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Old 05-22-2012, 04:28 AM   #16
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Great going, Mate.
Keep 'em coming!
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:36 AM   #17
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Great RR Matty

Nice photos and writing style mate. Theres something about riding solo in the outback/dessert, it brings a whole new meaning to the word adventure!!!! Good luck on your awesum trip and hope to catch up in Darwin for a beer.

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Old 05-22-2012, 05:06 AM   #18
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Great to see Ben's bike back out there travelling, it was pretty well set up before but now you've done it proud.

Loving the report.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:31 AM   #19
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:27 AM   #20
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Nice ride and welcome back to The Skunk

Great report....photos and style.

Ben's name for the bike was The Skunk, due to the light top of the custom seat.

Looking forward to the rest of the trip.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:38 AM   #21
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Nice report! Subscribed!!
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:47 AM   #22
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On board! Just a question, what are the rules for carrying a weapon, pistol, rifle, etc., while traveling around the Outback on the bike? Love the pics.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:10 AM   #23
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Thanks for all the kind messages guys. Very much appreciated. I promise more tomorrow morning.

@roninwva; Sidearms have been, for all intensive purposes, illegal in Australia for quite a few years now.
To my knowledge (outside of gun clubs) it's only the coppers and I believe the odd head stockman on the stations who are allowed to carry handguns.
Stay tuned mate...I'm heading into parts of the country where I truly wished I was allowed to carry a pistol.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:54 PM   #24
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Ben's bike has the pedigree - Ben did some reports on here with that bike.
I leave in ten days - following your tracks so don't cut the track up too much!!
Thanks for the report
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:11 PM   #25
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WTF? What does this mean? Do people really attack you so they can stiff your fuel? Sorry if I sound like a stupid Yank.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:14 PM   #26
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Oh, and I almost forgot: GREAT REPORT!!!! Looking forward to lots more.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:18 PM   #27
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+1 on the sniffing fuel ???????
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:27 PM   #28
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@BeerIsGood. It's not so much that they will have a go at ya, as nick it when you're not looking.
Substance abuse is one of many problems that are prevalent out in the more isolated parts of Australia. To my knowledge it's something that's not uncommon amongst the indigenous people in the north of the States/Canada as well.
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:29 PM   #29
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Yes, if they spot grog or fuel, they may smash your windows to get to it.
having said that though, we always keep everything out of sight, and never had an issue.

Great RR, please keep it coming...
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:45 PM   #30
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Day 4: Warakurna to Yulara

Another beautiful crisp dawn greets me and I take a walk around whilst I have the place to myself. Iím soon refuelled and saddled up, paying my respects to Lenís Grader which resides at the Giles Meteorological Station. He prided himself on gunbarrel straight roads, I respect that but as a motorcyclist Iíd really appreciate a few twisties every now and then.



















Iím heading to Uluru/Ayers Rock today which is a relatively short 350kms away.
I prefer the use of the blackfella names for these places as opposed to those given by the whites.
How a magnificent landmark such as Uluru can be named after the then Chief Secretary of South Australia or some such is quite repugnant.
Another (of many) examples, the hill dubbed Mount Nameless in WA by the whites; I quote Aboriginal Elder Lola Young; "You know, the non-Aboriginal people named the biggest hill around here, at Tom Price, Mount Nameless. They didn't ask the Aboriginal people here if that place had a name already. And it had. Its name for thousands of years has been Jarndunmunha; there's nothing nameless about that. I think it is a matter of respect of cultures". Anyway, back to our regular programmingÖ










The run from Warakurna to Uluru (where it turns bitumen) is what is often described as the worst part of the whole road. This is based on hearsay from the nomads and it probably would be nasty in a large vehicle towing a few ton. Yes itís corrugated, yes itís sandy, but I really didnít think it was too bad. Stand up and give it a fistful and it was pretty easy going, plus thereís a lot more to have a squiz at as youíre cruising along.

This really is spectacular country which is beyond my skill to photograph or describe. Massive abstract rocky outcrops, painted dark green from recent rain are separated by bright red sandy creek beds and valleys of pure white ghost gumtrees with plenty of camels wandering around just to check that youíre still watching the road.
Before I knew it Iím at the border for a quick photo.







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