Well, with the Hardcore Postie ride not lining up with my holidays, I thought the purchase of my Postie better not go to waste, so I continued my "adventurising" project and ended up with a nice little setup. The plan was to do a ride that another member on here (JNF68) had suggested for me a year or so ago. I have tried to get out there a number of times but different things have held me back. Here is the ride planned for the first day out to Taroom, Qld. Close up for those who might know the area, ended up being a fantastic ride. Woke early and geared up, didn't think it felt that cold, but had my winter liners in pants and jacket. Had to push the little beast out from the house before starting it to not wake the kids, BLOODY HELL!!! How can something so small weigh so much?? I did my best to pack as light as possible, oh well. Well, it was about 2 minutes into the ride, I realised that my motocross gloves do not cut it in the winter time!!! My hands were in such pain I had to stop. This was after about 10mins of riding! Another break to try and thaw the hands out a bit, heading out towards Kandanga. The rig!! You can see my setup here, pannier racks, GPS, dirt tyres and heavy duty tubes, etc. Rode on through the back roads of Gallangowan, which ended up being a logging truck road, oh well, I had it all planned on the GPS, no turning back now. Up and over the range where the trucks were likely to be coming. YUP TRUCK!!!! They didnt seem to mind me though, I got right off the road and they just waved. It was a rather steep range though and with a fully loaded, underpowered postie, it was slow going up, first gear mostly at about 15kph Through Murgon with a stop for fuel, check the maps.....hmmm......not sure if I have the range for fuel. Better buy a 5L container....About $30 later I walked out very unhappy but with 5L of extra fuel range. Stopped in a Hivesville for the last top up of fuel, the had the same bloody fuel containers there for sale and for friggin $12 each!!! Oh well. Some nice rock formations on the way out towards Proston. Finally hitting some more dirt and with 300 odd Ks of this to go, it had me a bit worried. It was fingers crossed that the little girl would handle the abuse of these washed out, sometimes sandy, sometimes muddy roads! The postie now looking like a well worn adventure bike, getting closer to Taroom. Very nice scenery around here. Beautiful Grass Trees and surroundings, I love the country out this way. A school, ponk smack bang in the middle of no-where. About 250 odd Ks of dirt road/track in any direction to get to a town. The principals residence. Like the one I was living in during my stint in Murgon (I am a primary school teacher) Some very rutted out roads from the recent rain, some of which was still very boggy. Nearly there, shadows getting longer now. I love these two pics, coming down the road, it just looked like a MASSIVE jump!! Made it into Taroom with some daylight to spare. This is at the top of the town with a little lookout. The Ks done for a day! But wait, you will see how huge that amount of Ks is when you see my average speed!! Yup, you saw it here first folks, slow as a wet weak!!! But oh so much fun! Stayed the night in the Taroom council caravan park (FREE!) which I have stayed in a few times, nice place. Went out and got some dinner and came back to the camp site to have a look at the maps. Today was a BIG day on the postie. I wanted to head out on the ride mentioned earlier to the Carnarvon area which would be awesome. After close inpection, about 600km loop would get me back to Taroom the next night. With 450 odd Ks today, 600 tomorrow would be just too much. So I weighed up my options and decided to just have a leasurly ride home and tackle the loop another time......again......(when I get my 640ADV, I will be out there in a snap and will finally get to see that ride). So up early to break camp and set off, homeward bound. It was a beautiful moring, no where near as cold as the morning before, so it was great riding. Again, beautiful scenery around out this way. Bike was running great too, getting her going at close to a true 80kph on the flats (yesterday on the flats it would be pushing a true 70kph) A lot of Skippys about, the day before saw me almost take one out late in the afternoon. Just love it out here! What Choo Lookin At????? Nice little break for some "breakfast" (musli bars) Big wedge tail eagle, I am an avid bird enthusist, so it was great to see my favourite bird twice in the one ride, this guy wasn't huge, but still pretty big. Deep deep deep water crossing........about 5cm deep One of my favourite trees, bottle trees, they are very common out westish. Through proston, hivesville and Murgon, getting closer to home now. I thought I would take a different track on the way home through Gallangowan, to avoid the logging trucks (not supposed to drive/ride on the road with signs saying no public access) so after checking the maps and finding the public access road, I headed off in a different direction to find it only to get to the start of the track to find a dirty big sign saying NO ENTRY, Must have forestry permission!! So it was back on the other road to tackle the logging trucks again. Here is a bit of a water crossing on the logging truck road. Just out of Kandanga, only 20mins or so to go now! Made it home late in the afternoon with the same amount of Ks as the day before (because I just back tracked) To sum up the ride, good fun, you see a lot more when you are riding slower and not so focused on riding hard on the big bikes. Having said that, I can't wait to get my new bike to head out there to finally do the ride that was intended.