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bull600 06-15-2011 03:17 AM

A few days wandering the Mt Lofty Ranges (South Australia)
 
With another long weekend upon us it was time to load up the DR 650 and head off for a couple of days. The plan was to hook up with my mate Paul who lives near Victor Harbor, then spends a few days riding the roads and trails north along the Mt Lofty ranges to Truro via the mallee near Swan Reach. So with gear loaded I headed off to Victor late afternoon
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After a quick burst up the Freeway I cut through Hahndorf
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and Echunga
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before picking up the dirt near Meadows
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It wasnít long before Victor Harbor came into view
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And my bike was parked under Paulís verandah for the night as the sun started to set in the background
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Next morning the bikes were packed and ready to go
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It was a fine but crisp morning and our route took us over Mosquito Hill towards Finniss and our first Road Closed sign

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After digging a bit of a hole
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we soon made it through towards Giles Creek

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The crossing was pretty shallow and not too muddy
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From there it was through some nice tracks towards Langhorn Creek

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Once over the Wellington Road we headed north on Kangaroo Road through the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park

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Then on to Callington via the Bremer Range

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We wound our way through the flowing roads near Bondleigh before making our way over the range

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After checking out a bit of flood damage near Mannum Falls

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It was into the Mannum Bakery for lunch (best Kitchener buns in SA!)
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After a bit of a break we continued on before our path was stopped by this
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It was pretty deep and very soft so we looked for a way around

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Only to find our escape path blocked by this

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Bloody padlocks.. Oh well, a bit of re calculating on the gps and we were soon onto another track
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Which led to more tracks


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And finally to our campsite amongst the mallee
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After setting up camp and avoiding these
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We had a break before heading into Swan Reach to get a feed. First things first, we had to get across the river

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The pub itself puts on a good meal and the view across the river from the dining room made it easy to sit back and down a few quiet ales
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But not before Paul had dug the last of disintegrated earplug from inside his ear canal (notice the unique medical instrument used)
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With the aid of my LED lights (and the gps J) we found camp and hit the sack for the night (after scaring the crap out of a wandering wombat on the way back or should I say it scared the crap out of me!)
Up at dawn
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With a fire going to try and warm up a little
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Once camp was packed away it was off cross country
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And then we picked up the road north past Yookumurra Sanctuary

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Next it was west towards the ranges this time following the water pipeline that runs from Swan Reach to Stockwell
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You can even stop for a top up along the way J

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Soon we were up and over the range.

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Just watch out for those damaged grids!

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Often a sign of nice tracks ahead!

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Ducking around near Truro more nice tracks were found


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As well as a couple of unlucky foxes from the night before

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More tracks as we run a loop around Dutton


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Before rolling into Truro for a lunch stop. No prizes for guessing where..


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From Truro it was back heading south through some great countryside


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Lots of flowing roads



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With a few smaller tracks thrown in


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Then it was time to head back over the range via Pine Hut Road

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We followed the foot of the range south past Sanderson until I bid Paul farewell and cut back towards Mt Pleasant and the Kersbrook , while he continued on home to Victor Harbor. By now it had got quite cold but the countryside was still providing some great roads.


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While out this way I decided to check out a track Iíd spied while researching another recent ride. It looked a bit dubious to start with as it seemed to pass through a private paddock at the beginning. All looked ok on the gps so I pressed on and found it hadnít been used in a while.


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With branches over the track becoming more common, a new fence line cutting off where I wanted to head and a farm now in close proximity it was time to retreat. At one point I had to walk the bike under some branches (Iíd soon warmed up!)


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and was just getting back on the bike when I was approached by someone walking up the track. It was no surprise to find he was the landowner and he explained that I was on private property. He was pretty good about it (after I had apologised for getting him away from the fire on such a cold day) and we had a short chat before I hit the road again. Of course just out of curiosity (some call it stubbornness) I took a long route around by road and found where my mystery track was supposed to come out on the other side. Sure enough there was a track there Ė with a locked gate!

All in all a great few days away!

Cheers :thumb

senfiddy 06-15-2011 04:01 AM

Wow Greg, you sure have a knack of finding some great looking tracks.

We went out Truro way on Monday and had to put up with dusty gravelly roads between Truro and Dutton. :cry

More time investigating is obviously needed. :deal

Great pics too. :clap

Cheers,
Graeme

holmesie 06-15-2011 04:08 AM

Nice :clap

masterbrewer 06-15-2011 04:27 AM

:thumb

Great report :clap

Just goes to show you don't have to go long distances to have a good time, thanks.

Funny though, why does it always look greener on another man's ride report tracks :ricky
:beer

TerryK 06-15-2011 04:39 AM

Good RR, great photos, some good tracks & looks like a top ride...

What GPS are you using, love finding new tracks but it's a bit hit & miss

Cheers Terry

gs2008 06-15-2011 04:50 AM

Great Ride Report. Loved reading it. The scenry and tracks are great. Need to travel to SA.
Cheers
GS

bull600 06-15-2011 05:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by masterbrewer (Post 16169265)
:thumb

Great report :clap

Just goes to show you don't have to go long distances to have a good time, thanks.

Funny though, why does it always look greener on another man's ride report tracks :ricky
:beer

No doubt we have some great rides in our own backyard!

As for ride reports and track/route planning... from what I've read nothing holds a candle to the "Master" :bow

Quote:

Originally Posted by TerryK (Post 16169311)
Good RR, great photos, some good tracks & looks like a top ride...

What GPS are you using, love finding new tracks but it's a bit hit & miss

Cheers Terry

Thanks Terry

I use a Garmin 60sx GPS with a combination of maps, mainly Garmin Topo. Finding tracks sure is hit and miss but that can be half the fun I reckon:clap

Cheers:thumb

Sundowner 06-15-2011 05:23 AM

Great looking ride. That cattle grid is a bit of a worry. :huh I've always just flown over those but I might have to reconsider that technique. Good looking campsite, even with the critters. Thanks for sharing. :beer

TerryK 06-15-2011 05:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bull600 (Post 16169514)
No doubt we have some great rides in our own backyard!

As for ride reports and track/route planning... from what I've read nothing holds a candle to the "Master" :bow



Thanks Terry

I use a Garmin 60sx GPS with a combination of maps, mainly Garmin Topo. Finding tracks sure is hit and miss but that can be half the fun I reckon:clap

Cheers:thumb

That's what i thought it was....looking to use a GPS on the XR (no battery) so a unit using AA's would be good...did you have to pay for maps or do you download ?

PHILinFRANCE 06-15-2011 06:20 AM

Great read un ride guys:freaky............does seem weird though COLD IN AUZ
Phil

bull600 06-16-2011 01:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TerryK (Post 16169691)
That's what i thought it was....looking to use a GPS on the XR (no battery) so a unit using AA's would be good...did you have to pay for maps or do you download ?

The Garmin gps is the single best thing I've every bought for the bike. I have a 12v cig socket to run it now but I used it with just batteries (2xAA) for quite a while and it was fine. (I use sanyo eneloop rechargables which are great). Use a RAM mount to hold it which has been very good.

As for maps... I have downloaded them all :evil

Cheers:thumb

AfricaWim 06-16-2011 02:52 AM

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:D

Miss Jane 06-18-2011 02:41 AM

Thanks for a look at a little bit of SA. I've wondered what that country is like and now I have some idea - a visit is required at some point :D, maybe early September.

bull600 06-18-2011 05:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Miss Jane (Post 16194441)
Thanks for a look at a little bit of SA. I've wondered what that country is like and now I have some idea - a visit is required at some point :D, maybe early September.

No worries :D. Thanks for the tips re Tassie :clap

Let us know if you come over this way and I can pass on some info re places to visit.

Cheers :thumb

Sol Erzenberg 06-19-2011 12:39 AM

Bull600, great ride report & top photos.

I often do 1 day rides to either the Sedan Pub or Swan Reach Pub & back from Tea Tree Gully.

Some of those tracks out North look in your photos look great, if you are ever planning anymore day rides I could be very keen to tag along, could meet up somewhere along the way.

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Sol..:thumb


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