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Old 06-11-2009, 06:15 AM   #16
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Great riding out that way Pezza, I just came back from Tibooburra 2 weeks ago on my BMW no less! Hehe

Looking forward to reading about the rest of your journey. Keep it coming!

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Old 06-11-2009, 06:25 AM   #17
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:29 AM   #18
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:44 AM   #20
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Jocks look crusty Pezz , to much Irish stew ?
You zooming in on my crusty jocks is more of a worry I think !
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Old 06-11-2009, 08:18 AM   #21
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Day 3

Nothing like the smell of a camp fire first thing in the morning.




After quite a few km’s of treeless plains it’s quite a surprise to come across these rocky outcrops,


And an even bigger surprise to find the town of Tibooburra in amongst them.


Seeing as I probably wasn’t gonna get any premium fuel from here on in I decided it was a good time to pull the plug for 91 oct fuel under the side cover and do some quick air filter maintenance while I was at it.


After a bite to eat it was 11 am before I was off in search of the Olive Downs rd.


For the last couple days the roads have been straight and flat so when I came upon this it was “Woohoo, a bend !!”


After a few bendy bits and creek crossings I came into a culdesac of a small but quite scenic range,


or maybe it was just ‘scenic’ at the time cause I had been looking at flat stony plains for last few km’s !


The hill to the left of the track where it winds up the rise in the middle of the pic is the Jumpup look out.


The view from Jumpup look out.




A little further on I had 3 contractors cars coming at me right where I should have turned left towards Camerons Crnr, whilst I was concentrating on where they were going and the dust I shot straight past the turn off, 5 k on I got to the Toona Gate on the dog fence, “Hmm, this can’t be right”, backtracked and found the turn off I missed and not long after caught the contractors again.
Shortly after passing the 3rd one I caught a quick glimpse of a sign after cresting a rise and approaching a fork in the track, that I was sure pointed to the right for Camerons Crnr, a few k’s further I got to that bloody dog fence again !
I probably should have slowed down a little but was relying on the route I had entered into my GPS, and besides that I was having waaay too much fun on the wide sweeping corners !
Even though you’re not supposed to ride along the fence I decided “stuff it, I know this fence will lead me to the Crnr”, so along the fence it was.
The track beside the fence was in good condition even though it wasn’t actually a formed track, more so just a path pushed by a grader over small rolling sand dunes, and way more fun than the track !
Don’t know what the contractors were thinking though when the track was quite close and paralleling the fence track at one point, and they were cruising along somewhere between 80 and 100 kph and I was passing them !!
Common sense eventually got the better of me and I headed back onto the formed track for the last few k’s into Camerons Cnr.


You don’t see this at your local Woolies servo.


After lunch at the corner it was time to pay my 5 bucks and grab a next-to-useless ‘informative’ mud map and head up The Bore Track.


This is the first of two mud flats along the bore track, to negotiate these flats you basically point your bike at the other end, which is about 5 k away, twist the throttle, pick a track, any track, and go!
Nearing the other end of the second flats I noticed about 8 4x4’s lined up side by side, parked off to one side, facing me, I was about to slow to reduce the dust when I had second thoughts and decided to give them something to take a photo of, so wound the throttle round till it wouldn’t wind any more, stood up, locked knees to the seat and put head down and bum up and listened to the LC4 sing !


The 110 km’s of the bore track to the pipeline is pretty much all like this and fun all the way !


A few k’s past the pipeline crossing I noticed something flapping in the shadow of the bike, upon investigation discovered what that dip was that wasn’t really a dip, the tug of the strap before it snapped ! Ooopsy !


The worst part was that it took my indicator off in the process, bugger !

The northern section of the Bore Track is nowhere near as fun as the southern section.


Arrived at Innaminka at 4pm


And went to find a camp along the town common, just as I had found one away from all the 4wd campers in rode a couple of DR’s, one guy pulled up and started to have a chat while the other kept going another 20 or so meters to do a u-turn around a tree into some soft sand and promptly fell over !
So while the guy talking to me took off to help I did the correct thing and got my camera out to record the whole scenario.




Turns out that they were a father and son team from Charters Towers, Ian and Alan were on their way home after going down to broken hill via Thargominda, Hungerford, and the Silver City Hwy to Camerons Crnr and via the old Strezleckie track to here.


They planned on going home via Cordillo Dwns, Birdsville , Boulia and the Diamantina.
What makes all this even more remarkable is that Ians dad Alan, (I hope I got that round the right way fella’s ) is 69 years old and blind as a bat in one eye !


He reckons that when he retired a few years back he thought “ buggered if I was gonna sit around waitin to die” ! so decided to set up a DR and team up with his son for rides around the country.


After a shower at the local amenities block


It was off to the pub for a feed and 1 only $6.50 pot of ale.
Upon discovering that a T-bone was gonna set me back 38 bucks, I settled on a beef schnitzel with side serve of veges !


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Old 06-12-2009, 02:07 AM   #22
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Excellent stuff. I like where the tool belt is on the DR hmmmmmmm....back to the shed I go.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:40 AM   #23
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Day 4

Awoke to the screeching of the galahs and corella's beside the Cooper Ck, Ian and Alan decided that they were going to Birdsville via Cordillo downs so as I was going via Walkers Xing we said our goodbyes until we meet again at B'ville.
I backtracked about 12 k's to check out Robert Burkes grave site,


In 1860 Robert Burke and William Wills were part of a trio, along with John King, of early explorers who thought it might be a good idea to be the first white fella's to travel from Melbourne to the north coast of Australia in the Gulf of Carpentaria, a distance of 2800 km.
The south-north leg was successfully completed (except they were stopped by swampland 5 kilometres (3 miles) from the northern coastline) but owing to poor leadership and bad luck, both of the expedition's leaders, Burke and Wills, died on the return journey. All together, seven men lost their lives, and only one man, John King, travelled the entire expedition and returned alive to Melbourne.




After a quick fuel top up I left Innaminka at 11 am in search of Walkers Xing.


The countryside about 30 km in on the track was the first time I got that feeling of 'remoteness', you come to the realisation that you really are alone and a long way from help out here.


After about 90 or so km I come across this


well there goes that feeling of 'remoteness'. The track then turned into a dirt hwy


and after a few k's came to this,


the Tirrawarra gas fields, lots of tracks and very few signs, so with more ass than class I made it through to the other side still on the correct track.
After a few k's I turned right back onto a fun track similar to the eastern half.
About 30 km later it was time for lunch.


A little further on remnants of when it all goes wrong,


and some leftover bits from yesteryear


As I get closer to the B'ville hwy I'm traveling with a sand dune on my right and gibber plain on my left.


Finally on the B'ville hwy and as I crest a rise I was pleasantly surprised to find the green evidence of the recent floods.


Arriving at Birdsville at 3 pm it was time for a cuppa and caramel slice.


After deciding that there had to be better camping spots than the dust bowl on offer at the local caravan park I headed out to Big Red (the first, and largest, sand dune of the simpson crossing at the beginning of the French Line) to see what camping was to be had out there, upon arriving I figured I'd have a play first,










Whilst there I met a bunch of 4 wheel drivers one of which was Ian an Kate who planned on camping on the western side of the second dune you can see in the distance here,


they invited me to camp with them and the rest of their crew.




as it turned out Kate wouldn't hear of me eating my dehydrated packet so fed me steak, sausages and salad, of which I was extremely grateful for.
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Old 06-14-2009, 02:13 AM   #24
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Old 06-14-2009, 03:24 AM   #25
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:25 PM   #26
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Sorry about the delay, I have had a weekend of socialising with family and friends to catch up.
Thank you for all the positive comments so far, it makes it easier to figure out if the thread is being enjoyed or not by others as this is my first attemp at a detailed RR.

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Old 06-14-2009, 04:30 PM   #27
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Sorry mate, I was stuffing around a bit wasn't I, you know, sorta like you do on trail rides.
Remember, I've seen you try to get outa the swag in the mornings after a glass or 10 of the red grape juice at the bbq the night before.
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This is the crew who were kind enough to feed me and make me welcome last night.


After waking those who weren’t already awake with my early morning ride back to big red for some sunrise pics.


Back to camp to pack up. This was Kate, who made sure I was well fed last night.


A couple of the 4wd’s were towing alloy dingy’s and when we decided to go for about a 30 km drive out to see the flooded Eyre Ck they figured they would leave their dingy’s here and hook them up again upon returning. So I unstrapped my saddle bags and swag pack, stashed them in one of the dingy’s and rode out over the sand dunes with the 625 feeling like an enduro bike again.
I found the sand to be real soft and remember thinking that the guys that do this carrying all their gear would have their work cut out for them, turns out that the sand isn’t normally this soft, it just happened to be a bad year.
This is the flooded Eyre Ck that was stopping everyone.


As I got there well before the 4wd’s did I decided to go for a ride up the creek and see what it was like further up. This is 10 km north.



And a little further


The local copper and ranger had been up here as far as the 2nd crossing the day before and said he had walked in to chest deep and was getting deeper, so I didn’t bother to go that far and headed back to the crossing.
Said my goodbyes and thankyou’s to the 4wd crew and made my way back to the dingy’s to collect my packs and back into B’ville.




On this trip I had decided to run Dunlop 606’s front and rear, this was the rear after 2500 km, keeping in mind that a lot of that was sandy terrain.


That bloody countershaft sprocket had come loose on me again so I pulled into B’ville auto and borrowed a few tools and some locktight and did the job properly this time,



Dilligently checked by the local inspector.


It was 320 km to the next fuel at Mungarannie, so far I was getting around 300 k’s safe from my 21ltr tank so decided to chuck 4 lts in the 5 ltr container in my side saddle.
I left for my planned camp at Warburton Xing at 1.30pm. A couple of hrs along the B’ville hwy I turned into the Warburton Xing track and after 2 km in the bike spluttered and had to go to reserve, “ That’s a bit early” I thought, checked km’s on trip, 221 k’s, “Oh shit !” That head wind and the 115 kph really knocked my fuel economy around. I got 281 yesterday tarveling in the opposite direction at 95 – 100 kph. I had 3 ltrs left in the tank and 4 ltrs in side saddle to get 113 km !
By my calculations even at the very best fuel consumption I could muster I had enough fuel to get 112 km, that wasn’t taking into account I still had a head wind to contend with !
Oh well, nothing I could do about it, so lay flat on the bike, head down behind the screen, sit it on 90 kph and roll down any hills I could find, go however far that would take me and just have to walk the rest of the way !
I’d laid the bike over for about the 6th time when I passed the ‘13km to Mungurannie’ sign, luckily somebody screwed up cause 8 km later and after laying it over one more time I managed to roll it up to the bowser ! It was around about here that after a deep sigh of relief and a small chuckle, I started to breathe normally again.
All was forgotten after a half hr soak in the hot bore bath though.


This one had the water running into it constantly through the thick plastic pipe you can just see in the front right corner and out through a hole in the rear left into the creek behind.


I had set up camp beside a german tourist traveling on his own in a britz 4wd camper, so we joined our firewood and got to talking, turns out he was a consultant who ‘restructures banks’, not much work in the current financial climate, so he has been continuing with his goal of traveling every continent from north to south, interesting concept I thought.


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Day 6

When you cross the Cooper Ck further south along the B’ville Tck you come upon this monument on the southern side,


The following info board explains it all better than I can. Amazing what these guys used to do in those days.




That is the Cooper creek you can see in the background


A little further south I saw a bit of a breakaway with a 4wd track leading to the top which made for a good lookout.


Beam me up Scotty ! (Are you out there evildingo ?)


This is about 400 km south of B’ville and other than Mungeranie rh and cooper creek the scenery doesn’t change much.


I was expecting Marree to be a little larger than what it was, so after a 1 min 30 ride around town I stopped to take in some B’ville track and Old Ghan rail heritage.
This was Tom Kruses’ truck that he did the Marree to B’ville mail run in.


And this was the contraption they used prior to the truck.


From marree I went north to Level Post Bay at the southern tip of Lake Eyre past Muloorina camp grounds.
It’s a fairly spectacular sight for those of us who have never seen the lake before.


You can see the track leading in from Marree on the following map, if you look at the western edge of the lake to see the track leading in from WilliamCreek, that is the track I took in to Halligan’s Bay the next day and walked out to the water, more on that later.


A fun 60 km ride back to Mullorina camp ground for my camp that night. This camp ground is on private property and is clean and well maintained, best of all it’s free !


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