Sunday. We all know what this means...
The GC riders are out in force and today I was invited to meet the dirty fun Honda XR650 crew. Not one to say no to possible rides, I was on my lawnmower wondering what I was getting myself into, with only road tyres. I guess my bike has the ‘little dog complex’ barking up at much bigger dogs… It reminds me of Richard Brandson’s quote ““If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” I'm obviously punching above my weight here.
After a leisurely breakfast at Uki, that lasted longer than it should, the group split up and I wanted to take new roads which just happened to be gravel/dirt. They were much obliging and nice enough to wait up at intersections to see that I hadn’t skidded into a ditch somewhere. In the end I ended up liking the tracks around Wollumbin National Park & Mount Warning loads, so I actually left them when they were returning back to the GC and I doubled back into the park….
Steady at 20-40km/hr max trying to work on my cornering in gravel non-existent technique. Looks like I’m musing over 70/30 or even 50/50 tyres next time I buy rubbers for my beastie. These little side escapades are adding repertoire to my usual haunts and more often than not, I find myself asking the question… hmmmm I wonder what will be down that track?....no doubt lots of dirty dusty fun!
Seeing that the arvo was warming up to a nice 22 degrees, I took off all the underlayers of my leathers and headed into the cane fields for some straight roads to blow off any loose dust off the lawnmower. An intermission from the hills towards the coast, where there was one place I wanted to visit before heading homewards…. I had heard about Tropical Fruit World – a tasty adventure in Duranbah . So with a slogan like that, and the promise of yet another BIG item, I went to check it out. Tropical Fruit World
All I could think about while admiring this piece of gigantic fruit on a pole, was how much Guacamole you could make from it and how many Mexicans you’d be able to feed with it. LOL All the time enjoying a on-site fruit popsicle, a banana and dried mango slices from their orchards. Yum-o!
This trip has given me a list of new roads that I want to plot and discover… adding to my bucket list. However it is becoming increasingly clear to me however; that I may have to start shopping for a 2nd hand, 250cc, road-registerable dirt bike …. Hmmmm. This pass time is now going to get even MORE expensive!
A rough guide of some of the roads taken today:
1st part - https://www.google.com.au/maps/dir/...dc98763bef:0xc77ca13739e07764!1m0!1m0!1m0!3e0
2nd part - https://www.google.com.au/maps/dir/...35af3de9fe0!2m2!1d153.382222!2d-27.986389!3e0