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PostSubject: aussie roots   Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:24 pm

GReetingS O' gents of the sunburnt country,

I've got a 3-4 day run from Melbourne to Tweed next week, so looking for suggestions of must do's to join them up...


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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Sun Oct 23, 2016 2:41 pm

Oh, you mean 'routes'. I thought you meant


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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:27 pm

Sorry, can't match Beetle's curves but .................
Mexican's will tell you the way via the Aussie Alps (foot hills)

Goulbourn to Lithgow via Abercrombie National park
Bells line of road
Putty road
Thunderbolts Way
Oxley h'way (Walcha to Wauchope)
Waterfall way then Grafton via Nymboida
Grafton to Glen Innes
Tenterfield back down to Casino
Kyogle to Murwillumbah

Bike shop for new tyres.
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:16 pm

ghezzi wrote:
Sorry, can't match Beetle's curves but .................
Mexican's will tell you the way via the Aussie Alps (foot hills)

Goulbourn to Lithgow via Abercrombie National park
Bells line of road
Putty road
Thunderbolts Way
Oxley h'way (Walcha to Wauchope)
Waterfall way then Grafton via Nymboida
Grafton to Glen Innes
Tenterfield back down to Casino
Kyogle to Murwillumbah

Bike shop for new tyres.

Kyogle to Murwillumbah
Murwillumbah to Mooball via  Burringbar (nice high speed, mountain curvy freeway run, one speed camera) and stop for a meal/fuel at the MooMoo Cafe  (5875 Tweed Valley Way, Mooball,with the giant and rideable racing motorbike usually out the front) and small motorbike museum. This is one of my favorite places, the staff are really friendly and the food and prices are very reasonable.
Mooball is a stones throw from the Pac Highway and Tweed
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:43 pm

I'm in Casino, so pop in and say hi. PM me for address details if interested.
This is the route I suggested above:-
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:00 am

is there a phone number to go with that Beetle..?
if I can string a few of those together, I may need a few more days clown

cheers Ghezzi, now just gotta get to Goulburn, past the VicRoads pirates affraid
Kyogle to Mooball is already on the cards Tech.

Then back downhill for the Cabal... if the tyres are still black and round!

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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:43 pm

From Port Melb you could head to Healesville & over the Black Spur, then take a right at Taggerty towards Eildon. Before you get to the town there's another right to Jamieson - 60k of tight twisties - past the brewery at the end, & on up to Mansfield. Decent food there. Then to Whitfield (test track No. 3) and on to Myrtleford. Head towards Bright & just out of town at Ovens take the tourist route through Happy Valley, then up the Keiwa Hwy & follow the signs to Tallangatta. About 10k out there's a left turn over Mt Granya which brings you onto the Murray River Rd where you head east. Turn left/north at Jingellic & head to Gundagai. After Gundagai get on the Hume towards Sydney but get off after 5-10k at Coolac then some 10-15k there's an easy to miss street sign to the right named the Old Gundagai Rd which brings you out on the Olympic Hwy which will take you all the way to Bathurst. From there head towards Sydney until the next town/suburb of Kelso where there's the road to Sofala & ail ford. Turn north again for a few ks then right/east to Kandos, Ryleston & the Bylong Valley Way. You have now by-passed Sydney & are close to the bottom end of the New England Hwy. there's food & fuel at Denman and Singleton and/or Merriwa. Your right turn to get to Kyogle could be a few hundred is north at Glen Innes or Tenterfield. Enjoy the ride.
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Wed Oct 26, 2016 2:23 pm

Thanks Mal, better start colouring in a map!
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:17 pm

It's all green at the moment. There has been rain.
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:14 pm

HAs there ever! If you're coming through Goulburn drop in and see me in Bungendore if you like. I'll shout you a beer.

Pete

PS. Mal, I still have your grips, sorry. Things got away from me before I went away.

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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:01 am

Worth considering is Bonang Highway from Orbost up to Bombala via Delegate, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
There is a 20 kms unsealed section but there must be 500 plus bends on the sealed section to make up for the dirt.
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:34 am

If you take the Bathurst,Sofala,Illford road you turn left at the end. Then you turn right to go to Rylestone and eventually on to the Bylong Valley road. That will bring you out at Sandy Hollow. Hang a righty for Denman and beyond. DO NOT go left at Sandy Hollow heading for Merriwa then Meswellbrook. It will end in tears. When are you doing this?
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:03 pm

The Bonang is one of my favourite roads - last April the dirt section was in good nick, and is all in the rainforest - worthwhile stopping to brew up a cuppa on one of the straighter sections to get the full benefit. The pub at Delegate was $60 a night including dinner & breakfast - camping in the park over the road & $20 the meal.
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:08 pm

choices choices.....
Melbourne departure depends upon aprillia riding bro-in-law, but likely the 3rd.
I gotta be back up past Byron for the night of the 6th, do some responsible stuff on the 10th, then heading back down for the Cabal.
Tyre shop in there somewhere???
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:25 am

MalG wrote:
The Bonang is one of my favourite roads - last April the dirt section was in good nick, and is all in the rainforest - worthwhile stopping to brew up a cuppa on one of the straighter sections to get the full benefit. The pub at Delegate was $60 a night including dinner & breakfast - camping in the park over the road & $20 the meal.


The dirt section on Bonang was also in good nick last February heading down to the World Superbikes at PI. We come across a sneaky Vic copper hidden off the road a bit but luckily a motorist heading north warned us. We stayed at Commonwealth Hotel in Orbost which I am happy to recommend. Undercover bike parking is always a bonus and the pub food was pretty good I seem to recall.
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:39 pm

Tyre shop - Pablo's in Melbourne is an outstanding choice. Otherwise, there's a selection in Nerang. There's a tyre specialist in the north of Brisbane that will send tyres anywhere. Some of our northern cousins should know of others closer to Byron. If you have a tyre preference, pick a convenient bike shop & arrange to have it there before you turn up.
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PostSubject: Re: aussie roots   Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:57 pm

Thanks to all for their suggestions, here is the final root.

Exit from the Melbourne burbs to Warburton, onto the Reefton Spur, up to Marysville, towards Eildon but cut right onto the brutal Eildon-Jamieson connection…. 61kms with maybe 2k of straights! (thanks Mal) and stayed the night in Mansfield.
Up to Whitfield in the morning, across via Mytleford onto the Happy Valley Road to get up to Tallangatta and over to Corryong and onto the Alpine Way and into the snow over Mount Kosciuszko.
Jindabyne and Cooma get you up to Bungendore and the hallowed ground of the Royal Hotel…
Morning run up to Goulburn then via Oberon to Bathurst for a couple of laps of Mount Panorama to warm up before stretching it up the Sofala - Ilford Road, through Kandos onto the Bylong Hwy to Denman, Singleton, then cut up to Dungog to miss the fires on the southern end of Buckets Way, then made it to Gloucester before dark.
Early out to run Thunderbolts up to Walcha for breakfast and a chat with the bronze…
Uralla to Armidale over Waterfall Way and the Dividing Range to Grafton, then Casino for lunch, Lismore, Mullumbimby, then finally onto the A1 for the last 20 k home.
Total 2105km

Highlights- well it was all pretty good really, but the Reefton Spur, the Eildon-Jamieson Connection, Happy Valley Road, and the Sofala -Ilford Road are particularly stand-outs.
Bungendore to Goulburn is a good open blast, the Bylong Hwy does, I hear, have spectacular scenery, but a fair bit of time is spent watching the tarmac avoiding ‘irregularities'… and the run over the range from Armidale to Grafton is another good mix of wide open and twisty mountain pass.
Happy to announce that the centres of my MP4s are in good shape, the sides however…
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