Its been a while since i last posted on these forums. The last bike trip i did was to Victor Harbour back in 2014. It didn't end so well and had me contemplating should i get of the bike. But love prevailed. I still have my big Blue Boulevard and after about 20 months of small rides, i decided it was time for another bigger ride. Not to any where in particular. Just a few of my favourite place from past trips. Day 1. Dec 3rd 2015. Heading to Cathedral Rock National Park via Pacific Motorway. The weather was predicted to be patchy rain. And it didn't bother until i got near Ballina and the sky up ahead looked like they were about to truly open. My summer gloves were soaked and my leather jacket was showing sign of needing to be covered up. I got into better riding gear at a Ballina servo just as the sky really open up. Thankfully i was undercover and just waited for the rain to lighten up before i headed down to Grafton and the Waterfall way. Though i had re waterproofed my groves before the trip, they were soaked by the time I made it to Native Dog Creek campsite, and my boots had sprung a leak too. At least i got to try out my new camping setup. Day 2 was Brilliant. a few ominous clouds but no rain. I spent the morning hiking the woolpacks track before heading to Tamworth to stay and visit some friends. Day 3 Was meant to travel to Newcastle but Localised flooding meant this was out of the question. Depending on weather i would instead head for Bathurst the next day. Day 4 Heading South Along the NewEngland Highway. Some rain around Scone. Headed inland though Merriwa and Mudgee before ending up at Bathurst. The trip took a little longer than expected and I arrived in Bathurst later than i intended. The Mineral and Fossil Museum was closed so i decided to take advantage to the free camping at Chifley Dam and say there for night and try the museum again the next day. Day 5. Was up and early so of course one has to do the obligatory lap of the track. Finally got into the museum. If you've got rock in your head, this has got to be one of the best places to visit. I've been told this is a life size replica of a croc that is thankfully extinct. Next, down to Carcoar, home town of Paralympian Kurt Fearnley. A place that even he described as a town that time forgot. I had a quick stop off at Cowra where i found out about a WW2 POW camp near Cowra and the massacre that happened there during war time. Apparently Cowra is the only place in the world outside of a capital city to have a World Peace Bell. I then made a direct ride to Canberra where i camped at the cotter dam campgound. My main reason for stopping at canberra was to see my granddads plaque in the Woden Cemetery Military service section. This was my only certain plan, but this changed when I discovered that i had camped directly across the track/road from a friend who live in Tasmania. Pure coincidence that we in the same state, at the same campgrounds, and camped right across from each other. He had his family with him. The catch up meant i decided to stay an extra night in canberra, but it gave me time to do a lot of sight seeing and riding. Mt Stomolo has a great view of Canberra. This day My bike started making a bizarre warring noise whenever the gear box was engaged and i was slowing down. I've since discovered that i broke a bolt holding the gear inlace that drives the main shaft. Thankfully it only damaged a bearing and my bank account. Day 7. Off to Kosciusko National Park. I love these parts of Australia. there is nothing like it in SE QLD. On the way I discovered a nice little craft brewery in tumut. I couldn't take my favourite beer with me but i settled for some of their porter in stubbies. I spent the night camped at Rocky Plain Horse camp, south of Kiandra. The campsite has no facilities aside from long drop toilet. I found the road to be quite rough leading to the campsite. But the stars in the nights stay around this area are the brightest i've ever seen. More to follow soon.