Blog: June 24. Cold

I went for a ride in Lithgow and Orange on the weekend, and it was chilly. In fact, under clear, blue skies and with the sun shining yesterday morning it was just a whisker below zero when I left Orange yesterday morning. The fog surrounding Bathurst was murderous, and the ice on the road kept the heart rate up, but I got through it in one piece and made it home last night, so all went well.

The ride was RideADV’s ‘Insanely Cold 2 Day Navigation Ride’, and like all RideADV events, it was a beauty. The riding was excellent. The only fly in the ointment for me was I had to use BattleAx A 41 tyres, a 70/30 road/off-road tyre. I phoned before the event and was assured I’d been fine. There’d been no rain for ages.

The first section looked like this…

It was slimy crap.

It was an optional section, so there was an easy dirt road to get around it, and it was the only section of the day I didn’t complete. The rest of the ride was dry and glorious…except for one big mudhole in the pine forest. As I thought, “Geez. That looks a bit sli…” down I went.

No damage, and it was fantastic to be out on my own bike for a couple of days.

The second day was cold – minus two – when I went out to start the bike. The ignition had frozen solid and I had to pour hot water over it to get the key to turn. There was ice everywhere and the morning section had top be cancelled because the road and trails were too dangerous. I had an 800km ride home, so I pointed the KLR north and here I am.

Meanwhile Pottsy went and saw a couple of guys depart for a ‘shortest day’ ride from Sawtell headland to Wanaaring. His pic’s a crack-up…Stuart Ball and Nick McQuilty made it into Wanaaring, so have set a mark for anyone wanting attempt a shortest day ride.

Other than that it’s work as usual for me, which, I see on this morning’s e-mail, includes another to trip to Italy soon.

So that’ll be nice.


One Comment

  1. nicholas mcquilty

    Thanks for the mention Tom
    If I can get my bike going, i’m planning to try again this year. for more information, find me at “Riding for Harrison. Blue dinosaurs mystery box rally” facebook page.

    Here is a little recap of the ride last year.

    That ride was NOT for the faint hearted!!!
    1000kms is a LONG way.
    It is COLD in those hills.
    I learnt lot last weekend.
    I need to fine tune the route. We came across a closed road near bellingen, and spent some precious time trying to pick up the route again.
    I need to learn how my mapping app works. Although I had the route plotted, I hadn’t down loaded the maps along the route, so when I ran out of signal, I ran out of map.
    Get your Telstra sim activated before you leave. Optus coverage in regional Australia is crap.
    Push hard. 1000 kms is a long way. You need to get going and keep going.
    Take Monday off work. 1000 kms there is a long way, but 1000 kms home is longer.
    Give the return trip a bit more thought. There are great roads out there, you may as well ride them. Bitumen is boring.
    Have faith in your abilities. I rarely talk up any of my skills, but I must be doing something right, some of those roads were tricky, especially the last, not to mention the kamikaze critters.
    It’s ok to fail. Failure is the best excuse to try again next year

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