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Old 10-06-2010, 05:01 AM   #1
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2010 Australasian Safari Tour - Western Australia

I've been at the last two Aus Safaris as either a mechanic (for my friend GuyMcfly in 2008), and last year on the Safari Sanctioned Adventure Tour Moto. See http://www.australasiansafari.com.au for more about the event.

This year I wanted to do a self supported tour of the Safari and take in the action as well as explore some of the areas through which the Safari would pass for a bit of a change.

I invited Dannoj on his 640ADV along, and as his planned 2 week Canning Stock Route ride hadn't eventuated he was on-board for a week off work and this ride. I rode my newish 2010 Tenere that had 2000km on it before we started off.

Here's a quick report and pics of our travels from Perth, east out to Southern Cross where the Safari started this year, to Kalgoorlie, then North to Leonora, south to Coolgardie and then Norseman, East to Balladonia along the old telegraph track, south to Israelite Bay, West to Esperance and then finally North West back home to Perth over 8 days - a 3700km round trip with 80% dirt riding.

Leaving Perth, newish looking bike, new panniers, all clean



Quick stop in Mundaring to meet Dannoj - look closely, he's at the servo over the road wondering why there is oil leaking out of his bike (it was WD40 off the chain).



We rode the railway and pipeline tracks, and Goldfields road out to Southern Cross where we could. There was no 'no trespassing' signs except for around the wheat silos so we diverted around them. Sure beats the boredom of the Great Eastern Highway.



The pipeline supplies water to WA's Eastern towns from Perth



Luggage adjustment about half way to Southern Cross, always the way with a new set up



New helmet Mic and UHF set up works a treat.



Tenere pose shot



Salt lakes dot the landscape over the 400km or so from Perth to Southern Cross (due East of Perth)









First night camp at the Southern Cross Caravan Park, one of the best and cheapest of the trip. We wanted to visit the Safari Bivouac that evening and had the first of several Chicken Parmigianas for dinner during the trip at the local pub.



We head North the next day from Southern Cross, through Yellowdine with the aim of cutting through to Menzies. Our plans came unstuck when the track we wanted to take was being used for the first stage of the Safari. So we took the alternate route, and happened across a railway team working on a crossing. We knew we didn't have any option but to ride the restricted railway track the way we were going, but pleaded ignorance and a nice bloke by the name of Harry (supervisor) gave us permission to ride the track East.







We come across a transport section of the safari, and cross its path, then find a nice track running through the scrub to drive us closer to our intended destination of Menzies.





It was a Sunday, and somewhere along the way we realise Menzies doesn't have fuel available on Sundays (at least that was what the map info says). So we pass through Orabanda on the way to the Menzies to Kalgoorlie road, hang a right and head for Kalgoorlie to fuel up.

We strike out East and then North of Kal to find a camp spot off the road for the night, on the way get some hill climbing practice in up a steep rocky slope to grab some pics.





Here's our second night camp site a couple of hundred metres off the Yarri Rd East of Kalgoorlie





We have the first of many leisurely rises of the trip and take a left off Yarri Rd onto the Donkey Rocks Road, then some minor tracks which were a hoot to ride at speed. The washouts come up quick and I score the first of several dents in the Tenere's soft front rim.









There were a couple of abandoned homesteads and mining leases along these tracks which made for interesting scenery



Danno is a master at packing - look how compact and neat his gear looks - through years of experience. I must have carried 10kg more than him in unnecessary crap.





We make our way to Kookynie which is an old virtually uninhabited Ghost town (a couple of thousand people lived here in 1907). Most of the old buildings have been torn down and the materials reused elsewhere.





Later that day we roll into Leonora, check out the Bivouac and say G'day to Tracey (the merchandise sales lady) and Carly one of the event organisers I have known from years past. We notice that the first competitors are arriving at the Bivouac, so back track the way they came to find the end of the last stage which runs along a fence line. Here we set up our first spectator point and snap some pics on our cheap digital cameras. By the time the event was over I'm sure there was more than one competitor wondering 'who are those guys always standing beside the track in their riding gear taking photos'.




G.T.




Garry Connell









Craig Lowndes - eventual winner of the cars



More to folllow.....
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:51 AM   #2
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looks like fun

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Old 10-06-2010, 06:05 AM   #3
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Great to see a ride report from Safai tour. Look forward to seeing more.Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:01 PM   #4
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nice rr

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Old 10-06-2010, 04:07 PM   #5
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:32 PM   #6
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The next day armed with the refuel points for the 1st stage of todays competition, we take to the long open dirt roads from Leonora and head West, meeting up with the start of a competitive stage, and then later the fuel stop.















Leading Quad competitor sponsored by CRC hence all the stickers on the bike. Had a chat to him at the refuel, very calm and collected. Nice bloke.



We carried on South via dirt rodes and eventually arrived at Coolgardie, the site for the next Bivouac. We decide to press onto Cave Hill, about 100km south of Coolgardie for that night's camp. We weren't sure at this stage where the Safari course was going the next day.

Danno restocking the supplies in Coolgardie



As it turned out, the route we took to Cave hill was actually the first competitive stage for tomorrow. We got to pre-run the course with all the hazards marked out for us already! This track was straight, but there was a lot of ruts and holes with small off-track diversions around them. Fun to ride.



Cave Hill in the background - bike is parked in the camping area



That nights camp at the base of Cave Hill



The next morning we packed up and rode a few hundred meters to a spectating position where the competitors turned off the main track and headed back into the bush. A great viewing location and a few spills were snapped as competitors overshot the corner.



Crash sequence....No 17







The difference in concentration levels between the top riders (where our presence didn't even register) and the back markers was apparent



More to follow....
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:43 PM   #7
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:12 AM   #8
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From Cave Hill we take an overgrown track that initially is hard to find (some bush bashing following the GPS is required), until it opens up. It seems this track follows an old railway line, as we can see the narrow guage sleeper foundations and ruts where they once were off to the side. This track was one of the best rides of the trip. Like the Holland track but better for all you West Aussies. It'd be a good weekend ride from Perth to Coolgardie, then south to Cave Hill, further South via this track to Victoria Rock Road, then to the Hyden Norseman Rd and then West to Hyden and home to Perth.











Here I am at the end of this track, putting a cable tie on the extra layer of hose I have around the waterpump hose to protect it from sticks. The self amalgamating silicon tape I had securing it before came adrift.



We try and take the old Hyden to Norseman Rd, and get about 40km down it before we run into a stage of the Safari. This necessitates backtracking our course and then taking the new Hyden to Norseman Rd into Norseman.

We pass through Lake Cowan just outside Norseman and do some hill climbing to take in the view.





Next part...the trip to Israelite Bay, stay tuned.
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Great stuff Wilmo

The new Ten is looking a bit of allright but maybe you should look at an Excel A60 front rim for it.

Keep it comming mate!
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The sort of stuff making me very impatient to move to Perth at the end of this month.
Thanks for sharing. Waiting for more
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how good is that track from Cave Hill.

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Great stuff Wilmo

The new Ten is looking a bit of allright but maybe you should look at an Excel A60 front rim for it.
Yep already ordered one!
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