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    140124 - On Saturday I rode out to Kowen for a 9.30am rendezvous at the main gate. Mark was already there and Doug arrived about 9.25am followed by Adrian 15 minutes later as he had stopped to get some BBQ provisions. A 4WD rolled up with mountain bikes on board. Three chaps from Sydney had heard of the good riding to be had and sought access but Doug explained that he could not admit them and showed them the Kowen east option off the Kings Hwy and they accepted that and headed off.

    We drove / rode in and stopped at the quarry before piling into Doug?s Prado to recce an entry point to cut a new link in the north loop. Mark scouted the route with Doug taping and Adrian and I did the cutting and clearing. We added 1km before heading back to the quarry where Adrian quickly had the BBQ operating and Mark provided chilled bottled water from his cooler. The snags with onions and sauces on bread were a treat. And we left a few for Ash who was expected momentarily.




    We then piled into the Prado and headed back to the north loop to find an existing link in a thinned out section and cut and cleared it for about 800m.

    Time was getting short so we returned to the quarry around 3.30pm and found that Ash had been and left a map of where he was cutting a link. Adrian and Mark left and Doug and I went off to find Ash. Then Ash and Doug continued with Ash?s link while I rode home.
    The forestry boys are doing a lot of thinning out which is affecting quite a bit of our existing tracks so theres a lot of work to be done in preparation for the 2014 DSMRA Kowen Ride.

    140128 - On Tuesday I rode out to Kowen and met Doug and we went to the quarry where he unloaded his bike. We planned to GPS plot the 2013 South loop from memory. The first sectors were fine , though some sectors around Welsh's Rd are compromised by forestry thinning operations.
    We traversed east mainly on FT and skirted the first serious uphill (with the kink at the top. We continued east and skirted the steep swaley descent.
    Nearing the eastern end of Charcoal Kiln we tracked most of the new sectors we cut in with PD last year. Here we inadvertantly did the second serious climb. I stalled 20m from the top, I tried to power walk the bike up bur stalled it and was in a lather as I was propped on steep rocky uneven ground . I couldnt get astride it to kick start it (flat battery precluded electric start). So, Doug walked down and steadied the bike while I fired it up and then somehow managed to get it to the top. We both sat and caught our breath while sucking in some fluids. I took the time to pick burrs off my socks and shoe laces, and thistles and blackberry thorns from my jeans .
    We then got into the ST beside Charcoal Kiln Rd and after two sectors of tight and bumpy ST, I was rooted (34 degrees) rt . So we opted to abort the last 1/3rd of the south loop to get some refreshing breeze on the ride back to the quarry. Phew!
    Gus
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    140201 On Saturday I rode out and met Doug at the gate at 8.00am. We Doug both rode and GPS plotted our last years additions which although bumpy had some flow too them. We then rode a bit of perimeter FT near the clay pigeon shooting club before some more flowing ST and then some zigzaging on open FT to the 800m section we cut in the previous Sunday. It was a lot tighter than I remembered on the day and I was wheezing by the time we exited it with the temperature now approaching 38 degrees at Noon. So, although Doug wanted to plot the last few kms of the south loop I split for home.

    140202 Sunday I rode out and met Doug, Mark and Shaun at the gate at 9.00am. Once at the gravel store / quarry we piled into Marks BT50 and drove down Charcoal Kiln to find a link into the southern section. The link was a bit compromised by forestry thinning so Doug brought out the chain saw to cut the bigger fallen trees and branches while Mark Shaun and I cleared the debris reinstalling about 400m of flowing ST. It was about 11.00am by the time we finished it and the temperature was again in the high 30s and rising. We reccied a further link which was compromised by heavy forestry thinning which , if resurrected, will need a couple of chainsaws and quite a few helpers. Having flagged it with some tape we headed back to the quarry for a bite to eat and some cold drinks. Ash had left a mud map of where he was working on the north loop. Doug and Mark headed off to see how he was going while Shaun and I exited for home. So, a little more progress has been made towards the event.
    Gus
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    • #3
      Good job lads. People don't realise how much work goes in beforehand for an event like this.
      Kowen is always a good ride and if any DBW'ers haven't done it yet you should.
      If it doesn't use fossil fuels then it's not a toy worth having.

      Maico will rise again! !psm

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      • #4
        Hi Wazza,
        Doug and I were out again on Wednesday 5th and bumped into the Wednesday Riding Group (about a dozen). We left them to do their ride while we GPS plotted the usual beginners route. Doug didn't like a shared south loop section near the dams where you took your media article pics so we marked an alternative for the south loop so there won't be any shared route, or at least not there. So, the beginners route now only has about three short ST sections.

        Doug and went out again yesterday and Doug advised that the north zone near the houses is off limits . So we re-routed and cut a new 400m section (block 58) and then cleared a corner where the logging operations have created a dust bowl -smi so as to reduce the dust hazard.
        We then went out to the dams and cut the north loop diversion of 600m.
        On departing the Ranger had changed the gate code. So we were stuck, Dougs phone was flat and mine out of credit . Luckily I was able to get a credit recharge and luckilly Doug had the Rangers number so with some trepidation we called him and left a message and he called us straight back and gave us the new code, Phew! Otherwise we would have had to leave the car and trailer inside and exit illegally on the bikes.
        Gus
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        05 DR650SE blue for adventure since 2012>
        08 DRZ250 yellow for endure since 2010>:kk
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        • #5
          Good effort Gus

          Has the start of the North loop from last year changed?
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          • #6
            Great work from you blokes again, Gus. We (us riders) appreciate the efforts you put in. If I lived closer I'd probably give a hand, at least for one day. And ride there.

            Not going to be doing Kowen this year. Going to Vietnam the following day and I ain't risking it.

            See ya there next year.
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            • #7
              Hi mr Genius,
              I don't think the North loop start has changed though the finish is currently planned to zigzag through clear felled sections to the southeast of the tunnel exiting near the big gum where the Vietnam Vets food van sets up. The idea being is to create a good photo opportunity with the vista of a horde of riders coming over hill and down dale !
              Gus
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              • #8
                Hi Cliiint,
                Lucky you! are you intending to ride over there? All the RRs I've seen look very enticing !
                Gus
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                05 DR650SE blue for adventure since 2012>
                08 DRZ250 yellow for endure since 2010>:kk
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Gusdrz250 View Post
                  Hi mr Genius,
                  I don't think the North loop start has changed though the finish is currently planned to zigzag through clear felled sections to the southeast of the tunnel exiting near the big gum where the Vietnam Vets food van sets up. The idea being is to create a good photo opportunity with the vista of a horde of riders coming over hill and down dale !
                  Sweet as, sounds good and hopefully it rains a heap between now and then!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gusdrz250 View Post
                    Hi Cliiint,
                    Lucky you! are you intending to ride over there? All the RRs I've seen look very enticing !
                    Yep. 4 days on bikes and we spend ANZAC Day at Long Tan.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Cliiint View Post
                      Yep. 4 days on bikes and we spend ANZAC Day at Long Tan.
                      That will be quite a moving experience.
                      If it doesn't use fossil fuels then it's not a toy worth having.

                      Maico will rise again! !psm

                      The Chiko Roll - Health food of a nation.

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                      • #12
                        What's the dates for the kowen ride this year


                        All good found the dates. 12 and 13 of April !psm
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by wazza View Post
                          That will be quite a moving experience.
                          It will Wazza. This year will be the first year that a representative for the Viet Cong will lay a wreath.

                          Also the first year in several that I haven't been to Kowen. Which means I have to do my DSMRA membership a different way......
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                          • #14
                            I look forward to the RR on your returnrt!
                            Gus
                            08 DRZ400E yellow for more fun since 2016>^roost
                            05 DR650SE blue for adventure since 2012>
                            08 DRZ250 yellow for endure since 2010>:kk
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                            • #15
                              140223 I rode my CT110 out for a 9.00am rendezvous at the gate where Baz was waiting for me we rolled in to the quarry to find Mark and Scott there with there bikes plus another two cutters. Next Ash rolled in and he headed off to route some more of the North loop and Baz and I headed off to mark and cut another sector . Then Baz opted to mark two more sectors, one will require a good team as its pretty overgrown .
                              We got back to the quarry to find the DSMRA terailer set up and some cooked snags and cold drinks waiting . We then headed off to see if we could find the others as PD and Adrian were somewhere around. Failing that and nearing 2.00pm I split for home leaving Baz to continue the search.
                              Gus
                              08 DRZ400E yellow for more fun since 2016>^roost
                              05 DR650SE blue for adventure since 2012>
                              08 DRZ250 yellow for endure since 2010>:kk
                              05 CT110 red for learning since 2008>

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