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Another weekend and this time Kat & I did a ride with the fellas from the We all met at Exit 38 early on Saturday morning - the count was 9 GSX's and a single BMW. We had decided to head to Kyogle and the Commercial Hotel for lunch - check the route here.

The ride from Yatala through Beaudesert and then Lions Road to Kyogle was excellent. Got tailed by a cop for a fair bit of the Beauy to Lions Road turn-off so it was at a slower than usual pace, but once onto Lions Road we were into it. We pulled up just after crossing the border for a break at the Loop Lookout for about half an hour and after sharing our versions of the ride so far, got back into it. Everytime I ride this stretch of road I really do appreciate it - it does take a hell of a lot out of you with all the up and down hill slow corners and cattle grids, but it is just so enjoyable. The lack of any real 4 wheeled traffic makes the tight twisty sections that much better.

We reached Summerland Way at the end of Lions Road as a group and then headed into Kyogle, albeit spread out along the highway a little. Pulled up at the Commercial Hotel and caught up with Ant, another GSXer from Grafton who had ridden up to meet with us - turns out he had to head straight back to get to work, but it was good of him to travel the 130kms to say g'day. Once Ant had left, we lunched and chatted about the ride down to Bathurst for the annual get together happening at the end of November.

We left Kyogle just after 1pm on Saturday arvo and started the ride back up to Brisbane. We had decided to take the Murwillumbah Road, but turn off before Uki and cut through to Tyalgum and then Chillingham on the Numinbah Valley Road. The road to Murwillumbah used to be a great road to ride BUT it is currently in a pretty bad way with a lot of potholes and grooves in the bitumen on the switchbacks just out of Kyogle. A lot more trucks seem to be using this road and they are just chewing it up, which is a real pity. Anyway, we followed this road until not too far out of Uki, where we took a left turn onto Byrrill Creek Road, a route that none of us had ever ridden. This started out as a not too bad stretch of bitumen, but soon turned to gravel - a few of the guys turned back and decided to follow the main road into Murwillumbah and up the motorway, but 6 of the bikes continued through to Tyalgum, of which about 7 to 10kms was unpaved. I half expected the road to have some rough spots after planning this route by looking at maps only, but it was not too bad in the end, and anyway, ebing able to explore the roads is what makes riding these parts so good.

After re-grouping in Tyalgum, we took the road through to Chillingham where we stopped for fuel and said our goodbyes. From here, we headed back towards Nerang via Numinbah. I have written lots about this bit of road and so won't go on, but the last stretch through Advancetown along side the Hinze Dam was fantastic fun. Those corners are so enjoyable on a bike like the GSX - leaning right over and hugging the road, what a buzz. We continued on towards Nerang where Kat and I stopped for fuel, leaving the others to continue on home. Once we fueld up we hit the motorway and headed home.

Was a great days riding, and man it is good to be home!

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Anonymous Motorcycle Fairings said...

very nice groups of bikes! i hope i can join them

3:22 AM  

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