|07-14-2008, 03:49 PM||#1|
Ride Ride Ride
Joined: Sep 2005
Location: Fernvale QLD not close enough to the desert
My Simpson Trip 2008
Well after years of dreaming and months of planning, we pulled it off, with only minimal drama's. Friday 27 Jun 2008 myself and my little mate Greg on his KTM640Adv met at a local servo, grabbed some fuel and said my good bye's to my two sweet girls.
The plan on the first night was to punch out a few hours on the tar to get to Taroom on Friday night and hit the dirt on Saturday morning. A slight detour was taken on the way to Taroom - Greg and I pulled into Dalby Moto for a leg stretch and a sit on the KTM690E.. Justin from Dalby Moto was kind enough to let us start the bike and run it up the road and back... I think I am in love!!! nice little bike, hope they sort out a big tank or an Adv model soon...
Anyway back on track - we rolled into Taroom after a few hours dodging skippy's in the dark. We ducked down the pub for a few beers then slipped up to the servo and pitched out tents. It was very cold that night, but we jumped up early grabbed some fuel and hit the dirt...
Was a cold run in the morning to Injune, then a fast ride with some amazing country to Blackall where we were to meet up with the ride organiser Lee (AKA Stinky's Adventures) - my wife's cousin. Lee's KTM640Adv was sitting in town so we could see it. I rolled along side the silver bullet an noticed some damage right away. We all shook hands and I said, bit early in the ride for a crash Stinky - to which he replied - I didn't fall off - but I did hit an emu.. which died.. ha ha ha lucky for Lee not so luch for the big chook.
had a small issue with a tyre....[IMG][/IMG]
see the hole!!!!!!! cheap IRC tyre.. [IMG][/IMG]
Thank god my dear old (ok ok not that old) dad (AKA Morgo) had given me some huge tire patches (for tyres not tubes) and I patched up the tire replaced the tube and off we went again. By Bediourie the split in the tyre had opened up a bit so we chased up a tyre, found a brand new Chengching 6ly tyre, it looked more like a rear tyre for my XR400....
From Bediourie we cut across to the Plenty Hwy via some private property -which we sourced permission - it was a great short cut.
From the Plenty Hwy we cut across the Harts Range (more private land) to ride some awesome roads into Ross River station.... [IMG][/IMG]
Feeding the wild life Ross River[IMG][/IMG]
After Ross River, we headed into Alice Springs and dropped the bikes off for Tyres and some service work. I was horrified to be charged two hours labour to have two tyres fitted and the Airfilter pre cleaner - cleaned... I stuck it to them but they said that is how long it took..... I should of fitted the tyres and cleaned the filter myself - using a bum bag of tools I could of done it in less than an hour..Race Motorcycles for those interested!!!
We Stocked up on some food, watched the fantastic result for the last round of the State of Origin Queenslander!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
washed some clothes and then headed south west for the Boggy Hole track. [IMG][/IMG]
now we figured this was going to be a warm up to the French line, however it was harder riding those few hours there than the two days it took to cross the Simpson. [IMG][/IMG]
Then we headed up to Rainbow Valley, pretty place, but cold over night. This was our first -2Degree C.... [IMG][/IMG]
[IMG][/IMG] - yeah that is ice, the little gas stove was frozen also.....
Simpson Trip 2008
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO - what a ride!"
MymoJoe screwed with this post 07-14-2008 at 10:40 PM
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