pre Christmas ride
Last weekend I went for a ride that I had planned for a mate as I was supposed to be away for work, but this was changed at the last minute. Started at Windsor and did the Putty Road. We only had light rain for about 30 seconds so we were very lucky I guess considering the forecast. Road was a little damp in places, but still good.
Stopped just before Denman for a break then on through to Merriwa where we had a wander around town before heading towards Willow Tree. Road was nice for the first 5km, but then became gravel, which must have been a loose term, because it looked alot bigger than the gravel I'm used to. Similar to the stone used under railway track.
This was fine for me, but my two partners in crime were on a street triple and CB400! Not adventure bikes, but soon to become the newest version of them. Rode got worse for them and a guy in a 4wd stopped and gave us warning of the dodgy road, but then some tar and then more gravel. We were about to turn around when he said a guy rode past him on a GSXR the week prior.
Off we went again and the road did turn to tar with large potholes and head up over a twisty mountain, which the vee ate up. Stopped at the top to video the guys coming over but they didn't turn up. Some time later Ray comes over and Says Eric has a flat! Down we go. Get there the see a large piece of wire sticking out of the rear tyre and Eric saying he has no reception and wants NRMA! Being a cub (never made scoutts) I plugged and re inflated the tyre in about five minutes to their amazement. They now know that adventure riders need to come prepared.
Set off again and it was a fantastic ride to Willow Tree with smooth gravel and then long flowing tar. Went past the Pink church in the middle of nowhere and lots of photo ops. Got to Willow Tree and checked the tyre and then on to Quirindi to the Terminus Hotel. $30 a room and nice and clean. Great feed and a chat with the local ladies having a night out away from their hubbies. I thought I could drink but they had me clean. They were doing rums as quick as I could drink half a schooner! I should have drunk more as I found the station is about 40 metres from my room and numerous freight trains go through all night and tooted the horn to advise me of this.
Next morning we changed our plans as we knew the rood I had planned was a good unsealed road, but Eric had lost his confidence re his tyre. No pressure lost over night so off we went. Headed to the New England HWY and down to Scone. Nice bit of road considering and we all had a bike swap. I could not believe how someone can squeeze themselves in to a CB400 and then how bad it turned. Quick check found 45psi in the front tyre! Changed to 32 and it was much better but short lied as I wanted to get back to the V lounge! Ray is a shorted guy and I missed the opportunity to ride his Street Triple as he cant get his feet down on the strom.
Feed at Scone then took the Gundy Rd out to the daqm to check out the wall as Ray loves dams. Its big but cant get up on it unfortunately. Left there for the planned ride continuing south and taking the back road to Singletion, but the bridge was closed and stuffed it all up. Looking at the bridge we saw a section of a flat concrete bridge had dropped down and not usable for cars. They had placed a large pile of dirt either end, but Eric decided he needed cred after his tyre debarkle and made a ramp up the side to get on. We wiggled his CB up and I easily rode the V up. Ray didn't like the idea of scratching his black beast and decided to take the long way round.
Rode the bikes over the dodgy bit and parked on the other side in the shade before taking a great swim in the river while waiting. Ray turned up and off we went to Singleton before another quick drink (33 degrees there) and off through to Wollimbi and back to Sydney on the Great North Road then good old freeway 1. Was that tired from lots of riding we even gave the bends a miss near Brooklyn.
Was a great ride and have lots of pictures on the phone only to have the dreaded apple issue and now cannot get them off! I will see the others and try to get the shots from them as there are some nice ones. I recomend this ride for those who like road, but want to give a little gravel a go. Its was very scenic and about 6hrs in the saddle each day. i had done an optional ride as part of each day, but the tyre thing stopped that. It also showed the guys how versitile the big v is and now Eric is putting the CB on the matrket and awaiting the new 1000 to see what its like, otherwise he might look at the glee.
I hope to get the pics on here asap. thanks for reading and only 24 days til my next long ride and this time I should have my new gopro on board. I'm doing lots of rides now as my work is sending me O/S in Jan and not much riding to be done where I'm going as its a small island.
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