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post #1 of 29 Old Sep 24th, 2006, 10:02 pm Thread Starter
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Hi all.

The Snowy Ride is approaching (Nov 10/11) in Thredbo.
http://www.snowyride.com.au/

I know Barry is staying at Bernti's, and Kerry & I are at House of Ullr (pic)which is right in front of Bernti's (the darker yellow building at rear-right).
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Just spoken to Hilton, who's booked to be at the ride with Jenna and Rena (or is that Rena and Jenna, who comes first???... etiquette!), but no accomodation worked out yet!
Hilton, Kerry tells me the only camping is back at Jindabyne.. but the last 2 years its snowed/sleeted, so I don't know about camping!!
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It's a great area to ride, and no shortage of other bike riders to talk to..
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Anyone else going to be down there for the ride?
Thought it would be good to make some dinner plans for the Sat night, get to meet / know each other a little better!

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Should be a great ride, I intend going up the weekend before to Three Mile dam for the Trout Rally. Unfortunately can't make the dates for this one due to my shifts. Hope you guy's have a fantastic time.

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Hi Chris, just confirmed our accommodation for Fri, Sat, & Sun. Staying in a place called Riverside Studio Loft Cabins. Planning to spend a week or so prior camping down towards Victoria and then make our way home via Thedbo. May leave the gerbings stuff operating just in case.
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Hi Chris, just confirmed our accommodation for Fri, Sat, & Sun. Staying in a place called Riverside Studio Loft Cabins. Planning to spend a week or so prior camping down towards Victoria and then make our way home via Thedbo. May leave the gerbings stuff operating just in case.
Oh, and it's always Rena followed by Jenna. Cheers
Hey, thats great Hilton. Look forward to catching up!
So we'll expect a Vic weather report from you before we leave.. ;-)


Jake, you'll have to give us a snow report on your return!
Any packing I can save on will be invaluable, as I'm doing a 12 day trip all up..., and no trailer!

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Hi Guys,
Yes I'm going to the Snowy ride and staying at Berntis as Chris mentioned on Friday & Saturday nights. I'm leaving Brisbane on the Monday before hand and will be traveling the route below. If it coincides with where any of you guys are going to be during that week let me know and we'll see if we can meet up. If not we'll catch up for a beer in Thredbo.

My mobile number is 0438 641 543.

Snowy Ride Route 2006

Day 1 Monday Nov 6th
Brisbane to Dubbo
via New Engalnd Hwy. Warwick, Armidale, Coolah etc
Approx 920 kilometres and 11.5 hours riding time.

Day 2 Tuesday Nov 7th
Dubbo to Cooma
Via Parkes, Forbes, Gundagai, Tumut, Adaminaby
Approx 590 kilometres and 8 hours riding time

Day 3 Wednesday Nov 8th
Cooma to Omeo
Via Bemboka, Candelo, Bombala, Cann River, Orbost, Nowa Nowa, Bruthen
Approx 470 kilometres and 6.5 hours riding time.

Day 4 & 5 Thursday & Friday Nov 9th and 10th
Omeo to Thredbo Village
Via Mt Hotham, Bright, Mt Beauty, Falls Creek, Mt Beauty, Kiewa, Corryong, Khancoban
Approx 460 kilometres and 8.5 hours riding time plenty of sightseeing time over 2 days with an overnight stay somewhere.

Day 6 Saturday Nov 11th
Snowy Ride Day. The Alpine Loop
Via Thredbo, Jindabyne, Berridale, Adaminaby, Cabramurra, Khancoban, Thredbo
Approx 315 kilometres and 6 hours riding time.

Day 7 Sunday Nov 12th
Thredbo to Dubbo
Jindabyne, Adaminaby, Tumut, Yass, Boorowa, Cowra, Molong
Approx 680 kilometres and 9.5 hours riding time.

Day 8 Monday Nov 13th
Dubbo to Brisbane
Via New England Hwy
Dunedoo, Coolah, Gunedah, Tamworth, Armidale, Warwick
Approx 932 kilometres and 12 hours riding time.

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Friday or Sat night for a catchup?

Nice trip plan, Barry.
You'll be heading in before me.
I'm leaving Sydney on Thursday 9th, stay outside Canberra that night, and ride into Thredbo via Cooma on Friday 10th.

Wanna make some dinner plans for one of the nights?
The restaurant and bar at House of Ullr is pretty good, cook your own meat of choice on the BBQ grill inside the restaurant (they even serve roo).
Open to other suggestions, just better to book ahead due to the numbers of people that are around!

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Sounds like a great ride Barry. Some longish days though. Rena and I generally don't plan too far ahead, just serendipity. Bringing our camping gear on this trip, also via parts of Victoria heading towards Thedbo. May even see you along the way. Cheers

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Hi Chris and Hilton,

We'll definately catch up somewhere over the snowy ride weekend. I'm staying and riding with several other friends from Canberra, so catching up for dinner might be difficult. We'll exchange mobile numbers before hand and work out a way of getting together for a beer perhaps on either Friday or Saturday afternoon.

Chris on the Sunday I'm heading for Nelson Bay. So if your heading back to Sydney on Sunday morning, maybe we can ride north together?

My mobile number is 0438 641 543.


Cheers for now

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EDIT: Just noticed Hilton lives at Maitland. Maybe we can all ride back together on the Sunday?

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Hi Chris and Hilton,

We'll definately catch up somewhere over the snowy ride weekend. I'm staying and riding with several other friends from Canberra, so catching up for dinner might be difficult. We'll exchange mobile numbers before hand and work out a way of getting together for a beer perhaps on either Friday or Saturday afternoon.
Look forward to it, though mine will have to be a Cider... ;-)

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Chris on the Sunday I'm heading for Nelson Bay. So if your heading back to Sydney on Sunday morning, maybe we can ride north together?
Mate, we have to high-tail it to Port Melbourne on Sunday to make the evening boat to Tassie, other wise that would have been great.
If Hilton has finished his camping trip he might be heading back that way???

Look forward to catching up.

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Hi Brian, love to catch up too, but planning to stay one extra day in thredbo. Wait for the rush to subside so to speak. Maybe we can act as an escort for some of the way:-)
Any time you come through the Hunter, give us a call. 0431746111. Cheers

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Thanks for the offer Hilton.
When I leave Thredbo on Sunday morning I'll be making a B line for Port Stephens. Then home to Brisbane from there on the Monday. Boring way home I know, but by then I reckon I'll have had my fill of "twisty" roads for the week and will be look'in to get home as time efficiently as possible.

I did the same trip in the tin top a few weeks back. We left Jindabyne around 8:45am and arrived in Nelson Bay by 3:30 in the afternoon. The new M7 Motorway around Sydney makes all the difference.

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Hi guys.
We made a late decision to go on the ride and luckily managed to get accommodation at New Kirk Ski Lodge. They had a cancellation, so we have a 4 bed room for the price of a double. Should be a good ride, never been before, and if you are getting together somewhere, let us know.
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Great Brian.
At least a couple of us will be there Friday night, we should catch up for a drink.
my mobile is 0418411499. Hilton & Barry's numbers are further up the page.
Looking good for an LT group ride on Saturday maybe???

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Glad you can make it Brian. You'll have a great time. Its a fantastic event.
Getting together for an LT ride sounds like a good idea Chris!
We'll plan on getting together on Friday night for a drink at the pub. I'll be in Thredbo Friday afternoon so will give you a call. I'm staying with friends from my old ST1100 days and will be riding with them on Saturday. We generally do the Alpine loop, so how about we plan on all riding together, that'll make it about 4 LT's and 4 ST's?
We generally head off around 8am and go Jindabyne, Berridale, Adaminaby, Cabramurra, Khancoban, and back up to Thredbo.

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Looking forward to meeting you blokes.

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Sounds good Barry. We will be there sometime Friday afternoon, so we will be in touch for sure. Group ride around the circuit sounds fun, not sure about the start time of 8am though

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My partner Kerry was just saying the same thing Brian (8am???, but I'm on holidays...!).
She also doesn't like the Khancoban side after last years ride out that way (3 deg C when we left, and very tight and twisty and slowwww leaving Thredbo) although we'll have to go that way to get to Melb on Sunday.
I'd like to do the run up as far as Adaminaby at least, as we have to meet up with some other friends from Canberra on the Saturday somewhere.
Will surely all catch up Friday night for a drink and make a plan!

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Yeah it can be a bit cold early in the moring down there some times.
In fact, in 2004 it was still a bit cold and was snowing at midday! (LOL)
We'll see what we can arrange in the way of a later start time and meeting point, and confirm it all on the Friday night.

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Cool 2004... frosty the snowman would have been happy

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In fact, in 2004 it was still a bit cold and was snowing at midday! (LOL)
make sure you've got gear for 4 seasons...
2004 was my first snowy ride.. I bought some more gear (and the LT) after this ride..
the saturday was great and somewhat hot at times outside of the mountains, but Sunday...!!!
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I'm heading off bright and early in the morning (Sunday 4am) and won't be able to check for any updates between now and the Snowy ride.

Been pissing down rain all day here today, the more I polished the LT the harder the rain fell. But The weather forcast is looking good for the ride south over the next few days.

Hope you all have a safe journey down to Thrdbo, and I look forward to catching up with all of you who are heading down there on Friday arvo.

Just a reminder my mobile number is 0438 641 543

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Hi All,

Been back just over a week from the snowy ride and have had time to upload a few pics to the net of my trip. You can view the pics at the link below.
Scroll down to the first pic then click the "View as a slideshow" tab and the images will scroll through automatically.

http://s89.photobucket.com/albums/k2...20Ride%202006/

Was great to meet up with Brian & Min, Chris and Kerry, and Hilton and Renna while down in Thredbo.

Since getting home I've parked my bike up for the time being and will attend to a few maintenance issues over the coming weeks including fitting a new topbox rack.

I'm going through a bit of a strange phase at present in that I have a really strong feeling right now that I should give riding away for the time being.

I don't know why I feel that way, but it's one of those feelings that feels like it shouldn't be ignored. So I'm going to cool my heels for a few weeks and see how things develop after that. Will be a good time to pull the bike down and do a thorough detail job on it.

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Glad you had a good time down there Barry, and a safe trip. I was very jealous of you and the others after checking out your pictures on the Ulysses site. Couldn't get away to do the Snowy run this year, maybe next year.....

As for the feeling about giving away riding for a little while, don't listen to those voices in your head, they'll only lead you astray

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Ride safe

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My dear little bike (TYC) brought Kerry & I all the way home yesterday after our 12 days on the road, for the Snowy Ride and 7 day Tassie sojourn.
Travelled 4088 km's with temperatures (while riding) varied from 0.5 deg C to 42.5 deg C. And I actually recorded bike temp readings of 0.0 - 44.0 deg C over a 7 day period.
The Snowy Ride was fantastic again, and it was great meeting up with Barry, Brian and Hilton over the weekend.
Barry, a great photo sequence you've uploaded! I'm pinching a leaf from your book and trying the same on Photobucket, will know shortly if its worked, and I'll post the link below.
Tassie was great, rain, sleet, snow, hail, sunshine, all in a week! And we really only saw a small part of whats on offer. Will definately go back again, although next time will probably be with the CRV so we can get onto some of the high-country tracks regardless of the weather, and spend more time.
7 days just not enough.
We started out from Devonport and went to Burnie, but were pretty wet by the time we got there. Managed to get into motel early and dry off, before heading out to Stanley (North-West) but it was a very windy run there and back.
Next day Cradle Mountain, with reports of a vast cold-front moving through from the Antarctic. Well it arrived just after we did, and brought several inches of snow to the area, so we missed seeing much of the beautiful scenery of Cradle Mountain, but did get the winter wonderland treatment!
Thought we might get snowbound at the lodge the next morning, but the roads cleared enough by 10am to get out and head to Hobart. If we'd stayed I think we would have seen the lovely snow-covered mountains and lakes inside the park area better, but more snow was coming and we couldn't risk hanging around.
Managed to duck most of the rain (and hail) by heading across to the main highway and down to Hobart. Stopped at a great cheese factory and then at a small town called Ross. It was lovely and had the best bakery. There's several small towns like Ross that you miss by not detouring off the highway, and I expect most of them have something to offer.
Hobart was a little wet and windy, but we allowed 2 days to do Port Arthur as well as see a little of Hobart. The sun eventually appeared and Port Arthur was a good day out, though very sad reflecting on the tragedy there just over 10 years ago.
The sun came out on the 2nd day in Hobart and we did the steep climb up to the top of Mt Wellington. What a great view over Hobart and the Derwent River, and there was still a little snow left around the rocks in shady areas.
Next day we were off to Freycinet National Park and the lookout over Wineglass Bay. Its a very pretty area and the water is an amazing clear blue colour. The sunset was made stunning by a small bush fire in the distance, and the smoke haze happened to drift across at the right time to make the sky bright reds and yellows.
Then we ran up the coast to St Helens (its a hole), which we picked as a stopover but would have been better off staying further south at Bichenou so Kerry could have seen the penguins at dusk... oh well, next time. Although a little further up is the "Bay of Fires" and we did a quick run up that way and it was very pretty coastline, but I dont know if there's much accomodation up that way..
Best ride day was the last day (partly because of the weather) on the main highway from St Helens in the North East (its a hole, did I mention that?) back through to the Tamar Vally and Devenport via Scottsdale. Great twisty mountain roads through lots of rainforest, just beautiful and great ride.
Went down along the Tamar Valley past the wineries and lunched at the pub at Roosevears which looks out over the river, very pleasant.
A last stop back over the other side of the river at a Strawberry farm found us cramming some delectable goodies in the few remaining space holes I could find on the bike.
Then we headed back to Devenport and boarded the boat for the trip back.
We allowed 3 days for a run up the East Coast to get back to Sydney. Unfortunately the high that had settled over the Eastern mainland also brought record high temperatures for November, just a few days after the record lows, so went several hours riding over 2 days in temps above 40 deg C.
It was relief to get home yesterday out of the heat.

Looks like my upload worked OK, so here's some trip pics!
Note! they seem to all be out or order, bugger! oh well...
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Hi Chris,
GREAT PHOTOS!!!
Only had a quick look will check back later on.
Glad you guys had a good trip, shame the weather was a bit extreme at both ends of the scale, but its the one thing we can't control on a bike (Yet?).

Glad you and Kerry got back safely.

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Mate, I was looking for that elusive "air-conditioning" switch....!!!
In the extreme heat we travelled for a while with wet towels wrapped around our necks, which helped a lot. Evaporative air conditioning really works. Just needed a wet wrap around the front vents somehow to cool down the airflow... where's our inventors??

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Chris, look up "Silver Eagle Cooling Vests". Show you next time you visit.

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Mate, I was looking for that elusive "air-conditioning" switch....!!!
In the extreme heat we travelled for a while with wet towels wrapped around our necks, which helped a lot.
Or you could buy a Neck Cooler as listed on page 4 of the Ulysses shop https://secure.ulyssesclub.org/shopping/

You can also buy the same thing from Repco shops. They have compartments of a jel that swells when you put them in water, then put them around your neck to stay cool. Works well.

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Hilton & Brian,
thanks for the heads-up on those products!
The Silver Eagle stuff looks interesting...
http://www.silvereagleoutfitters.com.au/ride_cooler.htm

Had no idea this stuff existed!
Thank you gentlemen!
Trust you both had safe and enjoyable rides home too!
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I'm going through a bit of a strange phase at present in that I have a really strong feeling right now that I should give riding away for the time being.

I don't know why I feel that way, but it's one of those feelings that feels like it shouldn't be ignored. So I'm going to cool my heels for a few weeks and see how things develop after that. Will be a good time to pull the bike down and do a thorough detail job on it.

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Hi Barry.

I'm not too suprised that you'd feel a bit that way. How many k's did you do all up? I'm sure its more than we did.
I'll happily stick to commuting to/from work on the bike for the next few weeks after the trip, cause it does take a lot out of you.
I expect after a few weeks you'll start getting tempted to hit the road again.
How did your video's work out, did you manage to overcome the gremlins?

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Hi Barry.

I'm not too suprised that you'd feel a bit that way. How many k's did you do all up? I'm sure its more than we did.
I'll happily stick to commuting to/from work on the bike for the next few weeks after the trip, cause it does take a lot out of you.
I expect after a few weeks you'll start getting tempted to hit the road again.
How did your video's work out, did you manage to overcome the gremlins?
G'day Chris,
I'm on the same wave length as you are, after 5,300k's in nine days, I think this is just my body telling me that it's had enough of riding for now. I've only just had an opportunity to start working on transferring the video footage to the computer. Should be a few weeks before I have the DVD finished, getting time to muck about with it is the hardest thing.

Some of the footage coming down Mt Hotham is really good. I did'nt realise how many times I was dragging the pegs around the corners, and you can hear it on the tape. I might see if I can make a condensed version and upload it to youtube.com so it can be shared around. Our US LT conterparts might be interested to have a look at what I think is Australia's version of Deal's Gap. I haven't counted the corners as yet, but I think this section of road must rivel the Draggin's Tail for teh number of corners in a relativly short distance.

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