Wisemans Himalayan Ride
The guys from the pub arranged a ride to Wisemans, being on Harleys and being from the pub I guessed that they wouldn’t go much further than the pub at Wisemans Ferry so I thought I’d leave the Harley at home and take the Himalayan out for a play in the dirt. I messaged Paul and he was keen and we left here about 9am arriving at Wisemans at about 10am. The pub guys were at the pub as I suspected so we quickly said gday and goodbye and took off for the ferry.
We crossed the Wisemans Ferry and turned left for a change and went along dirt on the Settlers Rd to St Albans. We stopped at the old cemetery on the way and Paul realised his yellow tinted head light cover had fallen off his Husqvarna Svartpillen 401 on one of the larger pot holes he bottomed out on. Whilst he doubled back to find it I had a look around the cemetery.
We then continued on to the Settlers Arms at St Albans for a coffee and Paul let me ride the Husky the 20km back to Webbs Creek Ferry. Wow that thing really goes well for a 373CC single with 42 HP and only about $7000 ride away.
Makes you think “What the hell are Royal Enfield doing ?” The Himalayan is so slow in comparison
So from Webbs Creek Ferry we went up over the ridge on Chaseling and Bicentenary Roads and then back down to the river following Greens Rd. Along the way Greens Rd cuts through the middle of the South Sydney Juniors on Hawkesbury holiday retreat. While I was looking around at the resort I ran over a dog turd which sprayed up onto the bash guard and then smeared itself under the mudguard
Luckily I had my SRC Jerry Cans and had 3 litres of water. A quick wash down and top up of the fuel from the other tank, put the tanks back on and we were away
At the end of Greens Rd we turn right up Wheelbarrow Ridge Rd which brought us out on the Putty Rd,
From there we went down Colo Heights Rd to Upper Colo and crossed the river
This took us to Upper Colo rod where we road down to Colo and had a rest under the Putty Rd Bridge.
There was a War Memorial near the parks toilets which had been set into the cliff
The Lower Colo Rd took us to Lower Portland Ferry
We crossed the ferry and then followed River Rd to the Sackville Ferry Rd and then up to Wisemans Ferry Rd where we stopped for a steak Sandwich at the Stone House.
A pretty fun day and again the Himalayan performed well on the dirt and the bitumen, The first two rides involved using Freeways, the M1 Pacific Hwy and M7 / M31 Hume Hwy. The transport section on this ride was the Old Northern Rd which varies from 60-90 zones and has undulating hills with fairly high speed corners. The Himalayan performed much better on these roads and was right in the sweet spot for the power and gearing to basically stay in top gear most of the way except for a few hills that required 4th.