Archive for September, 2011
Today I put away the winter gear and went for the first ride I’ve had in ages where it wasn’t cold. Goodbye winter jacket, thermals and gloves hello sun and warmth.
It was just a quick blast to Brindabella Road and the Cotter but I really enjoyed it. Seems like a lot of other riders had the same idea as well as I saw just about every kind of rider and bike out there.
The Cotter is a bit rough these days and there are a lot of weekend warriors out there so I decided on more of a casual ride to take in the sights. Had a nice stop at the Moon Rock Cafe at the Tidbinbilla Space Centre and headed home soaking up the warmth.
Sometimes it’s fun to just get on the bike and head off with no plan. So off I headed for a cuppa around lunch time with no idea of what the day would bring. Eventually I decided there would only be time for a quick ride to Uriarra and maybe up Brindabella road which is always great fun.
Brindabella road is a favorite for most riders as it ends with a great series of tight turns before it becomes unsealed. I traveled up the dirt once for about 20kms to Piccadilly Circus just out of curiosity. I vowed never to do that again on a road bike as it was a bit rough going in places. But you can’t ask for a more beautiful place and it just gets better and better the further you go.
So I began to wonder what would happen if I just kept going? Tumut is at the other end of the road but it’s 80 kms and I didn’t know how much of that would be dirt. Well, a few hours later I knew the answer to that question after a fantastic ride. At one point I even went down a side track just so I could sit and listen to the sounds you can’t hear anywhere but in the middle of nowhere. At 4.00pm I decided it was time to get serious about getting out of the forest given I had dodged enough wildlife on the way as it was.
About 20kms outside of Tumut the road becomes sealed again with the most fantastic winding sweeping turns with panoramic views of the forest as you come down from the mountains in to town. No traffic and great roads make for a fantastic time.
Once in Tumut I decided on celebrating with a nice meal at the pub with a trout dinner and fresh vegetables after looking around town a bit. The meal was great but it became even better when some Black Dog Riders came in still on their return trip from Alice Springs. It was hard to miss that I was a fellow rider as I had my BDR hat and shirt on at the time. So I got to meet Dave and Judy from the Gold Coast and have a good yarn with them. Turns out they too were in Tumut simply by chance as the motorcycle trailer they were towing actually broke loose just outside of town. So they booked in to a local motel and arranged for repairs to be made early in the morning. What a coincidence.
I was having such a great time that I decided there was no need to rush and didn’t leave until 8pm. As I was gearing up outside the pub a local rider approached me and said it probably wasn’t the best idea to drive back to Canberra in the dark and cold. He had a Yamaha R1 and said he’d love to go riding the next day so if I wanted to stick around in town his family would be happy to let me stay with them. I had my winter gear with me and it wasn’t that cold so I decided to ride home anyway given that I wasn’t tired at all.
So off I headed to find the Hume highway and start the two and a half hour ride home. I actually had a good time just listening to tunes and cruising along. Made it home around 10.30am happy and content having had a wonderful totally unplanned adventure that worked out great.
Believe it or not, the mighty Suzuki and I actually made it through the Brindabella forest from Canberra to Tumut with no issues at all. After seeing what’s up there I may have to get a second bike. I think you could spend years out there riding all those trails and exploring.