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42c yesterday with a low of 28.6c at 6.30am this morning, another 42c today, 41c tomorrow & 44c Friday before dropping to 27-28c Sat/ Sun

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Was 45c at work today, showing 47c most of the way home from work & hit 48c a few times as well. Didn't want to waste any time so cracked a beer & changed the tyres on my pushbike

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A bit cooler here a few fires kicking of riding tomorrow at 6am so will get home around 12 

Haven't decided between the ttr or  the Dr yet 

Waiting on new tires to arrive today if not will be the Dr as it has more rubber left 

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We we have had huge fires 15-20kms from here right through where I ride the road bike & dirt bike...so far 72 houses lost, 404 "outbuildings" on properties and 227 vehicles have been destroyed. One death & several serious injuries.

Not good news for all concerned

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Saw that on the news not good  still got fires here but on the tail end now, still got daily wster bombing going after five months.  Got back out riding with a mate sat morning.  My wife has organised  a Christmas morning ride with my son he's driving home tonight as he lives a couple of hundred ks away 

Hope the fires calm down your way  and maybe some rain sometime soon .

Look after your family ,mates and community 

 

All my staff and myself donated their Christmas party money to buy fencing products for people who need a hand didn't seem right having a party amongst what's going on 

 



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This may be off ttr topic at times but it's great to hear from  other riders and the effect it's having on us . Thanks everyone for reading and appreciate the support from all over the place .  This is far from a normal summer so far . I must admit is taking its toll on us all.  

Again thanks for the chat and support and all the best to everyone for the festive period and bring on 2020.



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I can't really add to what I've said before. Feel desperately sorry for those who have lost so much, and ever hopeful that things will calm down soon. My fingers are still crossed for you, but it makes it difficult to type
Best wishes and good luck to all,
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Thanks  . Will keep an eye out for some of your rain from up there .



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Bad news with more houses lost we are now up around the mid 80's, another flare up an hour ago !!!


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Seems to be getting worse!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-50969088



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TTRfan wrote:

Seems to be getting worse!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-50969088


 Victoria has huge fires in the East Gippsland area with 17 people missing

Southern NSW has the worst fires in history

Here is SA we have a high of 42c tomorrow which could turn nasty

Keeping an eye on the weather for next week in Victoria, got a week off work & heading over to the GREAT OCEAN RD. Taking the Triumph Scrambler & the Mrs

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Definitely getting worse it started here in the manning now we are in the middle  but it's the south that's really copping it at the moment.  We are still ready to leave if needed fingers crossed the next few days are better .we lost 80 houses in the first few days but it's past 1400 for the state now .

I'm working today I'm port maquarie  the fires have  been burning since 27th July still flaring  up most days 

We are OK here really hope the south east gets through OK now 



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You buggers have covered our southern glaziers in ash....
the sky had a yellowish look to it the other day..

would think it could travel so far....



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You buggers have covered our southern glaziers in ash....
the sky had a yellowish look to it the other day..

would think it could travel so far....



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Good luck to everyone in NSW & Victoria...it is one hell of a fire

Terry

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Good luck to everyone in NSW & Victoria...it is one hell of a fire

Terry


 Thanks mate.  

We thought it was calming down here but it keeps comming back 

The wster bombers and machinery drivers that have kept us safe are doing an incredible job 



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I hope everyone stays safe, sad to hear what you are all going throughcry

Praying you get some of our rain.



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Thanks Steve  I'm about to ride a couple of hours before the day heats up checked the fire app and the morning g looks safe as long as I stay in the green bit north of my house the cable below biggrin yarrat forest a 100k loop 

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Thanks Steve  I'm about to ride a couple of hours before the day heats up checked the fire app and the morning g looks safe as long as I stay in the green bit north of my house the cable below biggrin yarrat forest a 100k loop 

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 Good luck, we had a new fire start late yesterday in an area I ride through so at this point in time I can't really get out on the dirt bike just yet

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I see the area we have ridden around the Victorian high country is under threat, Dargo, Bright, Harriotville etc. huge amount of fuel in there..

Added a few photo from the media, shows just how hard the fires are to fight, we had 42c yesterday which means that's headed there today

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Good timing was cool  for the ride home for lunch now over 40 again and the smokes closing in again 

Going for a drive north tomorrow  with the missus to have a bit of fresh air for the day  .

 



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Blue sky's for the morning. Now a fire about 1k from home sitting watching the water bombers. Overall it's clearing just need rain 

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Thanks for posting up that photo Les - it shows that a degree of normality still exists in at least one part of the affected area.

I also saw this BBC news item this morning which lifted my spirits a tad!  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-51036608



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Thanks Brian.  The places that burnt a few months ago are coming back well.  Some coastal places it's hard to tell it's been burnt.  It's trying to rain now still nothing but close to coming  down as well as a bit  cooler .

Starting to settle down. The fire yesterday six bombers had it out in about an hour  .they do a great job 



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Thanks Brian.  The places that burnt a few months ago are coming back well.  Some coastal places it's hard to tell it's been burnt.  It's trying to rain now still nothing but close to coming  down as well as a bit  cooler .

Starting to settle down. The fire yesterday six bombers had it out in about an hour  .they do a great job 


 RE last comment Les, I might be wrong but with the fires in the three states SA VIC & NSW knowing the terain in VIC high country & the fires near us water bombers should have been used at the very start to nip them in the bud early.  Yes they cost a lot but cheaper in the long run, I guess the powers to be will review the outcome after its all done & dusted.

Shocking loss of wildlife,pets & homes, we as a nation need to rethink how we deal with the fires & possible building codes & fuel on ground, very sad !!!

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It's raining biggrin

No fires and I don't have to bucket the washing machine water out onto the plants. 

A four day weekend of damp riding on new tires this weekend 

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Excellent news Les biggrinbiggrin

Lets hope it carries on raining steadily (not monsoon style!) for a long time!

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/16/rain-brings-joy-to-farmers-in-nsw-and-victoria-and-dampens-some-bushfires-as-others-burn



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It rained a bit and we have got back to a bit of riding in the unburnt forests. Still too much stuff falling in the burnt areas.  Still smokey only two water bombers on standby now down from 9 going all day everyday. 

I've heard it rained up river last night might see the river start running again in a few days. That would be a step towards lowering water restrictions at the moment all outdide wster use is banned so we don't run out of water 

Still pretty crappy down south. But we are starting to get back to normal here .

Ordered a new rear shock guard for the ttr today biggrin



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Well, 40c Wed, 45c Thursday, 38c & rain yesterday & now 25c with 30mm of rain, sticky as & misty.  This weather is crazy but at least it might wet the bushfire areas.

Put rego on the WRR this morning, bit of a check over before a ride either this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

Will put rego on the TTR in a few weeks & give it a spin on the Adventure tyres.!!!! could be interesting but you never know till you try

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Have a safe ride Terry!

Good to see some wet stuff has arrived with you.

Looks almost sunny here today which is very unusual after what seems like nearly 3 months of miserable weather with hardly any full dry days no

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Have a safe ride Terry!

Good to see some wet stuff has arrived with you.

Looks almost sunny here today which is very unusual after what seems like nearly 3 months of miserable weather with hardly any full dry days no

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 Cheers Brian, some areas to the North of us have had 50odd mm of rain today, stopped raining here at last so tomorrow should be good

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The bit of rain a couple of weeks ago here has stopped all but a few fires so getting back out here as well . Back to low 40s riding later today just a drive to Newcastle and back first (320km trip)  

It's good to see a bit of green again.  Did a bit of work on the ttr yesterday softening the suspension so it's more suited to trail riding and my older body body.  

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Yesterday the last fire in the local area was declared out after 210 days.  The forests are growing back. Slightly flooded but no complaints 

Getting back to normal in this part of the world 

The ttr will be out in a bit of mud if it doesn't dry up too fast 



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