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Post  Chook on Mon 07 Mar 2016, 9:10 am

Day 1 Adelaide to Warrnambool


The day started stinking hot, it was over 25 degrees when I left Adelaide at 6:00am, the first few hours where boring main highways but good road surface, onec I crossed into Vic the scenery was better, a few corners but the roads were shit, ruts over a foot deep in some places. By the time I got to Warrnambool I was riding in light showers, soon after I checked in it rained steadily for a few hours











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Post  Chook on Mon 07 Mar 2016, 9:33 am

Day 2 Warrnambool to madmax's vis Great Ocean Rd


The day was stinking hot, I left as the sun came up, hit a few cool patches in the mountains but generally sweated like a pig all day.
Up to Apollo Bay was great with not much other traffic, Apollo Bay to Queenscliff was pretty busy, even got stuck behind a HD tractor for about 20 minutes that caught the cars on the straights but had thjem pulling away from him around the bends  Evil or Very Mad
Managed to get to the ferry terminal and have my booking brought forward
Arrived at madmax's around 3:00ish (?), it was good to catch up with spanna called when he called in for a couple of quiet beers that evening.











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Post  Chook on Mon 07 Mar 2016, 11:35 am

Day 4, Carrum Downs to PI + Day 5 - 1st day on the Island



then there was 3



a small detour to pick up a swag and we were on our way .....



Awesome beach just a short walk from the Palace









A ride out to The Nobbies with Hammy and B2







then we stopped into the track for a bit of a look

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Post  Chook on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 11:54 am

Saturday and Sunday Race Days



























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Post  Ewok1958 on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 3:31 pm

The last batch of photos isn't displaying n my PC Chook.  Might just be me though.
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Post  Chook on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 4:21 pm

Day 8 Philip Island to Omeo

Lead by madmax, Hammy, B1, B2 and myself headed off from the Island Palce for a night in Omeo, the Golden Age was booked out when we got there (would have had no where for B1 and willow anyway) so they recommended the Hilltop which accommodated B1 and Willow in his swag on the lawns for $10 inc hot cooked breakfast and use of the showers, the rest of us ended upstairs in a double room each, great value, best shower for the whole trip, great food and the "Southern States" had no problems letting the Banana Benders feel good about themselves at the pool table



















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Post  madmax on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 4:25 pm

@Chook wrote:Saturday and Sunday Race Days




Ewok and Tag arguing the pros and cons of Black(&gold) versus Silver

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Post  Chook on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 4:29 pm

Day 9 Omeo to Mansfield

Tuesday saw us all leave Omeo for Falls Creek and then on to Bright where Hammy and B2 split to head North, the rest of us continued onto Mansfield for the night












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Post  Chook on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 4:55 pm

@Ewok1958 wrote:The last batch of photos isn't displaying n my PC Chook.  Might just be me though.
I've swapped from Tinypic to Photobucket, not sure if that makes a difference or not?
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Post  reddog on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 5:46 pm

Nice photos mate.
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Post  madmax on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 5:49 pm

@Chook wrote:
@Ewok1958 wrote:The last batch of photos isn't displaying n my PC Chook.  Might just be me though.
I've swapped from Tinypic to Photobucket, not sure if that makes a difference or not?

Both work for me

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Post  reddog on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 7:40 pm

Second lot are broken for me too
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Post  Chook on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 7:51 pm

@reddog wrote:Second lot are broken for me too
try now, I found one folder was locked private
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Post  Re-Cycled on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 9:00 pm

@Ewok1958 wrote:The last batch of photos isn't displaying n my PC Chook.  Might just be me though.

http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b427/Ian_Button1964

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Post  Ewok1958 on Tue 08 Mar 2016, 9:17 pm

@Re-Cycled wrote:
@Ewok1958 wrote:The last batch of photos isn't displaying n my PC Chook.  Might just be me though.

http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b427/Ian_Button1964

Got it. Ta! cheers
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Post  Chook on Wed 09 Mar 2016, 7:06 am

One lot isn't showing up for me now, not sure why but I'll start that lot from scratch tonight, 1st day back to work today, not looking forward to it one little bit  Evil or Very Mad
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Post  Hammy on Wed 09 Mar 2016, 8:33 am

Great stuff Chook, and I must say that those two days heading north was some of the best time on the road.  The way south was  also great, but a little bit hot at times.
Now I'm following 2W on the GOR and I'm getting an itchy bum again.  Or that could just be the curry. Hope you have a good day at work.   Twisted Evil

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Post  Chook on Wed 09 Mar 2016, 1:34 pm

@Hammy wrote:Hope you have a good day at work.   Twisted Evil
Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

I'd been doing a different job temporally for "up to 12 months"
Car at home, start an finish there.
Flexible hours (had to work both ways)
I had rearranged a lot of my life around the various start/finish times.
I was losing a bit financially with no country travel but picked up a better quality of life

Last Thursday walking down High St in Northcote I got a call to say I had been taken back by my substantive area as they were so shortly staffed

Must say I'm pretty pissed off atm Mad
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Post  Chook on Wed 09 Mar 2016, 5:36 pm

Race day (x2) photos should be there now
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Post  Chook on Wed 09 Mar 2016, 6:11 pm

Day 10 Mansfield to Northcote

Barry (and Willow) decided to head straight for Melbourne without all the hills and twisties, Barry had done the job of Hercules steering his outfit around the twisties, the heat, altitude and extra load of his rig was giving him some overheating issues so he decided it was better to be safe than sorry

madmax lead me on a memorable day from Mansfiels to Jamiueson, ionto Eildon the Reefton Spur then Warburton before we headed our own ways into Melbourne suburbia 





















I finally arrived at Northcote where I was spending 2 nights, this was the artwork straight across from the appartment I was staying at

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Post  Chook on Wed 09 Mar 2016, 8:20 pm

Day 11 in Melbourne + Day 12 Melbourne to the Grampians

After a brief stay in Melbourne catching up with a friend, doing the washing etc and a trip to Tullamarine to visit the new home of the Mighty Bombers on the Thursday it was back on the raod a bit after 7:00am, 1st stop, United Westgate to refuel and meet up with madmax, then it was off to Melton to say farewell to Barry & Willow before headed to the Grampians by a less than conventional route






































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Post  Ewok1958 on Wed 09 Mar 2016, 8:28 pm

Loved following your ride Chook. One of the hardest things is to take the time to stop and take the pics (especially in a group). Love your work. cheers
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Post  Chook on Wed 09 Mar 2016, 8:48 pm

There's no photos of my final day back to Adelaide, it was boring, hot, humid, occasional shower until I came through the Heysen Tunnels and was hit by what felt like a blast furnace, it was a bit of a anti climax after 2 weeks of sensational company, roads, scenery, racing. I did manage to beat the rain that stopped the Clipsal 500 and flooded Fringe Festival venues in the city, time to start saving for 2017 Smile

I still think the Grampians would be a awesome spot for a meet, since seeing a small part of it in 2 days I want to go back and experience more, we just need to get a few more Victorians off their arses and onto their bikes and a few more Northerners (NSW & QLD) and South Aussies willing to spend a bit of time travelling more than a couple hundred km's, the Distances Hammy and B2 put in as well as Tag and Ewok to ride up and meet them, plus the effort Barry puts in to come to the mainland put a lot to shame, this is one of the best forums on the net and it's worth celebrating

The locals all say the best time to visit there is Sept to late Nov / early Dec, food for thought for the future
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Post  mtbeerwah on Wed 09 Mar 2016, 11:51 pm

Some nice photos chook!!

In your last group of photos, what is the mountain scene, 10th photo from the bottom, directly above the 2 bikes photo?

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Post  Chook on Thu 10 Mar 2016, 5:21 am

Halls Gap
We stayed there the previous night
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