Woke up to the possibility that it was going to be a wet 4 day ride. As it turned out it wasn’t that bad, still had four days on the bike and that’s a good thing, but missed out on a lot trails in the Mt Seaview area.
Left home Thursday morning and headed for Singleton as planned, no rain but the roads were wet which was handy as the dirt up through St Albans was basically perfect.
Met Roger Cooper at Singleton and, as it turned out, this was a two man show for the next few days. One good point is that the cornerman system works a treat with two and the pit stops are short and shiny.
Stuck to plan “A” for day one except for not doing Allyn River due to the wet red clay. There was a bit of slippery stuff but we managed OK and arrived in Gloucester as planned.
Friday saw persistent rain as we geared up for the trip to Mt Seaview. Due to the fact that Roger was on a 1200 BMW and it was his first adventure ride, we decided to dodge the awesome trails to Mt Seaview. Instead we headed up to Ellenborough Falls via Comboyne and down to Wauchope for fuel.
On Saturday we awoke to foggy but dry conditions but I knew from experience that the red clay trails up in the hills would be treacherous. It was decided to do a coast run: Port Macquarie then down the coast to Harrington. There are a few dirt roads this way and the sun shined, so that was handy.
Arrived back in Gloucester warm and dry and in good spirits considering.
Sunday we did the back roads from Gloucester to Buladelah, then over to Dungog for lunch and then headed for home.
A great few days considering the weather and nice to meet Roger Cooper on his first adventure ride. You went really well, mate, especially on that big thing with 80/20 tyres. We both arrived home happy and safe and that’s always a good thing.