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Old 11-25-2012, 10:37 PM   #368
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since i was now well off the bitumen, i wanted to get the new tyres on....
unfortunately i didnt have time to swap them over tonight if a was gonna get the
50kms out to the lake tonight for sunset..

i took the panniers off and chucked a few bits and pieces into a backpack and headed off towards lake Eyre North..



the dry track that id taken from Marree disapeared and gave way to a muddy desert...



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then the track gave way to canals!



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.lucky they had some warning signs!



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eventually the mud and water gave way...

gave way to corrogated sand....



the going had been slower than i'd hoped, so by time i got up into the Goyder Channel, the sun was setting....




i found a good spot and pulled up...



once again found myself...'no-where'...




and then went for a bit of a walk just in time for sunset....



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and then it was back to the bike for a bit of an adventure riding back the way i'd come...but in the dark....



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with a stop here and there to take in the sights...



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made it back to camp just in time for the full moon to come up...



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so it was time for a walk around the lake for some moon shots...



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but it had been a long day... so it was back to camp for a feed and bed...




next day loooked like perfect weather....



i decided it was a good time to switch over the front tyre... it was fairly low on tread, and gave me the
shits in the mud and sand last night.... and i was carrying a brand new one...


so off she came and the new one went on... spooned her on nicely....until the very last pop on...

hmmm, did i pinch that..??

pumped here up.... couldnt hear any air escaping...

figured i'd pack camp before putting her back on the bike ... just in case...

so camp was packed, tyre checked.... bugger... she was goin down...

off she came again and yep, the smallest of pinch holes....



patched and back on...

was fairly dirty and sweaty by now, so i got bike packed and ready to go then hit the hot spring for a morning bath





and then i was..... Gone....again..

the ride back down to Marree was a lot faster with the new front (scorpion rally)

the old front went inside another trye that was marking another track...

i ducked back into Marree, topped up the fuel, dumped the little bit of rubbish i had from tea last night...

and headed off for the 400-ish km across the Oodnadatta track to meet the other lads at camp that night...

the first 100km or so was high speed baked clay... with quite a few 4wd's with camping trailers to belt past...



a drinks brake at Lake Eyre South...



and then on to William Creek... where there was quite a crowd at the petrol bowsers...

i did a look around the 'carpark' and spotted a bike i thought i knew...

Sundowner had mentioned that DesertDog (Matty) was comin up in his white Land Rover... (he was bringin the beer!)

This bike was parked next to a white Landy, so i figured it was Tony and Matty...

i pulled up and jumped off the bike...

it wasnt long before some scruffy lookin dude rocked up.... and i met Matty and Ani... Tony (TonyRDR) todled out too...



they mentioned that the petrol bowser was broken down, hence the queue... they'd been here for a few hours waiting for it to be fixed...

i moseyed inside and got a pie, then came out via the bowser....

'hows she lookin?' i asked... all good, just finishing up now...

i grabbed my bike, was the first to fill-up, then went and told the other lads....'bastard.....we been here for hours, and you rock up at straigh in for fuel...'

There had been no sign of Sundowner od UncleGra....

which was odd, given they werent at Marree, 200km back...

hmmm... oh well, not much we can do... and i didnt have mobile reception to check Sundowners Spot..

anyway, we agreed to meet up at the t-intersection about 200kms away... which is only a few kms from where we are all campin tonight...

so off i go went while the others fueled up...



it again was a blast down this track.... not quite as good as Marree to William creek but still good...

prob 50 kms out i see somethin in my rear mirror comin up behind....

i'm sitting on 100kms.... shit he's moving i think to myself... as TonyRDR flys past and disapears into the slowly seting sun... (he doesnt like riding at night)

i stop at a ruin just in time to let this fella come thru in the opposite direction..



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i'm takin some photos



just as Matty and Ani roll in....

'where's Tony, i didnt pass him?' he says

'nah he's gone mate.... belted past me a while back...'

Ani enjoyed a bit of a leg stretch too..



and off again, stopping at a few more sights and then into Algebuckina Bridge...



for a fair old chat to a couple of blokes who were camped out for a few days...

they hadnt seen Sundowner or UncleGra either....

the sun set and then we were off again...



it was a slower ride in in the dark, cattle roos and rocks abounded...

but finally got to the T-intersection... because we'd taken the scenic route,
i wasnt expecting Tony to still be at the t-intersaction... but there he was, sitting
in the dark with a few other blokes who he knew and had run into....

we compared notes on where camp was... i'd marked the co-ordinates the Sundowner had given in my GPS,
so i headed off first...


comin into a creek near the 'point' i see a flash of a headlight out in the darkness to the right.... hang a u-turn and head bout 100m off the road and meet Aub (Ozbikedude)

sitting out in the darkness all by himself...

his ride..



so we had 4 off the 6 stooges...but still no sign of Sundowner and UncleGra

we scratch our heads , figure theres not much we can do to find/help them, so set-up camp..

Aub has a Sat-phone and so calls home and gets his missus to fire up the 'puter and check sundowners 'spot'...

seems he's about 50kms back....

about an hour goes by and still no sign of them....

another sat-phone call to check their progress....

hmmm they've only moved a few metres.... just off the road...

hmmm... the theories flow thick and fast...

Tony says UncleGra doesnt like ridin at night, so in the end we settle on them pulling up for the night...

although i find it a bit odd that they'd do that so 'close' to camp, and so close to the road....

anyway...not much we can do...


after what seemed like another hour, we hear the sound of bikes....

and then 2 bright white lights come over the rise....

'thats Sundowners HID's' i say... and then another bike comes over the rise...

and then, finally, Sundowner and UncleGra roll into camp.....



Turns out they had been late leaving Marree, and camped at a spring (and about the only sight i didnt stop in to have a look at) between Marree and William creek...

they' heard me go past...

then Sundowner had changed over his back tyre....

and about 160km later his (midas e-07??) had disintergrated....

he'd rolled in the last 40km on a flat...



We have a fire goin so Sundowner crack out the first of many cans of 'spam'...



the moons out again..




bloody nice night, for a bloody nice camp with some bloody nice blokes...



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how good is this camp!




Sundowners Super Tenere....




TonyRDR's DR Super Tanker..



so after a bloody good night meeting some new mates, and lightening the load in the beer wagon..

it was time to pull up stumps for the night....

tomorrow was another big day...





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