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prncssbee:

I want to drop everything and just travel the world with someone who wants to just as much as I do

prncssbee:

I want to drop everything and just travel the world with someone who wants to just as much as I do

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mildhogs:

MILD HOGS I.5 - Wet n’ Wild Escape

So every year from now on there will be “The Big Trip”, a minimum 7 days of motorcycle touring to some of the best places in Oz, in search of perfect corners and good times, ahh the freedom. Sometimes though you just need to get away for just a few days and ride! Well this was one of those times where we decided to just pack light and go forth into the sunset. well sunrise actually! My Mate had just upgraded to a 2006 Kawasaki ER-6N in green of course, so he was itching to take it on a decent ride to see how it would perform out on the open road, instead of the daily grind from Manly to the city. We rolled out of MHHQ around seven with patchy cloud cover. 40 minutes later the rain came down. (weather seems so much more in the agenda when you ride a bike!) We planned to hit up the Old Rd and beyond. The idea i had was to tackle the Oxley again, but this time in a west to east direction. Not possible really in one day so we decided to head to Armidale for the night, our host was a good friend Brian, who had a delicious meal and a nice bottle of French plonk for us to indulge the taste buds. But first, the ride up. The wet conditions weren’t conducive to decent photography, which is a shame, because that is my other passion off the bike. Anyway, coffee breaks were the main reason to stop and stretch the legs. First stop, the Corrugated cafe’ on the way to Wollombi. The rain was persistent and annoying but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits and pushed on with haste toward Cessnock, Gresford and Thunderbolts way, another of the HEMA atlas’s top 100 rides. we hadn’t explored the shortcut if you will, through Gresford, all i can say is…It’s a cracker! The road winds quite agressively through rolling hills and farmland with great a great variety of corners. Lots of up down and around stuff with good vision to see any lazy tractors chugging along the road. The Thunderbolts way is the only way to get Armidale on a bike, shorter and more scenic, A road that you really need to drive. Not just set and forget with the aid of cruise control. Apart from the road surface, (The Patched over patches of bitumen keep you on your toes, literally!) which is quite rough, the Thunderbolts way is brilliant. Half a dozen or so little towns to stop by for a snack, all spruiking their World famous pies and Steak sambos. Scenic timber bridges and a decent lookout at the top of the mountain.  The road surface improves greatly after the town of Nowendoc, where the landscape flattens out across more of a plateau, so the pace quickened in time with the fading light. At this stage the rain had stopped, the clouds blew away to reveal a rich blue orange sky. I love the little 50 km stretch of road from Uralla to Walcha especially at this time of the day. All the colours of the poplar trees come out as the amber light hits the leaves, casting vast shadows across your front wheel. We descended on Brians place in the dark, hungry and thirsty with around 630kms more on the Odometer. Tomorrow, the Oxley…

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advpulse:

Have you used temperature adaptive riding gear before?

Sooooooon :D

advpulse:

Have you used temperature adaptive riding gear before?

Sooooooon :D

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