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Offline Jaqhama

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Jaqhama and Shalako-Lin holiday April/May 2007.
« on: May 22, 2007, 02:17:59 pm »
These reports are from the ride Lin and I did around our state of New South Wales.
Lin went from riding a DT 175 one day to the Ducati 680 on the next, and she did great!
For the next 3 weeks she rode alongside me from Sydney all the way down to the Snowy Mountains and then all the way up north to Lightning Ridge.
I am so proud of her!

Let the adventure begin...

Nestled in the centre of a huge valley in the upper Blue Mountains, west of Sydney are the ruins of the old shale mining town of Glen Davis.

Shalako-Lin and I were on our holidays and had never been there before.
So one weekend a couple of weeks ago...

We got up early.


And rode up into the Blue Mountains.
Early morning mist covering the Megalong Valley, pic taken from the Hydro Majestic Hotel.


First stop was at the Redleaf Resort for a full English style brekkie.



Then it was off towards the small mountain town of Lithgow.
Note the tiny brick cottages, these the original miners homes of a half century ago.


Glen Davis is hidden somewhere amongst those mountains.


The road is tarred for the first few kms, then it turns into hard packed gravel, then it turns into this.
This is where I came off the BMW, but the sand was so soft neither I nor the bike was damaged.



I was on my old BMW LS 650 and Lin was on the Ducati 680 speed-kitted track bike. Not the most suitable bikes for talcum powder soft bulldust.
But we battled on and eventually came to this.


Breathtaking scenery, mountains all around us.




We set up camp at the free campground, complete with toilets and hot showers.


Then we went for a bit of a wander, and found some unusual sights.


We set off on foot for the now derelict shale factory ruins.
Along the way I found the remains of one of the workers?


The ruins are in an unstable state, many have collapsed, some quite recently, we had to be very careful when we ventured inside the crumbling edifices.
They are, quite literally, ready to topple over.




Looking up at the intricate brickwork of the old chimneys. We were very careful here, a sneeze would bring this lot down on top of you.


You can just make out the foliage that has over-grown the top of the chimney in this pic.


Glen Davis answer to Stonehenge?


We made our way back to camp and got the billy on and cooked some tucker.



The next morning we packed up and headed off back to Sydney.
We loved Glen Davis and will return to explore the surrounding dirt trails on our trail bikes at a future date.

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Jaq and Shalako April/May holiday part 2.
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2007, 02:48:54 pm »
After Glen Davis we headed down south to the Snowy Mountains. Although no snow at this time of year.
Just great smooth roads, few tourists and the wide open plains, tundra and mountain scenery.
Again we left early.


Lin and the Duc on the dirt, both did well.


The tiny town of Captain's Flat.


Rolling hills with the mountains in the bakground.


Taking time to rest along the way and smell the fresh country air.


The deserted car park at the Ski-Train Station at Perisher. In the winter months 5000 cars can be fitted in this giant car park.


Riding thru the Alpine Village of Thredbo.


Stopping for a drink at Tintaldra, a famous biker pub on the Victorian side of the border.


Forest recovering from one of the many bushfires in the region.


The 65 kms long winding up-hill road to the highest town in Australia.
I am in that pic.


And here we are at Cabramurra, highest town in Oz. Bloody cold it was too. The town owned and operated and only lived in by the workers on the famous Snowy Mountains Hydro Project. It was Easter Sunday and the whole town was deserted, not a soul to be found. Or any petrol for that matter.


So it was down into the lower Snowy region and onto Talbingo, where we set up camp for the night.


The next day we rode the empty roads, seeing the occassional rider.


Lin parked next to the alpine tundra.


Scammels Lookout, looking towards Mt. Kosiosko, Oz highest mountain.
Note the snow on the peaks, even in summer.


We over-nighted in Khancoban. This the beautiful dam there.


More water, more beauty.


Lin makes friends everywhere.


Another lookout, MT. Gladstone near Cooma.
There's this fine view...


And then this...


Jaq proving he can still do ballet.


A day later we left the Snowy and headed back to the lower south coast, and then kept to the coast as we headed north towards Sydney.



At Nowra we stopped in to see my old friend John Rigoni. One of Oz's top enduro riders and consistent winner of the local Seniors Trophy even today.
This the house he partly built himself.


Jaq and John.


Shalako-Lin and Jaqhama.


A while later we were back home in Sylvania, south of Syd City, planning our next adventure to the Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo and the legendary town of Lightning Ridge in the far north of NSW.

To be continued...
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2007, 03:12:52 pm »
Mmmm...I like!!! :)
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Woronora dam, South of Sydney.
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2007, 03:44:05 pm »
Just to fill in the time between holiday rides, and to give the NX 650 Honda a quick run Lin and I popped out to Woronora dam, just south of us.
Few people ever go here, which is good because the road that leads to the dam is about 5 kms long and has some awesome straights and curves along it. :D

Looking along the dam wall.



Long Way Down hey Charley?


Don't worry says Lin...I'll save you.


Lin making a statement in regards to signs that continually tell people not to do stuff. :D


And don't stand on the damn wall :!:


And don't ride on it either :!:


Arty shot of the month award here. 8)


Jaq and the NX 650 Honda Dominator.
Dominator? says Lin...ohhhhh that sounds kinky.


The next day met up with our mate Sleddog and Lin right away decided she should see if she has what it takes to be a cool cruiser rider.
Is that Riddick in the background :?:


Hmm....says Lin....I think I make a great cruiser rider?
The story of the day here being that we met up with a young rider we knew from a local bike forum...he on a TL 1000 Suzuki....and Jaq blew him away on the twisties of the nearby national park.
Jaq has been riding the park his whole life, knows every corner and bump in the road.
The NX ridden motard, foot out and down style, just disappeared around the tight bends.
Autumn being upon us, and some of the roadway being overhung by trees, in constant shade, made for a lot of green, slippery moss on the road.
Jaq was prepared to take more chances than the younger rider.
Lin mutters something about older not meaning smarter. :roll:

To be continued...
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2007, 04:24:48 pm »
Great stuff... keep it coming..

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2007, 04:42:02 pm »
Its just gorgeous you two THANKS a MILLION


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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2007, 05:37:58 pm »
Lekker will read a bit later :D
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2007, 08:51:09 am »
Great ride you guys had.

Must be great to have a girlfriend/companion/best friend like that.  :D

Jaq where can i find i woman like Linda. :D
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2007, 10:06:03 am »
Jaq

Ride reports from other countries are always on top of my lets look list. Thank sfor the lekker report. Like it a lot :wink:
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2007, 11:00:57 am »
Great stuff Jaq and Lin. Thanks for sharing
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Re: Jaq and Shalako April/May holiday part 2.
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2007, 08:24:18 pm »
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So it was down into the lower Snowy region and onto Talbingo, where we set up camp for the night.



Interresting stove that Jaq. Does it use fuel to burn, or a fuel tablet?

Great report. Thanks for sharing  :wink:
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2007, 12:47:41 am »
Excellent report Jaq! And what a beautiful country you have.
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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2007, 08:25:39 am »
Great post, thanks for sharing, Jaq! 8)
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Re: Jaq and Shalako April/May holiday part 2.
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2007, 04:50:52 am »
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So it was down into the lower Snowy region and onto Talbingo, where we set up camp for the night.



Interresting stove that Jaq. Does it use fuel to burn, or a fuel tablet?

Great report. Thanks for sharing  :wink:


Leo that's a Trangia Stove.
(Used to be the offical stove for Everest mountaneers).
Do a web search for Trangia and you find various pics and articles on the stoves.
They start reasonably cheap for the aluminium models and get more expensive for stainless steel.
I have the SS one. Should last for a lifetime.
It uses metholated spirits/white spirits for fuel.

It's simple, hassle free and destructo proof.

Another excellent stove is the one I used in the USA 2 years ago..a Coleman liquid burner stove, burns very hot and uses petrol you can siphon from your tank (with a turkey baster tool...looks like a giant syringe, or you can pull the fuel hose off the petrol tap and let petrol run into stove.)
The Trangia is slow to heat food and water...but is bullet proof reliable.
The Coleman is much faster, but not as simple in terms of construction and design, therefore more things to go wrong with it.

If you guys don't get Trangia's in SA I can get them here from my local store no problems.

Cheers: Jaq.
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2007, 07:56:27 am »
Wow, nice report. :)
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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2007, 06:10:51 pm »
Quote from: "Captain Slow"
Great ride you guys had.

Must be great to have a girlfriend/companion/best friend like that.  :D

Jaq where can i find i woman like Linda. :D


I can honestly say that since I was about 18 I've never gone out with a girl that did not love being a pillion or did not have her own bike(s).

I guess I've been very lucky in that respect, because I know plenty of blokes who have gf's or wives who won't have anything to do with motorcycles.
How those blokes ended up with those girls I have no idea.
Why would you ever bother with someone who doesn't share your passion for something?
They will never go on the back of your bike, they will never ride their own bike.
That means you will never go camping and adventuring on the bike(s) together or enjoy any of the myrid pleasures associated with biking.

To use an old outlaw 1% expression...there are two kinds of people in the world...motorcycle riders and everyone else.
Normally reffered to as: The Walking Dead. Zombies. Sediments. Citizens.
The Uncool.

Lin is new to the world of biking, she's only been riding for about a year and a half (since she met me actually). But we envision many wonderful biking adventures together, both on and off-road.
She puts many male riders to shame.
The number of blokes with bikes I know, that will never take their bikes down a dirt road or a sandy track...Lin has already surpassed them.
She is the ideal companion for me.
It's not just a mode of transport, it's a fking adventure!