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Old 11-29-2007, 02:32 AM   #1
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6 weeks 17 750 kilometers Traveling Around Australia

Hi All..

Thought I`d share my travels around Australia for any and all that are interested.. I`ve taken a quite a few pictures so I think it might be a big one..

I guess the trip all started about 2 years ago when my wife and I watched every episode of "Long Way Round" together on pay TV.. Me because I could really relate to spending so much time on a bike on an adventure and her moreso because she loves Ewen.. We both really loved the series and it then lead to some very interesting conversations..

We got to talking about the possibilities of allowing me to do a trip of my own but knew that a trip around the World wouldn`t happen but travelling around Australia could.. When she wasn`t totally against the idea from the start it became apparent that the trip might actually happen.. A couple of days later the topic came up again and she asked how long I thought i`d need to cover the distance.. I thought I might be pushing it to ask for too much time away so I suggested maybe 3 weeks, always start high and negotiate lower lower if needed..

Spent that day away on the Golf course and when I returned that afternoon she had done a spread sheet of distances and times and asked me if 6 weeks would be OK to do the trip..

I love my wife..



The trip basically followed Highway 1 all the way around Australia in an Anti-clockwise direction although I had planned on doing some dirt roads along the way if time and weather permitted.. The Gibb River Road was a must in the planning stages and some more dirt around the top end if I was keeping up with the schedule.. Having to do the trip in 6 weeks meant that I would have to average around the 520 kilometers per day but also allowed a few rest days..






Had also planned to meet up with the good wife and kids in Darwin and spend 4 or 5 days with them as we hadn`t visited that part of the country before and also meant some time together mid way through the journey..

My Brother in-law Racketeer will also spend the first week traveling with me..

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Old 11-29-2007, 02:43 AM   #2
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The big day had finally come and all that was needed was for Racketeer to arrive on time at midday and away we go.. 2:30pm he rolls into the driveway which is pretty good as he doesn`t normally run that early..

My bike had been loaded and waiting for a day or so and was bloody keen to get going..







I decided to take some 5 litre fuel cans (one fuel and one water) with me as there are some long distances between fuel stops in parts of the top end.. My idea was to store them out of the way on the back of the pannier when empty and when full bring them around to the front of the panniers to keep the extra weight forward and lower..




This will be my office for the next 6 weeks..



Here`s Racketeer ready to depart and we couldn`t get those silly grins off our faces for hours after..





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Old 11-29-2007, 02:49 AM   #3
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This is great, everytime I've logged in the last few minutes there is more to this thread. It's looking good so far! Keep going mate, I'm reading it!
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:18 AM   #4
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Day #1..

The best part of having 18 months to organise things to do the trip was it gave me heaps of time to plan and buy what was needed to make it as comfortable and enjoyable as possible..

I can`t for the life of me work out why I was up till all hours that week trying madly to finish my bike before I started to help Racketeer

At 3pm on the Friday 24th of August the trip began..

Such a beautiful day to start the trip.. 18 Deg. C, sunny and not a breath of wind..

Then why the hell was I wobbling all over road as though I was three parts stoned and hung over to boot?? I thought I was going to drop my bike at the very first corner as I thought the new front tyre I had fitted a couple of days earlier was flat.. The handle bars shook alarmingly between 30 - 55 kilometers an Hour and the knuckles where white within the first 3 ks.. SHIT... I stopped and checked but the tyre had correct air pressure and all looked fine as far as bolt tension and alignment.. Maybe the new tyre just needed time to bed in..

Getting away late also meant that we would need to travel into the night to make it to the TTT Rally the following day that we had been talked into days before we departed.. Nothing like having a plan set out 18 Months earlier and then throwing it in the bin the day before we head off..

Because of the late start and the front wheel wobble there weren`t too many pictures taken the first couple of days.. I was in survival mode from day 1 and stopping to smell the roses wasn`t even on my mind..

Here is one of a very exhausted Racketeer at our overnight stop in Cann River..



Racketeer nearly didn`t make the trip as he had bought a new town House in Melbourne and needed it repainted all the way through before his family could move into it while he was away.. What that meant was some rediculous late nights painting for the week leading into the trip.. 3 am was the normal time to start cleaning brushes and rollers and a full week of that had us behind sleep wise before we even departed..

Day 1 travel..

424.3 klms Sat Nav..

Melbourne> Traralgon> Lakes Enterance> Cann River..

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Old 11-29-2007, 03:44 AM   #5
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Day #2

An early departure this morning for a longer ride to the TTT rally held in the Blue Mountains Nation Parks.. Had a great night's sleep after traveling the last 200 odd ks at night in Wombat and Kangaroo territory but managed verry well with the 2 X 100 watt driving lights and HID headlights fitted to my bike..

This also saw us leaving Victoria and now entering New South Wales..





We had a rest at a favourite spot of mine in Narooma where I have spent quite a bit of time fishing with my inlaws over many Christmas breaks..





The ride into the TTT Rally is almost legendary and this year claimed it`s fair share of victims as well.. One bloke had an off that broke his leg and needed to be evacuated by helicopter to the Hospital nearby.. On one occasion we rounded the corner in time to see 3 guys trying to recover a near new KLR 650 that had taken it`s rider over an embankment and was almost never seen again.. It took another 3 of us to recover it.. There were parts of bikes left along the track from one incident or another but we made our way safely in around mid afternoon.. I found out later that TTT stands for Thrashers Terrible Treck..



Just what you need when your fighting an over weight pig with a wheel wobble that was trying to get you into a tank slapper when you least wanted it..

Was great to catch up with many forum members who I had spoken to over the internet and finally place faces to names.. Spent the night chatting around the fire having a good laugh at times and then ducking for cover as huge explossions where set off in the surrounding scrub at all hours of the night..

Some bikes at the TTT Rally..







This is our Aussie Moderators atgreg`s bike...







And this one ridden by a very talented rider..





Day 2 travel..

Cann River> Merrimbula> Narooma> Batemans Bay> Goulburn> Taralga> TTT Rally..

570 klms KTM Speedo..

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Old 11-29-2007, 04:19 AM   #6
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Day #3

Racketeer and I decided to walk to the top of the ridge where we camped the night as we had been told the view was well worth the effort..

As we reached the top I saw a guy with his pants around his ankles having a dump about 100 meters away.. (Hope this wasn`t the view people had suggested we have a look at .. ) By the time we had walked over to where the best view was he had amost covered it in rocks and was prodding it with a stick...

Racketeer asked the bloke if he was trying to kill it with his stick..

The views of the Mountains were very worthy of the walk and I`d bet not too many toilets offered a better sight..











We packed up camp and left mid morning now with Andrew2 and DANNOj and headed out via some different dirt roads to Oberon where we all enjoyed lunch at the Bakery





and then made our way to Bathurst where each year the Touring Cars hold there biggest race of the year at nearby Mount Panamara.. I had always wanted to visit this place and given it was only a 60 odd kilometer detour then it was a must do and it didn`t dissapoint..








The best part is the track inwhich the race is held is a public road 51 weeks of the year so anyone can ride/drive around it and get to experience what the race drivers have to deal with.. Albeit we had to travel at 50 ks and they could do what they wanted.. We did 2 laps as the front wheel was at it`s worst at those speeds and couldn`t ride any harder as it is very heavily Policed with cameras and unmarked cars..












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Old 11-29-2007, 04:25 AM   #7
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We restocked with beverages and then headed just the other side of Lithgow to set up camp in a Pine Plantation..










and then settled in for a quieter night sitting around the fire..

DANNOj..



Racketeer and Andrew2..






No need to go into too much details of what the conversation was about that night but lets just say it wasn`t quite spooky enough to scare the crap out of one of the youngest members..

Day 3 Travel..

TTT Rally> Oberon> Bathurst> Lithgow

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Old 11-29-2007, 04:43 AM   #9
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+1, looking great nev, cant wait to see the rest
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I decided to take some 5 litre fuel cans (one fuel and one water) with me as there are some long distances between fuel stops in parts of the top end.. My idea was to store them out of the way on the back of the pannier when empty and when full bring them around to the front of the panniers to keep the extra weight forward and lower..




Where'd you get those straps? I like them.

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Old 12-03-2007, 08:42 PM   #11
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Where'd you get those straps? I like them.
They are andy strapz
http://www.andystrapz.com

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Where'd you get those straps? I like them.

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Hi fmfpunk..

I had the girls at Andystrapz make them up for me and traveled the best part of 9 000 klms with a full container and it sat nicely in front of the pannier..

The strap used is an elastic material with velcro sewn to the ends for easy use.. I then used a rubber strap around the pannier handle to take the weight of the fuel container.. Worked out very well and will use this idea again on the next trip.. Can`t really see any need to alter it..

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Old 12-05-2007, 03:53 AM   #13
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Hi Nev,
This is absolutely brilliant, magic photos, thank you for sharing Australia through your eyes, with us.

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This is absolutely brilliant, magic photos, thank you for sharing Australia through your eyes, with us
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Old 12-05-2007, 04:00 AM   #15
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Hi Nev,
This is absolutely brilliant, magic photos, thank you for sharing Australia through your eyes, with us.

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Thanks for those kind words of encouragement Mick..

I`ve still got many more photos before the report is completed mate so stay tuned..
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