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Off on the next adventure - World SBK at Phillip Island with Andy, picking up the rest of the crew in Canberra.
Our RV was at Flavours Cafe Boonah, live music on Sunday and frequented by all sorts of bikers, including Andy. I found him at table 22 waiting for his aged-egg omelette - the eggs were aged about 40 minutes too long it seems, but eventually arrived. The coffee was excellent and it was great to see his cheery face again.
From there we headed down the Mount Lindesay Highway to Woodenbong, then south to Tabulam, dodging potholes while taking in the views.
The run up the Bruxner Highway was better paved and free flowing, giving me a chance to bed in new tyres properly. Wildlife en route included a very healthy looking dingo, and something that scurried very quickly across the road between us - do quolls move that fast?
We chanced our arm at Tenterfield for lunch but having lost an hour with daylight saving the cafes and bakeries were all closing - it was 2pm local time. 🙄
Heading south on the New England Highway we turned towards Bald Nob only to be turned back a few kilometres down the road by a road closure. So we headed towards Glenn Innes then onto the Gwyder Highway for a delightful run up and over the Gibraltar Range before reaching our overnight stop in the Mann Valley.
No rain today, temps up to 35°C and a lovely cool evening
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After a beautiful sunrise, a very pleasant run down the Gwyder Highway towards Grafton, the forest occasionally bejewelled with jacaranda in full bloom. We then headed south through Coutts Crossing to the Waterfall Way in time for morning tea at Ebor. I wasn’t hungry and simply ordered a pot of tea, but the vanilla slice stared at me through the display case saying, ‘Eat me, eat me’. I succumbed, but in hindsight it was a poor decision. The slice was rather stodgy, the upside being it sustained me and the stiffness of my arteries throughout the day.
We took an early lunch at Uralla to avoid the weather we’d been catching up to, lounging back in a rather funky cafe called the Alternate Root. Make of that what you wish … This time, my menu choice was excellent - a toasted vegetables and cheese panini.
The afternoon was a lazy cruise down the New England Highway. A lot of standing water around Tamworth and into the Hunter Valley, with creeks and rivers flowing fast and brown. The pictured street in Tamworth was closed just as we passed through.
Our accommodation for the night is a comfortable motel room adjacent to the Denman Hotel - good for a feed, a few beers, and a local red.

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We set off this morning with bright sunshine bathing the early morning Hunter Valley as we headed down the Golden Highway. Green meadows and the occasional vineyard then gave way to huge open cut coal mines - intriguing to the little boy in me with their huge Tonka-like tipper trucks, but at the same time, a relic of the Industrial Age.
We turned down the delightful Putty Road, unfortunately somewhat hamstrung by nanny speed limits that disrupt the flow. Like the green meadows and coal mines, the smell of new wattle blossom was juxtaposed with that of the occasional road kill.
Then over to the Bells Line of Road, stopping at Bilpin for a coffee. Being apple country, Andy had to have a freshly baked apple pie, with a ‘dollop’ of cream almost as big as the pie itself.
On then to Mount Victoria and Oberon (for lunch) then making our way through undulating pasture land through Crookwell, Gunning and Sutton to stay overnight with friends in Canberra. Beers, wine, whiskey and true lies - the usual stuff when biker friends get together.
A cool day that got cooler as the day wore on, reminding me of why we moved to the Sunshine Coast.

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Canberra being Canberra, it was 9°C when we set off this morning, and yet school kids at the bus stop were in shorts and short sleeved shirts. 🥶
We were a bit later than planned - our host cooked bacon and eggs for all and made me a bucket of tea while I chatted to his wife about dogs (no cats ). We rendezvoused at Calwell servo with the remaining three of our party, 20 minutes later than the departure time we’d insisted on. Whoops!
Andy and I were the only bitumen riders, with a longer route to take, so we set off first. Not far down the Monaro Highway, threatening clouds turned liquid and for the next half hour we rode through sleet, the temperature having dropped to 3°C, the dash blinking a warning at me.
It passed, and with a bit of sunshine, 9° felt warm. Canberra suffered big hail storms and some snow, while our desire riders rode through falling snow on the Bobeyan Road.
We stopped for coffee at the renowned Nimmitabel Bakery, served by a very cheery young lady who brightened every customer’s day - and I told her so, for which she was .
Before long, it was time to tackle the Bonang Highway, named a highway back in the days when such a noun could be applied to any route that could passably be navigated. The bitumen was in reasonable repair, although subsidence over the years has taken its toll and 3/4 of us rather ‘dippy’. The gravel section was quite smooth, and gritty. The final 25km into Orbost was fantastic. It is more recently paved and sight lines more open. As a bonus, it was dry!
I settled into a pie at the Orbost bakery while I waited for the more conservative Andy to arrive.
A transit section followed to get to Buchan on the main highway, often heavily policed and in Victoria you can be booked for exceeding the speed limit for as little as 3 km/h.
Then the fun stated again, heading up the Great Alpine Road to Orbost, before continuing on to Benambra for the night. The section that follows the Tamba River is sublime - up there with the best of my favourites.
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The mainland’s highest peak, Mount Kosciusko at right on the horizon
 

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I headed off solo this morning, leaving the others to fluff around on the dirt and bitumen for another day while I headed ‘straight’ for Phillip Island.
The run down the Great Alpine Road wasn’t as satisfying as yesterday. Early morning rain had left the track, I mean, road rather wet, advising an even greater level of caution.
Planning to go through Bairnsdale, I thought it a good opportunity to catch up with cousin Peter and Julie for a cuppa - thanks guys for the short notice hospitality. 👌
I then meandered through Gippsland to the track, picked up my credentials and gear, established my campsite and headed to Cowes for fuel and some weekend supplies. Unfortunately the old pine trees in the officials campground with their lovely soft bed of needles have been removed, so my site is more exposed than otherwise.
Tomorrow morning isn’t too early a start - sign-on from 6am with briefing at 6.40. I’m flag marshalling on the infield of turn 2 (TF2.0L) so should see plenty of action. Let the games begin…
This evening I visited the famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade, where fairy penguins nervously form up in groups for fear of predators and make their way up the beach as fast as they can to their colony and burrows.
I heard on the grapevine Ironbutt @mikeS smashed out 740km Sydney to Bright the indirect way today. Likely on his second espresso martini in a local cocktail bar by now.

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Prime dairy country in Gippsland near Kongwak. You may be able to see a conga line of cows coming up the hill from the left, likely heading for the dairy for afternoon milking.
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You snapped pix of an interloper masquerading as a penguin @Panzermann … the things you see when you haven’t got a gun.


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Day 1: Ride down for the Phillip Island SBK weekend. I had planned for a 3-day run down to the Island, but with most of the riding areas in and around the central west NSW a no-go due to the flood, I decided to due 2-days instead. It worked out better as I had to cover more distance each day which suits my touring style. Oh, the original plan was to catch up with a couple of GS mates the original plan was to catch up with a couple of GS mates along the way, but long story short, they piked it because there would be too much slab riding for their liking.

From my home base in the inner west of Sydney, I made my way to Gundagai and caught up with a couple of friends for a coffee at the newly refurbished Niagara Cafe. I was on a mission to make it to Bright for my overnight stop before dark. So my catch-up had to be quick; I managed to sneak in a quick snack before my friends arrived - a classic Aussie curried egg & lettuce sandwich on think white bread (none that fancy-pants wholemeal bread).




I managed to limit my catchup to 30 mins with a quick refuel and was back on the road, taking the back road out of town to Tumut to Tumbarumba - Burra - Tallangatta - Kancoona and on to Bight for an overnight stop taking as many less travelled routes as possible.











I managed to cover 740km for the day and got into Bright before dark. Quick shower and change, I went down to the Brewery for a beer or two and pizza .. happy days!




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Having marshalled in the UK for 20 odd years and my longest ride to a circuit was 10 hrs or so I admire your resilience to do it all again 3 weeks after the last trip, the last time I went to Philip Island it took about 36 hrs from my house in Devon to the Airbnb in Cowes! I do remember how cold it was watching the penguins though, definitely my favourite circuit, I was impressed with the taxi bus between the different sectors, saved a few aches in the old legs.
Might get to see Saturdays race but off to Cyprus on Sunday so probably miss the rest.

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You snapped pix of an interloper masquerading as a penguin @Panzermann … the things you see when you haven’t got a gun.
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I just realised I hijack your Phillip Island thread @Panzermann Opps


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Nah - I just moved your post into the thread, @mikeS. Same topic.
 

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Ok, cheers PZ. Finally arrived at San Remo - seemed a longer ride than yesterday with not as many clicks.


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Today we were blessed with fine weather to kick off the event and shake down marshalling procedures. The weather looks to be deteriorating, especially Sunday.
Events were free practice and, for national classes, qualifying and one race (Supersport 300). There were no major incidents on our corner, the Southern Loop. My role is to operate the LED warning panel for our sector, which is pretty straightforward except I need to do a lot of swivelling to cover my sector of responsibility. If you watch the racing on TV, a small map of the circuit will sometimes appear showing the sector(s) affected by yellow flags - this graphic mirrors the LED panel’s status, and I responsible for sector 2.
This evening I went into San Remo to have dinner with the remainder of our riding party and none other than @mikeS was able to join us - great to catch up face to face again.
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Don’t know, @acbxrider - renting bikes isn’t common here. Google is your friend.
 

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Day 2: The plan for the day was to have an early and take in a few roads. I hadn't been down, but it was too crisp. I decided to go for a quick stroll around the village and grab a coffee but no luck. I managed to get away around 8:00 AM. I refuelled the LC the night before and was going to knock out a few hundred km with a stop at Swifts Creek for Coffee.

From Bright, I made my way down Great Alpine Road and up the mountain to Mount Hotham Village (Ski Resort) and down the mountain to Omeo. However, before the steep and twisty (very twisty) climb up the mountain, I did a procrastination moment - I had a go-no-go moment because my trusty BMW Nav indicated the road 4ks up was closed.

The above spot is where I had my go-no-go moment, but my gut feeling was going for it.

The run-up to the top of Mount Hotham was just so good, with very little traffic coming down the mountain and nothing coming up from behind.

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I could hear this guy coming and thought I would give him a wide berth.





I got to Swifts Creek and decided to give my coffee stop a miss and press on. However, I did have to break into my emergency rations 50km down the road.

MikeS - pop-up roadside cafe

I went to Bairnsdale-Sales and followed the coastal route into San Remo for my overnight stop. Quick check-in and unpack/shower/change of gear and catch up with the Panzer at the pub for a couple of beers and dinner.
 

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