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Travelling North West

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By Wom Battle
Category: Rides

Great weather today comparatively after a pretty ordinary wet start to December, which was good for Zanderhar and I because we were riding my Harley-Davidson® today a quick 500k's north west to Moree to catch up with some fellow HOG Members in Big Sky Chapter.

We weren't in a hurry to get away, leaving a little after 10am for the worst part of the trip, the mind numbing, speed changing, congested New England Highway between Hexham and Branxton with not much more pleasure until after Singleton.  With that done, and a quick coffee stop at Macas Muswellbrook, it was time to stretch the legs, the Road King® and relax into the ride through Murrurundi, over the ranges and then taking a quick left just past Willow Tree towards Quirindi for the first fuel (and second Macas) stop at Gunnedah.

Out there you could see some showers about, but we didn't ride through any of them.  There had also been recent flooding and road closures up this way and through to Moree but in general the road surface wasn't badly effected so we made it through Boggabri, Narrabri and up to Moree without any problems whatsoever.

We visited the local Harley-Davidson Dealership, Thomas Lee Motorcycles, to check out the stock and the specials and were pleasantly surprised that the number and range of H-D motorcycles and gear they carried. The staff even took some time out to come out and have a look at my Road King and the various bits and pieces added to it from stock.  They clearly love their H-D's, good on you Col and Marg!. 

We hadn't organised any accommodation but that was easy, the Dragon and Phoenix Motel was across the road and had it's own hot Artesian Thermal Baths.  After a quick clean up it was time to catch up with a few of the Big Sky Chapter members for a chat and social interaction followed by Dinner at the Thai Restaurant just down the street.  The best Thai in Moree apparently, and not to bad either!

After dinner and a few beers we took a stroll down the street to walk off some of the food and headed back to the motel for some father and son TV watching fun.  I never get tired Lethal Weapon reruns and he's never seen them!  Home tomorrow, another good day riding and socialising.

End Note: Arriving at Moree we filled up with BP Ultimate at the BP on the left on the way into town, which turned out not to be such a great idea.  In normal riding I have no problems getting 360+ k's from a tank of BP Ultimate, The following day I even didn't manage 300k's from this fuel and the bike rode like it had lost a couple of hundred CC's.  There's no way this fuel was Ultimate and I won't be visiting that servo again. If you are scratching for fuel on the way into town there's at least two more options a k or so up the road.

 

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