Gympie area and back to brissy via forestry

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  1. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Left to kilkivan then Gumpie, we wanted to go via widgee. We met another great fella further down the road who gave us cold lemonade and directions.
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  2. Ol'NumNuts

    Ol'NumNuts Getting Stupider

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    Guys,
    Do you mind if I ask what GPS you guys are using?
    I've tried searching the Aus. Topics/threads but I am struggling to find recent & relevant info.
    I use Sygic on the iPhone and iPad in the car but the combination of protective case and gloves for use on a Bike, well it's appearing quite clunky?
    I'd prefer to get first hand users recommendations over Google any day.
    Any advice/suggestions would be much appreciated...
    Thanks.
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  3. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    I use a Garmin Dakota 20 about 300 bucks including TOPO maps, it's fine for following someone's GPS tracks and managing waypoints etc, it also records and is easily transferable to PC for track and waypoint management, and is small and light. I run it off a 12 v socket, but 2 AA batteries last about 2 x 3/4 days rides if not pwered of 12v. It's main downfall it is a relatively small coloured screen and if your trying to look at maps to work out a route it can be a bit limited. The screen is excelent to read as your riding in the sun, but in the shade it can be a challenge and took a few glances some times. This was my first navigation by GPS trip with it and it did a great job, I am learning more about it as I go. You can see it mounted in a case on my handlebars, it's just an iPhone case cable tied on and I use the safety strap around the bar, but it's never looked like coming off.

    Most of the the "big boys" use Garmin Montana, it has a bigger screen and lots more function 700 or 800 bucks I believe. For my local adventures the Dakota is all I need.

    I also use my spot tracker carried in a case on my shoulder in my camel back, this is really just for peace of mind and for my family's to keep an eye on me. Especially as I do enjoy getting out on my own sometimes and that can be risky.

    I'll probably get shot down by others with other opinions but that's my take on things at this stage and we all have preferences. it would be wise for you to post in a GPS thread from this point you will probably get more info out of that.

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  4. Ol'NumNuts

    Ol'NumNuts Getting Stupider

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  5. El Ponkin

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    GPS units preferred for bikes in order of price is Garmin 60CSX (some secondhand units out there) now superceded by Garmin 62CSX which has better image and memory and can bluetooth tracks. The best is as mentioned the Garmin montana, bigger screen better memory, it has a few minor issues that are all fixable and well documented. I used to have the 60CSX but recently upgraded to the Montana and love it.
    If you have an I phone many have had good results with an app called mud maps.

    Andy
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  6. Ol'NumNuts

    Ol'NumNuts Getting Stupider

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    Thanks Andy,

    I'm really happy with the Sygic iPhone App for gazetted roads- but it's definately no off-road explorer. I'm a Tradie so I use it daily for quotes, etc.

    Mud Maps is definitely a step in the right direction and for $150- probably a good place to start....

    Thanks for the heads-up guys- I'm happy with that for now. I might start with the mud-maps and see how long it takes to frustrate and annoy me...

    Thanks!

    Andrew.
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  7. Andy_P

    Andy_P Been here awhile

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    I use the Montana, but its a multi purpose unit for me, i have it loaded with topo maps, citi nvaigator and marine charts. Use it in the car, use it on the boat, use it on the DR, and used to use it on the Triumph Sprint until I just traded on the Tiger Explorer, which will also have a bracket for the Montana. Good unit, a few really annoying bugs though (the worst being the dreaded whitescreen). IF I was just using it for trail stuff, I would go with the 62csx. Montana is a too expensive.
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  8. El Ponkin

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    With the Montana the main issue is where to mount it to isolate it from vibes.
    I have packed the battery compartment with foam ear plugs and mounted in the dash of the rallye fairing with no issues so far.
    Without the foam plugs and hanging on a vibey handlebar it will cut out and white screen.
    Andy
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  9. Andy_P

    Andy_P Been here awhile

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    Yup, I had to use the ear plugs in the battery compartement too.

    The white screen issue occurs when you power it up in the cradle after its previously turned itself off. Really, really annoying. Only way to fix it is to hold down the power button when uncradled.
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  10. Eric66

    Eric66 Been here awhile

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    I won a Samsung Galaxy 3 when I recharged me phone with Virgin, no point having a smart phone when I'm to dumb to use it, lucky I've got a 28ltr tank so I just keep riding till I pop out somewhere.
    Regards Eric
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  11. Eddywoodgo

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    cool thats my style to.
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  12. james928

    james928 oohh sidestand!!

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    You crashing bikes.... no way!!

    looks like you blokes had a good ride.
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  13. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Did the overnight Gympie adventure ride again on Wed and Thur with a slightly different route.

    Once we told Woopwoop we were coming he planned a great ride back via Brooya, Wrattens, Manumbar, Elginvale, Eastern Branch, Moore, Kilcoy, about 350k's door to door. For the trip up 320 k's we had Wasca and myself, and for the run home we had Myself, Wasca, Woopwoop and Buggerlugs.

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    By the time Wasca and I got here and Armamoor on Wed we were fried, it was so hot
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    The trip home on Thursday was much cooler

    For Daves interest here is the spot that's 700 metre altitude. However there's another spot at 720 metres 10 Kms south of Elginvale.
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    Old Elginvale steam sawmill
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    Eastern Branch rd
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    No mark you can't take the rock the rolled out of the hill in the floods home.
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  14. Dave Nolan

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    Thanks for a great day out again fellas.

    Paul, I'm still at a bit of a loss as to where that 700m alt. point is, but I found the 720.....or close to it. According to the topo map theres a point right on the track a bit south of Elgin Vale that's 740. That must be very close to the head of the Brisbane River.
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  15. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Looks to me to be about 5k's back from Manumbar towards your way.
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    Buggerlugs 100% Avid Adventurer

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    Here's my favourite photo of the day. Too bad it isn't in 3D as the views were quite spectacular.
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  17. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Why's it your favourite, because Wasca's upright ?

    Just kidding, I can vouch for the fact Wasca did 1200 k's of adventure riding over 4 days and never fell off the KLR once that i know of, well done mate.

    Of course I'm not counting his little indiscretion he had on the test ride of the DRZ, after all it was a tight spot getting up to that fuel bowser.
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  18. Ol'NumNuts

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    Top photo :thumb
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  19. GelandeRoadie

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    I have a day release for Saturday - so I am thinking of trying part of this route leaving from north Brisbane as a day ride. Thanks for sharing.

    Are the roads in the photos a good guide for the whole route? I expect to be on my own and I am still learning the trade so I am wary of taking on too much and looking at BOM it seems it will be a hot day. Day releases not too forthcoming so I am not turning this one down!

    Is it possible to cut across from Mt Stanley towards Jimna area to shorten the route if necessary? Or is it a case of "suck it up" & head for Manumbar? Of course, the other option is to return via same route - if progress is real slow.

    600 odd tar k's in a day is not a problem - but not knowing where I am going is :huh.

    What are the fuel options up that way? I am on a 1200GS.

    Thanks in advance for any info - if anyone cares to join in a relaxed (but hot - due to weather as opposed to riding skills) ride let me know.

    Greg
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  20. Eric66

    Eric66 Been here awhile

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    They are great roads and tracks but I would not ride alone, I've done most of these by myself and it is stupid, fun but still stupid.I've ridden for 2 hrs or more and not seen another person and if ya go over the side on some of these high country tracks no one will find you and there is no phone coverage most of the way. I'm sure you will find some riding buddies though so go and enjoy and take plenty of water.
    Regards Eric
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