cairns greater region riders

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  1. galbo950

    galbo950 Been here awhile

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    No signs of a big wet at this stage, bit of annoying rain but not enough to flood the bridge to my place, i managed about 5 days off work last year to localised flooding. Sadly nothing this year, i feel a little ripped off as everyone was predicting another big wet.

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  2. outback jack

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    Might see some action this weekend, the monsoon trough is on the march south, so much for the 12 cyclones predicted although it could be a wet March and April a late one. Another wet Easter :cry
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  3. abhibeckert

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    I just hope it stays dry for the next couple of days! It'd be nice to get home dry.

    I rode from cairns to brisbane on the first day of all that flooding down here 4 weeks ago, and rode for *seven hours* in torrential rain with standing water all over the motorway. :puke1
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  4. macdoc

    macdoc Canuck in Cairns

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    I'm good for that Koah ride on the 27th if not too strenuous. Sent a PM
    What is meetup time and where?


    Tried to get through from the Myola Road end but no go - looks like the old rail line would be the only method.
    pics here of the bed of the Barron - so no big wet yet ( last post )

    http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/vbforu...9-Down-Under-on-a-KLR-650-second-season/page2

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    Talked to GF and might have an over night coming next weekend so plotting where to go. She has a one day conference in the South so there is a window for me to explore a bit further.

    Options are Cookstown run or a dive to the south a bit and more mixed National Parks, coastal range.
    Open to suggestions and co-rider(s)

    Just ran GoogleMap 3d on the Cairns to Cooktown and think I will do that for sure
    - just checking if GF wants to do it by car.
    383 km is a nice day starting earlier with lots of time for breaks.
    Any suggestions for things along the way or places to stay in or near Cooktown
    TIA

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    abhibeckert
    Yeah the Copperlode road is 5 minutes from home here in Cairns but went up too early - gates only open at 8 - actually not a bad idea for today - nice ride up - lots of bicycles and hikers - much fun given it's right in the city. Actually will do that this afternoon as no rain threatening and nice to get up a bit higher.
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  5. rallyman

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  6. galbo950

    galbo950 Been here awhile

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    Ok, 3 expressions of interest for Monday. Possible plan is to start at the Koah servo at around 730 - 8am. Do the Clohesy River Road route and come out on Davies Creek Road. Theres a few options on the Clohesy track depending on how people feel. Maybe take a look at Davies Creek Falls while were there for a breather then continue on. Head down Tinaroo Creek Road to Tinaroo for lunch then make our way back. Few different options for the return trip. Sound ok?


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  7. macdoc

    macdoc Canuck in Cairns

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    Map shows the Clohesy Road closed part way in .....or rather permit required plus some gates by the looks of it.

    http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/davies-dinden-bare-hill/about.html

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    something I'm missing? :D

    This and narrower looks fine

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    ( ie Black Mountain north of the Quaid was fine ) but not sure about more rugged as the KLR tires are 80 street and the damn thing is geared high.

    I'll certainly tag along until it looks too gnarly but some heads up as to expected conditions would be appreciated. TIA

    I assume it's this route

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CDoQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnqwildscapes.com%2Fuploaded%2Fdocs%2FClohesy_River_to_Davies_Ck1.pdf&ei=kt5ET6zoJMywiQf3-aiCAw&usg=AFQjCNERWWD9crV4lwNG8xcRr4uQYMLc2A

    Parts in bold?? - how steep is steep? :huh- klr sucks in anything muddy

    and just how "not done" is ignoring the no vehicles signs should there be any??...being a visitor n'all...:ear

    Maybe I'll ride up tomorrow and have a look at the first section...

    Hey found this pic in the area crossing Davies Creek - is that typical ?? Seems doable if not slippery

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  8. macdoc

    macdoc Canuck in Cairns

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    Enjoyed the ride today on Davie's Creek road - much fun BUT no idea how you can go past the end of the road and hook up elsewhere.

    First there is a sign...okay - just a sign
    THEN there is a size large pair of logs about 24" off the ground and with a gap between them than a person or a bicycle can get through - not a hop on a mcycle of any sort..

    and it's a sheer drop on either end of the logs

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    Also the trail is a loop 10 km - 6 hours by foot according to the map and pretty severe. Kahlpalhim Rock trail.

    So no idea how you guys are going to get to Clohesy other than by the highway...

    Davies Creek Road tho is just a lovely ride.

    Explored a bit around Clohesy but the was uncertain of the crossing - looked maybe 1/2 meter deep to the right and about 20 m wide

    Figured out on my own I'd wait on Monday -

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    No where near as pretty as Davies tho I did not go far due to the crossing.

    Overall very dry in the area.

    A few enjoyable hours spent and good coffee across the highway from Davie's turn off - but he's closed Monday.
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  9. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    I cycle some of those tracks often and so can help here.

    Lake Morris road (copperload) is bitumen up to the dam wall and there is a locked gate so you ahve to turn around and exit the same way. yes, there are gates before the water reserve I think they are open between 08:00 and 18:00.

    Chlosey river road (just on the mareeba side of Koah Road house) heads to teh water reserve and comes to a locked gate as well. Before you get to that gate, there is another that is bridal creek, also locked and rocked all around.

    the creek crossings are variable depending on rain.

    IF ON THIS ROAD PLEASE BE CAREFULL - A LOT OF MOUNTAIN BIKERS USE IT FOR TRAINING AND WE GO PRETTY FAST AS WELL.

    Davies Creek, yep, you got as far as you could to that picture of the bars with the narrow gap. After that the road gets VERY bad, its not maintained since Larry. with some others we hiked up to Kaphalim on New Years. there used to be a track through to Tinaroo whcih we tried a few years back and turned around. It pretty much heads to Kaphalim and thats it - and you wont want to hike up there in motro bike kit!

    about 1.5 km before the camping area at Davies creek, there is a track on the left, the other end of Bridle creek. it too has a locked gate.

    Davies creek is a high use traffic area with many water holes and camp sites. the road surface is that really loose slidy gravel - be carefull

    hope that helps

    Hay Ewe
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  10. galbo950

    galbo950 Been here awhile

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    Dont stress, i use the tracks on a regular basis. Theres more than one track that will take us from Clohesy River Road to Davies Creek Road. We can even leave out the hills of death...... There will be a small section of bitumen to take us from Davies Creek to Tinaroo Creek. As for the few locked gates, there are many alternatives so you wont get deported as a result of this trip.


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  11. macdoc

    macdoc Canuck in Cairns

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    cool :freaky

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    yes please :D

    BTW do you go across the river/creek whatever where I took that pic on the Clohesy?

    Nothing like local talent to find the fun.
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  12. galbo950

    galbo950 Been here awhile

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    Yep we'll be crossing that one and about anothr half dozen of them.

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  13. macdoc

    macdoc Canuck in Cairns

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    k- extra pair of socks into the top box :D

    ah where's my old Sherpa when most needed....must admit tho the Honda TL was a treat as well.

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  14. kezzajohnson

    kezzajohnson kezza

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    Hi Guys,

    Not the best photo, taken at Barron Gorge yesterday. it was the sign that amused me.

    Chiming in here for the first time since arriving from Darwin. Me and the Missus have just relocated from NT and am looking forward to some local riding, just like you are planning here.

    Will be tuning in regularly and putting in my two bobs worth on the local thread and getting involved in some of your day rides.

    I ride DR650se and the missus, a DRZ250.

    I have a website (see signature) which is NT orientated, but will be redirecting it to be more FNQ orientated. I like to share rides, photos and videos from rides that I do, through my website and also have DR specific information for owners.
    I have also placed a direct link to the ADV cairns region thread on my bike forums page now, which makes it easier to find than jumbling through the whole ADV site.

    Looking forward to meeting some local adventure riders and getting amongst it.

    be in touch.

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  15. macdoc

    macdoc Canuck in Cairns

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    Hey - more people to ride with. :freaky I'm available most days up to 5 pm - less so on the weekend. Prefer early starts.

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    My riding partner Jay from Canada

    That's him with me on the way to The James Bay Road

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    ( I travel a little lighter -:D have 108 litres of storage inside on the Burgman Exec with the top box and just had to carry 10 ltres of fuel on the buddy seat - one reason I love the KLR - 23 litres in the tank!!! )

    more pics here

    http://www.gtamotorcycle.com/vbforu...mes-Bay-Road-in-June/page2&highlight=matagami

    way the hell and gone north of civilization - I had a caribou running in the bush beside me !!! 380 k between gas stops so we carried fuel. We've done some good rides in the the US - Pennsylvania ( incredibly good roads and mcycle friendly ) and Lake Placid area ( also terrific twisties ).

    Jay is giving serious consideration to coming here in April for couple of months - cross over with me before I leave mid-month April - maybe ride the KLR or rent/buy something.

    Looking for

    accommodation ( a self contained furnished flat ) - there seem some nice ones out in Palm Cove about $200 a week but chime in with ideas.

    Mcycle to buy or rent - dual purpose for shorter rider ( he rides a lowered Vstrom 650 at home. )
    Likely a mountain bike as well.

    Things to do
    He's hiker, diver, skydiver all sorts of outdoor sports so this is heaven for him and made enough money before 40 to take a couple years off ....sigh...he's frugal tho to stretch it
    So he's having fun on a budget.
    He should show up in a bit on here.

    Should be a few more Canucks visit now there is a one hop flight from Toronto.
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  16. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    I rode Chlosey River road this morning on teh mountain bike, creeks are fine, nor more than 10" deep, the deepest one.
    track is good and moist but not wet
    Watch out for wash outs / erosion by the rain, some sharp rocks, they they are probably worse on an MTB!
    of course, that was this morning, could be different tomorrow!

    Enjoy

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  17. macdoc

    macdoc Canuck in Cairns

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    Thanks for update
    Not much rain today so should be okay :huh

    so this one down to 10"??

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    any potholes? in the stream crossing that is...
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  18. galbo950

    galbo950 Been here awhile

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    Stop stressing, the creek crossings will be the least of your worries.... Be more concerned if you hear any banjos playing. Seea at the servo around 730ish.

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  19. macdoc

    macdoc Canuck in Cairns

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    here too eh ? ;)

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    Stressing about my tires especially now its raining....:baby

    Looks like it's not much up on the tablelands - even going to Copperlode yesterday there was light rain in Cairns and nothing up there.

    Looks like the sun is out around 9 with the usual chance of Tstorms.
    http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/hourbyhour/ASXX0161

    Cooler tho which is nice.
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  20. abhibeckert

    abhibeckert Long timer

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    I'd love to see a map or gpx file with those alternatives. :ear

    Connecting davies creek to tinaroo would mike my weekend visits to family a whole lot more interesting. The only riding area I really know is south west of atherton/herberton.
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