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Discussion in 'Australia' started by Dustred, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. Angry Pete

    Angry Pete Formerly known as dirt_bloke

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    Still have PTSD about that Joe!

    Hope you're well, catch up for a beer one of these days...
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  2. Dustred

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    Weather looks a cracker, might wanna pack an extra skivvy
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  3. Angry Pete

    Angry Pete Formerly known as dirt_bloke

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    Perfect riding weather!
    Back to Plan "A" Ian, super Nats game is in the Bay late, so I'll meet you guys at Tiaro.
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  4. Dustred

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    By its very nature adventure riding can and usually does throw up challenges that can have you questioning your mental health at times.

    And then there are weekends when the planets just align and you take a trip to the TOPS where you're rewarded with cracking weather, awesome riding, mesmerising vistas, a small crew with a great attitude and no mechanicals or punctures.
    The lads said dust was an issue? Dunno I didn't think it was that bad up at the head of the arrow!

    DAY 1
    Was always going to be a big day, nothing too dramatic up from Cooloola Way to Tairo across the Seaview Range. Took in the usual attractions, the Chowey Bridge at Biggenden, across Mingo Xing and the Boolboonda Tunnel up past Mt Perry. Then a leisurely cruise up through the Kalpower pines to the BEST pub in QLD! offering good old school unpretentious country hospitality, Yep the mighty Mungungo Pub situated right in the lower central business district of Mungungo.

    Welcome drinks at the bar lasted until about midnight (I think?)
    When Mark was enquiring about what cognac they stocked (now I reflect on it that might be why he spent more time on his side than a good bottle of vintage red) and we'd gotten onto the neat scotch after a stand off with a tray of Cocksucking Cowboys, I had that sinking feeling and the words of my high school cross country coach in my head
    " TOO HARD, TOO FAST YOUNG FELLA!" or was it
    "SLOW DOWN TIGER OR ALL THE FUN WILL BE OVER BEFORE IT STARTS"

    A HAZY DAY 2

    Woke feeling a little tardy, pretty sure we got a bad batch of bore water down the oesophagus scrubbing the fangs?
    We hit the road into Monto surprisingly on time, fuelled up and punched in an Outhouse Breakfast (not recommended)
    Greg had his head on the table muttering something about bore water?
    We headed for the TOPS up Monal through some cracking country in full bloom after the cyclone rains, We stopped for a selfie at the Goldfield ruins. what followed after the shire boundary was a rutted pretty badly washed descent that had a few arses in fibrillation, but still manageable on the dad bod 1200 GS's.
    A spirited run across the bottom of the escarpment along the Clifton Rd with traction uncontrolled and Skidzzz for dayzzz on the freshly groomed speedway track then up the hill to the TOPS on the Tableland highway, out to the bomber and some sombre moments contemplating the lives of the American and British airmen that met their fate atop that lonely old hill.
    Back down Mahoon Ck and its plentiful but manageable creek crossings and across Rocky River Road and onto what we called "The Great Northern Highway" not long from home in a moment of contemplation about a glistening frothy quenching ale I missed the apex of a sweeping bend by about 65 metres and astutely decided with lightning reflexes my best option was the gravel trap at about 4 gears higher than necessary, strangely Greg also thought I had the perfect racing line and followed in hot pursuit...and safely back to the front door of The Best pub in QLD.
    We kicked down the stands and hit the bar (literally). One thing lead to another (me sub consciously telling my high school cross country coach to beat it) religion, politics, gay marriage, halal.
    Next thing Ryan's in deep conversation at about 11ish whether we should just sleep in the riding gear and boots to save a few minutes at the other end next day? ( some called us unhinged, I say he's a visionary and a true adventurer!) tear wiped as I type

    DAY 3

    Surprisingly once again we left on time, wisely decided on the "Betoota Shearers Breakfast" consisting of a smoke,piss and a look about (I left the smoke untouched) and just took on fuel of the Octane variety. Hit the road and pointed the arrow at Bania N.P. Atop the first semi snotty little hill and some luggage re restraint we discussed time constraints, the possibility of turning around, questioned our sexuality and made the democratic decision to soldier on through a great little loop into Mt Perry then onto Gayndah on some more dirt super highway for a feed and refuel. From Gayndah we punched on down the dirt to Hivesville at a decent clip, onto Wondai, across Gallangowan, Kandanga, Kenilworth and up the Obi to catch a last glimpse of the sun dip under the horizon at the lookout up top, stopped in Mapleton to add a layer and rolled down the hill home under lights.

    1295 Km for the weekend
    WHAT A FRIKKIN TOPS WEEKEND! (see what I did there?)

    I put a lot of time, (my wife would say bordering on unhealthy obsession) into planning this trip. I garnered valuable intel from members of this forum, TAUT, Facebook groups, Google Earth and just poking around by myself.
    The days up and back were not epic by adventure standards, but it was the only way possible to do the trip in 3 days.

    I will put it up on TAUT when I get time, and pay it forward

    I'm thinking this might be an annual trip, put May Day long weekend in your 2018 calendar?
    thanks for coming!

    EZA
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  5. Dustred

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  8. bigstim179

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    What a farking awesome trip. Great riding and a great bunch of blokes to spend the weekend with. Thanks for organising it Eza/Ian/Dustred/Sundown/Whatever the fuck your name is today.


    Any pub that lets you pour your own beers can't be faulted in my opinion.

    I needed the boots on so I could reach my bar chair.
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  9. Dustred

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    I noticed you gave yourself publicans privelege and only charged yourself a neat fiver! Nice touch ☝️


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  10. bigstim179

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    This photo sums up the trip really ....

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  11. Dustred

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    Ryan have you not read clause 3 sub section D paragraph 3 of the Adventurers Code of conduct.....let me paraphrase it
    "WHAT GOES ON TOUR STAYS ON TOUR"
    this is not a shot over the bow but.....you do know there are other photos hey?
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  12. bigstim179

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    It's not my photo. That was on the mungungo pub's facebook page haha
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  13. Dustred

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    Vikki asked me to send some pics through I forgot, just sending now!


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  14. Mark Muller

    Mark Muller Really should have a name here

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    Huge thanks to Eza for the dedicated effort in organising this trip. Not only mapped the route, calculated kms to fit the programme, highlighted points of historical interest (makes it sound culturally responsible to the missus), issued GPX files, and introduced us to the best little pub in QLD. Had an awesome time with a great bunch of guys...even if I was a little too horizontal at times. Think I'll strap a spirit level to the handle bars from now on.
    PS got a few pics and vids...PM me for the link.
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  15. burns

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    toothbrush and shampoo in the red bag Eza. ??? minimal packing?ha looks like a good trip. going right through there on the way to the cape. was wondering on the burnett river crossing at paradise dam so ill loop around it. cheers. burns
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  16. Dustred

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    Haven't had to use shampoo for 15 years mate, u seen my melon?

    Its a bloody top ride up there mate, in top nick after the rain at the moment.

    Highly recommend the Mungungo Pub if it fits your schedule mate



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  17. burns

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    Cheers I'll look into it. Was wondering if the loop down to the bomber was worth it as we are on a tight schedule? See how it goes
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  18. Dustred

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    Is that Tom Cruise?


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  19. Dustred

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    Its 20 k each way off the main road, definately worth going through though, do Betsy another time


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  20. bigstim179

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    That's that famous guy from that adventure doco on TV where they rode BMWs isn't it? What was his name? Ewan McGregor? No wonder he needs to hide his identity. Those local women at the bar would have gone crazy if they found out that they had a big TV star in the pub.
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