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Old 12-06-2007, 02:10 AM   #151
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Sorry for the delay on the ride report.. Seems for some reason I had very nearly exceded my Monthly allowed Bandwidth to my photo host and had to upgrade it.. Alls good now and will continue shortly..
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:14 AM   #152
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Day # 23

Took advantage of a late check out today so I could lie around and charge my batteries.. At $275 per night I certainly wasn`t in any hurry to get out of there..Was worth it though just to see Collingwood`s win over the West Coast Eagles and then backed up by the Aussies win over the Poms..

I had a look around town and visited the beach but for some strange reason I just didn`t want to be there.. Couldn`t work out if it was being back in civilization or what it was.. Should have loved the sight of this..





It wasn`t until I paid $15 for a Chicken Roll and a Gaterade for lunch by a girl with the personality of a cigarette butt that I realised that it wasn`t what I was after at that particular time.. I`ve wanted to visit Broome for quite some time but this trip it just didn`t do it for me I`m afraid.. I had scheduled a couple of rest days in Broome but I will just have to save it for further down the track.. It was time to head off again and get back out on the open road..

Left Broome just after Mid day which is when the days temperature really starts to crank it up.. Probably at that time up North you should be thinking of finding a place to stay and not be heading off.. I hope I didn`t regret leaving Broome early but I did what I thought was right at the time..

This was also to be the longest leg of the trip between fuel stops at just over 290 klms which saw speeds at around 95 - 100 kph to save the tyres and to also save myself the messing around with the fuel container..

It soon became evident today that the scenery and the plant life had changed and I feel I`ve seen the last of the magnificent Boab Trees as I didn`t see one for the 300 odd klms traveled.. It was nice to see the greenery along the side of the road rather than aftermath of the burn offs..

Stopped off for a rest under a tree after nodding off on the bike..



and noticed at the alarming rate at which the rear tyre was dissapearing..


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Old 12-06-2007, 03:58 AM   #153
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Noticed along the way the soil was again changing colours also..









Trees were now completely different..







and flowers started to show up on the road side..



Stayed the night in a little shack called a Donga at Sandfire Roadhouse which was a single bed in a very small room.. I was lucky enough to be the first in so I chose to get the room with the fridge..









All rooms had airconditioning although I feel mine was only to keep the roof from touching the window.. At $20 a night I couldn`t complain.. How the mighty had fallen..

Arrived just in time to listen to the football game on the radio between Hawthorn and the Kangaroos.. Fell asleep before the end of the game so not sure who won but both teams are as boring as each other so didn`t really matter too much.. Not sure why they are still in the AFL to be honest..

Day # 23 travels.

Broome> Sandfire Roadhouse..

333 klms..
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:13 AM   #154
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Great report.

Shame about the cricket

Rugby was better though

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Old 12-06-2007, 12:55 PM   #155
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I`m pretty sure that was the river the 625 got dropped in... The way he spoke of it had me believing it was 4 miles wide and 8 foot deep... and that was just the smallest river..

No wonder the bugger was smiling at me alot..

Think i`ve been had again..
Great report Nev and you will defineatly have to go back to do the GRR. I did it it September this year and no doubt the Pentecost crossing is the trrickiest, but would have been no problem for you at all.

If I learnt one thing while travelling that taking road condition advice from people in 4WD's is totally irrelevant to us on bikes. Not sure what the guy on the 625 was on about. But having said that I probably wouldnt attempt on it my own anyway. Its a long way from anywhere if anything goes wrong.
Thanks again am enjoying the read.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:08 PM   #156
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We seem to be blessed with great ride reports coming out of Australia at the minute.. I`m really enjoying doing mine but i`m getting distracted reading the others as well..
Thats for sure, there's been a rush of good ones lately !!!.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:11 PM   #157
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All this for the pricely sum of $25 at your local Bunnings..
Safty glasses mate..
Outstanding Nev, thanks mate.
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:30 PM   #158
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Just great Nev i have enjoyed your reports so very much, good luck to you fella.
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:06 PM   #159
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Stayed the night in a little shack called a Donga at Sandfire Roadhouse which was a single bed in a very small room..
Heh, I stayed in a shipping container which had been converted into a donga once
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Old 12-06-2007, 04:32 PM   #160
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Fantastic narrative and beautiful photography Nev. A great ride report which was worth the extended wait.

Thanks Mate
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:46 PM   #161
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I hope I didn`t regret leaving Broome early but I did what I thought was right at the time..
Did the right thing I'd say. Its a place that people seem to love or hate. Maybe it was good once, but I'm in the latter category.
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:47 PM   #162
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Excellent. Thought you'd never get around to writing it! Been checking every day since you got back. Now get back to the damn keyboard you lazy sob.
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Old 12-07-2007, 08:44 AM   #163
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The word "Donga" I believe is originally an Afrikaans word meaning a ravine or watercourse with steep sides that was used for shelter when camping, now used in Australia to describe a transportable building.

Not to be confused with the word "donger" which means something else completely.
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:22 PM   #164
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Really enjoying this.

Going all the way around Australia is a dream trip for me.

Thanks for sharing your adventure,
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:52 AM   #165
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Fantastic narrative and beautiful photography Nev. A great ride report which was worth the extended wait.

Thanks Mate
Hi Aussie_G..

Thanks for your kind words mate.. Glad your enjoying it so far..

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