I've been up in lovely S E Qld for about a week (it really wasn't all that warm). I'd like to thank Pete (One off) for his hospitality for keeping me for a few nights and showing me some really great ride locations. It was also great to meet up with the English couple who had their bike in bits all over the workshop. How you can ever get that back together again without having some bits left over is beyond me. However, seeing Kevin & Karen working together is inspiring.
Well I started my return trip home on Saturday, went through Grafton NSW and headed on out to Armidale. I got approx 50k's from Grafton and meet a semi-trailer on a sharp left hand bend. I honestly thought it could be done. So I just kept going and his trailer just kept coming across the road at me. I less than a foot of bitumen to go before the edge when my right side pannier hit the trailer and sent me over the edge. I high ended over the bars and somersaulted with a cushioned landing into lantana further on down the bank. I don't know how I got out unscathed, but I did! I just had trouble climbing up the bank with the loose gravel.
The truckie stopped, he thought I'd be dead or severely injured. He the poor bastard was more shaken than me. He went up the hill further to get some phone reception and called a tow. Half hour later the towie turned up and that was when the work started. It was bloody difficult getting the bike up the slope. Luckily a good Samaritan stopped and gave us some assistance.
If anything I'm sore today from the muscle strain of righting the bike so it could be winched up the hill. Maybe I should have titled this "The Accidental Grafton Tourist". I went to the police this morning and reported the accident and saw a little of Grafton. Came back to my hotel room and just slept the rest of the day.
I've been trying to post some of the picts, but haven't been successful. I'll try again.