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masterbrewer 05-02-2013 05:20 AM

Flinders Ranges Classic VI 2013
 
The Flinders Ranges Classic VI 2013 was looking to be the best ever with over 100 people registered, and many thanks going to the irrepressible DRTrev/AussieTrev . :clap

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I must admit my reputation of leading adventurous riders over some fabulous terrain to get there has been somewhat tarnished in the last few years, (ol' age is finally sinking in :gerg ) after discovering the luxuries of not riding & not driving :dutch ....... I must admit I have sadly have become a changed man :(:

That is until I get back onto the saddle of my fabulous TDM Adventurer :rayof

Our first destination was to seek out membership of the famous Quorn Schnitzel Club. :dg

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How could you go past The Outback? ...................... absolutely delicious :bow

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On arriving at our destination ...............

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We were greeted by Mr Smiley :rofl

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and easily recognised his digs for the weekend

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Settling in with the "camp party people" .............. errr !!!! ............... I mean't those camping :D

First night's greet & meet was fabulous & I wondered what the rest of the world was doing ........ only for a minuscule :rofl.

First wonder of the weekend ..................

Can you imagine this ................. here's Con ...... bottle of half emptied red ..... juicy looking steak on the plate .................... side dish of......................... WTF Nurofen plus :eek1 ......... with extra bottles of who knows what he said he had under his pillow :slurp Dancing with the verandah post was worth watching :lol3

Memories! ...................... those were the days of a misspent youth ..... I'm afraid I'm feeling older & older mixing with you young tigers ..... sorry Trev ...... I mean fellas :evil

However Con miraculously survived & lived on to experience his own karma later.

Next morning a loyal few headed out on a westerly 481km loop out of Hawker I'd ridden 5 years earlier & was keen to experience again.

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Unfortunately my navigational reputation was potentially in tatters after a small lack of concentration saw us heading on an unplanned road :cromag ( damn first night celebrations :freaky )

Luckily with quick aptitude I was able to redeem myself and provide my followers with an extraordinary touring experience :deal they all comment favourably on :jack

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To help conceal my mistake I was determined to appear authoritative about the local fragile environment & called everyone together for education purposes :D

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After that close escape I guided the troops through some more interesting tracks past Oraparinna HS hoping they would be enthralled enough to forget my error :augie

We soon found ourselves on the top of the fabulous Stokes Hill lookout with my younger cousin :lol3

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By this time lunch was calling in Wilpena Pound..

masterbrewer 05-02-2013 06:21 AM

Eating lunch at Wilpena Pound one couldn't help but get a sense of someone's life was not as free as he thought :lol3

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After refuelling body & bike we headed in an easterly direction and yet again ............. Big Brother was still watching :rofl

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What's with these non TDM related bikes ????? :augie

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Finally the troops began to arrive & we didn't accept their dust excuse either :lol3

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By this time we were some 300kms into the loop & fluids were getting low, so of course .............. !

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The return loop was now in site and we hightailed back to Ango Village for another nights fun & laughter :freaky

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Excitement was building for the next days "Flinders Classic TT"

pops 05-02-2013 07:21 AM

The start of another Great ride report Kym .:clap:clap
I have been looking forward to this one .

Cheers Ian

TerryK 05-02-2013 07:33 AM

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Originally Posted by pops (Post 21315378)
The start of another Great ride report Kym .:clap:clap
I have been looking forward to this one .

Cheers Ian

Same here Kym

Cheers Terry

The Cougar 05-02-2013 02:43 PM

:thumb:lurk

masterbrewer 05-02-2013 04:21 PM

" ...................................... we hightailed back to Ango Village for another nights fun & laughter :freaky"
That phrase began to haunt me at 4am, when loud thumping music was still being heard coming from the camp party :rilla people, even with the ear plugs in. :ddog

Revenge was sweet early next morning though when Domonsura backed his bike up to the entrance to their tent & rung its neck for a minute or two :jack



Moving on .............. The Flinders Classic TT

Well! ....... it was actually .................... "Trev's Tiger" Tour :deal

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Having heard of the pleasures associated with having the "cheese & cracker carrying tortoise" on a ride,:kbasa

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We kept a close eye not to lose AussieOtto on his Ural

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Amazing Brachina Gorge, beautiful as ever :clap

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and together with the fun one can have along the way :lol3

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Doubts were beginning to set in about soggy crackers, when we saw the Tortoise attacking the water crossing at full flight :eek1

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But he soon dried out.

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Having the loan Tigers for the classic was a real treat for smiley Trev & together with his generosity :bow he ensured nearly everyone got a ride.

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I must admit the Triumph is rather addictive: :happay:wings:rayof:pynd:raabia


The TDM is like the romantic, adventurous, mature age woman where as the Tiger is the high powered, ambitious sexy female executive, potentially ruthless yet forgiving and modest.

They both have the ability to keep you on your toes and put a great big smile on your face .......... that's the bikes that is :evil :lol3

I love 'em both in their own way :raabia


I asked Trev if he wanted the Tiger back when we reached the dirt.

"Nah! You can go for a short 5km dirt experience if you like MB", says Trev

However, unknowingly the Devil took me under his control & before I knew what had happened, I had completed the full length of the 29km Moralana Scenic Drive.

The Devil made me do it honest .................................................. ...........that's my story and I'm sticking to it. :lol3
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Sheer delight when I finally got to the end & off the Tiger ...................... that's for Trev too. :lol3

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The rest of the troops had gone to Wilpena for lunch some time ahead of PBee, Trev, AussieOtto & myself, when all of a sudden PBee started slowing. :huh

He's killed a tiger, I thought to myself :lol3

But it was a classic case (errr!! ..... Flinders Classic :D ) of the Hare & the Tortoise

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Having ridden his Tiger much more economically, that's both him & me :D

Trev said he wasn't actually out of fuel ......... it was only a precaution :evil & we believed him :lol3

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After lunch Tiger Trev lead us up Stokes Hill lookout for the mandatory sexy photo shoot :sweeti before heading back to Ango to prepare for the big feast that night.

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The rest of us delighted in enjoying the classic scenery the Flinders Ranges has to offer. :clap

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When :huh towards home .......................... that doesn't look good :eek1

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Sol Erzenberg 05-02-2013 09:51 PM

Great ride report & pics MB & I must tell you mate there is one less f#@*%n Euro in The Flinders since The Classic..:baldy

Desert Matt 05-02-2013 10:28 PM

Report looking good so far Kym

Some nice shots of the little Tens and their big brother the TDM....

kipo 05-02-2013 11:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Sol Erzenberg (Post 21321732)
Great ride report & pics MB & I must tell you mate there is one less f#@*%n Euro in The Flinders since The Classic..:baldy


Don't worry mate first class Veterinary Surgeons, Semler and Kipling took care of him.

masterbrewer 05-03-2013 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Sol Erzenberg (Post 21321732)
Great ride report & pics MB & I must tell you mate there is one less f#@*%n Euro in The Flinders since The Classic..:baldy

Bloody lucky Sol :huh welcome to the RSL club (Roo Surviving League) :lol3

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Originally Posted by Desert Matt (Post 21321977)
Report looking good so far Kym Some nice shots of the little Tens and their big brother the TDM....

Thanks DM, they keep finding their way into the camera lens for some reason :D


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Originally Posted by kipo (Post 21322305)
Don't worry mate first class Veterinary Surgeons, Semler and Kipling took care of him.

Lucky you were only a stones throw away at the time. :poser


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masterbrewer 05-03-2013 01:21 AM

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With that huge localized dump of rain near where we were planning to go, a sense of urgency rose & we decided to hightail it back to camp ASAP

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However within 5kms of Blinman we were confronted with a 2 metre high wall of raging torrent across the road :huh


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The lads heading home from the other side of Blinman were within 3kms of the thirst quenching Blinman Hotel, but were forced to wait over 3 hours for the raging torrent to subside.

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It was then, PBee formed a Plan :deal :ear

Lets retrace our tracks to either Plan (A) Brachina Gorge, if that is impassable; Plan (B) Moralana Scenic Drive and if that is also impassable; Plan(C) Hawker to get back onto the black top & up to Parachilna, ring Dave at the village to check Parachilna Gorge is still open & back home for a well earned beer or two.

If all were blocked .......... who's got the biggest credit card limit to drown our sorrows at missing Trev's fabulous Saturday night Presentation Awards cookup at camp.

and so we became Storm Racers :pynd

However as all good plans go, the inevitable happened :shog

"Hey guys" called Bernie ............... "I don't think I have enough fuel to get home" :eek1

"No worries we'll get fuel at Parachilna" says a confident PBee and all were happy in the land of panic :clap

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As one good deed deserves another, PBee stepped forward & offered his (read AussieOtto's) fuel :lol3 Stewy also stepped up & offered to use his shiny bright new siphoning hose, so all was good in the land of hope, although time was ticking by. :*sip*

We reached the still dusty Brachina Gorge, took a vote & decided to go for it :pynd & we succeeded in reaching the blacktop :wings

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Back at camp however, we were later told a few other riders tried to go through the Brachina Gorge some 30minutes behind us & were confronted with a raging torrent. :knary

Mind you, I was continually looking over my shoulder as I know how fast these flash flood rise. :yikes

Successfully reaching Parachilna in the rain, relief was at hand :clap

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PBee rang Dave at the village and was told ............... "you pussies get back here, the gorge is fine" :jack

Refuelling was at hand or so we thought, only to be told we don't sell fuel anymore, :huh

So Bernie tucked under the somewhat miniscule DR fairing trying to save as much fuel as possible & feathered ie opened it up in frustration .............. in a make it or break it attitude, the 15 kms back to Angorichina Village :lol3

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It wouldn't be long before the Parachilna Gorge was going to get interesting though.

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and we finally relaxed with our pre-dinner drinks in hand :beer

Let the evening festivities begin :clap

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jmcg 05-03-2013 01:30 AM

Great riding + scenery!

:thumb

Thanks,

JM.

Sol Erzenberg 05-04-2013 06:26 AM

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Originally Posted by kipo (Post 21322305)
Don't worry mate first class Veterinary Surgeons, Semler and Kipling took care of him.

Thanks fellas..:lol3

PBee 05-05-2013 04:26 AM

What a story teller.
 
:lurk Makes me feel like I was there.............

masterbrewer 05-06-2013 05:26 AM

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Originally Posted by PBee (Post 21335890)
:lurk Makes me feel like I was there.............

If it wasn't for you, we would still be there :lol3


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