Perth to Townsville and return

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  1. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Arrived in Townsville.
    A bit knackered.
    It’s warm up here !

    More tyre porn.
    Now done 10,600kms.
    Booked in for a new one tomorrow.

    The front has done about 18,000kms.
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  2. Gadget_65

    Gadget_65 Adventurer

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    Looks pretty squared-off. What's with the big chicken strips? No bends up there?
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  3. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    It’s only been on the bike since this May in Perth winter and as every says, they are shit in the wet.
    I am very wary of cornering on them in the wet.
    In early June I rode across the Nullarbor to the Farina Rally, then back to Perth.
    Lots of straight lines.

    Then, two weeks later I left Perth in heavy rain on this trip.
    Rained all the way to nearly Port Agutta and then we went up the track to Birdsville.
    So it hasn’t had much time to get into corners.
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  4. rossguzzi

    rossguzzi 990 Adv.

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    You turned left at Pt Agutta didnt you ? What more could you want ?
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  5. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    I could be in worse places.

    Got to remember to vote in the Freo by election today.
    I couldn’t do it before I left as nominations hadn’t closed.
    Last I heard, the Libs weren’t going to run a candidate.
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  6. Dave Ward

    Dave Ward Long timer

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    In a David Attenborough voice;

    "Even when very far from its home territory, the wandering mature Eaglebeak will seek out the environs in which it normally spends many hours of the day."
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  7. dirty dennis

    dirty dennis are we there yet

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    That looks a lot like the coffee club on the strand
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  8. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Correct !
    A very nice young ‘Merican waitress.
    Oh to be 21 again ! :D
    (but without the numbnuts stupidity)

    Out that way again tonight for a bite with a group.
    A very well done piece of waterfront development.
    Cottesloe council in Perth could learn a thing or two from this place.
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  9. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Spent the morning replacing my squared off K60 and making sure I got my voting done.

    Then I went and had a little tour of one of the bases here, making sure our tax dollars are being spent wisely.

    If I’d known they had these things when I was a lad, I’d have joined up years ago.
    Sneaking around the Torres Strait playing the nautical wanderer on one of them sure beats paddling across.


    And again, my theory on WA (and Australia in general) being one big country town, came into play again.
    Chatting to the female contractor at the guardhouse, she grew up in Derby, WA and spent a lot of time on Cockatoo Island before it closed in the late 80’s, she also knew two friends of mine that worked there.
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  10. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Hanging out today at a multi sport race with my Townsville mate.
    Cold mornings with heavy dew, up to about 24-25 degrees by midday . . gotta be better than Perth right now.

    Going to take the bikes across to Maggie Island tomorrow.

    Argh, retirement. Bliss. :lol3
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  11. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Magnetic Island on the bikes.
    A top spot.

    With an obligatory pic from my chair in the coffee shop . . just for Wardy.
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  12. Checkmate3

    Checkmate3 Been here awhile

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    Best time of the year in FNQ,

    iddy
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  13. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Finally back in the road after a great 4 days hanging with my Townsville mate.
    A big hard to leave his couch and TV actually.
    :lol3

    Sitting in Ayr now, waiting for Tony on the CB500XA to join me after his ride down from Cairns this morning.
    Then we’ll head south to link up with my brother who has been visiting in Bundaberg and Brisbane.

    I have no real route plans moving forward. I want to eventually get to Robe, SA and Kangaroo Is, before heading home.
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  14. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Our 4th member is further south, heading home earlier and has suggested the Oxley from Port Macquarie and the Pacific Hwy towards Tamworth ?

    I’ll have to dig out my other maps, I still only have SA and QLD ones readily accessible at the moment.
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  15. Gone Troppo

    Gone Troppo Somewhat bemused observer

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    Yes - do the Ox!
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  16. GelandeRoadie

    GelandeRoadie Been here awhile

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    Hi @Eaglebeak , you could try heading towards Biggenden, then south towards Goomeri (there are a couple of nice easy options off the Broowena Woolooga Rd e.g. Running Creek Road, watch out for stock, this will bring you out at Kilkivan; then head for Kinbombi to Kilcoy Murgon Rd).


    Then Kilcoy / Murgon Road to Kilcoy. As an option, try the Monsildale Rd (turn off just north of Jimna; there are some concrete water crossings; one in particular has a reputation as being slimy).


    Then towards Esk, skirting the Wivenhoe Dam.


    Skirt Ipswich and do either of these options:

    1. Head for Ripley Rd – general direction to Beaudesert. There are some decent twisties heading up the Mount Lindsay Highway towards Woodenbong – watch for trucks though.


    Then head to Woodenbong, Urbenville and pick up Hootens Rd just south of Bonalbo (home to some Olympic kayak or canoe type people – you may know of them?).


    2. Or as an alternative from Ipswich, head for Boonah, then Carneys Creek, White Swamp then Paddys Flat.



    Once at the Bruxner Highway, head west towards Tenterfiled on the Bruxner Highway (the equal of the Oxley IMHO).


    If you have time and don’t mind missing the twisties, consider using Rocky River Rd (a few KM’s before Drake Village – signed as Long gully Rd). This is a fantastic stretch.


    Hope this gives you some ideas. Reading this back now, it may be a bit confusing, let me know if you need a Google map (I’ll see if I can put one together).


    One last thing, both the Oxley and Bruxner run east west, so time of day can be an issue riding into the sun.
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  17. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    We woke to ash everywhere in Ayr. They still burn the cane.
    Best Motel I have ever stayed in “Country Ayr Motel”, Queen St. Japanese lady in reception.
    Complimentary smorgasbord breakfast and dinner was also a smorgasbord at $29/head European and Japanese quisene.

    This Citreon was next to us. Injected 2.8 4, 1974 (?). Apparently has a $16,000 paint job and original high back front seats.
    Possibly in Mackey tonight catching up with a mate of Tony’s.
    On target to meet my brother Friday in Toowoomba. I have an old work boss I thought of catching up with in Brisbane but I am reluctant to go into the city.
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  18. dirty dennis

    dirty dennis are we there yet

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    Looks like I'll just miss you. Back at work for a couple of days then be in Kingcliffe again on sunday night! Hopefully a loop around the wivenhoe dam on the Monday en route to Rocky on Monday
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  19. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Slow progress heading south, the plan now is for Tony and I to link up with my brother west of Brisbane in Warwick.
    Tonight we are in Monto.

    I gotta say, a lot of traffic on the east coast, especially this bit coming down from Cairns to Rockhampton and the roads are pretty poor and only single lane each way. Heaps of speeding trucks.

    We dropped in an old neighbor of Tony’s in Mackay.
    Dick is a very switched on 80 year old. Lives in a retirement unit in one of those enormous villa complexes, drives a 3 year old V6 Commodore at quite silly speeds and builds model planes.
    Back in Germany he used to fly real ones but gave it away in Oz in the 60’s as he found it “was too expensive and there were too many rules”.
    He also races V8’s in his spare room (see pics).
    Check out the pilot he found for the big glider. (It has a fold away prop once airborne)

    After finding a small nick in Tony’s tyre the morning after we camped on the side of Cooper Creek some days ago, we plugged it with a bloody old, dry, stringy plug that Tony grabbed from his old Tojo before leaving Perth.
    I thought it looked okay but it has been loosing a few PSI every day over the last 2,000 kms, so today in Westwood, we grabbed some shade near the pub and pushed it back in and replaced it with a fresh plug I had. That took all of 10 minutes.
    This time it went in much easier so I am hopeful the problem lay with the first one having very dry and possibly “off”, pre glue stuff.
    (Btw, I never use any extra glue, I just use the sticky tar like glue on the string and have done about 8 successful repairs that way. One time, riding a further 4,000 kms with 2 plugs, in 2 separate holes in a tyre.)

    So hopefully all’s good when we do a cold pressure check tomorrow.

    Starting to get colder again, which is good, I only have my winter gear with me. :D
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  20. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    The characters you meet along the way !

    Two blokes in a tent just up from us in Monto. Traveling with two dogs, one a dingo cross the other equal in size.
    On their way to a wedding in Kingaroy.

    This morning I wander into the toilet block early and find one guy in there taking a dump with the two dogs in the cubicle with him. One has a little growl at me and he settles it down,
    “Now be polite, there’s no need for that behavior”.

    I finish, wash my hands while seeing one dog still peering at me under the cubicle door.

    As I leave, the park operator comes in (very tidy place, always checking supplies etc)
    and as I walk away I hear
    “Argh, mate, ya can’t have ya dogs in here !”

    His exasperated tone gave me the impression he had other issues with this bloke.
    I pissed myself all the way back to our camp. :rofl
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