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Mike's Solo Lap of Oz Blog

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Day 92 - 13th August - Bylong to Home

Posted by Mike Leonard on August 14, 2018 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)
Well after 92 days and almost 20,000 klm my solo lap of Oz has come to an end. The last day started as cold as I have ever been. I loaded up the trailer and also loaded myself up with as many clothes as I could fit under my gear. The ride out of the Bylong Valley found some patches of icy road, which was very exciting, given the very worn nature of my rear tyre that by now is well below the wear indicators and quite square from the long straight roads I encountered in Queensland. But the sce... Read Full Post »

12th August - Bellata to Bylong

Posted by Mike Leonard on August 12, 2018 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)
I woke this morning to a heavy frost and strong cold winds.....again. It was a quick pack-up and I decided to keep heading south to try to keep the wind on my tail rather than in my face. I stopped after only 50klm to Narrabri as I had badly underestimated how cold it was. So, on with the jumper under the jacket and the wet-weather over-jacket. I also put on the wet-weather pants to protect from the chilling wind and the heavy winter gloves. The good thing about the Goldwing.....heated grip... Read Full Post »

11th August - St.George to Bellata

Posted by Mike Leonard on August 11, 2018 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)
There was a strong cold wind from the northwest when I woke this morning. The wind chill was taking about 5 degrees off the temperature, so it forced the reappearance of the wet weather over-jacket. First time it's been seen since Kalgoorlie in WA about 9 weeks ago. I left St.George in pretty good spirits and headed for Nindigully Pub. I always call in here when in the area in caravan or on bike. Looking through my catalogue of photos this afternoon, I realised that I have photos of me with... Read Full Post »

10th August - St.George Layday

Posted by Mike Leonard on August 10, 2018 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)
After attending to the washing and a few more of those pesky towbar bolts that keep coming loose, I headed in to town to have a look around. It's been a few years since I was here last. First a bit of context. I was born in St.George Hospital in 1955. My mother and father were working on a property down the Dirinbandi Road called Shirley at the time. The station was very large and was predominantly beef cattle and wool sheep, with a little wheat for good measure. I left St.George very young... Read Full Post »

9th August - Cunnamulla to St.George

Posted by Mike Leonard on August 10, 2018 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)
Apologies in advance, it was a slow photo day today. My mind isn't as sharp as it should be in spotting photo opportunities or subjects. I'm in very mixed emotions this morning. On one hand I'm happy because I will be in St.George this afternoon, and that's my home town that has always had a certain pull for me. On the other hand you can count the number of days my trip has left by the fingers of that hand. I travelled the 300klm from Cunnamulla to St.George along the Adventure Way. What a... Read Full Post »

8th August - Noccundra Hotel to Cunnamulla

Posted by Mike Leonard on August 8, 2018 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)
I had another scare this morning, the security system on the Goldwing wouldn???t recognise the key and so wouldn???t start. I took it out and put it back in quite a few times (oh come on now) and eventually the bike started. I hope this isn???t going to be a pattern. I have the second key with me and will try that in the morning as it only seems to happen first start of the day. Maybe affected by cold. I am heading east now and thankful of the tailwind for a change. Once I got back to the ... Read Full Post »

7th August - Quilpie to Noccundra Hotel

Posted by Mike Leonard on August 8, 2018 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)
It was cold again this morning, when I woke and it was no warmer by the time I set off. I rode the whole day with a jumper under my jacket and the Summer gloves have been put away and probably won???t see the light of day again on this trip. I???m headed for Noccundra Hotel today to camp by the Wilson River. Today I was on the Cooper Development Road for most of the day. I have been on this road before and it has greatly improved. It alternates between one and two lanes, although, even wh... Read Full Post »

6th August - Cooper Creek (Windorah) to Quilpie

Posted by Mike Leonard on August 6, 2018 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Well here's a surprise. I woke up this morning and a front has passed through and it's freezing. This is the first time I've been cold since.....hell, I can't even remember. After a hot breakfast of bacon and eggs to warm me up, I headed off along the Diamantina Developmental Road towards Quilpie, not sure whether I would stop there or keep going. It's only 260klm. It's single lane tar all the way to Quilpie. After 30 minutes it became evident that I wouldn't get much further than Quilpie ... Read Full Post »

6th August - Cooper Creek (Windorah) to Quilpie

Posted by Mike Leonard on August 6, 2018 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Well here's a surprise. I woke up this morning and a front has passed through and it's freezing. This is the first time I've been cold since.....hell, I can't even remember. After a hot breakfast of bacon and eggs to warm me up, I headed off along the Diamantina Developmental Road towards Quilpie, not sure whether I would stop there or keep going. It's only 260klm. It's single lane tar all the way to Quilpie. After 30 minutes it became evident that I wouldn't get much further than Quilpie ... Read Full Post »

5th August - Longreach to Cooper Creek (Windorah)

Posted by Mike Leonard on August 6, 2018 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)
5/8/18. My reaction while riding today was exactly as I suspected it might be. I was hyper-vigilant, looking for trouble all over the place, but thankfully not finding it. Every dead roo on the side of the road (and there were thousands) attracted my attention and seemed somehow more malevolent than any dead thing should be. Thankfully, lengthy stretches of the sides of the roads I covered today were bear of all vegetation as far as the eye could see. So, nowhere for those murderous kangar... Read Full Post »

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