Fat times in the Flinders Ranges!!
Pic Bunyeroo range
INTRO;Flinders ranges Gammon ranges Lake eyre.
This trip was sortof a last minute idea, after we cancelled the Cape york trip due to time. Originally three of us, we lost one Dave to a broken leg and then another Dave to a rooted seal!
So that leaft just Dan and myself!
It turns out we could'nt have timed it better ,a grader driver said, who's been workin the same stretch (Yunta to Arkacoola) for 38 years mentioned, they hav'nt had rain here for around ten years maybe 15, nothing but dust!
So you can imagine the scenery was spectacular and the riding , well it was just the best we've had on the big Orange 2 wheeled death machines.
Creek crossings galore , Impassable mud, sand, rock ,big puddles you could spray each other with:rofl.K's of wheel rutts Dips ,crest's ,Grids ,140 kl power slidie crners, Gorges rolling hills, rocky hill scrambles and an array of road surfaces to keep you on your toes made the next 2 and a half weeks just fly by!
http://gimme2.smugmug.com/Other/Lake...5_ikKrk-XL.jpgPic 1 the memorial and 2 pure Carnage at a battlefeild in Turkey,poor blokes.
I left Home on a Sunday at round 9 and headed for Brissy about 1300 k's Nth to meet Danno. A nice big wheelie from excitement came and no sooner i was at the side of the road ripping the bike apart . There was no electrical fault afterall , just my thumb on the kill switch:lol3.
The plan was to take some nice roads North ,away from the Sunday drivers on the Princess hwy .
I peeled off at Batemans bay up the Clyde and into Goulburn, checked out the war memorial and shot off for Oberon Skirting the Blue mountains ...Magic !I continued on thru Bathurst and thru Sofala, nice little bit of tar that and made for the Goulburn river NP to camp!
Rain up to Tenterfeild and then had a great ride thru Bald rock and into QLD, Boonah, Mogill ferry and then upto Dayboro ,Ocean Veiw for 2 nights.
Next day i decided it would be a good idea to get some new hoops, because these ones i come up on only had about another 500 dry k's in em:lol3 maybe more.
PLAN -Meet up with a mate and head out. Sounds easy!
Dan had shipped his bike from WA chucked a screen on some racks with Andyz on swaped the Marchesini's for Excels and wacked on a tank , he's never had it on the dirt!
4 hrs, one new battery, a bent brake lever, dropped bike and 2 wasted blokes from pushing later it helps to check the fuel taps are on:wink: We bid Bris goodbye! YEAH!
That night we made camp at mt Glorius i think we managed 80 k's, but it is Mt Glorius after all.
Time to stretch the legs!!
To be continued..
Great pics and RR so far subscribed this is going to be great, please keep it coming:thumb
This will be good:clap :ear
I was awoken with a flash in the face, friggin early, bloddy Dan , i love ya mate!
We packed up had a coffee and made our way down the western side of glorius...sweet, i'm glad i put those Mita's 50/50's on:lol3.
Pic Mt Glorius west side, Grabbin a pumpkin & Dans new bike!
From there it's all high speed stuff into Esk around the top near Somerset, so seeing we had'nt ridin together for a while , well we just ..well ...opened em up a little:nod.
We took some back roads to Dalby , i decided on an oil change at Dalby moto, and Danno, already shitted off with his helmet choice decide to up grade to a visored Helmet.
We took some pics of the rear rubber just near Somerset Dam for the record , but on the whole were keen on getting off the tar .Dalby done we tore off to Nindigully!
Turns out we were a bit keen to get there , i could smell something burning .
As i lifted my head above my screen i knew it was'nt me ....o well just keep truckin.:trp
When Dan came past me again i knew right away, it's Dan's bike!!
Fun tryin to slow some one down when your havin a blast and their on a Super enduro.
The tyre was smokin :dealwhen we stopped and the psi 38.5 obviously not good.
Result of constant high speed/ hi psi? - one totalled rear RR tyre, the Nobs in the center were just like tea bags that had been gutted:lol3.
3.40 pm out side Westmar .....St George seemed our best chance for a tyre and Nindigully would have too wait!
We got on to Phil Haplin's. He own's the Holden shop and the Yammy dealer in St George ,who had 1 Rally Raid sittin right there in his rack.
Late in the day he fitted it right there for us , we were on the road by 5 30pm. Champion effort Phil, turn's out he got a KTM TWIN aswell. Man I love QLD!!
It's a beautiful site ...is'nt it!
It was already late and our camp hunting had turned up stuff all . We begrudgingly booked into the caravan park surrounded by whinging old buggers:lol3 but not before grabbing a rib eye from the butcher behind the bottle 'o .
A Bundy,St George Rib eye and Mt Glorius Pumpkin on a gas BBQ later...... we called it a day, an expensive day aye Danno!:snore
Plan to do the Darling......river!
We'll it's minus degrees in St George , we pack up in the dark and head out to join the Sunrise.
We trickle south to Dirribandi and thru Goodooga where we reintroduce the bikes to where they belong...... DIRT.
It's like releasing an animal back into the wild. we feel all warm and fuzzy inside!:lol3
Speaking of animals , we come across some roadkill...our detective skills deduct it's way of death and the time, wadduya rekon Sherlock?.......I'd say it's pretty fresh! It would be a shame to leave it here in the middle of the road:cryto waste.Too right!!:thumbup
While stopped we had some tuna on bread and cleaned up. Pine'o clean wipes are the trick btw..:wink:
We had lunch and a beer in The Port Of Bourke and took off towards Louth to hit some more DIRT
Were apparently in the real outback, oh well..... better do a wheelie!
Going to Louth We took a left off towards the Gundabooka range came across some nice tracs and an old homestead!
We decided to camp at the Gundabooka Campground and use the picnic table, made a huge fire made lotsa noise and cooked up some damper with the prize legs we'd scored earlier that day from the Bokhara river Butchery:lol3.
Cheeky Red Capped Robin
Yummy Yummy Yummy i got food in my tummy and the world is such a better place.
Today felt like a real day's ride.....maybe we were in the outback!Beautiful.
Plan ride the Darling to meet Dave in Broken Hill.
Fantastic Keep it coming:thumb :thumb
Great stuff, keep it coming. Nic pic of the KTM bird!
great story Gimme - really enjoyed the read and photos
great RR and hot photo's.... might have to rename you The Jolly Swagman...:freaky
On a Hill .....
somewhere north of Marree on the Birdsville Track. Met Gimme2 heading north prior to the Coopers Ferry. Had a fairly fast squirt along the track then some beers/port and a feed in Marree.
I ended up in mildura that night , went back thru Copley to yunta on dirt then followed the dirt to wentworth/mildura.
Where did you travels take you, did'nt think you'd be back yet!
Will add some more RR soon everyone,got photo problem..
:lurk More, more, more!
Stuck in a bloody office in bloody cold, bloody wet Melbourne! :cry
Then broke the chain and destroyed the rear sprocket 21 km South of Woomera/Kimba on the way back. Was going to head into the Gammon Ranges but started having problems prior to Coober Pedy. Just picked up the bike today on trailer this morning and met Rosscoact coming in to refuel a 0800. RR to follow. Going fishing now.
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