The Events of MEGAAAA_RIIIIIIDE!! I should point out first up that this is cross posted identically and simultaneously between ADVRider and Stromtrooper. The planning (if you can call it that :)http://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17078) all occurred on Stromtrooper and somehow before it came to fruition I bought a DR and took it instead of the Strom. I figure I'll be spending a bit more time on ADV so it won't hurt to contribute it there too. I'm not the only Strommer on this trip that's bought a DR either...a trend perhaps? It ended up not being a Megaaa-Riiide together I guess, but a mixup of different people on different days - bit of a different format. James (brother) came down from Brisbane for days 2-4 etc. Novel. New faces most days. Day1 - 16/11/07: I was a little late to meet Pablo and Carolyn at Mackers Dural, let's not get into that. To Wisemans Ferry and onto Old Northern Rd. Time for a little sidetrack play on the new toy. Rocky little side track - it's nice to have a bit more ground clearance and a bash plate: Right onto George Downes and left at "The Letter A" odd name for a town? We took a leftie down to Basin Camp. I had been down this trail once before on the Strom and I don't remember it being quite this rough? Of course, that doesn't show up in the pics . . Pablo just before the avatar shot: Carolyn at the same spot: All seemed to be going swimmingly - I was stopped playing silly buggers with the camera. Pablo, check . . .Carolyn? Err, No. 5 mins backtrack, a quick check of wrists and noggins before the obligatory pic . . . Then - I think someone's taking the piss out of me? Just for that - from the other side: It took 10 mins for the TDM to agree to start again and away we went once more. A quick lookout stop: Into Cessnock for a burger before Pablo turned home, Carolyn and I took mostly big roads to get to Port Macquarie by about 8pm. James had been there for about 45 mins by then having ridden down from Brisbane with some sport-bike blokes from work. Showers, Sips, Food, Sleep. One memory of the food. The lass that served us at SSS steakhouse (there's a few around) showed us the shank that forms part of 'The Shank Challenge.' Any entree followed by a 2.5KG (5.5 LB) beef shank. If you can finish that they give you dessert. If you can finish that they give you a hat (woot woo!!) and put your name on a plaque on the wall . . . If you're feeling SHANKY you know where to go!