Blog: September 30. One-day Challenge #02. Done and very dusted.

It’s Saturday arvo as I write this and we’ve all spent a very pleasant morning dawdling around in the dust. Maybe it was just because I was sweeping, but it was shithouse dusty. Still, it was a great group, with a couple of new faces and a few old ones as well (some are getting quite old). It was great to see such a wide range of bikes – including an 1190R…in all that dust!…

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Blog: September 23. One-day Challenge #02

We’re good to go for next Saturday, September 28. Marty H has chosen another loop, and it’s a ball-tearer. It’s interesting, too. Last time we had a heap of easy, flowing bitumen and dirt road with a couple of dead-set obstacles along the way. This time I suspect the dirt road itself might raise the heart rate in places. A careful driver could drive a family car around about 99.9 per cent of the course….

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Blog: August 12. The One Day Challenge was a bottler!

It’s actually Saturday night as I write this, and I’m grinning like a madman. The first-ever One Day Challenge was a ball-tearer. Marty H turned on a really awesome route and Mother Nature turned on a premium day. The group was solid gold, with great people who all showed up with the best possible attitude. We kicked off from Macca’s south of Coffs, and a near disaster was avoided by the narrowest possible margin. The…

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A great yarn from Pottsy!

It started as any time off work does: slept in, didn’t pack a thing beforehand, then left late on a cold, cloudy winter day heading north in search of warmer weather. I hit the dreaded tar from Coffs to Grafton then up the mountain to Glen Innes. At the top of the mountain I was cold, wet and feeling miserable. I got passed by a 650 V-strom, so not to let the single-cylinder brigade down…

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Pottsy’s ride. Sunday, July 14

We had a great day out. 300 kms of loamy leaf mulch. 6 mighty DR650’s Marty actually had tyres with tread on them, no he really did! Marty gave us a demonstration on how to change back tyres in the bush – apparently a week ago he decided he didn’t need rim-locks – tore out the valve stem. Ride included secret squirrel trails – known only to a chosen few sworn to silence by an…

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Blog: July 1. The first One-day challenge

I’ve been in Brisbane all week, working, and the last thing I felt like doing on a wet Saturday morning was to go flogging around a slippery, muddy forest trying to set up the first One-day Challenge. I’d just talked myself out of it – even though I promised on last week’s blog that I’d at least make a start – when Marty Hardcore phoned and shamed me into it. So it’s on. August 10….

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Breaking news: I got a real job.

Very briefly, because I’m at the bump stop at the moment trying to get my desk clear, I’ve signed on as editor of Adventure Rider Magazine for Mayne Publishing. The first issue is aimed at around October, and the big attraction for me is that the mag is totally and solely about adventure riding. There’s no little bits of enduro or road bikes, it’s adventure only, and that’s where my passion has been for some…

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Blog. March 4. Connected at last.

Note the rope holding it to the fence so it doesn’t get washed away. Yo everyone! After over a week without Internet, I’ve finally been reconnected. The house and my office were flooded but the damage was mostly contained. The most annoying thing was losing Internet connection. Telstra initially promised to have me up and running by March 3, but when that didn’t happen I phoned them yesterday and wanted to know what was happening….

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Ride in South America.

This isn’t strictly an Australian post, but it’s such an exciting opportunity I’m going to post it anyway, and chances are Aussie dualsporters are just as open to an amazing overseas ride as everyone else is. Corey at Bolivia Bound runs bike tours in South America – based in Bolivia – and it’s like a fantasy world to ride there. It’s incredible. Within a few hours you can go from the thin air and sub-zero…

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