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post #1081 of 1086 (permalink) Old 05-09-2020, 07:09 AM
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Bernie, Thanks for the updates and congrats on the new ride. I enjoy your updates particularly with the lockdowns and the weather here has just been Shiite here this spring, 24f with a heavy frost this morning, anyway enjoy that new bike !
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post #1082 of 1086 (permalink) Old 05-09-2020, 08:14 AM
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Congrats, Bernie!! That new bike is looking mighty nice!
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post #1083 of 1086 (permalink) Old 05-25-2020, 02:15 AM Thread Starter
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I gave my new bike it's first 1000 Km service and wash yesterday, and today, we took it for a ride. Although it was a stunningly beautiful morning, it was freezing cold, as can be seen by the ice in the shadowed areas of the concrete pad. Lynn nearly saw her ass when she walked over it.

We both got well rugged up, Lynn with her new electric gloves, and me with heated grips, and were toasty warm when we arrived at our first stop, the Elizabeth Town Bakery, for coffee and a snack.

Then we rolled down highway 1 to Latrobe, and I was able to use the bike's cruise control for the first time. You can see on my speed graph between the 30 Km and 60 Km marks, how the cruise kept the speed very close to 110 Kph, except for 2 occasions when I had to disconnect for slow traffic. It's really impressive how well it works.

I kept well away from the high mountains today, for fear of black ice on the road in the shadowed areas.

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After a few miserable rainy days, this winter solstice morning dawned cold, with a clear sky, but all the valleys filled with mist. We donned our warmest riding gear and rode up to the Earthwater Cafe for our usual delicious breakfast.

That done, we continued on around our usual race track through the mountains, but with the speed moderated a bit for fear of wet and icy roads. We have ridden and photographed this route many times, but there is always something different to see. This time, it was the mountains emerging from the mist, and a fantastic view across the Forth River Gorge, which was filled with mist, to the mountains of the Cradle Mountain National Park. These included Cradle Mountain, Barn Bluff, and Mount Pelion, around 20 Km away.
Surprisingly, there was no snow on any of the mountains.

Then it was onwards to the Round Mountain lookout and a good view of Mount Roland, and then home to Mole Creek via the Promised Land and Paradise, really.


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Good for yoose guys. I can't stand the cold. When it gets to where there may be ice I just put the bike up for a couple months.

Today's summer solstice sprang warm and dry this morning. After 2+ weeks of daily rain it's a delight sitting outside with a muffin and coffee without the weight of the humidity bearing down. I too am off to the mountains today, North Carolina and Virginia. Some of it is familiar roads to get to new ones but I'm also betting I'll see, smell and/or taste something new.
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I had been planning a longish ride on my new Super Tenere for some time, but the weather went bad and I kept putting it off. Then, I saw a big high pressure weather cell coming across the Great Australian Bight, and this normally means good weather, so we committed to a ride and booked a hotel room at the Derwent Bridge Hotel.

But winter is upon us, and on the appointed morning, we woke to snow on the Western Tiers, and the weather forecast promised more on the following day. As our route was across the Tiers, I chickened out and decided to go in the mighty Ford. Good choice, there was snow and black ice all the way to the Great Lakes Hotel, and from there to Bronte Park was dirt road which was wet, muddy, and partly frozen. Four wheel drive, off road tires, and cabin heater was most welcome.

We arrived at the Derwent Bridge Hotel a bit early, so we went up to the Lake St Clair visitor center, closed, and the posh Pump House Hotel, also closed, before booking in at the Derwent Bridge Hotel. This is a lovely old wooden building, but poorly designed. It has a massively high roof with no internal ceiling, so all the heat from the fire places disappears up into the rafters, and the patrons freeze down below. But the food, booze, and rooms were nice, though a bit expensive.

The next morning, the forecast snow had not eventuated, but it was certainly cold, the Ford was covered in ice. The weather was calm and clear, but the valleys were filled with mist, and the big mountain peaks were most impressive with a covering of frost and snow. We completed our planned route with plenty of stops for photos, and coffee at Tullah. The roads were wet and frosty most of the way, but the scenery was awesome.

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