Hi folks :-)
Just a quick hello from Melbourne/AUS.
Saw a post from Kosmic on ADVrider, followed my nose, landed here...you know how it goes.
Thought I'll be a sticky-beak and already found a heap of great pics (some of you guys certainly know how to handle a camera), so
I'll keep going with the ride-reports and try to read myself into the place.
Only came to the gravel late....and that's pretty much all there is for me. Rather a "softroader" than an offroader.
Born in Europe, migrated to Oz, always been into mountains, hiking, climbing, skiing, outdoors....+ BIKES!
Traveled a bit around Europe and the Alps, AUS, Tasmania, New Zealand, West Coast US, Caribbean, etc.
Running a little, local forum and organizing regular trips/ rides, locally and overseas, has turned into the meaning of life, somehow.
Home is here http://www.austouring.com
(hope that's ok, boss)
And I might as well pop a few pix in from a recent ride.
Mid February....and chancing the record temperatures (115F), the sizzling heat turned the high country into a frying pan.....just to finish off the 4-day run in grey drizzle and a lousy 13C on the run home.
Some new byways near Mansfield...
...turning into a coarse-rock dustbowl just above Lake Buffalo.
A dip in the lake and some coldies in the treetops above Myrtleford did the trick.
Some overgrown twintrack around Yackandandah before chasing the twisties.
...and more new tracks around the Gibb Range and Nariel Gap.
Corryong at your feet, Australia's highest peak, Mt. Kosciousco, in the distance
The promise of a "golden morning"....
An old bridge....
...and the long-awaited "calendar-track" near Omeo.
Finally rolling into cooler climes towards Buchan, a beer at the new pub and the final run into Bruthen for the meetup with the OpenRoader Crew.
New roads + tracks, awesome riding, stumping scenery, head-scratchin' stories, cold beer and endless laughs........what a RIPPER!!
(more here: http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6165