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Old 06-28-2009, 05:39 AM   #61
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Greatstuff Pezza - enjoying every word and piccy of this.
Thanks Rocker, seems you've been a fan since page one.
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:06 AM   #62
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Day 13, 14 & 15

The next three days were spent around Alice Springs having a break off the bike.
I got along well with couple of real nice, down to earth fella’s from the Netherlands, Bas and Steve.


On the Sunday we decided to do a self walking tour of Alice which ended up at the casino where there was a car show and outdoor band going on at the time.










On the way to the casino we passed a group of locals on a family outing.


I found this at the car show for any dodge fans, I love these old cars, this one was for sale, I just didn’t have the spare 40 g’s in my pocket that this guy was asking for !


Though in saying that, this old '36 model Dodge realy was in exceptional condition.






Monday was spent down at Race Motorcycles where Woodsy, the owner was nice enough to let me have a spot out the back and the use of his workshop facilities to do an oil and filter change and general service and going over.
I also got him to throw on a couple of new 606’s, they had done 4500 km by this time, the rear probably still had another 1000 k’s left in it




and the front looked ok except for the fatigue cracks around the base of the knobs,


since I’d never had this before I decided to dump it and go with a new one because of where I was headed, there was going to be about 4000 km of nothing but dirt and desert between here and the next place where I could get tyres, so I didn’t think a lousy 120 bucks was worth the risk.


The Alice Springs council must live in fairy land when it comes to some of it’s decisions, they think that a $20 per tyre “disposal fee” is acceptable !
Woodsy showed me the “rates and charges” list from the council, 20 bucks for a motorcycle tyre, that’s crazy !
I told him not to worry about charging me and that I would take them with me and figure something out, now for 10 bucks I would’ve just paid but not bloody 40 !
I had decided that I was going to find the council office building and leave them on their front steps overnight.
I didn’t mention this to him but he must’ve seen the mischevious grin on my face and knowing I was traveling told me to just chuck them in the trailer out the back and he would look after them, I thought that was extremely nice of him, especially after letting me use his workshop and facilities as well, a big thumbs up Woodsy, thanks !

The Tuesday was spent trying to chase up a swag/boot repairer/ upholsterer to repair my ‘Motodry’ saddle bags as they were looking a little worse for wear.






I finally found McGauchie Upholstery who said he would do it by that afternoon, turns out he does quite a bit of work for the local bike riders in the form of seat recovers, apparel repairs and other bike related stuff. I got my saddle bags back that afternoon as promised and never had a problem with them for the rest of the ride.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:38 AM   #63
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Off to the West MacDonnell ranges today, after all the tracks I’d done so far the bitumen there was as boring as batshit, though the view made up for it.


First stop was Stanley’s Chasm, they’ll rip 18 bucks off you to see this little gem !
It always hits a raw nerve with me and I resent paying money to see the natural formations and landscape of the very country that I pay taxes in !!
At least the 500 metre walk in calmed me down a little.




The chasm itself makes you feel quite small.




Next stop, Palm Valley, now this has to be one of the most scenic places in the whole of the ranges.


The track in has you looking everywhere except the track !






About 15 k’s in to the camping area there is another 4 km of 4wd track to the Palm Valley itself.




Once at the valley there is a walking track for those that want to see more, if this isn’t enough.




This place is a definite “must see” for anyone coming out this way, it’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.


Be warned that the last 4 km is very sandy and really is a 4wd only track.






This is in the first 15 km


I had decided that the small dotted line on the map that ran from Hermannsburg south to Boggy Hole and came out on the Ernest Giles Road looked interesting, so had a chat to the guy at the Hermannsburg servo about it.
He pointed out a big government information poster on the wall warning travelers of this track, “Well set up and experienced 4wders only, must have all recovery gear and be self sufficient, highly recommended to travel in at least pairs” and so on, Yep, sounds like the track for me !

The first 8 k’s was great, then I discovered that the poster wasn’t all that far wrong, the track literally follows a large creek bed for about the next 25 km or so and is not maintained in any way, shape or form.


It climbs out of the sandy bits every now and then and turns to bulldust,


But not for all that long before getting back into the creek.

It's along these sorts of tracks that I am thankful for my choice in a 625.

Once you get to Boggy Waterhole it really is quite picturesque and makes for a lovely camp spot.





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Old 06-28-2009, 02:31 PM   #64
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:55 PM   #65
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:18 AM   #66
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My appologies to those that have been following this RR, I have been back at work for a few weeks and it has been flat out, I simply haven't had time to do this report in between 12 hr shifts, and the couple of days I have had off were taken up spending time with my two young boys.
Anyway, enough of the excuses, let's get back into it !
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:45 AM   #67
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Day 17

Followed the track south out of camp this morning and came to a gate, one set of tyre tracks went through the gate towards the east and another followed the fence south, I followed the south ones along the fence for a kilometre or so before hitting the mountain range, with no way over I did what the tracks did and shucked a u bolt, I really wanted to go south but had no choice other than to go through the gate and follow the track towards the east.



I have since found out that the track leading out of the camping area is quite easy to follow when traveling from south to north but difficult to see when going north to south as I was, it would also have helped if I had of remembered to load the correct ‘detail’ map into my GPS and therefore would’ve had the track visable on the screen !
After about 15 km’s the track was still heading east, oh well, at least I was following two recent vehicle tracks, so it had to go somewhere.
The track came to a steep, narrow cutting in the range and literally turned to shit !
I backtracked about 500 mtrs and did a loop of about 1 km radius to find another way round, nothing, looks like the rocky shit it is !





Another steep goat track after this one I was finally up and over the cutting and back to some flat terrain.
30 km’s later I checked the GPS and placed myself on the map, uh oh, no where near where I wanted to be !
The track was still heading east to god knows where and I didn’t have enough fuel to turn back. This was the first time I had that “hollow gut” feeling and sense of foreboding of being stuck out in the middle of nowhere with no fuel, I was using more than I had originally planned because of the slow going in 1st and 2nd gear.
Oh well, nothing I can do about it, push the feeling aside and get on with it !
I have to come out on either the Stuart Hwy or the Lasseter hwy before I run out of fuel, so can always get help from there if need be.



The track turned a little better and the speed picked up to about 50 kph, I eventually came across a large creek to my left, checked the GPS and found it to be the Hugh river, expanded the view and found I was about 5 km from the Stuart Hwy and if my reckoning was correct I would be about 5 or so km north of Stuarts Well roadhouse, Woohoo !! Looking good, was around 100 km from where I wanted to be but who cares, I’m out and near fuel !
The track led me to a gate, I could see the cars on the hwy on the other side through the trees, the bloody gate was locked !


By the looks of it I wasn’t the only one to come out here unexpectedly,


Having seen these situations before I had a funny feeling that there was going to be an easier way out of this than to cut my way through the fence and then having to repair it again.
I had a look at the other side of the chain and “hey presto” problem solvered !



After fuelling at Stuarts Well and a bite to eat I wound the throttle and let the big girl pick it’s own path through the somewhat sandy sections along the Ernest Giles rd towards KingsCanyon.
Once there I discovered it’s a 6 km trek around the canyon after a steep climb at the beginning, having nowhere to secure my gear and not really wanting to do the trek in bike boots I took some photo’s and buggered off.









As it was getting late I decided to camp at Kings Ck station, after taking 16 bucks off me for a patch of grass I pitched my tent and headed for the café for dinner thinking that I at least might be able to sit in the warm and chat or read a book till bed time, fat chance ! Joint closes at 7 pm, and a basic burger consisting of a meat pattie, lettuce, tomato and sauce was $9.50 !!
Dinner was a dehydrated meal from the saddle bag.
Will rug up a bit more tonight as I had camped about 150 km from Alice last night and found out that they had 4 deg c. last night, no wonder I was cold !

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Old 07-22-2009, 04:12 PM   #68
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Day 18

Woke up with a bloody head cold ! Probably the same virus that had infected a good portion of Alice Springs while I was there finally caught up with me.
It was all bitumen to Curtain Springs where I find out there is free camping, great, someone could’ve told me that yesterday !



On the way out of Kings Ck Station I spotted a dust cloud in the scrub, thinking it might be a herd of camels I followed one of the “cattle tracks” in towards it only to come across these brumbies,


By the looks of the toilet waste on the road and the amount of tracks leading through the bush here I would say there are a few hundred of these around here.
Apparently a lot of people mistake Mt Connor for Eyres rock when traveling through here.


This is obviously the locals answer to the NT governments $20 ‘tyre disposal fee’.


Once at Curtain Springs I wandered inside to try and bring the body temperature back up to somewhere near normal with a coffee and pastie ( that’s some flaky dough stuff wrapped around some mixed veges and potato for you yanks )


I came back outside to see a muster going on across the road,


And a quick check over the bike to discover that bloody countershaft seal leaking again ! Peter, the owner, let me at his workshop and tools whilst the local feathered heavies made sure I replaced them.




A little ways down the road I pulled into a track for a No. 1 toilet stop and saw these,


Can anyone tell me what animal or insect owns this home ?


Arriving at the turn off to Eyres Rock resort I rode straight past it as I have an aversion of any place with the word “resort” in it, looking for the township of Yulara.
Came upon the boom gates where the $25 has to be paid for the 3 day “pass” into The Rock, as I hadn’t yet passed the turn off to Docker River I got off the bike and went to see old mate behind the window ready for a barney, no way are they charging me a 25 buck toll without giving me an alternative route !
Friendly chap caught straight on to me before I even began to wind up and informed me that if I am only passing through and not visiting the rock then no charge is applicable,

“Oh, ok, that’s great” said I.

He asked me if I had my permit, which is required to travel through the aboriginal land along the Great Central rd, I switched off at the word “permit” till he told me it is free from the visitors centre at Yulara ?

“No problem” I said, “where’s that ?”
“That would be the resort” he said.
“Right, knew that, I’m off to get a permit”

As I had phone coverage here I made some calls to home as well as the aboriginal communities along the Central road to confirm they had fuel and were open on sat and Sundays.
Decided to camp at the resort caravan pk for the night.

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Old 07-27-2009, 03:36 AM   #69
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:35 AM   #70
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Hard travel.

Temperature ?

In Summer Brazil, the temperature is 30 ~ 42ºC. (cecember)

Its hard to travel....
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Old 07-27-2009, 08:28 AM   #71
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Old 07-28-2009, 04:57 PM   #72
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Hi Dusty, thanks for still showing an interest, I thought I'd lost everyone !
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Temperature ?

In Summer Brazil, the temperature is 30 ~ 42ºC. (cecember)

Its hard to travel....
Hi Gustavo,

As I travelled in june it is the start of winter here, the temperatures were about 14deg C of a night and 23 deg C day in western QLD, ( Summer temp here would be about 40 - 50 deg day ) as I got into the desert and then towards central Aus they dropped to about 7 deg nights and 20 deg days,(summer temp in desert areas is 50 +) Ayres rock was 3 deg nights and about 17 days but started to warm up a little as I got closer to the west coast.
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Day 19

Awoke to about 3 deg c. outside the tent, after not getting to sleep till around 3 am due not being able to breathe because of this bloody head cold, I felt a little worse for wear.
Checked out the local supermarket for some supplies and drugs and was soon on my way.
Arrived at the toll with permit in hand and as promised, was duly waved through.
Somehow I missed the turn off to The Great Central road and ended up at The Rock by mistake,


“Oh well, since I’m here might as well have a look see around”.




The climb to the top looked quite steep, but since I probably wouldn’t get a chance to do it again in the near future, I decided to go for a climb.
Yes, those little black specs are people.


I locked my helmet to the bike and threw my jacket over the seat hoping it would still be there on my return, I still had my small backpack on with a 3 ltr water bladder and about 3 kg of assorted shit in it that I left on whilst on the climb, probably why I was getting some strange looks by others coming down !
Though I was glad to see I wasn't the only silly bugger to take a backpack.


Did I mention it is quite steep in places ?


It’s wise not to venture too far to either side.




The view from the top is spectacular, that’s The Olga’s you can see in the distance.




It was 1 pm by the time I left there so decided to not go all the way into The Olga’s as I didn’t think they would look all that different than what you can see from the road.


I have since found out that that was a mistake and I should have gone in as they are more interesting than the Rock when close up, oh well, next time.


Happy to be back on the dirt again, even if it was a 4 lane hwy, I made my way west from the Olga’s.


I found Lasseters Cave about 40 k’s east of Docker River,


I was hoping the cave was going to be a little harder to find and in an ‘out of the way’ spot as I sort of hoped to be able to camp in the cave, and out of the cold, for the night.
A bloody great sign out on the main road and some more leading in to it put paid to that idea quick smart !




I was still contemplating camping in there as other travelers here were few and far between, You would be lucky to pass 3 cars in a day out here, but whilst looking around another guy rocked up in a 4wd, got to talking and found out there was a free camping area the other side of Docker River. I normally don’t go for those areas as there is never any firewood, but since he said he was going to collect some on the way and the fact that you are not supposed to bush camp just anywhere on aboriginal land, like I normally do, I decided to join him at the free camp site.
I still think the cave would have made for a great camp.


So ended up settling down a couple of k’s west of the aboriginal community of DockerRiver that night.

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