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Archive for November 30th, 2008

Day 104 – 30th November

Posted by TravellingStrom on November 30, 2008

Yuck, woke up a bit crook and late of course, to be expected. The day was going to be warm and the sky was a lot clearer than yesterday.

We headed over the road for some breakfast before setting off for the Lions Road ride. As you can see, the weather was better πŸ™‚

Once we took the turnoff south, the road became narrower and tighter.

Alan was taking this road quite easy, but I was bored, he had done this road heaps of time, so I passed him and shot off ahead πŸ™‚ The road had heaps of sharp left downward turns, over a small bridge, usually single lane, then a climbing right turn out of the creek bed. No photos sorry, not even an example I was enjoying the ride so much I had the biggest grin on my dial πŸ™‚ In fact when I started the maniacal laughter, I knew I was having fun! Muwhahahaha πŸ™‚

I waited for Alan at the turn off to a lookout, but he went straight past and had 4 other bikes behind him, so I tucked in behind, but soon got bored again and picked off each of the riders one by one and launched ahead again.

We eventually parted company near a place called Wangaree, where Al fuelled up and I headed west to Warwick. There were some very nice roads around here as well πŸ™‚

And some distinctive views.

Ooops, found some dirt, now where did that come from? This was near Killarney and went for a few kms and was in good condition and fast.

After that it was typical outback country from Warwick to Toowoomba, by that I mean flat and wide, amazing to see after all the up and downs I have seen.

In Toowoomba I met up with Jim and Lesley again, they were the couple I had met on the west coast and they had invited me to stay at their place in Chinchilla. They were riding the Moto Guzzi Vindicater, with trailer and had been to the Moto Guzzi Xmas party.

The ride west was flat and open with lots of agriculture.

Then just east of Chinchilla is a small town called Boonarga. This is the place where a memorial hall was built for an insect. The insect is the Cactoblastis moth. There was a cactus called Prickly pear imported to Australia so they could use the red fruit as a dye for the soldier’s uniforms in the 1800s. It got out of hand and in Chinchilla it was wall to wall, so when they used this moth as a biological control, it worked so well it cleared up infestations the size of the UK in 3 years!!

We got to their place and had some beers and a great roast dinner, swapped stories and photos before we had a reasonably early night as they had also played up at the party the night before πŸ™‚

Day – 464km
Trip – 32,733km

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