Banjo Patterson Rides Again

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  1. Frugal Biker

    Frugal Biker n00b

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    On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,
    And men of religion are scanty,
    On a road never crossed 'cept by folk that are lost,
    One Michael Magee had a shanty.

    Has there ever been, what I've not seen,
    A poet that says so much more,
    The Banjo is dead but surely he's head,
    Of Australia's outback folklore.

    Frugal is my name, my nature is the same,
    And I'm heading off round Australia,
    I'm following some track that'll take me outback,
    And guided by a book that won't fail ya.

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    Money is not my thing, I can do without all that bling,
    And riding motorbikes is my game,
    I camp only where it's free, all in the name of liberty,
    And please feel free to do the same.

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    Laying in my tent I'm most content,
    Watching the stars move on by,
    Paying no rent only time is spent,
    Happiness is something money can't buy.

    Cheers, Frugal
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  2. Frugal Biker

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    I could ride the XR1200, it's better suited for gravel roads with it's larger front wheel and more relaxed riding position, but it's the only bike I own that's still in mint condition and I want to keep it that way. Besides, it doesn't have a luggage rack and the Guzzi sounds better anyway.

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    I've fitted a set of Shinko E705's, a more robust tyre than most and they should give me a bit better grip on the gravel. Starting from home in the Dandenongs, I plan to cover as many places that I know of that are mentioned in Banjo's poems going as far north as Isisford in Queensland (can you guess the poem?) before heading towards home down the Birdsville track. Of course a track called Oodnadatta can't be ignored so I'll investigate that as well.
    Cheers, Frugal.
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    "For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know."
    To follow your dream is an excellent theme for a ramble !

    I always thought it strange that the Geebung Polo Club is in Melbourne and not in Geebung Brisbane.
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    'And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him'

    I've ponded this question too. There are two Campaspe rivers, one just west of Charters Towers and the other runs into the Murray at Echuca, I don't know but I'm guessing that infamous polo match was played on the banks of the latter, perhaps someone can put me straight.

    'By the old Campaspe River, where the breezes shake the grass,
    There's a row of little gravestones that the stockmen never pass,
    For they bear a rude inscription saying, 'Stranger, drop a tear,
    For the Cuff and Collar players and the Geebung boys lie here.'
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    Unfortunately Wilson the drone is not in a fit state to come on the trip. Being Chinese I suppose it's not his fault that he didn't understand English, just simple words like 'whoa', 'steady up there' and 'come back ya bastard'. Anyway I'll leave him hanging up at the back door as an example for his replacement who is yet to arrive in the mail.
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    So it's time for the off, the first destination has got to be the Snowy River, but that may not be the first applicable poem, I hear it's a steep rocky track to where I'm going.

    Now look, you see, it's this way like--
    You cross the broken bridge
    And run the crick down, till you strike
    The second right-hand ridge.

    I apologize up front that my posts may be a tad spasmodic, I rely on free wifi on my travels.

    Cheers, Frugal.
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    The first spot I want to visit is McKillop's bridge, it spans the Snowy River. It's a day's ride from home, well not quite a day but I didn't want to tackle it after a long ride, so I camped just east of Lakes Entrance.

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    McKillop's bridge is up past Buchan and turn off to the right. Well, the road into the bridge wasn't that bad at all, the surface was pretty good. It's a sight better than the road to Hogan's Gap, you just wouldn't want to have a mishap.

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    'For look, if you should miss the slope
    And get below the track,
    You haven't got the slightest hope
    Of ever getting back.'

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    Being Easter, there was a bit of traffic about, dust from speeding SUV's was the only problem, no doubt.
    I could have camped at this lovely spot.
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    But there was plenty of time to move onto Jindabyne.

    Cheers, Frugal.
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    Sorry about the lack of updates, I'm just too knackered when I'm on the road.
    The good news is that I've made it to Birdsville, the bad news is that the track is not too flash. So I'm thinking of going north to Mt Isa and then west to Tennant Creek, down through Alice Springs and we'll see what the Oodnadatta Track is like when I get to Marla.
    A few days ago on the way up I camped at Mt Panorama, at the top of the Bathurst race track.
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    I didn't know the origins of the saying 'Beyond the black stump', but it was a survey marker at Blackall in outback Queensland.
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    On the outer Barcoo I passed that track that's never crossed except by folk that are lost.
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    Last night I camped just west of Wendorah on the way to Birdsville.
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    Cheers, Frugal
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