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Summer Solstice Ride
« on: December 27, 2020, 02:35:04 PM »
For the second IBA ride in the "Four Seasons" series, two of us did the Summer Solstice Ride.  Plan A was to Newcastle via A1 and return via the New England highway. The rapidly changing border laws compounded by a fleeting mention of the Mid North Coast becoming a "hotspot" forced a re-plan.  I'm afraid it was a last-minute simple out-and-back that resulted, and the preference was north in view of the western heat.  As it was, we spent quite a long time looking at 35 degrees on the air temp gauge.

Apart from it being the longest day, December 21st was festooned with lights.  The most colourful part of our display is on the fence, and provided a festive departure photo.


We stopped in Childers to snap this pretty street.


Rockhampton was breakfast time, but enroute I saw for the first time, the Tropic of Capricorn marker, so grabbed a shot of that for the album.


Camila has developed rapidly.  Building a big servo will do that for a little town which appears to have become a magnet for fishermen judging by the number of trailers with boats.  It was our turn-around point, and hence a docket required.


Every time I go up the Bruce Highway I see the turn-off for St Lawrence so this time took the opportunity to go the short distance to have a look.  It really deserves a bit more time, being very quirky, as exemplified by the voracious crocadile in the main street.


On the road out of town we grabbed a shot of a local biking Santa with a postal elf.


Another feature of the day was it being the best time to view the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter which is the brightest they have been for 800 years, due to their appearing from earth to be within 1/10th of a degree of each other.  I couldn't see it as we travelled, but a friend captured it for me from Woody Point.


We ended at the servo we departed from 21 hours earlier.  As you will deduce, it wasn't a high pressure ride- we took our time and needed frequent hydration stops.

Pulling up around the corner we got our end-shot before heading home to spend time yawning with family who had just arrived by plane from Sydney.


Map


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Make of Bike: Honda ST1300
Start Date: 21 December 2020
Finish Date:  21 December 2020
Distance:  1737 km
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Re: Summer Solstice Ride
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2020, 03:23:48 PM »
Legend. Great RR as usual Bill.  ++
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Re: Summer Solstice Ride
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2020, 03:30:56 PM »
Very nice pics Bill.

Although, in your last photo the ST in the foreground has a weird looking dash  :grin
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Re: Summer Solstice Ride
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2020, 12:27:08 AM »
Although, in your last photo the ST in the foreground has a weird looking dash  :grin

Looks a bit glarey to me!    :p
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Re: Summer Solstice Ride
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2020, 08:00:00 AM »
Now now....  we really must try and curb these public shows of affection spats. People will start to talk.

I suggest a New Years resolution along those lines. That shouldn’t be too onerous because my NY resolutions are all broken by the 2nd of January.
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Re: Summer Solstice Ride
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2020, 08:29:46 AM »
Awesome RR mate, thanks for sharing :hatwave
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