Exploring Australia - Where the hell am I?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by der-Seppel, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    On Monday morning I had to stand up early for the fist time since long ago.
    The ferry over to Tassie was leaving at 9 am but you had to be there an hour earlier.
    So my plan was to be at the terminal at 7:30 but I had to ride 60 km in Melbourne rush-hour traffic from Frankston to the ferry terminal so I leaved at 6:30.
    Just as I wanted to leave the house I found a letter on my door wishing me all the best. I had to mention this because I really liked this lovely gesture!
    On my way to the ferry it already looked like the crossing could get rough because it didn't look like nice weather.

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    And that's what happened.

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    Even the crew said it was an unusual rough passage.
    It was quite often I saw people lying around seasick on the ground or with complete withe faces.
    But I was fine.
    When the ferry arrived in Devonport the sea was nearly nice. Although I got late on to the ferry in the morning I was one of the first to get off – the benefits of a motorcycle :)
    For the first night in Tasmania I decided to camp just a few kilometres away from Devonport in the small town Forth. There was a really well equipped free campground right in the middle of town.
  2. XRman

    XRman Long timer

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    Can you check in your rear pannier for that Koala please. He mysteriously disapperared the same day as you left!!! We don't miss it at all.

    I am enjoying watching your progress.
  3. Not the Messiah

    Not the Messiah Not the Messiah

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    Hi Folks,

    Does anyone else not see the photos in this thread? My computer takes ages to load a page and then won't show the piccies. Seems to be unique to this thread.

    Love your work Dominik, I hope you enjoy Tassie.
    When are you back in Melbourne?

    Cheers
    Brian L
  4. shippy

    shippy Adventurer

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    I see the Pictures and they're giving me itchy feet again.:thumb
    Oh i can almost smell the trees
  5. Don T

    Don T Bike Addict

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    I'm looking forward to follow your journey.

    Weiterhin guten Reise.

    Tonny
  6. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    The next day I went on to a round trip because one of me campground neighbours offered me to look after my tent. So I went from Forth to the Cradle Mountain National Park to do one of the hiking trails around the lake. From there I went back to the coast and followed it from Burnie back to Forth.

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  7. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Hi Brian
    I am back from Tassie on the 13th but I will go straightway up to Bright for the Adventure Film Festival, but I will come back the week after.

    Dominik
  8. tbird649

    tbird649 Been here awhile

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    Pics come straight up for me
  9. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    I think the problem with the pic should be over.
    My pics are hosted at google and the had some problems in the last days.
  10. isinakholi

    isinakholi n00b

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    Great ride report. congratulations. Please How do you think for your bike tires performance at dirty road?

    Maybe you've Reviews but I can't see any comments.

    Thanks,good luck.
  11. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    The K60 Scout back tire works really great on dirt roads a long as it is not to muddy.
    But I don't like thee K60 front. It lasts forever but I will change to something different. It is not good at all on loose dirt or sand.
  12. raider

    raider Big red dog

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    I highly recommend the TKC80 front tyre with the K60 rear for the kind of riding you are doing. I have 15,000km on this combination, mostly Australian bitumen, and the K60 rear is gone but TKC80 front is still good.
  13. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Thanks Raider
    I already taught about this combination. Good to they work great together
  14. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    After the second in Forth I enjoyed the Tasmanian scenery und drove zigzagging around to the west coast.

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    Doing that I found that Tassie has ugly places as well.

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    But you just have to turn around and you see a nice table mountain.

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    I setup my camp I the little village Marrawah. There I tested a kit I got from Tony in Mt. Gambier to easier fill up my stove with fuel – it work perfectly.

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    The next day I only did a little round tour to have a look around Marrawah. I even went up to the Western Explorer to see if the road is really closed like I was told. It was.

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    I spend the rest of the day with my German camp neighbours Sorja and Jan-Peter, both from Hamburg. In the early evening their friends Sonja and Stefan, a German surfer living in Tassie came as well. They where invited to play table tennis with a mate of Stefan and told us to come with them – great idea we had some good fun.

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    der-Seppel Dominik

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    The next morning took my to the north east of Tasmania.

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    On my way I saw poppy flowers everywhere but Tassie is not Afghanistan, it is for the production of morphine.

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    Before I met Chris, who had invited me, and his family I had a look at he Lilydale waterfalls.

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  16. pju

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    I have K60's on my Tiger 800XC and found lowering down to around 23/24 psi makes a huge difference in the loose/wet stuff. I know it can be a bit of a pain going up and down pressures but try it and see how much it transforms the grip in the wet.
    Then go back to 28psi when gets drier.
    You want tire mileage there is a tradeoff.
  17. der-Seppel

    der-Seppel Dominik

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    On Saturday Chris took me on a trip to the close mountains. We did Mount Arthur, Mount Barrow

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    and from there to Ben Lomond using the Jacobs Ladder

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    – interesting to see a Skiing area in summertimes.

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    From there we went a little bit inland and through Launceston.

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    After this trip it was time for a new back tire, but it lasted for nearly 13500 km not too bad.

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  18. theMISSIONARY

    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

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    :D Good on ya measureman(Chris) for taking the lad for a run
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    der-Seppel Dominik

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    You are absolutely right!
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    der-Seppel Dominik

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    Because the tire shops weren't open on Sunday, Chris his son Isaac and I went to the Cattaract Gorge in Launceston.

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    Stunning scenery right next to the city.

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