Now where was I, Ahh CC. Well left CC for ride to Tibooburra for a cooked b/day breaky and find out road reports. North to Noccundra open, east to Wanaaring open. Took to the east as it meant more riding so plan for day was get to Currawinga NP for the night.
Cooked breaky for b/day
More flat tracking roads to wind the throttle up. Yeeh haw
First bit of flooding on way to Wanaaring
Little wash out, not bad. Got into Wanaaring for fuel top up and they could only give me 10 litres as road to Bourke still closed. Next up to Hungerford
Back into Queensland.
Stopped for fuel and few cans of Jimmy Beam and cake. No cake so Cake of Chocolate instead then to camp spot up the road.
Looks good so far
Getting quick at making camp now. Ourimperee Waterhole
B/day treats. Not showing how many cans I got.
Nice night, or is that the Jimmy talking.
Morning of 28th April.
Planning time for today
Head north, roads open to 4WD only to Eulo. No worries.
On road to Eulo. Not much flooding and could drive a Mini along this road.
4WD only!! Eulo here I come. Got there Fuel and rat pack(pie) for breaky then thought I that a ride out to a billabong. MISTAKE 1 for the day.
4 metres off the black stuff and this. GREAT!!!
Take a deep breath and look for shade.
Ohh well get to try out this stand I made the day I left home.
Works great and the bike solid as bro.
Puncture repaired and onto Quilpie. Turned right 18 km out of Eulo and head for Toompine then to Quilpie
Sorry, gotta love the landscape
Not far out of Quilpie. MISTAKE 2. Stop next time.
The left overs from a Emu. Yeah I know!! Anyway 6 of the fu--ers cross in front of me, I slow down to 30km and think they are clear when 1 decide to backtrack, loses footing and hits the deck right in front of me. Now still on the brakes and knowing there is no way out it's on the gas to ride over it and keep the bike straight and upright.
Stopped on side of road to check front wheel cause it took a hard hit but all OK. Next the Emu. Still taking a rest while a 4WD pulls up to see if I'm Ok the bloody Emu gets up looks at me and takes off minus a bit of skin and a few feathers.
Onto Quilpie and find a replace spare tube from earlier on. Next find camp spot for the night. 35km out of Quilpie on little dirt road heading to Adavale.
Fire for one.
Next day Plan
Hey!!! That me.
On way to Blackall, Isisford, llfracombe, Longreach.
One night of shame. Got a cabin at IIfracombe to clean myseft up. Now this is not a bad place to stay. Happy hour where all the campers get together for a met and greet and the owners put on a few nibbles and a bit of bush poetry and jokes. A great night. Checked out the Machinery Mile in town.
Next day plan. Friday 30th. Longreach, Qantas Museum, Muttaburra and head for Springsure.
Only water crossing ( if you can call it that ) on whole trip from the floods was on my way to Muttaburra. Great road.
Muttaburra road was still being worked on. Now Mistake 3. Forgot the charger for the camera so now outta power and no more photo's
Just to finish off and not to leave you hanging, afew more lines to fill in my trip.
Muttaburra to Barcaldine to Alpha on the black stuff. Boring but, well
Turned right at Alpha and head for Tambo but turn left 163km from Alpha onto Developmental Road and look for a place to bush camp. The night of dingo's as a few packs howling around me but not close. Another bush moment to remember. Next morning ride to Springsure. This road was closed when I left home so was hoping it was open now. No closed signs on road so all go. Rocked into Springsure early so did a bit of riding around the countryside and run into Mickldo and his band of merry men. Great time had at Springsure and left there 1pm Sunday for ride home. Plan ride home
Mickldo said something about Arcada so that will do. Great dirt road down and 1 more creek crossing. Got down to Expedition NP camping ground for last night of bush camping. Next morning onto Injune, Roma, Chinchilla, Murgon, Jima, Imbil, Sunny Coast (home ) when it was raining for the first time on my trip.
All up, 12 days, 5896 kms, 1 puncture, 1 Emu , 1 small crash.( Didn't tell you earlier. Only time that I rode to slow, soft sand got me.) A great time and meeting some neat people at both Rallies. You know who you are so thanks and we will meet again. DONE!!!
ENJOY OR TRASH