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Old 04-24-2014, 10:49 PM   #706
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There's always the Safari? Our team could do with some talented characters like you two.
when is this safari thing on?
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:22 AM   #707
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no drama... didnt quite make Ceduna for the night... but hit the bakery for breakfast...

I've sat at the bakery having a coffee and pie and am always amused at the number of laps the popo do. Marked cars, paddy wagon, doggie, all doing laps through town and the caravan park. I'm wondering if it is just because of the number of blow-in bikes in town or do they do it all the time.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:33 AM   #708
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I've sat at the bakery having a coffee and pie and am always amused at the number of laps the popo do. Marked cars, paddy wagon, doggie, all doing laps through town and the caravan park. I'm wondering if it is just because of the number of blow-in bikes in town or do they do it all the time.
na only when i let them know your passing though,to make sure thats what ya do.na do it all the time mate to keep the "transients" under control
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:38 AM   #709
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when is this safari thing on?
September 19 to 27th, from memory. There's a place on the team for both you and Greg, if you can wangle the time off work. I've started a Team ADV thread here, if you're keen.
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Old 05-15-2014, 06:13 AM   #710
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well, ummmm... its been too long since i posted any pics and finished the ride report for getting myself home from Noosa...

scrolling back a few pages, seems i left off being put up here by BMW...



so wwe all know i ended up with a new fuel pump... so it was time to head home....

hmmmm, where'd i go again...

oh yeah... out here...




and then down here...



hmmm... its been a while, i'm gonna have to go find a map and refresh my memory of where i went...

but dont worry... i'm not going anywhere.....bikes back at the dealers... been there nearly 2 weeks...and doesnt look like comin home soon.....)


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Old 05-16-2014, 04:01 AM   #711
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Again???

And I thought I had problems.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:59 AM   #712
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ok... finally found the box with the maps....

of... i'm about 10km or so west of Imbil... leaving Yabba Creek rd, and headining out Bella Creek Rd...





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this road opened up a fair bit....and was bloody good riding..



the first creek crossing...




was done with absolutly no class...



closed in bits...



lots of hill climbs..



and cattle grids...



after lunch more of the same great road...

"Bella Creek Rd" is etched in my mind as one of those great rides you'd do again if you were in the area...




bit vague on exactly where these are... so i'll just post a few pics..



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i hit a cross road at the 'landcruiser mountain park... it had a 'no motorbikes sign, so i turned right (north,.. that would have me on the Kilcoy-Murgon rd..

came to anothe cross rd...with an old Boab Plantation...stopped for smoko, then turned left...



passed loks of paddocks of this stuff.... any idea what it is..?



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I ended up in Murgon, then west anothe 30-40km to Proston, on to Boondooma..

then continued west into the "Jarra State Forrest"..



.agin this rd/track was another pearler...



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i rolled into Taroom right on Beer o'clock, stopped at the pub for a couple and a lot of chats with the helpfull locals...

then headed about 10km north to a suggested camp site..




after being 'stuck' for so long....it was a great day of riding.... and no more bike issues.....


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Old 05-21-2014, 12:52 AM   #713
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well in other kinda exciting news...... got a call from BMW... they've ordered me another fuel pump.....



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Old 05-21-2014, 01:08 AM   #714
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share tracks?

I was thinking,
1) I wonder if greg has uploaded his travels on TAUT so we can follow in his tracks
2) He must have the patience of Job ( token Biblical reference) and if it were me I would be trading that lemon (on a Suzuki, of course)
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:19 AM   #715
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well in other kinda exciting news...... got a call from BMW... they've ordered me another fuel pump.....



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Has BMW come up with a reason for so many fuel pump failures ?

Seems to be a ongoing problem

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Old 05-22-2014, 01:55 AM   #716
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Has BMW come up with a reason for so many fuel pump failures ?

Seems to be a ongoing problem

Terry

they are 2 'different' issues.... the onle i had at the start of 'this' trip in Queensland, was the 'well documenteded 50,000km fuel pump failure'.. the issue i've got now is that when hot, if you leave the bike for more than 5 mins, but less than an hour, it starts on one cylinder... runs fine, and starts fine when cold... seems like a 'new' issue, no-one seems to have had this problem before....

the computer is telling BMW there is low fuel pressure at the point of the issue... wouldnt surprise me if the pump controller module has something to do with it too.... time will tell dont need the bike this week


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Old 05-22-2014, 01:58 AM   #717
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I was thinking,
1) I wonder if greg has uploaded his travels on TAUT so we can follow in his tracks
2) He must have the patience of Job ( token Biblical reference) and if it were me I would be trading that lemon (on a Suzuki, of course)

you got shares in TAUT..?

nah, i have enough trouble finding time to write a ride report let alone update some other website that i've never been on

and to be honest, just cos i went 'that way' doesnt mean its the best route to take from A to B.... and i'd think the 'best route' is the one that should go on TAUT...



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Old 05-23-2014, 04:29 AM   #718
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so the next day i woke up next to a waterhole about 10 km north of Taroom...

i headed north west over into the "Expedition National Park"...



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plenty of cattle out here....





had to stop for them fairly often...





the cattle grids seemed extra widely spaced too.....





plenty of these big fella's around....





typical outback mailbox...





so one of the reasons i came thru this way, was that on the map, in the middle of the National Park...there
was a little red do labelled "Ruined Castle"....

now theres not much in the way of castles in Australia... so thought I'd go have a look... should be a decent
story behind why the hell it was built all the way out here.. oh and why it got destroyed......



i was havin trouble finding it though....



i stopped here to have a bit more detailed look at maps/GPS.... i hadnt even seen a sign...

anyway i heard a vehicle coming, and soon enough a local farmer pulled up in his ute with his dogs.... we had a good old yack for nearly half an hour, in which amongst other things, he offered me a caretaker job at one of the homesteads....

oh, he also informed me there was no castle... or ruins of a castle...

but apparently the mountain range looks like a ruined castle.....ah-ha.....


another Boab tree...



then i started to poke out the other side of the range...




the, ummmmm.... 'ruined castle'......... apparently.....





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did i mention how much the track looked like an awesome track...



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i continued north, and poped out on the Dawson highway at Bauhinia...

then is was west 70-80kms to Rolleston...

the farmer back at the "ruined Castle" recons the roadhouse made good burgers, so it was time for a late lunch an a map looky...





hmmm, the burger was ok... but didnt live up to the billing it had been given (but hey...niether did the bloody "castle"....

anyway, after being stuck in Noosa so long, i'd ditched my original plans and had decided to head home....

now i know i'm heading north west thru queensland, which is pretty much the opposite direction to say Mt Gambier which was kinda where i was headed...

but i decided to give myself a week to get home...just to make it a tad more interesting than say 3 long days of bitumen...



so onto the bitumen and west i went...





70 kms and i was in Springsure... now quite often i roll thru Dunkeld in Victoria and think how much of a great backdrop that town has.....
let me tell you... it has nothin over Springsure... truely spectacular place for a town...

oh...but i dont have a photo...

but i do have a photo of the "welcome to Springsure" sign..

good to see some communities taking the dangers Drop-Bears pose to un-suspecting tourists....





from Springsure it was west again out the Dawson Developmental Road...




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it was starting to get hazey up ahead....




real hazey...




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it was about 250kms to the next town from Springsure...

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so it was fairly evident there was a bush-fire about 'somewhere'....

really eeery riding in the haze with the sun largely blocked out...




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i eventually caught up to the fire...








it had been a pretty long day....

and i came across this sand patch...





and you know how ya do dumb shit when youre tired........




yeah i decided to stop with my front brake while i was paddling....





anyway, no harm... no damage....





and gone again...




so anyway, as i knda mentioned, it was getting late in the day... and i was heading west.... that means you have the sun setting in your eyes....

unless there a bushfire to smoke it out...


well that is until you ride out the other side of the fire....



ouch... after about 1 or 2 km of that, i pulled up at a gate to wait a while... i still had about 120km to go to get to Tambo... and waiting for
the sun to drop meant i'd be getting there in the dark....in prime skippy country...

not much i could do....

a fire truck came out of the scrub and asked if i was ok, wanted a can of coke etc....

after about 20 mins i was off again...

eventually coming to this...



whoopsie...



from there it was about 50kms of skippy infested country...



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eventually making Tambo in time for a nice lold beer, feed and a dodgy pub room for the night...







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Old 05-31-2014, 03:58 AM   #719
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so here's a map of the last days riding... bit over 600kms..





so the pub in Tambo was cheap...

just like their signs..





but the boss let me park out the back with the beer mats...




i chased a roo down the main st... then left town heading west...



there was plenty of fresh meat on the road...



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I stopped for breakfast with this bloke at the bakery in Blackall..





so currently in was..........





but i was going ...




heres a replica of the stump...




and a bit of a spiel....





so, from Blackall i left the main highway and went further west to Isisford..

nice little town...with a fence and cattle grids to keep the wildlife out of the town....



and on northward to Ilfracombe...



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from there it was a short trip west on the main road into Longreach...

i ducked in to the Stockman Hall of Fame... but for $40 bucks i decided not to go into the museum bit...





the Qantas museum...



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and lunch in town...


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from Longreach it was 180km to Winton....

not much out there....

'cept a train..




also just before Winton there is a turn of to a dinosaur discovery place... crock of shite... but the ride up was worth it..




for the view..




and on to Winton... which was a surprisingly cool lookin place... and was packed..! there was some town fesivally thingie on...




i recon if i knew i was goin back thru there again, i'd probably stay a night or 2...

anyway, wasnt to be this trip... i had about 4 days to get home... and was a long way from there....

so it was time to fuel up properly...



and head further west....




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always seem to be heading west at sunset...




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luckily i only had about 40km to go into the sun before i got here...





and it was time to start heading south.... down the "Cork Mail Route"..





sounded promising...




looked promising...





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of course i found myself riding on into sunset as usual...






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about 50km down the mail route, i came to the Carisbrooke homestead...




a map id seen back in Winton showed camping here...

so did the signs out front...



so in i rode..



had a chat to the woman of the house, and they'd just taken delivery of some donga's... they wernt ready yet, but i was welcome to sleep in one if i liked....
that suited as i didnt really feel like untpacking fuel bladders and jerry cans to get to tent etc..

i found a bed frame in one, a clean matress in another and was sorted... had tea and a few beers with some grey nomads by the old shearing shed..



and called it a night....




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yesterdays ride was thus...




so..next morning it was up and have a bit of a look around the old shearing shed...



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was a bit of a fan of these benches...




so then it was time to head off again... yesterday had gotten pretty hot... today was looking much the same...

so i packed up and said goodbye to me donga..




and hit the track and said g'day to some skippy's...




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continued south...




hey that was me...




past another station...(Whyrallah)






past old gates...




over old cattle grids...



and onward thru 'bugger all'..




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and in to the Old Cork Homestead....




it was really bloody hot, dry and windy....


some shots from the old cork Homestead..



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the homestead was on a bit of a hill... not too far away was a big windmill and a fair bit of tree action...

a short walk down the hill to the windmill..




and some good camping...




next to a bloody big waterhole......




then the walk back up the hill to the homestead...




and me bike in the only bit of shade around....




the track from here continued south west towards the Diamantina National park...




and skirted a few dunes...




this part of the world is kinda famous for 'nothing'...

heres some....




and some more...




and...




hey look... a whole lot of it....




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hey a little bit of hilly type stuff up ahead...




did i mention it was hot out here today.... just after noon... 40.5 degrees




those hills....




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next stop was the Old Moyne Hotel on the Northern boundary of the Diamantina national Park..




not much of it left...




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the cellar...




i stopped there for lunch under a nearby tree with the fly's...

you can see how windy it is from the trees...



anyway the corrogations had played havock with that nice new aluminium chair guard id put on just before this trip...



so i pulled it off...

and added it to the scrap metal pile...




drinking stacks of water... and starting to struggle a bit with the heat and hot wind...

onward into the national park...




where there was more of this stuff...




i rolled in to the Rangers station and has a look around and a sit around to get out of the heat...

i did a stocktake of water and, whilst not running low, was plowing thru faster than usual...

i didnt really want to, as i know thats not what they are here for, but i went over to the rangers place and got a water top-up...

she was a bit corncerned i was out here, and offered a shower to cool down (which i declined.....)

anyway, i repacked my water and headed off south again..





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gawd it was hot...




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started to hit the floodplains... not a chance in hell you'd get thru here after rain...





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and getting hotter... so hot me headlight globe packed it in....





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more river crossings...




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then i was thru the floodplains... and into a whole lot of serious looking 'nothing'...




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hey somethin up ahead...






it was plretty cool to just stop and watch this vast string of cattle, slowly walking from the left horizon to the right horizon....
stiring up so much dust even though they were hardly moving in the heat...





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in the end, i cut thru them..and continued on toward...nothing...

although the track was getting pretty loose now...





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i was starting to think how good an icey-pole would be.....




but all i got was more cattle... gee they chew up the track...





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the day was getting on now...as well as thinking about icey-poles, i was concious i needed to keep an eye out for a good spot to camp...





didnt look like i was gonna find any shade.....




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i came to another gate, and noticed a bit of machinery and a couple of caravans a few hundred metres down the track...

there were a few people wandering around..

strange place for a caravan, i though...

wonder if they're selling icey-poles...?





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