{Australia} Off to Mitta Mitta....

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  1. WnRn

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    Road trip report to Mitta Mitta for the Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting Sixth Annual Australia Meeting March 13-15, 2009

    The day before....

    Packed ready to go..... Roll on the next morning.... Rain, hail or shine...

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    Late Tuesday afternoon Helge arrives. His BMW is a now running really well after nearly a full engine, gearbox and final drive rebuild.

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    Wednesday morning. No rain as forecast. We are aiming to spend the first night on the road at Geehi Hut in the Snowy Mountains. Lilly and me on the LT and Helge on his R80 G/S battle the Sydney morning traffic to the Royal National Park and arrive at Bald Hill.

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    Then on down to Macquarie Pass. We are the last lot of vehicles to be allowed up the pass as they are about to close it for road works. A great fang is had by both of us as we boom up the pass. Then onto Moss Vale and then 44 boring kilometers to Goulburn. We take a small detour to look at the War Memorial there. This over looks the city.

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    Leaving Goulburn we travel down via Lake Bathurst and the east side of Lake George. Lunch stop at Queanbeyan, which is in NSW and I see a statue of the founder of Canberra in the ACT. John Gale. Strange that he would be on display in NSW.

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    The terrain heading towards the Snowy Mountains is very barren and wind swept in places. Almost Alien like.

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    There are not enough words in the motorcyclists thesaurus to describe the Alpine Way in the Snowy Mountains. It is beyond belief how good this road is. When you see a sign that tells you that there are 66kms of twisty road ahead you know that this is going to be the best. It was hot in Jindabyne when we refueled. As we started to climb up the mountains we came closer and closer to the dark clouds over Thredbo. It was freezing. We didn't care. We owned this road. No one in front of us to spoil the corners.

    Once over the top and down the other side heading to Geehi Hut we left the clouds behind. Soon we arrived at the Geehi Plain. Brilliant sunshine lit the camp grounds as we arrived. The locals had gathered to welcome us to their home. The hut was built in 1952 and is right next to the Swampy Plains River. It is watched over by the majestic Kosciuszko Range.

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  2. Horton

    Horton Been here awhile

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    Beautiful ride on beautiful vintage bikes :thumb

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  5. WnRn

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    Day Two....

    Yesterday was a long day for us all. We were on the road at 5:45am. No wonder we all hit the sack by 8:30pm. Dumb bums was the order for the day. We did not sleep in the Geehi Hut as there are signs up saying that camping is not allowed. The building is heritage listed now. Last thing we wanted to a Ranger throwing us out of the hut at 10pm and we would then have to pitch our tents in the dark.

    Day two dawned with the warm rays of the sun reaching down to us. We knew it was going to be another superb day for a ride.

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    As the morning warmed mist started to rise from the Swampy Plains River.

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    Breakfast is prepared and our camp site packed up. Bring on the twisties.

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    As we left Geehi Hut the locals came out to see us off. Roos stood erect and stared at us as we crawled up the dirt road. They do not understand the thrill that was just about to start again. The Alpine Way.

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    We stuck to the speed limits right through out this trip. Yet we still were making great time. So stop offs to take photos in no way slowed us down. This lookout over looks where we had come from.

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    As we stood talking to other travelers at the lookout we heard this almighty cracking sound. It was a tree coming down. Where we did not know. We mounted up and headed back onto the Alpine Way. Thats when we found where the tree had come down. Not 100 meters from the turn off to the lookout here is the tree across the road. It was blocking the way we had come from. Had we have been 15 minutes later leaving Geehi Hut the road would have been blocked for us. As we headed down to Khancoban Snowies Worker's 4x4 headed up to the blocked road.

    Victoria was beckoning us. Lilly was excited about crossing a state line. She had never done this before.

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    We crossed into Victoria. The weather started to change.

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    The sun was slowly drifting away behind us. It was getting colder. Rain splattered my screen. They need rain so much down there after the worst bush fires in recorded Australian history took so many lives a few weeks back. We were not unhappy to see the rain.

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    By no means did the rain stop us enjoying the hills and dales. We still punted along through the corners like this was the last one.

    Our destination for the nights stop over was at Bethanga. We had floor space, a great home cooked meal and great new bike mates to meet at Charlie's place.

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    Dinner at Charlie's place will be posted next. Stay tuned.

    Photo credits. Lilly and myself.
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  6. auRoscoe

    auRoscoe Cerebral Failure!

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  7. Shmerel

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    yeah, really nice, great pics and words. good job.

    i love riding in that area. so serene and pristine.
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    Great pics and tale, looking forward to more.
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    Great RR and Pictures Ross!! :thumb

    Cant wait for more!!

    Bring it on!!

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    great picture.. I like these pictures...

    Wanna know smoething why riding here in Indonesia is so damn great too..? Coz we have no speed limit! The limit is where your maximum speed that your engine can reach! hahahaha... :pynd

    Thx for sharring brother!
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    Future, top pics and beeeyootiful bikes :clap

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Stay at Charlie's...

    Charlie (AirBear) from the Boxerworks forums http://www.boxerworks.com/message.php opened his house to us knowing we were coming down his way. I have wanted to meet the Aussie Bozerworks guys and now was the perfect chance. Charlie arranged for George and Jeff to have dinner with us too.

    Charlie owns a well ridden 1974 R90/6 "Brunhilde".

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    George arrived first on his Outfit, "Siegfried". Of course I asked for a ride. Not having had the joy of the 3rd wheel for about 3 years I could not help myself.

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    A quick spin and it all came flooding back to me. "Helge come for a ride in the chair and video us riding....." Helge jumped at the chance. Video is uplaoding as I type. I will post it later.

    Helge and me about to burn up the tar. Photo by George Stahl.

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    Off we tore through Bethanga..... Photo by George Stahl.

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    This was the icing on the cake for me. The ride so far had been unbelievably good. To ride the outfit was amazing. Thank you so much George for letting me do this.

    What a great night it was too. Superb food cooked by Charlie.

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    Charles, Helge, Jeff, Ross, Lilly. Photo by George.

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    Great discussions about airhead BMWs were had. All things sidecars was thrown better George and I. Both Jeff and Helge shared their troubles they have had with their bikes. Helge explaining as they started to fix small things on the bike they found even bigger problems like camshafts that look like the engine had been filled with grinding paste. The cams had worn that much. Jeff about how one small spring broke in his engine and caused a major rebuild. New old crankshaft and heads rebuilt.

    Me, Charlie, Jeff and George.

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    Jeff's R100RS. He has owned it for 18 years. He calls it his Messerschmitt ME109.

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    Was a great night. Lilly sat patently as we old BM farts rattled on.

    Tar Brothers.

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    Sunset as seen from Charlie's house.

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    Charlie thank you so much for opening your home to us and feeding us a wonderful dinner.

    Charlie, Jeff and George it was great to meet you all. Can't wait to see you again guys.

    Next installment.... South to Mitta Mitta.

    Photo credits: Myself, Helge and George Stahl
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    Day Three...

    Overnight it had rained while we are at Charlie's. What would the weather greet us with today? Sunshine. Lots of it too. We pack and thank Charlie for his generosity. We must be off.

    The view from the lookout above Bethanga.

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    Lake Hume . The Bridge at Bell Bridge.

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    We had to make a quick detour up to Albury so Helge could get a new tail light globe. It was starting to get hot. The type of heat that brings thunderstorms. They would come. Just not yet.

    With Helge's GPS leading us off we went for the last leg to Mitta Mitta. Amazing roads passed beneath our wheels. Smooth, fast flowing corners that followed the the contours of the terrain as we road past the Lake Hume.

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    On the Locharts Gap Road.

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    Locharts Gap.

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    We turn onto the Omeo Hwy. My excitement levels are rising. We are getting closer to Mitta Mitta and the meetings. I am looking out for the mileage markers on the side of the road as they count down how far we have left.

    The Omeo Hwy follows the Mitta Mitta river. The road snakes and weavers its way up and down the hills. The surface is so smooth and free flowing. We are making great time and loving every corner. This will soon stop. We have arrived.

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    After checking in with Dave from Horizons Unlimited we set up camp. We pitched our tents out the back of the pub. Up above us we had the pub. Down below we had the burbling waters of the river. The following day this river would be roaring.

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    Tent city would grow through out the afternoon and the next day. There was also the option of staying up the road at the caravan park. Behind the pub was great for us.

    Dinner was your typical good country pub fare. I went real cheap this trip. So much so that I was ordering the kids meals for myself and Lilly. Why pay $19 for a meal when you can pay $6.50. The salad bar was free. So I heaped up the greens too. I lost weight while on this trip. An even better bonus.

    Dinner the first night. New friends and old.

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    Next update. The bikes that were at the meet. The meet ride.

    Photo credits: Myself, Helge and Lilly.
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  15. Rossco

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  16. Jedediah

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    Future,

    Nice report. One day I will get to your neck of the woods. Yours is such a vast place. And big distances.

    Looks like a great group of people so far.

    Cheers,

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  17. WnRn

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    Sorry for the delay in updating. Today thought I would show a small selection of the bikes that attended the HU meeting. Some have come all the way from overseas. Others have left here done a big overland trip and then come back home. Some like me dream of doing this. Next update will have more bikes and a ride up to Dartmouth Dam.

    Yes there is a postie bike under there.

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    Daniel from Switzerland on his Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Ténéré. He rode overland through Iran to India on this bike.

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    Michael & Colleen Tharme on their 1200GS. They traveled in 2008, Moscow from London.

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    All the way from the UK. 2 up. Lady pillion is blind.

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    China and Russia 2008. Garry Chadwick
    Vietnam to Italy on a maxi-scooter. He also rode a 125 in China.

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    Bruce C. Filling up the ER.

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    Photo credits: Just me this time.
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  18. Shmerel

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    I would like to add, as a participant at this meeting, that on the Saturday night some bastard stole the throttle rocker off my R12GS.

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  19. pirate201

    pirate201 and the Mighty Greeen One

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    Great stuff Guy's.... thanks for taking the time to post...
    one thing though... wouldn't be safer to ride on the right side of the road ???.... I'd hate to see your trip cut short... safety first is what
    I allways say....
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  20. WnRn

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    Mitta Mitta had not seen good rain for sometime. The HU Meeting brought it for them. Saturday dawned clear. But we knew by the clouds in the distance that this would not last all day. Tent city out the back of the pub has started to grow.

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    A group ride had been arranged for Saturday morning up to Dartmouth Dam. The road was narrow and twisty. We had been warned about the gravel on the road. Did some of us remember? No. Helge was in front of me. I see him sliding. Then both of my wheels let go. The BM handles it well. Sideways and forwards and soon have grip again. Helge is now looking down at his back wheel for oil. It was not that. It was the gravel we forgot about. Fine ball bearing gravel. A few others got caught out on this corner too. No one came down. Shows how experienced the riders at this meet are.

    Thanks to Daniel for the below photos. You can see the rest at Daniel's site. http://www.zeller.cx/zenphoto/HUBB09/

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    You can tell how bad the drought is here in Australia when you see the dam levels. They are shockingly low.

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    Lilly and me made our way back down to Mitta Mitta from the dam. Off in a park was some of the earth equipment that was used to construct the dam. Huge bits of now rusting metal. The BM Tractor doing what it does best. Hauling large objects. ;-)

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    Some more to the bikes at the meet. These 3 are all from Europe.

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    Robin Box from Touratech/Safari Tanks.

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    A few hours after everyone was back from the ride the rain came. Heavy rain. Rain that could have an Ark built for it. This did not stop us all going up to the Community Hall for the presentations of Saturday night. Well it was only a few 100 meters up the road.

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    Margaret Peart gave a power point presentation on her Iron Butt rides in the USA. Wonderful phottos. How she finds time to take photos when she has to do 1000 miles in 24 hours I don't know. But she does. She used an F650 BM and R1200GS BM in the USA. Now she is off around the world on a V-Strom. Go girl.

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    Over the course of the weekend many presentation where held. Lilly and I did not attend them all.

    * RTW on an Iron Butt
    o Margaret Peart
    ...or how to combine RTW-ing with Iron Butt endurance riding - and still manage to see things.
    * South and Central America, alone or two bikes?
    o Roly Gough-Allen
    Buenos Aries to San Diego in 4 months 11 weeks with a mate, and 7 weeks alone, pro's and con's of each!
    * Getting ready to go - where do you start?
    o John & Alanna Skillington
    Some practical planning tips for organising the big trip.
    * Planning Europe & Russia
    o Michael & Colleen Tharme
    How we planned our 2008 trip to Moscow from London on 1200GS two up.
    * Equipment - the good the bad and the ugly
    o Chris Cowper
    Some of the gear I used, and should not have used.
    * China and Russia 2008
    o Garry Chadwick
    Vietnam to Italy on a maxi-scooter and a local Chinese 125
    * Riding Mongolia
    o Scott Weinhold
    Advice and inspiration for riding across Mongolia, the best country in the world for offroad travel.
    * London to Vladivostok for charity
    o Mick McDonald
    The pros and cons of riding for charity
    * Central America
    o Ben Holland
    Solo in Central America
    * For Women Only
    o Panel discussion.
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