Monday, May 02, 2011

Gold Coast ride

Near perfect riding weather yesterday and today, last day off so I went for a small ride.

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I didn’t feel like doing many miles, just wanted to get out so headed off to a couple of my old favorites. Starting from Mudgeeraba I rode up Springbrook mountain and took in some views.

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I have not been there for some time as I always ride south over Currumbin which is mostly car free early on and was not used to the traffic however I soon remembered you have to make you own place to pass cars and do so swiftly or end up at snails pace though some wonderful curves.

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Next I rode over Hinze raceway and up to Binna Burra. Both are excellent riding, I always come back from NSW day ride over Hinze raceway but again I had not been on Beechmont mountain or further to Binna Burra for quite some time. The section past Lower Beechmont shop used to be rough but is now a quality bit of road, very nice.

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Binna Burra café was closed. I arrived and parked next to this guy on a Harley Davidson Road King and we are the only people there but this guy, very obviously, turns his back to me as soon as I take off my helmet. That’s the stuff that makes people have an attitude towards Harley riders … mate it is a nice bike but that is no excuse to be such a tosser. 

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I rode back and had lunch at the Laurel Cottage Garden Café, Lower Beechmont. I had noted previously this place often has a few motorcycles parked outside and today was the same. I love a good home style burger and todays was excellent, not the cheapest but very good. Coffee was a bit of a mild roast for me but good all the same and sitting in the shade of the trees on the nice Autumn day was very restful.

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I usually would consider riding to Canungra and over Tamborine but the latter would be heavy with cars and between the two mountains I had enjoyed some excellent riding so decided to just ride back down Beechmont and home via Nerang. Was behind a convoy of motorcycles following slow cars for a bit mentally scratching my head what was stopping them from passing before I got bored and moved on.

This will be my last outing with this Micro four Thirds camera which I put on eBay, next stop will be a DSLR.

8 comments:

  1. Brilliant post mate, we did the same on Sunday, was just a perfect day for it. Check out some pics here; http://jellyflicks.com/blog/rat-breakfast-run-may-1st-2011/

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  2. Great photos IC, that burger looks fantastic! Sounds like it was a great ride. I did tomewin road and burringbar range yesterday on my way home from the coast, was great fun!

    Cheers.

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  3. Looks like you had a wonderful outing. Love the waterfall.

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  4. Your two wheeled travelogue is the highlight of my week IC! By coincidence I stopped at Laurel Cafe on Sunday on my way through Mt Lindsay, Kyogle, Murwillumbah, Banora Point, Beechmont, Canungra, Boonah. With the exception of the Kyogle-Murwillumbah section the roads are great.
    Need to watch for wildlife on the Boonah-Rathdowney section as usual.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtMaSA6Dx3s
    Tony

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  5. Wow, some nice scenery there :-)
    Some people just have the wrong attitude, I just ignore them, life is too short.

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  6. Love the reflection in your sidecover! Harley riders are the same everywhere...

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  7. Also being a photography fan i thought i'd offer some advice: get the dslr for sure but keep the small camera for those occasions you want to be able to slip it into your pocket.

    love the site, read it every week

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  8. Hey thanks and sorry your comments took so long to show up here. Blogger was holding them for review but didn't bother to tell me.

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