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Monday, 25 August 2014

Ride To Melrose 23rd August 2014

We gave the bike a quick polish (doesn't happen often) and checked all the fluids and air pressures on Friday. Coolant hadn't been checked for at least 6 months and it was still ok so no loss since last time. Air pressures were ok as well after not being checked for the last month.

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On Saturday morning like Friday we awoke to a nice bright sunny day unlike the last week or two when we'd be lucky to see a patch of blue and a glimpse of the sun.

Being only just over 100 km from home to Melrose we left home about 10:40am for a casual ride over arriving at the car park at about 11:45 with the North Star Hotel in the background.

I bought a new Samsung mount for my Galaxy Note 8 Tab and the ride was it's first use. An 8 inch tab might seem large for a GPS but it also contains the fuel log etc. for the bike.

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Looking towards Mount Remarkable which is right next to Melrose from the car park. A history lesson http://www.southaustralianhistory.com.au/melrose.htm

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While waiting for the others to arrive we went for a walk down what would be the main street of the town. Heather was a little hungry so we went into a café and bought a pie for her and then crossed the road and sat down so she could eat.

From the seat I took these few.

The Mount Remarkable Hotel

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A push bike shop which was mainly a hire a bike business.

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I'm sure every kid in Melrose that I saw was riding a bike, here's one of the girls

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And looking back up the road towards the Hotel we would have lunch at.

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When Heather finished eating we walked back up to our bike and as we got the first of the 1300's arrived, so good timing. After a little while we all walked inside and ordered lunch. I didn't worry to much about photos inside but some where taken by others so they might get posted on the Ozstoc site

I did take this one from inside of my bike, plus a BMW (GS ???) (their version of the Honda X tourer comes close) and a Harley in the middle

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and this one of inside the hotel

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After lunch we all walked down the main street.

Heather spotted this.....a fitting end to one of our older cars: an FJ Holden (about 1952-58) ute complete with tree growing through the LH headlight http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holden_FJ .

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A little further down the street is the court house museum

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and the local law enforcer

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And then back up to the car park and getting ready to leave. Just as well the local servo was open as some need fuel for the trip back home.

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Two red, two black 1300's and my blue 1100.

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Rather than return home the way I came http://goo.gl/maps/v1qKL

I went this way http://goo.gl/maps/hO7ju

And we got back home about 4:10pm. I only used the GPS on the way there but it recorded a max speed of 115kph and an average of 82kph for a 105kms and a total of 211kms for the day.