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Old 09-09-2006, 10:42 PM   #31
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Totally cool adventure and great desert scenic landscapes... That kinda of riding reminds me of north Africa... many thanks for sharing this wonderfull adventure and cudos on the photography work...






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Old 09-09-2006, 11:27 PM   #32
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Great report!
High praise indeed from an accomplished Wordsmith such as yourself..

no, I am not being sarcastic...
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Old 09-09-2006, 11:48 PM   #33
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Thanks Trev. Great stuff.
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Old 09-10-2006, 02:21 AM   #34
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Another great report Trev, thanks for taking us along
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Old 09-13-2006, 09:58 AM   #35
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Awesome stuff Trevor
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Old 09-13-2006, 10:59 AM   #36
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Great stuff.


Is this as loose and deep as it looks?
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:01 PM   #37
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Is this as loose and deep as it looks?

As Bull Dust and sand goes... this is nothing in Aussyland... i hit a bull dust hole on the Tanami track in 01 that was 15 inch deep.... had a big poof of dust on that one.... the wheel ruts look like most of it is pushed out of the way
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Old 09-14-2006, 03:08 AM   #38
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so there you were cold, smelly and in the middle of the desert with bike rooter... awaiting the alien's anal probe... sorry wrong ride report.
What happened next your audience is becoming restless
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Old 09-14-2006, 02:26 PM   #39
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Great report Trevor. Did it in one of those A/C 4wds a few years back, and you're right. The only way to appreciate it is to be outside the cabin.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:43 PM   #40
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so there you were cold, smelly and in the middle of the desert with bike rooter... awaiting the alien's anal probe... sorry wrong ride report.
What happened next your audience is becoming restless
Yeah, is there any more Trev ?
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Old 09-15-2006, 05:43 AM   #41
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Is this as loose and deep as it looks?
This course sand is very ridable, change lanes,swerve past marsupials,whatever. Nothing like bulldust which has the cinsistency of talcum powder .
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Old 09-15-2006, 11:30 PM   #42
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Day 5 WAA Line - Old Andado

I woke up early 4:30am or so, shivering, slipped out of the sleeping bag for the thermals, jumped back in, could not get back to sleep and waited for dawns early light. The morning in the desert is distinctly different, the sunrise was indeed spectacular







There was a single bird calling somewhere, the quiet was enveloping, much like the sleeping bag. Steve muttered something from his sleeping bag, so I decided to get up, stoking the remnants of the fire to keep me warm as I watched and photographed the Sun starting to peer above the horizon. I felt much refreshed and invigorated after a solid nights sleep and was looking forward to the days ride.

After a dingos breakfast (as Steve calls it, which is apparently taking a piss and having a look 'round, actually it was a little more then that but I had to throw that term in somewhere) we packed up and headed off.



The riding was more of the same, endless dunes,

This are had some of the rain from weeks before, with wildflowers till out in few places





which were great to ride when feeling refreshed, especially as I could see the start of the rig road appear on the edge of the GPS screen. We only had some 50km of dunes to ride and it seemed to pass too quickly, even though yesterday, 50kms of dunes seemed endless.

Not long after we came to the start of the rig road, which was laid down some 40 years ago by oil companies when they were trying to suck the precious commodity from under the deserts vast landscape. I am sure with the continuing scarcity of oil the areas protection as a National Park will offer it little protection from mans need in the near future.

At the junction of the rig road and the WAA line we came across the first 4-WD we had seen in awhile, overly laded with wood for a campfire, they were headed down the rig road, and then on towards the Birdsville Races the weekend coming. It had turned into an overcast day, the threat of rain spurred us on to make a few miles, not wanting to be stuck in the desert.



Eventually you come out of the dune country into claypans, small, dry salt lakes and areas of packed clay soils, rocky outcrops with rocky terrain



the road opened up allowing higher speeds





Eventually we rolled into the first sign of civilisation we had seen for some time, the SA Parks office for Dalhousie Springs, with it’s associated camping area. We took the time to take a refreshing dip in the natural, warm, arterial springs, enjoying washing away several days of acrid sweat and smell from our skin.



Steve found it a touch too warm but if allowed, I could have poached myself in the water for hours. A trail of clothes indicating were we had been



After a well deserved light lunch of tuna, crackers and an orange, we had 5 spits of rain and decided to make tracks for Mt Dare, to refuel and take on fresh water.



Mt Dare is an oasis of another kind, the distances so vast out here it provided a welcome area for necessary respite, as well as fuel and supplies, we grabbed both before taking to the manager about the state of the track to Old Andado, most seem to head down the easier dirt road towards the Finke but as always we had to take the road less travelled. We had been reassured about the state of the road,





the first bit was twin track not well maintained, right up Steve's alley, taking to it with enthusiasm, it wasn't to last though, with most of the road being well maintained. We came across a small group (three) of riders, heading across to Birdsville on a combination of small bikes CRF250, XR650 and something else. How the guy on the CRF250 was handing the longer transport sections was beyond me.



After old Andado you head back onto the dune country of the Simspon Desert again, this time riding parallel with the dunes, making it fairly easy





,fast going



We rode until just before we ran out of light,



finding a couple of likely trees for my hammock, we set up camp for the night. Coincidentally we were very close to Camp 1 of the infamous "Madigan Line", Birdsville being Camp 24, a line of camp sites from when Cecil Madigan had crossed the Simpson in 1939, he did it in 24 days, we had done it in under 2, taking a longer route.

It was quite cool as usual, Steve in his ninja Chefs outfit prepared the nightly meal. Extra points if you noticed the dirt mound acting as a windbreak in front of the cooker in the foreground.



The only thing notable was the wind, Steve reassuring himself it would die off soon. He was filtering the grit with his teeth, being 5 feet or so off the ground saw me being rocked gently to sleep in my hammock with no grit at all. Steve's "soon" proved to be about 5 am, the other item of note was that I had plonked my arse down on a centipedes hole, prompting it to bite me on my arse through my thermals, much to Steve's amusement. I tried to hunt the bastard down in the dark, commited to throwing it on the fire but all to no avail.


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Old 09-16-2006, 12:58 AM   #43
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Old 09-16-2006, 10:14 AM   #44
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I started reading this post today as I prepare for a 6 day trip thru se Oregon. Called the high desert as the elevation is between 4-7000ft from the Cascade mtns. in the west, to the Rockies in the east. Your pics are superb and definately give the sense of the size and space of the areas that you travel.
Thanks for this great report as your trip is something I have dreamt about for many years.
Here is a pic of where we will be in three days.--Malhuer wildlife refuge-- This is still pretty mellow but becomes more exciting as we head south and east. This was taken july 30 on day 1 of a 15 day tour of the western high desert. Wish I could ride with you guys in the land downunder.
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Old 09-16-2006, 01:14 PM   #45
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that place makes baja look puny!
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