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Offline Marty H

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« on: September 17, 2006, 10:45:44 am »
Hello all

got the link from Leon H and Glitch_oz from Austouring. (which I help run)
I thought I would post some of my reports and have a good look at yours  :)

A few of us decided to hit the 2006 Alpine Rally which is held on the Snowy Mountains Hwy at Yarrangobilly in NSW on the Queens Bday Weekend

Day 1

Moike (R100RS ?Superbike?) Stuart T (R1150GSA) and I (1 k Strom) headed off from Diamond Creek on the Friday moring. Headed up via Kinglake, Yea, Whitfield and Myrtleford for lunch. Then up via Redbank Road, the amazing Lockheart Gap then onto the even more amazing Granya Gap (3rd time lucky to get it dry!!). Then came the full speed ahead run along the Murray River Road into Tintaldra to say at the famous Tintaldra Hotel for the night.

(Claude's Matchless rat bike out the front of the Tintaldra pub)


(Inside the pub)


Day 2

A cold and foggy day welcomed us to the new morning and after a wonderful hot breakfast at the pub and a chain tightening on the Strom we headed off

(The Accom for the first Night)


(The awaiting fog)



(Stu Catching up with one of the other rally goers)


It was desided to give the Eliott Way ago, usually covered in snow in winter only a speckle of snow was found

(Moike rounding a bend)


A short stop at the Tumut 2 power station for the mandatory echo blast down the access tunnel (video to come) and the great climb up the hill towards Kiandra.

(Tumut 2 PS)


What was to be a short stop at Yarrangobilly Cave for a quick coffee turn into a full tour of the caves, which was well worth it

(a quick cup of Joe)




(inside the caves)




When we got out from the cave the rain had started, great?. I had left my jacket on top of the bike and my helmet sitting on the mirror with the visor open.


Off to the rally site we go?? to be continued
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Offline Marty H

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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2006, 10:46:14 am »
Day 2 Cont

A short run of a few Kms in the rain to the rally site, over a crest into a sea of tents. We road around a little to find AL58 and set up the tents in the rain and then made a detour to under a tarp next the the warmth of the camp fire.
And then the drinking, stone bombs, firworks and the bullshitting started....

(fire works on the Hwy)



(Al58, Stuart T and Moike all bullshitting :lol:  :lol: )



(magnesium in the camp fire)



(more magnesium)



(even more magnesium)



(Moike admiring some other bike's arse)



to be continued
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Offline Marty H

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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2006, 10:46:53 am »
Day 3

OMG it was fecking cold in the morining  :shock:   :!:  :!: Im glad I took 2 sleeping bags. After a cup of Joe and Breakfast we packed up the tents, paid our fee, collected our badges and headed off towards Cooma

(making the coffee)


 (the KTM "coffee" option)


(Moike's mule)


(The Homestead)


(5 rally goers that fell asleep in the wrong spot)


(a Breva did make it!... just the wrong one)


(Moike's camp)


We made it about 3 kms up the road and the there start to be a fair bit of snow on the road, we spoke to other motorcyclist that had been a little further up and it got worse, so we did a U-turn and headed towards Tumut.

(the turn around point)


Back down to the Murray River Rd for a flying run along which Moike imformed us that his first 1000km averaged 100Kh/h which included his run through Friday morning peak hour, a few dirt sections and plenty of tight twisties... a mightly fine effort.

Another lap over Granya Gap which is bloody brilliant going from north to south (not that south to north is bad) we then headed down to my favorate all time road, the Omeo Hwy....


to be continued
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Offline Marty H

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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2006, 10:47:49 am »
Righty O then...

The Omeo Hwy has got to be one of the true joys of motorcycling in Victoria, especially the northern section from the Murray Valley Hwy through Mitta Mitta to Omeo. It has everything from 150kmh sweepers to one after another 1st gear peg draggers with 100mt drop off to one side to dirt sections that for us was covered in snow in parts. I love this road. The Strom was made for it.

(stopping off at Mitta Mitta General Store, I wasn?t sure if I was filling up on unleaded or low fat)



(Stuart going past me at warp factor 9!)



(A Stromobile)


Then came the bit of the Omeo Hwy I love, one tight bend after another with the Mitta Mitta River off to one side down a bloody steep drop 100mt below. Its doesn?t matter if you get one of the corners not quite right, it repeats its self after the next corner. This seems to go on for ever and no traffic to be seen anywhere...heaven  :)

It was getting late in the afternoon so we stopped of at the Blue Duck Inn to see if they had any accommodation for the night, we where in luck. A little exxy at $160 for the three of us but it was well worth it. The cabin was "cute" with its limited generator supplied power and the wood burning steel fire box. The real gem was the pub. It was warm not only in atmosphere and temperature but also in friendliness. The food was to die for, not your usual pub meal but more a`la carte, the chicken parma was sensational.

It was early bed for me, the eyes desire to close overwhelmed the desire to sit and drink....

(a view of the Blue Duck Inn from the cabins, middle of the night with a 15 second exposure)



(chookies in the twilight)



(the twilight zone)


day 4 to come
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Offline Marty H

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2006, 10:49:08 am »
Day 4

We woke to the most clear, crisp blue skied morning with the sun streaming through the windows and ice on the seats of the bikes.

(the GS with a halo)



(ready to go)



(the pub in daylight)



Off we left to Omeo along the tight twisties that snake along the steep cliffs along the Mitta Mitta River, taking it easy on the shady spots in fear of black ice but opening it right up in the sunny sections.

Into Omeo we turn off the Hwy and take the Swift Creek back Rd to stop of at Swift Creak for Breakfast.

Then down the rest of the Omeo Hwy playing overtake the long weekend traffic game and surprising not a cop in sight.

With the weather closing in we said our goodbyes in Yarragon, it was a great 4 days riding and a big thanks to Moike and Stu for making it such

all the photos at http://www.martyh.com/2006-06-13_alpine/index.htm

over and out

Marty
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2006, 12:37:43 pm »
Hi there welcome to the nuthouse
Thanks for the report looked rather cold at some places


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Offline Leo

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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2006, 03:13:21 pm »
Quote from: "Marty H"
(Claude's Matchless rat bike out the front of the Tintaldra pub)


Welcome here Marty H...............

..............Did this Ratbike make it all the way?

How far was the ride?  :wink:
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2006, 12:20:19 pm »
Excellent report dude, this is a very funny pic  :D

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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2006, 01:00:05 pm »
Quote from: Maverick
Excellent report dude, this is a very funny pic  :D

Whoops I had wrong picture.

I am just worried about the, "Blue Sheepskin" on the seat of the non Rat Bike!


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Offline Marty H

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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2006, 03:11:05 pm »
Quote from: "Leo"


..............Did this Ratbike make it all the way?

How far was the ride?  :wink:


yes, the rat bike made it all the way, it makes it all the way all the time and makes a few sportbike rider a little embarrassed as well, the owner can ride it!!

I think its all original too, except the motor, thats been change 3 times, oh and the frame, its on its second. The front wheel, thats its forth.  :D  :lol:

the trip for us was about 1800km return, for the ratbike about half that

best 4 days riding I have had in a long time

Marty
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