Way back in January 2011, I arranged a week long ride enjoying South East Queensland's great bike roads with my son, only to be thwarted by high rainfall, severe flooding and many damaged roads. In 2013 even worse flooding and road damage again intervened. Other things like change of job, family events, etc all raised their ugly heads in the ensuing years to prevent 'The Event' happening. Finally, in 2016, it all came together. With a few 'subtle' changes. I now have an R1200RS, substitute my brother on his R1100RT and trailer for my son and the route changed to 'down to The Oxley' and back. 5500 klms in 6 days and as much as possible, using country roads rather than the Highways. We discovered some absolute gems of roads with almost no traffic and lots of amazing scenery. We also discovered some roads that were not as pleasant as they looked on Google Earth. The Oxley is a 650km long Highway in New South Wales, but of special interest to motorcyclists is a section that climbs from 100m to 1130m up the mountain range between Wauchope and Walcha. There are about 300 corners during the 45kms signed below. I got to do 2 down and up laps. What a blast. Next to no traffic and perfect weather. must-ride-roads-the-oxley-highway-with-phil-hall Another road we really enjoyed was up the Gibraltar Range further north. The RS was fantastic. Fully loaded with clothing, tools and food. It made no difference, twisties or touring - no problem. This bike really suits me. I find the seat very comfortable for long runs and the bikes abilities make me a better rider. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of the trip including the few rough back roads at a steadier pace. Nothing fazes the RS. We also visited the National Motorcycle Museum at Nabiac and also a Private Motorcycle Museum in Tamworth with all the bike in pristine condition. The highlight of that visit was the old retired gentleman who gave a guided tour with the history of each bike. He had many stories to tell. There is a down side to the RS. It is so good to ride, that every time I go out on it I take my camera, but I just want to keep riding and hardly ever stop to take photos. So I have a some random photos and a couple of links to YouTube videos of the Oxley and The Gibraltar Range.