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OK, here we go again - heading for the Bunya mountains.

Days will be a bit longer, and warmer, so a ride up to the Bunya mountains is looking good. Here is the original route outline:

Destination: Bunya Mountains
Meet: Fernvale to leave there at 9am (This is 100+k's from home for us, hence the late 9am start)
Route: Esk, Crows Nest, Cooyar, Rangemore, Bunya Mtns; then return

Put that date in your diary now!!
 

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Hi David>
I am not going to the GP this year. Instead I am going to Bunderberg to visit some friends. I have an open scedual and would like to meet up with you guys maybe ride part of the way North with you and leave you when you decide to head back home.
Iwould ride up the Newengland highway Could meet you Ferndale, Ipswitch or something at the start of your ride.
Just a thought however when you have confirmed your start date and meeting point I will see if I can work around that.
Best Wishes
Wayne
 

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Belly, great to hear from you. You're welcome top stay over at our place (Nerang) - warm bed, even get a feed and a clean towel :D If you come up the New England, I might ride out to meet you at Tenterfield (it's only 300 k's away), say on the Friday, then Saturday we head out and meet all the other guys. We can then point you northwards at a convenient point and you head to Bundaberg. I'll think about the practicalities, and we'll work something out.
 

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Thank you david.
I may take you up on that offer. See how things pan out.
I am goint to wait till the weather warms up and the days get a little longer.
Keep in touch
Wayne
 

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In the calendar !

Belly, real men ride in winter.... Well up here anyways !! ;)
Up here, winter is like a southern heatwave :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
 

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Reminder - we are still doing this Bunya Mtns ride, in addition to the 'I have a Dream' ride.

FJR owners AND friends welcome along. We will be stopping for coffee/breakfast at Fernvale, and leaving there at 9am with whoever else is there.

So come along, and bring a friend (if you have one :mrgreen: )
 

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Here are some details to help with planning:

Leave Fernvale at 9am. We should get there in time to have coffee and a croissant, so look for our bike outside a coffee shop.
Fernvale to Crows Nest: approx 100k's
Crows Nest to Cooyar: approx 47k's
Cooyar to top of Bunya Mountains: approx 60k's (including a short section of unsealed road - approx 6k's I am checking this unsealed section, as if it is in doutful condition we will go a slightly longer way, but without the unsealed section)

There are some great roads along this route, and we will NOT be riding in formation. Everyone will know the regrouping points and ride their own ride (in company, if they like).

On the way back we may take another route, or go via Lake Perseverance (near Crows Nest - just a very scenic detour that adds a few k's and maybe 30 minutes to the ride)

I don't know what the lunch facilities 'up the mountain' are like, but the website says: " A public telephone, kiosk, restaurant, general store with basic supplies, galleries and craft can all be found at Dandabah. Fuel is not available on the mountain" so that is where we will have lunch, unless someone knows the area better and has another suggestion.
 

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Hi Guys,

Just to add to David's comments....

Fernvale - There is the fernvale bakery, opposite park (with toilets). Suggest we fill up here, that will last us rest of day.

I went for a ride Sunday to Esk then to Toowoomba.... There is bridgework on the Esk-Toowomba rd, if you get caught behind traffic (as I did) there is little opportunity to overtake until right at the end... Road is in good nick.

I have not been to Bunya, but as David said, lots of roads around that way.

Interesting to note, 2 of the fancy red& blue hyway patrol cars were in Esk, obviously on the hunt on the Bris valley Hyway, so as I said in ealrier posts be careful along there.
 

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Thanks for that, Atlas. We will be at the Bakery opposite the park, leaving at 9 for Crows Nest. In Crows Nest there is a park/square in the centre of town, and we'll stop and stretch legs (and check the public loo's there), before heading to Cooyar, Maidenwell & up the mountain.

For info, here are the reports I have received on the last bit of road:

The Maidenwell stretch is okay with just a few kays of reasonable dirt. Fraser Coast crew travelled through there about a month ago. Maybe different if wet. The road down the Southern side to Quinalow is all bitumen and very scenic. However it is a bit narrow in places and you would have to watch for tin tops hogging the middle. The views are superb, you can look West/South West and see forever. Beautiful.

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Rode from Maidenwell two weeks ago, just a couple of short bits of gravel not really corrigated but was just after rain and a bit slippery, take it easy and all is well. Beautiful ride up the twisties into fog up the top. No real problems give it a go its a good ride.

And thanks for the warning about the patrol cars, Atlas. I once had a long chat to one of them on that road :twisted: Fortunately, that time talk was cheap, but I'm not keen on giving them a second chance :mrgreen:
 

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See you at the Fernvale Bakery on Saturday.
Looking forward to it guys.....I have not seen a "Non-Colour" FJR a for a while :crylarf:

Keith, PetePan, Andrew are you guys going? We can meet up at the BP in Goodna if you like around 0815ish ?

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Moose :ale:
 

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See you at the Fernvale Bakery on Saturday.
Looking forward to it guys.....I have not seen a "Non-Colour" FJR a for a while :crylarf:
Moose :ale:
Why is that? Can't you keep up? :crylarf: :crylarf:

See you Saturday - I've worked out an interesting route back too, and will have maps for those who can't keep up (or just can't see stealth black in the shadows :shock: ) :mrgreen: .

Friends (non-FJR riders) are welcome too :D
 

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Well hopefully everyone got home safely (even the guy with the GPS who kept taking wrong turns :crylarf: :crylarf: )

Great day, but I did learn some things:

1 - not always good to ride to a destination no-one has been to before. Unsure of times/distances and facilities. It would have been nice to have a coffee together to end the day, but that would have made it too late all round.
2 - a bit long for a 'boys and girls' day out - 650k's for us, with not enough time to stop and have coffees and chat. (OK for a 'Boys day out' because we chat fast)
3 - good thing I made copies of maps :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Maybe we should have 'David's mystical navigation tour' next time :mrgreen: Atlas did a great job when I went right (instead of left - what was the GPS thinking saying right :mrgreen: )
4 - and a very good thing - you don't meet many/any LEO's on the roads I chose (probably because they can't find them on any map they have :crylarf: )

Thanks again guys and girls - a lot of (quick) fun. Piccies will follow.
 
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