Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Orange - Manildra - Parkes


It's been a while since I was out this way.

Orange is still an interesting little town.

Parkes is quite arty too, with quirky paintings and whatnot.

Cudal was the destination tonight.


Some lavender



Duckies



Duckie pond



Made me want to pee



Manildra rail



Rusty gold



Manildra water tower



Cafe in Parkes



The birds



Saturday cruise



Glasshouse in Orange





Big old redwood



Check the local restaurants 



The guard at Cudal



Cudal sunset



You are... petrichor!





Such a romantic sentiment




Sir Henry Parks - Great orator



Bumblebee



Major Tom



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Forbes River Road - Sofala


Its time for my yearly Easter sojourn over the range.

I do my best to find new and more difficult ways to Sofala.

This time I headed down Forbes River Road from Banda Trail.

Gingers Creek for fuel, then straight down Knodingbull Road to Mt George.

Tiri - Bundook and on to Gloucester.


Packed and ready for liftoff



Hastings Forest Way



Tower 2 lookout



Forbes River Road



Forbes River Road



Rusty Gold



Someone stole the previous one



Some rain coming



Forbes River



Hit the Oxley Highway



Mount Seaview



Gingers Creek Cafe




Knodingbull Road



Blue Knob Fire Tower





Dingo Tops Traction engine





Tiri Road



Gloucester Buckets



The sun was leaving me as I passed the Barrington Tops dingo gate.



As always I made Sofala pretty late after a slab run through Bylong.

All the way keeping my eyes peeled for wildlife.

200 metres out of Sofala camp I hit a bit roo at speed.

I gripped the bike with all my strength and wobbled to a stop.

By the time I turned around the roo had passed on to the great beyond.

I'd hit it full force with my knee armour and boot at over 80kmh.