Sugar Cane to Cotton Fields

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  1. Phrog

    Phrog Terra Australis

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    A workmate & myself went for a ride this pass week.
    Left on Easter Saturday & returned the following Friday.
    This report will be more photos than commentary (...I'm a lazy bastard & can't be bothered writing :D )

    Will be adding video as it comes to hand (editing, uploading, lazyness, etc ) plus more photos once I get them off Stewart.

    Stewart & Pip (his hairy daughter :lol3 ) are riding a GS1150 & I'm on my 800XC.

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    I met up with Stew at Moss Vale in the southern highlands of NSW.
    From there we headed to Goulburn than west north west to Crookwell, Bigga, Wyangala Dam, Woodstock & Bathurst.
    We made our first nights camp on the Bathurst side of the Bridle track.

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    Moon rise

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    Sunrise

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    ...and away we go...

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    Once we reached Hill End we headed for Mudgee, Gulgong, Merriwa & the back way to Scone.

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    Made our second nights campsite at Gundy, east of Scone

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    In the morning we took the back roads through the Hunter Valley north to Nundle & on to Tamworth.

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    From Tamworth we headed north to Barraba then north east to Bundarra & on to Glen Innes.

    About 30km out of Glen Innes we made camp on the Old Grafton road.
    ( ... notice how Stew & Pip dress the same. )

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    Next morning we were headed for Grafton

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    Memorial to the fallen of WW1

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    Dalmorton

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    This shot reminded me of the WW1 memorial, Poms & French against the Germans :D

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    By the time we got to Grafton the Beemers boots were looking a bit tied

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    New boots

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    The tyre change used up a bit of the day so we headed south to camp at the Nymboida canoe centre

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    In the morning we headed back to Grafton & followed the Clarence river to Lawrence...

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    ...where we crossed over the river on the ferry... ( sugar cane in the back ground )

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    We then followed Lawrence road to Maclean & up the Pacific Hwy to Woodburn.
    From Woodburn it was onto Lismore & up to Nimbin

    Nimbin rocks

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    We left Nimbin & headed west for Kyogle, then south to Casino & west again to Mallanganee where we made camp up at the lookout ( bantam roosters were running around wild )

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    Mt Warning ( Wollumbin ) in the distance

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    From Mallanganee it was west to Tenterfield & onto the Bruxner Hwy which follows the Dumaresq River, the border between NSW & Qld ( cotton fields in the back ground )

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    We followed the Bruxner Hwy to just outside of Bonshaw then headed south on the Bonshaw Inverell road to... you guessed it, Inverell.
    From Inverell to Bingara, Barraba, Manilla, where I took a photo of this DNEPR "comrades"

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    It was getting late in the day so we made a run for Bendemeer across the back country to get a cabin for the last night, Stew had stayed there before & his hairy daughter "Pip" was welcomed. ( it's hard traveling with a dog & finding accommodation ) This isn't the cabin, just handy parking for the night beside the cabin.

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    Next morning it was a straight run home down the New England Hwy

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    Tamworth, Murrurundi ( Stew & I parted ways here, He wanted to watch the sheepdog trails being held there & I was on a mission to get home ) Scone & Singleton.

    From Singleton it was onto the Putty road & home

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    never did figure out how to ride like this?

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    We covered around 3000km in seven days.
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  2. Reefdog

    Reefdog Been here awhile

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    hey Phrog
    good photos
    what is the gps co ordinates of where the road goes through that short tunnel???

    any problems with the tiger??

    reef
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  3. JohnG.

    JohnG. Long timer

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    :ear
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  4. digga1111

    digga1111 bann ed

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    fantastic pics
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  5. jtb

    jtb Long timer

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    Nice photo's and report! :clap

    Thanks for sharing:freaky
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  6. Phrog

    Phrog Terra Australis

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    I forget how to find the degree symbol on my keyboard?

    29`50'07.45"S 152`24'52.99"E

    The more I ride this Tiger the better it gets.
    It really is a great touring bike.
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  7. Reefdog

    Reefdog Been here awhile

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    thanks phrog
    cant wait to get back to Oz and ride those roads again
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  8. Russ

    Russ . Super Moderator

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    Great RR and pics.:clap
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  9. vagueout

    vagueout Long timer

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    Another report from fantastic country a stones throw or three from sydney. Correct me if i'm wrong, your mate stew, on the g.s, is a stone mason by trade? think i had a coffee with him up the putty rd. last year, nice bloke, good outlook.:*sip*
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  10. RidingUpAndDown

    RidingUpAndDown Been here awhile

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    Very Nice phrotos. :clap

    B e a utiful Countryside. :beer

    Thnx. d :ricky
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  11. Phrog

    Phrog Terra Australis

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    Thanks Russ

    OZ is looking great at the moment Reefdog. We've had a couple of good seasons.
    Even the farmers we met on this trip had a smile on their dial.
    EVERY creek & river we crossed had clean running water.

    G'day Vagueout.

    Yeah, that's him.
    He is a good bloke with a great outlook on life.

    Some of his rest stops are questionable though? :huh
    He just parks on the side of the road & sits in the long, dry grass taking in the views.
    He only just missed running over a BIG brown snake the day before :eek1
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  12. duckslider

    duckslider unintentionaldrifter

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    Great RR Phrog.:thumbDone the Bridle Track a few times,good ride.:DAccess at top of The Bluff is narrower each time I pass it.:eek1:D
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  13. Phrog

    Phrog Terra Australis

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    G'day Ducky

    I first traveled the bridle track with my Dad when I was about eight in an XP Ford station wagon.

    This trip we rode it on the Easter weekend. It was as busy as Pitt street, people walking along the track everywhere.
    (got video if you want me to post it)

    Love riding out that way, reminds me of camping trips with my Dad, gold panning at Hill End & Sofala.
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  14. duckslider

    duckslider unintentionaldrifter

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    Good stuff,Phrog:DYeah,and ya gotta watchout for 4wds.Last rode bridle track on 10-3-12.Had to turn back at last river crossing before Hill End,'cause too deep.:eek1
    Had a tumble and broke 2 fingers,:(::doh............was a 'no clutch use'
    ride home.:becca
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  15. Arek Kontrol

    Arek Kontrol Been here awhile

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    Keep it moving, can't wait for more :1drink
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  16. Phrog

    Phrog Terra Australis

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    A few more photos from Stews camera

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    Devil dog

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    nothing better than a good scratch

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  17. RamblinKevin

    RamblinKevin Adventurer

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    Awesome trek guys. That is so cool to take the dog along for the ride. Looks like he loved it! I have always wanted to take my hairy son "Max" :lol3 along on my rides, but didn't think it possible untill now. Is the basket bolted or strapped down, or is the bungy the only thing holding it down? I'm gonna start researching for a suitable basket, and associated fasteners and give it a try. Thanks for the great idea!

    Peace!

    RK
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  18. CDillard

    CDillard Team Kattouf

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    Country and excellent video and pics! Thanks for taking us along! :evil

    Keep it coming :deal

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  19. Phrog

    Phrog Terra Australis

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    The rear seat is removed. Then the bucket is bolted in place by sandwiching alloy plate inside the base & onto the frame.
    Another bucket sits inside the first one through which a anchor strap passes & is attached to the Pips harness.
    The weight of Pip holds this bucket in place.
    The bungy only holds her bedding in place whilst riding.
    When we set up camp the inner bucket comes out & thats Pips bed.

    I'll see if I can get some photos of the set up next time.
    ( it also comes in handy for collecting firewood )

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