Re: Fellow Old Farts
rf253 and Fellow Old Farts,
I Love riding the Gillies range it is great and is the pick for a quick day ride out of Cairns.
The Kuranda range is also good but has too much traffic and a 60kph speed limit so is now at the bottom of the list and avoided at all costs.
The Rex Range (1 hour north of Cairns) is good but caution must be exercised if it is damp and as it is surrounded by rain forest that's often.
The Palmaston Range (1 hour south of Cairns) is bloody fabulous on the K1200GT when the traffic is not abundant, I am yet to see a cop on this range but the thought scares me on this one as you can hit "Tear up your licence and loose bike for 48 hours" speeds they are very achievable.
For those riding further north after AGM I would sugjest up the Palmaston over to the Kuranda and bingo your in Cairns.
Whilst you are in Cairns up the Gillies to Malanda, Milla Milla over the Gentle Annie to Ravenshoe, Atherton Yungaburra and back down the Gillies (Can be as long or as short as you want have a look at map lots of back roads available). In fact there is a host of good day rides to be done if you want to base yourself in Cairns for a little while.
Leaving Cairns head the wrong way and go north to Rex Range (after port Douglas, before Mossman) to Julatten, Mt Molloy, Mareeba, Atherton, Ravenshoe, Milla Milla, down Palmerston Range (HWY) to Innisfail.
In fact having just promoted my fair city as I have, I will go one further and offer any Fellow Old Farts a place to pitch there tent (walking distance to CBD) for a few days if you wish send me you e-mail in private message.