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Old 12-02-2007, 04:34 PM   #106
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:40 PM   #107
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Thanks for a fine report, good pics, and especially the time with the family. Your trip is one that my pals and I here in California fantasize about: long flight, rent bikes, circle Oz. We're pretty old so it's probably just talk but thanks again for showing how it's done - and well done!
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:20 PM   #108
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Thanks for all the positive words guys and glad your enjoying the ride so far..
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:42 PM   #109
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Day # 21 A Day of Mixed Emotions..

Up well before Dawn this morning.. Sleepless night thinking of whether or not to tackle The Gibb River Road.. A must do when planing from the comforts of home back in Melbourne but talking to the German couple last night who had completed it the day before had confirmed that it was in a bad state and in need of some repairs with soft sand for miles and foot deep corrugations..

I had now spoken to people on 3 different occasions about The Gibb River Road and all had pretty much suggested the same thing.. The young couple who I had met the day earlier at the Gregory Tree had told me how both the driving lights had broken their brackets off the bullbar of their 4WD with the constant abuse of the corrugated roads.. The chap on the 625 SXC also had suggested it had soft sand in quite a few places and then followed on by telling me how at one of the many creek crossings he dropped his bike and took a further 2 hours to get all the water out of it and get it started again..

Leaving Kununurra early morning..



and with the sun rising in the East..



I decided to listen to the advise I was given and give The Gibb River Road a miss...

The "T" intersection that I came to just 45 ks out of Kunurra came around very quickly as I still wasn`t sure what the right thing to do was and when I turned and headed away from the start of The Gibb I sort of felt a little let down and maybe a bit soft for not at least seeing what it was like for myself.. Maybe I could have done it, afterall the KTM is built for that sort of thing but carrying all that weight and riding in soft sand that I had no experience with I couldn`t help but feel it would end in tears.. The KTM makes an average rider good and a good rider great but it doesn`t make an idiot brilliant so I took others opinions on board and by-passed it.. I could bluff my way through for a short time but 588 kilometers of uncertainty by myself was too much..

I was traveling along some of the most beautiful country still and yet I wasn`t taking it in as I should..









for a bit I was just sitting there riding not even looking around.. I decided to stop and have a coffee and a think about where I was at that moment and even turned around and went back for 10 or say kilometers so I could see again what I had missed with a clearer head..







I will do the Gibb River Road one day as it was a promise I made to myself but I may freight my bike up from Melbourne and maybe do it with a few others that are pretty keen to see it or maybe even travel it with my family by 4 WD.. Either way I will be back at some stage and see what I missed out on this trip..

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Old 12-02-2007, 06:33 PM   #110
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After my coffee and the little sulk I set out to see what the Great Northern Highway had to offer as I hadn`t traveled it before so it was still all new to me..







Still amazed at the beauty of these Boab trees..



Stopped off at Halls Creek just long enough for fuel as for some reason I didn`t feel comfortable here and thought it best to keep moving..

The terrain had really started to open up again..





But still had some interesting things to see along the way..










For a fair bit of my journeys today was spent riding along areas that had just been burnt off getting ready for the next rain and at any one time I could see up to a dozen smoke clouds rising in the distance.. I assumed it was from logs smoldering or an old tyre that was dumped out in the bushes and really thought nothing much of them..



It was only when I had to stop to get rid of some of that earlier coffee that I realised they were moving...






Not big but interesting to see none the less..
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:52 PM   #111
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and a couple more..













Before finally arriving at Fitzroy Crossings to a waiting shower and hopefully a better nights sleep.. Plenty of mixed emotions about the days travels today but content..



Also got chatting to the young couple ( why is every bugger I talk to now days so young??? ) camping next door to me who happened to live not 10 minutes down the road from where the family and I went swimming in that beautiful rockpool and waterfall area in the Litchfield National Park in Dawin.. Helped him get a couple of heavier items from the back of his 4 WD to save his wifes back and he rewarded me with a couple of icy cold beers.. What a champion.. What a bloody great camping spot..

Day 21 travels..

Kununurra> Halls Creek> Fitzroy Crossing..

633 klms..
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Old 12-02-2007, 08:57 PM   #112
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What a champion.. What a bloody great camping spot.. What a great chair
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:14 PM   #113
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Fantastic! Great pictures

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Old 12-02-2007, 10:08 PM   #114
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I can fully understand the torn feeling of knowing a road is there that you want to take, but erring in the side of caution. definately sounds like one to do with a couple of friends.
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:30 PM   #115
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What a champion.. What a bloody great camping spot.. What a great chair
I couldn`t talk you into coming along on the trip Andrew so the best I could do was take your chair..


More to come soon..
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:39 PM   #116
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Nev, what can I say? the wait was well worth it. fantastic pics and report.

By the way, when did you take the stock option in Andystrapz?

Could you fit any more on the Katoom?
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:52 PM   #117
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Nev, what can I say? the wait was well worth it. fantastic pics and report.

By the way, when did you take the stock option in Andystrapz?

Could you fit any more on the Katoom?
Hi Dave..

I think I deserve at least a Christmas card from Andystrapz this year..

What you don`t see is the double breasted thermal top that I started off with and posted home from Dalby but you will get to see another of his products coming up later in the report..

Glad your enjoying it so far mate..
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Old 12-02-2007, 11:47 PM   #118
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What tent is that and how did you find it (size and weight wise)? And if you don't mind me asking how much?
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:38 AM   #119
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great..thanks for sharing..

Casey Stoner was born in Kurri Kurri..

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Old 12-03-2007, 02:24 AM   #120
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Good one Nev
Well worth the wait, great photos and well written.

Six weeks you say? Hmmm, wonder what the boss will say.........
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