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Archive for November 19th, 2008

Day 93 – 19th November

Posted by TravellingStrom on November 19, 2008

My gloves were still soaked from the rain, so Dave leant me a spare pair he had. He also mentioned to me that in Forster there was a bike shop that had a new rear tyre, so after breakfast and packing up I headed that way, in the rain mind you, it had been raining all night. Thanks for putting me up Dave and it was nice meeting you, safe riding m8.

The bike shop was in Tuncurry and the owner Kevin said no worries, he had a tyre and he fitted it straight away, what a relief to have tread on those roads in the wet 🙂 While it was being done I checked out my rear sprocket, it was in quite good condition considering it has done 30,000km.

The bike was ready in quick time and he was cheap as well, only $249 fitted. If you are in the area and need some stuff done, go and have a chat with Kevin at Advance Motorcycle & Mower Repairs, in Norfolk Close in Tuncurry.

Then I headed to a meeting with Alan from the yacht, he is riding a Vstrom down from Brisbane so he has transport in Sydney. First off it was wet, wet, wet and this is how I had to ride the Buckets Way, it would be nice in the dry. But it did clear up the closer I got to Gloucester.

That is the mountain range behind Gloucester, it looked nice with the clouds on it.

Here I turned north up the Thunderbolts Way, my destination was not that far, but as the day was forecast rain, I figured I could dry some gear out and do some posts if there was internet, or just write them up if not. I was nearly a week behind, but that is life on the road.

The weather dried up a bit and got warmer, so I changed some gear, nice views up this way as well.

But you could see ahead the rain was coming again, so I had to stop once again and put it all back on again, it felt like Tasmania, gear off,on,off,on etc.

I eventually arrived in Uralla around 1.30, this is a statue of Captain Thunderbolt, a bush ranger who spent over 6 years at large before finally being caught.

I booked into the Top Hotel, because it is at the top of the town, unlike the bottom hotel, which is about half a block away downhill 🙂 If you book in here and ask for the motorcycle special, you get a cheap rate, what a bonus and only $35 for a room with ensuite. I grabbed a super steak burger down at the Surfing Cow and had a quiet afternoon, with full internet, updating my blog a bit.
I spoke to Alan, he will be in later, due to the storm in Brisbane last night he was babysitting some kids, as the school was damaged. He eventually rode in just as it started to rain and he had no rain gear at all, yuck!

We then did what we normally do and went to the bar and had a great evening with the lovely people that worked there.

It was a late night, in fact we got kicked out real late and we were a bit under the weather as you can probably tell from the photos.

Day – 481km
Trip – 29,641km

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