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Re: Mudgee Overnighter/RTE 12 - 13 - 14 March 2021
« Reply #75 on: April 07, 2021, 07:05:42 PM »
Wednesday 10 March

Up very early to beat the shower mould, dust mites and bed bugs, left the pub as soon as I could, headed to Gulgong for breakfast.  On the Goolma Road out of Wellington, there is a solar farm, a BIG solar - their website says it generates 420,000MWh per year.   There wasn't a good photo opportunity, but I got this pic from Google.



Makes our 6.6kw domestic system look small.

The road from Gulgong to Merriwa is much travelled, and there are some pics in previous ride reports, but I had a coffee, a sausage roll and a walk at Merriwa.  I took my camera on the walk.

An Angican Church ...









An old Shire Hall ...



And a coupla old pubs ...





Stopped off at the Info Centre where a little old lady advised that the silo art was worth a visit and a pic or three ...







Was also advised that the Merriwa - Willow Tree Road was closed due to a landslide, I needed to go via Scone and that there were some interesting rock formations on the road to Scone.  Well, two outta three ain't bad.





Then via Tamworth, Bendemeer to Walcha for a coupla nights at the Apsley Arms Hotel (AAH).  The AAH is very biker friendly and at $60 per night was excellent value.

Todays' route ...

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Re: Mudgee Overnighter/RTE 12 - 13 - 14 March 2021
« Reply #76 on: April 07, 2021, 08:14:41 PM »
Thursday 11 March

The Applsey Arms tariff included a self-serve continental breakfast, the 'fridge was well stocked before I started, but I got my $$ worth.

Today would be short and easy, Armidale to pick-up the Delkevic pipes from Richard, and then a much anticiapted and planned visit to Dangar Falls.  With the pipes bubble wrapped (methinks Richard must work in a bubble wrap factory) tucked away in the trailer by 10:30, it was time to program the GPS for Dangar Falls, this was only about 30km, through Armidale, then some good sealed rural roads, then about 10km of good gravel.

Dangar Falls is a spot I spied on a map many years ago, various plans for a visit had been thwarted, but this time I had plenty of time up my sleeve.  I wasn't disappointed.





You can see the platform from previous pics.





There is a 3 hour retrun walk to the other side.







I wonder what it would've been like a week later?

On the way to the falls I thought I should stop for a pic on the way out, so I did ...





At an intersection in the disatnce of the above pic is the Dangarsleigh Memorial - https://goo.gl/maps/hCzkwApRB72466mbA - the story behind this is very sad (like all of these stories), and if you have time, worth a read - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangarsleigh_War_Memorial

I have taken a pic from the road before, this time I had more time, for more pics.









I've never noticed a blank panel for the unknown before, I suppose it's not unusual.



























Then about another 15km of gravel to Gostwyck (previous ride report pics), Uralla and then back to Walcha.

Today's route ...

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Re: Mudgee Overnighter/RTE 12 - 13 - 14 March 2021
« Reply #77 on: April 07, 2021, 08:41:32 PM »
Friday 12 March

Another easy run today, almost a reverse of Wednesday's ride, generally Bendemeer, Tamworth, Scone, Merriwa then Mudgee.

On that route is Wallabadah.  On the way north on Wednesday, at Wallabadah, I noticed this sign, so I thought it might be worth stop on the ride south - it was. 



Over coffee and a sandwich, I got chatting to the owner and an older couple, caravaners - grey nomads.  The shop was playing some AC/DC, we started reminiscing, when did you first see AC/DC, what was the first concert you went to, etc... it turns out that I was older than them.  I suppose it had to happen one day.

I'd passed the Casilis turn-off many times, but there was time for a visit and some pics ...







Not sure if it's on the approved DHHS list of accredited vaccination sites ...







Closed ...



The Haynes family had some preoperty ...



This needs a bit of work ...



Then a leisurely 90km ride to Mudgee, and check-in at at the Big4, catch-up with Nigel, Justin & Alison, Johnny and Joso.
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Re: Mudgee Overnighter/RTE 12 - 13 - 14 March 2021
« Reply #78 on: April 08, 2021, 08:29:19 AM »
... Friday evening Nigel & I were picked up by the Joso Taxi Service and delivered to the Woolpack Hotel for the best feed of chinese food in Mudgee , and a couple of schooners of refreshing ale.  As mentioned on another page, there isn't anyone, anything, anywhere in Mudgee that Josos doesn't know about - this includes eateries.  If visiting Mudgee, you could do worse that contacting Joso beforehand.

Saturday 13 March

A leisurely start before gathering at the front of the BIG4, three STs, one Spyder and one BMW ...





Wilko took the lead and headed for Rylstone via Lue.  We arrived in time for a walk around and a coffee at the Saturday Market.  After a chin wag a few locals, it was just before noon so over to the public for lunch.







The senior's $10 bangers & mash and a coupla schooners of squash hit the spot. 

Wilko took the lead and we headed back to the Big4 via Lake Windamere and the Castlereagh Highway.

Today's route ...



 
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Re: Mudgee Overnighter/RTE 12 - 13 - 14 March 2021
« Reply #79 on: April 08, 2021, 11:03:51 AM »
Thanks Michael, you've certainly spiked my interest in visiting some of these towns/places sometime down the track!  :thumbs :clap
 
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Re: Mudgee Overnighter/RTE 12 - 13 - 14 March 2021
« Reply #80 on: April 08, 2021, 11:17:26 AM »
Thanks Michael, you've certainly spiked my interest in visiting some of these towns/places sometime down the track!  :thumbs :clap

Well, when do you wanna go for a ride?  It'll take me a coupla days to get ready. 

Re. the towns, not really a great deal different to VIC, bit like touring around Central VIC, apart from there's more and a lot further between towns.
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Re: Mudgee Overnighter/RTE 12 - 13 - 14 March 2021
« Reply #81 on: April 08, 2021, 07:31:36 PM »
Apart from a light rain shower (which only slightly dampened my Draggin Jeans denim jacket) on the way into Mudgee on the previous Friday, I had a pleasant sunny days, and despite some heavy rain on Friday and Saturday night, the days were clear. 

Sunday 14 March

Yes, heavy overnight rain had me a little worried, so after packing the bike and trailer, I put on my wets and headed south. No rain but a very heavy mist from Ilford to Sofala, but then clear so wets came off.

Stopped for a pic at Blayney ...



Then overcast, threatening rain (but none), wanted to keep going whilst the going was good, Cowra, Young, Coolac, Tumut to Adelong.  Arrive at the pub I booked, sorry mate we're full, here's my booking confirmation on my 'phone, we're full, I head for Tumut.

Overnight Tumut at the Oriental Hotel, very friendly, lots of bikes, good breakfast over the road at The Coffee Peddler ...



I had some breakfast company ...



Batlow, Tumbarumba, Jingelic, Granya (new 80km/h over the Granya Gap Road, didn't seem to bother the sport bike riders who passed me), photo oppportunity ...



















Tallangata (pie & coffee, and refuel), I think I'll get home this afternnoon.

Tangambalanga, Yackandndah, Beechworth, Milawa, Oxley, Mansfield, Yea and home.






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Re: Mudgee Overnighter/RTE 12 - 13 - 14 March 2021
« Reply #82 on: April 09, 2021, 03:02:32 PM »
Some random, extra pics ...

I thought I had another pic, so I post it, because coffee was that good.


For those that missed it on Facebook, here's a pic of the motorcycle parking area in motorcycle friendly Uralla.


And last, but not least, here is Motorcycle Central at Mudgee.
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Re: Mudgee Overnighter/RTE 12 - 13 - 14 March 2021
« Reply #83 on: April 10, 2021, 12:14:41 PM »
Well, when do you wanna go for a ride?  It'll take me a coupla days to get ready. 

Things are a little up in the air at the moment as I'm looking (no pun intended) at having some surgery on my eyes in the not too distant future...  >:()