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State of Origin 2009

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Below is a picture of my new FJR, any ideas for the next SoO?

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OK - the dates at last. August 14 & 15 (Fri & Sat). Venue will be confirmed shortly, but it is likely to be Dorrigo/Bellingen area. Watch this space for more details.
@Moose - that's a great offer, and I will be in touch soon. Work and other stuff has got me more 'out of play' than I would like.
Moose - thanks for the call. My battery went flat, and until it charges to a certain level 'phone no switch on. We'll talk Wednesday or Thursday evening. Bellingen as a base is good.
Moose, thanks for all the organising on the accomodation side. All booked.
Gav - great news. Will be good to have another 'I used to own a FJR' rider along so Phil doesn't feel too alone. Looking forward to seeing you and Kerrie again :D
This is the shirt style for this years State of Origin. The colour is Black/Red:

and for the ladies

Sizing details can be seen here:

The cost per shirt, including the embroidered logo, with your name or nickname, is $40.00 including GST (awaiting confirmation - it may be less, hopefully as low as $35). This gives an idea of what the embroidered logo will look like:

Postage, if required, will be extra. I aim to take the shirts with me, or if there are too many, they will be mailed ahead to the motel.

Orders will need to be in by Sunday 26 July. Ordering details will follow.
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Shirt prices are in. The cost is $33.20 plus GST = $36.52

Please place orders as follows:

Either list your requirements on this thread, or PM me your order. Check the website for sizing. You will note that the fashion committee has selected a very slimming style designed to show of your manly physique to it's very best.

When I receive your order I'll advise by PM how to pay. Credit card payments will be available at a cost of $37.00 per shirt, and tax invoices are also available for those who want them (the shirts are bought and sold at cost through our company).

Orders must be in by Sunday 26 July to guarantee delivery at the SoO ride.
Belly, we will ride up Waterfall Way to Armidale, stopping at the lookout near Dorrigo, and at the waterfalls along the way. After lunch at Armidale those needing to blow away a few cobwebs will head up to Guyra then back to Dorrigo, others may take a more leisurely ride back down the Waterfall Way. Route details will be posted later, together with estimated times to enable late arrivals to find the group.
moose said:
I was thinking ahead a little as "control freaks" tend to do a lot :shock: .......

My count has it at 28 humans....not counting Coaster who I assumed would return home that night?

Moose :ale:
Good thinking, Moose, but remeber to ask if the have a food hopper out back for our mascot Moose (or is he somehow included in the head count for the 28 humans :mrgreen: )
Here's details for Saturday. This is not a formal ride with a ride leader and TEC - it's a group of people out riding coincidentally to the same destinations.

At 0830 all riders, attired in their new shirts, assemble with their bikes for inspection by the Moosenator :twisted: - remember the piccies last time of all the bikes in a straight line. Well, that doesn't just happen :D :D

We'll head on out at 9, so there is plenty of time for breakfast before we head out. Also, we won't be waiting for guys to fill up on Saturday morning - do that the day before. Waiting to get 20 bikes filled can take a while.

First 'official' stop is the lookout at the end of Mountain Top Rd although some may stop earlier for piccies at roadside waterfalls. This is 4 or 5 k's before Dorrigo on the left - turn left into Maynards Plains Rd the left again into Mountain Top Rd. The lookout is at the end of the road - about 2 k's.

Next stop is Dorrigo Rainforest Centre also about 4 or 5 k's before Dorrigo but on the right - watch for the signs. There is a treetop lookout and other interesting stuff. Then through Dorrigo and on up the Waterfall Way to the Ebor Falls, which is just through the little village of Ebor, on the right.

Next stop is Wollomombi Falls, on the left, shortly after - you guessed it, Wollomombi! Are beginning to see why this road is called the Waterfall Way :mrgreen:

This is a fairly sedate morning, with plenty of leg-stretches for pillions. Then it's on to lunch at Armidale. I wanted to avoid the town centre, so on the recommendation of Rev lunch will be split across 2 hotels The White Bull (hotel) in Marsh St. & The Wicklow Hotel cnr. of Marsh and Dumaresq St. Rev says "Both are good and easy to find though the Wicklow may be quicker with the food. If coming from Dorrigo/Ebor then when you hit the first traffic lights in Armidale, just turn right and you see them on your right. White Bull first and one block later the Wicklow."

After lunch the options are to head back the same way - very scenic, or to head north on the New England Highway to Guyra, then east to Ebor. This is a road with some wide open spaces, and some in the know will take this route back to Ebor, then down to Dorrigo and back to Bellingen.

This days ride is not as long as the Casino or previous Dorrigo rides, but is very scenic and if it is over too soon, head on down to the Pacific Highway and back again.

Anyone planning to get there on Saturday can aim to meet us at Armidale for lunch.
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It seems that everyone is here,except those that aren't here yet. Here's the first piccies:
Black always looks good - stopped for lunch in Dorrigo

The view from the back of the motel room

Some of the 'suspects'

And the Moroccan FJR of 'Not so Fast Devil'

This is all really a test to see how acessing the forum on the road is working. More later.
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Still testing.

Today was the SoO ride. Everyone lined up at 8:15 for the pre-ride piccies

and the girls

Great time, great people, great dinner tonight - more to follow later.
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People are posting mostly over on the Australian forum, here:

So follow this link for more piccies and comments.
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