Well it came and went and i had a blast.
We left on Wed 20th, My brother Pat and I met up with a mate Glen at Cooma and camped out on the NSW/VIC border on Deligate river for the first night. I hit a bird doing about 140 on the way with my right glove and my mate and brother both said the bird was dead as poo. We stayed at Churchill pub on Thursday night and got to the track side camp ground about lunch time Friday. the ride down was great.
We partied all weekend and stayed till Monday morning about 10am. On the Monday morning headed to Orbost to stay for the night and the heat was extreme, when i opened my visor the heat just took my breath away and i had to close the visor straight away.
On Tuesday we headed through Deligate river again and saw about 20 wobblies dancing off into the scrub before i hit a cow coming into deligate. YES I HIT A COW, and it was a very mooooving experiance, but i got over it in like calf an hour.
No seriously my knee has a patch of bark off it about 3 inches in diamter but the bike came worse off. the cow just trotted off the dumb barstard.
We were heading north from deligate river to Deligater when we seen signs ‘catle on road’ so we slowed to about 60km/h, then we saw the cattle so we slowed even more till about 20km/h, then right at the last minute this dumb shit cow just jumped in front of me. I side swiped it and it threw me straight to the ground skidding about 3 metres. so it was a very slow off but the damage to the bike bought a tear to my eyes. Right side of bottom radiator is caved in, fairing is cracked and scratched to the shit house, tank has got 2 small dents from the handle bars, all my indicator mounts are snapped and lenses broken. no coolant leaks but it filled the carbies with fuel as i didn’t turn the ignition off untill i worked out what had happened. its not every day you expect a cow to jump at you. we taped the indicators back on and straightened as much as we could, took about CALF an hour to start but off we went. got to Cooma pub for lunch at about 12 and then my brother Pat decided to do the 4 hours home instead of staying at Cooma like planned, so i headed to Wagga. I needed to be in Wagga for a training coarse.
I left Cooma pub and as soon as i turned onto the snowy highway it started raining all the way to Wagga. saw a big red which scared the crap out of me, he hopped towards the road as i approched and then changed direction into the scrub, very frightening after collecting the cow and as my phone was not working, on my own and hadn’t seen a car or bike for a while. I made it to Wagga at about 5.30pm got a motel, had a shower and a good feed and was ready for bed.
Stayed at Wagga RSL for Wed and Thur night then on Friday decided to go the back way home through Cowra and Bathurst for something different, from Wagga to Cowra copped cyclonic winds riding the bike on nearly 50deg. and then from Cowra copped rain all the way home again. 4 hours of pissing down rain.
I got home about 4 pm and was welcomed lovingly by my wife and kids, even the dog pissed itself.
it feels good to be loved.
Tony, sorry i didn’t get back to you at cooma but due to the situation, (phone not working) hopefully we can catch up for a beer another day
Cheers all and stay away from cows, they hurt.