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Old 12-23-2009, 07:42 PM   #16
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Day 5 (Sunday)

So, up and out of the cabin for some fresh air



A bit of breakfast in the main strret, and farewells to the Harley (working tomorrow...)

Then, Phil and i looked at each other... and said...'lets go play'

Off into the dirt we went, the plan was to ride around all day and bush camp 'somewhere' that night..

Phil liked to "constantly" play with the dampning on his bike



wasnt long before we found some water..



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and, of course, where there is water..

there is bound to be mud..



fair bit of it actually.. (considering how hot it had been)



anyway we wound around the centre of the Grampians, headed around Moora Moora reservoir, and came across a chanel running into (or was it out of?) the reservoir..

Access tracks have always been "fun", and since there was no gate or signs, off we went..

wasnt long before Phil decided to practice his break-dancing




no damage, and wasnt the last time this would happen..




track was great in bits, sand in bits... and muddy in (lotsa) bits



every now and then we'd cross another road, decided this one was a good spot for a bit of (late) lunch



decided to keep following the channel west, all the way to the park boundary...

got a bit sandy in places, but was great fun..

eventually it ran out (at the western boundary)




we decided to head south a bit before camping so we were in a good spot to start the day tomorrow...

dusk came... and we settled on this place..




tents were setup, food was consumed and sleep was had..



end of a muddy day 5..

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Old 12-23-2009, 07:51 PM   #17
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awesome! The meal can't be as bad as the "feral feast" we had just west of the Flinders! Keep those bug photos coming!
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:03 PM   #18
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Excellent Ride, I'm getting itchy feet reading this
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:05 PM   #19
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Great pictures. For sure your bike is no Starbucks coffee cruiser...
I really like the fact you are willing to take a pretty heavy bike down some bad roads by yourself. Now you are making me wish I had spent more time touring Oz..
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:09 PM   #20
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I really like the fact you are willing to take a pretty heavy bike down some bad roads by yourself

she's actually not that heavy to pick up...

(or is just that i'm getting stronger from doing it so often!!?? )
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:37 PM   #21
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day 6

Day 6, still in the Grampians..

todays rough idea is to end up somewhere towards the bottom of the 'west leg' of the Grampians.. Phil has to be back in Melb in a couple of days, so today will be our last day in the Grampians..

some great scenery in here..



and surprisingly, some big open roads every now and then..



there was actually an airstrip next to this one...





so yesterday was a mud day....

today was to see a bit of rock action...




no damage here...
but i scored a nice set of scratches in my right pannier a little further on..
(no pictures...but unfortunately, in this case that doesnt mean it 'didnt happen' )




plenty of great views out here..



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we finally started down the 'west leg', think it was called "Goat Track"..



after we came down out of the range, the track was sand......lots of it...all of it..

Phil wasnt likin it at all...

we got to the bottom of the west leg and were pretty knackered so decided to just roll up the centre of the Grampians a little and set camp...

it was off the beaten track again..

with lots of dead ends..



after a fair bit of 'nope, this is a shit spot'.. we decided to gun it down to Dunkeld and camp there...

It was getting dark and we had about an hour to travel..
a few close calls with roos and rabbits saw us slow (maybe)

then of course the weather changed and the wind picked up..

we hit asphelt but it was windy as hell with leaves and stuff constantly blowing over the road (and small branches blowning out of trees)

We made Dunkeld in the dark, hit the campground and the caretaker was 'out'..

found a spot and i left Phil to start settin up his tent while i gunned it down to the pub to grab us a couple of beers..

walked into the pub to cheers from the locals "told you you'd be back!"

grabbed some take-aways and then the thunder and rain started bucketing down..

gota go i said.."be back...soon"

hooned back to camp in the rain to a swearing Phil who still didnt have his tent up..


i gave him a beer,

the lights went out..

i set my tent up...and watched Phil finish seting his up..

then the rain stopped...

we decide to hit the pub for a few..

walked down the blackend street wondering how long the power would be out, got to the pub where the lights were out too..

"sorry guys the powers out, we had to close.."

"what, whats wrong with your generator?" i enquired..


"we dont have one..."

what sort of yuppie pub with a pool and $150 per head dinners in the middle of no-where doesnt have a generator i wondered...

back to camp, crack out the cookers and torches.. oh and of couse a bottle of red that Phil had been carrying this whole time...

Phil had a cup, i cut the bottom off a coke bottle... we ate and drank..and hoped it didnt rain like this tomorrow......



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Old 12-24-2009, 01:33 AM   #22
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:16 AM   #23
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:33 AM   #24
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Great ride! Enjoyed the read!
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:10 PM   #25
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:41 AM   #26
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:03 AM   #27
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Fantastic Ride report
I reckon you've encapsulated a great ride for us to join in on.

(also a great ad for the BMW GS800's all-round versatility if you ask me)
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:01 AM   #28
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brilliant!
btw, the pub in nelson is full of charm esp on sat'dy nites if there's band.
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Old 12-26-2009, 05:47 PM   #29
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day 7

so day 7 was to be a run down from Dunkeld to the south coast and start the Great Ocean Road,

weather was crap, windy as hell and a bit of rain...

that didnt stop us of course from detouring through any 'green patches' on the GPS..



(yep, that muddy 's-bend' track is mine...and yes, i did stay on )

Phil, of course, wasnt so lucky... just as well he likes playin in the mud!



anyway, we survived the mud,wind and rain and made it to Port Campbell..




some (dodgy) coffee and time to scoot down the coast and have a look at a few of the sights..



wasnt long before we'd had enough of the bitumen though..

and headed off down the 'old' Ocean rd..



and whatta ya know...

wasnt long before we'd had enough of dirt roads..



so the afternoon was spent carving around the Otways on all sorts of muddy tracks..

lunch (even though it was around 4pm) and fuel started calling, so we poped out at this place:


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Old 12-26-2009, 05:59 PM   #30
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day 7 continued..

so it was a late lunch at Gelebrand..



top feed at Gelibrand, lots of chats with the owner 'Paul' and his wife (Paul may be on here? pretty keen rider...)

anyway, after about an hour of 'hospitality' we headed off with full bellies, full tanks, and some extra stuff for dinner (Thanks again Paul!!)

Definately recommend you stop in at the 'general store' at Gellibrand sometime!)

the evening was spent looking for a good camp site.. found a few waterfalls..



and then we found "the spot"

the view 'up' was great..




we setup camp just on dark




cooked some dinner, had a couple of cold ones,



and called it a night...

(end o day 7)

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