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Western Adventure 6th October

The place to set off from was Asquith, the sun was out Jim F was the first to arrive but his Yamaha was misbehaving and he did not relish the idea of continuing with us to Gloucester,  Mark Westfield arrived at 11am so we set out I rode my daughters Kawasaki VN250 Cruiser, Allan Mc rode his new BMW 1200RT, we set a fast pace and arrived at Wards River on Buckets way about 2 hours later, Mark W was not with us, I mentioned we might stop in Booral but the sky was a bit black and we continued but he decided to stop for coffee        Finally he caught up to us and said that I was riding too fast. Arrived   at Ron”s place, Neil P was there he rode from Belmore River which is near Kempsey.  We stayed the night and next morning set out early to Tamworth and Manilla.  Ron was riding his VFR 800  and lead the way  over the mountains to Tamworth we refueled  and had lunch then set off to Manilla the countryside was much drier  creeks with no water in them.  Stopped in Manilla for liquid refreshments then continued on the road to Boggabri and eventually to the farm of Trevor B who is also a BSA club member .Overnight at his  drought affected farm he was selling his cattle as it was no longer affordable to feed them.  At this stage Ron and Neil decided to return home Mark also mentioned that a pressing work problem had come up and he would also return home.  Allan and I decided to continue on to Moree, we all  rode to Manilla.  Here Ron Neil and Mark returned to Tamworth Allan and I went to Barraba then Bingara and on to Moree.  Two days of swimming in the hot water and summer like temperatures was a godsend .Left there for Walgett the countryside was worse looking dry no green except for the  trees which dotted the landscape, not much traffic out here.  Passed through Collarenebri not even a shop open, on the outskirts of town was coffee caravan which we stopped at for a rest.  Onwards to Walgett been drought affected for 4 years so pretty dry. the Barwon river was a dirty green colour this was the town water supply. Not much to keep us here stayed overnight had a giant county meal then left in the morning for Coonamble, here we encountered strong winds of 70kmh, the white marker posts along the road were fluttering.  In the distance the sky looked black, I had put on my wet weather pants expecting rain but it was a dust storm passed through Gilgandra and got to Dubbo early afternoon. Jim F had booked a motel room for us.  Had a rest then rode into town centre did some food shopping and back to the motel, it rained in the night.  Next morning left for Bathurst at 8am got to Orange which we bypassed and arrived in Bathurst 1 0.15am had a late breakfast and set off for the last 200km home.  At Lithgow we encountered a little drizzle and that kept up till Lawson. Allan and I parted company and rode home.  A great time was had by all that attended  I rode a total of 1717km.

Victor Terry

 

 

 

 

 

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