Long Rides: Darwin and return - Total 11,296kms

May 02, 2009

I have lost the text of early posts but still have some photo so will add them before I add the posts I still have.

We headed off with somere reasonable apprehension but hopeful we could do it and yay, we not only did make it but we had a ball!

Before we headed off from home

Just before heading off from Narooma with Chris (quirky chance to catch up)

Outside the RACV Club in Newcastle where we stayed after catching up with a Customer

Looking back to NSW on the Lions Rd from Kyogle NSW to Rathdowney Qld. Trucks and vans are not supposed to use it and would be bloody mad to do so. Very narrow and winding with numerous one lane stretches and one lane bridges as well as lots of very steep stuff. We were gob smacked to see the NSW heavy vehicle cameras but only there according to the sign to monitor livestock movements.......yeah like we believe that.

Looking to the Qld side and the 19% downhill grade. Many more steeper than that on the NSW side but not signed.

Leaving a friends property in Beaudesert

I had a Trustees meeting in Brisbane then we headed for the Gold Coast for a neices Wedding and then onto the Sunshine Coast to catch up weith a Brother in law and friends as well.

We headed off from the Sunshine Coast in heavy rain and experienced torrential rain and saw flooded areas on our way north. Thankfully the river at Gin Gin hadn't yet cut the highway at Gin Gin.

A welcome coffee was had at the bakery in Gin Gin

A stop at the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour

Long gone from Coffs Harbour but just to prove it isn't just the Telstra Broadband Combie van which can go there. Illegally parked and up where I'm not allowed to be so Norm took the photo on his camera instead of my clever blackberry which I could have e-mailed the pic from. Hence here I am on the Sunshine Coast using my
brother in laws PC.

Trip going awesomely well and having a ball. Head towards Rockhampton the day after tomorrow.