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Title: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 01, 2013, 04:05:57 PM
Dang...I had a prang!

My beloved '89 build DR650RS has smacked the country. First time in over four years of riding daily that the bike has ever been on its side. No major damage and I only have a badly sprained big toe.

But, so much for Echuca...... ::)


Plan was, leave satdy morning for my weekend away...first stop, my secluded dam near Redcastle to try for a feed of yabbies and some dirtwork. Thing is I didn't get away til 1pm and didn't set my first yabby net till after 3pm.....leaving me precious little time to catch, cook and devour and then go onto Stewart's Bridge vinduro, a further 2 hour ride. So I decided to camp the night and adopt plan B. Head off sunday at 6-6.30am for the vinduro to take pics.

Anyway, I set two drop nets and went for a ride....did about 7-8klm through the trees, goldmines and just visible old cart tracks. About 2klms from camp I was in a new area and had lost the track I was on but knew my bearings. Making a beeline down an incline the now unliked front tyre (Trailwing that has served me well) started drifting wide in a right turn on the thick carpet of leaves and were heading for some arm thick saplings...doing 25klm's I'd say. In an effort to gain some control I snatched left and headed straight downhill instead of the angle I was cutting....missed the saplings now on my right okay but before I could go for brakes I was airborne....

Landing was for laughs only and pitched me straight into a 5 feet deep depression, this is where the DR smacked country. Rocks, leaves and the remains of a tree stump stopped it. It wasn't a hole as such but more the ground all around an old tree has been built up with mullock. Took me an hour to muscle the bike out of there. I was acutely aware I had damaged my right big toe...dunno exactly how. I rue changing boots.


3pm....campsite has not been touched. Fireplace is all good and the log bench is all intact...even the wood I left last time. Quite a few saplings are taking over the campsite even......

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Caught total 33 with both nets first lift......they're hungry too!

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Said minor damage....from a tree stump that left a graze on my glove....screen is shagged.

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Mirror stalk has cracked the thread as it over-tightened on impact.....

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Right sidecover copped it hard, I think my foot was caught in there against rocks...there was no-one to asked what happened!

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After extracting the bike and returning I had heaps of yabbies and it wasn't until dusk that I settled back for dinner.....

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Had a feast and thanked my lucky stars. Went to bed about 10pm but could not sleep. Cramping badly and with a sore big toe I tossed and turned. By 4am plan C was comin' about.

A leisurely morning, take some live yabbies and head home.

I can barely walk. Riding the bike was a blessing, it was about 30c at lunch time I'd say and climbing.


I left......

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....and brought these with me.....

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Standing at the back of the bike once she was unloaded I was surveying the dust, mud and leaves/twigs on the bike and noticed I was being watched...both dangling mirrors revealed my hair had turned grey....



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Martin I Henry on December 01, 2013, 08:48:44 PM
Ouch, that hurt !
Solo riding has it's perils !

Quite a bit of plastic damage there. Are you going to repair and replace, or just clean-up and live with ?

Mend quick.

Cheers,

Dave R.

Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Convert on December 01, 2013, 09:13:16 PM
Chris as long a your ok mate the rest is fixable ...
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: dirt turtle on December 01, 2013, 09:53:17 PM
Hey chris,sorry about your bike mate. I bet those yabbies lifted your spirits. I love yabbies. Thanks for sharing. The story that is. ;)


cheers scott.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: rosey250 on December 01, 2013, 10:20:29 PM
Sorry to hear of your 'off' , and resultant damage. We missed you at Stewarts Bridge.
Enjoy your yabbies!!
Rosey


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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Brooksie on December 01, 2013, 11:50:42 PM
Glad you're ok Chris. Could have been worse if you dropped it on the tar. At least you get to rest up and enjoy those yabbies.
Title: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: mungus on December 02, 2013, 03:09:21 AM
Know how you feel... I crashed my own ADV bike last March. Dropped my BMW F8GS in the b__tard sand, on my left ankle, not once but 3 times over a weekend in the Pink deserts in NE Vic. My foot swelled up like a football and bruised out pink and blue. It took me a month to stop limping and around 6 months it feel really right... And the bike? Not a scratch.
And yes, my hair is going grey!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 02, 2013, 04:31:51 PM
Cheers fellas...  ;)

I will live with it Dave, for the time I have had the bike and the amount of tracks I've traveled it needed some battle scars...without a swag of pics on my phone I have a hard time convincing people where I've been on it.

I may repair it when I get another bike that is on my list.

No rest today, work was the pits Brooksie....can't complain, some here don't have jobs atm.

Figuring the temperatures at Redcastle I reckon the turn south did me the world of good yesty, I really did enjoy those yabs last night. Slept well with an elevated foot but the heat and work boots today made it a long one. Icey water footbath when I got home felt relieving but the swelling makes walking difficult.

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I can move the toe independently but not very much, I can bend it further using my leg to push. Can't feel anything stabbing-stinging-crunching. Those who've cracked things will know the feelin'.


This time last year I was limping with similar damage to my left big toe! Did that at Cookardinia on the saturday cutting the track on my TC125 (  :D )

....wasn't wearing my riding boots, nor was I wearing them on saturday just gone..... ::)


That's the worst bit of the whole episode as I wasn't expecting to get so far into life without a mass of grey hair anyhow!



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: scotty on December 02, 2013, 05:00:26 PM
Did you get a picture of the rest of the Yowie or just his feet  ;D.Sorry mate did you bash it against something on landing or wrench it on launch,either way it looks very tender and painful have you had anyone look at it that swelling goes a long way for a toe injury,old favourite pain killer of mine is ibuprofen and paracetamol together (1 or 2 of each),best I've come across so far gets things down to a dull ache legally.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 02, 2013, 05:23:58 PM
Dunno....landed hard against the grain so to speak and bounced-pitched to the right, wheels landed square to momentum and slam-dunked me. Bike was tankside down into a funnel shaped hole. Can't tell where/what I hit with my foot....this all happened in 1-2 secs.

There is a definite symmetry with last years effort. This is possibly bit worse as last year I went on to do the vinduro on the sunday (and did a good compliment of loops) This time I woozed out from even taking photos.

I can't do the pill thing, they seem to work on all other aspects of my body, leaving me to concentrate solely on the painful part.

Keeping occupied has always been my medicine.....  8)







....NURSE!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: scotty on December 02, 2013, 05:27:13 PM
Time to get nurse Bundy out then ;)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: chippy on December 02, 2013, 06:13:33 PM
Well Chris, you may have to find a yabby dam a bit closer to the main road.
If you were out in the scrub and came a proper gutser you could still be there.
But alas, with your  ingenuity and tenacity you were able to extract yourself
with little harm, albeit with a swollen foot. Good story Chris, thanks for sharing.
                                                                                                   Cheers Rob.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 02, 2013, 06:19:01 PM
Well Chris, you may have to find a yabby dam a bit closer to the main road.
If you were out in the scrub and came a proper gutser you could still be there.
But alas, with your  ingenuity and tenacity you were able to extract yourself
with little harm, albeit with a swollen foot. Good story Chris, thanks for sharing.
                                                                                                   Cheers Rob.



I were stuck there for 5 days once before...wrote off my datto....  :D :D :D :D

It was before I had the inclination to get a mobile...when I did I got no reception. Can now, have a cheaper phone....yep, that's how it rolls round here!

Can't imagine the day I opt to stay on the black stuff........


....see track, must follow!




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: mungus on December 02, 2013, 06:39:30 PM
Bit off topic but my Mrs put me on to that "Arnica" cream. Helps make the bruising dissolve away faster.
Worth a crack.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 02, 2013, 06:59:54 PM
Had to google it to see if it was a r n or a m.......  :D :D

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Thanks....will see if the local Pharmore has it...  ;)



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.JaySon on December 07, 2013, 03:21:31 AM
Im so glad your ok Dad, yeah and I remember every time we go back there you show me the front end of the Datto'

'member when we ran outta water, no food, no bait for yabs either lol.... and we had to wait donkeys days for the logging trucks to come through, You my lil' bro and I were pot throwing rocks at this one tree trying to hit it, just to past time..... I think all three of us put our right shoulders out doing it, made it damn hard to wave down the lone single truck that did come rounding down the one corner we could see.

those were the days.....

So glad to see OUR camp is STILL un touched.  ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 07, 2013, 08:47:19 AM
I remember every time we go back there you show me the front end of the Datto'


Must climb down there and retrieve all the stuff we've left there coz we couldn't be bothered trying to squeeze it back in when leaving....must be half dozen steel buckets and pots at least!


'member when we ran outta water, no food, no bait for yabs either lol....


Folk's....don't park an automatic in the bush for two days listening to the cricket on the radio!




those were the days.....

So glad to see OUR camp is STILL un touched.  ;D



Didn't hear or see a peep this time. Best place to go and get totally lost and "find yourself".....







Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 02, 2014, 07:11:25 PM
Well I've changed colour....turned a kind of dark orange or light red colour, commonly called Sunburnt....


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Yep, I went back and got bitten!

I decided to head back to my secluded place for another feast of Yabbies. Feeling out of sorts over xmas (xmas cheer seems to have waned waiting for grandkids) I was waiting for saturday's 38c forecast to blow over and leave on the sunday. Redcastle was to be a dry 26c and 32c for the sunday and monday, Melbourne a drizzly 23c.

Arrived dead on noon sunday, it was rather warm and a fair breeze swayed the trees...campsite untouched. Water level had dropped a few inches in the last month and the area was dry. I was already hungry as my stop at Tooboruc yielded no egg and bacon sanga...they were outa bacon!!

So I baited the Yabby nets and headed to the water and was greeted by a rather large red-bellied black. It hadn't noticed me yet so I scrambled back for my camera and returned to find my camera was broken...dang, raced back and got my crappy mobile.....

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All my dashing about had woken the snake from it's life giving bask in the sun and finding itself cut off from it's retreat it headed straight into the water. Suited me, happy it was aware of me as there was less risk of a surprise meeting (real risk of being struck) I watched to see where it would emerge and hide and give that area a wide berth. But about 20' from the opposite shore it broke surface and just propped. I tossed a small rock to reiterate I'm a threat and it dived. Again I waited to see where it goes but it came up in the same spot and appeared to be fighting something. Curious I made my way around, watching as it seemed to be rolling like a crocodile. First it only showed the tip of it's tail and then a minute or so later it's head would emerge...again it would roll about and dive again. Maybe it was trapped in a net or rope or something...it was definitely struggling like was caught around the belly.

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Feeling somewhat distressed by what I was seeing I went to get a line and wire hook to see if I can snare whatever is tangling the snake. I returned a few mintes later with a coil of light rope and a bent up tent peg attached. Water was calm...for about 3 minutes at least. Satisfied the snake was not still stuck I looked for an exit track and eventually found it 20 or so metres around the bank. Okay, no problem...that whole side of the dam is too shallow for nets and chocked with fallen tree branches anyway. There were a myriad of old yabby holes along the high water mark, ol' red belly was welcome to them.

Here's the view from Mr. Red's corner looking towards my campsite just over the opposite bank....

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Busted camera was a real downer coz I knew my mobile pics are just crap. The first net pull lifted my spirits...I knew I was in for a feast. I set camp and relaxed, listening to the cricket on my crank radio and swallowed a few coldies before hoeing into some fresh cooked yabbies. Spent the rest of the day ambling about within earshot of the radio, the cricket was done and won but the local station had some great music.

But gees, it was a lot warmer than the forecast 26c. The gusty breeze made it cooler provided you kept the fluids up....only problem with this place is you have to bring your own water in. Had a couple of lamb chops and spuds for tea followed by a steady stream of yabbies till the wood pile had died about 11pm. Man what a starlit night, you can walk about the place just by starlight.

Bendigo radio told me at 6am it was 5c at nearby Heathcote....I knew that, I could tell by the way I was rolled inna small ball of blanket and two sleeping bags......

I jumped out inta me boots, had a pee and gathered bark and leaves and threw them on last nights ashes. Lit a ciggie and went and got some kindling, returned to see the bark and leaves already smoking, I lifted a bit and it burst into flames...let's see Bear Grylle's do that. Fire underway with a billy in place I went and looked for Mr Red Belly...no sign so I lifted my two nets. Crikey, they were chockers. I didn't need to do any more yabbying today.

Had a couple of coffees in succession as I stood in the weak early rays of sunshine, my black O'Neal jersey doing a great job! I watched as many birds and insects filled the trees and sky and as many bugs on the ground as well...ruing my camera's demise with all the sights about me I started planning my much simpler day. I organised camp a bit more and checked over the bike, warmer now I sat down and enjoyed a couple of chapters of Stealing Speed....

The campsite....  ::)

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Some may just make out the book Stealing Speed on the log bench.....  ;D

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Feeling the urge to explore nonetheless, I took a bag, small shovel and canteen and went for a fossick. I followed many small gullies and "likely" spots for alluviual gold and returned about noon with about 5kgs of (hopefully) paydirt and most of my clothes strung over my shovel handle....it was getting bl__dy hot!

3BO radio tells me it's 32c at midday, yep and dry as a bone too. What had become apparent was the amount of small flies about...they were all young'uns and had not learnt the command "shoo" and no amount of arm waving seemed to drive them away. The frequent wind gusts were a blessing as they couldn't cope. No wonder the birds and insects were all up and about, was a feast for them.

Several fat slices of xmas ham, half a packet of Ritz crackers and of course some more yabbies for lunch I sat back and realised it was hot. Shade was sparse as the sun was on high...the trees are only providing dappled shade and the wind makes that a 50/50. My broad brimmed hat seemed to be casting the biggest shadow, my cooler rested under the shade of the DR's saddle bags. My tent would have been over 60c inside....I could tell by the shape my open packet of Monte Carlo biscuits in there. I also rescued my two tins a pink salmon from my dry hamper lest they explode in there.

Refreshed a little I headed to the water where the one remaining shaded area from a large tree was and started sieving my paydirt for panning. Strewth, I'd spent nearly 3 hours there, intoxicated with my quest for the elusive alluring alluvial.

One spec...that's it...that's all I panned....one bl__dy spec that I couldn't even pick up! I trudged back to my camp but within just a few paces I knew I was in strife.

My right knee.....Ouch!

All that squatting and then standing in the one spot for almost three hours had taken it's toll on an already dodgey set of knees. I had been favouring my big toe over the last month since my last visit here and my right knee had already been aching but now it was actually quite painful to walk with any effort and another issue when resting it. I slowly made it back to the log bench seat and propped my leg along the bench. Dang it was hot, just like my right knee which seemed to have swelled slightly. I wet a small hand towel and wrapped it around one of the frozen 1 litre water bottles in my cooler bag and had a still fresh but now chilled yabby or three. Cold enough I wrapped the towel around my knee and devoured the rest of the cooked yabbies. The cooling didn't last but whirling the damp towel about soon cooled it again. The sharp pain in sync with my heart rate went as did the apparent swelling but it still stung when taking more than ten or so steps. I basically ambled about the camp area trying to keep cool and gradually my knee pain subsided considerably. It was then I noticed a large plume like cloud to my direct east...first thought was bushfire....sent me straight into plan A mode (head to an area about 250m away that is about the size a school oval devoid of anything flammable and fairly flat) I grabbed my mobile as the hill rising from that area has reception. I started to text my son to ask him of news about fires in my area....but when almost there I had a different perspective of the skies and realised it was just high level cloud. Funny how my initial thought pattern couldn't be swayed by obvious logic above me when it comes to fires in Victoria (or anywhere for that matter) First convinced of a fire plume I went into auto pilot for self preservation. Oh well at least I know it's a natural reaction.

For a start the cloud was very high level and quite wispy white and hardly moving...certainly not billowing or having any 3D shape to it, it's movement was however 90 degrees to the very prevalent winds. And, was also surrounded at it's lower horizon by many small wispy clouds. What I was witnessing was a jet stream bursting through the leading edge a very high band of clouds. I reckon I could have tricked you all with some simple manipulating of my camera....had it been working.

Well now I was 250m away from camp and my knee was just very itchy. Realising that I was now many metres above my campsite I scrubbed that text to my son and went straight to google....slow slow connection's but eventually came up with BOM and the fire risk and deduced a bleak outlook for my travel plans out west...again. Hot dry, gusting to gale-force winds in the high 30's to 40c temperatures, total fireban for the north, west and central districts the following day....where I was and where I was headed.

Thinking self comfort, the buggered camera and my restrictive knee I decided if I'm gonna be camping out, at least be nearby fresh running water....I'd head back and plan better...or wetter, my holiday adventures. I can leave the remote yabbying/prospecting times for cooler climes.

I relaxed for the rest of the day about camp, keeping as shaded as I could....a brief look in my DR's mirror's revealed I had gotten sunburnt through my T-shirt, guess that's the price you pay for a shirt you've had for 30 odd years...skinny blokes understand my plight there.

Memo...since the kids grew up, the empty 15+ sunbloc bottle which takes every trip with me that has so far kept me safe, now doesn't!!

Dinner consisted of two small steaks and the mornings catch of yabbies, several rearranged Monte Carlo biscuits and several slices of cold ham.  I set the two nets with fresh meat to take back live yabbies in the morning....three beers were had and went and watched the last hint of light turn to puple in the west across the dam. Dam surface was like a flurry of widening rings and darting V shapes as the life in there did it's thing. Suddenly I heard a buzzing rumble heading my way...like a kid pretending to be a truck or something. Sounded quite comical, then I saw a matchbox sized bug fly by in the starlight, wings flapping furiously. It basically shut down and dropped into the water about ten feet from me. It then started doing a half beat flap and skimmed across the water like a small motorboat to the centre of the dam and promptly sank...wierdest thing I've seen all day.  Went to bed at about 10pm feeling pretty happy, I lay back with my head out the tent...star-gazing. Saw passenger jets, sattelites, space junk reentry, bats and a whopping great owl that was dead silent as it flew about the trees. I watched in utter amazement as it pursued a smaller bird about and eventually got it mid flight. Again the chorus frogs invaded my senses and I drifted off to sleep steadily till first light around 5.20am Cold again but coping this time. I repeated yesterday's drill and soon had downed a coffee and added a much needed crap to the routine this time..... packing I like to do at my complete leisure and I was away by 9.3am. Only thing to show for my stay was a very wet fireplace, a swept clean tent square and several thousand very well fed meat ants. I always throw any likely dinner scraps on the nearby ant's nests....that way they don't have to come into camp and get it.

Trip back once on the black stuff was quite boring with a fair amount of traffic to occupy my normal scenery gazing sections and nice bikey bits. Was a bit miffed to pay $1.81 a litre for fuel within 30klm's of metro Melbourne as I heard the price was dropping after xmas.

Trip through the 'burbs was seemingly at snails pace after doing 110 on the hume. And the place stinks....can't describe it other think traffic fumes and an after taste of rotting grass and smell of wet dogs.

My bikes were quite alarmed when I left with only one of them and when I returned they were still in the same state...took a tricky minute or three to remember how to appease them. What was apparent was I really liked the smell of my shed and the bush where I'd been....

My shower revealed some very tender shoulder sunburn and two insect bites that are moreishly itchy after touching the small hard lump. May have got them during the night in my tent.

Sometime after a bit more cricket (Sydney Test) I will be heading off to the Switzerland Ranges to see if I can bag some very tricky trout for tea. There are some beaut highland tracks up there that are just divine to ride on the big DR.

There is a supreme effort going into getting my camera fixed, I want to share my point of view of the area. Bit less of the rambling too..... ;)

Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Martin I Henry on January 02, 2014, 07:47:49 PM

Excellent write-up Chris.
Thanks for taking the time to put your experiences on the forum for us. Even though I am thousands of miles away, I can feel the heat ( and cold ) you describe.

Hope the camera is fixable.

Cheers,

Dave.

Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 02, 2014, 08:37:09 PM
Thanks Dave, the camera has a four pack of double A's and has been it's only drama. The battery compartment lid has been busted off and has needed a ziptie to secure it for a couple of years and sometimes it won't recognise enough power in the batteries. Some swapping of batteries among the terminals usually sorts it out but this time a small flat metal plate has come out from the base of the battery compartment. When I can figure out where it goes I will try with tweezers/magnets etc to re-insert it. It doesn't appear to have any broken edges and must just clip into place....somewhere!

Ramming batteries in there with my panic ridden quest for power has taken it's toll I guess..... :D :D :D


Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: rosey250 on January 02, 2014, 09:41:41 PM
Keep rambling on.  Chris ! I thoroughly enjoyed your ' Tales from the Campsite ' and would love to hear more. You should send your stories to Trailzone - that's just what that mag is all about.
Hope your knee improves.

Cheers from Rosey
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Martin I Henry on January 02, 2014, 09:52:18 PM

Quote
You should send your stories to Trailzone - that's just what that mag is all about.

That is what I was thinking Rosey....... £$£$ Kerrrrching !

Cheers,

Dave.

Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 02, 2014, 10:01:51 PM
Really...  :o


Might have to find a copy and have a gander.... 8)



Thanks,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: ashley on January 03, 2014, 09:41:20 PM
Fantastic story Chris I enjoyed reading it, please keep them coming...cheers Ashley
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: rosey250 on January 04, 2014, 08:09:59 AM
You might have another career ahead of you as a writer, Chris?!
Perhaps such titles as -
' Fifty Shades of Blue ' ( the pain of ITownership )
' Are They Made Yet ? '
' The Day My Hair Turned Grey '
' On The Road Again '

.....and much more

Rosey
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.JaySon on January 04, 2014, 11:17:39 AM
Do it Dad!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 04, 2014, 05:27:07 PM
Some maybe interested in what I carry when I head off on my DR650 on my camping adventures.....


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Bino's, crank radio, Mobile and earpieces, local maps, mozzie net, blow up pillow, and bath towel atop a normal pillow at the rear.

Spare AA batteries, spare Bic lighter, Navman GPS unit, Aerogard, spare spectacles and a pair of sunnies, a beanie that will cover my camera and two first aid kits at the left rear.

Just below that is my aqua shoes, coffee, frypan, cooka (with lollies), sugar bag, tyre mousse, mug, alfoil, eating irons, billy, 3 tins salmon and my batwing light. Then there's my fishing gear, cleaning/pers stuff, bog paper with spare gas can behind the stove.

Have tools aplenty. Carrying string, rope, many zipties and half dozen short ocky straps...even have a small sewing kit..... ::)

The long blue bag contains a wet weather tent fly, 30' telecom rope and another sleeping bag, the long silver bags contain my mattress and my Yamaha tent.

The cooler bag will have 4 frozen litres of water (1 litre milk bottles) 2x600mil Iced coffees, two lamb chops, three small pork chops, some spuds/carrots and wet/dry biscuits.

Among all that I cram a spare set of outer clothes (jeans, boots, long sleeve shirt or jumper, tracky dacks) and two spares sets of inner clothes (jocks, sox, shorts, t-shirt, singlet) all stuffed into placky shopping bags. Glad bags containing salt, flour, bi-carb (to make damper) are also stowed among the gaps to stop movement...the biggest enemy of off road traveling as it destroys things pretty quickly.

There's also the Nikon camera, which all fit into these bags and my saddle bags.


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As I am not doing any prospecting/yabbying I won't be needing my goldpan or nets, that space will be filled by another blanket and my wet weather gear coz if there's cloud about (forecast) I'll likely be in 'em where I am going....will also be a lot cooler and possibly wettish.



Cheers,
Chris.

PS: I also carry two "out of date" flares.... ::)  When I go on longer trips I pack my laptop and solar panel.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: rosey250 on January 04, 2014, 05:45:48 PM
Send all that in to the mags - they will lick it up!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: ashley on January 04, 2014, 06:27:15 PM
Don't forget to show a pic of all ya gear loaded on the DR looks like a lot to fit on to me....cheers Ashley
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 04, 2014, 06:46:16 PM
Don't forget to show a pic of all ya gear loaded on the DR looks like a lot to fit on to me....cheers Ashley


Will be the same as the crappy mobile pic on the previous page Ashley.



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: ashley on January 04, 2014, 07:56:34 PM
Forgot about that pic have a good trip
     Cheers Ashley
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 05, 2014, 12:39:19 PM
Can't wait to go...but have to.

Enjoying the cricket though, waiting for a cold/wet front to come through late today and overnight, shall be chasin' it out of town when I leave in the morning. Can't get exact local weather as I'll be 800m above the nearest forecasted town (Yea) but it will be cool, quite cool for the season.

Will be wearing my wet weather gear going up there and stow it in my empty cooler when I return (empty milk bottles will get squashed) Have jettisoned the spare gas can in favour of a bottle of Stone's Green Ginger, shovel and mossie net has been swapped for a second mattress, a 2" one.

Plan to buy a small container of butter (to cook my trout with) and will stop and get a punnet of worms at Yea (and a nice egg/bacon sanga), I have a can of fake Gents and some home-made lures/fly's. The yabs in these streams are the protected species and are more a nuisance to me than a source of food....the ferkers are covered in quill like spikes, tangle lines and pinch live bait...they also get about in Collingwood colours which is also rather annoying!

Can't wait to get up there and psyche myself into massaging my sore body under one of the many spring fed waterfalls and lolling about in the many turbulent rockpools. The creek drops about 600m in 3-4 klms in granite boulder country. Perfect physio....

Back later with pics, yep....camera is all fixed.  ;D

Did I say I can't wait.....?



Cheers,
Chris.

Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 05, 2014, 01:46:02 PM
Can't wait to go...but have to.

http://www.meteorology.com.au/local-forecast/vic/yea
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 08, 2014, 04:18:03 PM
Woo-hoo.....that kinda sums up my trip....the main reason I went has been successful.

I caught my tea...... ;D


First though, a bit of pre-amble. Back in the 80's I was stationed at Puckapunyal, my main avenue of escape back then was gold prospecting with a mate....we travelled in ever increasing circles from Seymour where I lived. We had some success finding gold but it was never gonna pay for fuel even. We did see a LOT of the central and west of Victoria. Got me really interested in our history, not so much the documented account....but the clues left on the ground.

At the time my parents-in-law had properties up in the Highlands (east of Seymour, north of Yea), on one of these properties was supposed to have been an Inn, one that serviced the old stage coaches of the mid to late 1800's. In the Army as a draughtsman I had access to many maps, some of which were 1:5,000 which gave fantastic detail but nothing pre federation. However the Pucka Transport Museum did provide viewing (courtesy of my F-I-Law) of old Cobb & Co stage coach routes.

Mostly hand inked maps but showing great detail including likely "bush ranger" territory and even showed visual landmarks. Yes indeed there was an Inn and track across one of the properties. I followed this coach road as it snaked it's way north to Euroa, the other way was to the east as it wended it's way to a suitable descent off the highlands plateau to the Goulburn Valley at Yea. There were two routes, perhaps seasonal...one came down near Mt. Broughton and Ghin Ghin, the other near Mt. Concorde and Molesworth. I did see a close similarity to current day roads...but the old stage coach tracks were a lot longer and followed contours, which today are more straighter as cuttings and causeways are utilised. Rock blasting/drilling and bulldozers can make short work of terrain these days.

Which leads me to my camping spot....indeed at least ten of my camping sites are on old coach roads (Redcastle area is one of them) On the road from Dropmore in the Highlands down to Molesworth (Dropmore-Molesworth Rd) is one of these deviations...where a proper bridge has cut out about a kilometre of coach road that skirts a knoll. There are trout in the creeks, they are cunning....very very cunning.

I have camped there many times as I love the area, have taken my two boys there a few times over the years...even carted a girlfriend up there once. Tell ya' nothing beats fresh mountain air and the sound of a rocky stream....and so much wildlife.

Still with me....

The casual driver would simply cross the bridge and keep watchin' for on-coming vehicles...good.

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Jeffery's Rd. services a 5klm stretch of properties along the ridge bordering the east edge of the plateau known as Black Range which run north into the Strathbogies.

Generally I like to be inconspicuous when I enter a camping site, I wanted to turn left before the bridge at the start of Jeff's road and dart over the verge onto the old coach road but my entrance was blocked.....

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Crikey...I had planned everything for this trip but not this! Sure I had rope and a bush saw but this was only recently down and big. No amount of dragging was going to work as the branch was too long and only made the going harder. I will have to get the DR over it...and be buggered if I was gonna unload either. Knowing this could end my trip right here I studied and steeled myself...I only had about 3m approach and only half the ground clearance I needed, me and the big Doctor had to be as one to get this in one go.

First gear, get front wheel up and when rear wheel's at the top, button off...I made it and was surprised at how easy it actually was...all that vinduro riding has paid off. All up I reckon 500lbs. You can just see a small black tyre mark.....the only clue....good.

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About 300m past the "entrance" is the old creek crossing...the campsite.

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Looking back....

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The "babbling brook" that will sustain me......

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The gurgling that goes on under these boulders at times is eerie...not this time of year though.

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Home to quite a few I'd say.....

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The view downstream from my campsite......

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Around a corner and the bridge is in view. The stream I am on is spring fed about a mile upstream on private property (I have only ventured about 100m that way) The spring fed stream converges with the main creek (Tallangalook) coming down from the right just the other side of the bridge.

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A section of the old coach road can be easily defined once you know what to look for, this pic is zoomed and makes it a lot clearer to see....

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The recent 15yr drought has taken it's toll, the camp area was beautifully shaded by a warring stand of wattle and blackwoods, they are completely gone....along with the massive logs that made up the old coach bridge*. A young stand of blackberries has taken up some space.....

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If my old man was here he'd be pickin' this first year crop to make plonk!

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Vast sections are covered in maiden hair and ferns...among all this lovely rainforest flora are thistles and Stinging Nettles**

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This tree farted all day....and all night! There was a stiff breeze and quite gusty, swing the dead tree and groaning against it's host support....

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Although this stream is only a mile or so long it must drain a fair swathe as this debris washed high up on the rocks show some fierce torrents came down....

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A view down Tallangalook creek t'other side of bridge, where we'll be heading down later.....

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But first, I must catch trout.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 08, 2014, 04:39:13 PM
I have a small telescopic rod-reel (thanks Rick) and tackle box that even fits in my IT's toolbag, plus a small hand caster. Using 5lbs line and scrub worms for bait. I will take my chances with the crustaceans here (love worms too) as lures are mostly useless. I have some fly's and fake maggots as back up. The key here is one of stealth. The creek is at best 3' wide at the moment....a lot of it disappears under the boulders.

These small pools are what I am after....

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Matted thick seeding grass and twigs make a lot of the going noisy and treacherous....

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Snakes here are a big concern, mostly Brown and King Brown they are well fed and very fast/strong. It may take me 5 minutes to make 10m such is my concern. I've had a few frights....they like to sunbake on the rocks and will head to the thick when disturbed...walking through it is like invading their "safe" zone...not on!

Satisfied with two nice pools I set a line away and sat with the rod....I had just unwrapped Stealing Speed for a read when my small rod slid off the rock into the rock pool....strewth, caught a fish without even trying.


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Nice healthy Rainbow trout...pretty soon I caught one on my hand line too.

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Then it went sour....all I caught after that are these little feckers, not sure if they are Brown trout fry or another native species...I will research that later. Anyway, they are hungry little critters, this one has gulped a whole scrubby and the hook....may take a while but he will pass the new age hooks in due course.

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If I wasn't catching small fry I was getting these crusty's on the line. You have to be quick, if they head under a rock those spines lock them in and it goodbye hook/sinker.....

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They are vicious too....peering into rock pools after sneaking up I would often see two large white claws adopt a strike pose upon my vision, they have no fear.



This irridescant beetle flew straight into my whickers which I instinctively swatted, if the fish were bigger I'd tie a hook to it quick smart, it will be a meal for something I'm sure....

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Here's my meal.... ;D ;D

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Bestest, sweetest, tastiest and healthiest fish I have ever eaten.

But gees I was bushed.... :D :D  ::)

I succumbed to my sleeping bag by 8.30pm. It was pretty dark. Gets a hell of a lot cooler quickly when the sun disappears when in a steep gully. Wind chill factor I worked out to be up to 20c.


Tomorrow, the "walk"..... ;)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 08, 2014, 05:04:52 PM
It was about 20c during the day and much warmer in the sheltered sunlight. I was in shorts but wore a long sleeve jersey for some protection. The UV was rated as extreme for a massive 9 hours of the day. But as soon as the sun dropped behind the ridge at about 6pm the temp dropped, I soon donned tracky dacks and another long sleever. I organised camp and paced out my night time "get up for a pee" routine...there is a no turning back drop all along the creek and a wall of thistle about me.

The fish fed me well. I didn't dare light a fire with the super abundant dry grass and now howling winds. I made do with a one course meal on my gas-stove. No baking tonight. Although I had plenty of artificial light available I was really tired and now it was quite cool, sleep beckoned more than reading or more eating. It was 16c in my tent and 11c outside...it was dark by 8.30. Stars were wispy as well as low cumulous cloud there was a high altitude haze....stars looked like they were covered by a wax paper screen.

Lights out I let the crank radio wind down on some shitty local DJ trying to be cool. Crikey it was noisy, not content with the sound of a babbling brook some 10' away I had a whole crash bang opera going around me. The prominent farting tree was followed by various squeaks and groans of other trees and branches. The warning thud-thud of resident wallabies heralding the approach of the surrounding grassland 'roos coming down to the stream for a drink. God knows how many Sulphur Crested cockies squawking at a Jimmy Barnes gig a few hundred meters away. Few frogs about too, no mossies - too windy. Wind, sheesh....the sound of a freight train beckons in a wind gust, building to a crescendo as it passes through the trees above. Many cylindrical slivers of bark that hung from the trees clonged and dinked against the trees emitting a chorus like massive wind chimes...occasionally some branches could be heard crashing to the ground. My experience has long ago taught me to pitch in a clearing of tall timber. Even the saplings were gone from where my tent is though. Fart tree would land close to me but couldn't possibly fall that way. Oh, it appears that I was also directly under the flight path of the Melb-Sydney route. Their rumble can be heard for ten minutes or more.

I got up for old man reasons a few times and quickly dived back into bed, the wind was not nice and ruined any thoughts. Packing the extra 2" mattress and the carpet of grass under the tent made for a pleasant bed, my extra blanket was welcomed too. I didn't pack the Stone's Green Ginger, chose not to.

The seemingly steady crash of undergrowth and startled birds throughout the night gives rise to a healthy population of roos and wallabies. There are also an abundance of Echidna as well as some of the hugest wombats around. Kookaburras could still be heard chortling till the last moments of twilight....like cockies, do they ever stop.

A few twigs and leaves smacked the tent during the night but I don't draw it real tight for that reason, less chance of a rip or tear that way. But I did here scratching sounds emanating from beneath my tent, christmas beetles and crickets trying to come up for the night I'd say. Was eerie though.

Woke up naturally about 6am and it was way darker than normal...tempted to check the time two ways I figured my higher altitude and still rising ground to my east equates to a late sun-up for my possy. I dozed a little and then lay thinking, the wind was stronger than yesterday and it was still very cool, my want for coffee and nicotene waned as I soaked the smells and sounds about me. Suddenly quite close by I heard an almighty crack...like a large tree breaking off a branch but followed by a rumble of rocks and a deep thud. Birds let loose with all sorts of complaints and long footed forager's took off in all directions. The "crack" even summoned an echo. I jumped outa the tent as the first rays of sunlight bathed the opposite side of the gully....I could see nothing but swaying trees and birds in fright-flight. I scanned around, fart tree: check, bike parked: check, no one around: check, main bridge still standing: check. What the...

Fired up the stove and had a coffee....then another. The wind chill was high but I could see as much blue sky as cloud, so the glass was half full. I have a thing in recent years where I will stand for a good ten minutes and survey my surroundings...not moving. This provides me with all the things I usually miss. I used to just go wonderin' off hoping to discover something but generally only saw dead things or a fleeting glimpse of something disappearing into fat bush. I stood and watched as small wrens and robins caught brekky above the stream, darting down to snap insects on the wing. Little lizards baking on the rocks, darting ten feet or more along a shadow then keeping dead still lest the Kookaburra's seek a snack...the sun would soon be on their back. The cockies were already into cracking seeds and were relatively quiet. Magpies sang their song and walked about lifting bark and sticks for a bug's life. Watching them deal with a 6' centipede shows they are a very smart bird...they will stomp on it and grab the tail in their beak and pull up, effectively ripping the head off and down the hatch it goes. Amazing.

I also got to see wallabies....watching me. Roos and wallabies are naturally curious and cautious. They can be conned though. If you stand still and watch them they will watch back, albeit nervously...twitching their ears for any sound, nose into the wind. They may pad around a few steps and look for an escape route should you make a sudden move but generally curiosity keeps them attentive. Here's the con, what I do is mimic some of their actions. Roos, etc., love a scratch and are right into self grooming when idle so what I do is lean over sideways and scratch my ribs, left hand left side, right for right, just like they do. Invariable the animal will hop a little closer to get a better view...I kid you not, they are just as interested now as fearful. You can "shoo" them away and they'll only take a few hops, stop and turn back and stare at you again. You really have to convince them to go away by now.

After a bit of a stare down with a black wallaby I spotted what made THAT noise this morning. A section of that boulder has parted company and slid/dropped off the edge, falling about ten feet to the ground...it's about the size of a small fridge.


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I know so because I looked in that tree yesterday...alas it doesn't show in any of my previous pics.

Once warmed up a little and some Monte Carlo bikkies in the belly, I took camera for a walk....a long one! I hadn't gone far when I spot Mr. Curiousity again, not even bothered by my passing presence.....

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Snapped a zoom shot showing a non-plussed and very healthy black wallaby just chewin' the fat with himself.


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Here's where were going, down (and I mean DOWN) Tallangalook Creek....

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Now if I was describing how steep something is when talkin' about riding a bike up or down...it wouldn't show perspective...am I right or am I right?


Must be very wary today (or any day)....cold night, sunshine now. Snakes! These rock slabs present easy walkin' but must be scanned and the surrounds for basking snakes.

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I scared many off, all too quick for the camera and one in particular gave me a real scare. My hat blew off and dropped into a hard to get at place about twenty feet below me. I left my camera and carry bag (smokes, phone, GPS, First Aid kit) on the ledge and clambered down in a large arc to get to the bottom safely. I was just reaching out for my hat when a very large King Brown reared up two feet or so not more than two feet away from my face. Luckily it reared and looped back on itself and with one flick had measured away ten feet into a crag in the rocks. I was only able to explete an "Aah Fu..." and lift my arm away in that time. I was in a prone position too, leaning forward for my hat...the snake on the other side of my hat. The snake may have come to investigate the hat and we surprised each other. It was big enough to emit an audible thud as it reared turned on itself and landed. For a fleeting moment I thought I was a goner...... For less than ten seconds I took my mind off snakes to get my bl__dy hat and it nearly ended me. It put the begeezers into me and I sat there a while contemplating....snakes leave no trail on rock, leave no tracks on fallen tall grass and they make no sound. I am the only one who can fail in this situation. I would have to be 100% on the boil. Having been proved correct about my assumption of many snakes about given the feed available I would have to be keen eyed and back my judgment....not pass it off as "she'll be right" and blaze on ahead.

I spotted a very vibrant red plant that just needed investigation and a pic. As I was focusing some dirt tumbled down this ledge......

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The small sapling above was swaying in the wind, dirt was being loosened from the base of the exposed roots...it was not gonna last long.

The plant....

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This boulder is "Onion Peeling", usually more common with limestone. Shows the granite boulders have been subjected to extremes of temperature and moisture.

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Not sure if this is a fossil or not as I found another very similar...the chances of finding two likewise fossil's seems quite remote....

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These holes are caused by simple eroding action with water and rock. At some stage a larger rock has been too heavy to be moved by water but unsteady enough to rock about (no pun) by water action....gradually wearing a depression. This collects smaller gravel that acts like a scourer. The pestil and morter action gradually carves a hole, the large rock getting smaller and smaller but deep enough that it can't be washed away.

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This rock has a strange covering of slime on it....looks a very sea-shore type of algae to me. It is like a jelly and is very slippery, it is a couple of inches thick and feels just like jello. Has no smell and doesn't break up easy, this is the only section I have found.....

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One of my "Spa Baths" complete with water jets.... ;D

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But being only 20c and with a viscious wind....put it this way last time I bathed here it was 40c and still....current water temperature is 11c. I declined the inclination to pummel my body with fresh chilled mountain spring water...I'll leave that for the romantics and chardonnay sippers for the day.

This rock is quite shiny as it is largely made of formichea (the reflective stuff they used to put in olden day electric toasters) It played havoc with the camera and this is the best I could shoot... ::)

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Hmm...looks very interesting (but think snakes going along there Chris)....

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Makes you wonder at the forces that formed these rocks.....

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Another one of them "fossil's".....

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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Kevin on January 08, 2014, 05:19:18 PM
Move over Harry Butler: "In the wild with Chris". KP ;D
Title: Re: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: mad_kiwi on January 08, 2014, 05:37:50 PM
It's always great reading your summer holiday travels. Great style of writing..
Cheers

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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 08, 2014, 05:45:03 PM
Hehe...yeah, but he didn't do it all onna 25 year old bike.... :D




cont'd.....

Gap between the rocks is home to many opportunistic (and comfortable) animals. Rock wallabies are nocturnal only and are rarely seen in daylight. Smaller and more compact than black wallabies they are very timid creatures.

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The going has been hard, anything from a gentle fall, 1 in 1 descent or a sheer drop/overhang.

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More lairs...this belongs to wombats...big hairy nosed ones.

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The sides of the gullies are littered with them....

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Leg breaking traps if ever there was one.......

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From just past that expedient bridge, the going gets real tough, large 50' foot drops and some sheer walls...something I'm not gonna attempt being alone.

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I stood where I was for ten minutes or so as I soaked my surroundings. Plenty to see but eventually I gazed at where I was standing and spotted this strange rock embedded in the granite boulder I was standing on...... 8)

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Some Kookaburra's decided it was all too quiet...what with the roar of wind in the trees, gurgle and babble of the creek, the lazy cry of the crows and occasional shriek from the cockies.....what better thing to do than laugh the day away. Going hammer and tongs they were... :D :D :D :D :D :D

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Spotted.....the buggers went quiet.

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It was getting tough to descend the creek line so I made a bee-line to the road above me and came across this sign....cool but I didn't bring my guitar.... ::)

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Aha...the other side paints a clearer picture.....

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"Driveway" leads down to this bridge....

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Which in part, then travels to the top of this hill, a leap off area for hang gliders. On calmer days I have seen quite a few gliders souring the thermals with the eagles up here. Nothing today, they'd be blown straight into the large pine forest over the other side....

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Oh yeah, all quiet now but still managed to toss gumnuts down on me....cheeky buggers.

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They all have that wasn't me "I didn't do it" Bart Simpson look........ :P

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By my reckoning (my knee) my camp is 1250 metres that way......and available technology (GPS) shows only 800m. Pity GPS doesn't account for altitude.....

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That will bring me back along the other section of coach road on the other side of the spring fed stream I'm camped at.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 08, 2014, 06:28:44 PM
I got back to camp just after noon with a pair of stinging bone on bone knees and boots full of grass seeds. Had to stop several times to take my boots off and pull the wild oat seeds through. They cannot be pulled back out. Does any one make hiking boots that with stand aussie bush, my Canadian ones are comfy and stable but just can't handle grass....

I had a tin of salmon and some monte's for lunch, washed down with carton of iced coffee. I tried making a hot coffee but the gas was mostly wasted in the wind. I actually ended up drinking nearly two litres of water...the wind and walk dehydrated me a fair bit.

I pondered....I had caught my trout and snapped quite a few pics. I was content but quite weary. My camp sites shade was gone and my tent was......

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I moved my bike into the shade about 20m away where it registered...

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Then bit by bit I moved my gear into the shade....slowly slowly packing the bike. I'd bug outa there by mid afternoon, the wind seemed to be building and a hot dinner seemed unlikely tonight. Having a little more room and packing a little more wisely I didn't wear so many clothes or my wet weather gear. I had a nice and tight load as my first obstacle was getting out onto the road. That fallen tree was now an uphill approach and the highest part was now facing me.

I fired the DR650 up (first kick, gees I love the ol' Doc) and rehearsed my "tree crossing" in my head. It worked and worked well....I think this time I gave a bit more stick just as the front wheel hit and I fairly launched over it...landed rear wheel though and almost ended up in the culvert between Jeff's track and the road. Granite sand offers little grip. The whole road used to be natural granite sand and was very slidy but also very predictable. Now they have laid blue stone gravel and although it has more grip it is deceptive and can catch you out very quickly. The road down is narrow and very twisty...with a massive drop on the right and a deep cut culvert on the left before a rock or earth wall sometimes many metres high...it also corrugated and has large patches of raised granite that hasn't worn down. I took it real easy, my load catching the wind which was strong. I had the camera around my neck (my thermals taking it's place in the camera bag, deep in my saddle bag) and pulled up for some "location orientation" pics. I had only just taken the lens cap of when I heard a bike coming...thinking it was a farmers aggy bike by the sound I was surprised to see a fella round the bend on an adventure bike. He pulled up for a chat, it was a BMW 850! He had done almost exactly what I had done but further around towards Ghin Ghin. he started up and rode off down the mountain, gees that bike was quiet....mind you the wind roar muffled a lot. Speaking of wind, the wind chill was crazy bad...I rued not wearing so many clothes. I consoled myself by thinking it will be warmer once off the mountain.

Here are some pics of the valley that opens up when the creek does it's dive down the mountain. I tried to capture the shimmer of silver in the trees, much like you see in a grassy field...

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/BUvNQ.jpg)



A little further down I was hugging the left shoulder of a tight blind left hander, a large crop of rocks were being skirted. The road was very narrow as there was a sheer drop off when suddenly a fallen tree branch appeared. It was hanging down from above at a 45 degree angle, it's broken end about two foot from the road. I had just enough time to lift my leg out the way but it caught my saddle bag and sent me into a rear wheel slide...luckily my shitty front tyre lost grip otherwise I could have easily ridden into the 2' deep culvert cut into the left side. I pulled up about 30m down the road where it widened somewhat. Phoar, that shook me. Downhill, off camber, wheel ruts and gravel banks are treacherous at the best of times...I was shakin' and deserved a ciggie!

 I looked back but couldn't see the branch, I trudged up a little and saw a pile of dead leaves in the gutter against the rock wall....looks like I brought it down. My left saddle bag has a couple of small holes punched through at the front and one of the straps has a few torn stitches. I reconfigured my strapping and used one of my heavy duty straps to hold it upright.

Around the next bend I pulled over again....the view is magnificent even when dry.....

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/B01tV.jpg)




This is looking down from the roads edge...they are the tops of very tall trees down there, I struggled to see the creek, scared the wind would blow me over...I cowered like a cat....

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/O7PWR.jpg)

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/OehZg.jpg)



Looking back, the saddle of the crest is about where I walked to this morning before it dives down that steep granite channel....that is so unreal in spring or after sustained heavy rain....

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/3J6.jpg)




I pulled up again where private property once again envelops the creek line, these rock formations caught my eye....

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/17FTk.jpg)



You can just make out the fence line about 10m off the road edge in the bottom left of screen, it then does a left turn directly down the hill and up the other side. It is so steep the only way down is the fence line, you need it to hang onto..... :o :o

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/EUgpy.jpg)



The boys and I have spent many a time rolling rocks that disappear out of sight heading down the half kilometre to the creek, only seeing the shimmer of undergrowth as it crashes through.....

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/zA8w2.jpg)




You can see the wind affecting this tree......

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/Vdxsy.jpg)




Talk about quiet....I looked down the road a bit and there is mate takin' photos....didn't hear him ride off. Not sure he heard me either...I wonder how he coped with that branch..... :o

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/DEwS3.jpg)



Down off the mountain it was no warmer or even less windy. It was tough going with my load and wind chill was high...it taxed me. Melba highway is the pits at times and the head/side wind was pushing me hard. I soon came up to a gaggle of dickheads....a string of mostly 4 wheel drives doing stupid things when trying to pass. They get to a passing zone and they ALL gun it....only one vehicle struggles to pass, the rest of them switching lanes behind him....stupid twits. Not wanting to bare witness to a nasty accident I took a break at Devlin's Bridge over the Yea River.

I have fished and swam here before (no fish and cutting myself on sharp rocks)

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/g3Dc6.jpg)

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/zVvrh.jpg)




And remembered better versions of those rock grounded holes I snapped back up the mountain.....that's where you may find emeralds and maybe even gold.

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/0Ug6m.jpg)

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/vLDOB.jpg)



Gees I was cold, I put some new plugs in my ears and carried on home, arriving around 5pm. It smells better coming in from the eastern side....hmmm.

Just goes to show you what's right under our noses or bridges for that matter, the whole trip was only 250 klms and I expressly went the long way, turning left at Yea and heading up the Ghin Ghin road over mount Broughton and then east along Highlands road towards Caveat. Then turning south east and riding through highlands rainforest across to Mt Concorde....camped, then down the mountain to just east of Molesworth, turning right and back to Yea.


Till next time then..... ;)


Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 08, 2014, 07:23:34 PM
* The old bridge was two 4' by 4' squared off logs about 15 feet long laid across the creek. These were bolted to two similar sized logs embedded lengthways in each bank, pinned in place by long steel spikes. The bolts were about 1" diameter. The tops of the logs crossing the creek were hollowed out a couple of inches deep for about 3/4 of their width....obviously not built for single horse carts etc.....

Alas, all that remains now is the outer skin of one of the logs and two of the bolts...sorry, I forgot to take pics.... :'(


** The stinging nettle is a medicinal plant found in in relatively moist areas. The stings hurt!

The leaves and stems are covered with brittle, hollow, very fine hairs. That's just part of their armory though.... they also contain three chemicals, a histamine that irritates skin, acetylcholine which causes a burning feeling, and serotonin which influences digest, the nervous system and our mood....great.

When brushing up against the plant with bare skin, a painful rash similar to poison ivy will result. Because the irritant is acidic in nature, it can be treated by counteracting it with basic substances.....like moving away from them for a start, or baking powder, vinegar and cactus juice (yeah like you'll find cactus and nettle together) or aloe vera cream. Sweating makes it worse, rubbing/scratching makes it worserer and worst!

I have found a cold dip in any nearby stream takes your mind of it at least. Tis shitty stuff, yet sought for it's medicinal uses.


Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: poppy1 on January 08, 2014, 07:44:46 PM

     Thanks ones again Chris ..
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: scotty on January 08, 2014, 08:04:24 PM
Crazy f__kers eat it over here in competitions and make plonk and all sorts of crap with it (nettles that is)

Cheers Craig ::)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: mungus on January 08, 2014, 09:50:59 PM
Mate there are no surprises in a land that does Morris dancing!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Kevin on January 08, 2014, 10:52:32 PM
Thanks for all the pics and the story, good read. KP ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: scotty on January 08, 2014, 10:52:56 PM
Not to mention chasing cheese wheels down hills!


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KOyQBSMeIhM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DKOyQBSMeIhM

Cheers Craig
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 08, 2014, 10:54:02 PM
No worries KP, glad you enjoyed..... ;)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jasonit490 on January 08, 2014, 11:30:28 PM
Was a great read Chris, nice relaxing trip for you except for the snakes, can't say I'm real fond of them either.



                                                                           Jason.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Martin I Henry on January 09, 2014, 07:00:09 AM
A great read after a tough day at work.

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences.

Cheers,

Dave R.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.JaySon on January 09, 2014, 11:28:54 PM
(http://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR7xRCVIdq5ev0ST1ka4O_vhYwJW01HRtXrqda9lYcs8DDNRCWc)(http://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR7xRCVIdq5ev0ST1ka4O_vhYwJW01HRtXrqda9lYcs8DDNRCWc)(http://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR7xRCVIdq5ev0ST1ka4O_vhYwJW01HRtXrqda9lYcs8DDNRCWc)(http://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR7xRCVIdq5ev0ST1ka4O_vhYwJW01HRtXrqda9lYcs8DDNRCWc)

bl__dy brilliant Dad......... Awesome read, your writing style and linguistical approach is beautiful
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 10, 2014, 12:56:40 PM
Thanks guys....and Rick you've reminded me that I left a section out..... :-[

I sent my son Rick a link of where I'll be....just in case....but along the way I wanted to check out what on earth this is (please open link)....
http://maps.google.com.au/maps?hl=en&ll=-37.092234,145.497254&spn=0.005323,0.006899&t=h&z=17


Well I stopped and had a look before I turned into the highland's rainforest and it was obvious the google earth image was a few years old. Nothing was evident as it was tall with bracken. A quick excursion revealed some old bulldozer scrapes and in one corner a great pile of broken logs and debris.

I reckon the landowner hired a bulldozer for a week and had his job done in one day and simply got bored. Or he was on drugs...or just wanted to confuse people like me....his claim to fame maybe.

Anyway here are some pics of the ever present lushness that lies protected by very tall trees and full canopy of the highlands forest....only a few kilometres from my campsite.



My back-up campsite....although the last time I camped here with Rick it was wet, cold and the feuding male koalas kept us awake, time before on my own I had a pesky fox bugging me most of the night.

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/CdcTt.jpg)



The going is easier as the groundcover is stifled by huge tree shadows all day....

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/obXvV.jpg)


Gullies and creeks are all moss covered and can be hazardous...the moss is akin to snow and can cover over large holes, makes traversing quite slow.

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/mRUj.jpg)


Mind you, there are some hidden surprises....

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/DZmai.jpg)

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/UFZqS.jpg)



The road is natural granite sand and gets little traffic...some of the bark on the road is not!  :o :o :o :o

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/Twzld.jpg)


Gradually the taller trees thin out and the country opens up a little more, the protected gullies are still lush here as they run 90 degrees to where I am heading....

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/qjDN4.jpg)


Have not seen any "game" fish in this stream, only protected native species. Was very tranquil apart from the deafening cicada's..... :-X




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 11, 2014, 06:17:03 PM

Well I am no O'fishinado with fauna but I have deduced this is a small fry Southern Divide Blackfish......

(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/7MOGZ.jpg)


25 years ago they were a fully protected species and now they have a size and seasonal bag limit, so it seems they are off the endangered list. They certainly are prolific in Tallangalook creek as there were so many of them in each quiet pool I dabbed a line into...... ;D



Further research revealed the crustaceans that refused to let go of my lines are a nice blend of Euastacus Angustus (River Murray environs) and Euastacus Yarraensus (Yarra Ranges environs).

Also found out there are 150 native australian species of yabby..... 8)




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: killindini1 on January 12, 2014, 06:18:10 AM
OOOhhhh a bit of a Zoologist too Chris ;D
Nice bit of camera work there too,slow shutter speed on the waterfall ::).
Thank's for sharing.
Cheers,
Steve.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: freebrd1975 on January 12, 2014, 11:29:50 AM
beautiful pictures of a beautiful reserve.great job chris 8)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 16, 2014, 04:44:02 PM
Thankyou.... ;D

But this thread also contains "ugly" pictures in "ugly" places...... :D :D :D :D






Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: freebrd1975 on January 17, 2014, 05:33:58 AM
Killer pictures.that looked like fun.were there any wild orchids growing
There.i wish it wasn't so far from me as I would love to visit there.great
Job on the picture taking.i saw the crawfish,I love them.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: stanc on January 18, 2014, 12:28:13 AM
Super write up!  Chris, you are an excellent and entertaining story teller!  Thanks so much.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 18, 2014, 05:07:48 PM
Hey thanks Stan, how's things goin' over there...survive the big chill okay?

No orchids there, the seasonal temp's are too extreme...ditto for rainfall. The fact it's green is enough for most Aussies... :D :D :D


I have clocked up a lot of hard miles on the old '89 build DR650 and this year she becomes eligible for historical or red-plate rego.....about 10% of current full rego. But as the old girl is my main transport (TC125 gets only the local work)....limiting her use to 90 or 45 days a year with log-book rego means things have to change if I want to maintain the amount of touring/adventure riding I do. Ah to hell with the excuses....

I bought a new bike!


(http://img.acianetmedia.com/i/pLycI.jpg)


2013 DR650 SE3. Will need to bring it up to the level of my old girl (with stock carry rack, 20 litre tank, bash-plate and fairing/shield)....suspect that will cost a pretty penny. $1k down on a ride away price of $7990 takes under $50 a week from me with 12 months comprehensive insurance, the new tyre and rim insurance and an extended factory warranty included.



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: scotty on January 18, 2014, 05:27:43 PM
That's a lot of bike for not much money,good result mate  8) :o. Next stop Darwin?

Cheers Craig ;D ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on January 18, 2014, 05:48:45 PM


Noice!! congratulations on your new delivery (proud dad ;D) looks very flash, did you trade ol Blue in?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 18, 2014, 06:05:24 PM
Oh yeah, I was pretty happy about the value for money, the new DR400Z's are a full 2k more without rego....honestly, a lot of people poo-poo the dog rooters but gees they are bullet proof and with skill, can go anywhere.

Accessories aren't quite as horrendous as I thought....

$80...usa

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/$T2eC16V,!)QE9s3HFdodBP9dbG0j(!~~60_57.JPG)


Or the saddle bag support/carry rack combo......$225

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/T3YAAOxyNo9SyZk5/$_57.JPG)


Fairly ugly bash-plate.....$89.95 (have only looked at first page of 549 ebay listings)

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/Mjg3WDQwMA==/z/udwAAOxydlFSrg7h/$_1.GIF)


20 litre Acerbis tank....$269

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAwWDUwMA==/z/EfgAAMXQWzNSpif8/$_1.JPG)



Didn't see a fairing/windshield to suit but that sort of thing is right up my ally to make.


Dunno about Darwin just yet scotty, first there's a whole mess of places I have been contemplating. I would need 2 years off to just get to Darwin checkin' just half the sights along the way.




Cheers,
Chris.

PS: "Old Blue" will go onto red-plate rego. Will NEVER sell a bike again.

Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: ashley on January 18, 2014, 06:19:07 PM
Good on ya Chris hope you enjoy the new bike as much as the old one, look forward to watching the modifications and the trip reports unfold..cheers Ashley
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: stanc on January 19, 2014, 12:38:33 AM
Congrats on the new ride, Chris!  Looks sharp!  Nothing like a new bike!  I spent the big polar vortex chill time inside with the flu and pneumonia for the last 3 weeks.  Getting over it pretty well now but I have never been that sick in my life.  Damn flu has killed over twenty here in NC alone.  Dumb question maybe, but do ya'll have flu down there?  And I guess the "bark" you were talking about on the road that "wasn't bark" would be snakes?     
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 19, 2014, 12:52:03 AM
Flu'....hell yeah....horse flu, pig flu' or maybe swine flu'...bird flu' (not flew), shitty cold weather flu', probably toad flu' if we're not carefull. They insist we have injections every year and then a month or so later they admit they only have enough vaccines for a few hundred thousand.....twits!

Yeah a couple of snakes, but after trying to dodge so many lengths of bark and then finding most you run over simply squash...well it's the ones with the branch still in it that get you.




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: scotty on January 19, 2014, 01:19:10 AM
You forgot the worst type of all Man flu,you know the one that keeps you off work,can't help out round the house,requires constant pampering,feels like you are dying unless something interestings going on.Women don't get it apparently so don't realise how bad it is for us men and usually take some talking around to providing quality care that's required for us to survive. ;D ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: freebrd1975 on January 19, 2014, 02:38:06 AM
Congratulations on the new ride.looks like a killer bike.y'all have some ground orchids I'm trying to remember their name.the only new bike I have had was the lt3 100 I had back in 1973.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 19, 2014, 09:02:08 AM
There is no orchids where I was...well at least I have never seen any about there. Australia has plenty of orchids, all types judging by the environs they embrace...from the darkest dank wilderness of western Tasmania to the vast areas of the tropical north. Perhaps the orchid you mean is our desert dwelling Sturt's Desert Pea....quite a sight in the hot baked red sand deserts that fill Oz.

(http://students.fsnlc.org/pam/flower_pics/sturt_desert_pea.jpg)

(http://www.abc.net.au/reslib/200709/r186902_697134.jpg)

There is also another very common desert plant that looks "Orchidal" called Kangaroo Paw....

(http://students.fsnlc.org/pam/flower_pics/kangaroo_paw_wa.jpg)

You have reminded me of finding Venus Fly Trap (variety) growing on one of my father-in-laws properties in the highlands back in the 80's.....will snap a pic if I ever spot them again.

New bikes....first was a Suzuki TS50 in late March 1973 followed by a CB500 Four in December 1974. Couple of years later I bought a '76 GT860 Ducati. Now almost 40 years later I get a new DR650.

Long time between drinks....... :o



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on January 19, 2014, 09:41:15 PM
Hey Chris. Looks like you have the same bike as Daz. Does yours have a tacho? Would be a useful addition methinks as I cant hear the bl00dy thing revving. Just the same, quite a nice nice lounge chair to ride around in.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 19, 2014, 09:51:30 PM
No tacho...no for a few things the first model had. I do a lot of standing and this bike has really good ergo's and easy balance.

But it felt pretty firm to sit on yesterday...now that it's bolted to a dias.... :D :D :D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on January 19, 2014, 09:55:03 PM
Yeah, diases will do that to you. Looks the same as Daz's ex PI GP bike too....
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 22, 2014, 05:09:46 PM

 :o :o :o :o :o :o

Well I knew I was a poor b__tard as everyone keeps telling me (as opposed to lucky b__tard).....but now I know it is "official"...... ::)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 24, 2014, 08:39:34 PM
Can't get my eagerly sought after DR so in an effort to clutter the workshop anyway I got another project bike...... ::)

http://www.yamahait.com.au/forum/index.php/topic,16878.new.html#new


....swings and roundabouts!


Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on January 25, 2014, 08:06:06 AM
Cant get your DR? The new one? Ke?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 25, 2014, 08:29:58 AM
Too poor for a loan.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jasonit490 on January 26, 2014, 07:28:34 PM
Chris, for Dr 650 mods and accessories try vincestrangmotorcycles.com.au if you don't already know.



                                                                             Jason.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 26, 2014, 07:45:59 PM
Yeah-nah....didn't get the bike....but of course, know all things pertinent to the DR650's.

Thanks anyway mate.  ;)






Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on February 15, 2014, 12:24:18 PM


Yay!  Woo-hoo and all that.


(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang002/011.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang002/011.jpg.html)




What an awesome ride back to Bayswater from Seaford. Chuffed.





Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: stanc on February 16, 2014, 12:39:28 AM
Congrats Chris!  Looks sharp!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: enduras_wr200 on February 16, 2014, 03:18:46 AM
   Congratulations Chris, it is one of the best all around bikes! Great for off-road long journeys! And pretty reliable! Just keep in mind that two people I know, owners of the same model (not 2013, more like 2000-2003) had the frame crack around the swingarm axle, above the footpegs! Both of these bikes were used in off-road trips!


   Cheers, Fanis
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Martin I Henry on February 16, 2014, 08:34:35 AM

Very nice Chris.... You deserve a new bike !

Cheers,

Dave R.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on February 16, 2014, 08:35:56 AM
I researched that last year Fanis....seems restricted to pre-2010 bikes. The issue apparently stems from having the chain too tight and pressure around the top chain roller causes a stress fracture. Not sure if the entire problem has been addressed but it looks like the '13 models have the roller slightly higher.

I enquired about the apparent slackness of my chain yesterday and the mechanic said that is the measurements provided by Suzuki Motors. Hopefully that is just a precautionary measure.... :D :D



Cheers,
Chris.

Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on February 16, 2014, 08:37:23 AM
Very nice Chris.... You deserve a new bike !

Cheers,

Dave R.



Thanks Dave....a few people have said that...I reckon I do too.... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Martin I Henry on February 16, 2014, 08:43:21 AM
Ah, the smell of a new bike freshly started.
That curious blend of vaporising solvents, waxes, oils and silicone wafting to the nasal passages !

Bottle some of that smell, and release it when life seems bad !

Cheers,

Dave R.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on February 16, 2014, 09:07:36 AM
Haha...yes it did actually have me staring down inquisitively from side to side at the first set of traffic lights. Fancy foreign metals and gasket goo's all getting hot for the first time in anger. Much different to a resto where it's basically paints curing off.



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jasonit490 on February 17, 2014, 02:36:02 PM
Know the feeling Chris, my new 450 made a few different smells while I was running it in, had me constantly checking to make sure everything was sweet.




                                                                         Jason.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: rosey250 on February 17, 2014, 08:08:30 PM
Congrats, Chris!
What about a selfie with your 'new bike grin' ?

Rosey
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on February 23, 2014, 03:06:34 PM
What about a selfie with your 'new bike grin' ?


You make it sound so easy...how could I resist,

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang004/windowpic.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang004/windowpic.jpg.html)


Went for a squirt through the Dandy's and then watched a mate play some vet's cricket at Montrose...beautiful day for it!

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang004/cricket.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang004/cricket.jpg.html)

Hehe...it seems in running in mode (less than half throttle first 1,000km) I am getting about 80mpg or 32klm/lt. My blue DR got 21.4 klm/lt across the board....no matter what load I carried.

Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: killindini1 on February 23, 2014, 07:05:54 PM
So Chris,
Which bike gets the postie run now  ::)
Air mail the new DR,
Snail mail the 125 ;D,

Cheers,
Steve.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on February 23, 2014, 07:30:28 PM
Took four bikes for a blast today....alas all four were suzi's.  ::)

The old blue DR still has rego till 16th March so it gets a guernsey for all duties until then if it's wet....got soaked on the newbie the other day....bugger all protection. As for the postie runs, the newbie hasn't even got a rack...the grab handles are angled lower than the rear plastics. TC and old blue will do the carrying.




Cheers,
Chris.

Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 05, 2014, 10:08:02 PM
Ol' blue is now outa rego and in retirement..... :(

Miss the old doctor but I'm getting real happy with the young intern. Mainly coz I fashioned a carry rack for it.....


Started with a muddy plan and have settled for something with what I had on hand at the time with a no expense approach.


Pre-made fibreglass rack sections taken off a barby cover, ready for joining....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang017/001.jpg)




Rack will be bolted to this support bar which raises it above the rear guard......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang017/003.jpg)



When still all muddy, my vision was to drill holes and bolt the support to the blinker stems....der...besides not having enough thread to cover the 6mm ally bar that would also require disconnecting the wires to thread through the support and nut again. So I had to rebend them and opted for the quick loosen of the nuts for an easy off method vis a slot instead of drilling a hole. The support has to go outside the frame brace as it has a 5mm return on the inside. This would mean I needed 11mm of thread and it would bolt up under stress....not all that great an idea for alloy......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang017/004.jpg)




Rack has been made and fitted. The idea is for a quick release setup that keeps the majority of the load weight as far forward on the bike as possible....without the possibility of damaging the seat....this has a large pad that merely rests on the seat. My saddle bags will be positioned forward of the front edge of the rack.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang017/009.jpg)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang017/008.jpg)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang017/007.jpg)



Stainless section can be moved in to accommodate my normal back pack and elongated for my duffle bag......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang017/006.jpg)




I am trying to work out a way the rack when removed can be utilised (it can easily take my weight)....my first thought was a back rest for my folding seat in the background....


Have been agonising over making snazzy saddle bag supports to keep them from hitting the wheel etc when I happened on the idea of moving the whole shebang a foot of more forwards.....that way I only have to protect the sidecovers from damage. This still left a problem with width. Having had a brush or two with trackside (and roadside) branches etc I want to keep width to a minimum.

Sometimes good ideas take time and so it has taken me a good month to figure out...."Why don't I just make my own direct copy fibreglass sidecovers" Who cares if they get a bit scuffed. I can make them as strong as all get out! Base of the bags can be tied to the never used pillion pegs brackets and the straps over the pillion section of the seat....job done!

Still peaved about the tank size for an adventure bike* though....got only 158klm from my second fill up before reserve...first one got me 160. So far for two complete full tanks I am still 20klm shy of what my old DR650 got BEFORE reserve on one tank. Poor mileage is by virtue of extremely short rides with only a kilometre to get to work. But when getting better mileage when fully run in and on tour I will still be 200klms shy of the old girls mark. I need to find a 10 litre capacity space somewhere about the centre of the bike.....there's no way I'm forking out 600* hard earns for a safari or acerbis long range.




Cheers,
Chris.


*......that to me is pure exploitation.







Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: scotty on April 05, 2014, 10:19:47 PM
Looks well thought out mate,if you are making replacement side covers could you make them strong enough or shape them differently to incorporate a carrier type pocket to carry a fuel container or extra gear?

Cheers Craig
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 05, 2014, 11:06:23 PM
Your in my head scotty....ooooh.  :o :o


Had just gotten to that thought 15 minutes ago as I would prefer to simply have a direct gravity feed rather than decanting.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jasonit490 on April 07, 2014, 11:58:26 AM
Chris long range tank from fleabay about $365 delivered, but I'm thinking you already know this ;)



                                                                      Jason.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 07, 2014, 04:06:21 PM
Hadn't seen 'em that cheap Jason. Some "seconds" were around $400US without delivery....my mind shut down when I started to equate conversion and shipping..... :o :o


But a seed has been sewn, there is no going back for me!




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 07, 2014, 05:43:07 PM
Just realised I had been looking at 30L tanks....had spotted a while back an Acerbis 20L for under $300US but they wanted too much for shipping. Since then I've been concentrating on the most necessary first....the carry rack. Next will be the saddle bag setup which may indeed preclude the need for a bigger tank.

Right now I need to cut a large lump outa me head!!


Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 07, 2014, 06:16:41 PM
 :o :o

Well that didn't go well....now I'll have to go to hospital.  ::)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: gothamit on April 07, 2014, 06:24:17 PM
MATE !!
 I asumed you ment BIKE head  :o :o

  your one hearty character  :-\

     Bruce
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 07, 2014, 07:06:38 PM
Yeah it was one of those "Kiddies, don't try this at home" things that was an abject failure.... ::)

Electrical fixes AND medical fixes seem to be beyond me..... :D :D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on April 07, 2014, 07:39:45 PM
Whodathunkit?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 07, 2014, 07:42:16 PM
A small cyst appeared last june....I've had quite a few of them before....I copped a knock on it and it grew, hence the whiskers. All good (didn't scare any kiddies) till week or so back when I caught my thumb nail under it taking my helmet off....crikey it hurt. Swelled up to first grape size and then it got on the 'roids and started ruining things. Besides being quite sore it has it's own heart beat....was hoping it would develop an anus and sh_t itself. Normal procedure is to let it runs it's course and deal with a mess one day. But I got my youngest son's wedding this weekend...pressures on.... :D :D

I thought I could simply lance it but it's too deep, had two cracks at it but best I get a doc to drain it instead..... ::)


Here's a look-see..... :o

http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/slideshow/BrangaTangTang020




Whodathunkit?


Country folk fred. Bush upbringing makes you superman!





Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 08, 2014, 11:56:33 AM
  your one hearty character


Not really Bruce..... ::)


This morning the Doctor did exactly what I did....except he wasn't feeling it.

Stuck me onna flatbed, flashed a bright yellowish light on me, put a white sheet with a hole in it over me face and started hacking away with a scalpel....just like I did, but he kept going. He made it through the debris and cut the cyst....gees it stunk.

Now I just gotta keep a pressure gauze on it for 24hr (how easy is that.... ::) ) I'm on anti-bots and when that course is done I need to go and have it (the remnant cyst) removed under local anaesthetic.

Apparently the whiskers have to go....... :o


....at least I have the rest of the day off work.




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on April 09, 2014, 10:00:12 PM
that's no damn good Chris, get well soon champ
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 27, 2014, 08:55:46 AM
Well I've been able to bend over without my head swelling for a week or so so have made some "catch up" progress across the board....which means not a great deal for each individual project I'm workin' on.

However I did complete the fabrication of the rear extension for my DR's rack.....5 pieces went into making this one......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang030/DR650reartrayfabrication.jpg)





Will be doing some fibreglass sidecover/guard parts this morning....I will sand it down and then I will flowcoat it white like the front section, bolt it up and take a pic. Next will be the beefed up replica sidecovers. Also working on a detachable fuel bladder.... ;D



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 27, 2014, 07:54:14 PM
(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang031/031.jpg)



(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang031/032.jpg)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on April 27, 2014, 09:18:44 PM
Ha! its a sprintcar wing for a bike.

Just sayin. :)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on April 27, 2014, 09:20:13 PM
The day my balls turned blue....  :P

What's going on this Unidentified Frame Option ?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 27, 2014, 09:25:58 PM
Canvas bag 70cm long. Carries all my lightweight stuff like tent, bedding etc...
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: rodeobob on April 27, 2014, 09:31:33 PM
Have you lost a T-handle in your workshop lately???
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: dirt turtle on April 29, 2014, 08:17:12 PM
Have you lost a T-handle in your workshop lately???
Ha ha, thats funny,certainly looks like it. :D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 29, 2014, 08:44:28 PM
Haha...nice one. Does look that way.


Now I'm thinking/working (thurking) out a way of making a chair out of it for when I......take the load off.....      ::)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on April 29, 2014, 08:50:19 PM
4 more T handles (you probably got the first one in a set of 5?) and some conduit saddles and some coat hangers. Lightweight, but it doesn't need to be high load bearing...it isn't my chair.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 29, 2014, 09:07:16 PM




grab a few ideas.

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zB9GCY5Xuss/UKLtE6_QrpI/AAAAAAAAT7Q/S7vGwtelEZw/s1600/i-chairs-for-abu-dhabi-by-tadashi-kawamata2-z90.jpg)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on April 29, 2014, 09:31:47 PM
no wonder they are all standing there in admiration.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 29, 2014, 09:40:36 PM
Boom boom tish.....















....there's two barrels in that one fred!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on April 30, 2014, 06:43:21 AM
Isn't that the sound of two elephants with a cymbal falling off a cliff?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on May 10, 2014, 01:02:27 PM
Today is saturaterday (been teeming with rain)....

'Tis the day my new DR650 is booked in for it's first service down in Seaford. Sheesh, reckon I caught every traffic light on the 35klm trip..... ::)

Kevin (of recent 2t Scott 600cc fame) kindly sent me a link for a classic bike display nearby...great, I will have about a quoted "two hour" wait while my bike is serviced. Only 400m away too.

First I opened the link to check display times....click on "About Us" and then "The Showroom"... http://www.classicstyle.com.au/

Everything on their website points be able to come down and have a gander at their "The Classic Motorcycle Warehouse" any time between 9am-2pm saturday.

Got there only to see a big sign on the window stating "Viewing strictly by appointment only".

 >:( >:( :( :( :'( :'(



On a lighter note, a meandering walk found me eating a yummy egg'n bacon sanger and watching junior footy...then the bikeshop text me to say bike's ready only an hour and 15 mins after I left it there and the cost was $30 under the $250 quote. And it stopped raining for a few minutes here and there.

I am getting a good 65mpg though now that the motor has bedded in.....and I can now use "full throttle"....but that seemed a bit pointless in today's conditions.




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: dirt turtle on May 10, 2014, 09:14:33 PM
Quote
I am getting a good 65mpg though now that the motor has bedded in.....and I can now use "full throttle"....but that seemed a bit pointless in today's conditions.

Hey Chris, so what are you getting per tank? Is it around the 210km? How many litres is your tank?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on May 11, 2014, 08:01:36 AM
Newbies tank is 13 litres only Scott. Started off getting only 160klms for 10 litres...which gave me a range of about 210klm. That's exactly half my old '89 DR's range!

Mind you, 95% short runs at half throttle I wasn't expecting good figures. Now with long rides and not short changing all the time has given me a range of 235klms before reserve....still too low for decent days riding though.....may squeeze 300 out of a tank. The old DR was good for 420k's anytime-anywhere.




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on May 11, 2014, 09:36:24 AM
Did a dress rehearsal this morning....fitted up my saddle bags and went did some shopping. All good so far!

The bags have been placed a lot further forward than I had on my old one as they relied on a steel frame to hold them out away from the rear tyre and muffler.

But set further forward they rest against the side cover, hence why I will be making fibreglass replica's....they can be beefed up considerably and I won't be worried about damaging them either.


(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang042/073.jpg)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang042/075.jpg)



Velcro's across the seat, front support strap is attached down to the pillion peg mounts, rear strap is ziptied back to the grab-rail.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang042/076.jpg)



Plenty of seating room (for me)..... ;D

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang042/078.jpg)



I couldn't configure the old girl this way as she is kick start only....... :o :o :o :o



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on May 11, 2014, 12:25:07 PM


Looking flash Chris! well done

Shorts
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: dirt turtle on May 11, 2014, 07:28:39 PM
Hi chris,300ks to the tank seems good to me. My ttr600 would be lucky to get 400ks and the tank is 20litres. I have yet to set mine up with bags/panniers. I am thinking of using those safe cases for mine.

cheers scott.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 10, 2014, 07:15:05 PM
Quietly in the wings of the bike workshop I have been toiling on a windscreen.....  :o :o  ;D

Initially I made a thin fibreglass flat sheet, smooth on one side. Thin enough to flex and be held in place with insulation tape but strong enough not to flex in the wind (being set to a curve gives the most strength)....I then tested the wind buffeting using a short ribbon over my left hand to and from work for two days.

Like this it stopped my chest being hammered but gave my head curry....... :o

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang095/1.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang095/1.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang095/2.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang095/2.jpg.html)







Third day I had a small curve added at the top....... ;)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang095/3.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang095/3.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang095/4.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang095/4.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang095/5.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang095/5.jpg.html)







Shidot, after many years of doing this sort of thing has paid off, that top curve setup nailed it beautifully in one go. I can even afford to drop it down in height at least 3cm (1.25").

Next came bolstering it in shape for when I remove it from my headlight surround...... 8)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang095/6.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang095/6.jpg.html)






This gave me the continuing shape to allow the screen to move up or down the headlight surround......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang095/7.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang095/7.jpg.html)





I have started the waxing process, wax on - wax off x at least 5 more times.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang095/8.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang095/8.jpg.html)





After waxing, I will gelcoat it any colour and lay up several layers of fibreglass....this will become the mould. Once released I shall address the edges and polish the replica surface of my smooth flatsheet. This then gets 6 waxes and can be gelcoated (with pigment or clear) and then laminated....hmmmm, I might have enough black carbon fibre here big enough without a join....if not, black gelcoat and two light layers of hand-mat should do it.

I will use arrow head grommets to hold in place I think...only needs three for mind.

Obviously the screen will be an opaque one like my old DR's one I made...I have never once needed to look through that one.

(http://p1.bikepics.com/2010/11/23/bikepics-2102829-800.jpg)





Saddlebags seem to be doing well where they are as I have not even thought about them since a few days after fitting them. Have not fully loaded both sides as yet though........... :o



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on August 10, 2014, 07:39:57 PM
OOOooooohhhh,  I know a couple of blokes heading off to Tassie in a couple of days on DR650s. When will you have them ready?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 10, 2014, 08:01:19 PM
Hehe....yeah, not that quick. Prolly a month...or after Cooka-ish.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: dirt turtle on August 12, 2014, 06:51:38 PM
Nice work chris. 8) You definately get hammered when riding these type of bike. That screen will look the part when its done.

cheers scott
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 12, 2014, 07:03:48 PM
Yes, you tend to be sat in a dirtbike stance with very little forward bodyweight on the bars.....I got to admit I didn't think I would be limited in such a big way getting a modern bike. The lack of windscreen has me spent after 100klms @110....or about 2 hours out on the highways. Mind you, I'd be coughin' for fuel pretty soon anyways. My old girl has the screen and 20lt tank as stock. Newbie has a total of 13 on tap!

Finished the waxing and gelcoated the mock-up/pattern this evening, will give it a back up coat tomorrow.




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 16, 2014, 08:33:41 PM
Mould is half-way there.......

Eight layers of 225gsm glass fibre then a 2mm layer of Cormat.....a kind of wooly fibred foam layer, with another 2 layers of 225gsm over that. Support base has been hot glued in place......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang098/014Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang098/014Custom.jpg.html)


Just need to knock these bracing blocks free and trim the edge down to release....circles etc are from where I looked through the gelcoat for light spots to touch up as I need plenty of thickness.....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang098/016Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang098/016Custom.jpg.html)






Knocking the bracing off also demoulded the pattern....good waxing!

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang098/017Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang098/017Custom.jpg.html)





Pretty happy about that, shape is good with not too many areas to toil over.....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang098/020Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang098/020Custom.jpg.html)




The mould surface will have to be wet rubbed and polished (hence the required thickness of gelcoat) ....that flat sheet I used has been kicking around well over ten years as it has slowly been hacked away from a kitchen table size.....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang098/021Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang098/021Custom.jpg.html)



I reckon two more weekends and the new DR will be sporting a deep charcoal grey windshield.




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: dirt turtle on August 16, 2014, 08:43:50 PM
Hi chris, i am looking forward to seeing it. You know your stuff with that fibreglass. Will look sweet i reckon.

cheers scott.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 23, 2014, 08:30:21 AM
First screen is made....just needs be sized for fitment. Will source some appropriate fasteners today.


Edge has been trimmed down (still slightly oversize) and wet rubbing out some draw marks from the hot-glue gun bracing. I started with 600grit and then applied some dye and went with 800grit....hi's and low's can be easily seen using the dye.


(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang101/042Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang101/042Custom.jpg.html)




I only rubbed it back to 1200grit and gave it a hand polish....not a full shine. I could have left it unpolished and achieved a satin finish but it would have been too difficult to get a "neat" result as any fingerprint or slight scuff would show up very clearly. I made up some charcoal gelcoat mixing black with 10% IT Blue. Here's the first part from the mould......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang101/a.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang101/a.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang101/b.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang101/b.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang101/c.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang101/c.jpg.html)





When final sized I will matt-black the back....and apply some form of rubber underlay where the screen touches the headlight shroud.

Just might go for a blast up the ranges tomorrow to test it out....providing I come up with some fasteners today.



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 24, 2014, 06:02:29 PM
Got the windscreen fitted up today.

Tried for some suitable fasteners yesterday and figured I already have all that I could find, so I used some small pass through grommets and M4 screws.

No need to pad the screen this way...........

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It is sturdy and wind will not flex it.....

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Colour and sheen is very close to the bike's seat, which is what I was aiming for......

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Alas, I did not get away for a ride in them thar hills...... :(






Cheers,
Chris.

PS: I know it is hypocritical of me to drill holes in a plastic bike part, given my angst at the ruination of IT parts this way. But this is a DOI bike, (like all my bikes are)....and of course they are a current item too..... ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: scotty on August 24, 2014, 06:20:27 PM
Looks sweet,great job Chris.

Cheers Craig
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 24, 2014, 06:25:26 PM
Thanks Craig, I'm pretty happy with it...although I will add a second centre fastener to make it symmetrical. The one fitted is 1cm off centre.


Cheers,
Chris.


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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: chippy on August 24, 2014, 09:43:18 PM
Top job Chris. It looks like a stock part.
Whats next?
           Cheers Rob.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 24, 2014, 09:47:27 PM
Bashplate Rob...... ;)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on August 25, 2014, 02:30:06 PM
How many km's to the tank does the DR get?

 :)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 25, 2014, 03:53:30 PM
270-280 for the newbie....the old girl gave me in excess of 420...... :o


Average 21.6klm/lt Jock. That was on an all encompassing three state ride/adventure....about 3,000klm.





Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on August 25, 2014, 04:03:00 PM
270-280 for the newbie....the old girl gave me in excess of 420...... :o


Average 21.6klm/lt Jock. That was on an all encompassing three state ride/adventure....about 3,000klm.





Cheers,
Chris.

How many Litres does the new DR tank hold?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 25, 2014, 05:21:46 PM
10+3.


Not big enough!




.......I had my own main/reserve tubes for the old one....tank held just on 21 litres and I set it at 15 for the main. That gave me about 120klm safe reserve.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on August 25, 2014, 07:03:43 PM
10+3.

Yep.

That is a bit small isn't it....

 ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on August 25, 2014, 07:08:47 PM
That is a bit small isn't it....




Ooooh yeah!



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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on November 03, 2014, 04:33:20 PM
Thanks Craig, I'm pretty happy with it...although I will add a second centre fastener to make it symmetrical. The one fitted is 1cm off centre.


Cheers,
Chris.


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Hehe....I got around to fixing that today....sorta.  ;)


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....a mate gave me this idea though..... ;D ;D

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No drilling required..... :D :D





Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 25, 2014, 09:00:30 PM
Went scrub for a few days...needed a break from the grind. Can say the screen worked well heading up, found it needs a small angle adjustment on my return into a stiff southerly. Bike went great but I'm a little stiff.

I stacked what I need for some time away fossicking and feeding on fresh cooked yabbies and lamb chops by the campfire.....

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Packed up (almost ready) to go....still to put final web strap that will compress the bag considerably....

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Arrived at old faithful campsite after a stop at Tooboruc for an egg and bacon sanga, DR went well but had to sit forward a little to keep the front steady on the gravel corners and rifts. There has been recent rains but the surrounding paddocks are extremely dry, forest itself was doing okay although it's only the hardy flora that survives the poor soil and spasmodic rains this year.

I took this pic on arrival and didn't see that sapling....it has sprung up in the last year or so....darn thing, walked into it a few times...

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Dam was two thirds full which was a nice surprise.....note the two fallen trees on the right......

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Cloud of ruffled feathers on one edge of the dam.......

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I would guess they are adolescent owl feathers....any sign of blood would have been taken by ants. I can only think goanna or feral cats, but no tracks were apparent.....

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The two trees were only a few metres apart and both snapped off a metre or so from the ground....no other damage anywhere....

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I can only surmise that lightning played a part.  :o :o :o


I dug up my buried yabby nets and put three in the dam and went off on the DR to collect some firewood, doesn't take long to find where some "loggers" have made a kill and left some spoils in their haste.

Parked near a pile of suitable tailings and loaded a few choice bits of grey box into my right saddle bag....I gave the bike a bit of a wiggle to see if it's steady when it just rolled forward and tad and fell away from me....CRACK!

For some reason I "rescued" one of the wood pieces from the saddlebag as it fell.... ::)

Put a scratch on what ever these things are called.....

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And spat the internals of the clutch electric start cut-out switch.....

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Left mirror now matches the right which has been already whacked by trail riding....... ::)

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Dropped my wood off and went up one of the hills to a decent vantage point within the forest.....I've snapped all my bikes here I think.

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Oh, and what I learnt was if I'm gonna park on a mound....have the rear lower than the front if left in neutral.....

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This vantage point is where an open cut mine is and a deep mine that was previously surrounded by one strand of barbed wire.....it has now been made very safe for whatever should come by.....

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Which is a good thing coz it's at least 5 seconds deep.......

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Pretty soon I had the campsite as it should be......

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The view from my bench seat (closest part of the only through road is only about 300m away) I heard no traffic at all when I was there and rarely do. The drought breaking rains have once again obscured the camp from that only road vantage area......

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Campfire set up for when it's needed. Yes, that green branch is very volatile and burns just like touch paper and eucalyptus oil.....

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Convenient yabby meat bone to attract the resident ants away from exploring my gear........they will no doubt leave prior to dinner.... :D

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I have seen native stubble quail darting about the place before but never been able to snap one on film....I did see one lose a feather on what turned out to be an old broken hand blown bottle.....

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I had been catching a steady supply of reasonably sized yabbies and out of one net...one caught me. My only true captive trap needs a zipper access and reaching in one got me on an artery......you can just make out the reddish U shaped mark across the vein....

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Some pretty serious thoughts flashed by me until I managed to pry the claw apart with a blade.  :o


Dusk here takes three hours or more and soon the campfire will we warranted. Although it was a hot day in the sun, the stiff southerly had a decent wind chill effect.......

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32c  but felt like 25c...dropped down to 9-10c most nights. Pretty soon dinner was underway.....

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Content with myself after three days I caught a last batch of yabbies and headed back with a feedful in the bag.

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Bike gave me a return of 22.8 klm/litre which id down a bit on the old girls 24.6 for the same trip. Need to tilt my screen forward a degree or two.....and remember my clutch switch bizzo is disconnected.




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Martin I Henry on December 25, 2014, 10:09:24 PM
An excellent write-up once again Chris.
Thanks for taking the time to share your adventures with us.

Hope you had a great Christmas day.

Cheers,

Dave .
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: enduras_wr200 on December 26, 2014, 08:01:07 AM
    What  Dave said! Thanks for taking us with you on your adventures! Your knowledge on fauna and flora is amazing! Not to mention again your writing skills! Thanks Chris


   Cheers, Fanis
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: freebrd1975 on December 28, 2014, 01:41:42 PM
Looks like you had a great time! 8)What are those yabbies called crayfish or crawfish?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on December 28, 2014, 02:21:51 PM
Yabbies.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 28, 2014, 04:59:31 PM
Crayfish are seafood....Crawfish are in movies.  ;D

These are called a Yabby. ....or Cherax Destructor to be precise.



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 29, 2014, 05:42:08 AM
Heading off on a fishing trip.... ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Devondan on December 29, 2014, 06:14:17 AM
Cool -but 10 c is a warm summer day over here! 
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: freebrd1975 on December 29, 2014, 01:30:18 PM
Crayfish are seafood....Crawfish are in movies.  ;D

These are called a Yabby. ....or Cherax Destructor to be precise.



Cheers,
Chris.

we used to call them crawfish back in 1965 when my granddaddy and i would catch them.we would
ride around until we found a gator pond and take a basket and drag it and hoped we would catch some 8)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: F.Gassit on December 29, 2014, 06:26:53 PM
Good read, and a good trip Chris.

How do you catch your yabbies ?



..................I have a cool method........




 8)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 29, 2014, 06:30:14 PM
I'll be posting up shortly.... ;)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 29, 2014, 06:47:04 PM
I planned this day fishing trip for yesterday (sunday) but the first thing I read on the forum about 5.20am was Dan's post informing us of Craig's passing. I read all our PM's and dozens of his posts....didn't look up till well after line wettin' time!

Anyway, I postponed it till today, this gave me time to add my panning equipment to this lot....

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Cooler with two iced coffees, two frozen litres water, bag chocolate babies, six slices bread some cut ham, pork and beef and tub potato salad. Camera bag and fishing tackle bags.

 
First stop (after paying $10 for 6 scrubworms at YEA  :o :o ) was the Goulburn River near Ghin Ghin.....water was down about 4' from normal xmas levels.

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Tranquil views can be deceiving!



The obnoxiously loud Sulpher Crested Cockatoo.....  >:( >:(

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f__kers were everywhere carrying on like pork chops the entire time I was there!


These two huge river gums kept me on my toes...in fact near all the trees did. It was bark dropping time and long cylinders zeroed down on you like spears, could easy dent a bonnet or tear a bike seat.

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Beyond nearby tranquil (looking) pastures is where I will do lunch in four hours or so.....

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Right up there to be precise......  ;D ;D

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This spot on the Goulburn coughed up half dozen good eatin' sized redfin one day....just by dropping a line straight off the bank. Have tried at every opportunity since and never got nuthun' since.

So, after a fruitless hour listening to the cacophony above me and crunch of bark spears about me.....oh, and Mrs. Cow, seemingly getting reamed in a far off paddock up wind.....I left, and headed to King Parrot Creek.....which to my surprise had no campers in the ample picnic area near the bridges.


 ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 29, 2014, 07:57:37 PM
The creek was very low....lowest I've seen in a while. Result of the huge urban expansion that has Melbourne pillaging a lot of the catchment areas well before the water gets to the major water catchments. This creek starts way back around Glenburn and Break-O'Day where even the hobby farmers are getting crowded by half acre lots in little groups...woops, off track!


Creek was low.....

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Up stream to the Yea-Seymour road bridge......

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Downstream to the viaduct thingy bridge....

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Where I am standing I would up to my waist in water at this time of year, in winter water, I would be under. The water although clear is stained very dark from the ti-trees natural Tanin, lining this creeks extensive reach. Rocks are stained a very dark black.

I discover I am being watched.....

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Mr. Skink....there are many about warming on the dark rocks, some try hiding......

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This old stump tells a story of old.........has been hidden by undergrowth for the last 34 years that I have looked along there....

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These are where the axe-men cut out a hole to place standing boards....usually part of the logging process off-cut....shaped a bit like a small surfboard. The end is driven into the hole and they're afforded a sturdy and mobile platform. At first they cut by axe a wedge depending on the chosen path of fall. The series of holes allow them to go at two angles for the long hand blades they used 150  years ago.

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I set my line in the midst of the biggest and deepest section that I know of....seems weird accessing from the creek though...

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"Nuther shot of the viaduct thingy.....  ;D

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Then I went downstream a little and tried out my panning expertise.....  ::)



Returned after a short while and saw my rod prop had caved away, I hauled my line in to find at least two yabbies who hung for their share till the very end...although I let 'me go....

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In fact, as soon as I cast in with fresh bait the yabbies were onto it....wouldn't fancy a natural hydro-spa on them rocks!


Oh well...at least my make-shift gravel lifter works well.......

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I managed to gather quite a lot of sand/gravel from deep among the rocks. Alas, all it yielded was some pieces of corroded lures and that a fair amount of antimony is about. So what's the price of tin?  :D :D


I had only to put my jacket and helmet on and was having a ciggie after packing my bike when a bike cruised past up on the road....sounded like a Duke....I hear it slow and stop just a short way past and then come back over the bridge and then back the dirt track to the large flat area beside the creek to where I was. I was parked down on a lower walking area, this guy parked up on the gravel...think it was maybe a 1200 adventure bike of some sort...dunno, was shiny and orange with plenny breaky bits.

Old guy saunters down and says g'day....yada yada bike yada yada bike yada yada....ya' get the picture. Told him not worth wettin' a line as you'll only feed the yabbies...and I get's that age old thing where they say "I thought they were only cleaning away the meat as they are herbivores...."

Strewth if watchin' a few hundred thousand yabbies consume meat in the last 50 odd years doesn't tell me books and uni studies mean jackshit sometimes....so I said...."Oh, is that why I catch them with soap too...."

His stunned look gave the time to add that reading is not seeing. He changed tack immediately and pulls out a dry pipe and fires up a choof, by this stage I was helmet on and away......

To the mountain!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 29, 2014, 09:04:43 PM
Around near the top of that peak is where we're off to, same place I went last xmas...

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Mt. Concorde is not high by any stretch but it's a bl__dy good ride all the same!

I've never stopped here before, only did to take the pic...it's a small triangular area adjacent the highway (a series of causeway bridges) and the dirt road turn off that comes down and angles away about twenty degrees. After taking the pics I turned round and went into the shade of a huge Imported tree for a pee when I noticed an old derelict building in front of me....crikey, been past here a hundred times I reckon and never seen it before. Worth a mosey....

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The colour is deafening.....

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Basic, very basic.....

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Basically as basic as you can get......

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Cattle have a been having a party of a time here this time round.....

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Mind the step......

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I say this time around, given the cement troughs in the stove room and the cement work in the first room which is open one side and the pens adjoining the "front door" I would say it was once an abattoir.

Good to see it has changed hands....  ::)


I crossed the river flats and started up the hill, this is about the longest view you get of the single lane road....it's a focus ride up or down....

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Plenty of bark on the road here too, but didn't hear any cockatoos screeching, I was soon parked up.......

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Flow of the two creeks was down on last year so both side of the divide are dry or very low on water. First decent pool I found had a large spiny yabby heading for my bait......

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Those pincers would make short work of my line......

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For that variety he was huge and surely ruled that pond, I grabbed an iced coffee and headed downstream to the other creek coming down. I had already done a reccy down here with the camera earlier but didn't sight anything...too noisy on all the bark down.

I re-baited my line and set the rod up against a rock wall, any bite would topple it and I'd hear....not many pools to choose from as the flow was small in both runs.

I sat and gazed upstream at some reed warblers darting over a small pool between rocks and clumped overhanging grass. Birds were trying to catch the ever moving Water Striders that are about the place.

I had a myriad of small fry attacking my worm bait so I looked at that small pond upstream and noticed (what I thought was) a reed swaying in the water from side to side but as I stood up I realised it was a snake swimming upstream! Could have fancied them warblers....

Then my rod fell over and I had hooked the smallest of Rainbow Trout....was half the size of the worm, luckily it fell off before I could lift it all the way to my rock perch. Cheeky sh_t!

Speaking of sh_t.....grabbed my rod and re-hooked the now battered worm and walked very carefully upstream and hadn't gone 5m when in a 3' deep old part of the creek was a 4 foot Brown snake on the hunt, looked like there was a wombat hole entrance beneath me. Snake stopped and tasted the air, I let my worm down to about 10" beside it. Plenty of tongue darts and a slow slide into the bank below me....it's tail tip could be seen for a few minutes as I gazed about.

Took me 10 minutes to get to a seemingly safe pond...or about 50m upstream. This would be my last pond to try...I was gettin' hungry. Feeling the urge to avoid snakes I basically retraced my steps....and bugger me dead, near as I was approachin' where I'd seen the snake near the 3' drop, I see the last 4 foot of another large brown disappearing over the edge directly in front of me. Judging by where his anus was I reckon it was over 6' long....that's big for a brown. Think I may have disturbed his "functions" of the day.....


I tossed my battered worm and headed for the saddle bags.....


Lunch, fresh bakery bread, sliced ham, pork and beef with some loverly spud salad...washed down with an iced coffee.

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Suddenly it went still.....lots of dead leaves were falling to the ground....was eerie. Wind had dropped markedly...had been a mild northerly and puffy clouds...felt like 24-25c. Within minutes dark clouds appeared and the wind picked up but from the SW and with a chill to it.....

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I have been caught up in these ranges in a thunderstorm before and it's 'ken dangerous...as I packed it was getting darker-windier-colder...

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Strewth, what a trip back. Once back on the highway (at the old abattoirs) I turned straight into a roarin' westerly....Goulburn vally directs anything east/west....I passed vans and small trucks like they were in first gear still. Was glad to get to Yea and turn south...yep, lay of the land gave a great tailwind....made cruising at 110 like a suburban street ride....till I got to Glenburn's old pub site when I could see the white-out in front of me covering all the hills ahead. Hopefully I will miss as it swathes across my bearing.

I sort of did, I didn't get real wet but roads were wet as and it was blowin' a gale now....heaps of tree debris and by the time I got to the top of Toolangi there were large tree branches down everywhere. I slowed down to 80 and stayed near the centre. Coming down towards Dixon's Creek there were a few blokes already hauling trees off the road with their 4wd's.

I was dry by the time I got home but gees I got chilled along the way.



Footnote:  ::)  When I took my boots off to flick the grass seeds off that had gotten into my socks....one rather large one flicked off itself...then took another flick on the floor. It was a small grasshopper from the creek area. I let him go on principle....


Cheers,
Chris.

PS: For fred.....I use any meat for catching yabbies...from a piece tied to cotton thread and pull in lifting a hand sieve under it to hoop nets with a rotten chop in it...or european carp....hate them f__kers with a passion. Use a drag net to catch bait yabbies. Shrimps like old school soap.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: F.Gassit on December 29, 2014, 09:18:11 PM
If you would like a  line damage free, 75% + success rate way of catching yabbies in the type of creek in the last post (previous aquaduct one looked deep and dark , so line or trap required there !), gi's a yell........

no packing or transport required.



 :)


Nice work :-)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: eyetee on December 30, 2014, 01:30:10 PM
Nice one Chris!

Looks like you had another great 'mini adventure'

Thanks for the pics and words - a good read  :)


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Good to see it has changed hands....   ::)
  :D :D


That "viaduct thingy", is that the old Tallarook to Yea railway line?  looks like they have made it into a rail-trail going by those fences... (bit of a gunzel here (ex train nut))  ;D :-[ :-[

Cheers

Andrew
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 30, 2014, 01:53:03 PM
The Tallarook to Mansfield line Andrew, I think it was maybe skinny gauge(?)....had a huge black aggy pipe along that particular section years ago. They tried back in the 90's to resurrect the line but it had been pillaged by various shires and landowners along it's length. OHS got involved and...yeah, now it's a walking/cycling trail....no trains!

Thanks for the encouraging comments too fellas, I planned the "mini" adventure as the first ride was a very light on for content I thought... ;)

Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: eyetee on December 30, 2014, 02:09:34 PM
lol, yeah, I know it's the Mansfield line... but I was wondering if you took those pics in the Tallarook to Yea section  :D The line was a broad-gauge branch line running passenger and goods trains to Mansfield and also branching off to Alexandra, just after Molesworth. Mainly saw R, K and J class locos back then and older VR liveried diesels up to the 60's (goods). Check out the Cheviot tunnel near Yea (Limestone road) next time you are up there, you used to be able to drive a car through it but I've heard it has been incorporated into the rail-trail program. It will blow you away! huge engineering for the time.

Cheers

Gunzel Andrew  :D :D


Edit:  they closed it.. but you should be able to get your bike through those "traffic stoppers"  :o :D :D

http://www.l2sfbc.com/rmp/blog/cheviot-tunnel-yea-closed-to-vehicles (http://www.l2sfbc.com/rmp/blog/cheviot-tunnel-yea-closed-to-vehicles)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: harko on December 30, 2014, 02:18:29 PM
Thanks for the read Chris.

Watch out for the big Browns, the falling bark, the ball grabbing yabbies, the weather, sounds like you're taking your life in your hands.  ;)

Harko
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 30, 2014, 03:02:09 PM
I was wondering if you took those pics in the Tallarook to Yea section

Just shy of Kerrisdale, bridge is over the King Parrot Creek 100m from entering the Goulburn. Ta for the link.

Way too many snakes for my liking harko...flat ground I wouldn't be so concerned....but I spent a lot of time clambering hand and foot over log/boulders. Still a good excuse for a ride.... ;D

Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on December 31, 2014, 11:43:24 AM
Aye Chris!

I would like to come on one of these missions with you one day.

Let's plan one! Would like to eat some of those yabbies too!

Cheers

Jock
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 31, 2014, 12:16:25 PM
Cool....what bike were ya' thinkin'? Plenny good places close by...my last day trip took me past the road to Three Bridges, past the turn off to Castella, past the road to Tallarook and I turned off few K's shy of the direct road to Ruffy.... :D


I'm kinda likin' this "day trip" idea....gonna head off at sparra's fart tomorrow.


Switch to satellite in this link, I'll be trying my luck in Stoney Creek.....fish or gold!


http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/37%C2%B031'45.7%22S+145%C2%B036'24.7%22E/@-37.5308728,145.5925683,10369m/data= (http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/37%C2%B031'45.7%22S+145%C2%B036'24.7%22E/@-37.5308728,145.5925683,10369m/data=)!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0!5m1!1e1




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on December 31, 2014, 12:42:57 PM
Cool....


 ;D


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what bike were ya' thinkin'?

DT175, ridden from Sydney to Melbourne.  ;)

(http://yamahait.com.au/images/DT175/Yamaha_DT_175_1.jpg)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 31, 2014, 12:52:54 PM
DT175, ridden from Sydney to Melbourne.  ;)


POP
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on December 31, 2014, 12:54:14 PM
POP

?

Engine go POP!

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 31, 2014, 12:57:02 PM
Piece of p_ss.....to ride that is :D :D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on December 31, 2014, 01:10:34 PM
Piece of p_ss.....to ride that is :D :D

May need a custom fibreglass/perspex screen and some saddle bags of some sort.

Slight gearing adjustment and some Les-Tuning and it should sit on 100 clicks no worries.

I wonder how many km's to the tank though....

Did they make a SAFARI tank for the DT175?

 ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: F.Gassit on December 31, 2014, 01:21:17 PM
At hours of constant , 100 kay an hour throttle setting, I'm wondering how pistons to the tank you'll get......... ;) :D :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 31, 2014, 01:22:11 PM
May need a custom fibreglass/perspex screen


Take a pic of the headlight shroud as you sit on the bike...or POV in the porn vernacular... :D :D :D




$75 from a bikeshop....fits anything.

(http://www.actionbikeski.com.au/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/650x/bc4e746dd5ba7ff57e5d035158e3633b/r/j/rjays_touring_saddle_bags_for_motorcycles.jpg)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: F.Gassit on December 31, 2014, 02:35:12 PM
Ahhhh.

Good idea.


Put the DT in the saddle bags, catch the bus, and assemble it when you get there.


That's what I like about you blokes, ya clever........always thinking outside the dodecahedron.


 :D :D :D :D :D




O'course I'm drunk ! It's new years !!!  :D ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 31, 2014, 02:45:35 PM
wondering if you took those pics in the Tallarook to Yea section


Now that I have figured out how to sorta work google maps...here's where I took the pic from. (go to satellite)

http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/37%C2%B008'42.7%22S+145%C2%B016'05.5%22E/@-37.145198,145.26818,651m/data= (http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/37%C2%B008'42.7%22S+145%C2%B016'05.5%22E/@-37.145198,145.26818,651m/data=)!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0



Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 01, 2015, 05:20:47 AM
Looks like the weather gods are gonna be favourable today..... ;D


Hope there's no drunks still out on the roads.... :o



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 01, 2015, 10:37:23 AM
Bitchbuggerbumpisstitcockfart...... ::)


Fridge has carked itself....was transferring from fridge to cooler at 5.30am when the fridge started shakin' and knockin'. Stood back as it got louder, slammed door shut and gave it a kick...no improvement so I pulled the plug and went lay on the bed and fell asleep.

Got up later and plugged in the fridge to erase that dream but it still sounds like the motor is only half attached..... :o :o :o

Now the power is out altogether....prolly coz there is now a Tenix Service truck parked up against the main sub-box here. That's good as all my lights went out an hour ago but still had power-point power....seems I've been pulling-swapping fuses in vain.

Sheeesh....now I gotta come up with a fridge....not easy on a motorbike.



Hmmm....day one.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 01, 2015, 11:04:04 AM
Big Yay for Tenix..... :D


All back to normal.

Seems just as I was filling my cooler to head off fishing early this morning, the discombobulator (thanks wombo) at the electrical poles meeting disagreed totally and walked out...referred to as a brown out.

I only had plug in power and that was low...soon all lights were out and 3 phase gone. Only had 120v in the system apparently.

Here's the best bit....onna hunch (as I am definitely not electrically savvy) I plugged the fridge back in and it hummed perfectly...still is. Been off for 5.5 hours.

Phew! Day one just got a whole lot better.


I will go fishing tomorrow..... ;D ;D





PS: Glad I didn't have the hassle of replacing my fridge...it always seems to be a panic situation and you know you could get a better deal given time. This fridge cost me $80 back in 1996 and $40 of that was delivery.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 02, 2015, 04:53:02 AM
If at first you don't succeed...... ::)


Things are lookin' better today...at least the power is full throttle. But it's gonna be a stinker so I will be limiting my time out there this arvo.




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 02, 2015, 05:43:37 PM
Got away early...before 6am anyway. Couldn't believe I didn't stop until a servo at Healesville about 6.15, had only trod down two gears for a set of lights that changed to green before I got there just after leaving home.

It was about 15c in Baysie but the Yarra Valley was foggy and quite nip, about 8-10c I reckon, bl__dy marvelous ride.

Anyway, pulled into the biggest servo in healesville to get a punnet of scrub worms. Didn't have any....in fact, the only place I could get bait or tackle in town was closed till monday!!

 :o :o :o >:( >:(

Couldn't believe it....so many excellent trout streams around and nowhere to get supplies. Next place to get live bait was well past my destination or a detour up to Marysville. I'd make do with my fake baits and lures.

I gotta say. Not only did I have a stop free stint, the leg from Healesville to Narbethong is renowned among bikers as a must do run (The Black Spur)....so much so that wallopers hide in camouflage uniforms taking speed radar pics from in the bush. But...not one car...either way. Nothing spoilt my ride except for one stupid thing that nearly did me in.

There is the odd warning about speed and dangerous curves etc but approaching one switchback, about 50m from the start of the u-turn, a freakin' ten foot high LED sign exclaims in bright orange letters in among the tree ferns "TOO FAST!"....well f__k me, before I knew it I was 3' into the incoming lane and on the picks...instinct was a truck reversing onto the highway!

What nob put it in among roadside ferns??!!??

That said, it is one of the best stretches of road...only about 30klms but the sights are freakin' awesome and the road is divine...just make sure you do it about 6am.

It was cool but the early sun already had venom when I turned off the highway at 6.45am near Narbethong.

I know there is a small dam just short of the plantations at the end of Anderson's Lane, I'd taken my kids there twenty years ago.

Still there but is now very overgrown, well secluded and oh so tranquil.....  8)

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I baited up my travel rod and dropped it just shy of the reed-bed edge and relaxed....

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The range I was looking at on google has been devoured by bushfire, will most likely get swallowwd up by pines if they don't fully recover....

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I could see the odd small trout skimming the surface now and then...they were less than 6" long and very quick. I could feel tiny touches on my line. I cast out towards the middle and soon had something on. Little fight but lots of weight when my line snapped. Dang! Made a new trace, baited and cast to the same spot...waited....waited, then the line went limp. Started reeling and soon had the same heavy weight again but this time it was coming in albeit very sideways. It broke surface and I could see it was a turtle. Dang again. No choice but to cut the line which was dead easy....turtle has way more power than my line can take.

It was getting warm fairly quick, I had some iced coffee and marveled again at the pond, it soon settled back to a mirror finish....

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This pic has been flipped upside down......

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This spot had me mesmerised but I should have paid more attention to my camera settings....

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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 02, 2015, 05:55:23 PM
I left the pond and headed west into the plantations and strips of natural timber that make up that area between the Black Spur and Castella and Murrundindi.



I spotted a few trees missing and faint traces of tracks heading off one of the gravel plantation roads...what made it look even more inviting was a dozer scrape mound.

So I rode over it and the skinny track rutted up and led to a well made clearing....

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I even had some steps carved into the rise from the "parce ferme" and timber retaining wall near the fire pit...some other areas were leveled off too, about the size of a van/caravan.

Here's a big clue.......

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I'm thinkin' Mountain Bikes......  :D

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Even some neat small humps and table-tops.....  ;D ;D ::)

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Still left sh_t behind though....I also picked a 5mm shell near the firepit.  :o  ::)

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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 02, 2015, 06:30:06 PM
Moving on ahead....

Typical plantation roads but what struck me was the contrast in light within the pines...trees are that f'ken close together, all the leaves are dead except the top ten-fifteen feet!

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The lay of the land (and a memory of google) told me to turn right after a few miles and I'd hit the river...well, Stoney Creek actually.


Any turn-off's were hard to spot and looks like the loggers have been trying to close them all....perhaps to stop fishing and 4wd access....and yes, I purposely rode in through the mud!!

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Tracks now were very rutted but generally a decent flat-top down the middle...generally.

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Fun with duallies..... :D :D :D

Scary with duallies..... :o :o :o

Got home with duallies......  8) 8) 8)



Pretty soon I come across the creek....the Stoney one. Crikey, they've made it 20m wide.....

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Which I just had to cross and explore.....it actually looks a lot deeper and treacherous from this side.....

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Effin' Big tree..... ::)

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....and the rest of it.... :D

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Unfortunately the rest of the creek was very overgrown and access was a real fight. It was also flowing very fast in the narrow channel, extracting sand/gravel to pan was proving very difficult...

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I tried some of the sand/gravel back at the crossing but had no luck...gees, the water was only fridge temp but the air was warming heating quickly. I had to stand with just my feet in the sun..... :D :D

But gees, once I was clobbered up again I was hot...was good to get on the bike. Saw a few of these about....

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It all got a bit samo samo....pretty soon I was well past Stoney Creek... :o :o

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Crikey, next stop would be Castella.


I tried Stringybark Creek (I think) as it was a lot wider and more flatter but was a bit cloudy and this only accessible place had no shade....I lasted about 15 minutes without a touch.

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Whenever I got to an intersection I did the normal hoon thing and done wheelies, but just so when I come back I can see which way I came...coz the bush tracks don't have many landmarks and plantations hide the horizon....

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And ditto the plantation roads....

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These are on every road and irritate me no end.... ::)

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For no other reason than the mindset of the bloke who made the decision.



Pretty soon I was back on tar at Anderson's Lane...crikey it was hot. I pulled up for a drink and ciggie/p_ss...it was just after midday and my thermometer read 36c. Hot dry northerly and high cloud...a real stinker. Radio says Mildura was heading for high forties. Time to go home.

Waited at the highway for about thirty cars to go past before I dare enter. I managed to tag onto the back of 6 vehicles that welcomely all went at the speed limit (usually there's gawkers and idiots) After healesville I was on my own again....bliss, but I was riding into hotter weather.

Was 37c when I got home about 1.30pm. Prior to loading my pics...I went and got a six pack of beers so I can deal with poobucket...39c now I'm drinkin' 'em.  ;D :D 8) 8)


So, three trips....no fish...no gold but a fantastic feed of yabbies.

AND a drawer full of memories for the toolbox and another 997 kilometres under my belt...which cost me $54.23 in fuel. I learnt a lot about my new(ish) DR and also what gear I need...the dawning of just doing day trips takes the cake though. There is just so much to see and do within 100 miles of metro Melbourne. I have only been/seen 10% in all the 37 years I've been here....most of that has been on the DRs in the last year.

Nothin' beats a dirtbike...no matter the type, there's always a track for them.



Cheers,
Chris.

PS: One of the joys of ridin' a bike is the "oneness" you have with your environment as you live through it...it's not a movie like looking through a car screen, your actually innit. This serene time with the world all comes undone when you approach road kill though..... :D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 02, 2015, 07:56:18 PM
Crikey, next stop would be Castella.

I tried Stringybark Creek (I think) as it was a lot wider and ..........



Mr Google says Yelowdindi Creek... ::)

Go to satellite... ;)

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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Martin I Henry on January 02, 2015, 08:37:22 PM
Thanks Chris.
Once again a fine write-up of a great adventure.

It's good reading for us here in the Northern hemisphere, deep in the gloom of mid-winter !
Not so sure I could deal with those high temperatures.

Cheers,

Dave R.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 02, 2015, 08:50:38 PM
Thanks Dave.

Been a bit harsh actually...we've had a relatively mild build up this summer. No real high temps but overall the averages work out higher than previous years. But the highest so far has only been 32c (for half day only). Has been 20-23c the last week...all of a sudden it's 39c.

I was hoping that the higher country would have some respite but you can't escape the hot northerlies anywhere.

Beer is good.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: chippy on January 03, 2015, 11:04:08 AM
Great read Chris. Another stinker today.
                                                    Cheers Rob.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 03, 2015, 03:47:35 PM
Stinker alright....over 40 here now and windy as...TV is all about the fires too.... :o

Speaking of stinkers reminds me of the first time I went to that mirrored pond with my two boys who were budding teenagers. I was naturally fishing the pond when off down the road I could here my kids laughing and oohing and aahing....it got the better of me!

Set some bird bells on the rod and wandered down the road to find them piffing rocks at some road kill. A bl__dy great bloated wombat, legs splayed and guts blown up like a balloon. Rocks were bouncing off quite some distance and humoured my sons no end. Eldest grabs a big rock and lunges forward across the road like a weird shot putter and lobs the rock fair on it's gut....POOOF!

Hot green and black sh_t went squirting out as the gut split like a pair of tight trousers....it missed Rick my son but crikey did it stink. We all dry reached and that smell stayed with us for days.

Lads learnt a lesson that day....same way I did decades ago..... :D



Now, back to cooling off...... 8) 8) ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Convert on January 03, 2015, 06:00:25 PM
Great read Chris you got it all worked out don't ya supers way to spend a day , I learned or should I say was reminder of a lesson I know all so well but sometimes your guard comes down and get a get out of jail free card .

On Sunday last week we left glenaladale and headed over towards the wannangatt river where we had a mate waiting with fuel so we could  reach areas we normally couldn't reach due to fuel range . It was about 110 Kim to reach him , when we came of the trails up onto the fire road we had about 10 Kim of Fire road to get to the camp ground to re fuel ,  holiday makers everywhere and really dry and dusty , we were riding one out to avoid the dust and soon came up on a 4wd with camper in tow so visibility is now zero , could go past with the fear of a surprise switchback so I sat out in the middle of the road just cruising while a mate sat tight to my rleft then f__k me a all I saw was a hilux grill and 2 headlights bust out of the campers dust cloud , couldn't go hard left because of my mate , couldn't squeeze between so lucky for me the p plater in the hilux had the nouse to swerve left and make a gap which I gratfully powered through ...... Yep it did turn a little more Grey , i know better and I preach stay left , and I also preach if you can't see because of dust drop back .....  Maybe it was the 110 Kim of trails we had already covered or maybe it was me thinking about the 110 km of trails that we had coming up but goes to show you can never let your guard down otherwise you will come off second best every time ... My lucky day .
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 03, 2015, 06:41:26 PM
Strewth Zeb....that'd put the wind up me for sure. Good recovery!



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 07, 2015, 03:07:15 PM
Was all packed (still am) for an early start this morning for a three leg-one night camp-fossicking ride....from Yea, up to Graytown and camp overnight and then across to Creswick before returning. Storms were due tomorrow arvo....on a gut feel I went back to sleep, the stormy front came 24hrs early..... ;D





Been trolling through old pics for dodgy repairs and came across these showing the drought years.... ;)


The view from my bench seat (closest part of the only through road is only about 300m away) I heard no traffic at all when I was there and rarely do. The drought breaking rains have once again obscured the camp from that only road vantage area......

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Back then you could see all the way down to the road.....this was not long after some light rain which made for good riding!!

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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 08, 2015, 06:36:10 PM
Fairly glad I didn't head off yesterday as some of the storms were quite violent....didn't get the camera unpacked till after the mayhem had died down.... ::) But there were many close lightning strikes and very strong winds...then it bucketed down and even some hail. Weird thing was it was 39c.

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I took this pic prior to packing the bike for an overnighter....needless to say I didn't take the sleeping bags and mattress (in yellow bag), I also made a new improved gravel lifter (in front) Golf ball stuck on a rod that slides into the 40mm PVC pipe......

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Was surprised to see 98 octane at $1.25/litre....good coz I had just gone to reserve (had made 232 klms for 10 litres) Traffic was light, it was muggy and already 26c at 8am. Toolangi forest section was a nice blast, still some wet patches after passing showers. Seems that was the norm for the day....warm, muggy with intermittent showers.

Was soon off the highway and into the rollings hills just north of Kinglake's lush mountain ash forests....here it is considerably drier!

Looking south towards Melbourne....

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Turning counter clockwise, looking SE.....

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East.......

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NE......

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North.....

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NW.........

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West.......

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WSW...........

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SSW.......you can see the much darker green Kinglake area forest in the background. Kinglake and Toolangi forests are zippered by the highway heading to Yea.

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Looking up the valley on the right of the above pic shows lots of dead trees from now 10 year old bushfires......

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You can see the copse of dead trees close to the farmhouses....scary.  :o

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One thing every farmer does, no matter where the place is, is put an effort into the front gate....this guy needs a special easement to access his meagre acreage....

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Battler's farms are struggling, needing too many sheep per acre to make a living from the earth which does not agree, hills are just a few hot northerly's shy of being dust.....

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Compared to the 100-300 acre farms (and myriad small acre hobby farms), the vast expanses of the well heeled and historical Kerrisdale (measured in kilometres) has hills adorned with foot high stubble, even after bailling........

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Strath creek was bone dry and the only access to it without climbing a fence saw a creek bed where cows had been all through the verges and made a real mess of the place. The only water I saw was the ponds near the town itself. I decided to head for the middle section of King Parrot Creek as the top section strays far from the road and was mostly inaccessible at bridges as blackberries were left rampant.

Just north (downstream) of Strath Creek township the road follows the King Parrot Creek valley but alas is all private property apart from one reserve (no panning)....so first bridge I came to I went and had a gander.....

Fairly large pond that seemed okay for fishing but not good for extracting sand/gravel from......

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Downstream looks inviting but a short walk revealed an electric fence and a wall of thistle, nettles and blackberries growing in ti-tree saplings.....Kerrisdale's back door was shut!

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The fence lines on the other side of the creek were only metres away from the road.

Upstream beckoned..... ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 08, 2015, 08:24:23 PM
Upstream......

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Pond extends about 30m each side of the bridge, upstream's view is a series of ponds......

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Riverside going was hard yakka....lots of tall clingy grass that has fallen over, plenty of big thistles, fallen trees, logs and holes!

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Abandoned Wombat tunnel nearly had me, coming from the top side there's no fresh path to show the entrance...... :o


When I first pulled up at the bridge I saw something causing ripples across the other side along the vertical grass covered bank, I slowly walked down the bank, keen not to make a thud sound that would vibrate in the creek. I snapped those downstream pics and at the end of the log in the water I was perched on I could see a small turtle glide by about 1' under the surface. Still wearing my yellow jacket, when it saw me it vanished in a swirl of bulging water for the dark depths of the pond. Hmmm. Don't like catching turtles at all, they have a vicious bite and besides being slippery they are strong, and the last thing you want is to be cut by the shell edge.... :o :o

Having fished plenty of tiny streams and unlikely places for fish I knew the need for quiet, so naturally I'd try fishing before I start stirring upstream  waters nearby.

I baited up my line with fake maggots and set it up just at the last water divergence before the long pond.....and had smoko....or brunch.  ;D ;D

Couple of cold cooked snags, few spoon fulls of pasta salad and healthy swig of iced coffee.

Was very warm, I was down to shorts, t-shirt and aqua shoes. The odd rain shower was nice but seem to make the walking even more treacherous, suddenly things got slippery...then sticky as it dried and then just plain muggy again.

No nibbles, bait not even touched....an hour at least. I tried a small spinning lure but the lure of gold was too strong..... ::)


I set the triple hooks of the spinner with fake maggots and propped it dangling just off the bottom of the pond....more in vain hope than any great trick I've discovered.....that's not to say I haven't done it before but that's usually when being too lazy to change traces...... :D :D

Anyway, gave my new gravel lifter a go....it seemed promising in the sink at home.  I screwed a small socket to the side of a golf ball with a tek screw. The golf ball needed a couple wraps with masking tape to make a good sliding fit down a 40mm (ID) PVC pipe. A 450mm length of PVC conduit  was tapped over the socket....this was the pump handle. The 40mm pipe had one end blocked with a rubber wheel, though this went a 20mm pipe that extended 40mm out and 40mm in (past the rubber wheel) This gave me a stoke of about 400mm x 40mm bore. That's a lot of suction.

It worked extremely well...for about half an hour. After lifting a large rock away near a fall in bed contour, I had been sucking up sand and gravel on the down side, panning each sieve full as I go, usually only three pumps.

Things were going swimmingly until eagerness....nay....fever, got the better of me!   :D :D

I yanked too aggressively on the pump handle and it parted from the socket. Dang. I tried pushing the conduit back on but what had also happened was the tape had rolled....it was jammed. Wouldn't go down even.

Fail.
Need to find a better fitting ball.
Spending is not an option.


Pass.
I found gold.
Not much, but considering it was from under the first rock I lifted..... 8)


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Heartened by that (finding gold by myself) and knowing I can solve the gravel suckers problem, I did lunch. Some buttered bread, cold lamb chops smeared with pasta salad, a nectarine and a mandarine....was not real smart to wash that down with iced coffee though....milk and citrus... :o :o



Did I mention I was soaked through...... ::)

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I didn't seem to feel the light rain showers standing in the creek, the air temperature is about 30c and quite muggy. Under the bridge was coolish.

Okay, it had been a while since I disturbed the creek I would see if I can scrounge some live bait and try for some fish. Lifted a couple of pillow sized boulders right on the waters edge and came up with 4 very lively red earthworms...skinny buggers that thrash about like having a tanty.


Set a hook trace with a half worm and tried just below the first little divergence again...strewth, within a minute I'd hooked a little fish..... :o

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But....it's doing a remarkable impersonation of this one adorning the face of a large display board.......

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Yep, protected....dang!

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I hooked another three of them perch...they all looked like clones, exact same size and colour. I gave up when I had to cut the hook off as the little fecker had guts'd the whole thing. The sign says there are less than twenty such reaches in Australia with these perch still surviving...well they're doing well here.

Seem to recall saying the same thing about Black fish up in the granite ponds of Tallangalook creek this time last year..... ::)

Storms were brewing up, the wind picked up and the showers had some angle to them. Wasn't wet weather gear but could be, still warm and muggy but I decided to head home...reasonably content with my day. Autumn rains should spell a more lucrative result.

What has changed greatly in this area (since my last sojourn about here back in the eighties), is the amount of people living here.....and alpacas, goats, donkeys, camels, and some of the weirdest looking sheep I've ever seen.....some had f__kin' jumpers on...strewth, it's summer!

And a lot of the roads are now bitumen, I only did about 40-50klm on dirt..... :(


Nah...it was a good day.... :D :D



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on January 08, 2015, 08:55:47 PM
Poor little Macquarie Perch, the stupid European Carp f___ked them right up... Nearly made them extinct.

A fine little specimen that one, and very good to see that they are still alive and surviving.

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Cheers

Jock
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 08, 2015, 09:16:14 PM
There were bigger ones there....I could see their backs making a bow wave in the shallower ends of the ponds...they can get along at a fair clip and a put up a decent struggle on the line....voracious.

I was hoping to catch Redfin, I have caught a few down the bottom end of the creek just before it pours into the Goulburn River....they're not as smart as trout who headed to the river weeks/months ago.





Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 09, 2015, 06:14:07 PM
Here's the link for where I took those pics on the hill showing around the compass....

http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/37%C2%B016'09.8%22S+145%C2%B012'38.6%22E/@-37.269376,145.210711,325m/data= (http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/37%C2%B016'09.8%22S+145%C2%B012'38.6%22E/@-37.269376,145.210711,325m/data=)!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0!5m1!1e1



Here is the bridge I stopped at.....

http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/37%C2%B012'42.0%22S+145%C2%B013'52.7%22E/@-37.211674,145.231309,325m/data= (http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/37%C2%B012'42.0%22S+145%C2%B013'52.7%22E/@-37.211674,145.231309,325m/data=)!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on January 09, 2015, 07:05:13 PM
Chris,

I have one piece rods for the trout. How to transport those puppies on a bike...

Maybe make a holder and attach to one side and have them hang out the back?

Cheers

Jock
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 09, 2015, 07:32:17 PM
Depends on how long they are Jock...you may have to spend some moola.

I use a telescopic when on the bike (and hand lines) which will even fit in my IT's toolbag...including the reel.

Two piece kids rods are fine for trout.....I went through the whole gamut of coarse fishing rods, wasting hundreds and hundreds of dollars. I found the $30-$60 mark works best.

Telescopic ones are hard to find as not many are made to last long after Christmas.



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on January 09, 2015, 07:33:47 PM

Telescopic ones are hard to find as not many are made to last long after Christmas.



Yeah, telescopic are rubbish.

Might have to get a good 2 piece.

Cheers

Jock
Title: Re:
Post by: mad_kiwi on January 09, 2015, 07:39:25 PM
Chris. Always enjoy reading about your exploits over summer. Cheers
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 09, 2015, 07:55:41 PM
Chris. Always enjoy reading about your exploits over summer. Cheers



Thanks. I have the fever now mate...stay tuned, I'm off again tomorrow. There's plenny rain about at the moment and that makes some spots just perfect for fever's.

Oz is a big country and surprisingly few people have seen it so I don't mind sharing where I can go...trouble is I prefer shitty puddles and old holes in the ground where no-one really goes.

.......just lovin' this DR.  ;)




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: mad_kiwi on January 09, 2015, 08:03:02 PM




Thanks. I have the fever now mate...stay tuned, I'm off again tomorrow. There's plenny rain about at the moment and that makes some spots just perfect for fever's.

Oz is a big country and surprisingly few people have seen it so I don't mind sharing where I can go...trouble is I prefer shitty puddles and old holes in the ground where no-one really goes.

.......just lovin' this DR.  ;)




Cheers,
Chris.

Sounds great Chris.. Travel safely and I look forward to reading what you got up to.. Cheers
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 09, 2015, 08:23:52 PM
Here's a clue..... :D :D



You can see the tape I used for a good seal on the ball, has rolled...... ::)

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No way that puppy was gonna come out..... >:(

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Took the rubber wheel out, pressed out the old ball and found a very close fitting driving range ball....being lost, I suspect it's newer.  :D

Rubber wheel from a fibreglass chopper gun hammered back in......

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Intake pipe fitted........

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Pretty simple pump that moves 1.5 litres a go......

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Cost me diddly so it's already paid for itself!


 ;D ;D


Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 11, 2015, 09:55:55 PM
Well I have been away for a coupla' days looking.... ;D

The first day was when I spent many many hours deep in the bowels of the ubiquitous dot VIC dot Gov dot AU juggernaut. This was primarily to stop myself from being a very naughty boy. This gold prospecting business is fraught with danger, there are rules at every corner.

Straight up, I got myself a Miner's Right so I don't get hauled off to court if caught....that cost only $33 for two years...online too.

Found there is also many anomalies between Mining maps, Govt. maps, Melways maps, Fishing maps, Travel maps and Google maps. Trying to identify particular streams is the worst closely followed by unsealed roads....sealed roads weren't far behind either!

Planned to go up north again on saturday (yesty) as there's been heaps of rain in the area that I want to prospect....but had a crap sleep friday night and decided not to ride up there being tired.....I'm blamin' dot vic and co.

The last few times I've tried prospecting it has been too dry to do any favourable extraction...not to mention the ambient heat. But heavy rains across the northern-central district (Bendigo had flash floods friday) will mean a fresh flush of the creeks....and there'd be water remaining,

So, I got away this morning and was soon at my fave spot for an egg and bacon sanga at Tooboruc General Store. Lovely farmy type of meal.

Few burps, pick of the teeth and ciggie in the morning sun, (it was nice to soak the country view)....but traffic was building, lots of jetskis in tow heading for Eppalock. They are idiots as wallopers have been unseen..... :o

I soon turned off the highway and headed through the small farms along the short sealed section.... 8) 8)

This place is amazing, a sign proclaims "derelict aeroplane museum"...which has been swamped by signs telling you to p_ss off! There's a dozen or so HQ and HX and the odd Ford ute parked about the place too....sorry, but with the morning sun I could see jack schitt in the view finder so pics going in are a bit hit and miss..... ::)

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Plenty of interesting things to see along the way, glad I pulled the camera out back at Tooby (Tooboruc)....this looks like some kind of 19th century traction engine/machine tucked away in a log shed deep in a field.....

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Would have been the ducks guts back in it's heyday....

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This area basically died about 1910 when not only had the gold dwindled but farming technology was improving and fences appeared....WWI then took a lot of the able bodies away...most forever.

Soon I was into the southern end of the state forest near Costrefield...hehe...colloquial name for a place with trees that the government owns still.

Said forest and roads....as you can see isn't "a freakin' jungle" by any stretch ::)

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Today I was gonna go to a spot that intrigued me on google maps...hadn't spotted it till I was cross referencing place names from historical stories with various maps. Had to go there.

I entered at the south of the forest and was heading for the north/west end...should be fun. Here's where I'm heading (click satellite for something to see).....

http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/36%C2%B042'32.1%22S+144%C2%B050'10.2%22E/@-36.708919,144.836166,655m/data= (http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/36%C2%B042'32.1%22S+144%C2%B050'10.2%22E/@-36.708919,144.836166,655m/data=)!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0!5m1!1e1




Great fun ride, and didn't take a wrong turn anywhere (I've looked at sooooo many maps). Plenty of puddles and the whole inside of some corners were a lake in some surprise areas.....two days after rain and the place has sprung fresh colour aplenty. Saw many a wallaby and some roos bounding away from the road...it's the ones bounding towards the road that you have to be mindful of though.

These can sneak up on you with tree shadows across the road everywhere, some have these marker posts.... 8)

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Thinning trees told me I was nearing my quadrant and sure enough the "google spot" could be seen high up on my left....I bee lined for it.

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Chug chug chug I went up the hill over seemingly endless banks....

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I eventually got to the top....nothing made sense yet....

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But they do collect-channel water..... ???

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Here's the strange bit that has me befuddled, the last bank at the end of it's arc is still very soft...first attempt the rear wheel just sunk into a hole.... :o

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And yet a 100m away along the same mound or bank is very old...... ???

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Seems to me that over an extended period of time the very top of this pretty steep little hill has been taken off....but only the first three or four feet of dirt. There is still plenty of old trees growing within it all but there are some piles of dozered tree stumps....some fair sized trees are growing within very old dozer tracks...still evident on the ground which suggests it has driven on freshly exposed earth long ago.

I took some soil scrapes and headed off back into some "sharp" country.

My plan was to trek cross country away from the three or four roads that are mainly used within the forest. There also is a myriad of old tracks from as far back as 1850 to the early 1900's. But I wanted to go to where no-one has ventured, deep into short gullies with sharp rises each side...where the chance of cascading water has carved fresh paths in old beds.

Riding was pretty good, keeping my bearings and not running into blind alleys was quite easy...mind you there was a lot of quick foot-downs along the way. Best thing was the feeling of maybe trekking where no one else has.... ;D

Some good thing to see along the way too, these Black boys I've written about on here before but these ones are ancient. They only grow and inch a year, they are the perennial survivor of fires......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang166/14.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang166/14.jpg.html)

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The seed stalk only appears in good times, these would be from the drought break three year back....

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Very impressive old buggers.....

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Looks like Dad's givin' son some what-for..... :D

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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 11, 2015, 10:23:14 PM
I was skirting the side of a small hill where the going was real easy, heading to a sharp gully when young Mr. Goanna stopped to check me out...(well that's what I hoped had happened) that he'd not ever seen the likes of me before as he stopped, tasted the air and slowly made a 3/4 arc around me, stopping every few paces to taste the air before making for they're typical "save face" by shinnying or running up a tall tree....

A beautiful specimen. They'll eat anything...well anything that can decompose at least.

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They can blend in really well.....

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I pressed on and soon found my goal, a creek wash with some residual water. But, it doesn't look like a great volume has come this way...still, it looks inviting, even the banks reveal some older flows.... :o

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About an hour of shoveling and hand pumping saw about about 4 dirt loads to pan, but crikey I had turned the water to mud...was hard panning but brought some excellent results..... ;D

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I went for more dirt but my previous efforts has angered the myriad of wasps about the place...they crave the mud to make their nests along the little overhangs of the creek...and under fallen or leaning trees. Angry little buggers...strewth, I've given them mud.....I'll do lunch somewhere else.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 11, 2015, 11:12:32 PM
Yep, the thought of gettin' stung by wasps on such a steamy day was enough to drive me away....I re-shimmed by bearings as best I could at midday (where's north?) and headed to where I reckoned Cherry track ran, the three ridges I'd crossed all run north back up to my cherry ride.

Bingo, I was soon heading to my old camp spot and will do lunch....same old....cold meat, some fruit and iced coffee. Was getting warm, mid twenties and only a slight breeze in the trees.

My reckoning on secluded gullies seemed to be the go so I headed for some steep hills that I already know of and have a mosey around.....aha...a typical old track not used in yonks....

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And after a kilometre or so it peters to just a hint of a track.....

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Which becomes a creek..... :o

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A strange one...it seems to be a new creek as it has adopted the path of an old track. There must be some kind of divergence upstream...or uphill as the case is.

I follow it up and soon come across the reason, and old creek bed erosion gully has collapsed in on itself, it's cut a new path onto an adjacent track...this should be interesting.....

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I parked up and got my gear out...and took some of my layers of clothes off.

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Muggy day, when it was like this with the light breeze it was okay....

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But when the sun shone through it was hot......

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This erosion gully is about 100m long and has two right angle corners, underlying bedrock is unmoving but old diggings and conglomerate soil is easy moved. The harder stand of the road was easy course for water and has stopped further erosion...weird still.

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That quartz vein looks very enticing, some nice entrapments among that lot.....

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Things were looking good, I soon found some gold leaf....

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And good it was, results were very pleasing.....although the huge amount of frog spawn in the water made for some quite annoying froth bubbles that had me panning in circles. Paid off though.....

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Some rather jagged edges reveals a short travel since being freed from host rock, may have even been reef mined and lost with crushing back in the day. The alluvial deposits presented less than 5% of the gold extracted from the area, the rest was dug up......there are many crushing dollies scattered about the place, there maybe ten forming the initial edge of my camp's fire mound.

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It was now about three and my mind drifted to reality...better get on the highway before the traveling hoards all head back to the city. Traveling light has made it so easy, takes me less than a ciggie to pack and be underway. But this time I was packin' gold!


A bl__dy great ride day out in the aussie bush....oh yeah, saw no one!

 ;D ;D ;D ;D



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: ashley on January 12, 2015, 09:04:39 PM
Looks like Gold fever for you Chris well done, great story and pics as always enjoyed reading it....cheers Ashley
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 12, 2015, 09:24:28 PM
Any over your way Ash....?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: ashley on January 12, 2015, 10:04:39 PM
None over this way, have heard there is the odd bit in the Adelaide hills. If there was gold near me I would never get any work done as it is some thing i would love to do. Built a small sluice box a wile ago but have not tried it yet...Ashley
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: eyetee on January 13, 2015, 08:43:01 PM
Hooley Dooley! that's alot of catching up to do there...


Good one Chris, you have turned the mini adventures into a "mini series"  :D :D (hold that thought  ;))

 Firstly, thanks for this:


Now that I have figured out how to sorta work google maps...here's where I took the pic from. (go to satellite)

http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/37%C2%B008'42.7%22S+145%C2%B016'05.5%22E/@-37.145198,145.26818,651m/data= (http://www.google.com.au/maps/place/37%C2%B008'42.7%22S+145%C2%B016'05.5%22E/@-37.145198,145.26818,651m/data=)!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0



Might have to stop at that carpark near the bridge for a look-see next time I'm ever up that way.



Wow, lots of new pics to look at. I didn't know the loggers were in the habit of dumping large numbers of logs to block people getting into certain places up there...


Great catch with the goanna, she's a beauty! and the gold- you might start a new 'rush' for the hills  :D

Quote
.......just lovin' this DR.   ;)
hold that thought too!  ;)


Good to see you new bike is serving you well and getting you to all these cool places, thanks for the pics, and the stories.

So....

I think it's only fitting to give you a little fun jingle of your own...


This is sung to the Leyland Brothers theme (of course!)  For overseas viewers you may need to youtube 'the leyland brothers'  to make any sense of this at all ??? :D


words spelt wrong to keep the 'sound' right...

THE DR LUV-EERS

Travel all over the country side,
(ask the dee-arr)
(ask the dee-arr)
heading up north through the great divide,
ask the dee-arr LUV-ERRS

What ever it is that you wanted to see
(ask the dee-arr)
(ask the dee-arr)
whether panning for gold or just having a pee
ask the dee-arr LUV-ERRS

C'mon join in, the thumper is fun, we'll travel all over the RAIN-GERS
(ask the dee-arr)
(ask the dee-arr)

LUV-ERRRRS

LUV-ERRRRS

dum   dum dum  dum dum  ding!

 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
I think I've been out in the sun for too long...  ;D

Cheers

Andrew




Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 13, 2015, 09:01:18 PM
 :D :D :D :D You're a bl__dy wag Andrew....pearler post! Love those lyrics... 8)



 ;D :D :D ;D



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: eyetee on January 13, 2015, 09:27:52 PM
 ;D

All you need now is a spare DR tank (with decal) shoved on a post out the front with a curved envelope sticking out of the filler neck , and there's your new avatar!   :D :D :D :D ;D

Andrew
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on March 09, 2015, 07:01:40 PM
All my spare time (and space) for the last two months or so has been taken up customising a large fishing boat, after it's departure I spent the weekend cleaning up the debris.... ::)

Which gave me the chance today (Labour Day long weekend) to go for a decent ride....with a little fishing on the side.

So I casually headed up the mountains....I had to buy some live bait on the way (after 9am)....was easy to be casual today, heaps of tourists - way heaps!!

Just about every turn off from the highway was crowded with vehicles....probably waiting for other vehicles to rendezvous. I turned off at Narbethong and went to the mirror pond......but not before a blast through the pine plantations to....er, release some tension....well the bike needed to rev in anger as much as I.

That done I wound my way back to the pond from up the back of the area it drains...as I came down I could see a 4x4 with a roofrack tent parked on the track....I ducked as I went under the awning.... :D :D

No-one about though...... :o

Cool.

Set my rod onna twig...and went for an amble to see if the campers were fishing the other end.

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No-one within sight. Was a fair amount of traffic exiting the area, plenty of 4x's and camp trailers....must have been at least twenty vehicles before the notion wore off on me and I ceased to hear them so to speak.

Saw my rod get a couple of tickles as I drew onna ciggie....was very tranquil. Quite cool, about 20c and a slight breeze....just enough to dapple the pond in the open sections.....was still doing it's mirror thing near the edges though.

Water looked inviting so I rigged up a handline with a worm on a hook...nothing else. I could see by the wave marks on a fallen tree that fish had jumped nearby as no other falls showed that telltale sign....

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I rubbed some dust on about twenty feet of line above the hook and cast out...the dust helps keep the line aloft on the water....the weight of the hook will slowly take the line down. It's a good ploy as the bait is in view for a long time...the bottom is thick with twigs/leaves etc. I got many bites and hooked one decent trout but landing it with about 4' of over hanging shrubs at the water edge brought me undone. Re-rigged and tried again....took several casts before I got a touch again. No more serious takers though as I think all my touches were from way tiny fish. The one I hooked was well under the kilo.

Rod kept losing the bait and I suspect the same thing....small fry slowly stripping the worm off morsel by morsel.

What I did notice was the verdant surrounds....so much for our "long hot, dry summer" that was predicted....place looks more lush and green than back here at xmas. Heaps of birds and insects about too...Attenborough would have been pleased!

I heard voices above the buzz of flying critters and snap of bird beaks catchin' 'em.....aha, two weary lookin' dudes ambling up to the pond from the adjacent road.

G'day-g'day, g'day-g'day. They were father and son shooters....buggered and empty bagged. They were keen to talk bikes....the elephant between us.

Turns out young fella has a new fangled WR450 efi thingy that he hates as it boils all the time...the old fella is still fond of his WR500... ;)

Was hard not to break into a smirk that would've grown to rampant haughty laughter in no time.... :o :o

I pressed a wry grin and said I was happy with my no fuss thumper and super pleased with my IT's. Son gave the look of "I think I know what he means", I think the word vinduro threw him...meanwhile, the old man sounded like a kid all of a sudden as he gushed he started onna 175F and ran through all the Yammies he had up to his WR...which he still has....in storage (he looked way too unfit to ride too)

Come 2pm I packed, finished my ciggie and headed back to the throng. I felt relaxed enough to tackle the stream of traffic....slow lumbering traffic....back to the big smoke.

I reckon I saw 200-300 bikes along the way there and back and wondered if any of them actually did something or just did the ride....at approximately 50kph....for the sake of the ride. Every cafe or wayside stop had a gaggle of machinery parked...... ::)

Bugger that!





Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: harko on March 09, 2015, 07:52:22 PM
 :)

Thanks again Chris., Sold the camper trailer today so wont be too long before I'm enjoying all Vic has to offer.

Harko
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: eyetee on March 09, 2015, 09:43:37 PM
Sounds like it was a good day out Chris, so much to see in our own 'backyard' :)  lol young fella goes high tech and the old man hoards a 500... gold! great story.

cheers
Andrew
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on June 14, 2015, 08:28:14 AM
I feel the need for a feed.



Heading up central Victoria to catch a bag of yabbies....will endeavour to bring back some ironbark for my recently purchased Coonara too....the log poachers usually leave a lot of taillings.




Cheers,
Chris.

Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on June 14, 2015, 01:31:31 PM

how cool, got to love a good coony, i always wanted to put a pot belly or a coony in my garage, then i could spend even more time out there !! ride safe here's to bagging a stack of Yabbies

Shorts
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on June 14, 2015, 02:32:16 PM
A mate of mine had one made from 3 truck brake drums and it was a bl__dy ripper.

Weighed a metric shitload though and kept hot for hours once it was on.

Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: G54B on June 14, 2015, 03:43:32 PM
Dad's got one made from truck brake drums, it runs on waste oil though. It throws off a lot of heat too, keeps the big, open-fronted machinery shed he's got it in tolerable inside at nighttime in the middle of July when it's going.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on June 14, 2015, 05:59:10 PM
One of my neighbours was a truck mechanic, he left me a full set of semi-trailer drums...massive heavy things. Son is a welder, gave them to him as he was gonna make two burners with them....never happened.  ::)



Got there late morning and it was still very chilly. Roads have recently been graded and signs aplenty proclaim the area is closed next weekend for a car rally....area has excellent rally tracks.

Not surprised the campsite is still untouched.....

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However I was very surprised to see the dam at half the level it was mid summer.......

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Consequently the yabby stocks are low....and small. I only brought about a dozen or so home to cook....I did however scrounge up 34kg's of neatly sized timber....which is now heating my abode.

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Was a great day, quite cool but sunny....I had a fantastic ride.




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on June 15, 2015, 12:57:41 PM
Dang....double dang!


I knew I should have cooked my yabbies last night.

I knew I should have counted them as well....


So, you prolly guessed....most have escaped and are throughout my place. I have "found" 11....think I had closer to 16-17 maybe.


Not good!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: gothamit on June 15, 2015, 01:03:16 PM
Bugga
  im sure youll sniff em out in a coupla days  :(
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: ty4 on June 15, 2015, 03:48:42 PM
 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D


it's gonna get ripe in the shed mate
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on June 15, 2015, 04:34:22 PM


nasty when the scampi scarpers!!   ;D ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: harko on June 15, 2015, 09:41:46 PM

Hey Chris , I had crabs once, do you think I could get rid of them. bl__dy things just wouldn't go. Obviously yabbies aren't as territorial. ;)

Harko

Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on June 17, 2015, 07:48:27 PM
Bugga
  im sure youll sniff em out in a coupla days  :(


Well after three days of very careful treading and scanning every nook and cranny, it looks like that will be what happens....trouble is my sense of smell is somewhat diminished after years of substance abuse!

 :o :o
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on June 18, 2015, 12:04:48 PM
make a small pond in the garage put some rocks in it .. they will make there way in eventually  ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on June 18, 2015, 12:48:14 PM
I actually laid out several wet hessian bags with some aggy pipe cut-offs under them....nada-nothin'....stoopid yabs!

 ::)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on June 18, 2015, 08:24:21 PM
make a small pond in the garage put some rocks in it .. they will make there way in eventually  ;D

 :)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on July 19, 2015, 12:58:28 PM
Beaut day here today....clear blue skies and bugger-all breeze....but still a chilly 7c at noon.

Chores done I looked at old blue and figured a "short ride" would be in order.

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Short ride is a head clearing circuit I do quite often to relax....bit of traffic start and finish but a very quiet scenic ride.

Strewth, 7c soon numbs a few things.  :o :o

Old blue felt like a harley....heavy, saggy, didn't wanna turn and everything's loud. Crikey what a difference from riding my new DR....hadn't noticed all the foibles till today. Funny how we can be quite happy and contented with something for years, then jump onna newbie and whinge about not having this, what's that needed for, what have they done to this etc etc......

Was worth riding the old girl again though...still looks great, only rarely seen these days and the crack from that exhaust is bliss for no-one but me!


I love warm-up ride days....now to jump on some smokers and harass the local environment.....  ;D





Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on July 19, 2015, 01:10:43 PM
"Old blue felt like a harley....heavy, saggy, didn't wanna turn and everything's loud"

Oi!! - I resemble that remark ...  ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on October 17, 2015, 05:32:45 PM
My new(ish) DR650's tacho/hour meter caught my eye just then...says I been in the saddle for 100 hours...looked at the speedo and this arvo's ride clocked up to a total of 6,000klms. I'm looking at a new rear tyre within the month, chain cams may go to the first click this time without being too tight. Have not touched the bike apart from adding screen and bags.

Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on December 19, 2015, 08:53:10 PM
Did my second service last week....oil change and fluid/bolt check....took 18 minutes, yer, I timed it.  ::)

Discovered at least another 150ml of oil resides in the left side of the motor when standing perpendicular though...needs to be tilted to the right slightly after the initial pour out and trickle stops.

Chain tensioner cams still resides at out of the crate position.....  :o  I'm likin' these 525 X-Ring jiggers!

Gonna get a new rear tyre soon...most likely probable at least....just seems to be hangin' in there pretty good, haven't managed a spin-up or slide yet....still measures legal...if you press a tad.  ;)



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 01, 2016, 09:35:36 PM
Wow...just finished a 1210 klm ride...went to the High Country for a look....mixed results.  ::)

Will sort 50 odd pics and scrawl thoughts together for a post on here....after I GET A NEW REAR TYRE ORDERED!


 :P



There were "detours"...there were some issues...there was excellent riding and some fun....there is some pain.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 03, 2016, 08:27:27 AM
I think my laptop is having a holiday...is simply stupid...or there is a numpty in charge...dunno...but here goes.


I planned a ride to cooler climes this year following a spate of aborted tours because of fire bans, local bushfires and plain too bl__dy hot weather.

The Snowy Mountains high plains seemed a good idea. Fishing, camping and prospecting...and brand new country to me. Due to time off work and recent security measures I had nearly a three week's window this year...my mind was sayin' a week at best (and I have a lot of things to do in the factory that I want to take my time with).

Thing is, I pretty much got it wrong in a couple of key aspects. Nonetheless, I had a great ride "at the end of the day" as they say.

First up, my forgetfulness got me big time. I was meant to order a rear tyre leading up to the silly season...didn't.  ::)  Dunno...may have convinced meself that "she'll be right" (is She ever wrong I ask).

Mind you, I was riding up to a mates place in the hills two days before leaving, when I remembered I should have ordered that rear tyre to have it fitted in time. After a guided tour of his re-assembled hoard of bikes (some unseen's had come to the front, some were gone, some were newly gained). I said "I shooda gotta tyre"...while trying to identify a bike by the rear tyre protruding from tarps/blackberries....  :D

We looked at my tyre and mate says with press of the thumb on the tread...."that looks good for one more trip"...(as he knew of my ride intentions)....I rode with that...err.  :P

In hindisght.... ....riding 70 odd clicks on the tar to my mates place and then rolling across 4m of crushed Lilydale rock driveway, made the knobs look like nobs...all proud and pronounced.

coodawoodashooda.....!!

So come the day...(New Years Eve)...  ;) ....I woke on time but felt crap after a rough night of anticipation, high temperature and a droning fan.

I kept sayin' it's okay to leave at the next half hour mark....7am was soon 9. This rabbit at my door nonchantly munchin' was a bit of a wonder...a tap on the glass sent him hoppin' off but stopped for a scratch a few metres away.


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More later today....much more.....  :o
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: chippy on January 03, 2016, 08:42:29 AM
Good start Chris. Looking forward to chapter two.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 03, 2016, 09:18:06 AM
Secondly....can't shed any responsibility here, this cock-up is all mine.

I wrote a list of things I wanna do. So I listed the things I'd need to achieve that...simple hey!?!

All went well when I did a pre-pack test to check exactly what I can take. I took my time making every molecule of space count for something. sh_t I did well...surprised meself even. Looked back at the naughty pile, all there was were extraneous bags and a fold up army shovel/hoe/pick. I had room for them but no real need....besides, I may need room for stuff I find...or buy! Trouble is, I was so impressed with my packing...I left it like that.

My cooler bag was a special effort...I rehearsed with empty containers the same as what I was taking.  ::) No, I didn't take empty sh_t in my cooler...haven't quite left my coil that much...close, maybe.

All I needed to do was pack my cooler with the real thing in the morning...I know the cooler will fill one saddlebag with a bit of room on top for insulating spare jeans.

Now, issues will come to the fore within the yarn you've stuck yourselves with so far....initially it reared it's head when I realised that placing maps at the bottom of my cooler wrapped in two plastics bags...was a stupid idea.

Plan was to avoid the majority of freeway/national highways, so I head off along the Warburton hwy as far as Yarra Junction and turn off to Noojee (going past Three Bridges vinduro venue)....just past Noojee I'm to take a turn south and head off down through Fumina, Tranjil Sth and then mirror the A1 on the north side to Rosedale for fuel...then best option is to take the A1 as far as Orbost....fuel wise, bl__dy DR piddle tank.

...actually...(I can do this)...here's a link showing Yarra junction to where I was headed.


http://goo.gl/maps/4E6si5ThZSB2    (go to satellite image to show terrain)


Now, I came to a wee place called Tranjil Bren....name rang a bell, bl__dy great ride...absolutely marvellous riding. Twisties, up and down and around and around...beautifull lush forest and the smell that I imangined was the fragrance of bait worms dipped in honey (go on...you can do it)....a rich loamy earth smell with lashings of Valentines Day flower stalls.

And, it was cool...was nearing 30c at 10am I reckon, when I took that turn of the Warburton Hwy. Was still in the teens, road doesn't see much sun light. Did I say brilliant riding road. Narrow, undulating, twisty and kept you grinning but focussed. But surely I had travelled more than enough. As I rode I thought hard....the notes I'd written were in my top pocket but they were some distances for fuel stops and some odd places names I had in mind...the maps were under well packed food and ice water. Best I had was a reasonable "good" memory of them.

Next thing I realise, I had indeed missed the turn, as there came a large intersection with a road to the summit of Mt. Baw Baw and the top road to Rawson...ah crap. The Rawson route is too long for my tank. (I'd checked)

So I went the 9 klkm up the mount...why not I was all but there!

Bawring...and extremely windy....nice view of trees...couldn't see the horizon anywhere....just as well, I did real good job of packing the right saddlebag with the "heavy" items that don't suit the big pack...first in, all smug at the bottom, is my camera bag with a few dozen other items crammed in there as well....hence the heavy tag. Bugger!

So, that done I headed back down....I would stop at the Tanjil place...looked a bit like there was an info board there next to some dunnies.  :o

Yep, there was...and I'd missed that turn off by miles...had a p_ss and retraced my corners...hehe, nearly typed "steps".

Spotted at the turn off proper...bl__dy great big sign there overshadowing the name of the bridge and creek at the same spot. Google maps shows no hint of a creek/river/bridge. I stopped at the intersection, then rode back a bit and spotted the other side sign....lying prostrate in the dozer ditch along the road. Dang!

Here's my "detour".... http://goo.gl/maps/XJp4XHFQ2mn   (go to satellite image to show terrain)

Confident again, I really enjoyed the ride down "HIGHWAY 465"....but coz of the extra miles I would have to fill up at Trafalgar...which is still not by-passed by the A1 yet...the other option was "Moe".  :o :o

Ugh....A1, hot, humid. windy and every conceivable vehicle(s?) is on the road.

I have never seen so many bicycles, kayaks, motorbikes, quadbikes, jet-skis strapped to caravans, trailers, roof-racks....even freakin' buses by the dozen...saw one rozzer on the road. Some of the vehicles were cool...some were just absurd, um....'tis the silly season.

Things quietened down a bit past Sale/Bairsndale and good old Stratford (another annual Vinduro venue) as a lot were at there destination or headed directly to the lakes. I was with the "mountain" crowd it turned out. Some beaut rivers widen out when on the coastal plains and each river crossing reveal a plethora of kayaks and non powered craft. Nicholson, Avon, Snowy, Tambo to name a few...

Got to Orbost, fueled up and turned north and up the southern rise to the high plains. 126 klms to Delegate the sign says....shortly a sign proclaimed 105 klms of winding road.  ;D ;D

Absolutely fantastic ride...I could feel the temperature drop to a very comfortable level. Fantastic change of forest on the way up...this is a typical rain belt area, when weather patterns blow up off Bass straight they rise and dump rain along the way then peter out over the top long onto the plains.

Tall timber, steep gullies and all manner of vegetaion. On the whole the road was very good but had sections still in living breathing corrugated gravel...prolly 25 klms of dirt. Some sections of tar were seemingly brand new down to the sections that needed a good revamp. Some Quite a few potholes, some "lumps" or pressure mounds and deadfall kept you alert. Speaking of dead, felt pretty guilty after I ran over a small snake...then even more so when I bunted a Rosella parrot fair up the sh_tter at 80k's with my handguard...enough to leave poop on my jacket sleeve...Scotch Bright treatment let it simply roll off in the wind. Then I collected a young black wallaby...inna nano second it shot out from my left and collected my left foot...enough to bend the gear lever inwards a tad. It was on a dirt section so the lack of reaction time may have at least saved me and the bike...sadly not the joey. I dragged it off the road and contemplated things a bit. I felt there would be karma.

There were two sections that had in the past two years or so, been burnt out by bushfire. I would say by lightning strike in the non high fire danger period simply because on both occasions the fire was only on one side of the road...meaning it was relatively easily controlled as the road is narrow and wouldn't take much to jump it...it could also be the starting point of the fire as it burnt away...odds improbable given the distance between.

Both fire areas looked way more than DSE back-burn exercises.

Higher you went the more dense the forest...crikey...have a real sense of wonderment thinking of the early pioneers up this way.

My plan involved an overnight stop at the Delegate Hotel, fall back was one of three campsites within 30klms of Delegate...these I found by google/blogs. There was one site just off the road I was on so I pulled off for a look see...thought the area (if I'm alone) would be good enough, I carried on past Bonang (McKillops Bridge route turn-off), cross the Vic/NSW border and Delegate river all in one, and onto Delegate, some 20klms onto the plains....not flat per se, more undulating with no discernable peaks....well not for miles and miles off the horizon.

Delegate....well besides being an almost lost in time town, it was gearing up for new years Eve all the same. I got there at about 6.30pm and was greeted with the news there was a room available for $40. Great.

Out the back to a weatherboard building linked by a walkway from the back of the pub...there were 6 rooms with three beds in each. Decent enough...but that was it...three beds and 150w light bulb about 15' above you. Besides the floor....no flat surface anywhere.

Beds were okay and there was a power point, heater and powerboard....just had to bring your own shelf or table.

Parked my bike and carted most everything to my room....#12, right between 11 and 14....hehehe.  ::)

Went to the bar and asked about dinner....I was hankerin' for a big juicy steak (tis cattle country) and old school veg's....bummer, big bummer...it's NYE and their havin'  a barby with snags and rissoles with salad. (dry bread and plastic plate jobby)....so grabbed a schooner of full strength ?? something beer and sat at the window...tasted great whatever it was.

There was a jumping castle being erected in the main street and a band setting up in the front courtyard...lots of people arriving.....had a good chinwag with a few of the locals...surprisingly my bike was a talking point...seems they see a lot come through but that was it.

Did learn some disturbing news though. The greenies have really taken hold of the area and most rivers streams etc are no go zones. Access is limited to mountain biking or foot in a whole swathe of the area. Corporate logging has parceled up large areas also. The only real access is about the bridges. And to top it off, there'd been a truck accident on the Mackillops road.  :o

But I was freakin' famished and it was already heading for 8pm...no sign barby was alive yet...everything in town was shut...in fact there were now barricades at each end of town. Was funny to see two burly coppers in their full kit/apperal hugging, kissing and shaking hands of near everyone in the pub...they were there for the three more of my schooners anyway.

Eventually I managed a rissole with two slices of bread...I opted for a dollop of sauce as I couldn't figure how I was gonna manage a tossed salad on the flimsy plastic plate and the silly knife/fork/spoon in one thingy.

I went to my room with it and pretty soon after demolishing it, was asleep. Woke up about 10.30pm when someone moved into the next room...went had a shower and although there was a quite a lot of people there, the young kids squeals etc., were all I heard of proceedings.

Gotta say, the stars are bright up there....  :o

Got my camera out in the morning.


More soon when poobucket is awake.....  ::)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: killindini1 on January 03, 2016, 10:12:39 AM
Great stuff Chris,
Chapter 3 please ;D

You write like a seasoned pro,  excellent.

Cheers,
Steve.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 03, 2016, 10:37:25 AM
Strewth...woke up at first light and reckon it was an hour short of my normal rise time....lay there snoozing, dead calm, very cool but humid. A pee beckoned about 5.30 and I got up....was actually chilly, about 10c and quite still, became mostly overcast with high cloud...and bright. Hard on the eyes!

p_ss-farted about with my gear...eventually uncovering my camera...I'd take a few pics before going in for my brekky.

The block of rooms out the back......

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The main street....

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Pretty laid back town....even the short-cut to the front door has been catered for.....

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My bike was given the Express parking spot...right next to the publican's......  ;D 8) 8)

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Other guests got the executive parking bays, along with the chooks and washing.....  :D

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Town was absolutely dead quiet save for a rooster having a whinge somewhere.....

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Crikey, it was after 7am and the supposed table of breakfast cereal, bread/toaster etc was nowhere to be seen....the coffee urn wasn't even plugged in or with any water in it. Pfffttt....

I loaded up...was a bit pi__ed off about no brekky.....or even coffee. According to the locals I spoke to the night before, the next town has "proper" servo's...place called Bombala, some 35klm up the road towards Cooma.

Beautiful ride there, smooth road with great scenery and some bl__dy big bulls...just starin', chewin' as I ride past. Come over a rise and see the road littered with white....looked like a whole mess of polystyrene blocks....not so.

Something big had collected a flock of Sulphur Crested cockies...feathered carnage. Actually, there were heaps of road kill, majority were grey 'roos...and wombats where there be trees about...and most were quite ripe given the last few days weather. The only problem with riding a bike is guessin' how long to hold your breath for..... :D :D

Fueled up at Bombala...could only get 91 octane at nearly $1.50 a litre.... :o  Talk about quiet.....I hadn't seen anyone till I went inside to pay. The young lass at the counter did not want to be there...8am on new years day...last nights make-up was atrocious...paying $10.05 for fuel with a $50 note didn't help her anxiety....  :o


 ;)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: harko on January 03, 2016, 10:50:37 AM
Great read Chris, keep it coming.  :)

Harko
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 03, 2016, 11:17:57 AM
What struck me riding about was the names of things are somewhat enlightening...not just all named after dignitaries. Result Creek sounds good. Pipe Clay road sounds good for a prospector too. Robber's Rest and Dead Man Gully...not so. Dead Bull Road follows Dead Calf Creek....ends up at an abattoir.


Obligatory bike pics.....  ;D

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Nice....

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A scene of non cleared terrain, coolness and snow makes for a huge change in flora in just 20 miles....

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Tranquil.....

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Not quite so....

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Some turbulent water comes down at times......

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Was nearing 9am when I came back through Delegate....not a thing had changed......not even a loose dog on the road, in fact the road barricades were still lying flat down on the roads. Still have only seen the one person...who was in make-up!

I stopped at the border....Delegate Bridge over the Delegate river which straddles the NSW-Vic. border.....

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Yes....I did contemplate the low road crossing.....but a walk down revealed it's strewn with big rocks and no-ones done it in a while.....

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Back in Victoria...everything changes......

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I have a Victorian Fishing licence and a Victorian Miner's Right!


Yer...more later!  ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 03, 2016, 01:32:17 PM
Crikey...two hours waiting for Optus get it's sh_t together so I can post this reply.....  :( :( :( :(





Was just after 9am when I entered the forest but unlike yesty I was already hot...it was likely 20c cooler though...but it was dead calm and muggy...very muggy. I was wearing half the gear as yesterday's ride up yet I was now sweating...hmmm...could be the schooners...dunno...I ride bikes.

Missing the first of these for a pic (105klm mark) I realised I need to take heed....my foot still smarted from yesterday's punt for the Wallabies....

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Predominantly downhill on corrugated gravel makes for some white knuckle riding as it is....  :D

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This pic illustrates what the locals were saying about access...there is a lot of water flowin' down there somewhere...I can well hear it...but buggered if I could even recognise the creek line. The undergrowth as shown on the opposite side of the gully completely covers any ground. Basically impenetrable.

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I went past the Mackillop's Bridge turn-off, thankful of local news of the road blockage at Tubbut...and carried on to the camp area I checked coming up...the road from there leads to the Delegate River again.

From that bridge is the only view of the water course, I could not see how to get down to water level without a chainsaw and machete.....the river course (like all I'd see) was some 20 feet down from the road.

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The second campsite I had earmarked look promising from satellite imagery...but not so, far far from it. I pulled up and could see straight away what the locals were going on about.

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Sign says no tents, guns or dogs....other signs nearby have arrows with either a couple walking or a tent. Delegate River is just 10' behind the info display...even there I had to literally crawl through the undergrowth to get to the water...I could not stand up. And bugger me, I could see young brown trout about 8-10" just swimmin' about. Protected at that size. I came outa there like Livingstone....travelled 20' and covered in spider webs, thistles, twigs, mud and a plethora of crawlies on me. And I was sweating bad....no breeze at all. I rode up following the signs to the "tent" area....crikey, it was laid out like a four off the hall...little cleared bays with a stone fireplace in the middle, just enough room for a vehicle and tent....BUT, big signs sayin' NO CAMPING...do due fallen tree branch concerns....is this where some kid got killed a year or so back??

The info board...well that was strange...rabbits on about conservation, ecology, endangered species ad nauseum...and graffiti in charcoal over the top "SAVE THE OLD GROWTH"....

Basically showed mud maps of "nature walks" giving the going, length, time taken and what you will see, 400 year old Plum Pines and gazillion names ten foot long in latin....for f__k's sake....you gotta drive through the same stuff to get here!

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Here's more of the water courses I was following (mainly by ear).....bl__dy steep country, camera does no justice....

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Yep, nuther river down there somewhere.


My hunt for accessible water was frustrating....all spots I'd earmarked off google earth were so far wrong.

Perhaps if I went lower down where there are some farms about I may get some joy. Some of the roads are very good as they follow ridge lines...some rather flat and straight....but that comes with it's hazards too, this wallaby at least parked in the middle of a straight bit....

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Whatchoo lookin' at.....

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Time to move on?.......

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Nah...let's have bit of scratch first....ho-hum.....

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Shortly after, when back on some tar I crested a rise and a large wallaby shot out from the embankment on my right and immediately done a U-turn....I just clipped his tail with my front wheel.....I heard my rear wheel squeal, being relieved I'd hit the picks without even realising...reckon if I'd broadsided that wallaby, I'd be a goner....even at 60klms. I had time to sound my horn for quite a few other wallabies...seems they like the fresh vegetation growing at the very edge of the road cuttings...or were drinking from the roadside channels.


Bit lower down I'd earmarked another thing to try...there was a transmission line marked that crossed the road twice...I would see if I could ride it between crossings. Ride itself was cool, there was a bit of a breeze in the clearing. Track was loose shale type and very dry...seemed to have a lot of shiny formicae in it...which is slippery. My tyre couldn't handle it in places...just spun up when confronted with a small rise or rock...didn't get grip till the sidewalls grabbed some traction...that just put me few feet further forward to go through the whole exercise again.

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I saw no evidence of vehicles for a long time on any of "tracks". This little track gave me good grip but was all too brief when I came to a padlocked gate a mile in.

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Transmission line track came out near a bridge and was again, my only real view of water....

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The shapes down there had me imagining all sorts....  :o :o

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And yeah...20' down and no way to get there without a bad landing!


So it was now well into the day and I had resigned myself to needing a new tyre asap. It was new years day and I was far from home. I headed home to order and get fitted with new rubber.

Further down I came to an abrupt stop....one of those tall trees in a burnt area had come crashing down over the road. Because of the angle of fall past the horizontal it fairly exploded when it hit the road....a good thing as it was in pieces. I was just getting my helmet off when a ute pulled up coming the other way...what freakin' luck....second person I'd seen for the day. Didn't take us long to slide it off the road and clear as best we could un-assisted. Thanks "Wobbo"...at least that's what I think he said....young bloke with a face of forty.

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Sheesh I was hot under collar and a sore butt....was great to get moving on the bike again but gees my bum was sore. Got down to Orbost at a reasonable pace given hazards available to me. Tell ya' what, best thing I ever did was buy a "Dual" type helmet with a flip up chin and drop down tint....so versatile.

Stopped for a stretch and carried on to Bruthen for another stretch...crikey must have been a hundred bikes in town the time I was there to have an iced coffee and scoff all my plums and apricots. Old fella limps up and starts talkin' about my bike...tells me has an XL250 but can't kick it over anymore...wants to know if there's any old school but leccy leg bikes that size...told him to check Yamaha Aggy 200's. Nuther block onna KTM with full matching suits pulls up near me and takes 10 minutes to prepare to go have a p_ss in the public dunny's....spent 10 minutes strapping up a gazillion zips, buckles tabs and ties and was off again...didn't bother lookin' down on the DR at all. Another bloke nearby sees and chuckles. Spoke to a bloke who just bought a mid 80's 1100 Suzi for $1100...he rode of smiling to Lakes Entrance...just as a rain squall hit.

As I rode off the raindrops were hurt huge...stiff southerly blowin' off Bass straight...these squalls are only a mile or so wide but pack a punch...I was riding with a fair list across some flat areas....seems I was skirting the very edge as I headed due west, it going due north...roads were streaming with water but rain only soaked onto my knees. Steam was as thick as fog and looked quite weird, roads stunk like all get-out though...pungent bitumen smell with a dose of road-kill for fibre.

I did stop very often as my bum was now "on fire"....I had four ride positions....none would last more than 15klms....Harley style was best as I had my pack to lean on...feet felt like they were up my ar_e tho'...  :D

Interestingly once I turned off onto Highway 465, the ride overshadowed the pain. True.

Got home about 6.15pm...1211 klms....and 18.2 hours on the meter.


 ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 03, 2016, 01:52:13 PM
Oh...the carnage....no buts!


Rosella bird strike residue, rain at Bruthen washed most off....

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I copped another on my knee near Piedmont (Yarra Ranges) but that one lived to tell the tail.....


Sexy blade I bought couldn't handle the corrugations and disassembled itself.....

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See! The tyre looks okay...reasonably okay......

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But the leading lip is goneski.....

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But I did eventually manage to get some use of the side blocks, so not such a waste after 8k on it.

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Ordered my tyre and booked the fitting and looked around for a monkey butt remedy....nuthin' at all...so I made my own tester...six layers of 10mm bubble wrap inside a pillow case.

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Apart from succumbing to a sore butt and the limiting fuel range there is nothing I can fault on this bike...it handled the trip with quiet aplomb, not missing a beat and never complained...unlike me. Still averaged around 24 k's to the litre.

Was gonna go fishing up Acheron way today but slothness prevailed...ya' get that this time of year.



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 03, 2016, 04:30:11 PM
when I bunted a Rosella parrot fair up the sh_tter at 80k's with my handguard...enough to leave poop on my jacket sleeve...Scotch Bright treatment let it simply roll off in the wind.



Haha...just spotto the can...that should be "Scotch Guard"......  :P :-*
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.JaySon on January 03, 2016, 06:09:33 PM
Great write up as expected Branga, loving the way you continually express what you truly do see just pity about the wallaby hey'

Yeah I would feel safer knowing you are getter some new rear rubber for the next adventure, that one isn't toooo bad but it's definitely lost its bite.

 Could ya try a hand line or they still too small?
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 03, 2016, 06:33:16 PM
Could ya try a hand line or they still too small?

Had a handline...thought about it....thought about having to get it out, find the right tackle, make up a trace... and bait...gave it a miss due to that wee drama and the size of what I saw...that's not sayin' there might not be bigger but I couldn't move left or right more than a foot.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Devondan on January 03, 2016, 10:18:37 PM
Great read, thanks for taking the time!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Martin I Henry on January 04, 2016, 08:00:24 AM
Excellent story once again.

Thanks for taking the time to write-up your adventures.

Cheers,

Dave R.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: chippy on January 04, 2016, 06:02:49 PM
Great read Chris. Sounds like a beaut trip.
 I have heard that keen fisherman up that way use surf rods to reach over the top to get to those hidden areas.
And with good results.
                         Cheers Rob.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 04, 2016, 06:49:40 PM
Surf's up!....bit big to carry. The new rod I bought is 2.2m and is a four piece and is an easy put on the bike

I have resorted to casting over some overhang to then drop straight down...limited as it is but the streams up there were so seriously overgrown...pity I couldn't make Mackillops Bridge from my side...but me thinks the place would have been crowded, it forms a great loop from Bruthen/Buchan, Mackillops, Bonang and Orbost back to Bruthen.

I saw one ute and three bikes going up the Bonang route as I came down. When I stopped at Bruthen for a while there was a bike or SUV every 30 seconds going up the Buchan side. Has been pissin' down up there for three days too...glad I left in hindsight. Had a fantastic ride through the Yarra Ranges today, testing my bubble wrap bizzo.

No fish again...tried Yellowdindi, Watts River, Acheron River and the Yarra. Had bait worms, scrubby's, maggots and lures....pffttt.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 06, 2016, 08:37:28 PM
As mentioned, I combined a ride to try some fishing and to test my bubble wrap "test bed"....saturday's google search took me from the dizzy heights of US based adventure/tour seats from $700 to the lows of gel-cell packs off ebay for $30. Found a firm in Glenroy who specialising in upgrading DR seats, awaiting an email reply. Tyre has been ordered.

Monday I headed off on a nice easy ride over the Black Spur to Narbethong where I bought some fresh scrub worms and maggots....first, I'd try my luck at the pond I've visited a few times.

Over the spur from Healesville, the ride was brilliant as seems most had stopped at the Sanctuary...had going my way to myself. Cool, a tad drizzly but so serene and a brilliant twisty road. Straight sections before my turn-off had me thinkin' fishin' soon enough.

But, as I rode up the bank and saw the pond I could see it was silty (normally extremely clear).......

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Soon became evident why, the inlet has been opened right up and lots of bugs and worms would have been washed into the pond....

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The two rods were in for nearly an hour but proved fruitless....I'd meandered and took some pics but most few junk.

Big oak trunk...but has scrawny fire battled branches....

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Hardy Holly.....

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First berry of the season.....

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....little britain....  :o



Had a few gob fulls of fresh apricots and plums from my cooler and scooped some fresh clear water now entering the pond from the fresh cut channel. Tasted slightly piney....could be the adjacent pine plantation...dunno, I ride bikes!


But, more twisties....I need more twisties. I pack and ride to the Acheron Way, which follows a great river in a great way.

First I head off up wet mountain roads going that way........

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Along the Way there are numerous turn offs but most had a locked gate, riverside tracks yielded a flattened out area with old campfires and camping bays....various walking tracks led off, all ending at the river.

Made for some "interesting" riding but the amount of fallen trees about was astonishing. Enough to consider parking in a clearing and walking myself.....besides, I couldn't get under the first tree over a path I came to....

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This track led to a small expedient dam wall.....

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Providing a nice pond......

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I got pretty excited and grabbed my lure box. But. Think it may have been used for swimming, given it's fairly shallow, is cleared of debris and there were a myriad of small bare foot prints in some mud......

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I tried three types of lures in the pond with no luck....downstream was the normal jumble of timber....

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Spotto this huge fallen tree from years ago...it's massive, disappearing into the undergrowth and reappearing briefly.a further 100' along, haven for many an animal.....

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Tried the river at the end of a couple more walks but was I beginning to trudge.




No nibbles. So I headed off on a damp uphill mountain road that went this way.....

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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on January 06, 2016, 08:39:36 PM


Ahhhh just got back from the US of A....

Something nice to read, think I'll go make a drink and sit down and read this.

Cheers

Jock
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 06, 2016, 08:58:08 PM
I stopped at various spots along the river for a try for trout.....Acheron River......

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This spot was a bit eerie.....

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Was not getting any bites so I set my two rods with budgie bells and did lunch.....

Enjoyed some treats, chilled ice coffee, some choc coated nuts and a tub of cherries....

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I could only really access the river when it was real close to the road as inevitably the drop down to the water was thick with undergrowth or very steep, was some precaurious clambering going on but no dramas thankfully.

Check out the easy going on the other side of the river...although there were literally hundreds of tree trunk "bridges"....I could not get to any of them without wading the river.

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Some more vege scenes.....


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How many types of plant here....

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No fish, so headed off on the same damp this way road.....

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Which very quickly turned into a dusty corrugated mountain road that went down that way.....

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Back in town again at Warburton after a quick descent near Mt. Donna Buang...back in traffic! Effen brilliant ride...bum bag bizzo worked well but because of it's nature was a bit squirmy at times (especially the twisty downhill gravel washes) but have little pain from the 200+klm ride.

So, can only add, apart from one worm and three maggots, absolutely no animals were harmed in the making of this wee adventure.





Cheers,
Chris.

PS: Had my tyre fitted today and have...err...scrubbed it in already.  ;)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on January 06, 2016, 09:30:52 PM


Great write up Chris, thanks for the read.

Not so fruitful on the fish front but the Dog Rooter looks like it handled well, I might have to look into buying one (noooooooooooot).

Cheers

Jock
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 06, 2016, 10:10:49 PM
Thanks for the comments along the way fella's, spurs me on somewhat. Although the DR's suit me to a tee for what I want them for Jock, I would never expect you to own a dog rooter...takes a special man to own one (ask cliffy).

You are ultra special....  ;D

Yer...the no fish thing stings. Just forked for a Vic. licence.....couldn't get a fish licence up in NSW for another three days when I was up there...New years day then the weekend...everything was shut up there.

bl__dy wet up there now!   :o :o :o



Cheers,
Chris.


Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on January 06, 2016, 10:20:27 PM

bl__dy wet up there now!   :o :o :o


Yep.

For the 10 days I was O/S it rained for 9 of them!

 :o :o :o
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: eyetee on January 06, 2016, 10:42:36 PM
Another top journey and a great read Chris

Can totally relate to the pin-drop silence in sleepy country towns in the wee hours - love it! (ex truckie at one stage  ;) )

Good to see the DR is treating you well.  8)

Carry on!

Cheers

Andrew



Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 09, 2016, 11:57:55 AM
Yesterday I went for a two day ride that I completed in one....  ;D

Being determined to catch a fish, I plotted a tour that would see some sights, some memories and some great Rivers.(renowned for fishing) Instead of camping out I was gonna use "accommodation" and so traveled relatively light, the idea was to get some good riding in.

Set off with a healthy supply of fishing gear, still have my worms and "gents" from early in the week, and packed a cooler bag of fresh fruit....wet weather gear and double jeans/jackets.

Traffic was pretty light heading up the Melba Hwy to Yea. Was a cool morning with patchy low cloud, made good time to Bonnie Doon where I stopped for a hot feed. I had packed my bubble wrap cushion but, on a hunch.....didn't ride with it.

Lake Eildon is down again, way down. Thinking about it, there was not the normal horde of boaties on the road.....mind you, Mansfield was choked....as usual.

Two servo's at Mansfield, I stop at the smaller Caltex in town (has 98)...I may be paying a few cents per litre more, but as it proved...the BP servo on the edge of town was chockers. 4x4's towing boats, bikes and vans...dozens of them....six deep queue at the pumps.

But after the last turn off to the Eildon "hot-spots", I basically had the road to myself....my destination was Mt. Buller...yer, the snow resort!  :o :o

Never been up there. The ride up there was simply fantastic.

Here's a link... http://goo.gl/maps/cMjN1N5eJ4o


Road for the most part past Mansfield, follows the Delatite River...I wet a line at Merrijig but only saw large fat european carp cruising about, seeing them up there was very depressing....didn't stay long.

I should add here that I had some issues taking pics. Wearing it around my neck (under my outer flouro jacket) I was ready for snaps....but for the most part I could not see the viewfinder. At least 50 of my pics were totally out of focus (dunno what some of them were of even)...some showed clearly I have a scratched lens.


First decent rise I saw I stopped for a pic......  ;D

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/1.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/1.jpg.html)






Okay, I stopped coz I saw a stand of wild cherries....but as I chewed a couple of warmish - not quite ripe cherries, I thought of the half punnet I had in the cooler.....  ::)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/2.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/2.jpg.html)


The "mountains" were soon beginning to appear.....  8)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/3.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/3.jpg.html)




One of the best things about a bike tour is the vast "extras" you see and the simple fact it is so easy to pull over virtually anywhere and do a U-turn to go and investigate. One thing I noticed was all the 180 corners have names. Box Corner, Ned's Corner, Devil's Corner, Hells Gate Corner.

This is an interesting place, in a way....on the approach was a large sign saying NO STOPPING FOR 500m - FALLING ROCK HAZARD. Then as you round the bend you see a waterfall. This corner sign says White Bridge....  ???

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Never saw anymore signs about no stopping or fallen rocks...yet fair evidence of crushed rocks on the road.

Came across this place which seemed to be a staging point for a world championship mountain bike event recently, going by all the advertising about, the tracks are still in use. But what I don't get is this totem, made with snow skis....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/5.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/5.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/6.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/6.jpg.html)





One of them 180's needs highlighting.....  :P

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/7.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/7.jpg.html)

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Road was fantastic with that tunnel feeling of forest. Pretty good surface for the majority but deteriorated towards the top...ice doing it's thang!!

Nearing the top, rounding a left hander a large shadow went across the road a metre or two in front of me...I fairly ducked and grabbed some throttle....heart racing I pulled up in a "chain bay"....

I was coming up the low road with armco barrier, oblivious to the carpark above me......  ::)

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And the chairlifts.....  :D :D :D

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Felt like a dill.





Climb was relentless, bike was faultless...what's all that about jetting....  :D :D

Here's a pic of adjacent Mt. Stirling....looks bad....  :o

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(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/12.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/12.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/13.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/13.jpg.html)





The tall trees disappear and alpine gums and shrub take their place......'tis a sudden change...suddenly all is bright again and quite hard on the eyes, I'd be buggered here in winter.

After the last switchback I was at the resort village....looks weird, snow chalets that have grown into 5-6 storey apartment blocks. Only people about were maintenance workers and a half dozen groups of mountain bike riders.

Looking back where the road comes up from the valley....you can just make the bike tracks in the foreground....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/14.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/14.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/15.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/15.jpg.html)






I had past so many carparks on the way up, large areas that rival shopping centre ones, carved out of the mountain, they would look like rice terraces from on high....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/16.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/16.jpg.html)




Some carparks were designated...caravans and trailers in particular (I think they are encouraged to unhitch in winter) Another was for large Interstate buses, they run a shuttle bus service as the top 5klm of the road up is all angle parking both sides!!

Crikey, there must be some dollars in skiing etc....

I struggled to take a pic without snow making booms, ski-lift towers or cables in view, here's a pic as close as I could get to the summit (closed, there's yet another new tower going up)...looking back to the south-west towards lake Eildon....Howqua Hill in foreground.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/17.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/17.jpg.html)





Looking due south.....

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East....

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North...

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 :o :o  Oooh...pic limit is due....more in a minute!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 09, 2016, 12:19:50 PM
Some gnarly cliffs contrast the wildflowers in front....

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Obligatory bike pic..  ;D

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/22.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/22.jpg.html)





Hmmmm, that's my next destination.....but not that way.....

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Okay, I couldn't go up anymore...no I'm NOT walking the summit, only good for 150m now, and that's on the flat. Sign back at the village asks you to heed sticking to made tracks and not to go around gates. Obviously there's no fences at all for the skiers, so they rely on small metal frame barricades across the track....but they missed one!

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/24.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/24.jpg.html)




Now I know why they use those 6 or 8 wheeled all terrain vehicles to get about....

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Dunno if it's the nature of the rock strata or the effects of ice but the rocks are very crumbly, track for the most part is off camber, quite a few heart in mouth moments. Evident was the fact the further you went the steeper it got...typical of a Dome mountain.

Which why this run gets its handle...

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The scenery just disappears...dunno what happens with that shrubbery, guess it just gets snow packed on top.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/28.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang109/The%20Buller%20ride/28.jpg.html)





Oh the Humanity...wilderness.....  ;)

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There be seashells in them there hills...honest.
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Looking back from near the summit over the village to Mt. Stirling.....

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I say goodbye to Buller and thoroughly enjoy the ride back down....simply awesome riding.

Back with the next stage after having some lunch and doing some wet rubbing of fibreglass parts.......  ::)


Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 09, 2016, 03:10:54 PM
Thanks again OPTUS for your average 6 signal dropouts per hour and generous 5-6 kb per second speed rate. Iceholes!!!


Ahem....  ;D


Sweet ride back down, very little traffic...I made good time to my next couple of appointments.  ;D

1. Delatite River. I'd fished here before a few times, most notably with my son Rick when we hooked (but didn't manage to land) two very nice Redfin.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/1.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/1.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/2.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/2.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/3.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/3.jpg.html)




If a small gold stars show up on the map link at the bottom of this reply, it's the one about a quarter of the way between the Piries turn off and Gough's Bay....or where the road is closely adjacent to the river.

Not a great flow rate compared to the volume coming down at Merrijig...I suspect the many farms along the way take their fill. Not to mention Delatite and other townships. There's wineries about too.

Nonetheless, I baited with worms and had a couple of casts. It was hot in the sun, set my rod with a bell and went did lunch...iced coffee, beer nuts and fresh apricots.

Stripped a layer of clothes and attended my rod...still no nibbles but I was optimistic still.

Suddenly a Crane made a somewhat undignified entry into the trees opposite...long neck and legs flailing about as it gained a perch....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/4.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/4.jpg.html)




There it stood, staring at me for a good 10 minutes.........  :o :o

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.....while I experienced many light touches on my line. Suddenly I hooked one...was big, the Crane alighted and flew to a tree just behind me while I wrestled with this 3kg carp......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/6.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/6.jpg.html)



 >:( >:(  'ken hate them things!!



I threw the fish into a nearby wombat cave-in where two old greasy carp carcasses lay...the crane fleeted between overhead branches, seemingly staking it's claim on that fish. How it was gonna go about eating that will remain a mystery to me, the bird wasn't gonna eat in my presence and seemed agitated till I was actually leaving. Rode off thinking the bird could see the fish near my baited line......

2. Next stop is a great riding spot...place called "The Pines", runs off Walshs Rd. which lies just out of Goughs Bay between the Delatite river inlet. (where that big transmission line comes from over the dam wall at Eildon Pondage)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/7.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/7.jpg.html)





Off the left side of the road, past the transmission line towers are a number of fire trails...in fact there's miles of them in the area....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/8.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/8.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/9.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/9.jpg.html)




Going up was relatively easy, but a track all along the ridge was a bit more treacherous in places....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/10.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/10.jpg.html)





Bonus was whenever you felt "lost" or "which way should I go"...all you had to do was scan for the void where the Tx line is and take a track that way.

Not much of a view from where I went but you can see where the water was at least...

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/12.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/12.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/11.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/11.jpg.html)






Gotta say, the trails down to the clearing was awesome.....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/13.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang110/Delatite%20and%20The%20PINES/13.jpg.html)



The other side of Walsh's road pines area is huge and there's a myriad of trails and tracks....was quite dry there but grip was still okay, in the cooler months a few days after rain would be ideal. Pine tree debris ruined a lot of great looking banks/mounds....perimeter tracks and lead off tracks into the bush were good but some quite rocky...water erosion made some trials riding only.

Here's a link of the second leg.... http://goo.gl/maps/cUciZVw2sGr

PS: Google won't plot my exact route off the gazetted roads, needless to say the trail evident is the one in the pics.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 09, 2016, 04:13:21 PM
Here is the route I took from the Pines to my next stop at Howqua... http://goo.gl/maps/RWX63mN8ACE2


So, soon enough I was crossing the Howqua river bridge...the plum trees** are still there but have been pruned back considerably...the river is an ankle deep stream now though...



** Plum trees pic from my tri-state, two week adventure thread.... http://www.yamahait.com.au/forum/index.php/topic,12832.msg100817.html#msg100817


(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/kev6.jpg)


This time with the very low water at the bridge, I headed a little upstream to a spot that looked likely on google earth images. A camping area on the Howqua River....Running Stream Reserve.

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Note the tennis ball, there were a few families about and I could hear kids splashing about both up and downstream. The river, although quite cold for me, was as tranquil as a pool....  8) 8)

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Certainly not running...more of a slow move-by. I tried a lure for about 10 minutes but didn't see any sign of fish.

Avoiding the tarmac I pressed on, went a short bush track route to Jamieson.

Here's the link.....  http://goo.gl/maps/XeNAsh6hRjD2


The extent of the valleys can be clearly seen when water plays its part....

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Main body of the lake is some miles away at the moment.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang111/Howqua-Jamieson/4.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang111/Howqua-Jamieson/4.jpg.html)






The track itself was sort of okay but not often traveled....not my smartest move time wise but well worth the riding experience....

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I was very surprised when googled plotted that one although it took some persuasion.




Closer to Jamieson something caught my eye in a clearing....initially it was just the clearing but there is something down there intriguing me. Luckily some of the pics are okay, as mentioned, I could not see the viewfinder.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang111/Howqua-Jamieson/6.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang111/Howqua-Jamieson/6.jpg.html)






There is a black object at the waters edge and two white squares on the flat...

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(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang111/Howqua-Jamieson/8.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang111/Howqua-Jamieson/8.jpg.html)







The squares are of a reasonable size compared to the trees about....

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One of the things I didn't bring (usually do) is my 20x binoculars, my camera is good for 15x only. It does look a bit like a ski boat with a black trailer covering on it with maybe a jetski next to it...or a huge burnt log. The squares... ???


I sidle down to the township of Jamieson and fuel up....and have a chinwag with the servo owner!

 ;) :o
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 09, 2016, 06:23:26 PM
Small servo in Jamieson was also a haven of advice. I filled up and walked inside and old bloke rummaging through a pile of knobby tyres walks silently behind the counter, opens the till, looks up and asks, "How much?"

Strewth. That threw me...walked back outside to read the gauge...$10.46.  :D :D :D

He asks about the bike and where I'm headed...I tell him a brief summary and that I wanna try the Jamieson and hopefully grab a room up the street at the Courthouse Hotel if fish are to be had.

He says with a wink every half minute or so that no-ones getting anything from the banks or lake shore...only a few of the boaties getting into deep wooded holes are getting the odd keeper. Most are just relaxing or boating for pleasure. Way too many city folk in cars that just can't handle the place...reckons he's gonna double his retrieval price for "newcomers" as he calls the inexperienced. Didn't know whether I should feel privileged for hearing that or he had a facial twitch.....

Also told me there were vacancies almost everywhere, normally all booked out....seems I'm the only one who DIDN'T know about the lack of fish this year.

So instead of spending $80 at the local pub for a B&B and lots more fishing (wanted to go up the Goulburn past Kevington to a place called Flour Bag Creek) I decided to head for the Eildon Pondage...it was about 3pm.



Crossed the river, past Jamieson brewery and up the range I go....corner into corner all the way, absolutely fantastic!

The link.... http://goo.gl/maps/QZCrCPzvH162

The road was fairly steep in places but relaxing riding all the same, only saw a few vehicles along the way. Some side tracks are purely for the view it seems...this one stops oh so suddenly...not as much as the landing over the edge.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/2.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/2.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/1.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/1.jpg.html)




Road for a long way straddles the Big River, but is devoid of fish at the moment I'm assured.....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/3.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/3.jpg.html)




Road wends it's way up and down, round and round for miles....great riding if your not in a hurry to get there....very rarely getting over 70klm's/hr.

With a 60 klm stretch of windies it's hard to judge distance and or orientate yourself...when I came upon this sign I was really confused...

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/4.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/4.jpg.html)





It cannot be so....I am currently thirds the way from the top of the range I am on...Torbreck is another range. I would say that is not it.....

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That may be it given its height...that trail does look interesting....  8)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/6.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/6.jpg.html)






But is indeed quite gnarly.....  :o :o

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/7.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/7.jpg.html)






Pretty certain it's not Torbreck some quite some distance from it as I can see water down below....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/8.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/8.jpg.html)




That is not Big River with the track going next to it. That is lake water...dead trees, mud etc...

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/9.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/9.jpg.html)






The track is a sand belt and you can see the lake levels etched into the shoreline....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/10.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/10.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/11.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/11.jpg.html)





Then this bird flew into my view (smallish dark bird amidships in the pic)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/12.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/12.jpg.html)




Pretty sure it's a Kurrawong as it imitated a whole range of birds that can be aggresive, I hear bush magpie, crow, hawk and it's own sudden Aaarg-Arg call. Was makin' right old carry on till I left. It was there I worked out later, I left my grouse MX gloves that allowed me to operate the camera on the bike. Here's an obligatory bike pic to mark the occasion....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/13.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/13.jpg.html)





I was impressed with this road (that I didn't even know existed) and I have earmarked it for a spring tour.

Funny how when riding either up or down for a long time you start to lose perspective....I pulled up to move this small branch hoggin' my side....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/14.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang112/Jamieson-Eildon-Home/14.jpg.html)



Stopped....killed the engine and put the stand down, still just on the tar...swingin' off the bike I sense I'm in deep sh_t...the bike was rolling forward and about to topple onto me and my left foot was sliding out sideways on slick leaves, bark and fine gravel.

One of them hop-skip-step-brakes-prop-save-"now what' events that lasts for ten minutes...or maybe ten seconds...dunno, I usually ride bikes.

Wrestled the bike upright and without further ado...just had enough energy to move the branch.

I rolled to the corner and bump started the bike at 20klms/hr. I had thought it was flat.

Came down back onto the Goulburn Valley hwy and headed over to the pondages for a look see but there was a mess of people there...looked like all the non experienced fisher types to me...lots of bread and corn, put it that way.


Here's the jaunt home..... http://goo.gl/maps/r9H3VhmFqq32


I stopped at Buxton on the way back where I had a smoke and time check...it was 6.09pm and I hadn't thought about my seat pad yet....but I did after that, I had reached my limit for the day....ot just riding a road I'd ridden just days before.

Was home at 7.15pm.

511 klms and 7.21 hours in the saddle. New rear tyre gave me 25.3klm/litre....up from 24.6.

Great days ride!




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: wayne61 on January 09, 2016, 08:50:19 PM
A great mornings read
Thanks mate
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Martin I Henry on January 10, 2016, 08:14:32 AM
Once again, a fine read !

Cheers,

Dave R.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on January 10, 2016, 11:50:49 AM

Top stuff Chris, most enjoyable

Shorts
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 12, 2016, 09:27:39 AM
f__k this computer sh_t...sick of it...poobucket has deleted a whole gamut of pics again...can't get the albums up at all...just watchin' a spinning icon for half hour.

I'm outa here!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: killindini1 on January 12, 2016, 12:39:51 PM
The wheel on the bus goes round and round ;D ;D

I keep hammers,brick's and other heavy objects away from my computer :D

Cheers,
Steve.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 12, 2016, 01:21:56 PM
I keep hammers,brick's and other heavy objects away from my computer :D



Hmmm...good idea Steve, me...well I just go for a ride.  ;D ;D


Did that, some 110klms up into the hills and about the place...even spun some lures in Sugarloaf Reservoir. Great ride and had a bit of a think...maybe if I can reload all 68 pics into their respective albums I may do alright....all the pics are filed in order of the story captions, shouldn't be too difficult to quote my posts and amend them, just keep it methodical.

Uploaded the pics and whale oil beef hooked, the images have all reappeared as originally posted in the replies. No further ado.....

Bugger me!





Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: killindini1 on January 12, 2016, 01:40:49 PM
See what happens when you go for a ride…PFM.

Cheers,
Steve.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 12, 2016, 02:06:00 PM
Magic is right....  ;)


So...better show coupla pics!

Roads I took were all back roads as best I could, Sugarloaf's only 30klm from home heading up Kinglake area. Roads were almost totally mine once I crossed the Yarra River and headed up and around...or down...

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang113/Sugarloaf%20Reservoir/162%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang113/Sugarloaf%20Reservoir/162%20Custom.jpg.html)




I thought last year had its fair share of wet days...being onna bike all the time....but they kept sayin' it was a dry year.

Seein' is believin'......  :o

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang113/Sugarloaf%20Reservoir/163%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang113/Sugarloaf%20Reservoir/163%20Custom.jpg.html)


(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang113/Sugarloaf%20Reservoir/166%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang113/Sugarloaf%20Reservoir/166%20Custom.jpg.html)





I did a fair amount of spinning in this little cove with no touches. A few fish jumped but only inquisitive small fry followed my lures....not much bigger than them actually. Was a nice quiet place but restrictive fishing hours (10am - 4pm) means it not for the anglers.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang113/Sugarloaf%20Reservoir/165%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang113/Sugarloaf%20Reservoir/165%20Custom.jpg.html)



Went the long way back home, basically just touring the hills in an arc back to a feeder road back home.


Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 15, 2016, 08:28:10 PM
Rain cleared overnight so another ride was in order.....just a pity the wind didn't abate, southerly busters are fine heading north....not so when turning west then south....  :o :o


First I headed up to Lake Eppalock, water mob says it's only 21% full so I figured near the spillway/dam wall would be the better option....but gees was it windy.

Pulled in for my regular egg and bacon roll from Tooboruc General Store.....yummy farm produce......and soon was on the dirt back roads skirting lake eppalock....wind had me moving all over the place on the rutted gravel roads....plenty of trees down about the place too.

Now here's where me and expanses of water on windy days proved a decided lack of experience.....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/173%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/173%20Custom.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/174%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/174%20Custom.jpg.html)


First three casts with a spinner landed less than ten feet out....I tried from a sideways cast but still the wind trailed out lots of loose line and caught the small sticks......just too bl__dy windy.

Put a hook and ball sinker trace on, baited up with those same worms I bought week or so ago and managed a decent cast. Couldn't prop my rod as the wind just dragged the line in slack all the time....I gave up and headed further westwards.

Crossed over the Coliban River a couple of times and then after the second crossing I did a u-turn as I spotted the fence line was on the other side of the river for once.....  ;D

Would be a good (pretty) place in late winter/spring but was just piles of fire fuel now.....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/175%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/175%20Custom.jpg.html)



I dropped a worm baited line in among these fallen trees, was getting tiny nibbles.....  :o

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/176%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/176%20Custom.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/178%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/178%20Custom.jpg.html)




Bait was getting worn down from what I suspect are very young redfin or blackfish.....as I didn't hook one.

I tried one of the larger pools but they were only about two foot deep...then I spotted the grunters....bl__dy carp. Bit hard to see but there is about a 2kg carp, just left centre of pic......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/180%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/180%20Custom.jpg.html)



Disappointed at that sight I headed off to Faraday and beyond.....a few kilometres to Expedition Pass Reservoir on Golden Point road, heading to Castlemaine........

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/181%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/181%20Custom.jpg.html)



This place looked better, nice clear deep water and somewhat protected from the wind. And I got some bites within a few minutes...I unpacked more gear......  ;D

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/182%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/182%20Custom.jpg.html)



Baited up one rod with worms and cast out. Propped that rod on my rod holder I found at Bonnie Doon few years ago, then set about doing some spinning.

Crazy....spinner is about 3" long all up and 4" redfin were following it in every cast....and smaller fry were scattering as these huge 4" ones came close to shore behind my line. Quite funny to watch.

Noticed my baited rod was slack and wound in this little tacker......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/185%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/185%20Custom.jpg.html)


I did that about six times....if I was camping there I would have had a feed, but I threw them all back for next time. I rue that I didn't get some bait yabbies as I reckon that would be the go for some bigger fish.

Although it was really nice place to relax I had some distractions to focus on.....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/186%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/186%20Custom.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/188%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/188%20Custom.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/189%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/189%20Custom.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/190%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/190%20Custom.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang114/191%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang114/191%20Custom.jpg.html)




Ahem......before I knew it, it was 4.30pm. Regretfully I had to leave, such a nice spot. Will definitely return one day with yabbies for bait, and a tent.

Was home at 6.20pm which surprised me as it was a vicious headwind and I thought I was going backwards at times. 380klms and 5 hours on the clock. No feed but I caught fish...only small but they were real fish and not carp!


Cheers 'til the next ride,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: ty4 on January 15, 2016, 09:31:04 PM
time santa shouted a new camera with a tele lens mate  ;D
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 15, 2016, 10:04:54 PM
 :D :D Haha..yeah.

This one goes to 15x but loses "stability assist" after 10....so that's what ya' got. Biggest problem is not seeing the viewfinder....I need a hood or something!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 18, 2016, 07:00:08 PM
An opportunity to have one last ride of the holidays came to me saturday night. There was a practice day at the speedway circuit at Broadford Motorcycle Complex (where the big bike bonanza is held each easter).....a mate was riding up on his harley sunday mornin'(forum member with an IT425). He was catching up with one of his mates on the way there.

Sunday morning I head up the Warburton hwy and am cursing the ridiculous speed limits imposed for the 30klm journey....the road is a good one but speeds vary through 50-60-70-80 and 90 klm stretches, really have to be on your wits to keep track of the specific limit where you are. It is all for revenue, the road is very safe. Anyway....  ::)

We left my mates place and headed for Healesville....must say, he had me at a fair clip (or, bugger the speed limits) Skirted Healesville proper and took the windy's up through Chum Creek, Toolangi, past the turn off to Castella to meet a guy at the top of the slide (Melba Hwy, Toolangi forest)

Gotta say there were a lot of bikes about...hell of a lot....unfortunately, half of them were pushies. I really pity the car and 4x4 drivers as it was hard enough onna motorbike dodging them. Nothing worse than taking the inside line through a lefty with a left side rock wall and coming upon the lycra clad ar_e pointed directly at you as they streamline downhill.....not to mention their need to bunch up on the road for a chinwag.

Mate's mate was onna CB750 on red plate and sounded really nice....I like thier unique grumble and whine at the same time. We went down to the where the Glenburn Pub was and take Break O'Day road to Flowerdale, then off through Strath Creek, Murchison Gap to the complex.

On the way we came a cross a weird sight...spotto a dishevelled young hippy type trudging along about 5m off the road through the long dry grass....but about 50m up the road were his two dogs. One was a German Shepherd pretending to be a very happy labrador on speed. Tongue out, leaping about while running...all the time not looking anywhere in the direction of travel. The second dog was a wolf...just standing in the middle of the narrow road. I thought for sure my mate, leading on the harley, would scare it off the road....bl__dy thing didn't even look at the the harley, let alone move at all. The thought occured to me that hippy dude was looking for a little green bag but the dogs had already found it.....  ;)

Weren't long to get there either....must be wary of plodwatch. Put it this way, I did something I never thought was possible....I scraped my foot riding with trailwings. It was no "motard" moment either.....although the Murchison Gap is the perfect stage for some motard riding.

Practice day itself was excellent and well worth the ride. (or even drive if it came to that)

Return trip was just as frantic for the most part although staring at a large SVU flashing the headlights frantically distracted our attention (well at least mine) from the three recently shorn sheep meandering on our side of the road....they scattered somewhat when the harley went past them which left a lottery for me. Hard on the picks I squeezed between two of them and hoped they wouldn't panic as mate's mate was closing fast behind me. Was fair dinkum Phwoar moment.

Back home safe anyway....250 klms and 3 hours on the clock.....that's 2700klm all up this year.  Little less rubber on my tyres no doubt.

I took a swag of pics at broady and will post them up in a thread when I get some time to arrange/explain.


Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 19, 2016, 11:01:25 PM
Link for the pics at Broadford... http://www.yamahait.com.au/forum/index.php/topic,22047.msg174323.html#msg174323
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on January 24, 2016, 03:04:06 PM
 :D :D  Have bike....will travel.


Couldn't resist....had to go way down the peninsular yesty to organise ownership receipt and rego transfer of the ute I bought late last year. On the way back I spotto a sign I didn't expect to see. Cardinia water storage reservoir is not far off the road I was on....for decades I always thought it to be a long way off.  ::)

Blogs I'd seen recently told of redfin catches in an adjacent lake, 10klm detour and I was there! I already had a plan.  ;D

Last night I did some google earth searches and found a way to get there that encompasses nearly all the things I like. Quiet, windy roads through the hills, some corrugated windy gravel roads, more twisties, lush forest and some new sights along the way. To top it off, I would be passing an old mates place* from the 80's...will be interesting to see the changes over time.

Surprisingly, the bait worms and maggots I bought at Narbethong (4th January) are still all healthy once warmed from the 'fridge...couple of ice coffee's, some snacks, fishin' pack and on my way about 9am.

Brilliant ride....bugger all traffic getting from home to the Dandenong ranges...then nearly all I saw were the lycra lads. A few cars about where there were tea rooms and flower gardens etc, but really nice riding.

I had skirted all these windy roads for years, mainly because family station wagons and rug rats are usually a bad mix....not mention impatient wives....  :(    'ken awesome onna bike though.  ;D ;D ;D

Auravale Lake is only about 30klm away and takes about 45 minutes....prolly do it in 20 minutes on a motard....  :o  But I like to take in all the scenery and let my senses and bike enjoy the ride too.

Auravale lake is a special catchment that collects mainly residential zoned rainwater (stormwater) and is deemed tainted. Auravale is seperated from Cardinia Reservoir by a rock-wall.

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Water is fairly clear and the bottom is carpeted in weeds, a lot of the shore is lined with lily.

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But I could see fish active across the other side.....  ;)

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Closer by were patches of lily and ducks.....behind that rock-wall at top of pic is Cardinia reservoir...some 250 times larger than Auravale.

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Nice duck.....

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I baited my small rod with worms and cast out to the edge of the lily patch and set about casting a spinner on my larger rod. Weeds were evident as far as I could cast out.

I tried with the spinner for about an hour, my small rod lay dormant all the time. My mind soon wondered, was peaceful place, overcast and a cool 21c....when I spot something dark and furry dart across just near me....I could see a tunnel/trail winding it's way through the matted grass from the water's edge to an area where rock-wall rocks were protruding from the ground a touch.

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Didn't see the animal again and could not discern any foot-prints. Could be bush rats...or introduced ones.

Then I start noticing the thing that dismays me....rubbish. Plenty of glass and plastic drink containers and chip packets about the place, someone has dumped some house rubbish at some stage too. I can't fathom it.

2 hours of casting without a thing, my worm bait was untouched too.....hmmm. Around noon the weather closed in and it was drizzly again....a good excuse to leave and miss out on not catching fish  8)

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Should make the ride home "educational" and not just a retrace ride.

I am realising the best part of these fishing trips is the ride and peacefulness in between.

*Mate left the area years ago after being harassed by local council for creating access to his property from the rear. He had cleared a track some 50m along a creek line and made a stone ford across a tiny stream than ran through his back yard. This "track" he cut is now called Sunny Court and is a gazetted road which is now some 300m long, giving rear access to a whole line of homes that used to run the gauntlet exiting the front's very steep rise into traffic on Belgrave-Gembrook Road..


Here's a link of the day's ride..... http://goo.gl/maps/gbF9bGZrDo42



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on February 10, 2016, 07:21:40 PM
WARNING: May contain traces of GOMS...some would say Nuts!


Went bush again, another mission....er, well the same mission that I've failed relentlessly.

Plan was to go and get a feed of yabbies along with a dozen or so "bait size" yabbies from the Redcastle area I frequent...and then try fishing the inlet channel that directs water from Goulburn Weir (and Lake Nagambie) to the Waranga Basin near Rushworth.

Google Earth has been my ally....spotto several dams I've not seen near Redcastle and easy access to the Cattanagh Inlet channel.

As per usual along the way, I enjoy an Egg and Bacon roll at Tooboruc Genereal Store...yum...and head off to Costerfield where I have my first diversion.

I notice the farm where there'd been a few airplanes and assorted Holdens/Fords adorning the hillside have all disappeared....there's pics of them in this thread. Lots of new houses about too.

At Costerfild I was to take a turn off and follow Donelly's Lane through to Pavey's Road...I'd spotted a small dam and Donelly's went nearby. I take the turn and wend my way past small farms and houses of all descriptions when all of a sudden the track peters out (as far as use) to a stick ridden clearing between fences to a pile of rocks, tree stumps and fencing wire....a pretty impressive "barricade"...guess they're not keen on "through traffic"....retrace, and take my normal route to my campsite dam...there's two dams I wanna try and find along the way.

The turn-off to one of the dams I wanted to check out had (about a mile in) a newly erected wooden paling across the track proclaiming Revegetation Area - Keep Out!  :o

Got me stuffed as to what they hope to achieve there....it takes water for stuff to grow here....no one is taking vegetation out....the stuff will grow out of the tracks themselves given enough water. Pffftt.

I spotted the second track wending along an adjacent ridge line, I cut across country and followed it to a shallow depression that may have been water filled some time back....most likley when google earth took the images....I follow the track back to where it reconnects with the track I was on when I come across the back of a recent sign/barricade across the track....reads the same as the other, having just been in there I saw absolutely no sign of "revegetation".

Anticipation of good yabbying grew despite missing three dams so far. Track going in had two sections where it looked like a lot of water had been about very recently, judging by the flow marks along the track and stick and leaf banks against trees/rocks etc...this was to show itself throughout the entire area I travelled....however, it was balanced by vast areas that showed no sign of rain or water flow for ages.

Campsite itself remains untouched....saplings have certainly benefited....

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But the dam is very low indeed, had only seen it lower after 15 years of drought....  ???

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Unfortunately, eejits have smashed a slab of beer and wine type bottles for the 'ken hell of it....  >:( >:(

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I curse not bringing a shovel.


I bait up a hoop net and toss it in and head off over the hill on my now visible bike track to the second dam, nearly there I spotto a wallaby, ears erect but unable to identify me or the DR's noise (or lack thereof)

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It worked out I was there and did the old "take a peek round a bush routine"....  :D :D

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It didn't bother bounding away as I proceeded within 30m along my track....descending down to the dam wall and wow it's very low too....only a small triangle remains at the levee.

Always interesting things at this dam as it is clearly visible from the track, this intrigues me.....someone has built a campfire right next to an ants nest on the dam wall...nest has been there for years, fire is within the last seven months....

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Logic tells me that it may have been a beacon fire as it would be visible for a good mile or so along the adjacent track in either direction...late last year there was a rally event in the area. Or some complete numpties were there.....  ::)

I bait a second net, placing it near the levee and ride down onto the now dry shallow section and park. Crikey what do I find....a sundried Port Jackson shark egg...two in fact!  :o :o

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Some more wandering and I find a more feasible clue.....Yabby-pipes...hippy yabby-pipes stuffed with sea spongey net stuff at one end....  8)

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Homes for hip yabbies.....

Then around an old gum stump I find a collection of corals...and more hippy stuff...  :D

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Good, no Sharknado's were ever harmed here.....  ;)

When out here I like to get off tracks as much as I can, really enjoy the benefits of a bike, fairly easy to keep oriented (except around noon) and visibility is fairly good. So I head off on what I hope to be a relatively straight 3 kilometre line over a hilltop and then a low ridge where I should come across another track at right angles...directly over that about another kilometre should be another dam....perhaps!

Dam...I mean darn...it's low as well. The way from the track to the dam was easy as there has been a fair amount of traffic on it....seems it's been used often for target shooters, many shot up cans and plastic bottle about the place...and as a bad sign, two abandoned opera house nets....  ::)

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Dam itself is down to 1/10th size but sports a good growth of gum saplings....note the target pole at left...

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I had a baited net with me and tossed it in...was a pretty easy ride here so a return was easy to justify.

I returned to the second dam and lifted the net....half dozen small yabbies and about as many leeches...hmm, three of the yabs were soft-shelled and were newly molted...leech fodder. I emptied the net and returned to my campsite net, lifting the hoop net to find 47 yabbies.....  :o :o

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Only about 5 were big enough for cooking, the majority were bait size....I put them all in my keep net and headed off on a longer journey to an area seemingly dotted with small dams, near the end of the state forest area.

No luck, the correlation between however old google earth imagery is, and what is there now is far removed. One track that was meant to be only a few k's before an intersection had split up into at least six tracks meandering near each other, and even crossing each other till the two I followed longest died at a fence and open paddocks....and that's miles past the area of interest. It was now after 11am and getting very warm...over 30c at least.

I head back to the target shooter's dam still with a net in it and lift bugger all of size....pfft.

All packed up again I looked at my speedo and note I have buggered the numbers....I would have to head back to Heathcote for fuel as I couldn't guarantee making Nagambie from where I was....besides, there was more of interest on Donelly's Lane that ended on Pavey's Rd...Pavey's road being my route back to Heathcote.

So I find the road that is opposite Donelly's lane on Pavey's road and head to the Dargile camping grounds....yer, out here!

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Gotta say, it's well done...but...why?

There's a spacious rotunda with a huge fireplace amidships with swing away hotplates...the area has several steel fire hearths with hotplates on a pole.

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Run off'f the roof provides potable water.....  8)

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There are even brick dunnies.....

Several of the trees have quite some disturbance of the bark on the trunks and thicker branches...at first I thought it maybe some birds have been collecting the hairy bark for their nests, but this tree has been worn almost smooth....  :o

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Perhaps a corroboree tree for possums.....there's one adjacent to me here at home!



This I did not expect to see.....  :D :D :D

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I know the area...there is nothing different than what you see in the first ten steps of the walk....  ::)

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Okay, so maybe some ants nests on the track and many many Orb Spider webs that will stop you in your tracks.


I enjoyed a snack under a thick copse of trees and thought what a waste of time and effort. Really, the only things to see are red bellied snakes, brown snakes, tiny skink lizards, black wallabies, wrens/robins, owls, bats, the odd eagle and maybe glimpse a hare....place won't even sustain rabbits but will a gazillion ants. Any interesting historical relics are way further into the forest...miles away from this campsite.


The first dam I tried to access from the Costerfield side  (off Donelly's Lane) is about a kilometre along a track opposite.....named Black Gully Track at this end....  ???

The dam is relatively full and very black from leaf litter and tannin....  :o

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There are yabbies here.....

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However this one was in molt and sported a very soft leathery shell, nearby are discarded shells...

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Not putting nets in here though....a very dead black wallaby adorns the centre....  :P

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Hot now, I ride the 10klm to Heathcote and fill up then take the Heathcote-Nagamie road.....it's a good ride and cooling at speed.


Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on February 10, 2016, 09:03:11 PM
Riding from Heathcote to Costerfield to Graytown and onto Nagambie was excellent, I was within a 5 vehicle group all intent on making good use of the road...two a 1/4 mile ahead of me and three the same behind, gave me a chance to see the views, like a 1970 Toyota bus converted to a motor home half way through a fence, a foot on each side of huge trees...two hippy type ladies sipping tea from a silver service off a fold up card table at the back of the bus/home.

I could see ahead of me a massive gathering of shine...crikey, there was a full on speedway meeting at Nagambie Raceway...before I had finished processing the thought of having a "quick look" I was past the entry gates and soon out of sight....hmmm.

I cross the Goulburn River and see a speedboat about every 30m or so...strewth!

Nagambie was vibrant, green and lush...full lake and many people about. Water was crowded with craft.

I press on and find myself on freakin' freeway's.....eventually comes the turn off I need. To Murchison. There I would find the road to Rushworth that crosses the Cattanagh channel and skirts Waranga basin.

Then a Grumpy Old Man Syndrome thought hit me....all over this state I have been thwarted of certain pursuits because I was in a designated water catchment area. This negates a lot of activity like bike riding...only with a motor I might add, prospecting, trapping, camping etc etc...there are also a lot of caveats on buildings and residency.

Vast areas are covered by this and yet it all drains into a huge dam and is then fed out into it's original river again to more dams, weir's and "basins" and 99% of that water is used for irrigation.

...just sayin'.

Anyway, I still had a chance to explore some old tracks of years gone by.....this one skirted farmland and linked up a forest reserve and wetlands area, was a reasonably easy ride as recent rain had cleared the old wheel tracks...little wash-aways kept you on your guard though.

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Not sure what these are but could be some remaining steel supports for either a large tank or silo...pile tests maybe....

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I find myself back on the tarmac where the road has somehow changed from Inlet Channel road to Wild Paddock Lane and then to Inlet Channel road again when it crosses the Murchison-Rushworth road....disused railway is now a walking track...sheesh!

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I travel a ways down the track but access to the channel is fenced all the way, but back on the highway to Waranga Basin I cross the channel and can see ready access, I press on to have a bo-peep at Waranga Basin.

The online site where I check water levels says the basin is currently at 23% but was being fed as a month back it was 15%...that's a lot of water.

Jet-ski heaven......my perception is on the vid. There was a couple of Wake-board boats ambling about slowly creating large wake for the jet boys to play on......

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Click image.....  ;)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang012/Redcastle-Waranga%202/th_6.mp4) (http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang012/Redcastle-Waranga%202/6.mp4)




The basin is a fair size (pic is at Harrimans Point boat ramp centre bottom)...that red dam wall at the top is 7 kilometres long (4.2mi).

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang012/Redcastle-Waranga%202/7.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang012/Redcastle-Waranga%202/7.jpg.html)







I snack a bit, bin some rubbish and head back to where the road crosses the channel. I park on the old railway line which surprise surprise, has been converted to a walking trail....  ::)

Oh, it's all the rage. How inspiring will this walk be folks.....  :P

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang012/Redcastle-Waranga%202/8.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang012/Redcastle-Waranga%202/8.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang012/Redcastle-Waranga%202/9.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang012/Redcastle-Waranga%202/9.jpg.html)


The amount of heat coming off the blustone is woefull. And the expense of making all the bridges foot friendly with a huge concrete slab and side railing...there are a lot of these as it crosses many small drains and gullies on it's straightline path.

The channel was fairly full and had quite a flow to it....alas, not one bite or nibble with live yabbies, worms (yes, they still survive) and lures for about two hours.

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang012/Redcastle-Waranga%202/10.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang012/Redcastle-Waranga%202/10.jpg.html)




After riding that short section of freeway I decided I would go back via Seymour, Yea and Yarra Glen. I refueled at a dinky little Shell in Murchison East and paid 25c less per litre for 98 octane than I did in Heathcote...  :o

For some reason it only took me 2 hours to get home.....  8)

No fish and, ALL the yabbies were dead come monday morning.  :o :o

......never had that happen before...one or two maybe but never all. Did manage 515klms for the day though and a lot of that was off-road.


Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Devondan on February 16, 2016, 07:48:17 AM
Nice write, thanks for sharing, you have soooooo much more space than us!
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 25, 2016, 05:58:29 PM
On my last trip up to Redcastle I took some pics at the Dargile Camp grounds...here's a view of the Info board...

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/Board.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/Board.jpg.html)




It also depicted this gold puddling machine.....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/Diagram.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/Diagram.jpg.html)



Well, yesterday I found one......

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/041%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/041%20Custom.jpg.html)




Yep, cross-countrying on my little TM75.....

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/040%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/040%20Custom.jpg.html)

(http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/037%20Custom.jpg) (http://s1127.photobucket.com/user/BrangaTangTang/media/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/037%20Custom.jpg.html)





Here's a little of what I breathe in each day at work......

http://vid1127.photobucket.com/albums/l626/BrangaTangTang/BrangaTangTang014/TM75%20and%20Ute%20at%20Redcastle/Fibreglass%20dust.....mp4





Ye olde fibreglass dust......  ::)




Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on April 26, 2016, 09:53:55 AM

looks like poo bucket has eaten your pics Chris ... ???
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 26, 2016, 10:24:37 AM
looks like poo bucket has eaten your pics Chris ... ???



Dang....which ones 'shorts? (I can see them fine)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on April 26, 2016, 10:46:13 AM

all on this page for me .. perhaps it's me?

message says
"oops your image was linked incorrectly, please visit your account for correct link"
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 26, 2016, 12:56:41 PM
Well that is odd...the TM75 pics are from the same p'bucket album as the pics on my "Need to fill some gaps" thread. The info board pics are from the Waranga Basin album set of pics. (previous reply #272)
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on April 26, 2016, 01:14:16 PM

i can see them all now  ;D ;D

shorts
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 26, 2016, 04:37:25 PM
i can see them all now  ;D ;D

shorts



(http://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f3/be/28/f3be2854e8e8f2cabd588e88d9ece269.jpg)



 ;D


Can you action the video link okay?



Cheers,
Chris.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on April 26, 2016, 04:54:01 PM
yep that always worked i think
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: fred99999au on April 26, 2016, 07:36:58 PM
I had the same this morning with yours and Dave's pics, Chris. I guess poobucket must have had a brainfart which they’ve resolved.
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: 2fITy.J on April 28, 2016, 10:16:00 PM
I guess poobucket must have had a brainfart which they’ve resolved.



Some kind of indigestion no doubt.....  :P
Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Jock on March 10, 2017, 08:57:37 AM
How do we fix the images in this thread?


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Title: Re: The day my hair turned grey....
Post by: Bigshorts on March 10, 2017, 12:09:21 PM

looks like they are all working ok

Shorts