Monday, August 15, 2011

The Isle of Putty

My Rego had run out on Friday, and guess who rang and said that they are doing a Putty Rd ride on Monday. My RDO luckily was on monday as well. So it was a quick dash to drop my daughter at the outlaws then back home again. Jump on the bike and down to team moto on Sunnyholt Rd for a pink slip then back home again. Enough time for a quick coffee then on with the leathers just in time for Bushpig and 2 mates to show up, all ready for a quick blat up to the Isle of putty.

It started out a pretty cool morning being around 10°C but it soon toppped out at around 20°C. Just perfect for a ride and being a Monday there was much less traffic around and less police presence.

First stop was at Colo River for a quick break and so Geoff could mount his camera.

After this it was time to climb up the mountain to Colo Heights. The road through here was still wet as the sun hardly touches some of the road here. I was thinking that the top end of the Putty would also be covered with damper, moss ridden surface and wouldn't be that much fun today.

This Colo Heights section of road has some very nice sweepers over hill tops but man it seems to get rougher every time i come here. Or is it the fact i have a very light race bike with an undersprung rear shock that is well past its used by date. I Really should get it rebuilt.

A quick stop off at the old halfway house for a toilet break and rest then onto the top 16km's of motorcycling heaven.

If i haven't said it before then i'll say i now. The 16km section of this road that runs along the river here is absolutely brillant. Lets just hope that Geoffs vid turned out alright so i can post it up here.
Its quite a technical piece of road, with a couple of decreasing radius downhill turns to catch out the unweary with lots of hairpin bends and switchback bends. Plenty of 45,55,65 bends. It was great to see that none of the bends had any water or moss on them so it was all smooth sailing.

We stopped at Bulga but the pub was closed on mondays, so we headed of to Broke and refueled both bikes and hungry bikers. The low Hunter has some interesting looking hills and rock formations.

After this it was back down the putty again as the group concensus was that going down to Wollembi and the Old Road was going to give us to many traffic headaches. Agreed. Plus i wanted another crack at the top end section of the Putty. It was a much faster run back down, so much so that i started to get arm pump on my left wrist, which left it pretty sore for the rest of the trip home. We had to wait for the 748 at the halfway house, apparently he went down on the twisty section of the top16km, but looking at his bike there was not much damaged, a busted left head light and some scratches on the front and on his helmet. No real scratches on either side, he must have thrown himself under the bike to save it or something.
All in all much fun was had by all, it sure beats the hell out of working thats for sure.

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