.

    Great Lakes Hotel...

    [​IMG]
    #3
  4. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    Stuff-up #3:

    Give the bike and gear a quick look over outside the Great Lakes Hotel..hmmm that's not meant to be there...

    [​IMG]

    That could have ended in tears :eek1

    Luckily no damage to bike or rider - just a slightly shorter tie-down strap, a good lesson learned, and a bruised ego.

    A quick snack, then back on the bikes
    #4
  5. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    The weather was starting to look worse, so packed the camera away, and headed North, sorry no pics.

    The roads gravel around the Great Lake, but heading to Deloraine it turns back to asphalt and coming down off the plateau, has some awesome corners.

    Before reaching Deloraine, we turn West and head to Meander. Then the back roads to Mole Creek.

    [​IMG]

    Western Tiers...

    [​IMG]

    Horses...

    [​IMG]

    The roads out here follow the paddocks, so there's lots of corners that seem to pop up out of nowhere

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    We stop in Mole Creek for a very refined lunch of gourmet pie with chips and salad. Scott had taken off his jacket to "dine", and was getting some very strange looks from the grey-nomad tourists at the other tables - what you've never seen someone eat lunch in full body armour before? We high-tailed it outta there, before things got serious - those zinger frames and walking sticks can damn well hurt let me tell ya.
    #5
  6. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    Leaving Mole Creek unscathed, the road West has some beautifully banked corners which were a hoot to ride.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    We turn off to go to the Devil's Gullet, it's about a 14km track going up the side of the Western Bluff to overlook the Fisher River Gorge. The road was as slippery as a butcher's prick, I thought it was just my tyres causing the problem, but keeping the bike straight enough for a few seconds I noticed Scott also struggling for traction. Making it to the top, the view was covered in by low cloud. Took the obligitory tourist shot...

    [​IMG]

    Then headed back down ... this should be fun into corners under brakes :eek1
    [​IMG]
    #6
  7. XTC

    XTC Taz

    Joined:
    May 27, 2005
    Oddometer:
    530
    Location:
    Waiuku New Zealand
    Great report so far! I lived in Oatlands Tasmania many many years ago....
    Andy.
    #7
  8. scottmoto16

    scottmoto16 Scooter Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,076
    Location:
    Tasmania Australia
    Not to much to add , just a couple of pic's so far (still uploading:wink:).

    Fuddy looking concerned , that we are back at the infamous Black G-String Pub.....:evil


    [​IMG]

    And some quick maintenence at the Great lake hotel.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #8
  9. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    Back on the black stuff we head for Moina. Along the way we stopped for some photo opportunities...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    At the look out, both bikes were swammed with European Wasps, getting back on the bikes took a great deal of nerve and skill. Scott had a great technique, which basically went - put all ya gear on, gingerly reach over with arm fully extended, start the bike (hoping the vibes would scare the wasps away - nope), then do a running jump onto the bike, kick it in gear, then ride off flailing your left arm about :lol3 Wish I had some video of it - mind you I employed the same patented Scottmoto "start ya bike in a swam of wasps" Technique too

    [​IMG]

    OK so there's only 3 in the pic, but I tell ya there were hundreds of those killers :lol3

    Back on the bikes...

    [​IMG]
    #9
  10. Dr AT

    Dr AT Long timer

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,778
    Location:
    maffra, vic
    #10
  11. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

    Joined:
    May 17, 2005
    Oddometer:
    7,189
    Location:
    Frankston, Vic, Aust.
    Oh man, homesick! :cry

    Brilliant pics Fuddy! :clap
    #11
  12. scottmoto16

    scottmoto16 Scooter Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,076
    Location:
    Tasmania Australia
    Mole creek.

    In case you don't know where you are , (or which way to go).....:wink:

    [​IMG]
    #12
  13. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    :lol3 Gotta love a town that's a "Gateway to..."
    #13
  14. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    Cheers Dave... I blasted ahead without Scott, so will go and get some ales so he can catch up.

    When ya coming back?
    #14
  15. scottmoto16

    scottmoto16 Scooter Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,076
    Location:
    Tasmania Australia
    On leaving Mole creek , our next stop was Devils Gullet , up near lake MacKenzie.
    Like Fuddy said it was slippery , fucking slippery , like riding on marbles on some of the corners on the lower part of the road. :huh

    Some tourists in a small camper van pulled over to the left to let us past , and nearly ran off the road. :eek1

    Once at the top the veiws were spoiled by the clouds/misty rain.
    Pretty cold and windy as well.

    Coming back down the hill wasn't as bad as trying to get traction on the way up (I was keeping the pace pretty low tho).

    From here on we started to get a bit of rain on and off , with wet roads for pretty much the rest of the day.

    Next stop , lookout over Cethana (home of the European wasp:eek1).

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #15
  16. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    Hey Dr AT, glad you had a good time here.. would have loved to have had a good fews days like you on the coast - next time!!
    #16
  17. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2003
    Oddometer:
    20,168
    Location:
    Just above Tasmania
    G'day Fud, is the pommy bloke with the old Goldwing still in residence at the Ouse Hotel ?- John I think his name was.
    #17
  18. scottmoto16

    scottmoto16 Scooter Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2005
    Oddometer:
    2,076
    Location:
    Tasmania Australia
    Onwards and downwards from there to the bridge over the Forth river , in between Lake Cethana and Lake Barrington.
    Then back up a hill to another lookout over the dam at Lake Cethana , and more of those Wasps:bluduh.

    [​IMG]

    Pipeline and power station (just out of shot).

    [​IMG]

    We got to Moina at the top of the hill , the intersection with the Cradle Mountain link road to find the servo closed down.
    Ooops , I was relying on that for fuel.
    Quick trip in the wrong direction to gas up , then back on track.

    Have since been told that the Federal group , that owns Cradle Mt lodge , bought the whole complex at Moina as stalf accomodation.:huh

    Thats all I have for pics on day one , as not long after I put my camera into my Tankbag for the rest of the day.
    #18
  19. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    Crossing the River Forth...

    [​IMG]

    Cethana Dam, as per Scott's pics...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #19
  20. FuddyLogic

    FuddyLogic Blue'n'Orange

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2003
    Oddometer:
    1,048
    Location:
    Tasmania, Australia
    The one and only time Scott's been the limiting factor fuelwise. 6 months ago I was filling up twice for every tank of his.

    The roads around here, even wet, were great fun - a 30km detour on sweet roads vs siphoning fuel between bikes ... I know which I'd much prefer.
    #20