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Australia MC Adventure 2017 no 3

Sunday When I arrived at the hotel, the manager said that all the tours to Fraser island was booked for Monday, and no seat available.

It was the plan to take the BMW over to the Island, but because of my foot I decide to take a tourbus (after that I realize that motorcycles are no longer allowed on Frasier Island)

I went to the room and got my shit sorted, got a shower, then the phone rings, that was Clemens Friend Paddy from Harvey Bay, ( Clemens called Paddy and told him about me, and my trip), Paddy would like to hear about my plans, and I told him about my Frasier tour, and we talked about some other stuff as well. He came up to the hotel and took me for a mini tour at Harvey Bay. Paddy had contacted one of his friends up here, and he found me a spot on a Frasier tour Monday, those guys have all the right connections?

Monday morning, I went on the bus, and then on the barge to Fraser … this was a very nice trip, the hole island is one big sand dune. It has a incredible big rainforest with a lot of wildlife. We drove across the rainforest to the east site o f the island, and right on the beach. It was actually as coming home ? like the Danish west coast… not the same planets, not so many Germans, and a higher speed limit, but I looks a lot like the same.

While we were eating, a guy spotted a sleeping python, right above our heads, it took a little nap under the roof…

The tour was a little Round, we visit the shipwreck,  a creek, spring, valley, lake McKenzie.

Next morning I got up at 6 meet up with Paddy & his friend Grant at 7.15 an went out for a ride.

A little up the road, the road was closed due to an accident, a truck has rolled over, so we had to take a unpaved backroad with a little river crossing, (just a little one) so we hat a little adventure… Paddy is 84 years old, but he was doing fine, when we got to the bendy roads, I hat to work to hang on, he was on fire !!!

After visiting a dam, I took the road north, Paddy & Grant went back south. I visited another dam on my way, but was really tired and on my app “camper-mate” found a little pub In Lowmead where I could camp in the backyard… on the way to the pub, I saw my first alive kangaroo … I manage to brake in time ? so then to the pub, and setup camp….. and what a view.

I had some time to spend, so I was on the computer, getting things done ? I got the email from BMW Safari’s that I got a spot, so now I’m actually doing both the Cape York Telegraph track safari and some off road training prior to the event. Its going to be so AWESOME!!!!

Big thank to Clemens for helping me get in.

Next morning there was Kangoroo’s fighting on field behind my tent.. it was along distance, but my guess. It was not a cow upright boxing ?

I when further north, and after a long day driving I decided that I would treat my self with a Hotel, so I looked at the map, and there was a town “up the road” called something like Marborough, so this was the plan… I got so disappointed when I arrived to Marlborough, because there was no hotel…. But a pub where you could camp in the backyard.

No god view, but lots op people, and straight away talked to my neighbor, who was camping(living) in his Station car. His name was Peter, and we had a god talk about life over a couple of beers in the pub.

The following morning, I was looking forward to the hotel ? on the way to Airlie Beach, I visited Emu Park( it’s a town with another beach ?  ). I stopped on a gas station to get some fuel, and while I was standing there at the  pump, a mate (Clemens from Austria) I met at the Fraser tour, rolled in to the gas station in his littler camper van, he was on his way to Airlie Beach, but on the way he would visit a National Park “Cape Hillsborough National Park” after a little talk we decided to toggle along and go there together, this Beach was a little different, there was a lot of big stones at the beach, it was pretty cool.

We drove then together to Airlie Beach, ad we camped at X-camp right in the center of the town, he offered a Beer, and I could say no… after a “couple” we walked in to town to get dinner.

The following day, we took the campervan for a drive, and we visited the National Park “Eungella” in the park we could see the platapus ( næbdyr) and of course there was a mountain view point ?

We did see the platapus, but it was to far away for the camera.

That evening we got a few more Beers, so the following Saturday, we started out with hangovers.

Clemens went north to Townswille, and my plan was to drive away from the see and the highway  to see something different. I drove to “Bowen” where I stopped for “maccas” (Mac Donalds) an in the harbor of Bowens there was a race for powerboats, so I stopped there for some time and enjoyed the loud boats.

From Bowens I head in to Collinswille and then I took the dirt track to “Burdekin Falls Dam” and then let the adventure begin !!! i 120 km on gravel roads, with a lot of river crossings, most of them was dry, but some of them was flooded, so rookie mistake number one !!!! don’t go fast when you see a water crossing made of nice plane concrete, it was too slippery, so my back end on the bike came lose, and I took the throttle off, ad then it happened, down I went in the middle of the river (almost no water, but enough to get wet), I couldn’t lift the bike back up, because its was so slippery, so I ended up unpacking the my luggage and then I could get the bike up again. After a few more kilometer of the bumpy roads, my front lights fall off, and I hat to strap them back on with zip ties. Finally I arrived at the dam just before sunset, and it was pretty amazing, both the dam, but also the nature.

 

Pretty amazing to imaging the water will run over that thing during rain season

It was to late to head in to town and get a hotel, so I ended up on a campsite next to the dam.

Australia MC Adventure 2017 no 2 Gold Coast

Wednesday morning, I started packing up the motorcycle. I really soon found out that I had way to much, and the extra bag I bought was to big… I had it all piled up, and then got on the road…

After 10 mins, my mirror was all red & blue.. F….. !!!! the Police wanted to talk with me. Apparently, I did NOT drive in the bus lane, and turned left from the 2. Lane, and shame on me.. bus, taxi and motorcycles should use the bus lane… so after a lot of sorry’s, he was keen to know about my bike, and the weather where I use to live, and also where I was heading, so after a 20 minutes chat with the officer he let me go with a warning ?

I drove all the way up to Cuffs Harbour, it took me 7 ½ hour (550km), and it do not look like much on the map, considered where I’m heading ?

It was a really nice trip despite of the small rain showers, but lots of great views, woods, hills, bay’s, rivers, and sadly a lot of wallaby road kills ☹

some places was so jungle like, it looks like it was from the movie Jurassic Park.

I got a couple of nice breaks, one of them under the palms in Jurassic :-O

At least I ended up on the hotel, got a nice Steak.. (the first one on this trip) used a long time to repack, and then the room has TV… so what a joy.

Next day, I started, with the plan, that I should reach Brisbane… little optimistic ? I started out, driving thru some smaller village and again lots of incredible landscapes, small towns, lakes, rivers.

Before noon, I took a little stop on a gas station, to get some fuel, I bought a cop of coffee and an ice cream, when I came out from the store, a guy needed to get fuel at the pump where my bike was standing, when I moved it, I got my foot cranked up between the sidestand and a concrete edge on the ground… result = a pretty coloured toe… Beaten or broken ??? I don’t know, but lots of pain.I drove up the highway… most of the time it didn’t hurt, but every time i put the foot down, it hurts like hell. I took the trip around Byron Bay, to visit the most eastern place in Australia, and see the mighty Light Tower. At the parking lot, I got a quick lunch, and enjoyed the view, I even see whales ?

I jump back on the bike, but the pain was getting worse, and on the highway I got stock in a cue behind an accident, so I took a quick decision, took the next exit and found a hotel on Palm Beach.

I went to the pharmacy, got some tape and some painkillers, when to the liquor store after some beer, went back to the hotel  and got the toe taped to the neighbour toe, humped over to the Italian Restaurant on the other site of the Road “Balbori” really nice restaurant… good wine and a big T-bone ?

I have discovered a fail with the bikes fuel sensor, so in the morning I went to a BMW store nearby, to hear if they had an idea what could be wrong, but they was a bit arrogant, ad could not take the bike in before next week… meanwhile a guy came up to me and asked me, if it was my GS800 outside, he had one similar, just brand new, so we ended up talking a lot, and before I know, I was invited home to meet his Danish wife. He was very helpful, ad showed me a couple of stores in the neighbourhood, because i needed a can for extra fuel, until I got a hand of the problem. He told me, that his house was just up the road, and I agreed to visit his house… after a couple of turns, we ended up on the highway for 10 mins or so… in the meanwhile I was thinking “up the road ???” but 30 mins later we arrived, and I said hello to his Lovely wife Jane from Ålborg.

Clemens invited me to stay, so I could do some stuff on my bike and we could take a road trip the next morning, so I had a lovely day, driving around with him in his car, chattering about everything and a lot off bike stuff. He told me that he was going to Cairns in 2 weeks and participate in a big BMW event where they should drive the old telegraph track…. Which I have dreamed of for a long time. The tour was sold out, but Clemens did know the guy whom arranged it, so he called him, and got me in on a waiting list.

We got shipped some of all my equipment back to Melbourne where I have a former colleague. In the evening we got pizza, red wine and made a Bonfire in the garden.

Next Morning Clemens Friend, Greg showed up on his brand-new Honda Africa Twin and we went for a guided tour (guide = Clemens), just up the road… around 5 hours, with just bendy mountain roads, coffee breaks on a MC place, stopped at Sommerset lake and on a little café up in the mountains, where we got Australian Meat pie.

It was time to say aufwiderseen (Clemens is originally German), I went north and Clemens & Greg went south, back to their homes.

I got up to Lake MacDonalds where I camp for the night.

The following day (Sunday) I drove up to Noosa Head, visit the woods and the sandy beach, this is a really nice place with a lot of lakes, and sand dunes… nice houses & cars. After that I set my GPS to “adventures routing”, added, gravel roads, mountains, and curves, I ended up on my hotel In Toroquy right outside Harvey Bay… the GPS took me all the way over Black Mountain, on a gravel track (a little exiting with warn down road tires) but again some incredible views.

 

Australia MC Adventure 2017 no 1 Sydney

2017 Australien

 

So its blogging time ?

 

A 380… whooo  🙂

 

After arriving to Sydney Friday last week, I have settled, in AirBnB Madeline’s home here in Marricville.

Marricville is a suburb to Sydney, just 15 mins out from centre an 10 mins from the airport, and is multinational suburb, most of the houses is old and some of them looks really bad. but it have its charm, and some how I got surprised, I don’t know what I expected but it looks a lot like British suburbs. The surroundings has a lot of café’s and a lot of Vietnamese, Chinese and other Asian restaurants, so finding a god steak house is not easy…

The weather here is COLD !! its only 10 degrees during the night and twenty to mid twenty’s during the day, if you can find sun an cover for the wind, its okay, else its time to wear a jacket. In the house where I live, there is no central heating, so we use a electric heater on every room where we are staying, and the rest of the house is 10 degree….brrrrrr, for toilet visits its only the absolute minimum time spend :->)

Saturday I went out to get the RMS (road & Maritime services) customer number, to be able to register the motorcycle in my name.. it was so easy !!! and 10 minutes later I was ready to shop a motorcycle, and pretty fast I jumped in to a Uber and went out to the dealer (BikeBizz) with the nice green BMW, with plenty of extra’s..

The salesman was a bit quick in the talking, and was keep going about all the things they have change on the bike, and all the money they spend on it. Unfortunately, it didn’t took me long time to spot the salesman “shitty talk” and I found some things he was lying about, and I could also see that this bike has taking some serious beating (which explain the large amount of spares they have spend) and further more they have removed some off the extras on it. I was standing there with my helm and my jacket, so he was thinking that I would by the bike anyway, but as more he talked, more I disliked the guy, and I finally took all my stuff an went out the store.

Bloody is a word the Australians use a’lot

Sunday, I couldn’t do anything motorcycle wise, so I just googles some new subjects, and took the train in to the city centre, walked the streets and visit the opera house and a bridge. The City centre was like all other big cities, lots of tall buildings, tourists everywhere .. especially on the  walking street where the market was full on. For every 20 meters on the waterfront, there was a new street musicians, with a lot of various talents… somebody could actually sing, and some could only one tone on the guitar (people from Copenhagen know the man with the flute there is only playing two tones… similar just with a guitar)

Monday I went to Procycles, they had a couple of BMW that could be interesting, and the salesman Vic was a great guy, not pushy or anything, I tried the bike I came for, and after a little negotiations we came to an agreement, he would throw in some extras, and gave a little discount… he agreed to fit a new larger screen, a luggage plate for my bags and mount my GPS. The plan was that I should walk down an eat dinner, an then come back to get the bike.

I spend a lot of time in Kingstreet… lost of nice shops and cafe, Bloody Fine street !!!  when I came back for the bike, they hat a problem with my GPS, and they needed to rewire the gps, so it would take a little extra time, 2 hours later I received my bike… full tanked, newly washed, they did all the registration an everything, BLOODY GOOD SERVICE, so I could just drive away… happy, now the trip can begin.

I just need to adjust a little bit….. I had to concentrate a lot on the way home….they are driving in the wrong site of the road !!!! and its not easy to go left, when you the last 28 years has gone right !!!!!

That’s all for now, Wednesday I will drive up north, hoping for warmer weather.