Blog: September 14. Some work days are better than others.

It’s Saturday arvo as I wrote this, and although I managed a quick blast into town on my old cruiser this morning, I had to spend the afternoon mowing. So it was a bit of a hit and a miss.

On a similar theme, I was sent up to Guyra to ride the loops for work’s function this weekend.

I whinge a lot about being sent on these rides, because it means trying to get images and material for a story, so I usually miss the enjoyment of the ride, even though I cover the ground. But on this occasion my entire task was purely to ride the loops. That was it. I wasn’t obligated to report or shoot pics or anything. Just ride.

It was pretty damn good, I can tell you. I trailered the Dominator up to Guyra, sipped on a capuccino while I pulled on the boots and riding gear, then cruised off at a pace that would’ve been comfortable on a Postie. There was no way I was going to rush through loops and end up back at my desk at lunch time! It was a beautiful morning and deserved to be enjoyed. So I did.

I did get a couple of pics from the loops, and I know Marty HC loves a good reflection-on-the-still-water pic, so here’s one at Copeton Dam…

CongregationLoopsPreRide_022I admit I had no idea the clouds would be reflected in the water like that. I grabbed my point-and-shoot, pointed, pressed the shutter and kept riding. I didn’t even shut down the bike’s motor.

Still, I’d rather be lucky than good, and it’s a great image, I think.

The loops turned out to be mostly bitumen, but I did get a run along some of Baldersleigh Road with all its memories, and that made the morning worthwhile no matter what else happened. I still can’t pick the spot where I hit the kangaroo a few years ago. Phil Davis and Marty have both pointed it out to me a few times, but I keep forgetting. Maybe there’s some latent concussion?

Here’s a Baldersleigh Road shot I must’ve snapped 100 times. I’ll never forget when Ozzo and I first rode around the corner and saw the view…

CongregationLoopsPreRide_015It still grabs me, and that first time Ozzo and I went out to Cameron Corner will always stay with me.

So while we all have work days that may suck, every now and then we get a day that’s gold. That was last Wednesday for me.

Enough of that.

This week is Chris Laan’s Coffee Crawl.

We’ll be leaving Tuesday morning, heading out to Manila and the New England area, then home on Wednesday arvo. Here’s the approximate routes Chris has in mind. Tuesday heading west…

Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 5.49.52 pmWednesday heading west…

Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 5.50.15 pmI think it’s a bit rough that Chris has titled the maps ‘Soft ride’, but I can’t deny that’s what we’ll be doing. I’m riding work’s Triumph XRx with road tyres and hard panniers, so soft will suit me fine.

If anyone wants to join us, let me know. Make sure you understand it will be a very soft ride. No big adventurey off-road stuff. Just backroads and some dirt here and there. There’ll be accom somewhere on Tuesday night. Chris tipped me off to a really nice-looking B&B up near Barraba somewhere, but I’m having trouble getting them to answer the phone, so we may just end up in a motel. Be prepared to pay for a night’s accom one way or the other.

That’s during the week. On the weekend Vince Strang has his weekend ride, and it looks like a brilliant weekend. I’m a little jealous because I’m committed to work, so I won’t get to see the DR being built or get to ride Marty’s loops. I bet he’s not doing mostly bitumen.

That’ll do for now. If I think of anything I should add, I’ll tack it on tomorrow arvo.


UPDATE: Looking for riders

I’ve had an e-mail from Darren Newbury. Dazza’s looking for riders to join him for the September 1920 weekend. Here’s what he had to say…

Hi Tom;
After the run out west I’m leaving Taylor’s Arm Pub at 8:00am on Friday, September 18, and heading up through the bush to Kosekai Road. Up Jacob’s Ladder, onto the Horseshoe and down to Waterfall Way via a stop at Killiekrankie lookout.
From Waterfall Way I’m going to follow Marty’s route from Disc 1 to Deepwater – lunch and fuel there.
From Deepwater I’m following Wellington Vale Road to Emmaville, then Strathbogie Road to Inverell/Deepwater Road. Through Hurricane Hill, Kings Plain Creek. Frazer Creek. Nullamanna to Inverell (enter north side) ride down Byron Street past Vince’s shop and into the CBD.
I have booked accommodation at the Inverell Motel- which has off-street parking in a very safe courtyard (bikes are parked right outside the room). Room is booked from Friday night to Monday morning, two single beds and one double, cost is $30/ person/night.
I understand that you’ve commitments for works ride but If you could mention this in your blog sometime it would be great, and to say thanks I’ll shout you a few coffees out west this week.
Email :

So there it is. If you have Friday free, and want to make a run of it, punt Daz and e-mail.



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  • marty on September 13, 2015 at 3:10 pm said:

    10-15% max Tar for Sunday and about 15km on sat but I can’t take the credit as Vince and Super Mario planned the loop, nothing like local knowledge from old enduro riders

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