Kim and Phil .... do Emmaville

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  1. Phil_Fong

    Phil_Fong Over Regulated

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    5 day Easter Anzac break and Pseudo (Kim) was camped at a beaut spot Ive always wanted to explore, Emmaville, NSW.
    Kim arrived Thursday and set up in the one and only caravan park with her decked out bus towing the 650 GS BMW, I got away Good Friday with the rest of southern Qld sharing the hi-way :huh but it was a bit of fun dodging and weaving the traffic and playing hide n seek with the revenue raisers.

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    Its autumn here and the days are sunny and cold n windy at night, the change in colours fantastic

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    Saturday brought a get-to-know town kinda day so we checked out the fuel roster at the local garage, a quick peep at the general store and a few supplies before they closed and a visit to the mining museum which was full of history and places to go see.

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    Tin was discovered in 1872 at what was once known as Vegetable Creek. By 1880 the population was 2,100, 1200 of these were Chinese, who grew veggies along the river banks and streams. In 1882 the name changed to Emmaville.
    By 1890 the population was 3,398. There were 5 hotels and 7 stores, a tin smelting works at Tent Hill and a Chinese joss house at Emmaville.
    In 1920 the discovery of Arsenic and the treatment plant at Ottery mine commenced, another mine on the Gulf road and one of the big dams broke flooding part of the town of Emmaville.
    Cobb & Co had a regular service between the Gulf, Emmaville and Y Water, Thunderbolt had a few hide outs around the area and Emmaville is home to the black panther sightings.

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    We visited the cemetery, with some graves dating back to 1885.

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    And of course the longest grave ever, a sad story of an arsenic miner who brought home a cloth bag from the mine, in which his wife put the Sunday ham in and killed the lot, 2 adults and 4 kids.

    So out to the Ottery Mine (Arsenic) we went
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    and thar she blows, that white shit stuck to the brickwork is the dreaded stuff and they have wire barriers to stop you from touching the stuff

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    Quite an interesting process really, the tower up the top burns the material and the stuff runs downs the chambers as it cools and solidifies once it gets to the bottom. They were pretty clever in 1920 to use gravity as a tool of science. The photo's there, show massive timber buildings for further processing but they are all gone now.

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  2. Phil_Fong

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    So after the Ottery mine we pressed on to the tiny hamlet of Torrington

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    Its a great 40klm dirt ride with the twisties done in tar and the steep hills too, for all weather access I suppose. Quite a few creek and river crossings and a fair bit of wildlife abounds.

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    But there isn't much at Torrington 'cept a hall, a closed caravan park and two dozen homes but it had a nice park and Anzac memorial, which they waz getting ready for Monday. I noticed too, there was a route to Tenterfield which I'd keep for my escape route Tuesday.

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    and that was Torrington. I found this fella too and thought it worth a pic

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    telegram for Mongo :D

    Saturday night we graced the bottom pub with our presence and it was a fun night out. Big Bill from Emmaville was playing and the whole town was out to see him - the locals were a scream on the dance floor ..... and so waz Kim :lol3

    Next day and there is nothing better than a good start eh ?

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    I love slumming it.

    We decided to do the Gulf Rd and according to the maps there was a route thru the national park called the "snake" which matched up with the route out of Torrington.
    Off we went

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    35 klms of this

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    to which we reached the locked gate of the Gulf and had to turn back toward Emmaville

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    and we were on the way back when Kims 650 GS BMW shat itself while I was lining up for the gratious creek crossing shot

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    and dead it was.
    After much trying and without BMW tools we gave up and hid the bike off the road, dusk was turning to night and we high-tailed back to camp on the mighty XR 650 two-up.
    What an exciting ride that was :huh I counted 8 near misses with the roos.

    So with no means to actually retrieve the broken BMW we called the NRMA who arrived next morning bright and early and Kim got her bike back.

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    :rofl
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  3. doublen

    doublen Been here awhile

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    Someday. There is so much back country to Australia. I want to ride it someday. Thanks for the report!
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  4. Phil_Fong

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    Thanks Steve, from Glenn Innes NRMA :wave

    We pulled the bike apart or to the best of our abilities, with one small tool missing we couldn't get the air filter off.
    On the Thursday that Pseudo arrived, she had had a mishap getting the bike off the trailer and dropped it .........
    found out later that these models don't like that and the oil from the reservior floods the airbox and the sensors tell the bike the air filter is blocked.
    Sam, who was coming down to join us from Lismore on his 1150 GS had rung to say his final drive had shat itself and he wouldn't be making it either ........

    I love Honda :raabia and I'd gotten to ride the Gulf Rd once more :lol3

    and it was Anzac Day

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    There's two rows of names on all four sides of the column :devildog

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    Took a pic of town from where the Joss House once stood

    and went for a ride to find the older cemetery outside of town

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    there was some old ones here

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    I'm sure the date was 1875 on this one but it was all I could read.

    I called into the top pub on the way back to camp for medicinal purposes, you see

    and they were doing the fish weigh-in from the weekends comp

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    and the winner is ........

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    a 10lb Murray Cod 900mm long :clap

    and I bought a ticket in the raffle to support them and bugger me if I didn't win it

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    WTF am I going to do with this ?

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    But the nice bloke filleted it for me and we ate half that night at the camp ground and froze the rest for the trip home :evil
    What a bonza crew of blokes and the weigh-in is on the last Sunday of every month if n you get yourselves down there.
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  5. Phil_Fong

    Phil_Fong Over Regulated

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    Alas, Tuesday was here already.
    We packed up and departed, Kim off to seek adventure with the prospects of employment at Roxby Downs South, Australia.
    And me, home to Queensland.

    I decided to take the ride to Torrington, then turn north for the run to Silent Grove, over Sam's Mountain and find my way into Tenterfield.

    The road after Torrington

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    It was great.
    Sometimes wide, sometimes clay, sometimes quartz, uphill and down dale thru the bush 76 klms of it

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    I'm on the right track

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    Toward Sam's Mountain

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    and the view from the top, those roads below, just covered.

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    Looking east to Tenterfield

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    to match up with Mole River and the dirt into Tenterfield

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    and the colours of Tenterfield

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    It was raining in town so I stopped for a feed at the pie shop and a cup of hot coffee, sat in the bay window and watched the world go by ....

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    MMmmmmm, wonder if he'd sit still on the handlebars ?

    It was a wet slog home via the Mount Lindsay Rd to Legume then Killarney, then home but it was better than being on the hi-way ...

    THE END :beer
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  6. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    Nice report Phil!!

    Keep em coming~!

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    Arrr.. there's a bird in the photo...I only just noticed that :lol3:lol3
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    Colonial Mick Nettle Licker and bull at the gate.

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    Very good Phil
    Wish I was there :evil
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  9. Sundowner

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    Great ride guys. Top base camp setup. Shame about the bike troubles. That mongo photo cracked me up. :lol3 Top job. :clap
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    Would have loved to have seen you ride time on that bull :lol3 Those horns would fit a Harley anyday.
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    UncleGra Sus pensioner and Fear Bighter

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    I enjoyed that Fongy..ta..:thumb

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  12. boy60

    boy60 Been here awhile

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    great RR I will be in that area on the 20th. Will have to have a look at my map:clap
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    Nice one Phil:thumb Thanks.
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  14. LC8TY

    LC8TY must......find.......fuel

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    Good stuff Fongy :thumb

    Some nice looking dirt roads to ride and the Murray Cod, I'd love to catch one of them someday.
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  15. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Endeavor to persevere.

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    Thanks.... :thumb
    Love the reports from your side of the world. SO similar and yet not the same and Namerica.

    Er... uh what bird? :)

    candygram for Mongo... LOL
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  16. Andy-Gadget

    Andy-Gadget Any bike can go anywere

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    I rode down this road just before dusk a couple of years ago, and it was just a torrent of kangabloodyskippies moving from left to right, from the bush out to the open land.
    Scary as well, but really great riding when the "loose and slippery decomposed granite" riding mode has clicked in.

    Great report Phil.
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  17. PSEUDO

    PSEUDO such a nOOb

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    Hey Phil, great ride report mate, the photos came up a treat eh!
    Sam's bike didn't end up being the final drive which was a relief to him.
    I'm in Bathurst and the weather could not be more perfect, bus is running beautifully and the roads are just fantastic out here, they even leave the bends in the roads without feeling the need to straighten them all out. The bike is booked in for Monday, I want them to stick the analyzer on it and they will do the other jobs as well.
    Thanks again for a great weekend, hopefully we will get to do it again soon, in SA maybe ?????
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    Excellent Phil :thumb I'll have to get back down that way soon....December looks nice :jkam
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  19. Phil_Fong

    Phil_Fong Over Regulated

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    Thanks for your comments blokes n gals, been wishing I was back there all week :wave
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  20. FEARNOBEER

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    Top report, been down that way myself a couple of times chasing cod!
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