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Part 2.

Bylong Valley Way is a wonderful road with magnificent scenery, which wends its way through Baerami and Bylong itself via twists and turns, rocky outcrops and creek crossings. It’s no place to ride an old Harley Davidson with a side car at any great speed and I soon lost the others, reconciling myself to a modest pace and several stops to take some photos along the way, one of my happy pastimes.
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Eventually the road comes to Rylstone, where bookings had been made by Rick G for a group of us at the Globe Hotel, a place we’ve stayed at a few times before. It’s a friendly enough place and the weather forecast for the evening was for a mild 5 or 6 degrees overnight, which is why the bikes were covered in ice and pannier locks frozen when we surfaced in the morning after a good dinner, some tonsorial varnishes and good company. It’s always good to catch up with the ‘Beemer Boys’ as my wife likes to call them, and this year is no exception.

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On the Saturday morning, everyone was up and about in plenty of time for a 9 or 9.30 departure for Bathurst and Gaz, who may as well have been wearing a trench coat with the collar turned up, enigmatically informed us he had some errands to do in Bathurst and was leaving straight away. No further correspondence was entered into and he soon disappeared mysteriously down the road, his large single cylinder F series thumping happily away into the morning air.

    

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PART 3.

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The rest of us made the 100 or so km into town via Ilford and Sofala, enjoying the brisk morning air amongst the hills. Bathurst soon came into view and I made my way noisily up the mountain to meet the others.  Some unkind comments about fuel versus noise and resulting lack of horsepower out of the way, greetings were exchanged with Sandy and family and we were able to enjoy a warming dram of honey bourbon in the cold mountain air at the top of Mt Panorama, a fine place to think and talk of Rossko, who remains sorely missed in our minds.









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Gaz, Waz and his younger feller had been busy organising a new plaque for Rossko to complement the other one, which is now hard to access due to new fences and locked gates and lack of current police affiliations within the group. Our respects paid, many headed back into town to enjoy lunch at the Irish pub there. I decided I was going to enjoy enough pub food over the coming days, and headed off towards Blayney in the hope of finding a café on a Sunday afternoon.

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Blayney had a resolutely shut down look about it, and so I pressed on towards the ultimate goal for the day, which is the pub at Gooloogong, roughly 30km west of Canowindra. Perhaps I would find something at Mandurama or even Canowindra. Just a toasted sandwich would be great. Nothing at Carcoar or Mandurama except a thirsty looking Bob and Ulli, who were heading in the same direction. A few pleasantries on the side of the road and then I soon lost them as we made our way towards Canowindra and the gentle folds of the western slopes.

At Canowindra I found a café open and headed inside to grab myself a coffee and toasted sanger. Talking to the young bloke who brought the coffee, I asked him where the turn off to Gooloogong was to be found.



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‘That’s weird,’ he said. ‘Two other blokes on bikes just left here after asking the same question.’
 
‘Did they have a sort of thirsty look about them?’ I enquired.  
 
‘Well, now that you mention it, they did look highly motivated by something..’ I finished the coffee and headed off to catch up with them and grab a room at the pub.



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Part...er 5? Or was it 6?

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The pub at Gooloogong is a quiet place with an air of times gone by, shearers and farm hands echoing through the halls of the dormitory area. Except for today. Today is open mic. The pub is full and the music is flowing as well as the beer. Never mind…. They’ll quieten down later on…won’t they? It seemed like every musician within the entire surrounding area was there for the night, even a Columbian embryologist, complete with wide brim hat and blanket cut with a hole to poke his head through. He sat quietly in the corner drinking red wine, occasionally bursting out with some new Australian slang he had been taught, entirely out of context and therefore hugely entertaining… for a while. After enormous pizzas for dinner, we headed upstairs to the long and wide verandah, where we enjoyed further refreshments at the Vladimir Putin interview table. All too soon it was time for bed and then the long ride home the following day. Apologies for so many posts at once.. it's the only way I could fit the photos in.



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Just one more comment on the 2022 pilgrimage to Mt Panorama to remember RossKKo.

Those of us who were present at the first Mt Panorama gathering might remember that Klompy was the member who actually laid the memorial plaque onto the base that Waz had prepared.

As I have been thinking back over this year's gathering I'm not sure if I actually commented on the day or that people realised that it was very special that Klompy laid the new plaque onto the base we set down in a repeat of the original ceremony, prior to the arrival of RossKKo's family and the rest of our Krew.

While it was great for us to catch up with Klompy, I'd like to thank him on behalf of all of us for making the effort to get up there early on the morning of our gathering, after Waz had contacted him to let him in on our plans to replicate the plaque which all happened in the fortnight before our gathering.

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Well it has been a few weeks since the ride and thought I would share my adventures with you lot.  

Heading off for an uneventful day I arrived at Charlies place in the Glen and delivered the tyre that originated from Martin.  A quick cuppa as it was getting late in the day and I was still adjusting to the cold.  Charlie gave me some thank you's for Martin, Matt and I for re-instigating the K100 Forum Courier Service.  

Rick aka Happy Feet and I overnighted at Schorn's house where we were entertained by everybody in the household including the pets.  I just don't know if young Suzie was overjoyed to see me or is just being a pup.  Anyway the warm house was welcome as winter begins here and Guyra is usually the coldest place around.  

So Saturday started with the three of us heading for Rylestone which has become a regular stop for us nowadays.  The Pub is friendly and the amenities are up to standard.  Schorn warned us that he would be slow and this year Smithy was unavailable for the trip to Bathurst.  Down the usual route along the New England Hwy with our first stop at the BP Nemingha just north of Tamworth.  Then onto Walabadah for fuel where Charlie turned up and a further stop at Murrurundi at the Pie shop.  A little down the road and Tourenfuhrer Charlie decided any further advance would best be done in rain gear.  The storm clouds were forming and would be a major feature for the rest of the trip.  

There is something about the road south of Tamworth along the NE Hwy which is to me so typical of the Australian landscape and always a joy to ride.  Turning off at Muswellbrook and onto the Bylong Hwy this is also a good ride but only during daylight hours as rocks and skippys are abundant.  I caught up with the others at Bylong where Charlie was sucking on the usual dart.  It looks like the little store here is now closed as I guess the pandemic reduced the traffic and campers.  Apart from a minor navigational error it is still a beautiful spot in the middle of nowhere which includes a hot shower next to the showgrounds.  From here to Rylestone for the night where the Newy Krew were waiting.  

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The road into Rylestone.  Nice and twisty for some, slow for others.  

Next morning we awoke to frost on the bikes and anticipating this the previous day I grabbed some cardboard from the skip to cover the bike overnight to prevent a wet seat.  The Dakar as per usual loved this little treat and did not miss a beat the whole trip.  Gaz had disappeared early on secret men's business and we all gradually made our way to Bathurst after Tourenfuhrer Charlie rallied to get the truppen there on time.

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The bridge north of Rylestone with that bloody pothole that both Happy Feet and I hit returning from Walwa back in March.  Not quite the same feeling from a chiropractor when you have a sore back.  

Bathurst is one of those old Australian inland towns which is big enough to have everything but not too much.  Mt. Panorama overlooking the town was the destination for our gathering and as we slowly arrived the cold was letting us know that winter was here.  A little breeze and the temperature dropped.  Meanwhile Happy Feet had chased down a new rear tyre for his steed and considering it was Sunday was impressed that the owner of a closed shop came out without charging anything extra.  

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The Gathering.  Feel the cold.  

After all the greetings we headed down to the shelter and Gaz's secret men's business was revealed.  The RossKKo plaque was now placed outside the fence and the finishing touches were completed prior to the arrival of the group.  Something was mentioned about somebody's retirement and the loss of any indemnity regarding possible trespassing or similar.  Hmmm, not quite sure what that was about?  

A short service followed in which the family voiced their appreciation of our continuing efforts and toasts were made.  It was also good to see Klompy again.  

So more to keep out of the cold than hunger it was decided we head back to the Pub in town again as the location was well known and we knew what to expect.  Some decided to head straight for the next night's stop in Gooloogong*.  Once fed and watered we headed off with the thanks of the family once again showing their appreciation.  Meanwhile Tourenfuhrer Charlie made a beeline for the Glen.  

It was not all that far to Gooloogong but the weather was closing in on us with blustery winds and rain.  Most unpleasant riding weather which was to continue the next day.  Arriving it was raining lightly and the music was flowing.  It was open mic in the front bar on a Sunday night and standing room only.  Rooms paid for and upstairs to a fairly rudimentary setup.  A little run down I thought but it still had that homely atmosphere.  Or maybe it was just me feeling miserable with the cold weather.  

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Quite a big crowd for a country pub and after our feed we retired upstairs to the vicinity of the Long Table.  Still bloody cold and a good chat with lots of leftover liquor.  

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We happy few.  Less noisy outside.  

Monday morning the weather continued the same with wind and rain although the wind was to become worse.  A slight problem with breakfast but off we went.  Schorn headed home the more direct route whilst Happy Feet and I took a detour into Orange as he required a front tyre for his steed.  After bumming around and some not so accurate directions we eventually found a tractor dealership which had the required tyre.  As the job was expected to take around an hour, I used their toilet and decided to make my way north.  A relatively uneventful run and I stopped in Wellington for brunch with no improvement in the weather.  Happy Feet had a new tyre and was also on his way.  

Heading north I spied Schorn on the side of the road with was it the Scharnhorst or the Gneisnau?  It was just before the turn off to Dunedoo and his sidecar had thrown the chain out the back.  He had no phone contact so I lent him mine.  By this time it was exceedingly windy and he was forced to wait three hours before being dragged back and overnighting in Gulgong.  As we were in the flat open plains there was not much protection from any hills or trees.  Once he was sorted I headed off towards Coolah and turned into Premer for a quick pit stop at the showgrounds.  By turning east here the wind was at my back which made riding slightly more pleasant.  

I have passed along these roads many times and wound my way into Werris Creek and Tamworth.  I stopped just north of there at the same BP servo for a bite and and a coffee.  It was dark by now and the rain was constant.  Checking the weather it showed a weather front with strong winds and rain up to the border with the wind around 30km/hr.  A weather warning associated with this front indicated gusts in the 90/100 km/hr range.  So still raining I headed off into the night.  

The Moonbi Range here is pretty well protected and mostly dual lanes.  I found a 4WD heading north and stayed a reasonable distance behind him using his high beam as a safety measure as the Dakar's lights are not the best.  The wind was starting to blow me around but was manageable.  There were a few branches on the road but I managed to avoid them but a lot of leaf litter was blowing parallel to the ground.  

However as I reached the top of the range and passed Thunderbolt's Rock the full impact of the wind hit me.  I was being blown across the road and so changed down gears.  There were few vehicles on the road and probably all on their way home.  I had lost my safety vehicle and was battling the wind, rain and bad visibility.  Safely through Uralla I would have been better stopping for the night at Bendemeer which is the option Happy Feet took.  

As I approached Armidale Airport I was planning to stop there and have a bit of a break.  Just coming up the hill it then happened.  A tree was across my lane and then "Ooof" and I was rolling on my back with the Dakar sliding beside me.  Not many sparks I thought and rolling onto my stomach I used my hands to slow down.  I knew there was a car a safe distance behind me but needed to get off the road.  I scrambled a couple of meters before the pain hit me.  Lying on the road I was in someone's headlights and half a dozen people were around me in no time including two doctors.  I managed to take my helmet off but could not get up off my back.  Fortunately I was well padded with good riding gear and a few layers of warm clothing, a bit like the Michelin man.  

A thoughtful off duty fireman moved the Dakar off the road, put it on the side stand and gave me the keys.  As people hovered and one of the doctors did his thing an Ambulance arrived and I was dragged off to Armidale Hospital.  Thoughtfully they threw all the bike luggage in with me and only needed to cut off some of my underclothing.  So much for stopping at the servo.  

To cut a long story short, I stopped shivering eventually in the hospital and the the paramedic thought I was in pain due to the tears in my eyes.  Sorry, that was the rain from lying on my back.  After a series of CT scans and x-rays, an oxygen feed and a morphine drip I was transferred from the HDU to the ward after a couple of days before being kollected by Schorn and driven home.  I spent five nights in hospital before being released and many thanks to Schorn.  The funny thing in the hospital was a lot of the staff members names started with a K.  As I spent the latter years of my schooling in Armidale, I was sort of a local anyway.  Hi to Kylie in X-ray.  

Apart from some bark off me at the pointy bits and a bruised knee, the real damage was done to my ribs.  The majority of my left ribs are fractured and a few are what is called a flailing chest.  Still on minor painkillers but healing pretty well.  Still under GP's orders.  

I have not seen the Dakar but the photos I have show I need a new mirror and an indicator.  If I was not so beaten up, I could have ridden her home.  But Doctor's orders and all that and the pain would have been intense.  As it is I found out I was intolerant to Morphine and with all the probes on the trolley stuck in to me it would have made a very slow trip indeed.  

So just waiting for the insurance to sort things out and definitely will not be riding for quite a while. Lots of rest as the ribs heal and thank God for health insurance.  

Word got around to some of the forum members and although I kept it quite a big thank you to those who showed support during this ordeal.  Broken ribs aren't all that enjoyable.  

The Technical Analysis:  
  • half a tree blocking my lane in limited visibility (at least two 6" branches + foliage) 
  • front forks have bounced me over tree (21" front wheel)
  • handlebars have twisted to the left on impact 
  • The impact has thrown me forward 
  • left handlebar has contacted my left ribs causing fracturing 
  • slower speed kept impact to a minimum 
  • wearing full protective clothing 

I used to do this in a previous life, so it's important for me to know what happened.  

I guess it was a real battle of attrition that day.  Firstly Happy Feet and his tyre, Schorn with his sidecar and then myself.  I believe there may have another not yet reported but mine was the worst.  

So finally, sorry RossKKo not my time that day.  Whats that?  I should have ridden my red bike?  But if I did that it would have rained......  



* Pronounced Goolagong.  In the park across the road from the Pub it explains the history of the name and how it changed to the current spelling.



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Look after those ribs Tackler. I know how they hurt. The attrition rate on this ride!

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So glad that you are recovering from the ordeal. Look after yourself. Rosskko would be looking down thinking that wet weather always brings out the best in you.


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Hope it goes well for ya Dave. Any recovery exercises they give you while your on the mend will probably be a big help, as unlikely as they sometimes seem, or anyway that's what I've found over the years.


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daveyson wrote:Hope it goes well for ya Dave. Any recovery exercises they give you while your on the mend will probably be a big help, as unlikely as they sometimes seem, or anyway that's what I've found over the years.
I'd agree with that. End of 2010 I had a an incident causing multiple injuries including 7 damaged ribs(yes you can go to sleep on a motorcycle), the little plastic gadget they gave me to train me to breathe properly again was invaluable, it stopped me from snoring Marie says.

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AL-58 wrote:
daveyson wrote:Hope it goes well for ya Dave. Any recovery exercises they give you while your on the mend will probably be a big help, as unlikely as they sometimes seem, or anyway that's what I've found over the years.
I'd agree with that. End of 2010 I had a an incident causing multiple injuries including 7 damaged ribs(yes you can go to sleep on a motorcycle), the little plastic gadget they gave me to train me to breathe properly again was invaluable, it stopped me from snoring Marie says.

Al

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Bloody hell Dave! Not the ride home you were expecting. Hope the recovery goes well and the drugs don’t interfere with the whisky too much.

Fate is a funny thing - if you had stayed with Rick (aka Happy Feet)…if you hadn’t stopped to help Sean…would you and the tree been there at that precise moment in time to ruin your day? Would the outcome have been better of worse?

Whilst you didn’t quite walk away from it, thank goodness it wasn’t so much worse. Legs, neck…K75 affraid


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TacKler wrote:
AL-58 wrote:I'd agree with that. End of 2010 I had a an incident causing multiple injuries including 7 damaged ribs(yes you can go to sleep on a motorcycle), the little plastic gadget they gave me to train me to breathe properly again was invaluable, it stopped me from snoring Marie says.
The one with the three balls?  I call it my toy because I forget the name of it.
That's an incentive spirometer.

A story well-told, TacKler. cheers


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good grief Dave , what a catastrophe , hoping that you heal well old mate 

no internet here for a while, so im on the mens shed puter catching up where i can , hope to be back to normal end of next week


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Laitch wrote:
TacKler wrote:
AL-58 wrote:I'd agree with that. End of 2010 I had a an incident causing multiple injuries including 7 damaged ribs(yes you can go to sleep on a motorcycle), the little plastic gadget they gave me to train me to breathe properly again was invaluable, it stopped me from snoring Marie says.
The one with the three balls?  I call it my toy because I forget the name of it.
That's an incentive spirometer.

A story well-told, TacKler. cheers

An incentive spirometer
an incentive spirometer
an incentive spirometer.  

Got it now.  

Thanks Laitch.


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