Sunday, July 31, 2011

Gympie ride

Today I was determined to make up for last Sunday when I had planned to ride before drinking too much the night before. And so I headed north to Gympie.
The forecast was for occasional showers in the Sunshine Coast district however one look this morning and I made up my mind it was going to be a perfect day so I loaded up the camera rather than my rain gear.

It was not real cold but not exactly mild either. I think one of the best things I have done in recent years is stop using Draggin style kevlar jeans. We do not have a particularly cold winter here but it is cold enough to need more than they offer and while I have commented the winter jacket I have does not breath the same does not apply to the Alpinestars winter pants I purchased. They were a higher level model than the Jacket and are a Goretex type material which really works well to insulate you but still breath. It's amazing how much extra comfort they provide in winter, and along with my BMW 'City' summer riding pants both provide hip and knee protective armor as well.

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Clear Mountain Road early morning

I rode the usual northern route of Clear Mountain then on to Dayboro and over Mt Mee and on to Woodford where it was slow going with a lot 'Splendour in the Grass' music festival traffic. Then I made good time on to Maleny where I felt like a rest so stopped for an excellent coffee in town. After this I rode down the range to Conondale where I got fuel and then over to Kenilworth. The road in the forest was very busy with motorbikes.

The road to Gympie was quite enjoyable riding. A small climb not far north of Kenilworth then some nice sweepers a bit further on, before I knew it I was there. Gympie town shops were all closed except for the fast food outlets and one uninviting looking café. That was a shame as there was lots of tourists like me 'doing laps' looking for nice place for lunch. I ended up at Subway, which I regretted.

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Interesting old buildings everywhere in Gympie

I more or less followed the train line to the east of the highway south of Gympie for a bit to see what the roads were like. Not bad, something different, but the western Mary Valley side riding up was better and I would explore that further next time. I took a detour at Nambour to ride via Dulong, Eudlo and Mooloolah Valley which is always a good ride.

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Dulong Road

After this I decided to revisit Bald Knob road. I noticed Blogger has lost my photos for this road in a previous post so I took the opportunity to grab a couple more. Great views, if you have not been there the views in the afternoon are especially good.

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Bald Knob Road

Riding into Peachester I noticed a highway patrol and police motorbike and some police pulling over motorcycles coming from the west. Not sure what was going down, the dozen or so curves to the east whilst grossly overrated are extremely popular and thus this area attracts a lot of attention. I generally give it a miss but it was in my path today.

I meandered back Old Gympie Road which I rather like and then explored some back roads as you can see on the map below before getting lost near Narangba when my GPS battery died. I actually never use a GPS riding but today wanted to find certain roads so took it with me. I could have navigated the last bit with Google Maps on the iPhone but decided it was getting late and I had been up since 6:45am and was getting tired so I ended up on the Bruce highway which was ok for a while but then became a traffic jam from Bald Hills in. Other wise it was a good day riding.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Local Ride

Weather improved today so I decided to do a small ride after lunch.


After a slow traffic light crawl out of the city I rode via Bunya Road and Clear Mountain Road which were mostly free of cars. The clouds looked rather dark and heavy and I was wondering if I had made a bad call. After Win road I rode back to Samford and up the road towards Mt Glorious. This was rather slow going due to traffic lights controlling one lane traffic on the mountain where the road had been damaged however the sun came back out so I pulled over to try my new lens.

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Wet up top so I turned to Mt Nebo and simply cruised. Stopped at camp mountain lookout and was going to do some more photography but the normally empty spot was a hub of activity today so rode on home via Waterworks road which was surprisingly light with traffic so allowed me to get home just a couple hours after I set off.

Short but satisfying escape from home to refresh the mind.

BTW I have updated many of the oldest posts about what roads to ride with new maps and deleted a lot of old off topic rubbish that the "you may also like" links refer to.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Common Sense

I went for a ride Sunday, not far from home guy pulls up beside me and asks where is my number plate? Sure enough the plate was gone so I just turned about and went back home.

Mystery as to how it came off as both bolts still in place and bike has been in secure lockup since last ride My only rational thought is the bolt heads are small and the tin plate very thin so maybe by a fluke one head pulled through the plate and then the wind took the other the same way.

In the meantime this video was posted to the Motorcycle Paradise Facebook Page and is the findings of the GEAR study. This study when launched brought me into contact with forum bully Boris (AMCN) who claimed there was no proof that protective gear worked. I foolishly responded that was bullshit and an abundance of evidence exists around the world and then his cult chimed in that I was an idiot and if Boris says the world is flat then it is. That encounter brought to a permanent end my time on motorcycle forums. (was a true blessing in disguise)

Choose for yourself what to wear when you ride, little common sense goes a long way.