The public holiday today gave the best opportunity for another day on the saddle, but provided the perfect day to be able to cross the border to meet up with and ride back over the border with three southern NR cousins - damedi, Harb, inztigator.
In fact, since we wanted them to make them feel right 'at home' so we organised to have the most rainy weather we could muster and to wash the bikes after a long trip from down south Wasn't that a thoughtful welcome present?
Colonel Coleman, was all commitment riding all the way from Brissie to the Gold Coast to join the riding party southwards. Due to the iffy weather, albeit being a public holiday there was few cars or bikes about. Which meant that there were many times where you just got 'in the zone' and was riding away happily, forgetting to look at your speedo.... Gotta buy a lottery ticket today since I think the Gods were smiling down upon me for having waved past 3 cop cars a tad bit faster than anticipated.... I'll blame the fact that I never got my speedo calibrated after the change of (profiile) tyres... hmmmm I'll stick with that excuse! One of the best (smoothest) runs I've had down Tomewin mountain for a long time.
Morning tea, with the Sphinx rock for company, and then to check out the new surfaced areas between Mt Burrell and Kyogle. I was most pleasantly surprised that some of the worst asphalted corners were now as smooth as a baby's bum
It wasn't long before we got to Casino and there came the waiting game undercover for the 3 amigos to rock up from their trip over the Bruxner highway... One, two then three riders arrived looking for fuel, a stretch and a feed.
Once all sated, pleasantries dispensed and all bikes having met their acquaintance, it was off towards the Qld border. On past Nimbin Rocks, Nimbin (oh the 'distinct' smell!), Murwillumbah, Chillingham, Numinbah and Springbrook Mountain to finally arrive at the Gold Coast gates in ever increasing downpour!.
Having said that, although quite soggy, the mountains and hinterland areas just look stunning with steam, fog and mist coming off the sides of the mountains, and even off the bike's motors!
From tomorrow on wards, we're making way for the typical GC weather, back to our daily programming of 15-25 degrees in full sunshine