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Offline Leon H

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Honeymoon is over ride
« on: June 06, 2006, 11:41:32 am »
Well, as promised, Melissa and I said we would get back into riding after the wedding.  And 2 days after returning from our honeymoon, we were into it.  The destination was Mt Fox, a volcanic crater up in the highlands about 120km directly NW of our place.  Of course the route was not direct, there was some dirt (baout 100km) and ranges and stuff - just what we wanted...

We ended up sleeping in a bit and didn't leave until about 0930.



First up was a boring ride for an hour north up the Bruce Highway to Ingham.  It was a good ride to get used to being on the bike again, but like all national highways it was extremely dull.  Once at Ingham we headed SW again, towards the bottom of the escarpment that would take up about 800m above sea level to the high country.  The dirt begins....



Once we hit the range itself, it was a combination of dirt and very crappy bitumen and gravel, and very tight and very steep.  Climbing up the mountain the vegetation and temperature changed drastically, and it was very refreshing after the always warm conditions down on the coast.  The gravel across the top of the range was well graded, smooth and fast.



After about 40km we spied the old volcanic crater to which we were headed.



We turned off the nice gravel road onto a less used 4WD track that lead to the Mt Fox Crater National Park.  This road was a tight little track, but the mighty KLE took it all in it's stride.  The KLE really impressed today, and any doubt we had about it being suitable for heavier off road work.  

Soon we arrived at the park, opened the gate and headed to the base of the crater.









The beauty of having such big and solid panniers is it is easy to cart coffee and lunches!  Plus you are never without a table or chair!





Big KLE thumbs up from proud owner!



It was very pleasant up on the mountain.  We had only come about 150km, but it felt like were worlds away from our home in Townsville.  But all good things must come to an end so we headed back out the way we came, pausing to grab some KLE action shots in the process.







So in the end, it was a great day.  Got to go rising together for the first time in ages, and the day passed without incident.  This was Melissa's first real "adventure" ride, and she is all fired up and ready for more.  Next up, to take her on a small 1 or 2 night camping trip, with a whole lot more dirt.  Can't wait, it should be a blast!
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2006, 11:49:03 am »
SHWEET GUY !!!!!

Always good to see couples that can play together !
 

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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2006, 11:52:26 am »
yes, i agree with the above.
you two are really lucky you can share this lekker pasttime as you do  :lol:
 

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2006, 12:00:36 pm »
Great report Leon... nice to see Aussie.. it's nice and green there. Been thinking to get my wife a kle as well, she's not very tall and it seems a good option for her.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2006, 12:40:46 pm »
Honeymoon over? Nah, don't think so. You are in the middle of nowhere, a hot chick (who said yes!!), not a soul in sight... I reckon there was a picknick blanket in the other panier! Or maybe thats why you left later than planned, hey?  :wink:
 

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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2006, 03:00:20 pm »
i envy you for being able to share this with your wife riding on her own :)  top team!
 

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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2006, 03:08:00 pm »
Honeymoon is over ...
No you start working for the new boss :D  :D

Great pics Leon, keep them coming.
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2006, 09:27:25 am »
Hi guys,

A copy of my track log from this ride can be downloaded from http://www.savefile.com/files/6585625.  

To view it in Google Earth, select file, open, change file type to .gpx and select it.  Check out the hill climb section from Ingham to Mt Fox using the tilt and rotate buttons to get a ground eye view of the side of the range, it was a steep bugger!

Cheers

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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2006, 12:59:55 pm »
Leon H, you are one lucky sod!
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2006, 02:54:54 pm »
Leon

Very nice pics and ride, it is awesome to ride with your wife, well done!!!
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