The plan was for John (1150GSA), Steve (990 Adv) and me (1150GSA) to ride from Brissy to Jackadgery via Kyogle, the Richmond Ranges and the Clarence Way, camp the night and return Sunday. John & I met Steve at Beaudesert for a quick coffee and headed out along the awesome Lions Rd to Kyogle. From Kyogle, we went west to Doubtful Creek and onto the dirt into the Richmond Range NP. Spectacular weather - cool & clear. The bikes were made for these roads so the fun factor was high! John on the BMW Steve on the KTM The Beemer and typical forest road. We stopped at the Sextonville Forest Rd & Cambridge Plateau Rd junction before heading south further into the forest. After about 20km we stopped to take in the views! Then Steve notices something was missing - a pannier with half his camping kit! So a slow backtrack was in order hoping it didn't bounce too far into the bushes. After about 20ks we found it and strapped it back on! The run back along Plateau was even more fun this time round as we knew what to expect. We came across a few fellow riders (inmates?) who told us the views and tracks got even better! And they sure did! Getting late by this stage so rather than go via Deep Ck, Clarence Way and Carnham Rd we decided to head straight down Clarence Way to set up camp before dark. We took the Lilydale shortcut over the Clarence, which was flowing at a rate of knots! Sunset on Mann River bridge just before Jackadgery On arrival at the Mann River caravan park. We set up camp, got a few bevvies and massive "Mountain Burger" & chips from the caravan park kiosk! John found out his $10 KMart tent wasn't made for tall people, but that was soon fixed! The next morning dawned bright and sunny and as there was no planned route back to Brissy we thought we'd do the bits we missed yesterday, first Cangai, then Carnham. The dirt was smooth and grippy and we stopped after a small water crossing. Then the fun started! John and I headed off to the Mann River crossing and waited for Steve. We waited, then backtracked to find him unable to start the big 990. It seemed like a flat battery so we tried pushing and then jump starting but couldn't keep it going. After not being able to sort it out, we gave Steve a ride back to Jackadgery to sort out assistance from NRMA and a forgiving wife! As it was past midday, John & I hightailed it back via Grafton & Casino whilst the 990 got put on a trailer. It was a bit of a shame the ride ended prematurely, but it was a hoot! Thanks guys - the roads we didn't cover mean we've got a good excuse to head down there again sometime!