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As some of you may recall, I had planned a motorbike trip from Townsville to S.E. Queensland back in July. I still haven't gotten around to doing a ride report, too busy transporting all the goods everyone is buying on the internet during this bloody Covid outbreak (I am happy to have a job though!!). This will probably be done in one day at a time but I will try to be prompt with further installments. I am no Wilbur Smith so don't expect too much.

 

My mate Andrew and I were going take a couple of weeks off to ride to the Gold Coast to go riding with my brother-in-law Grant. Unfortunately Andrew was only able to get 1 week off so a shorter trip with just Andrew (Suzuki V Strom 650) and I was planned. However a few days before our departure Grant, who has had the same 1979 Bonneville Special since he bought it new in 1979, turned up on my doorstep. He had decided to ride to Townsville and join us. Much to our surprise he had bought a new bike (his first in 40 years) although it was no surprise that it was another Triumph, a 2013 Triumph America. He still has the 79 Special of course. 

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Day 1.  Sunday morning we left Townsville heading for Malanda on the Atherton Tablelands a distance of 342km, a pleasant Sunday ride.

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First stop was Cardwell for a coffee.

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The route we took turned off the Bruce highway at Silkwood, where the road winds its way through cane fields and farming country through Paronella Park at Mena Creek and South Johnstone and joins up with the Palmerston Highway. The road is a little narrow but much more interesting than going on the Bruce Highway to Innisfail and then up the Palmerston. 

 

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The Palmerston Highway is a very pleasant ride with mainly long flowing corners.  We had a quick photo stop at Crawfords Lookout.

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Home for the next few nights. A great place to stay if you tour the tablelands is the Malanda Falls Caravan Park. Small room with a double or two single beds. No air conditioning, but it is normally a few degrees cooler than down on the coast. Small bar heater for winter. Toilet and shower block located just to the right. Very friendly owners. $50 a night. IMG_5642.thumb.JPG.ddc2c7f9b6e82f80cd47fc841256892e.JPG 

 

Malanda Falls, located about 200 mt from the cabins. Good swimming hole in summer.

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Had a quick trip up and down The Gillies straight away, what a great motorcycling road, a little busy on a Sunday afternoon, though it doesn't look it in this photo.IMG_5655.thumb.JPG.bd074577a838069eeb82f04a721e836d.JPG

 

Had dinner at the Malanda Hotel, great meals, very friendly. Had a few quiet drinks at the cabins to finish day 1. More to follow.

 

 

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Hi Phil. You're getting me excited, nice write up and pictures, looking forward to the rest of the trip. You certainly have the nicest bike:wink:

Cheers. 

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DAY 2. Malanda to Cape Tribulation and Return.

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After a slow start to the day, we headed down the Gillies once again. Turned North at Gordonvale and rode through Cairns heading towards Port Douglas. We stopped at Ellis Beach just North of Palm Cove for brunch. Very nice bar and grill here with views out over the Coral Sea (not the greatest Photo sorry)


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Next stop was the Rex lookout about halfway between Cairns and Mossman. I came close to getting run over while taking this photo, what I thought was the exit lane from the parking was actually the highway, I know I'm getting old (that's my excuse anyway)IMG_5684-001.thumb.JPG.9581e4b0a8a2756f4a86e193bbf47e92.JPG

 

We then rode through Mossman to the Daintree River ferry crossing. This is very cheap for Motorcycles only $11 return.1712825972_unnamed(6).thumb.jpg.76bead15d00951d27073238a8f0dddd9.jpg

 

Despite the light rain the rid to cape Tribulation was very pleasant. The road is fairly narrow but sealed and in reasonable condition. There are lots of camper vans ect so it pays to stay tight in the corners. There are several good lookouts on the way.

While parked at this lookout a couple approached me and commented how nice my bike was, they asked how old it was and I replied four and a half years, WOW they said there's not a scratch on it !!! (you know where this is going but more on that later)

We continued on to Cape Tribulation for a light lunch and a cold beer before heading back. 

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Decided to take a photo of the VFR on the beach not far from Cape Tribulation. The sand was very hard, still needed a pebble under the side stand though. I wasn't worried about the sand or salt as I rode very slowly and it was raining lightly for the next 50km or so (still got a good wash when we got home)
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The Daintree River is not somewhere you take a refreshing dip in.IMG_5695.thumb.JPG.031938355cc295542e9801c4f340660d.JPG

 

It was a then a quick ride back to Malanda via the Rex Range, another great motorbike road. Just be careful of the sugar cane haulers in season.661157100_unnamed(4).thumb.png.1b18e2c3d64db32910b1c7c033451233.png

 

We rode approx 450km mostly on twisty roads. After a quick shower we again headed to the Malanda Hotel for dinner and a few drinks (not sure if I mentioned earlier but it is only a 5 min walk from the Caravan Park) It was a great day for all involved. :tour:

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Nice write up again Phil. Sounding like an eventful trip, look forward to reading more. You still have the best looking bike!

Cheers.:beer:

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Great ride review and pictures. I'm surpised an Ozzy version of this sign wasn't present at the Daintree:

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What fabulously beautiful country. Thanks for the visual inspiration. 

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