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This is my preferred route through Gippsland, @mikeS. It’s half an hour longer than the coastal route but is more interesting and avoids the flat areas as much as practicable.
 
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This is my preferred route through Gippsland, @mikeS. It’s half an hour longer than the coastal route but is more interesting and avoids the flat areas as much as practicable.
Way better PZ - thanks - that coast road section is so tedious.


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My first time at Phillip Island since the COVID restriction was lifted. I was happy to be back among the motorcycle crowd, albeit in reasonably crappy weather. I spent most of the day enjoying the sights, sounds and the great unwashed. I don’t have a running commentary about individual rides and events. I just wanted to soak up the vibe and kick back and marvel at the sheer courage of these young guns pushing the absolute limits.

I snapped a few pix around the track and had to push the limit of my trusty little Sony RX100 point-and-shoot.








A most enjoyable day out, and I can’t wait to get back to the track tomorrow.


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I just went back to my room after what I would say was one of the most interesting hotel dinners in quite some time. I’m staying in one of the Island's better resort-style hotels; BUt dinner was a real eye-opener.

I wasn’t all that hungry, so something simple was what I wanted. A small main meal, but the waitress insisted I try the chef's entree special - a classic Italian bruschetta… bruschetta, you say - looks more like road-kill. I couldn’t stand the sight of this hideous slop.

So next came the main, a vegan mushroom risotto. The main arrived, and the serving was enough for two, but it was pretty nice but a bit too much garnishing (less is more).



I should’ve quit while I was ahead but I thought one scoop of lemon sorbet would be nice. But, no, the chef
insisted on upgrading my order - on the house.




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As Mike says, a great day at the track, despite the weather. No major dramas at our pinpoint, but a few heart in the mouth moments and the safety car got a bit crossed up a few times.
The after work bbq was very enjoyable, with a number of notable people interviewed. Of particular note was Troy Corser’s description of his win on the 98 year old supercharged BMW, in response to a question. He tapped John McGuinness on the backside as he passed him as that’s what John had done to him the year prior, unaware that he was taking the lead. Pressing on at ‘best speed’ his aggregate time was short enough to win the event. It was particularly satisfying as McGuinness was on a newly blue-printed Manx Norton and the BMW was big stock original, down to every nut and bolt. The win brought the owner, who had built the bike, to tears.
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All quiet in the pits, ready for the day’s action.
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Brew time at Turn 2.
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The sun and blue sky finally broke through in the late afternoon, but tomorrow promises rain. Whilst Mike kicks back in his resort, critiquing the quirky menu, I’m listening to heavy rain pattering on my little tent, and the sound of running water around me.
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The Paddock Show.
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There are advantages in the naming rights sponsor being an excellent local brewery.👌
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The faces behind the voices of Workd SBK commentary, Alex Raby and Steve English.
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Garrett Gerloff World SBK #31.
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Aussie Troy Corser, 2x World SBK, 1x Aust and 1x US Superbike champion.
 

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Good race! and great event reporting.
 

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I recognise your shiny pate, Pz, topping-off that still quite youthful viz, but who is that grizzled bod to your right? Could that be mikeS?: I had long thought he may perhaps have looked a bit like me, tall, dark (well, largely greyish-white these day), handsome, with touches of Geo Clooney and Errol Flynn...
And re: "steeds, tucked up in the stable" - I see no baby Jesus or mother Mary or father Joseph - wrong stable mayhap?
 

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That is what happens if you don't take helmet hair seriously and can happen to the best of us.




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It seemed to rain all night at the track. Fortunately my tent remained watertight - other campers weren’t so fortunate. Despite an ominous forecast, Sunday’s racing wasn’t unduly affected, with heavier weather mainly between events.
The Tissot Superpole Race started on a wet track and most of the field ran a full wet front tyre and intermediate rear (same compound as a slick, but grooved). Of the fancied runners, only Bautista ran full slicks. His team must have looked out of the pit garage window, asked a local, or even checked the online weather radar, as their judgement proved correct. After tippy toeing around for much of the race, as the track dried he moved readily forward from 13th position to take the lead from the Kawasaki boys and Toprak as they started to struggle with their tyres. Rea tried on vain to mount a challenge but remained unsuccessful.
The final World SBK race was also a cracker but was red flagged when Xavi Fores overcooked Turn 1 and t-boned an unsuspecting Eugene Laverty in his final SBK race before retirement. It was a big one, with Laverty and his bike tumbling violently across the infield.
Laverty was motionless then raised only one arm to call for assistance while Xavi was running straight over to him then immediately signalingor medical assistance. Laverty has been diagnosed with a pelvic injury and was helicoptered to a Melbourne hospital.
As we packed up, a very heavy rain storm set in. My path back to the marshals shed took me to the path of Laverty’s bike and a chance to ponder the ferocity of the crash.
There was a gap in the rainstorm as I started packing up and @MichaelD stopped by fir a chat. But when it came time to pack up the tent, rain once again set in.
The ride back to my son’s place in Melbourne started okay but 20 minutes out a severe rain storm hit, with sheets of rain buffeting the Panzer and me, and very difficult visibility. My rain gear couldn’t quite cope and I arrived with a wet crutch and damp feet. A hot shower and a couple reds fixed that.
Today is a rest day, visiting family in Geelong and a friend nearby.
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Not my campsite!
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The Green Army marching towards the Orange Army for the group photo. We outnumbered them, but not by much.
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We did have periods of sunshine.
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My colleagues and me. We were so slick, we were known as Team WD40.
Photo credit Rebecca from Pit Lane Studio. She may not have the most expensive rig, but takes some cracker action shots of the bikes (and marshals …)
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One of my colleagues spiced up his sandwich.
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Most of the heavy weather was to the north.
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I’m the orange dot at the left of the flag point.
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The trajectory of Laverty’s bike.
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One of two small pieces of carbon fibre from Laverty’s bike I noticed at the initial impact area, missed by marshals attending the carnage immediately following the crash.
 
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Long day out on LC coming back from Philip Island World SBK weekend. Weather-wise very ordinary with wind gusts of up to 70 km/h (probably more) and in and out of showers most of the day. I planned to do the return trip in two days but in the end, decided to press on back to Sydney. The ride home was tough not physically but more mentally to keep motivated and focused and press on - All up for today's 1016km. I enjoyable 5-days away and of course, it was great to catch up with the Panzer.




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Great effort, @mikeS! The Hume Highway is a killer - you could easily die of boredom.
 
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What a great epistle. I did enjoy the read.
Did you guys visit The Christmas Shop at Bright? It is like something out of a Hollywood movie and well worth seeing.
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Thanks Ken
I’ve been through Bright on numerous Phillip Island trips, and can’t say I’ve noticed the Christmas shop. Does that mean I’m off Santa’s good list?
I’ve recently been to one in Oberammergau though, and that was pretty special.
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I know what you mean @Panzermann - the relentless buffeting and long hours in the saddle were tough. The only way I could deal with the long boring route was to just focus 100km at a time.


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After yesterday’s rain/hail storms in Melbourne, this morning’s cool, calm and overcast outlook was very welcome. My goal was to rendezvous with the remainder of our party at our overnight venue.
I don’t have the mental fortitude of @mikeS to take the Highway of Doom, so ‘reluctantly’ headed up through Healesville to the Black Spur, on to the Jamieson-Eildon Road, over the Wombat Range, through King Valley to Beechworth then on to the Murray River valley to Jingellic, across the river and up to Batlow. Essentially it was a replay of my return from the recent MotoGP except instead of stopping at Walwa, a little further to Batlow, 615 km in total.
The run out of Melbourne was easy, being able to filter to the front at lights. The Black Spur was deserted, surprisingly, but unfortunately wet so couldn’t be enjoyed to its full extent. I would have preferred to take the Reefton Spur for variety but it remains closed due to landslip.
The Jamison-Eildon Road was also wet, with significant leaf/bark litter. In this condition, it deserves extra respect - I can confirm that the coefficient of friction of stringy-bark is something approaching 0.001 and there was much evidence of fallen trees having recently been cleared. Near the end of the road, my path was blocked by one such tree. I ripped as many limbs off as possible with my bare hands (well, gloved hands) and managed to squeeze past on the mossy edge. Perhaps I need a rope saw in my tool kit - I bet that @mikeS already has one!
I did wonder about the possibility of being hit by a falling tree but dismissed it as the day was calm. Later in the day though, a few kilometres from Kiewa, a car was being loaded onto a tilt tray having just suffered that fate.
After refuelling at Mansfield the road dried and I had high hopes of a dry run over the Wombat Range. Of course with the change in altitude, I was disappointed, but it was still heaps of fun as it is a more open road with mainly sweeping bends.
I stopped at the Milawa Bakery to sample a chunky beef and pepper pie and was warmed and satisfied. It passed muster on the Panzer Pie Scale.
On through Beechworth and into the sweeping corners of the River Murray Valley. I was delighted to find the Granya Gap was dry, encouraging a spirited run. Very satisfying.
More of the flowing corners of the valley before turning into New South Wales and heading up from the valley towards Tumbarumba. Another fun time before the potholes set in, providing an entertaining slalom course - or moguls if you get it wrong.
My colleagues had a much shorter ride for the day and were well settled into the old pub at Batlow when I arrived.
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Black Spur
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Pit stop at Marysville
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The damp, misty Jamieson-Eildon Road
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Lookout at Tallangatta, the town that was moved in the 1950’s due to the building and flooding of the Hume Weir.
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The sign on the Batlow pub bathroom wall was very good advice, as it turns out. I think the hot water must be piped from the nearby town of Tumut, going by the time taken for it to arrive. But once there, it was hot and very much appreciated on a brisk morning.
Andy is the route planner and I was happy to go with whatever he recommended and could handle, given he is presently recovering from COVID.
Once at Gundagai, we droned up the Doom (Hume) Highway, in the interests of efficiency. Along the way, I amused myself with random thoughts of insignificant importance. Even though I could not share these, which I am rather prone to doing (just ask Frau Panzer) the riding seemed all the better in the company of Andy on his Triumph.
We stopped for fuel and coffee at Trappers Bakery, Goulburn. Nothing against the coffee and food, but it isn’t a place to relax - production line counter service (a necessity I suppose) and dreadful ambience, with 70s/80s rock being played too loud on tinny speakers. It was a relief to get back on the road. My Google review reflected our experience. 3/5 stars.
By Mittagong, we’d had enough of the Doom and turned onto the Highland Way, stamping ground of @mikeS. We picked our way through Bundanoon and Exeter, past their pseudo British estates with rock walls and iron gates, then took the back way to Penrith. The temperature had climbed to mid 20’s at Mittagong, and high 20’s by Thirlmere, where we stripped off some layers opposite a very interesting looking rail museum.
Curiously on either side of Penrith were numerous gauche but expensive new mansions. If I had that kind of money, I don’t think I’d build there.
On to Windsor where we had a late lunch at a burger and wings joint, chosen because it had a toilet. I got sucked in by the meal deal offer (drink and chips), the whole lot sustaining me well through the afternoon.
A post-prandial run up the Putty Road kept the food coma at bay, running on through Singleton then Dungog and finally arriving at Gloucester, our overnight stop, at dusk. Two GS1200’s are also parked at our hotel, neither having accumulated as much dirt as the Panzer. Similarly a couple at Goulburn. Charlie and Ewan wannabes I reckon. 😄
Interestingly, I’ve heard the road between Dungog and Stroud was actually made by filling bitumen into adjacent potholes in the original gravel road built in colonial days, resulting in an interesting pattern of overlapping circles. Any smooth sections are simply subsequent improvements using current road building technology and materials. Sounds legit to me.
About 765 km all up, today - a good effort by Andy, considering his delicate condition. It was my idea to load up today and tomorrow so Friday is only a half day, so thanks Andy for accommodating me.

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Andy and his T120 Bonneville rumbling up the Putty Road.
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Nice to have the afternoon sun behind us.
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Nice ride report @Panzermann and an impressive amount of clicks covered for the day. IMHO Andy is as hard as nails they sure breed then tough up north.


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Thank you for another enjoyable read.

I have ridden through Dungog, ONCE, and I wouldn’t be back there in a hurry. Whenever I think of Dungog I remember the pothole patchwork and the main street was the worst.
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Nicely writ and illustrated, Pz, but it seems a pretty hard way to spend several days, what with wet camping conditions et al. But hats-off for your perseverance!
 
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Thank you for another enjoyable read.

I have ridden through Dungog, ONCE, and I wouldn’t be back there in a hurry. Whenever I think of Dungog I remember the pothole patchwork and the main street was the worst.
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I wish I’d have taken a photo - beautiful patina on that road. 😂
Nicely writ and illustrated, Pz, but it seems a pretty hard way to spend several days, what with wet camping conditions et al. But hats-off for your perseverance!
It’s the challenging ones you tell true lies about for years to come, @Lawrence of Suburbia . Besides, being part of the team, I’d feel like I was letting the others down if I didn’t turn up - they’re always short of marshals at World SBK Phillip Island.
 
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