Hoonatic Ty Rides Australia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Hoonatic Ty, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. foggyred

    foggyred Adventurer

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    ty I have been subscribed to your travels from day one and have loved every minute of it, I am glad you are feeling better after your scary health issues and im sure it will make you appreciate your travels even more, keep up the great work and hears to you :beer
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  2. FLICKIT

    FLICKIT Been here awhile

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    :clap I know how you feel :clap
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  3. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    We hit the mainland rolling, straight off the ferry into the jungle of concrete, steel, glass and the only familiar bit, bitumen. The stark contrast of where we had just come from and where we now were, clobbered us like a sledge hammer. The sudden need and re-aquaintance with the GPS coupled with city traffic had us like frightened rabbits in the spotlight.

    The seemingly slow GPS updating of directions had us doing mad 'U' turns at traffic lights, contemplating jumping curbs bigger that any log we had taken on in recent times and deciphering signs at quick speed! Eventually we found our way out of the city and against the clogged flow into it.

    Watching all the week day commuters across in the other lane, bumper to bumper, mirror to mirror heading to what we only just survived, doom, again reminded us of our fortunate position.

    Fortunes are then again usually made, we had finally set certain things in place to achieve ours and it was working ok. There are always going to be obstacles, challenges and changes but thats apart of it all. Leaving it till now, after 20 years of reminding each other of this great ride we were going to do, over beers, phone lines, fishing lines, campfires and bar tops had us wondering why we didn't do it earlier!

    Heading out of town on our bikes, towards an iconic Australian motorcycle racetrack had us grinning and giggling in our helmets. Our first time at "The Island" promised more adventure, new friends and good memories.
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  4. zoro

    zoro Been here awhile

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    That's awesome Ty, I would have smuggled some liquid amber into the hospital had I have known you were here..

    What's the name of the vessel you skipper?
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  5. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    Rolling into the race track gates we picked up our 3 day passes arranged by my old man earlier in the month. The sounds of two wheeled machinery being ridden at warp speed could be heard, adding to the sensory overload one experiences for the first time, going to something they have wanted to see all their life. There were bikes of every shape and size, if we had just come across the sea from bike heaven, this must be bike world! With our wristbands on we made for the camping area overlooking turn 1.

    Everyone that we had bumped into along the way in our travels across Australia had said that the Superbikes were a lot more 'people friendly' than the bigger money spinning GP bikes to go watch. Access is easier and camping not so packed out. Hydro and I idled in through the tents and bikes and found a spot right on the fence looking over the track.

    You could sense other riders closely watching us, except for a few BMW 1200 GS there weren't a great deal of 'Adventure Touring' bikes. Everyone seemed to be on shiny cruisers or ultra fast looking road bikes. It felt cool standing out amongst our fellow motorbike peers, that they were checking out our foreign number plates, bikes battle worn and gear stained in a strange red tinge from a desert dirt far, far away. Unpacking and setting up with a well rehearsed precision brought friendly enquiries from everywhere. We felt at home.

    Base camp at The Island. Backsides trackside.
    <a href="http://tymatek3.smugmug.com/Other/Phillip-Island-World-Super/30138669_vC3mFX#!i=2591367259&k=wdCqnsg&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://tymatek3.smugmug.com/Other/Phillip-Island-World-Super/i-wdCqnsg/0/L/IMG_1770-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    After setting up, we jumped on the bikes and did a slow perimeter lap of the track stopping a corners and viewing mounds. The first one we stopped at, a rider came off at speed, tumbling to a halt in the kitty litter right before us metres away. The rider dusted himself off, running back to his machine to remount and look for a gap in the speeding traffic so he could rejoin the fray!

    My embarrassment with my nagging injury after what I had just witnessed, soon vanished at our very next stop. A rider high sided his bike landing again right before us, but face down on the track and not a movement to be seen. I genuinely felt ill with worry before track marshals slowed the other passing bikes and the ambulance came out to stretcher the rider away. Hydro turned to me and said very much concerned "This is Friday qualifying, will there be anyone left to race by Sunday?"

    Below was the 3rd crash in as many stops around the track!
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    I could not believe the pace of racing, nothing like the TV had me to believe.
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    Riding around Australia on dirt bikes doesn't really allow to pack your 'Sunday Bests" clothing. On more than a few occasions we were challenged for our passes to admit us into the corporate box area while smartly dressed patrons walked on by us. Luckily in the BMW show bag we received on entry had a clean collared shirt to put over our travel stained and wrinkled attire! Corporate box dining and drinking...
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    To watch the riders take off and come into the garages below our box balcony was a privilege. The animated discussions, filling in of the 'timeboards' before they flew past, pit girls, performance bikes, revving engines, it was all happening.

    From being away from it all, to being in the absolute thick of the action was a sometimes unbelievable change of circumstances.
    <a href="http://tymatek3.smugmug.com/Other/Phillip-Island-World-Super/30138669_vC3mFX#!i=2591475342&k=cHCg33d&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://tymatek3.smugmug.com/Other/Phillip-Island-World-Super/i-cHCg33d/0/L/IMG_1772-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

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    In the pits with Marco Melandri's weapon.
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    Marco Melandri #33, Ty Matek #1, Chaz Davies #19
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    These guys and girls that race not just only at the top level but any level have my complete admiration. To put their bodies on the line at the speeds I witnessed, amazes me totally. I was surprised initially of the average size of the racers, no bigger than jockeys, but on thinking, it makes sense. Must be the TV, they look bigger on it...
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  6. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    My vessel is called the "OMS Endurance", a blue hulled, white superstructure, rig tender vessel.

    We take fuel, water, cargo and other essential supplies out to two FPSO's "Northern Endeavour" & "Montara Venture" in the Timor Sea, usually in and out every 7-10 days. We load and discharge out at East Arm Wharf.

    You might recognise my vessel from the video that myself and my workmates put together earlier this year. (Special mention Aden Felstead) My rendition of "You make me feel like dancing" at the end was just after craning onboard the last bit of cargo backload and given clearance from the facility that we could return to Darwin and commence our well earned, five weeks off and a riding I shall go!

    OMS Endurance, Timor Sea video. Click to watch (It starts with a few seconds of black)
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  7. zoro

    zoro Been here awhile

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    Yep I know the Endurance...

    Reckon you guys were looking after us when we were on the Ocean Patriot for the JV/ CV plug and abandon job last year.

    I'm about to fly out to Montara and Billy Pugh onto the GO Altair for 2 weeks as Client Rep for PTTEP, supervise ROV ops.

    Altair will be getting changed out with Skandi Hawk and I'll get off once demob is complete at East Arm.
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  8. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    As they say, all good things must come to an end... But our travels together, as long time motorcycling mates aren't over just yet!

    After the Phillip Island World Superbike round, we rode back to Geelong to my sisters place. We dropped the bikes in for a service and fitting of parts previously ordered, in preparation of our return at the local bike shop.

    It was there Hydro and I had to part ways, as being a Northern Territory cattle truckie, he could only have 2 months off over the wet season. Hydro hadn't been 'home' to Albany in Western Australia for a couple of years. With his last few weeks remaining he would do the East to West trip on The trusty DR650 solo and catch up with his family and old friends.

    I myself had to make preparations to return to work in a week, rounding out my five weeks off.

    With confused emotion, we tried to be tough about it and said our goodbyes. True to Hydros ever present, comedic form, as he gave me back the SENA bike intercom said "Jeeze Ty, this doesn't feel good, it's like I'm handing back the 'ring'!"

    Hydro is an awesome mate, seemingly always carefree, ready for adventure and always making you laugh. I couldn't think of a better bloke to go riding with. It is hard to type this actually, without giggling at all the great memories shared throughout our motorbike adventure. The making good on a promise we made as young lads, to ride together and explore our amazing country has been a sublime experience. We would recommend it to everyone.

    With the taste of adventure excited doing what we've experienced so far, it is inevitable that we will be riding again together soon. I can't wait!

    Grinners are definitely winners!
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    Never one to be serious or look at a camera Hydro would rather strike the pose.
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    One last shot till next time!
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  9. zg1286

    zg1286 Been here awhile

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    Awesome report. Hate to see it end almost as much as both of you.
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  10. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    It was strange venturing down the road without my riding 'padre'. The usual intercom banter of excited lads on motorbikes heading to a destination unknown gone. The GPS directions, given in a semi robotic voice is not quite the same.

    From Melbourne I rode East into the beginning of the Alpine region I was to experience and explore. It was summer so the threat of snow at this stage wasn't an issue. The traffic and buildings thinned and the trees and hills prevailed.

    Twisting roads and tracks through this type of terrain is always fun. Although I remember riding out from a mountain in Tasmania with Hydro onto a rather straight stretch of road and the intercom came to life with an agreeable comment "Oh Ty, it's nice to relax with straight bit!" It is surprising how much concentration is required and the not only physical but mental exertion. You certainly feel it and good sense of satisfaction at the end of the day!

    One of the impressive wooden railway trestle bridges built to service the timber industry in times gone by. Many have fallen foul of bush fires and old age.
    Noojee Trestle Bridge
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    The forecast wasn't the best and it confirmed itself with drizzling rain to heavy down pours. I soldiered on, I had to be brave now riding alone. I treated it as a test, the heavens were upset that my riding mate was somewhere heading in the opposite direction!

    The "Toolshed" bar and restaurant Noojee, welcomed warmth, cleansing ales and check that out for a 'Parmigiana' selection!
    <a href="http://tymatek3.smugmug.com/Other/Victorian-Alpine-Region/30139305_W98Scr#!i=2591484858&k=qvS7mw5&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://tymatek3.smugmug.com/Other/Victorian-Alpine-Region/i-qvS7mw5/0/L/IMG_1833-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    I was the only one in the bar that wet week day afternoon, the publican was busy doing odd jobs and told me to pour my own if he wasn't about. Country hospitality and trust of a happy biking stranger.
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    I had spotted a town on my map called "Erica", I have a great, always happy friend called Erika so for no other reason I made for it in the rain. I needed a little cheering up as the now sometimes torrential rain was starting to soak though. (Motorbike lesson #235, whilst transiting cold or rainy areas, have both Rainex and anti fog applied to your helmet visor or goggles.)

    Arriving at Erica in the rain and just on dark I was welcomed with more, good local hospitality. A room was booked to air and dry out all my gear. Then dinner and drinks devoured under what some would say a macabre decor. The years spent cutting and chopping wood with my dad to keep the family warm and fed through my childhood and youth had me checking the history of chainsaws with a particular interest.
    Erica pub ceiling...
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  11. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    Rested, defrosted and the spirit boosted I ducked across the road to the local bakery and breakfasted on one of the award winning meat pies and to send off some souvenirs and post card to my friend Erika. I have spent a bit of time in post offices around Australia now to either send back non essential items and mementos accumulated whilst exploring or post cards to friends and family. I still believe receiving something personal in the post from someone in a far off place is pretty cool. Ebay purchases give you a similar feeling, but obviously paid for by yourself!

    Erica General Store.
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    You know your getting up in the altitudes when you see things like this...
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    Making my way back down towards the Victorian coast I came across a Swiss couple doing a documentary on Australia. I was able to get them to take a photo of both me and the bike in our natural environment. Coming from Western Australia seeing warning signs like these are even a novelty to me. I had to keep a lookout on the winding roads not only for the kangaroos but wombats and koalas!
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    Along the way, Cricket Club Hotel, Cowwarr.
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    Before making my way up the mountains on the Great Alpine Road, I stopped in at Bairnsdale to buy long sleeved and legged thermal underwear. I saved the nice shop assistant the trouble of a carry bag and wore them under my bike gear, straight out the shop! The road report forecast detailed some land slips further up the mountain cutting off a particular scenic bike route recommended by my brother inlaw Ross and others.
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  12. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    The Victorian Highlands was another place that had me intrigued. I had read about them in several "Trailzone" motorbike magazines and watched videos of crew on awesome tracks throughout the area. Excitement coupled with fear of the unknown, fueled me up the road towards it all.

    A reminder that I was now alone and had to be very careful in my travels...
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    Another namesake reminder of my great mate and influence Doug Swift.
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    The word "Alpine" to me, coming from a predominately arid state of Australia seems very foreign, conjures up images that I am certainly not used to being in and gives me a feeling that I'm far away some where, out of my comfort zone. With me and the bike, I'm grinning from ear to ear and loving it...
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    I was seeing a change in the surrounding environment, from manicured farmland to native bush that turned into denser forrest. As I rode further up the mountain the forrest gave way to a silver wooded and hardier tree which then gave way to low tough tundra. "Something tells me Toto, we are not in Exmouth anymore!"

    The crisp, clean air, Mount Cope.
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    This following video is a favourite of mine. The feeling of riding solo to the very top of a mountain, being alone with your thoughts and feelings is an experience to behold.

    I am not sure if I was allowed up there, but with a few 'service' gates open, absolutely no-one or fresh tracks around, the urge to continue was overpowering. The reward was truly awesome!!! Sorry for the poor audio but it was really blowing up there! The rubbly track, combined with boogie freezing cross winds at 40knots+, gave the whole experience an even better feeling of achievement. God knows what Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay felt when they got to the top of Everest! To park and look around, I had to position the bike carefully, even doing that, it sat over balancing on the side stand touching every so often, on either the front or back wheel.

    Click to watch.
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    The bike standing firm in a balancing act.
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    Blown away on motorcycle and mountain!
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    Coming back down, Alpine Village, Falls Creek. Empty snow runs below.
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    An empty Falls Creek. As I walked around by myself for a while, I prepared for Zombies to walk out of shadows! Not a soul around. Finally a mountain bike rider road passed with a friendly greeting of "Gday" and I went on my way knowing that all was ok...
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    Riding in and out of the dark shadows the mountains cast, had me confused what time it was during the day.
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    Racing up a early morning mountain to meet a sunrise. I'll meet you halfway...
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    #92
  13. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

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    Location:
    Exmouth, Western Australia
    Riding over a state border is a unique thing to me. I have never lived near enough to one to do it regularly. Other than using large ships or commercial aircraft to do it, riding over one was now my favourite way!
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    Henry Lawson country, the steeds have changed over the years.
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    Friendly energy.
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    <a href="http://tymatek3.smugmug.com/Other/Victorian-Alpine-Region/30139305_W98Scr#!i=2591498049&k=VbjFk8D&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://tymatek3.smugmug.com/Other/Victorian-Alpine-Region/i-VbjFk8D/0/L/IMG_1911-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    <a href="http://tymatek3.smugmug.com/Other/Victorian-Alpine-Region/30139305_W98Scr#!i=2591498664&k=bhRfV6T&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://tymatek3.smugmug.com/Other/Victorian-Alpine-Region/i-bhRfV6T/0/L/IMG_1917-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

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    Dead Horse Gap
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    Getting high on life and my bike...
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    A video of idling down through Thredbo Village, looking out to the green ski fields across the valley. To see it under snow would be interesting... Click to watch.
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    Going through these photos I realise that the bloody bike is in every shot, centre of my focus! Sorry! My only excuse I can offer is..., that I guess the bike is! You become? apart of it? it become a part of you.., a couple? There is no denying attachment with the journey taken. Blasting out of forrest dirt trails or over scrubby coastal sands, crossing long bridges, through mountain passes, vast desert outback highways, all joined with others along the way. I'm having a heap of fun! Where too next...?
    #93
  14. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    Excellent update! Thanks for the view of a part of the world that I hope to visit someday!
    #94
  15. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2011
    Oddometer:
    96
    Location:
    Exmouth, Western Australia
    Down from the Snowys to Eden on the NSW south coast I cleaned and stored the bike at my folks place. Eager to return from sea in another 5 weeks to ride to the Tenere Tragics run to Longreach.

    My return to the bike has been a delayed one. My blow from viral meningitis came from no-where but certainly sent me some where, down for the count. Instead of getting back on the bike I was getting back in a hospital bed!

    I would like to say a sincere, massive thank you to all nursing and doctor staff of the hospitals I've been in recently! I have always received great care and assistance. These people are doing an amazing job helping others with medical aid. It takes a very special person to help very sick or injured people. Thank you.

    I was twin fuel injected! One pump for the rehydrating solution and the other for the anti-virus. After all my veins in my hands gave up they did a "Direct Injection Pipe" (pick line) in through my inner arm direct into my heart! These two were my close mates for weeks, followed me around absolutely, everywhere. Lifesavers.
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    Back from the dead and after another 5 weeks work at sea I prepared my bike for the next leg of the journey. I had missed my chance to do the Tenere Tragic ride, I still had the urge to do more inland travelling. My thoughts of doing it still remained...

    Wiring was on my list of things to do, to tidy up the accessory spaghetti under my seat!
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    Back together and packing.
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    Time to go.
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    I went for a run with a mate living in the area from work Tony. The adventure tourer and worked Harley a odd couple along his NSW south coast. Swapping bikes at the lunch turn around destination had me a little concerned...

    As Tony said "One down, five up, don't worry!"
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    #95
  16. basketcase

    basketcase lifelong reject fixer

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    Lower US 48
    Wow, I'm glad to know you are on the mend as we say over here. Meningitis is not an ailment with which to trifle.

    I had Malaria in 2006 after a trip to Myanmar (Burma) and the treatments were awful. How did you discover the Meningitis, if you don't mind a momentary detour from the story line?
    #96
  17. regie308

    regie308 Long timer

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    1,445
    Location:
    Wangaratta Australia
    Didn't realize you were sliding past my neck of the woods hoonatic, i'm in Wangaratta right near Bright, Bogong so my trail riding playground is the Vic high country....... awesome countryside to ride in specially on the fire trails.

    Thanks for the huge effort of the ride report, i enjoyed your travels and i hope your health gets back to normal

    cheers to ya mate :freaky:thumb
    #97
  18. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    96
    Location:
    Exmouth, Western Australia
    Hey "Basketcase",

    The symptoms came in the form of a splitting headache that just didn't go away, ever.

    Because I was working at sea, I had to wait until we returned to port in Darwin, Northern Territory 3 days after the headache started...

    The doctor I went too did a CT scan of my head/skull/brain and at looking at them said (and I quote!) "Ty it is a very unremarkable CT scan of your brain".

    Being one to think of quick come backs a few days later, I surprised myself with a immediate reply of "We'll mate, I could of told you that before you looked in there."

    He prescribed me strong Pannadol and some Voltarin anti-inflammatories and sent me on my way and back out to sea.

    Being a hairy arsed bloke I dealt with the pain (the prescribed drugs did nothing to ease the symptoms) thinking, 'She'll be right tomorrow' and 'Just one more week of work and I'm back on the bike'. Stupid, considering I just knew something wasn't right.

    At our next port call, and still crippled with the headache, I was taken to the Royal Darwin Hospital. There I was admitted immediately and soon after, a spinal tap/lumber puncture revealed I had spinal-cranial pressure of "58" An average adult has a usual pressure of between 20-30! I almost set a Northern Territory record with the largest ever seen before of 62...! The hospital staff couldn't figure out how I had walked in...

    The 3 doctors doing the lumbar puncture freaked once the needle found its mark in my spine and the preassurized goo came rushing at them.

    I was put in isolation for weeks until I stabilized.

    On my release I shocked the specialist team by asking them if "was it alright that I could get back on the motorbike and continue my travels?" My answer was a chorused "No!!!"

    The thirst for riding and adventure had increased being bedridden for so long...

    Again I can't thank the medical staff in that hospital enough. Wonderful, wonderful people.
    #98
  19. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    96
    Location:
    Exmouth, Western Australia
    Thanks Regie308,

    Appreciate the encouraging words! As you know it can be an effort, or more so, time consuming doing the Ride Report but I truly hope it encourages others to get out there and do it themselves or give them some enjoyment and adventure whilst they maybe stuck at home or work waiting for their time!

    I, without any doubt, envy you and your awesome playground of the Victorian High Country. The hills, tracks, rivers and amazing scenery is something to behold, to ride and experience on a bike. I can only imagine how much better it would have been, riding with a couple of other local crew through their adventure bike wonderland...

    I'm grinning here, recalling high country memories! Maybe next time I'm through that way I can persuade you for a tour"
    #99
  20. Hoonatic Ty

    Hoonatic Ty TEN660

    Joined:
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    Oddometer:
    96
    Location:
    Exmouth, Western Australia
    As with most out there that ride, we have have someone to thank. Someone that encouraged us, persevered with us and gave us ultimately the gift and thrill of riding a motorcycle.

    Mine is my dad.

    Yeap, that's me and the old man, way back when? About 1978-79...
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    I've had the pleasure of sitting up front or tucked in behind him all my childhood ingraining the enjoyment to be had on a motorcycle. Once old enough and enough pocket money was saved, then I got my own!

    For some strange reason we haven't ridden at all together since those early days. Sure we tested each others new bikes once purchased and brought around to each others place to show off but that's about it.

    Dads BMW road tourer needed a service up in Canberra so it was without hesitation that we would turn it into a small father and son road trip as I was heading back up and over the Snowy Mountains for the next leg of my adventure.

    Now it was cool riding with Hydro previously but this was something different. We took off inland into the chilly hills from Eden and cruised the twisting back roads and highways. Dad had me giggling often, putting his cruise control on, sliding back to his rear pillion seat, looking all comfortable and waving casually to the amazed car occupants as he over took them with his "invisible rider" if I wasn't laughing so hard or battling to catch him up I would of got some classic footage!

    Brown Mountain
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    Fred Piper Lookout
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    My mates always hassle me for having a clean, organized shed. I got it from my dad, everything he owns is spotless and polished to an inch of its life! He'll be happy when he sees his bike gleaming here...
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    A rare one of me and the bike together. My intention was to go inside and express some personal opinions but this is as close as the Federal Police Officer would let me...
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    After over-nighting in Canberra we rode up and stayed up at Adaminaby. Whatever ever you do, don't stay at the "Snowy Mountains Motel! It cost me an absolute fortune! This was made even more painful when we rode down the road for dinner at the awesome and very bike friendly "Snow Goose Hotel/Motel" and they told us of their cheap room prices including breakfast and lock up bike storage!
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    It was so cold in the morning that both of our bikes batteries couldn't start their engines! I was certain that all fluids within my bike were now solid! The look of horror on dads face was concerning. He is a very proud BMW owner and the realization that his ever reliable German machine wasn't interested in going anywhere almost had him in a tail spin...

    We stuck both of them out to defrost with the heat of the rising sun. Once thawed they came to life again. Dad noticeably happier!
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    The Giant Trout, Adaminaby.
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    Unfortunately we parted ways here, dad back down the mountain to the family home in Eden and me further into the intriguing (for a West Australian) snow country...