Me and the Mrs went on a round trip to Bathurst and back to watch the race. 5 days, 1500 kms. Incredibly lucky with the weather, with the daily threat of storms culminating in only a stretch with rain on the blue mountains. The route contained all the great roads (Grafton-armidale, mudgee-bathurst, bells, putti). Amazing scenery and not an issue or scare, except... Coming into Tamworth we stopped at the motorcycle museum and when leaving the bike felt lazy but I didn't think much of it as we were tired and just wanted to get to the hotel in town. Waking up in the morning I realized that a gravel stone had lodged itself right in the middle of the rear tire, cutting through the carcass and causing a slash type puncture. I had a tire repair kit and lucky us the bike shops in town are open on Sat morning so after a new tire we were good to go. On Monday after enjoying 2 great rides through the Bells and the Putti we were just about to turn to Broke on our way to lunch when just on the turn off my wife has a front end slide on the gravel accumulated on the middle of the T intersection doing the usual combination of damage to the bike (bars, rear set, rear brake jammed) and somehow managing mix fluids on the engine meaning the bike is off for surgery and the end of our trip... Did I mention I hate gravel?