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Old 06-15-2011, 03:17 AM   #1
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A few days wandering the Mt Lofty Ranges (South Australia)

With another long weekend upon us it was time to load up the DR 650 and head off for a couple of days. The plan was to hook up with my mate Paul who lives near Victor Harbor, then spends a few days riding the roads and trails north along the Mt Lofty ranges to Truro via the mallee near Swan Reach. So with gear loaded I headed off to Victor late afternoon

After a quick burst up the Freeway I cut through Hahndorf

and Echunga

before picking up the dirt near Meadows

It wasnt long before Victor Harbor came into view

And my bike was parked under Pauls verandah for the night as the sun started to set in the background

Next morning the bikes were packed and ready to go

It was a fine but crisp morning and our route took us over Mosquito Hill towards Finniss and our first Road Closed sign

After digging a bit of a hole

we soon made it through towards Giles Creek

The crossing was pretty shallow and not too muddy

From there it was through some nice tracks towards Langhorn Creek

Once over the Wellington Road we headed north on Kangaroo Road through the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park

Then on to Callington via the Bremer Range

We wound our way through the flowing roads near Bondleigh before making our way over the range

After checking out a bit of flood damage near Mannum Falls

It was into the Mannum Bakery for lunch (best Kitchener buns in SA!)

After a bit of a break we continued on before our path was stopped by this

It was pretty deep and very soft so we looked for a way around

Only to find our escape path blocked by this

Bloody padlocks.. Oh well, a bit of re calculating on the gps and we were soon onto another track

Which led to more tracks

And finally to our campsite amongst the mallee

After setting up camp and avoiding these

We had a break before heading into Swan Reach to get a feed. First things first, we had to get across the river

The pub itself puts on a good meal and the view across the river from the dining room made it easy to sit back and down a few quiet ales

But not before Paul had dug the last of disintegrated earplug from inside his ear canal (notice the unique medical instrument used)

With the aid of my LED lights (and the gps J) we found camp and hit the sack for the night (after scaring the crap out of a wandering wombat on the way back or should I say it scared the crap out of me!)
Up at dawn

With a fire going to try and warm up a little

Once camp was packed away it was off cross country

And then we picked up the road north past Yookumurra Sanctuary

Next it was west towards the ranges this time following the water pipeline that runs from Swan Reach to Stockwell

You can even stop for a top up along the way J

Soon we were up and over the range.

Just watch out for those damaged grids!

Often a sign of nice tracks ahead!

Ducking around near Truro more nice tracks were found

As well as a couple of unlucky foxes from the night before

More tracks as we run a loop around Dutton

Before rolling into Truro for a lunch stop. No prizes for guessing where..

From Truro it was back heading south through some great countryside

Lots of flowing roads

With a few smaller tracks thrown in

Then it was time to head back over the range via Pine Hut Road

We followed the foot of the range south past Sanderson until I bid Paul farewell and cut back towards Mt Pleasant and the Kersbrook , while he continued on home to Victor Harbor. By now it had got quite cold but the countryside was still providing some great roads.

While out this way I decided to check out a track Id spied while researching another recent ride. It looked a bit dubious to start with as it seemed to pass through a private paddock at the beginning. All looked ok on the gps so I pressed on and found it hadnt been used in a while.

With branches over the track becoming more common, a new fence line cutting off where I wanted to head and a farm now in close proximity it was time to retreat. At one point I had to walk the bike under some branches (Id soon warmed up!)

and was just getting back on the bike when I was approached by someone walking up the track. It was no surprise to find he was the landowner and he explained that I was on private property. He was pretty good about it (after I had apologised for getting him away from the fire on such a cold day) and we had a short chat before I hit the road again. Of course just out of curiosity (some call it stubbornness) I took a long route around by road and found where my mystery track was supposed to come out on the other side. Sure enough there was a track there with a locked gate!

All in all a great few days away!

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