Blog: January 4. 2016 is here.

DSC06551Hi everyone, and welcome to 2016.

I missed last week’s blog and didn’t even realise it until a couple of days ago. When I did realise, I guessed you were all probably too busy with Christmas and family commitments to notice. At the very least I expected you’d all understand.

So I let it go a week.

The only riding I’ve done was taking the repaired 125 over to Marty’s for another grasstrack afternoon on New Year’s Eve (yesterday as I write this). Craig Murcott, Marty, Phil Davis, Wolfy and I howled around that fabulous chunk of ground for a while and it was truly blissful.

DSC06548For me that type of riding is some of the best there is. Wolfy and I managed to not run into each other, so that was good. I saw Phil come unstuck on a tight corner while Marty was in very hot pursuit. I didn’t see anything untoward, but experience tells me when Marty’s on your tail, you’ll often find yourself faceplanting with a DR650 suddenly inserted in your tailpipe.

DSC06528I was too far away to see anything like that. I’m just speaking from my own experience.

I avoided any drama by continuing to ride like a little old lady who’d forgotten her glasses, so not only could I not catch Marty, I couldn’t hold him off when he caught me. Everyone else pretty much roosted past me without noticing. That goes without saying.

DSC06559I really need to do more of that kind of riding. Lots more.

Getting parts for the KTM turned out to be tricky. Fortunately I had a spare expansion chamber, which was the main damage. I also had spare levers and a few other bits and pieces. I didn’t have any spare plastics though, and I had to order them from the US, so the old ones were held on with duct tape for this session, and the fork protectors were kept in place with a cat’s cradle of zip ties that did the job. The front brake line is working, but frayed where it was pinched in the collision, so it’ll have to be replaced ASAP. I wasn’t going to miss a ride at Marty’s when the brake was almost working most of the time.

DSC06534 DSC06529Marty got some great pics which I’ll scatter around the page here.

Meanwhile, Dave and Karen Ramsay are off to ride in Thailand. I’m not sure of their departure date but it must be soon, and I hope they have the best time. Riding in Asia – or anywhere – can be a really life-affirming experience, and you can bet those two will make the most of it.

And, for those who don’t follow Pottsy on Facebook, he’s taken the whole Secret Squirrel phenomenon to heart. There’s pics of Secret Squirrel in all kinds of amazing places, but my favourite is the pic of Secret Squirrel driving the four-wheel-drive and Pottsy complaining he can be a wild driver. That one cracked me up.

New campsite

Cousin Matthew has found a new campsite he’s excited about a couple of hours from Brisbane and very close to Killarney and Stanthorpe. Here’s what he had to say…
‘This campsite is just two months old and the owner Stewart Bell needs a couple of free plugs to get it off the ground.
It’s currently set up for camper trailers/family’s etc, but he’s shown me a separate area he plans to set up for motorbike riders only, way from the family and grey nomads’ area.
The bikers-only area will have a converted hay shed set up as a dry area. Cooking, sink, toilet, shower and a fenced grass area for tents.

IMG_0120He’s charging $15.00 per night and includes a hot shower and clean and tidy facilities.’

Alrighty. I obviously have to say I hope 2016 is good for all of us, but it’s true. I really hope it is. I thought last year was pretty fabulous from a riding point of view, so we’re off to a great start.

Who’s got what coming up soon?


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  • marty on January 1, 2016 at 5:35 pm said:

    Not only did I not knock Phil down, I didn’t even run over his KTM when it was lying on the ground in front of me, I’m a changed man now that I’m a grandfather.Honest.

  • Mattfos on January 2, 2016 at 9:42 am said:

    Hi all and happy new year.
    I’ve been a bit quite on the bike riding scene this last twelve months.
    But I did finish 2015 and start 2016 with a solo four day 1300km zig zag across the nsw/ qld border.
    Got home and ready to turn around and do it all again.but work waits for me.dam it!
    So can I just say to all of you.
    Fuel,food,tent and a Suzuki is all you need so get out there and enjoy the roads and tracks.
    Matthew foster

  • Dave on January 2, 2016 at 11:57 am said:

    Cullendore Camp looks great,thanks Mattfos. I took Marty through Maryland & he loved it so much he added it to Disc 3. We’ll plan an open group over-nighter exploring Basket Swamp, Maryland etc & camp there once Stuart gets the bike area sorted out, hopefully before winter .
    As Tom said, Karen & I are pretty bloody excited to be heading off to Northern Thailand chasing elephants, Jungle juice & some gorgeous tracks & trails. Huge thanks to Meg for the inspiration & help she’s given us.

  • Meg on January 5, 2016 at 10:02 am said:

    I’ve loved rehashing my trip and hearing about what you have planned. You guys are doing it so differently, I’m really excited to see the photos and hear the stories of your Thai adventures – hope it gives me more courage next time!

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