Cold Flame Rally: McNaughton Reportin’

A few non-starters from up Sydney way left me with Pete Graham and Warren Kearney for company to head off on a five-day epic to the Cold Flame Rally. Due to distance the Newcastle boys headed off Wednesday morning. They travelled via Yengo and Mountain Lagoon to cross the Blue Mountains and eventually head south west to arrive at The Loaded Dog in Tarago after some 570k. I had a mere 200k down through the Highlands to meet up for a beer and a chat.

Thursday morning was fine and clear as we headed for Bombala. First stop Bungendore for fuel then off onto Forbes Creek Rd to head for Bombay Trail that then takes us through Talanganda SF towards Captains Flat. After the forest its pretty much farm roads heading south past Jerangle. A slight detour into Cooma from Numeralla for lunch.

After lunch we were back on the trail for the run into Bombala via Kibana and Cathcart to find a room at the Globe Hotel.

Friday started foggy but soon cleared to a warm clear day. Back to Cathcart to head down to Towamba, this is a beautiful part of our south east. After Towamba the farm trails become forest tracks as we headed into the various named National Parks and forests of the South East. A nice pre-packed lunch was had at Genoa that is currently a little run down but still a nice break for lunch.

After Genoa the tracks become sandy between the coast and Princes Hwy and a tad dusty. The ocean looked a treat as we arrived at Point Hicks for a break and some photos then headed north for our overnight in Cann River.

Saturday morning, we headed down the old coast Road to Bemm River. If I do this ride again Bemm River would be a better stopover than Cann River as its on a beautiful lake with a camp ground or cabins at the pub. The only problem with the Cold Flame Rally is its held on the Victorian Labour Day Long Weekend meaning all the coastal villages are packed with fisho’s. Although it looked like there was plenty of tent space for bikes at the camp ground.

Following the Old Coast Rd again we arrived at Marlo for break and a few pictures where the Snowy meets the ocean. Then onto Orbost for lunch and supplies for the rally.

It was nice to catch up with everyone at the rally and a great night was had by all, although Al & Chief weren’t impressed that a couple of grey nomads had commandeered the table and chairs that are normally used by our bunch on previous rallies anyway all turned out well.

Sunday morning arrived with Chief cooking his bacon and eggs and everyone else having a cuppa and snacks. After brekky we all packed up and headed off. We headed up to Jindabyne for smoko and fuel before heading to Goulburn via Bobeyan Rd and Angle Crossing for a lunch stop in Queanbeyan. From here we headed north to Gundaroo and a quick run-down Yass River Rd to Jerrawa before heading east to Goulburn via Gunning.

A few well-earned beers at the pub before three very tired riders went to bed early due to the fact that Warren and Pete were slabbing the 400-odd k home in the morning. I had a leisurely run using all the back roads I could up through the highlands. All arrived home safe and well.

Wayne McNaughton KTM 690
Peter Graham KTM 690
Warren Kearney KTM 690