Bernie and I were to meet everyone early on Sunday morning but he'd double booked so I decided to meet the crew somewhere local. Spoke to Kym and then Terry and the arrangements were made to meet up on Corryton Park Rd. The crew were a little behind schedule but it gave Tel and I time to catch up and discuss at length his recent Flinders trip and the status of various sections of roads and tracks up there.
Masterbrewer then calls me a couple of times and I'm having trouble with the phone. Then it dawns on me and I switch the bluetooth off on the Zumo - now we have communication.
Tel and I talked while our bikes waited patiently..
The guys arrive at our location.......lead by the Master Map Reader
Followed by that group known as The Usual Suspects
We arrived at Truro for a further chapter in the greatest ever bakery catalogue guide, and just before the scheduled time to depart the outfit decides to loosen up some bolts and begin to sag in the middle (I know exactly how it feels). Then a group of council workers came along and watched the repairs......
We think we got it fixed and the guy bailed out and black topped it home from there. The dirt roads were causing the problem and I think he'd been having a fair bit of trouble with the handling. Good effort mate.
Then it was out to Robertstown and a look out over the countryside from Inspiration Point. Sol had long had a desire to try and climb Mt Coralie at a mate's property having seen photo's of it before....... This one was taken two years ago from the top looking down. Just after the dirt patch in the foreground the climb is almost vertical.
Wasn't to be as the place was locked up and the owners weren't there for us to get in and watch the spectacle. For what it's worth, I've ridden the DR up there.
The roads had been great for the most but had started to dry out later in the day and dust became a big factor. And then, like a horse galloping back to the stable, the boys start heading home and turned on the pace. MB is leading and at one stage Sol is sitting in 2nd place and I'm sitting one out and one back. Then I spied my chance.....there was a mud hole ahead and Sol opened the gate for me and I surged ahead to try and cover him in mud. Didn't quite work though but the laughter inside my helmet was warming. Then disaster, the KTM Gods had taken over and the rear tyre on the DR deflated suddenly. A couple of others stopped and we ripped off the wheel and went about changing the tube on one of those bloody DR rears - they are terrible. My car tyre iron and compressor came in handy and the first aid kit even supplied a band aid for the finger I punctured too. Mind you, the assistance was greatly appreciated as I started to run out of puff trying to be super quick with the repair.....thanks guys...
First inspection and the tube looked like it had been pinched. Made sense as we'd been hitting some rocky outcrops fairly fast, but then we found the two inch rusty nail that had caused the incident - wouldn't have mattered if I had solid rubber tubes, that mother was going down. Tyre bead wouldn't pop properly but we threw it back on and I rode gingerly down to the Kapunda/Morgan Road and then black topped it to Gawler with MikeF in tow for a while. Got home all good. Thanks to MB for the photo of me engaged in the repair.....any guesses as to what advice I'm about to give him in the photo above..
A very big thankyou to MB for getting a few guys together for this ride and the obvious trouble he goes to in sorting out maps and suitable roads/tracks to ride on.
Good bunch of blokes and I hope to ride with you all again - maybe on the forthcoming Flinders ride. cheers
Oh, and a very sincere apology to Craig (Not Home) for letting him ride my DR with suspension, air/fuel in, gasses out, and better height bars etc - I reckon I just cost him $3k..........