Today dawned bright and icy, so once things started to thaw we decided to get some kms up on Duke, as the sooner through break-in the better!
We headed across Macs Reef Rd to Bungendore, up to Tarago and then across the bendy poorly repaired Oallen Ford Rd. There is a small section of about a km of corrugated dirt that we are well accustomed to crossing, but OH reported it was much happier on Duke than the R1. After we traversed the aptly signed ‘Warning – Poor Road Surface Ahead’ section of about 15km (it must have been cheaper to put the sign rather than fix) we turned up towards Nerriga and as per tradition we stopped at Nerriga Pub for a coke and perve at the other bikes. As it’s the only place for miles, it tends to be quite busy, with most travelers, car or bike or cycle, stopping for a drink and or a meal.
And has Ned Kelly facing the pub, fur reasons I always forget to enquire about.
Maybe you’re wondering why we come such a crappy way? Its about 120km to Nerriga, across mostly poorly maintained roads, to stop at a tiny country pub. But the other side of Nerriga makes it all worth it. If you are a rider, you dont stop to take photos, despite the breathtaking rock formations the road winds through.
Old old photo back when we were p platers and actually wanted to stop and take photos. We don’t anymore.
Thanks to some freak of nature (hopefully 2 wheeled enthusiast) road planner, there is this smooth as silk stretch of perhaps 40km full of varying sweepers and the occasionally long open straight, that hardly sees another vehicle. Its not hairpins or even especially technical, but its a place where you can perfectly position your bike, apex the corner perfectly and just roll on. I know you can do that on any road but it’s different along that stretch. It’s heaven. I presume its also why the pub is so popular.
After a quick fuel up in Nowra, we headed up Kangaroo Valley. I really wanted to go to Macquarie Pass (mainly because of the pie shop at the top lol) but due to running out of daylight we opted to do the shorter route and had a busy run up the mountain. No matter, its still a great deal of fun. OH managed to drag toes a couple of times in hairpins and he almost got a knee down on one particularly tight one.
Down the highway and into the cold, we finally made it home. Nice day to get up some kms on the Duke and do a fun route, even in the cold.