[AUS] The Far Cairn Rally 2009

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Curryinahurry, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. Curryinahurry

    Curryinahurry Born 2 Ride

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    Hi Everybody

    I am starting this Ride report for my Far Cairn Rally held at Tottenham, NSW. This place is the Geographical Centre of NSW State. Everyone else can add their RR and photos to this thread.... Chocoloco, Fat Bastard....:thumb

    I could not get away from Sydney on Friday (unlike some other lucky ones here....:evil) so left early saturday 19th, trying to get to the Rally by lunch time.

    There were a couple of club members who were to join me but had to pull the plug on Friday. So it was just me on the XC (as the Tiger was getting pampered at the dealers....:deal)

    It was a boring blat on the bitumen from Sydney to Lithgow to Bathurst to Orange..... and it was cold going up through the mountaions (and especially near Bathurst)

    At Bathurst.... having a quick break...

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    From Bathurst, it was to Parks, Peakhill then Tottenham.
    I see that this are is "Cairn" Territory...:deal

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    Some Interesting read about Sir Thomas Mitchell (of the so named HWY)

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    After the long slug on the Bitumen, I hit dirt between Peak Hill and Tottenham.....

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    With the dry conditions and on the XC it was just easy fun!! I remember doing this same stretch on the Tiger, fully loaded and after some rains.... that was a different story....:lol3

    Got to the Rally site just after 12.00 noon and setup house....

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    Since the Rally is in a Race Course, there are a few different options available for camping....:lol3

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    Once the house was setup, it was time to walk around and look at other bikes...

    Couple of 800 GS's one of them spanking new.....

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    Stable of Jap bikes....:evil

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    Wato's "Mother Ship" with its 41L Tank.....:lol3

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    Registration Area.....

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    Some shots of the Rally site.....

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    And the Evening Group Photo....

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    There was a decent turnout and no surprising change in weather like last year.:deal

    One of the riders had a bit of a spill on his way to the Far Cairn and broke his arm in two places. Wato helped out to be the Ambo driver for the drive back into town..:clap

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    Wato - "so Mate... what does this button do???"

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    After a few brewskies and watching some postie adventure videos on the Alpine area, it was off to bed and the next day, for the ride back there were around 8 of us.

    It was an amazing ride through dirt roads to Wellington, Hill End, then to Sofala, Ilford, Lithgow and Great western back home.

    Andris on his 1150....

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    Paul on his 1200

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    Dommie Dave....

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    Ian (Fat Bastard in ADV) on his 1100..

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    Woz on his 1150...

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    Rest stop at Hill end.....

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    Overall a Great weekend.....:clap Looking forward to the one next year....:thumb

    Cheers

    Bala
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Looks like a good gathering and great weather :thumb
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  3. lentil

    lentil King of the Dad Joke and Senior Status Legume Super Moderator

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    Nice One!!

    Giddy up!!
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  4. barra

    barra trying to get there

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    Enjoyable read. Looks like a good time was had.
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  5. Andy-Gadget

    Andy-Gadget Any bike can go anywere

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    Good report.

    Did you go out to the geo centre cairn itself?

    I visited to years ago, a bit west of Tottenham, towards Nymagie.
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  6. Curryinahurry

    Curryinahurry Born 2 Ride

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    No Andy

    I did not get a chance to ride up to the Cairn this time... but hey... all the reason for the next ride...!!:evil

    Cheers

    Bala
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  7. davorallyfan

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    Good work fellas... next year :thumbup

    How many showed?
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  8. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    Bellanegra & I had a ball, on the way we took the back way up, but took the direct route home via the tar.

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    There were plenty of canola fields, which caused plenty of bugs, and plenty of birds that want to get in the way.

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    Plenty of straight dirt

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    Bellanegra getting into it

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    Our ugly mugs at the cairn

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    Part of the Rally site

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  9. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    Our quiet section

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    Plenty of brewski's

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    The journey home, keep myself amused on the straight tar

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  10. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    Still keeping myself amused

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    Some cautious moments

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    And lunch at Young before we head home

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  11. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    Great to meet some more ADVers

    Will have to take some more time to do it next year, plenty of good roads to for there and back.

    Only wild life I came across were bugs, birds, snakes, lizards the roo's I saw where only around home (as usual).
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  12. upsidedowngreg

    upsidedowngreg Gravel Surfer

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    Far Cairn Rally – bloody good cause so decided I must go. Enlisted a few others from Canberra to share the fun.

    Kicked off from Uriarra Crossing with only one person getting geographically challenged before we started.

    With 20 points of rain overnight a little voice in my head was telling me to avoid Doctors Flat Road and take the tar to Wee Jasper. Little voice drowned out by belligerent, arrogant alpha male voice. You know the one. “Harden the f&@k up you poof and take the fire trail.”

    About 7 kms in and the tread on the Avon Distanzia’s fills with clay and traction disappears. As I attempt to stop the bike the rear end overtakes the front and the bike falls over. I was going so slow I didn’t even fall over myself. But pannier mount breaks off. Repaired later with a piece of wood and some cable ties. It works well and I think I'll keep it. Just need a BMW roundel to put on it.

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    Little voice in heads says “I told you so”. Group consensus is to turn around and take the tar. A high speed run over a great tar road to Wee Jasper eases our frustration.

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    We pick up another rider at Wee Jasper and continue on some slightly slippery roads through to Gundagai and then hit the tar through Junee, Temora, West Wyalong and Lake Cargelligo before a few more kms of dirt into Mt Hope. Setting sun in our eyes and kangaroos make the last 50kms more challenging then they should have been.

    Spent a bloody good night at the pub in Mt Hope. Hosts John and Louise are motorcyclists and put on a good feed, nice clean rooms, and a cooked breakfast too.

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    A few of us headed to the local cricket ground in the morning to watch 4500 racing pigeons being set free. Destination Melbourne. Go figure. Apparently about 20% won’t get there. Taken by hawks/eagles or maybe they just get bored with it.

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    John the publican had told us that the road from Mount Hope through Nymagee to Tottenham was sandy and that he had bogged a truck on it once. Some of us thought that sounded like a fair challenge. Others were nervous. The road turned out to be in excellent condition.

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    Not much at Nymagee except a pub and a few houses.

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    We stopped at the Far Cairn.

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    Then into Tottenham. Set up camp at the showground, then into the pub. Here I met BROTOWNBOY and we spent a couple of hours talking about bikes, family, aeroplanes and generally solved the problems of the world.

    Then back to the rally for a while to check out the bikes. This one has seen better days.

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    Back to pub to watch the rugby. BROTOWNBOY was still there, but he didn’t hang around to watch the rugby. He had an air of confidence about him knowing that the All Blacks weren’t going to have any trouble with the Wobbilies. Pity the All Blacks will choke again at the World Cup. :D

    Sunday saw us fast track the trip home. Arrived at lunch time which should reduce the number of brownie points used up on this trip so I can put them towards another ride soon.
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  13. wato

    wato Been here awhile

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    Greg are you going to paint the stick under coat green like your 1100gs frame
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  14. Fat Bastard

    Fat Bastard Adventurer

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    This is the link to the first part of my Far Cairn Post.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10943348#post10943348

    After getting our Bikes suitably corralled (in the Horse enclosures) & the Tents erected. After a dust flushing Beer our thoughts naturally turned to our Bellies. It was pre arranged that we would eat at the Golf Club Friday for $10 Stake night. A mighty fine T Bone it was too. All venues in Town were well patronized for Dinner so I think the locals were well pleased. By the time we got back to the Showground the Bonfire was well established & the socialising in full swing with a good crowd for the Friday night. After, I don't remember how many drinks, It was already Saturday so time to catch a few zzzzeds. Next thing I remember was lying there in my tent thinking I'd get up & put on a brew. Blow me down, I hear "Woz,,,,, Woz,,,,, are you awake, I've made you a Coffee Mate". No response was the reply. Next I hear again from Paul E "hoy, Fat Bastard there's a Coffee here if you want it" Bloody GOOD brew I must say, Plunge coffee no less. So Woz, I guess ya snooze ya loose. Next order of business.

    Breakfast.

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    Watos 41litre GS1100 Mother ship parked outside the Cafe.

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    Tottenham is the closest Town to the geographic center of NSW. if you want THE real center, you've gotta make the 85 k round trip out to the Cairn (the Far Cairn).

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    Scratch that one off the list, back to Town to refuel & that leaves the rest of the day to relax, catch up with old friends & new. here's a lap around the Showground.

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    Fashions in the Field

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    Unfortunately one of our fellow members & good Mates Mick F came to grief on that round trip from the Cairn. I believe his first question after the off was "where the far cairn heck am I"
    Very sobering to see his once lovely ST 1100 return to camp in this state.

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    End result, arm broken in 2 places, pined & screwed back together in the early hours of Sunday morn. All the best for a speedy recovery Mick.

    To be continued
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  15. BrotherT

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    Curryinahurry, Choccolocco, FatBastard and the other ADV Riders - thanks for the excellent photos and ride reports. Great to meet you guys in person at the rally. Best wishes to Mick on a speedy recovery.
    Cheers
    Brother T
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  16. wato

    wato Been here awhile

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    Great photos guys
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  17. upsidedowngreg

    upsidedowngreg Gravel Surfer

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    That would be just way too silly....so I may just do it..:D
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  18. BROTOWNBOY

    BROTOWNBOY Been here awhile

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    Good reports and photos there thanks guys. Took my camera but somehow the day disappeared without taking any snaps. Good to meet new like minded people. The hp2 performed flawlessly and I was home by mid afternoon laid up on the couch watching a replay of the All Blacks Playing the Wobillies. :lol3 Look forward to Tottenham next year. Pete
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  19. choccoloco

    choccoloco Cabin Fever....

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    I must say that was a fine looking beast. Good to meet you.
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  20. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Anyone heard how much was raised on the weekend at Tottenham?:deal
    Easy trip, didn't make it to the 'Cairn', too busy catching up to everyone :freaky on Sat arvo, 'Kenny Krazyhorse' [XS650] did the trip - no problems!
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    Catch you all down the road.:lol3
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