December through to March is summer in
This year we only had three days free. We hatched a plan to fit as many twisty roads in as we could in that time.
Thursday 15 Feb I got up early and met Marty at the petrol station, we were ready to roll at 6.15am so as to miss the bumper to bumper commuter traffic entering
We headed out the
This is an awesome piece of road, climbing upwards mainly through the bush. Towards the end there were to gravel sections about 11 kms apart. The asphalt section between them was just amazing piece of high quite technical motorcycling road with decreasing radius corners, however, many of the corners were slightly banked and it was just brilliant. This is without doubt the very best road I have ever ridden.
Once up near the NSW border the trees disappeared and the storm clouds rolled in, now it was also really hot.
We pulled in the tiny town of
We woke up to a beautiful morning, all blue sky and not a cloud in sight. The morning ride to Bombala, down the
We fuelled the bikes at Cann river and then headed along the
Mt Hotham before the rain came
We stopped at Mt Hotham for some pics, and once again the storm clouds began to move in rapidly. Man it was hot! We stepped up the pace quite a bit to try to get down the really steep, downhill twisties in the dry. Unfortunately we were too late and rode down in quite challenging wet conditions. It was too steep to stop and put wet weather gear on. As we approached Bright we could see lightning flashing ever where ahead of us as we stopped to review our plan to ride some more twisties late in the day. We decided to head straight to Beechworth and I suited up with wet gear over the damp leathers. As fate would have it, the rain stopped and I slowly basted in my gear, the sweat not able to evaporate at all. I later learned that it was 39C (102 F) in Beechworth. I’m OK in dry heat – but this humidity I don’t handle well. We had pre-booked at a beautiful old pub that had been recently refurbished. There was a group of bikes, including some Blackbirds, a Fireblade and a K1200S BMW already out the back. They were on their way to
Commercial Hotel Beechworth
We had a great meal, some nice red wine then spent the evening on the upstairs balcony talking to some other travellers and watching the spectacular fork lightning.
The next day was Saturday and again we awoke to quite a hot morning and a clear blue sky. We planned to head back to
We cruised through
"The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there".
Robert M. Pirsig
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