Redundancy Ride 2009 - Round Oz by Triumph Scrambler

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Scaredofthedirt, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    In mid-2009, a tap on the shoulder, a cheque in the hand and a boot out the door was my personal introduction to the local impact of the global financial crisis.

    Armed with some lazy cash and abundant time on my hands, thoughts turned to travel before I had been escorted from the premises.

    I deliberately limited planning for the trip, wanting to largely drift and see where I ended up.

    On my map, a thumb approximated half a day’s travel so the planning became “one thumb, two thumb OK I guess I’ll spend a night around here…”.

    Preparation for the trip was also minimal, a few emails to friends/work acquaintances/internet strangers to impose myself on them for accommodation, a pannier rack and new front tyre for the Scrambler.

    A few teaser photos from my seven week 22,000km ride around Australia on my Mighty Scrambler.

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  2. Iowegian

    Iowegian n00b

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  3. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Day 1: Melbourne to Merimbula

    Distance: 661km Total: 661km

    A good omen? Clear skies and sunshine

    I decided to head north into warmer weather. This dictated an anti-clockwise loop.

    Slab it down the highway to put in some distance from home.

    Lakes Entrance.

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    Lunch at Bemm River.

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    I left these dudes and headed to Merimbula for the night.

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  4. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Day 2: Merimbula to Tahmoor

    Distance: 472 km Total: 1,133 km

    An early start following a quiet night at the backpackers hostel.

    More good weather to cruise up the coast.

    Tathra.

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    Bermagui.

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    Batemans Bay.

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    A quick diversion to check out Jervis Bay.

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    I cut inland through Kangaroo Valley.

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    Looking back to the coast from the Cambwerra lookout.

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  5. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Day 3: Tahmoor to Gloucester

    Distance: 411 km Total: 1,544 km

    A big loop to avoid Sydney.

    Picton.

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    Stopped for morning-tea on the Putty Rd.

    Feet dangling over a cliff, thermos coffee and chocolate biscuits whilst a pair of eagles patrolled the valley. It was a good morning to be alive.

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    Back on the bike, I ripped the Putty Way.

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    I shared lunch with a Ducati girl in Singleton before bouncing my way to Dungog. Man, the NSW roads were shocking.

    I lucked out and had the bunkhouse at the Gloucester caravan park all to myself.

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  6. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Day 4: Gloucester to Walcha

    Distance: 531 km Total: 2,075 km

    A corner carving day!

    An early morning attack on the Thunderbolts Way.

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    It got increasingly cold on the ride into Walcha.

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    Now, a good distance from home I could feel myself mentally slowing down and wanting to explore.

    A long diversion to yet another waterfall and a former goldtown I’ve forgotten the name of.

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    A quick ride down the Oxley Highway to lunch at Port Mac.

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    It was so much fun, I was forced to turn around and do it again!

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    A dodgy room in the first pub I stumbled across in Walcha.

    I nearly froze on the walk to the better pub in town. I was rewarded with a mountain of bangers n mash I could barely jump over.
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  7. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Day 5: Walcha to Grafton

    Distance: 430 km Total: 2,505 km

    I checked out the grave of Captain Thunderbolt (bushranger) on the way to Armadale.

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    Lots of u-turns as I roamed and started exploring.

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    Not surprisingly, lots of waterfalls were found along the Waterfall Way into Bellingen.

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    Back up to Dorrigo and then the back roads into Grafton.

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    The staff at the Grafton Hotel were expecting a quiet night and so let me park my bike inside the dance hall disco.

    My serenity was tested when I was beset by an utter tool on a BMW. No matter what I tried that night I was unable to shake my cling-on.
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  8. philth

    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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  9. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    [FONT=&quot]Day 6: Grafton to Lismore

    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Distance: 319 km Total: 2,814 km

    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]An early departure to ditch my cling-on.

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    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Although it was free, I couldn’t help but sing along…you know, that one about the ferryman…

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    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]I stocked up on elephant sized pumpkin scones and a kilo bag of macadamia nuts at the farmers market in Evans Head.

    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]I was excited to find my first sugar cane for the trip.

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    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]After lunch, I hiked down from the lighthouse at Cape Byron and out to the most easterly point of mainland Oz.

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    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Another concert weekend at Byron Bay meant the place was jam packed with gumboot wearing arty folk.

    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]I made a getaway through the macadamia nut farms.

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    [/FONT] [FONT=&quot]A night best not soon repeated in Lismore – a truly gruesome meal in a dodgy pub on the outskirts of town followed by an opportunity for a punch on with a few of the locals in the bar and sleepless night in my grimy room upstairs.[/FONT]
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  10. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    [FONT=&quot]Day 7: Lismore to Murwillumbah[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]Distance: 354 km Total: 3,168 km[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]I took a short cut through a macadamia nut farm.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Fantastic riding but very rough and bumpy towards Nimbin and Kyogle.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]It was starting to feel tropical.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]I looped the Lions Rd into Queensland.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]Before dropping back into Murwillumbah.[/FONT]

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    [FONT=&quot]No dodgy pub room for me tonight. I was hosted at the family home of a former customer. Late afternoon spent checking out their show horses and hubbies monster sized tractor-mower. A late night with much wine and belly full of laughs.[/FONT]
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  11. becsta

    becsta Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing. I look forward to reading more.

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  12. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    Good to see a Scrambler on a Australian adventure, want to do it myself sometime...got the Ventura rack, GPS, handguards & heated grips, skidplate etc. I'm ready

    I noticed you have a Staintune system on the Scrambler, how do you find it ? I have Staintunes on my Thruxton & TORs on the Scrambler....completley different, if you ever want to sell the Staintune let me know.

    Cheers Terry
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    [FONT=&quot]Distance: 239 km Total: 3,407 km[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]A long breakfast before I hit the road.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]A short ride before it was time for 2<sup>nd</sup> breakfasts at the Chillingham store.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I snuck into Queensland proper on a little back road.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]A couple of hours walking around at Natural Bridge before I climbed the ranges. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]The high rise towers of the Gold Coast in the distance.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I rode west to avoid Brisbane.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Advrider inmate Phil Fong was to be my host for the next two nights.[/FONT]
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  14. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Hey Terry,

    I like the staintune pipes a lot. I've given a longer reply when you asked in general in the Scrambler thread but in summary - cheerful chub-chub sound at idle, cruising and around town with a angry old-school bark when revved. The sound on over-run when having a blat is bliss.:D
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  15. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]--> [FONT=&quot]Day 9: Maryvale to Maryvale[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Distance: 330 km Total: 3,777 km[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]An early start after a quiet night at the historic Maryvale Hotel.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]It was finger snapping cold on the ride to the Toowoomba Triumph dealer.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I lazed at a couple of cafes and then was treated to lunch in a posh restaurant by another former customer while I waited for the Scrambler service to be completed.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Today, my trip almost came to an end when I got a surprise phone call from a competitor to my former employer with a job offer. Immediate thought was to fast track the 1,600km home. Second thought – err, how do you feel about me starting work when I finish my trip in a couple of months….maybe?[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I spent the afternoon at the motorcycle museum in Haigslea.[/FONT]
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  16. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Enjoying the report.

    Thanks,

    JM.
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  17. slojon

    slojon SLOJON

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    Hey, you missed Narooma. Go back and start again.
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  18. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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    Ha ha! Rode through Narooma on day 2.
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  19. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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Priority="67" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 1 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="68" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 2 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="69" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Medium Grid 3 Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="70" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Dark List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="71" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Shading Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="72" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful List Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="73" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" Name="Colorful Grid Accent 6"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="19" SemiHidden="false" UnhideWhenUsed="false" QFormat="true" Name="Subtle Emphasis"/> <w:LsdException Locked="false" Priority="21" SemiHidden="false" 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line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]--> [FONT=&quot]Day 10: Maryvale to Tiaro[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Distance: 440 km Total: 4,217 km[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Back to Towoomba to buy a replacement camera – my Olympus “tough camera” had broken the night before when it fell from a coffee table. Grrrr….[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Sadly, not much in the way of photos today.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I rode around the Somerset Dam and took the back roads into the Glasshouse Mountains.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot][​IMG][/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I rode the ridgeline to Maleny, then Kenilworth and Imbil before hitting the Bruce Hwy at Gympie.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]My head still hurts from the hang-over from the last time I stayed in Gympie (in 2001) so I continued north.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]On dusk, I crashed at the 1887 Tiaro Hotel for the night.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot][​IMG][/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot][​IMG][/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I met a young couple who seemed to have the perfect school holiday job – they were paid by the local tourist board to stay at all of the camping spots and ask fellow campers what they thought about each spot.[/FONT]
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  20. Scaredofthedirt

    Scaredofthedirt Been here awhile

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line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-fareast-language:EN-US;} </style> <![endif]--> [FONT=&quot]Day 11: Tiaro to Calliope River[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Distance: 468 km Total: 4,685 km[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I lazed in the sunshine waiting for the day to warm.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I spent some time cruising around Maryborough taking in the elegant old buildings before hitting the coast at Hervey Bay.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]It’s easy to see why Hervey Bay is rated as one of the happiest places to live in Oz.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I skipped the Bundaberg Rum distillery this trip and made for 1770.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]I had wanted to overnight at the beachside camp ground and drink the afternoon away at the funky driftwood bar/café. [/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Unfortunately, the bar had closed and the campground was jam-packed.[/FONT]
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    [FONT=&quot]Time to make camp at Calliope River free camp.[/FONT]
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