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Old 08-09-2009, 06:53 PM   #91
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Day 21

Where do they keep the spare on these things ?


I needn’t have been worried worried about not getting any pics of wild camels, there are more of the damn things along this section of road than you can point a front mudguard at !




I spotted this from the road,


Not sure what or who (if anyone) is buried here as there is nothing written anywhere,


found this little cave though,


Marked on the map as “Snake cave”, I guess from the Aboriginal paintings on the inside.




There was another one a little further round with this inside.


Not many pics of the little towns along here as they are all aboriginal communities with “no photo’s” signs everywhere. So even if I did manage to accidentally push the shutter button I figure it best for now to just keep them for private use and not paste them all over a world wide forum.
Sorry about that for all you overseas folks, but I guess the governments here want to keep our aboriginal communities, and the way they live, hidden from the world.
Is it the same with the Indian reserves in the United States ?

It’s amazing how much colour a desert can come up with at times.




I noticed today how the country was starting to change from the flat salt bush or the "desert nothing" to a slightly more hilly, tree'd, green. makes a pleasant change and lets me know I am getting closer to my destination, the west coast.


Fella at Tjukayirla (chucka yurla) put me onto an old main roads camp 12 km this side of Cosmo Newberry, so that was my destination for today.

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Old 08-10-2009, 02:43 AM   #92
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Nice pics Pezza but who's that weird looking fella on the tractor.
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Old 08-10-2009, 03:37 PM   #93
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Dunno, but he looks like he successfully pushed one out. Looks pretty pleased with it.
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:51 AM   #94
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"Nice pics Pezza but who's that weird looking fella on the tractor."


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Dunno, but he looks like he successfully pushed one out. Looks pretty pleased with it.

Oh well aren't you two just a pair of bloody comedians !

The 'look' has something to do with the comfort factor of what I am sitting on, actually I think I had a similar 'look' the last time I finished going for a ride on a BMW and a DR, both of which, if I remember correctly, had similar handling characteristics to the contraption in the pic.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:15 AM   #95
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Day 22 & 23

The next day was just a short 100km run into Laverton where I camped at the van park to do some washing, shopping etc.
There were'nt a lot of bends on this stretch.


It was here that I ran into fellow ADV rider Kris (Diamond Joe) who was on his way home to Melbourne riding his 640 adv.
I got a little slack from here on in and didn’t take as many pics of things that I should,ve.
I headed off the following day to Mt Magnet on dirt via Erlstoun, Nambi and Leinster.


It was the sort of road that you had to really keep your wits about you as it was smooth and easy to get your speed up, (read, somewhere round 120 kph) problem was the bushes on the side are very close and can hide up to 3 stray bovines quite easily.
The problem arises when said bovines get spooked by the sudden arrival of the noisy two wheeled machine and dart out in front of it !
For a large, dopey animal they move surprisingly quick !
If you look in this pic you will see a skid mark straight up the middle, well that skid mark and a certain brown and white cow were in the same story together, thankfully they stayed separated, albeit by by less than 12 inches !


I backed it off to around 80 after that !

Reckon the crew that laid this pipeline might want to stay off the turps the night before laying pipe.


Not sure when the last time these stock yards were used.




Seems they had some rain out this way recently, glad I didn’t have to go that way.


‘Melrose’ was a gold mining and treatment plant that fell into ruin when the gold ran out, the whole of central WA is scattered with these type of old ruins.




Didn’t think this one was worth test driving as it didn’t have any wheels.


I found these rock formations on the outskirts of Leinster to be quite interesting as we have nothing that resembles this type of thing on the eastern coast.




This is typical of central WA.


I had this camp set up beside me at Mt Magnet caravan park,


Is that a contradiction of camping budgets or what ??
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:59 PM   #96
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:21 AM   #97
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Excellent RR cant wait for more.

Is making my throttle hand itchy.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:47 AM   #98
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Oh well aren't you two just a pair of bloody comedians !
someones got to keep this thread alive whilst your taking one of your extended breaks from posting pics.

no more nasty remarks about dr's you ain't seen it for a while and it might surprise your little ktm.
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:22 AM   #99
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best aus thread ever

descriptive and the pics are amazing
i was planning to do a very similar trip next year
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:40 AM   #100
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For other travellers -Kings Canyon - definately worth the walk
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Old 08-15-2009, 05:14 PM   #101
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no more nasty remarks about dr's you ain't seen it for a while and it might surprise your little ktm.
Yeah!! Same here. Wait till you see my new Rotax YZ650.









But don't hold you breath till the GAR because it won't be ready yet.
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:02 AM   #102
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Is this another ride report Pezz ?

No Scotty, same one, did you get left behind again ??

And I'm going to ignore you other two trouble makers. . . . 3 if Mick is reading !
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Day 24

Today was a shocker, had an extremely strong wind buffeting me all day. If you didn’t know better you would think that I was following a vehicle but these were the mini dust storms I was riding through for most of the day being kicked up by the wind.




Came across this near ‘Meka’ station, I’m assuming the local farmers don’t take too kindly to dingo’s round these parts !


I can’t find the right word for this part of WA, it just has the harshness and lifelessness that is typical of gold country.


It’s not boring or uninteresting, I don’t know how to explain it.


After the dryness of the country I had just ridden through the Murchison river was quite a pleasant surprise,


If it hadn’t of been for the wind and the weather threatening a massive storm I wouldn’t have hesitated to set up camp here.


Instead I opted for an onsite van at the Murchison road house,


glad I did as the storm was quite severe that night. Found out later that the wind was somewhere up round the 110 kph mark for most of the previous day and that night.
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:43 AM   #104
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Day 25

It was little eerie riding along this track towards the Overlander road house in the morning.


This part of the country is amazing, I was only about 150 km away from the western coastline so was expecting the countryside to start changing to rolling hills or hinterlands similar to the east coast, instead this is what I got.




Remnants of the rain last night.


And this was it! The west coast, the scene I had set out to see at the start of this journey.


I had done it. I had ridden from the east coast to the west coast of Australia straight across the middle. Albeit with a few zig zags in between !


So after taking it all in over lunch here I made my way in to Denham to find somewhere to camp for the night.
I found this caravan park for $12 a night, the others were $20 !!
Probably the worst camp I had for the whole trip, couldn’t even get the pegs into the bloody rock hard ground !!


Day 26

Denham is a pretty little seaside hamlet but I really wouldn’t recommend it for an extended stay, everything from accommodation to pub meals is extremely overpriced, it relies on the tourism that nearby Monkey Mia has generated.




It is quite a nice place to visit but I would recommend going in there for lunch and a look around and back out again to find somewhere else to stay overnight.


From here I had to make a decision, my original plan was to return home via Broome, The Kimberly’s, Darwin etc, but that all depended on the time it took me to get to this point and most importantly on how much it cost me to get to here and how much money I had left.
So after counting my remaining $$ and realizing the trip so far had cost me quite a bit more than originally planned I decided the best option was to head home via the quickest and shortest route, that being the southern route via Perth and the Nullabor.

As the main part of my trip is completed and I had accomplished what I had set out to achieve, all that is left is the run home.

So from here on in the RR will not be as detailed because all I was concentrating on was surviving the cold of the southern coastline whilst wearing summer riding gear and getting home, stopping here and there to see a few main attractions and take a couple more pics.
Hence this RR isn’t quite finished yet, so don’t go away.

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Old 08-16-2009, 05:07 AM   #105
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thanks Peeza for your time and effort in sharing your adventure
definately a great read - should quit your day job
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