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Old 06-27-2013, 09:56 PM   #91
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Too the mountains!

Rested, defrosted and the spirit boosted I ducked across the road to the local bakery and breakfasted on one of the award winning meat pies and to send off some souvenirs and post card to my friend Erika. I have spent a bit of time in post offices around Australia now to either send back non essential items and mementos accumulated whilst exploring or post cards to friends and family. I still believe receiving something personal in the post from someone in a far off place is pretty cool. Ebay purchases give you a similar feeling, but obviously paid for by yourself!

Erica General Store.
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You know your getting up in the altitudes when you see things like this...
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Making my way back down towards the Victorian coast I came across a Swiss couple doing a documentary on Australia. I was able to get them to take a photo of both me and the bike in our natural environment. Coming from Western Australia seeing warning signs like these are even a novelty to me. I had to keep a lookout on the winding roads not only for the kangaroos but wombats and koalas!
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Along the way, Cricket Club Hotel, Cowwarr.
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Before making my way up the mountains on the Great Alpine Road, I stopped in at Bairnsdale to buy long sleeved and legged thermal underwear. I saved the nice shop assistant the trouble of a carry bag and wore them under my bike gear, straight out the shop! The road report forecast detailed some land slips further up the mountain cutting off a particular scenic bike route recommended by my brother inlaw Ross and others.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:45 AM   #92
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Victorian Highlands

The Victorian Highlands was another place that had me intrigued. I had read about them in several "Trailzone" motorbike magazines and watched videos of crew on awesome tracks throughout the area. Excitement coupled with fear of the unknown, fueled me up the road towards it all.

A reminder that I was now alone and had to be very careful in my travels...
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Another namesake reminder of my great mate and influence Doug Swift.
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The word "Alpine" to me, coming from a predominately arid state of Australia seems very foreign, conjures up images that I am certainly not used to being in and gives me a feeling that I'm far away some where, out of my comfort zone. With me and the bike, I'm grinning from ear to ear and loving it...
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I was seeing a change in the surrounding environment, from manicured farmland to native bush that turned into denser forrest. As I rode further up the mountain the forrest gave way to a silver wooded and hardier tree which then gave way to low tough tundra. "Something tells me Toto, we are not in Exmouth anymore!"

The crisp, clean air, Mount Cope.
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This following video is a favourite of mine. The feeling of riding solo to the very top of a mountain, being alone with your thoughts and feelings is an experience to behold.

I am not sure if I was allowed up there, but with a few 'service' gates open, absolutely no-one or fresh tracks around, the urge to continue was overpowering. The reward was truly awesome!!! Sorry for the poor audio but it was really blowing up there! The rubbly track, combined with boogie freezing cross winds at 40knots+, gave the whole experience an even better feeling of achievement. God knows what Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay felt when they got to the top of Everest! To park and look around, I had to position the bike carefully, even doing that, it sat over balancing on the side stand touching every so often, on either the front or back wheel.

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The bike standing firm in a balancing act.
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Blown away on motorcycle and mountain!
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Coming back down, Alpine Village, Falls Creek. Empty snow runs below.
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An empty Falls Creek. As I walked around by myself for a while, I prepared for Zombies to walk out of shadows! Not a soul around. Finally a mountain bike rider road passed with a friendly greeting of "Gday" and I went on my way knowing that all was ok...
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Riding in and out of the dark shadows the mountains cast, had me confused what time it was during the day.
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Racing up a early morning mountain to meet a sunrise. I'll meet you halfway...
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:12 AM   #93
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Into the Snowy...

Riding over a state border is a unique thing to me. I have never lived near enough to one to do it regularly. Other than using large ships or commercial aircraft to do it, riding over one was now my favourite way!
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Henry Lawson country, the steeds have changed over the years.
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Friendly energy.
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Dead Horse Gap
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Getting high on life and my bike...
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A video of idling down through Thredbo Village, looking out to the green ski fields across the valley. To see it under snow would be interesting... Click to watch.
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Going through these photos I realise that the bloody bike is in every shot, centre of my focus! Sorry! My only excuse I can offer is..., that I guess the bike is! You become? apart of it? it become a part of you.., a couple? There is no denying attachment with the journey taken. Blasting out of forrest dirt trails or over scrubby coastal sands, crossing long bridges, through mountain passes, vast desert outback highways, all joined with others along the way. I'm having a heap of fun! Where too next...?
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:32 AM   #94
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Excellent update! Thanks for the view of a part of the world that I hope to visit someday!
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:05 AM   #95
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Recovery and Preparation

Down from the Snowys to Eden on the NSW south coast I cleaned and stored the bike at my folks place. Eager to return from sea in another 5 weeks to ride to the Tenere Tragics run to Longreach.

My return to the bike has been a delayed one. My blow from viral meningitis came from no-where but certainly sent me some where, down for the count. Instead of getting back on the bike I was getting back in a hospital bed!

I would like to say a sincere, massive thank you to all nursing and doctor staff of the hospitals I've been in recently! I have always received great care and assistance. These people are doing an amazing job helping others with medical aid. It takes a very special person to help very sick or injured people. Thank you.

I was twin fuel injected! One pump for the rehydrating solution and the other for the anti-virus. After all my veins in my hands gave up they did a "Direct Injection Pipe" (pick line) in through my inner arm direct into my heart! These two were my close mates for weeks, followed me around absolutely, everywhere. Lifesavers.
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Back from the dead and after another 5 weeks work at sea I prepared my bike for the next leg of the journey. I had missed my chance to do the Tenere Tragic ride, I still had the urge to do more inland travelling. My thoughts of doing it still remained...

Wiring was on my list of things to do, to tidy up the accessory spaghetti under my seat!
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Back together and packing.
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Time to go.
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I went for a run with a mate living in the area from work Tony. The adventure tourer and worked Harley a odd couple along his NSW south coast. Swapping bikes at the lunch turn around destination had me a little concerned...

As Tony said "One down, five up, don't worry!"
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Down from the Snowys to Eden on the NSW south coast I cleaned and stored the bike at my folks place. Eager to return from sea in another 5 weeks to ride to the Tenere Tragics run to Longreach.

My return to the bike has been a delayed one. My blow from viral meningitis came from no-where but certainly sent me some where, down for the count. Instead of getting back on the bike I was getting back in a hospital bed!

I would like to say a sincere, massive thank you to all nursing and doctor staff of the hospitals I've been in recently! I have always received great care and assistance. These people are doing an amazing job helping others with medical aid. It takes a very special person to help very sick or injured people. Thank you.

I was twin fuel injected! One pump for the rehydrating solution and the other for the anti-virus. After all my veins in my hands gave up they did a "Direct Injection Pipe" (pick line) in through my inner arm direct into my heart! These two were my close mates for weeks, followed me around absolutely, everywhere. Lifesavers.


Back from the dead and after another 5 weeks work at sea I prepared my bike for the next leg of the journey. I had missed my chance to do the Tenere Tragic ride, I still had the urge to do more inland travelling. My thoughts of doing it still remained...

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Wow, I'm glad to know you are on the mend as we say over here. Meningitis is not an ailment with which to trifle.

I had Malaria in 2006 after a trip to Myanmar (Burma) and the treatments were awful. How did you discover the Meningitis, if you don't mind a momentary detour from the story line?
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:59 AM   #97
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The Victorian Highlands


Didn't realize you were sliding past my neck of the woods hoonatic, i'm in Wangaratta right near Bright, Bogong so my trail riding playground is the Vic high country....... awesome countryside to ride in specially on the fire trails.

Thanks for the huge effort of the ride report, i enjoyed your travels and i hope your health gets back to normal

cheers to ya mate
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Bloody headache!

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Wow, I'm glad to know you are on the mend as we say over here. Meningitis is not an ailment with which to trifle.

I had Malaria in 2006 after a trip to Myanmar (Burma) and the treatments were awful. How did you discover the Meningitis, if you don't mind a momentary detour from the story line?
Hey "Basketcase",

The symptoms came in the form of a splitting headache that just didn't go away, ever.

Because I was working at sea, I had to wait until we returned to port in Darwin, Northern Territory 3 days after the headache started...

The doctor I went too did a CT scan of my head/skull/brain and at looking at them said (and I quote!) "Ty it is a very unremarkable CT scan of your brain".

Being one to think of quick come backs a few days later, I surprised myself with a immediate reply of "We'll mate, I could of told you that before you looked in there."

He prescribed me strong Pannadol and some Voltarin anti-inflammatories and sent me on my way and back out to sea.

Being a hairy arsed bloke I dealt with the pain (the prescribed drugs did nothing to ease the symptoms) thinking, 'She'll be right tomorrow' and 'Just one more week of work and I'm back on the bike'. Stupid, considering I just knew something wasn't right.

At our next port call, and still crippled with the headache, I was taken to the Royal Darwin Hospital. There I was admitted immediately and soon after, a spinal tap/lumber puncture revealed I had spinal-cranial pressure of "58" An average adult has a usual pressure of between 20-30! I almost set a Northern Territory record with the largest ever seen before of 62...! The hospital staff couldn't figure out how I had walked in...

The 3 doctors doing the lumbar puncture freaked once the needle found its mark in my spine and the preassurized goo came rushing at them.

I was put in isolation for weeks until I stabilized.

On my release I shocked the specialist team by asking them if "was it alright that I could get back on the motorbike and continue my travels?" My answer was a chorused "No!!!"

The thirst for riding and adventure had increased being bedridden for so long...

Again I can't thank the medical staff in that hospital enough. Wonderful, wonderful people.
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:35 AM   #99
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Didn't realize you were sliding past my neck of the woods hoonatic, i'm in Wangaratta right near Bright, Bogong so my trail riding playground is the Vic high country....... awesome countryside to ride in specially on the fire trails.

Thanks for the huge effort of the ride report, i enjoyed your travels and i hope your health gets back to normal

cheers to ya mate
Thanks Regie308,

Appreciate the encouraging words! As you know it can be an effort, or more so, time consuming doing the Ride Report but I truly hope it encourages others to get out there and do it themselves or give them some enjoyment and adventure whilst they maybe stuck at home or work waiting for their time!

I, without any doubt, envy you and your awesome playground of the Victorian High Country. The hills, tracks, rivers and amazing scenery is something to behold, to ride and experience on a bike. I can only imagine how much better it would have been, riding with a couple of other local crew through their adventure bike wonderland...

I'm grinning here, recalling high country memories! Maybe next time I'm through that way I can persuade you for a tour"
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Father and son road trip ride.

As with most out there that ride, we have have someone to thank. Someone that encouraged us, persevered with us and gave us ultimately the gift and thrill of riding a motorcycle.

Mine is my dad.

Yeap, that's me and the old man, way back when? About 1978-79...
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I've had the pleasure of sitting up front or tucked in behind him all my childhood ingraining the enjoyment to be had on a motorcycle. Once old enough and enough pocket money was saved, then I got my own!

For some strange reason we haven't ridden at all together since those early days. Sure we tested each others new bikes once purchased and brought around to each others place to show off but that's about it.

Dads BMW road tourer needed a service up in Canberra so it was without hesitation that we would turn it into a small father and son road trip as I was heading back up and over the Snowy Mountains for the next leg of my adventure.

Now it was cool riding with Hydro previously but this was something different. We took off inland into the chilly hills from Eden and cruised the twisting back roads and highways. Dad had me giggling often, putting his cruise control on, sliding back to his rear pillion seat, looking all comfortable and waving casually to the amazed car occupants as he over took them with his "invisible rider" if I wasn't laughing so hard or battling to catch him up I would of got some classic footage!

Brown Mountain
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Fred Piper Lookout
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My mates always hassle me for having a clean, organized shed. I got it from my dad, everything he owns is spotless and polished to an inch of its life! He'll be happy when he sees his bike gleaming here...
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A rare one of me and the bike together. My intention was to go inside and express some personal opinions but this is as close as the Federal Police Officer would let me...
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After over-nighting in Canberra we rode up and stayed up at Adaminaby. Whatever ever you do, don't stay at the "Snowy Mountains Motel! It cost me an absolute fortune! This was made even more painful when we rode down the road for dinner at the awesome and very bike friendly "Snow Goose Hotel/Motel" and they told us of their cheap room prices including breakfast and lock up bike storage!
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It was so cold in the morning that both of our bikes batteries couldn't start their engines! I was certain that all fluids within my bike were now solid! The look of horror on dads face was concerning. He is a very proud BMW owner and the realization that his ever reliable German machine wasn't interested in going anywhere almost had him in a tail spin...

We stuck both of them out to defrost with the heat of the rising sun. Once thawed they came to life again. Dad noticeably happier!
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Unfortunately we parted ways here, dad back down the mountain to the family home in Eden and me further into the intriguing (for a West Australian) snow country...
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Over the hill and far away.

As a West Australian and living in a particularly arid part I was keen to ride and see the snow. The closest I have been to the snow is probably my esky full of ice and beer... The forecast wasn't real good for snow in the area I was to use to cross over the Snowy Mountains. But with the freezing morning experienced, I was feeling positive, anyway, regardless of snow or not I was just happy to be healthy and back on the bike heading into the unknown...

The crisp morning revealed some old snow on the sides of the road up past Kiandra and Mount Selwyn. Sure it wasn't "powder" but it didn't stop me pulling up, making my first snow balls and throwing it at random targets. This kid couldn't be happier, madly laughing as my white missiles exploded when they hit their marks. Sometimes you own company can be hilarious.

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Motorcycling Snowman
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Frosty it was...!
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I understand that for some, seeing snow is unremarkable but I come from a place that sits between a desert and warm coastal beaches with tropical reefs! Little moments like these I had playing around like a goose instilled in me that I was indeed on an adventure, on my motorbike, far away from all that is familiar.
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The bright day ensured that the emergency roadside cabin wasn't needed.
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I was impressed at how the basic hut was so clean, providing a safe refuge from the extreme conditions sometimes experienced up here if you were caught out.


I've never seen warning signs like these before. Beware of the Snowy Mountain brumbies...
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Stormtooper selfie with icy mountain river below.
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I never grow tired of the surprises I come across on the road. Riding through a tight snowy wooded area one moment, then a turn later, it opens up to a grassy tundra, complete with a trout river and the road visible winding off into the distance. The surprises have me pulling up, just to absorb it even better...
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More warnings of the local inhabitants. My little black brumby carried me safely throughout.
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Signs like these just make me smile, a challenge? a dare? or fair warning? What ever they are I'm always keen to find to find out...
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Another bend in the road and another surprise. Blowering reserve dam came out of nowhere, in the near hour or so I spent there absorbing the vista I didn't see a soul, kangaroos and emus where my only company. It was stunning, the glassy lake, the warming sunshine, the serenity and quietness was amazing.
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Try as I might, the photos of this wonderful spot still don't do it justice...
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Views for miles...
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A tempting 'slippery dip slide when overflowing I reckon...




Fast boats have been here...


The empty little town of Talbingo, birth place of Miles Franklin of the literary award fame. I always thought that Miles was a 'he', in fact I embarrassingly, through reading a local plague was educated properly! The Miles Franklin award terms, is that "the prize shall be awarded for the Novel for the year which is of the highest literary merit and which must present Australian Life in any of it's phases..." Being a proud Aussie I commend the awards encouragement for great Australian literature.
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Lazy roos in the sun, Talbingo golf course over looking the dam.


Workers doing dam maintenance.


Friendly power generation.




Well I'll be! Its the "Road To Gundagai" locally known as 'Gocup Road'
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Across the Hay Plains to Renmark

I camped the night near Narrandera waking to a erie cold fog. My goal for the day was to get across the Victorian~South Australian border. My old man warned me that after the Snowy Mountains that the flat plains through the Hay area might be a bit boring.

Honestly I don't find much or anything boring, its all new to me these places and all have their own merits. Passing through I witnessed things that I have never seen before or only read about or watched on TV.

Misty morning railway bridge.
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Whilst riding along I was intrigued at some "white fluffy material" caught up on the roadside vegetation and fences. Pushing through the miles I was reluctant to pull up and investigate further... Stopping for fuel at towns the mysterious material wasn't to be seen... My answer to the puzzling enigma was finally explained. Cotton!

As the cotton was recently harvested the plants from which it came had been removed from the canal irrigated paddocks. I have only seen hay baled like this. The yellow bales could be seen from miles away with hundreds of them lined up, off into the distance of the large paddocks.

Loading truck with cotton bales.
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Riding into Mildura I had to cross the "Mighty Murray River" I was impressed with it's size and actual distance from the coast. Again in Western Australia we don't have rivers of such magnitude, especially where I come from where the rivers only flow every other year! To see river boats and house boats for the first time had the mariner in me wanting to explore the water ways of the area.

Mildura Main Jetty.


Crossing into South Australia you would have been forgiven for thinking it was a race track...


The winding Murray River is a constant companion through this area near Renmark.


I rode into the South Australian border town of Renmark. The water ways and its vessels had me wanting to embark on a different kind of adventure and journey of discovery. Click to watch.
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Renmark to the Flinders Ranges National Park

After a luxurious stay at the sprawling Renmark Hotel for the night on the banks of the Murray I ventured on, loosely following the river intending to drop in on a few friends places to say g'day.

Riding into Berri I was impressed with someone taking "House Boating" quite literally. BBQ, watertank and guttering, air-conditioning, satellite tv, water views...,
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Full of character, including a double garage and all!


Panoramic Berri Foreshore.
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River work boat.
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Berri juice, berri nice! Oranges, oranges
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And more oranges!
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Riding out of Berri I experienced a strange but really cool personal moment. I had the particular town of Cadell to visit, to catch up with a friend. With the GPS and tank bag map showing me the correct way to go I still missed the turn off! This may not seem a big thing, but what I did next really surprised me. Instead of doing the panicked U-turn at earliest opportunity, I caught myself not caring in the slightest! Quite happy to continue on my way into the total unknown, fully at ease with what may come. Is this what feeling free was like?, no worries, no stress, no panic, little care for the possible outcome... I just rode on with a subconscious shrug of the shoulders, grin of expecting adventure and happy knowing I had no idea where I was going!

Miles and mile of grape vines. This place is a fruit bowl...
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Being very content, riding my bike, going anywhere I wanted is a awesome experience. I think being so happy in life contributed to me cracking up laughing hysterically in my helmet at things like this sign, happiness and humour go hand in hand.
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More houseboats at Waikerie. A fleet, to satisfy the owners or visitors and their river holiday adventures.
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River crossing barges.
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A river crossing of different sort. Click to watch.
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Out in a paddock, miles from any river or water I came across this. Go figure, made me smile anyway.
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Back on the river trail, old wrecked barge hulls can be seen in the reeds from days gone by.
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Panoramic river bends...
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Morgan, River boat country.
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Windmills and grazing sheep.
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Empty roads, except for the wildlife, from here I think I can see the end of this 10km stretch!
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Open, empty country.
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After staying at friends of mine and Dougs, Will and Loll, I set course for the Flinders Ranges National Park. This was another place I had read about in "Trailzone Magazine" It promised to be a great place to explore and camp. On my way north into South Australia's interior I stopped just north of Orroroo at the massive Red Gum tree.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:12 AM   #104
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Flinders Ranges National Park - Geological Wonderland

I rode north towards the South Australian outback. I had missed this area when I came down from Darwin with Hydro months earlier. I had torn through a back tyre that wasn't suited to high speed, high temperatures and the bitumen terrain we mainly stuck too. I had to keep to the Stuart Highway to preserve the rapidly diminishing canvas of my rear wheel down to Port Augusta.

I could not imagine what I had misses out on further to the east. I had heard favourable reports through "Trailzone Magazine" and had seen a few 'magazine' DVDs and the lads from "Motorbikin" did a trip out here as well. Still it couldn't prepare me for what I found... I guess thats the thing, you can read all the mags' watch all the footage, but until you get out there amongst it, thats when you get the real taste of what is is all about...

Riding into the National Park the clearing clouds and afternoon sun presented me a geological wonderland.
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Again I saw no one around, the amazing rock formations thrusted up from the ground had me in awe.
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Emus sauntered by, nonplussed by my arrival, kangaroos watched but casually went back to feeding on the new grass. Even though the green tinge gave the whole area a lush, fresh green appearance, looking closely I could see identifying features that gave it away. This place could get bloody hot and dry...

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I am trying to think of words to best describe what I rode through... to assist in conveying the experience the awe inspiring country provides. I'm coming up short with the best definitions, I'll let you make up your own mind...
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More empty roads, I rode through here making a dust trail for no one to see...
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The camp sites were empty, just like the roads. I didn't care, I had to deal with awesome sensory over load. Maybe sharing it with others would of eased my condition? The National Park had a honesty envelope system at entry points to pay for your camping fees. I considered it truly priceless as I filled out my details and posted my envelope containing loose change...
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The next morning I road a few kilometres further up the trail from my camp site to the Aroona Ruins. Throughout the park they have placed small rainwater tanks with a roof for catchment. The park has a multitude of walking trails of all degrees of difficulty. These strategically placed lifesavers for everyone to top up water bottles and camel baks are a great idea.
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Sitting up on this hill by myself in the morning sun and looking down the valley had me wondering how can an adventure ride get much better. Things were looking good and promised more












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The parks "Great Wall Of China"


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I pulled into this place, Angorichina, built for the injured soldiers from the world wars as a place for recuperating and recovery. It is now a small scale caravan park and the old buildings used to house campers as well.

Not to much has changed with the old fuel bowser ticking over the old school figures and faded colour balls swimming around in the glass bulb on the side of the pump. No flash digital outfits around here! A "driveway service" was provided matching the pumps vintage. This was the first time since riding my bike off the showroom floor that someone other than myself filled my bike with fuel!

The happy conversation started with the usual, "Where ya come from mate?" the old bloke asked. "I've ridden from near Aroona Ruins fella" my reply. "Ah yeah, where ya headed?" Too which I answered honestly "I don't know mate!" This was met with a hearty leg slapping laugh coupled with a brief stop of pumping the fuel whilst he explained "Now thats a real proper holiday fella!, great answer! I get too many people roaring through here on a tight regimented schedule, panicking about being late, missing a night, staying a night too long, bookings that they have to get too or else...! They bloody don't stop long enough to soak it all in, appreciate it proper, to actually have a rest and enjoy their holiday."

I smiled, it turning into a concurring laugh. I understood and couldn't agree more. This also made me appreciate the way I was travelling this amazing country Australia and the attitude I was doing it with.

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My new friend gave me some directions to a few lesser travelled tracks in the area. His realisation I wasn't in a hurry and that they requiring a little more time to negotiate. I road on without considering a destination...

I found this little pub in the old settlement of "Blinman" near lunch time, perfect. I was mystified by the wrought 1.5 metre in diameter, iron rings neatly arranged along the terraced block next door to the pub. The young backpacking barmaid stunned me with the explanation that during the year they come from far and wide for the Blinman Camp Oven Cook Off! She recalled of how some folk prepare not just your roast dinners but amazing cakes and other exquisite culinary delights!

I was just happy to sit with an old Tasmanian dairy farmer at the bar on a few weeks break from his milkers. It was cool sitting, sharing yarns with this happy stranger at the "Highest Pub In South Australia" and enjoying life. The coldies giving an even more euphoric effect.
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Twisting, turning empty dirt roads...
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This is what happens when you confuse your intensions with your actual abilities. Honestly the track looked make-able from a distance, the peak of the steep hill promising amazing 360 degree views of the are for miles, halfway up bouncing from rock to rut at full noise I realised I was certainly out of my league. With my tail between my legs and luckily only pride dented, I slid back down the hill and more sedately along the parks other trails.
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Riding around the area. Click to watch.
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Large signs providing road conditions.
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Lookout for locals! Coming round some corners can provide surprises!
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Mount Chambers Gorge
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Slate rock formations in the Gorge




Long shadows tell me to start looking for a camp... and keep an eye out for the roos!
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Copley, Leigh Creek

Leaving the amazing Flinders Ranges I ventured back to the main road heading north. I stayed a night at the old Copley pub to charge batteries and have bit of a clean up after nearly a week riding around in the glorious dirt and dust of the National Park.

The original Leigh Creek was found to be sitting on top of a large "Brown Coal" deposit. They moved the whole town kilometres down the road to get to it. Money talks, towns walk! Talking to some of the mine workers at the friendly bar, they said the coal is transported down to Port Augusta and used for power generation.

Open cut coal hole.
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Big Rigs!
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TONKA TITAN
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World record tyre!
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Coal mine panorama
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Leaving the coal mine I was amazed to find a pair of black swans in a slag heap puddle. With reminders of my home state, I headed north to go check out a much bigger puddle, the amazing Lake Eyre...
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