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Old 03-12-2007, 10:13 PM   #1
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Scrambling down the Murray (AUS) Tar Trip

Just got back from a 2,500km trip from Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.) to Adelaide in South Australia (S.A.) on my Triumph Scrambler.

The planets seemed to line up for this one - I had a 2 day work meeting there and work was able to subside most of my costs, this coincided with my mothers 70th birthday (most of my family lives in Adelaide), the opportunity to use my fathers comprehensive shed (lathe, welding equipment) to fabricate some racks for my bike and the World Music Festival (WOMADelaide).

I was really looking forward to some "helmet time" alone as well.

It was a cool start, the first cool morning from months. On my way to Wagga Wagga I spent my time putting on layers of clothes and clocked up arount 400km before I took my first photo - between Narandera and Hay (unusual for me).

This spot is called the bird cage rest area. I always stop there, its where the river gets close to the Sturt Highway for the first time but there is bugger all water this time as Ozzie is in the grip of a serious drought. I press on as I need to make Kays.

There was a pretty pert slim young woman picking up plates at the Narandera roadhouse who said I had a beautiful bike and that if she had another helmet she would come along.....ah but no

I dialed in 140kph to get across the Hay plains thinking about what could have been (she definitely refeuled my already over active fantasy life!).

I wished I would have set the throttle assist at 140 instead of 120!

Got flashed by some trucks on the plain, warning me of a speed trap - trucks can be your friends. When a bike travelling at 140 crosses metres away from a truck travelling at 120 and the bike gets blown around a bit!

I make it to Balranald and head down to Tooleybuc - another spot worth stopping at. Good pub, old musical wooden bridge.

You can sit in the pub watch the traffic cross and listen to the old bridge bolts clanging against the wood - quite special - I reckon.

I also wanted to have a look at the new bridge over the Murray at Robinvale (Vic) Euston (NSW) so I rode along the Vic border for a while and came to Boundary Bend.

Two people drowned here a few weeks ago.
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Old 03-12-2007, 11:22 PM   #2
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I end up in Mildura get a motel near town and the railway tracks.

I bought some lycra cycle shorts before the trip with a special gusset to try and relieve monkey butt - I'm a believer now - these things are great.

I look for a good Italian resturant but Stefanos "Gondala on the Murray" was booked out so I head to the brewey pub to sample some beers. All of them though nice, tasted the same - seems they all are a citrus flavoured .
Next day I head out of Sunrasia to the Riverland down to Loxton, The lower reaches of the Murray River are a bit dismal.

I have just enough fuel to make it to Swan Reach to cross on the punt.

To cross the Murray for the last time on the way in.

I'm looking forward to a strop through the Adelaide Hills, it has some of the best scratcher roads in OZ. At Mount Pleasant I meet up with some members of the classic enthusiasts club who begin picking my bike to pieces - I know they secretly want one.
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Old 03-12-2007, 11:41 PM   #3
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nice view of the inside of your underpants Davo, at least they are new, no skidmarks

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Old 03-12-2007, 11:51 PM   #4
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nice view of the inside of your underpants Davo, at least they are new, no skidmarks
They are drying.
I washed them for you darl
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:00 AM   #5
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Anyway I get to my oldies, with a bunch of flowers for mum, the old man hands me a beer and is keen to get started on the racks.

Err yes what now?

I still have white line fever, dialated pupils and having trouble with the vertical hold.

I mailed the folks the motosport panneir loops.

We put the first brace on and consider other attachment points.
The high pipes create a challenge.


Heat, arc, percussion, drilling, thinking, turning and finally painting.
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:23 AM   #6
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The racks

Perdy dont you think?
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:52 AM   #7
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thanks for the report - i'm going to have to retrace your steps some day soon :)
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:56 AM   #8
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Two days of meetings gone I head off to Womadelaide.

Lots of interesting music.

The Mahotella Queens are regulars.

It's pretty mellow. Good beer, cider and food.

This T shirt caught my eye.
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:12 AM   #9
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Nice pics. I just got back from Canberra myself, we headed back in completely the opposite direction, to Brisbane.

Nice T-shirt but I don't think some of our American friends will see the funny side of it.

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Old 03-13-2007, 01:18 AM   #10
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:19 AM   #11
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Fun and games and lots of eye candy.

These fellas are Toureg from Mali (methinks) think Lisbon / Dakar soundtrack.
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Old 03-13-2007, 03:54 AM   #12
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Came home via Murray Bridge, Pinaroo, Lameroo, Oyen, Balranald,

Hay, Narandera, Narara, Temora and Yass.
Racks fitted, and with a headful of music.
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Old 03-13-2007, 04:10 AM   #13
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Thanks

I covered several of those roads during my time in Aus. Things haven't changed much, still nice open country.
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Old 03-13-2007, 04:16 AM   #14
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Good report DRF - can we see some more close up pics of the racks fitted to the bike? They seem to integrate pretty well.

I wish my work would send me to a concert, for a long ride and give me time off to design some racks. I must be doing the wrong job
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