ANZAC Weekend Ride 2015, Day 3, Sunday 26 April 2015

Today is the last day of the ride and it sure turned up some surprises. We agreed during breakfast to head back down to Tenterfield and turn off to Woodenbong, the first signed turnoff seem to be the one we needed to go on.

Finding that first signed turnoff was easy but it was not the one we had imagined. No matter, its not a holiday, its an adventure. We cam across "Thunderbolt's Cave", where Captain Thunderbolt had hid out may years ago and had a look. Futher on was the tirn off to Boonoo Boonoo Falls and Bald Rock. I recalled on seeing these signs that Karen and I and our two boys had been here before about 12 years ago but we only went as far as the turnoff to Bald Rock. As it turned out, further on, the road was not quite what Peter, Kerri and I had prepared for. We pushed on regardless and had a good time. Greta views and at one of our stops we had a chance for Kerri and Peter to give me some advice on the oil cooler lines that were sweating out a bit of oil. I must admit to feeling a bit of relief everytime we saw another road sign confirming that we were indeed on our way to Woodenbong. We did pass a couple of familiar looking bikes which over the following few days, turned out to be friends from Horizons Unlimited. Next time, we will have to stop.

Eventually made it to Woodenbong and spotted the Border Ranges Yowie. This is important as we used to always joke with the boys about the yowie and yowie crossing when taking them to a couple of different holidays in that region.

After leaving Woodenbong, there was still a distance of tight corners and scary oncoming traffic. Eventually though the road opened up nicely with flowing, on-camber roads, beautiful scenery and plenty of space for the last 20 minutes to Rathdowney. More of that please. We pulled over and revelled in the moment, noting to plan the road parts a bit more carefully for next time. I headed back through Beaudesert and Peter and Kerri mounted up and went back theough Boonah and home. A very long day for them both.

A very enjoyable weekend and I need to thank a few people for making this one happen:

Peter and Kerri's wives for putting up with this fairly new interest of theirs.
Karen, for putting up with this whole motorcycle thing for years and also for the time and expense that this bike has consumed. However, both the bike and my skills have come a long way and now the bike costs far less to run and is far more reliable and capable than ever before.
Nick and Mary-Jane who own the chalet outside Stanthorpe. Thanks guys for your continued generousity.
Penny, my boss at work for letting me have the preceeding Wednesday off. Thanks to the extra time I was able to complete one solo assignment, one group assignment without pressure and with a clear head.
And of course, Peter and Kerri for taking the time out of their farming schedules. Next time will be as good, or even better. Hopefully Mark will be able to join us as well.