Tuesday, April 23, 2013
22 April - Trip to Queensland - Summary
Total Distance Covered ~ 4,500 km
The trip up the coast took 3 full days and a short ride on the 4th day.
The return trip (inland) took 4 full days.
In hindsight in future I would avoid the coast road because it forces you to travel many kilometers on extremely busy and fast moving freeways such as:
- the Hume Highway from Mittagong to the M7
- the M7
- the Pacific Highway north of Sydney
- the Gold Coast Highway from Tweed Heads to Brisbane
- the Gateway Freeway around Brisbane
- the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane.
The logistics of my trip were such that I hit each of these at very busy times.
The inland route via the Newell Highway is much more relaxing despite an occasional concentration of road trains.
Overall I found 4 days continuous riding, alone, to be pretty challenging. It would be a much better experience with a free day or the opportunity for sightseeing.
Another golden rule from this trip: riding at night on busy freeways is not advisable, and when it starts raining quickly becomes impossible. On a bike the vision required to change lanes safely in busy traffic is not there.
Overall, the experience was something like my experience of parachuting out of a plane - really glad I did it but not in a hurry to do it again.