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Roarin does Dorrigo (and Beyond)

Discussion in 'Roads, Touring, Journeys, and Travel' started by Roarin, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. Hello again. Ready for the next days adventure? Good. Before I go any further I should include a few more words of warning.

    If by chance you find yourself on a similar adventure to mine you must be prepared for some side effects. Some permanent. Others that can be cured. In no particular order I have found these to be the most noticable. In my case anyway.
    1. Inability to sit or stand still. For longer than it takes to fill a bike with fuel & scoff down a pie & coffee.(this however does not include any activities associated with beer)
    2. Inability to sleep in. Manifests itself by waking up every ¼ hour after about 5.30am & peering out the curtains to see what the weather is going to do.
    3. Lack of concentration. Especially whilst engaged in conversation with someone trying to discuss anything less exciting than hammering through a set of twisties. Your boss & your partner will find this decidedly infuriating. Guaranteed. So try your best to look interested. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
    4. Feelings of depression once you are back home. Personally I have found these can be quite easily overcome by a quick blast down your favourite bit of road. For about ½ an hour. Or maybe a bit longer. Like an hour. Or 5.

    Did I mention it was cold? About minus 4 according to the servo operator in Glenn Innes. Topped up with fuel again & headed south. Down the New England highway towards Armidale. Looking out across paddocks covered in a white layer of frost. As far as highways go this one is not too bad. Some nice sweeping corners interspersed with some tighter uphill & downhill ones. A bit of frost on the road here & there certainly keeps the attention where it is required. Pulled into the golden arches once again for brekky. Nothing like a 100 or so kilometer ride before breakfast to sharpen the appetite.

    Topped up with fuel again in Armidale & turn east down Waterfall way heading for Dorrigo. Starting to warm up nicely now. The first 40 odd kays are a pleasant enough ride. Quite entertaining in fact. However, once you reach the turnoff just past Ebor, all hell breaks loose. Well it did in my case. The road goes from pleasant rolling sweepers winding through the bush to breaking out into open farmland and an unending succession of 55 & 65km/hr marked corners. And you can see about 3 corners ahead as the road gently drops away in the distance. The road is racetrack smooth and sealed with a reddy coloured gravel chip. So you can see any oil or diesel that may be there. Diving up & down, left to right like a 50km long roller coaster ride. If you’re riding fast enough. Which wasn’t a problem. Believe me.

    If anyone ever tells you a story about spotting a little black & silver motorcycle flying past them with the rider standing on the footpegs, punching the air out in the middle of nowhere then I guess I have been busted. If they swear they could also hear that someone laughing like a lunatic then I would have to say it was definitely me. For my money this would have to be the most enjoyable road I have ever ridden. Bar none. But I have been saying that a bit of late haven’t I?
    Fast. Smooth. And safe.

    Rolled off the throttle & cruised through Dorrigo.
    From Dorrigo through to Bellingen the road takes long steep dives followed by sharp twists over about 15 km’s down towards sea level. Intimidating. Stopped twice for road works. You can see the bush changing the further down you drop. From gums to lush green tropical forest. Getting warmer as you go.

    From Bellingen followed the Bellinger river twisting & turning out to Urunga, just south of Coffs Harbour. Time for another highway crawl.
    Not far out of Port Macquarie you will see a sign to your right saying Wauchope. Follow it. Another really cool little back road chock full of blind crests with corners diving off in the most unexpected directions. Take it easy. You do want to make it home don’t you?

    From Wauchope turn west & head inland again. On the legendary Oxley highway. Following the Hastings river out through long flat. More never ending 45 & 55 km/hr corners. Ahhh. Heaven again. The road straightens out for a few kilometers after this. Around Yarras you start to climb. All I will say about the next 60 or 70 kays is a couple of words. Heaven. Nirvana. Paradise. Sheer bliss. Okay –you got me, I said a couple more. But you get the picture.

    Just watch for the FBT’s. Especially the cattle carrying ones. You can generally smell them but keep your eyes peeled for the green slippery stuff on the road that always accompanies them.

    I am actually almost ashamed to admit to this next bit. Around 2/3 the way through the Oxley run I had to stop. Cause I was tired. Physically & mentally. From cornering. On a light & nimble 400. That’s how good the road is.

    The last 30 odd kliks into Walcha passes uneventfully. Time to stop for the night. Find a pub to stay at. Dump the backpack. Not a bad days ride. 150kms by highway between two towns only takes me 600kms. But was it fun? Hell yes. Only a motorcyclist would understand.
  2. I think you should do this ride again with a couple of other people so someone can take photos as well as listening to your wonderful words...
  3. Ha that's the best one yet Andrew.

    You should do a 'Tour Diary' steve waugh style mate. :D
  4. Makes me want to get on the bike and head off!!!!
  5. I think its about time for the next installment.

    :p :D
  6. YOU...YOU...you......BAAAAAASTARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Knowing all those roads... you've got a big, ugly shadow hovering over you, every inch of the way. Look over your right shoulder....go on....it's me !!! I'm that cloud of gravel-spray and whirling leaves behind you....

    GREAT stuff....and that's what it's all about !!
    The weekend stuff is ok, but THAT's the real McCoy.
    Good huntin', brother :)
  7. I hate to dig up old topics (hahaha no I don't)

    This is one of my all time favorite sections of road, I agree it can get tiring if you are on the gas the whole way but its worth every minute. I ran that road with about 7 other GTR club members back in October 2005. WE were having our annual gathering this time at Port MacQuarie and did the run up the mountain on the Sunday. Its better known as the Gingers Creek run as the only place you really pass is a speck of a stop, coffee and snacks at Gingers Creek about 2/3rds of the way up.

    Great writeup mate, keep at it.
  8. OMG!!! I couldn't have describe it better than you just did!

    I recently went on a 4 day trip down the south coast of nsw and yeha you descriped my trip to a T.... well the side effects anyhow :LOL:

    Planning on doing this same run you just posted in April with a few friends.. in the meantime it's the snowy's for me.. hehehe

    I'm Road Tripp'n Addicted....

    btw this is my first post on your site and i love it already!!!
  9. So, welcome, and what the heck were you doing riding on MY roads??

    Just kidding, Ki`Ki, where are you based and what bike do you ride?

    And, yes, you have stumbled upon the Lasseter's Lost Reef of motorcycling information.....
  10. thanx hornet600....

    yeha went a sweet little trip down to Eden doing Clyde Mt, Brown Mt & Mt Imlay etc along the way... covered bout 1400kms and doing the same loop again towards end of the year... so your roads are awesome!!! :wink:

    Well i'm based @ Campbelltown (Sydney) and ride a storm and only came across this site after searching for feedback on dorrigo rd and love reading about these trips you guys have done and simply had to join...

    maybe join in on a local ride sometime and meet some of you