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    Re: 2022 MotoGP Trip
    Reply #10 on: Nov 15, 2022, 12.36 pm
    Nov 15, 2022, 12.36 pm
    Day Nine
    Lake Bolac to Albury


    We set off early for the Grampians and took the back roads up to Hall's Gap.
    We stopped on the shore of Lake Bellfield and some apparent Motorcycling fishermen delighted to tell us that "the best motorcycle road in the world" (aka Mt Vickory Road) was closed for repairs. At least half a dozen times.  :012:
    As instructed we breakfasted at the Black Panther Cafe in Hall's Gap. And it was good!
    Troy and I explored just how closed Mt Victory Road actually was. After a kilometre or so a council worker made it abundantly clear that the road was indeed closed, just like the signs perhaps indicated!
    Soon after we filled the bikes and headed for the Macedon Ranges. Amazing country.
    We stopped at the Tooborac servo for fuel for the bikes and fuelled ourselves with excellent burgers!
    Riding past Pukapunyal started a Red Gum song in my head,
    Troy & I stopped at Glenrowan for obligatory photos then headed for the Beechworth Bakery. Josh went straight for the accommodation at Albury.
    After some great riding and tasty bakery treats we made it to Albury, fuelled the bike, then gave them a long overdue wash.
    And then it was time for dinner and sleep.










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    Re: 2022 MotoGP Trip
    Reply #11 on: Nov 15, 2022, 01.14 pm
    Nov 15, 2022, 01.14 pm
    Day Ten
    Albury to Cowra


    An amazing day.

    While Josh and I enjoyed breakfast at Thick As Thieves Cafe, I had new Michelin Road 6 tyres fitted at Albury Whitehouse motorcycles. Expensive but excellent tyres.

    Later in the day than usual, we set off heading east. We rode the Riverina Highway over Lake Hume and followed the Murray River through some spectacular country and perfect roads, stopping at the Mount Alfred Lookout to enjoy the scenery. I missed the fact that Troy and Josh stopped for fuel at Walwa and kept on until Corryong where I filled up. I chased their tail up the back of the Snowy Mountains via Swampy Plains Creek Road, Tooma Road and Snow Ridge Road - past the Tooma Reservoir and crossing the scenic Tumut Pond Reservoir whilst seeing glimpses of snow capped peaks in the near distance - and found them waiting for me outside Cabramurra, one of the highest towns in Australia. The ride was incredible. It rivalled the Delegate road for twistiness and the scenery was beautiful.

    We then headed apace along the Snowy Mountains Highway to Tumut, passing the stunning alpine Blowering Reservoir.
    There was a quick photo stop at Gundagai to say g'day to the dog on the tucker box before pressing on for Cowra.









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    Re: 2022 MotoGP Trip
    Reply #12 on: Nov 15, 2022, 01.39 pm
    Nov 15, 2022, 01.39 pm
    Day Eleven
    Cowra to Tamworth


    The swim home begins.

    We left Tamworth in light rain and so I made the critical error of not wearing wet weather pants.
    Big mistake. Rule Number 1 of wet weather gear is to put it on before you need it.

    We rode through my ancestral homes of Neville and Blayney before heading north to Bathurst and a couple of (very slow) laps around the Mount Panorama Circuit.

    The rain was now getting heavier and by the time we made it to Mudgee we were saturated. We found a laundromat and threw our riding gear in the dryers.

    From there we headed to Coolah where we stopped for fuel and food and waited out a thunder storm. But not long enough apparently.
    Soon after leaving Coolah the storm turned and we were hit with torrential rain. With the Premer Road closed due to flooding, we went via the Black Stump Way and Oxley Highway through Mullaley and Gunnedah to Tamworth.

    After hanging up wet riding gear, we dined at the salubrious local Red Rooster and then retired for the night, with rain falling intermittently.







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    Re: 2022 MotoGP Trip
    Reply #13 on: Nov 15, 2022, 02.10 pm
    Nov 15, 2022, 02.10 pm
    Day Twelve
    Tamworth to Home


    The final day started and ended with bad weather.

    The rain followed us out of Tamworth and only abated whilst we ate breakfast at Guyra.
    As we drank our coffee we peered hopefully out of the Truck Stop windows at the lack of precipitation but as soon as we suited up the sky started the waterworks again.
    In the next hundred kilometres I rode through two brief sections of highway where the Z900 let me know that the only traction control it had was in my right hand.
    Aquaplaning is something I really don't want to experience again, but at least I was somewhat ready for it the second time!

    Sometime after Glen Innes the rain stopped and the sun shone.
    My gloves dried out and my demeanour improved.
    I started to enjoy the ride.

    Then 10 kilometres out of Stanthorpe the heavens opened and my gloves were saturated again in seconds.

    We stopped at Warwick for fuel and I said my farewells as Troy and Josh headed off to Dalby.

    As I approached Cunninghams Gap the rain intensified and I entered pea-soup fog. With ten to twenty metres of vision, I tucked in behind a truck and prayed the driver wouldn't career off a cliff.

    Heading into Brisbane I noticed that my riding was more aggressive than a fortnight ago and adjusted it to better suit the conditions.

    It was a both a relief and a sadness to ride into the garage at the end of the journey.
    Great to be home and reunited with family, but the wanderlust had been kindled and it was aching for more.

    That night, the dog woke me up at 3am barking at a possum.
    It took me a good minute to realise that I wasn't in a dodgy unit somewhere on the road, but I was home.

    The Z900 performed admirably.
    It covered over 6,000km in 12 days, through all sorts of weather, and over all sorts of roads.
    My only discomfort was tingling fingers because of the high frequency vibrations.

    I grew to appreciate the bike even more.
    Whilst it came away with a few more scuff marks, it's going stronger than ever.

    The next adventure awaits.





    Last Edit: Nov 15, 2022, 02.27 pm by stuartho

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    Re: 2022 MotoGP Trip
    Reply #14 on: Nov 15, 2022, 08.16 pm
    Nov 15, 2022, 08.16 pm
    Wow, what a trip! what envy! good way to go see motogp!!  :047:

    do you know the amount of fuel used?

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    Re: 2022 MotoGP Trip
    Reply #15 on: Nov 15, 2022, 10.23 pm
    Nov 15, 2022, 10.23 pm
     What a journey!
     Thanks for taking the time to share.

      :047: :821:

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    Re: 2022 MotoGP Trip
    Reply #16 on: Nov 16, 2022, 08.31 am
    Nov 16, 2022, 08.31 am
    Great report, well done

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    Re: 2022 MotoGP Trip
    Reply #17 on: Nov 16, 2022, 01.43 pm
    Nov 16, 2022, 01.43 pm
    *Originally Posted by JordiR [+]
    Wow, what a trip! what envy! good way to go see motogp!!  :047:

    do you know the amount of fuel used?

    It was an epic trip!
    But I just realised tonight that it wasn't quite as epic as I thought.
    I managed to read the speedo wrong and just worked out that I only covered ~5,200km in the 12 days.
    Sometimes we fuelled up multiple bikes from the same bowser so I can't tell you exactly how much juice the Z burnt through, but at an average fuel consumption of 18.2km/litre over that distance it works out to 286 litres. Fuel was one of the cheapest costs of the trip  :008:

     



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