Blog: August 31. Time warp.

I just went to start today’s blog, and to key in the new date, when I realised something wasn’t right. According to the run of dates on past blogs I was due to blog August 24 today. But that was last week. This is the blog for August 31.

I looked back and saw I did two blogs called August 3. Good on me. I don’t think doing two blogs with the same date was such a hard mistake to make, but to not realise I was running the wrong date for the rest of the month is a bit how’s-your-father.

It’s Sunday arvo and I haven’t done any riding this week. I won’t do any in the coming week, either. Work gets like that sometimes.

Meanwhile, Marty’s been hard at work and the first copies of the next DualSport Australia disc are on their way to the first buyers, I think. Marty’s pounded this one out in record time, and now it’ll be a little while before the fourth disc. He has the raw material all but done, but has some other commitments to deal with, so it’ll have to wait. I haven’t had a chance to speak to him, but maybe I could go out and ride shoot some of it…except, as he pointed out in an article for the magazine this week, I’m not much of a navigator. In fact, when it comes to knowing where I am and where I’m going, I’m a total nong. That’s why I love the discs so much. I can ride for days and days, just following the GPS.

If it happens and risks sending me out, I’ll post something and see if any of you guys would like to ride for a day or two and join in. I’m pretty sure Marty would only send me places he had fairly well mapped and routed…even then there’s no guarantee I wouldn’t get us hopelessly lost.

But that’s adventure!

The next ride we have coming up is Chris Laan’s three-day ride on September 15, 16 and 17, and I’m really looking forward to this one. I’m going to bolt on some hard panniers and be all precious about making sure the coffee in my new plunger cup is at the correct temperature. I expect to have a hot shower each night and morning, and sleep in a bed with sheets.


I think that’s what will happen, anyway. I haven’t had a chance to catch up with Chris for a bikkie and coffee to chat about it yet. If you’d like to join us on a lightweight scenery ride, send me a message or leave a comment here and we’ll keep you informed with what’s going on.

After that I still have my eye on the Snowy ride in November, but I’m not at all sure I’ll make that one. I’ll be in Sydney on the Friday, so I could run down to Jindabyne on Saturday without any drama. I’ll have to wait and see what happens in the week leading up to the ride on November 7.

Then it’s the eleventh year of Longest Day. Every year I say, “Not doing it.” Every year around this time I start thinking about past Longest Days and what the ride’s come to mean to a few of us. So I’m expecting to go again this year. I’ll probably plan to run about the same way as last year. I had a couple of mates along and we took it pretty easy to find ourselves in Bourke on the first night, then headed out to Cameron Corner and back to Tibooburra on the second day, then made it home on the third. I know that’s not what Longest Day is about according to original concept, but I can live with that. The dirt roads are disappearing fast, and both me and the Dominator are getting old enough that we can accept our serious Longest Day attempts are done.

CameronCorner2014_063I do feel good every time I ride that bike into Cameron Corner, though, and I look forward to coffee at Wanaaring with Ben and Margaret at the Wanaaring store.

CameronCorner2014_053They’re building dongers at the moment, so I may even try and organise it that I spend a night in their campground. They’re great people and have been especially watchful of me over the years I’ve been going out there.

That’s enough gibber for today.

Anyone who’d like to join the Chris Laan Coffee Crawl on September 15, 16 and 17, let me know and we’ll get some details happening.


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  • marty on September 2, 2015 at 3:08 pm said:

    will have on our shop tonight i hope, just tracking down IT son.If you want to go to VSM ride day 19/20th sept which includes free disc, vsm website

  • Bernie on September 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm said:

    Thanks Marty
    Plan to be in Inverell sometime that weekend
    Not quite sure what that time will be.
    Bike suffering from being down there last weekend and is requiring urgent attenion

  • nick on September 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm said:

    Hey tom keen on giving adventure riding a crack is there anywhere close to coffs that hires bikes or just syd &bris maybe hardcore could start cheers

  • Norm on September 6, 2015 at 3:42 pm said:

    Hi Tom,
    It’s been 3 years since my last holidays and finally I’ve got 3 weeks off work. Keen as mustard to do some riding. Nearly finish a full service of the DR650 with a few mods for good measure. Keep me in mind for the ride you and Chris are organising, will be a good ride to blow the cobwebs out before heading out to Inverell for Marty and Vince’s do. I was going to do a few days riding after Inverell but I think I’ll do yours and Chris’s ride instead -on the 17th haven’t decided if to come back to the coast with you guys or stay out near Inverell, it will depend on if any decide to do the ride I’ve planned from the Taylor’s Arm pub to Inverell.
    Talk soon,
    Thanks Norm.

  • nick on September 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm said:

    hey marty want to hire youre bike out for a week i want to do a trip out west with a few mates before it gets to hot let me know cheers nick

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