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As the title suggests I was out this morning on the Triumph Scrambler, we were out early 7am as we were going for a high of 39c with 42c again tomorrow.

The area in this video is where the fire started over a week ago, I also ride the dirt bike in the same area but across the road just where the video starts but not game to ride in there just yet as a mark of respect.

The fire covered an area 4 to 5 times what you see on this video, perhaps more with almost 90 houses lost

 


-- Edited by TerryK on Sunday 29th of December 2019 06:18:48 AM

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Looks like a good ride. Fires up this way look similar in some places around here there are just tree trunks left all the road signs .barriers and parts of the road surface have  been burnt with the oxley highway opened with escorts after two and a half months being closed due to fires   Still got water bombers going all day past the house a couple of close fires this evening but back under control 

Drove home from Sydney today a bit  of smoke but a lot better than it has been.  The fires here now  cover nearly 1000ks of the coast and close to fix months since they started 

I've got a few days off so getting the ttr out a bit on days it's fairly safe. 

It's only early summer hope you guys in south Ozz get through until it rains OK . I have family in SA and summer fires are usually nasty.  We get them here but never like this 



-- Edited by ttboof on Sunday 29th of December 2019 10:20:26 AM

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Yea that was only one section, that same area was badly burnt back on Ash Wed. in 1982 & that road was still dirt then, four years ago it burnt from near my place to this area as well.

I did 200kms around the hills without a single traffic light hence I ride both road & dirt

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No traffic lights for me as well we are lucky to have such great choices when it comes to riding 

I had the weekend in Sydney and it's a tad busy down there lol the view from the motel a far cry from the forest sat and Sunday . Back in the bush in the morning biggrin

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Sydney is ok for a visit but no way could I live there

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Leaving the Cafe at Cudlee creek, once I turn to the right the fire damage can be seen on the right.

This is through Chain of ponds to Cudlee creek

Warnings for today with high winds with a high of 40c

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Good bit of video  . Looks like good riding must be   good to have the triumph in the shed 

Warm here today but went out on the Dr has a bit more rubber left than the ttr 

Thouhht I'd try the usual tracks but still closed so went back across town to the unburnt forest small but good for a few hours of fun 

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Usual forests no idea when they will be open 

The back up forest dry and fun 

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Good one, learnt today that one house that escaped the fire got taken out by the backburn....what a bummer.

I guess our fellow TTR riders in the UK miss out on all the bushfire fun as well as snakes & Skippy but we have the advantage of riding for miles on dirt tracks & I also can ride the hills black top roads as well

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We are spoilt for choice 

A funny thing this morning  I stopped and took my helmet off so three ladies on horses could walk up and let the horses work me out as they got closer the first lady said we might let that snake under your bike move away before we get closer.  I'm not a fan of snakes but knew to stay still until it moved on. Just a four foot red belly  it eventually moved on biggrin



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Crikey Les - just Googled your red belly snake and they are venomous! 

I guess one of our UK blessings to counter the over abundance of rain and miserable weather is that we have no real venomous insects and only one rare venomous snake species!

PS Just read the latest BBC news bulletin here - heartbreaking cry



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Crikey Les - just Googled your red belly snake and they are venomous! 

I guess one of our UK blessings to counter the over abundance of rain and miserable weather is that we have no real venomous insects and only one rare venomous snake species!

PS Just read the latest BBC news bulletin here - heartbreaking cry


 Gee we made the news, from the news bulletin "In South Australia, crews battled "catastrophic" fire conditions in a wine region north-east of Adelaide." Well that is 14kms as the crow flys from my place but on a Triumph it's 20kms...The video in the post above is less than one km from when the fire started & is still burning.

We had 40c & high winds today, not a good combo. We are down to high20's / low 30's for a few days before 41c Friday.

I see the odd Red belly black but more common to us is the Eastern Brown snake, I have hit a few on the bike & always have to look down is case they are wrapped around my feet.

While I hate snakes I feel sorry for the roos & livestock caught in the fires, the fences are down so even more chance on coming across livestock on the road.

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Thankfully no snakes in New Zealand and only one tiny spider that has a poisonous bite but I’ve heard that, that won’t kill you.

A snake recently fell out of an Aussie plane, when it landed, onto an airport tarmac but the Airport Fire Service we’re quickly onto that and “separated it’s head from its body fairly quickly !” It was probably trying escape the Bush Fires but picked the wrong Country to attempt re-settlement.

Sad but interesting to see and read about the Aussie Fires (Sympathies). We are mostly “too moist” (like the UK) for such catastrophes.

Cheers and Happy New Year to all

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Thankfully no snakes in New Zealand and only one tiny spider that has a poisonous bite but I’ve heard that, that won’t kill you.

A snake recently fell out of an Aussie plane, when it landed, onto an airport tarmac but the Airport Fire Service we’re quickly onto that and “separated it’s head from its body fairly quickly !” It was probably trying escape the Bush Fires but picked the wrong Country to attempt re-settlement.

Sad but interesting to see and read about the Aussie Fires (Sympathies). We are mostly “too moist” (like the UK) for such catastrophes.

Cheers and Happy New Year to all

Jeff

 


 Cheers Jeff, I grew up in Ireland & Saint Patrick took care of the snakes, not sure if he also made a visit to NZ, I guess it is too cold in the South Island but up North it's been 25c in summer the two times I have been there...not a bad thing having no snakes.

Not even safe on the beach these days, on a 40c day this Eastern Brown was spotted on the beach, so if the sharks can't get you the snakes will

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-- Edited by TerryK on Tuesday 31st of December 2019 04:01:11 AM

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Hi Terry K,

Fairly sure St. Paddy didn’t make it this far south, although plenty of the Irish did. I’m of Irish stock although about 5 generations past.

NZ too cold for the slippery buggers, we hope.

Ooo Snakes on the beach and Sharks in the sea, both are my favourite living creatures no

 ... and now you have Bush Fires from hell !

Really sorry to see/hear the struggles that you guys are currently going through.

People running for the sea to jump into as the fires burn their seaside towns !

Dam !

Cheers

Jeff

 

 



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