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Old 01-06-2007, 09:56 PM   #1
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Stockon Beach dunes

Hi,

First post in this section. Hope the pics turn out ok. Some of us are thinking of doing the Simpson Desert next year and Stockon dunes north of Newcastle (east coast Australia) is a good place to practice. Most of these photos were taken by my mate John. We stayed at Anna Bay in the caravan park which allowed us to get right into it.

The dunes are quite high. It had rained previously so most of it was pretty firm.


Behind the dunes is bush that gets swallowed as the dune moves away from the beach. There are some fun tight tracks. That is John's modified Dommie - modifications were necessary because I cartwheeled it a while ago and we agreed he was the man to bring it back to life.



The view from the Anna Bay entry down the beach. The big dunes are to the right of the photo.


Me, John, and another John on a DRZ400


Me getting the DR650 stuck in a soft patch.



Not to be out done...


No need for a stand of any kind...





Looking back to the beach. You have to watch for the hard and soft sections of sand.



There are plenty of little drop offs. If you slow for it you stop....





Ok, you get stuck a lot. Some of these are just because the light was getting nice for photos.





There was plenty of pushing...




You can really sink the back wheel...



With the bright sun it is hard to read the dunes, especially the slope. This one was way too steep up close and I didn't have enough momentum...




How's this for tough. Never ridden a dirt bike before. Margaret gives it the berries.





You can head off in any direction...Mike on his HP2




Another woman with no fear and first time on sand, Amanda gets a push from Dave.


Bikes get tired


First rule of riding, get the photo before rendering assistance


Pat, me and John in the tracks behind the dunes.



John took some great shots.




this was a great trip. You need a permit but it is perfectly legal to ride these beach dunes - you can't ride on most Australian beaches.

cheers,

Jas

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Old 01-06-2007, 10:46 PM   #2
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Woooooo Hooooooo!!!!! Good report and great pictures!!!!!
Love those dunes
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:50 PM   #3
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:52 PM   #4
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Paris to Stockon Great Pic's
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:32 PM   #5
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Nice!


A little cropping (at the bottom) would make this one into a very nice panoramic

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Old 01-07-2007, 02:19 AM   #6
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Nice!


A little cropping (at the bottom) would make this one into a very nice panoramic
Agreed, this is another similar one that comes up well cropped a bit

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Old 01-07-2007, 02:24 AM   #7
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Good stuff guys, thanks for sharing...!

Looks like the 50/50 tires did ok, some pushing isnt bad.

Looks like the HP2 didnt need a push.
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Old 01-07-2007, 02:50 AM   #8
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Hey , great pics...

Looks like lots of fun....
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:17 AM   #9
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Looks like it was quite a blast!

Have heard from an ex-local that its a top place! :envy
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Old 01-07-2007, 03:24 AM   #10
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Thank you !

A mate and I are heading up there on Wednesday - I HAD been thinking of taking my bike - and you have now convinced me not to....

errr - there's nothing worse than sand in every oriface

So - caging it is
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Old 01-07-2007, 04:32 AM   #11
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Great pictures! Looks like you had a hoot and the bikes did you proud.

Reminds me of when I have ridden up there in the past: http://www.zhivan.com/stockton/

Now go and clean your airbox and filters!
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Old 01-07-2007, 06:57 AM   #12
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Great pics! I kind of wish we had that kind of stuff here on the east cost of the US. There are some dunes down on the outer banks of North Carolina, but you can't take bikes on them.



Plus, my bike doesn't handle the sand that well.
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Old 01-07-2007, 07:39 AM   #13
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Looks like great fun

I've never been in the dunes on a big four stroke, but I sure have a blast in them on a 250cc 2-stroke MX bike
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Old 01-07-2007, 11:27 AM   #14
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Looks great and lots of fun! Some sand paddle tyres would have come in handy on that day!! Gorgeous pics!
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Old 01-07-2007, 06:17 PM   #15
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Ahhh... Summer. We're looking foward to it.
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