Monday, January 1, 2018

Backroads to the West

I was travelling to my parents for Christmas this year and to meet up with the family who had travelled a day ahead of me. Because I was on my own I decided that I would rather travel on some back roads than the most direct route through Bathurst and Orange. So I devised a route via google maps and loaded up the ute and headed off. I've ridden some of the roads from Lithgow to Tarana and to O'Connell but beyond that to Blayney I'd not been before.

This route makes for a good bike road but some of it can be a bit rough even in the ute so you need to ride with caution.

Taking the Bells Line of road across the blue mountains is a good start to some great motorcycling roads out of Sydney, crossing at Mt Victoria or continuing into Lithgow. Take Magpie Hollow road out past Lake Lyell from Lithgow. The road continues to Tarana but be careful as the road is narrow with many bends and elevation changes, perfect biking country with rolling hills as far as the eye can see, but the road surface can be rough in places.



Through Tarana follow Mutton Falls Road on to O'Connell. There's a nice little pub at O'Connell that I've heard does good counter lunches, but I've not stopped there before so can't comment. Turn right at O'Connell and then after about 1 km take the next left turn onto Young St which become Ryan road. This will bring you out onto Rockley Rd turn right and head into Perthville then left again towards Newbridge and Blayney. From Blayney turn off at Mandurama onto the Belubula Way. From here the road will take you into Canowindra(pronounced Can-noun-dra)





Belubula Way to Canowindra is quite a nice bike ride through farming land but it is also very hilly countryside so you are constantly going over crests of hills with a blind curves. Be careful at dusk and dawn as this is Kangaroo country, with tree's lining right up to the sides of the road in places.

Canowindra is your typical small outback country town. I decided I'd stop for some lunch. There's about 5 pubs to choose from and an small RSL club. Typical pub food with most prices being under $20 is a bargin, washed down with a refreshing beer.








Following the Nangar Road out of town you head towards another small Town of Eugowra(U-Gow-Ra). Not much in Eugowra and you won't get any fuel after midday on Saturday so be careful. This little town shows its civic pride with a lot of the buildings being painted in Murals, If you've ever been to Sheffield in Tasmania you'll know what I mean. The road from Canowindra to Eugowra slowly straightens out and becomes less hilly and is not quite as good as the Belubula Way but still a good ride.





From Eugowra its' only a short trip to Parkes, Forbes or Cowra from here. These 3 towns are much larger around 8-10,000 population so accommodation and fuel options are much better. See map below for the route from Lithgow to Eugowra. The riding further west becomes flatter and much straighter. Best option here would be to head towards Cowra and out towards Wyangla Dam.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Pictures from the year that was 2017

Another year has just about flown by and there was some fantastic riding throughout the year including a highlight of a New Zealand trip. Here are some photographs from the year that just was.

January
The year got off to a bit of a shaky start with a big crash, luckily no one was hurt except one 1098 Ducati.


February
In February I posted a long term review of my 2015 R1 as we jetted out to New Zealand for a 10 day trip of the North Island.


March
We arrived in New Zealand to a fantastic greeting by fellow kiwi motoblogger Geoff James and then later in Palmerston North we met another moto blogger Andrew Thompson. 

It was fantastic meeting both guys albeit too briefly, I'm sure Andrews neighbours haven't recovered yet from the bushpigs maniacal ramblings.




Geoff James








Andrew Thompson









April
April brought about the International Festival of speed at Sydney motorsport park where unfortunately for Stu his race came to a bone crunching end with a fractured collarbone, again.


We also got to meet one of our all time favourite racing legends Troy Bayliss.



June


July
Revisiting some old memories in my home town with some long forgotten trophies.



August



September
The bushpig did some drag racing at Sydney Motorsport Park whilst I watched on.



October
And it was back to SMSP to watch the Australian Superbikes.



Phillip Island Moto GP
The motogp circus arrived at Phillip Island in October and we got to enjoy the sights and sounds of those 280Hp 1000cc missiles. I also caught up briefly with Victorian motoblogger Jules. Seems to be the year for blogger meet ups.






November

Our annual Snowy Mountains ride occurred again with a few different faces this time out but with some familiar roads and  few new ones thrown in.













Merry Christmas to everyone and hope you have a wonderful new year and I will see you all on the other side with some more riding adventures. I have a few big things planned already coming up in February, could be some WSBK action and another overseas jaunt.

Cheers
Steve