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Old 05-02-2013, 04:20 AM   #1
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Flinders Ranges Classic VI 2013

The Flinders Ranges Classic VI 2013 was looking to be the best ever with over 100 people registered, and many thanks going to the irrepressible DRTrev/AussieTrev .



I must admit my reputation of leading adventurous riders over some fabulous terrain to get there has been somewhat tarnished in the last few years, (ol' age is finally sinking in ) after discovering the luxuries of not riding & not driving ....... I must admit I have sadly have become a changed man

That is until I get back onto the saddle of my fabulous TDM Adventurer

Our first destination was to seek out membership of the famous Quorn Schnitzel Club.





How could you go past The Outback? ...................... absolutely delicious



On arriving at our destination ...............



We were greeted by Mr Smiley



and easily recognised his digs for the weekend



Settling in with the "camp party people" .............. errr !!!! ............... I mean't those camping

First night's greet & meet was fabulous & I wondered what the rest of the world was doing ........ only for a minuscule .

First wonder of the weekend ..................

Can you imagine this ................. here's Con ...... bottle of half emptied red ..... juicy looking steak on the plate .................... side dish of......................... WTF Nurofen plus ......... with extra bottles of who knows what he said he had under his pillow Dancing with the verandah post was worth watching

Memories! ...................... those were the days of a misspent youth ..... I'm afraid I'm feeling older & older mixing with you young tigers ..... sorry Trev ...... I mean fellas

However Con miraculously survived & lived on to experience his own karma later.

Next morning a loyal few headed out on a westerly 481km loop out of Hawker I'd ridden 5 years earlier & was keen to experience again.







Unfortunately my navigational reputation was potentially in tatters after a small lack of concentration saw us heading on an unplanned road ( damn first night celebrations )

Luckily with quick aptitude I was able to redeem myself and provide my followers with an extraordinary touring experience they all comment favourably on







To help conceal my mistake I was determined to appear authoritative about the local fragile environment & called everyone together for education purposes









After that close escape I guided the troops through some more interesting tracks past Oraparinna HS hoping they would be enthralled enough to forget my error

We soon found ourselves on the top of the fabulous Stokes Hill lookout with my younger cousin





By this time lunch was calling in Wilpena Pound..

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Old 05-02-2013, 05:21 AM   #2
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Eating lunch at Wilpena Pound one couldn't help but get a sense of someone's life was not as free as he thought





After refuelling body & bike we headed in an easterly direction and yet again ............. Big Brother was still watching



What's with these non TDM related bikes ?????



Finally the troops began to arrive & we didn't accept their dust excuse either





By this time we were some 300kms into the loop & fluids were getting low, so of course .............. !







The return loop was now in site and we hightailed back to Ango Village for another nights fun & laughter



Excitement was building for the next days "Flinders Classic TT"

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Old 05-02-2013, 06:21 AM   #3
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The start of another Great ride report Kym .
I have been looking forward to this one .

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Old 05-02-2013, 06:33 AM   #4
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The start of another Great ride report Kym .
I have been looking forward to this one .

Cheers Ian
Same here Kym

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Old 05-02-2013, 01:43 PM   #5
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:21 PM   #6
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" ...................................... we hightailed back to Ango Village for another nights fun & laughter "
That phrase began to haunt me at 4am, when loud thumping music was still being heard coming from the camp party people, even with the ear plugs in.

Revenge was sweet early next morning though when Domonsura backed his bike up to the entrance to their tent & rung its neck for a minute or two



Moving on .............. The Flinders Classic TT

Well! ....... it was actually .................... "Trev's Tiger" Tour



Having heard of the pleasures associated with having the "cheese & cracker carrying tortoise" on a ride,



We kept a close eye not to lose AussieOtto on his Ural



Amazing Brachina Gorge, beautiful as ever





and together with the fun one can have along the way





Doubts were beginning to set in about soggy crackers, when we saw the Tortoise attacking the water crossing at full flight



But he soon dried out.



Having the loan Tigers for the classic was a real treat for smiley Trev & together with his generosity he ensured nearly everyone got a ride.



I must admit the Triumph is rather addictive:


The TDM is like the romantic, adventurous, mature age woman where as the Tiger is the high powered, ambitious sexy female executive, potentially ruthless yet forgiving and modest.

They both have the ability to keep you on your toes and put a great big smile on your face .......... that's the bikes that is

I love 'em both in their own way


I asked Trev if he wanted the Tiger back when we reached the dirt.

"Nah! You can go for a short 5km dirt experience if you like MB", says Trev

However, unknowingly the Devil took me under his control & before I knew what had happened, I had completed the full length of the 29km Moralana Scenic Drive.

The Devil made me do it honest .................................................. ...........that's my story and I'm sticking to it.



Sheer delight when I finally got to the end & off the Tiger ...................... that's for Trev too.



The rest of the troops had gone to Wilpena for lunch some time ahead of PBee, Trev, AussieOtto & myself, when all of a sudden PBee started slowing.

He's killed a tiger, I thought to myself

But it was a classic case (errr!! ..... Flinders Classic ) of the Hare & the Tortoise





Having ridden his Tiger much more economically, that's both him & me

Trev said he wasn't actually out of fuel ......... it was only a precaution & we believed him



After lunch Tiger Trev lead us up Stokes Hill lookout for the mandatory sexy photo shoot before heading back to Ango to prepare for the big feast that night.





The rest of us delighted in enjoying the classic scenery the Flinders Ranges has to offer.



When towards home .......................... that doesn't look good


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Old 05-02-2013, 08:51 PM   #7
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Great ride report & pics MB & I must tell you mate there is one less f#@*%n Euro in The Flinders since The Classic..
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:28 PM   #8
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Report looking good so far Kym

Some nice shots of the little Tens and their big brother the TDM....
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Great ride report & pics MB & I must tell you mate there is one less f#@*%n Euro in The Flinders since The Classic..

Don't worry mate first class Veterinary Surgeons, Semler and Kipling took care of him.
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Great ride report & pics MB & I must tell you mate there is one less f#@*%n Euro in The Flinders since The Classic..
Bloody lucky Sol welcome to the RSL club (Roo Surviving League)

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Report looking good so far Kym Some nice shots of the little Tens and their big brother the TDM....
Thanks DM, they keep finding their way into the camera lens for some reason


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Don't worry mate first class Veterinary Surgeons, Semler and Kipling took care of him.
Lucky you were only a stones throw away at the time.


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With that huge localized dump of rain near where we were planning to go, a sense of urgency rose & we decided to hightail it back to camp ASAP



However within 5kms of Blinman we were confronted with a 2 metre high wall of raging torrent across the road




The lads heading home from the other side of Blinman were within 3kms of the thirst quenching Blinman Hotel, but were forced to wait over 3 hours for the raging torrent to subside.




It was then, PBee formed a Plan

Lets retrace our tracks to either Plan (A) Brachina Gorge, if that is impassable; Plan (B) Moralana Scenic Drive and if that is also impassable; Plan(C) Hawker to get back onto the black top & up to Parachilna, ring Dave at the village to check Parachilna Gorge is still open & back home for a well earned beer or two.

If all were blocked .......... who's got the biggest credit card limit to drown our sorrows at missing Trev's fabulous Saturday night Presentation Awards cookup at camp.

and so we became Storm Racers

However as all good plans go, the inevitable happened

"Hey guys" called Bernie ............... "I don't think I have enough fuel to get home"

"No worries we'll get fuel at Parachilna" says a confident PBee and all were happy in the land of panic



As one good deed deserves another, PBee stepped forward & offered his (read AussieOtto's) fuel Stewy also stepped up & offered to use his shiny bright new siphoning hose, so all was good in the land of hope, although time was ticking by.

We reached the still dusty Brachina Gorge, took a vote & decided to go for it & we succeeded in reaching the blacktop



Back at camp however, we were later told a few other riders tried to go through the Brachina Gorge some 30minutes behind us & were confronted with a raging torrent.

Mind you, I was continually looking over my shoulder as I know how fast these flash flood rise.

Successfully reaching Parachilna in the rain, relief was at hand



PBee rang Dave at the village and was told ............... "you pussies get back here, the gorge is fine"

Refuelling was at hand or so we thought, only to be told we don't sell fuel anymore,

So Bernie tucked under the somewhat miniscule DR fairing trying to save as much fuel as possible & feathered ie opened it up in frustration .............. in a make it or break it attitude, the 15 kms back to Angorichina Village



It wouldn't be long before the Parachilna Gorge was going to get interesting though.





and we finally relaxed with our pre-dinner drinks in hand

Let the evening festivities begin

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Old 05-04-2013, 05:26 AM   #13
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Don't worry mate first class Veterinary Surgeons, Semler and Kipling took care of him.
Thanks fellas..
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What a story teller.

Makes me feel like I was there.............
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