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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2014, 09:16:58 AM »
Hello folks

Yarra convoy plans on eaving pm 20th through Urana, Lockhart, Cowra, Bathurst and Mudgee. Hope to arrive Tamworth on Wednesday

Return trip TBA

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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2014, 10:01:25 AM »
Hi SD,

Looking forward to seeing you again.

Just noticed that you are coming across from Mudgee. There are three main options of getting to Tamworth from there. I have recently had sales reps tell me they have been sent  all three ways depending on their brand of GPS  ::) but they are quite different roads.

The main (and easiest) route is out of Mudgee along the Castlereagh Hwy through Gulgong and up onto the Golden Hwy for a few km until you turn off to Coolah and on to Gunnedah and Tamworth. This route is all sealed roads, quite flat country and very easy going for a Moke.

The other route is along Ulan Rd out of Mudgee onto the Golden Hwy, then east into Merriwa. From Merriwa, the easy, sealed highway option is into Scone and up the New England Highway into Tamworth. The other more scenic, adventurous route is from Merriwa to Willow Tree (on the NE Hwy) and then up to Tamworth.

The Merriwa/Scone route is fine and is all highway, although there are more hills to negotiate than the western route through Coolah - nothing too serious though. The Merriwa/Willow Tree route however is a different story. It's a nice drive most of the way and is the route we took for the main day of my gathering I based from my place in January. It does however have a couple of sections of dirt, each about 20km long, which doesn't seem like much except that one of these was extremely rough and corrugated last time I went over it a couple of months back. As I said, a nice scenic drive on a quiet back road, particularly as you cross the range, but you will get shaken up and dusty/muddy (probably dusty though the way things are going). Not sure if that's what you want in a loaded Moke after a couple of days hard driving.

Time-wise you will save a liitle going across the dirt, if you can keep the speed up to a reasonable level, but there's really not a lot of difference between the three


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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2014, 01:31:11 AM »
Peter, Cliff & Ann are leaving from Wandong (Nth of Melb) on Sat 18th for the trip up, our planned route is published here:

http://www.moke.org.au/images/PDFs/Tamworth%20Strip%20Maps%20v4.pdf

Have planned it with plenty of time for side trips, and stops at any places of interest. We will have one moke plus another vehicle with a trailer (hope it's not required).

Anyone who want's to touch base on the way can contact us by mobile 0417548196.

Regards
Cliff

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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2014, 07:35:13 AM »
Hi Cliff,

Looking at your planned route up my end, is there a reason you want to go through Muswellbrook? If not the road direct from Merrriwa to Scone is fine and Scone is a decent sized place to get lunch etc. Going through Muswellbrook would add a good 30 minutes or so to the trip for no real benefit unless you need/want to go through there.


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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2014, 10:26:09 AM »
Hello Newie

Tks for the info

Previously from Mudgee we have travelled Ulan Coolah Premer.  So maybe this time maybe Gulgong Coolah Premer.  Maybe a detour to Dunnedoo.

Trap for the unwary (or asleep) on the Spring Ridge road is the number times the railway and road intersect.  Sometimes Give Way signs and sometimes "Stop"

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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2014, 02:50:09 PM »
Premer, Spring Ridge Quirindi is another version again  ::) :)

The other trap on the Spring Ridge Rd is that there are dozens of culverts, with several that have speed advisory signs, but really only one that you can't take comfortably at 110 - you just have to guess which one  ;). Actually I think it has a 75kph sign on it. Take it at 100+ in a loaded vehicle and you take a very real risk of breaking something.

The alternative is to not turn off at Premer and go straight through to Gunnedah. About the same time I would imagine, but the Gunnedah route isn't as nice I don't think

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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2014, 12:31:09 PM »
The first Mexican is on the way ..... Are we there yet? Are we theeere yet?



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« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2014, 12:37:06 PM »
Off the trailer at last! Stunning drive through Kangaroo Valley and Nowra.



Time to visit The Hangar!

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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2014, 02:11:45 PM »
 :o We'd better start getting things organised then  :o :D

Safe travels and look forward to seeing you and the family in a couple of days Rob


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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2014, 05:37:58 PM »
Have a great time guys,
I'm very envious!
One day I'll get over to Tamworth....

Drive safe

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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2014, 06:02:09 PM »
Have a safe trip everyone, well done to the organisers of the Round Up and I hope you have a great week or so.

Cheers

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« Reply #26 on: October 19, 2014, 09:03:44 AM »
Homey, Di and Percy are in Forbes so we're well on the way. Aiming to be in Tamworth on Tuesday. No idea where we're headed for today yet, but if we find a good spot we'll stay for two nights.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #27 on: October 19, 2014, 09:48:57 AM »
Good news and thanks for the progress reports.

The skies are big and blue (as our local ABC broadcaster says regularly) with coolish mornings. Tamworth is forecast for 28deg today and rising to 30 by Thursday.

Travel safe everyone, enjoy the drive and see you there!

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« Reply #28 on: October 19, 2014, 07:29:17 PM »
Percy got a bit excited and insisted we get to Tamworth tonight - so here we are. Staying at a motel in town until Tuesday then moving into Moke Central.

Woooohooo.
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Re: Over the border we go!!! - The Victorian convoy to Tamworth
« Reply #29 on: October 20, 2014, 09:08:47 AM »
Percy got a bit excited and insisted we get to Tamworth tonight - so here we are. Staying at a motel in town until Tuesday then moving into Moke Central.

Woooohooo.


Now that is keen!  ;D


See you at Moke Central tomorrow - we'll be getting there around lunchtime, and will be in and out during the arvo (picking up things).


..KMC

 

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