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Old 08-16-2014, 04:53 PM   #781
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outa the sand and into the rocks.......good stuff.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:41 AM   #782
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There was also another monument at Ooldea... this one celebrating
the completion of the railway... buggered it i know why they'd
build it out of chipboard..!





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Ooldea in the background...





not much in the foreground...




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oh wait... there's something..!







yep... stacks of rusty steel sleepers....






and then... from nowhere...

one of my favorites...





and then another milestone....







then continueing along that shitty track west...






before rolling in to "Watson" for a break..





found some nice old concrete to park on, and since i was now out of the sand, put a bit more air in the tyres...




oiled the chain too..

and when i was taking her off the centre stand... something felt real odd...


a bit of investigating revealed a missing pivot bolt...






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plenty of rubble/scrap metal about so it didnt take long to find some wire and sort her out...




this is the big hole "Watson" was bulldozed into....




so... thats "Watson"...




i attended to the derail...




and headed off to the other side of the track..




which is where that wierd '30kms of bitumen' heading north is....



i would have liked to gone up and had a look at Maralinga.. even if it was just the front gate...
but wasnt sure how fuel would go.. 30km there... 30 km back...

hmmm.. next time...

instead i chose this wonderous track and kept plugging away westward...





doesnt look too bad here... but the chunks of limestone were starting to be a bit of a pain...




not much out here....





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then i rocked in to " O'Malley " .....





but since the sign was the only thing there.... i pretty soon, rocked on out the other side....






hey bulldust... makes a change from rocks i guess...





then into the next Prime Minister "Fisher"...




again... nothing here....




west of Fisher, i picked up a bit of pace....

how awesomes that...!





didnt last long though......




was pretty obvious i was on the Nullarbor Plain.... but... i found a tree...




and no trees.....




and the track.....





and another tree...!





and no trees, but 2 tracks...




and....






and then i rolled into "Cook"...




there is still a fair few buildings here....

and it looks like a handfull of people might live there...

sort-of even got the feeling the shop at the station 'might' open for the 'indian-pacific' train when it stops there...

(for our overseas friends... the 'Iandian-Pacific' is a passenger train, so named as it runs from Perth (on the Indian Ocean)
to Sydney (on the Pacific Ocean) .. takes 4 days and covers 4,352kms)


I didnt see a single person there... and there was no fuel available..

the original Jail is still there...






the station is fairly well kept...






well, no trains coming....




so off westward again.. and hey... a train...!







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and then... just me again...

Driver was good but... gave me a 'toot'...






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still a bloody long way to go....






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i rolled into "Denman" just before sunset...

again...nothing there....




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i was heading west.... so was the sun.... so that would be it for the day...




i bashed 500 metres or so thru the saltbush to get a little away from the tracks, set camp..






and called it a day... it had only been something like 240-250kms today... but was a long one..

been about 550kms since i last fuelled up at Kingoonya... next fuel nearly 200kms away..






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Old 08-18-2014, 08:56 PM   #783
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Great photos and journey mate. I love the fencing wire job...you could be a farmer with stuff like that. I used to work on trucks that the farmers held together with number8....once a year.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:42 PM   #784
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next morning i woke to a weird fog.... very calm...





wasnt long until another train appeared on the horizon...





it belted past...






anyway... not much do do here.... and was another endless day coming up...





so i packed and buggered off....





had obviously rained out here sometime, as if was pretty green and overgrown in lots of places... no mud but..






soon enough i was approaching "Hughes"...





choose your own track in....







and surprise surprise... not much more than a sign here too...







so off again....






the track was kinda slow going on the south side...







so when i got a chance, i switched over to the north side...





hmmmm... just as rocky over here....






and then another mile-stone....






it's getting to 'the next thing' that keeps you sane out here...


farewell to South Alstralia...





hello to Western australaia......









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Old 08-18-2014, 11:39 PM   #785
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Fark. Even out there they give u a welcome sign. Didn't have a sign like that coming into Darwin last week. Obviously not welcome there lol
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Old 08-19-2014, 02:13 AM   #786
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When you get to Perth, put your bike on a ship and sail West , South Africa, Namibia, Botswana .... is waiting for you
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Old 08-19-2014, 03:15 AM   #787
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I bet you, after Namibia he ain't going back to Ozzie land
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:59 AM   #788
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just over the border i rolled into "Deakin"....




and yep... nothing here...




well there was some old peppercorn tress around where there once was buildings..

i made use of the shade for lunch...




unfortunately the flies were out of control... so it was a real quick lunch and back on the bike to escape them...

about to leave town when.....





yep... a train...





it was the Indian-Pacific...





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then it was just me again....






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wasnt long before there was another one belting past in the opposite direction...






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and then the joys again....




was some nice bits but...









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next into "Reid".... an old mine site here... but really just rubble everywhere...
and an overgrown airstrip..




bit of junk around the old mine...





then... speaking of junk....





selfie...









then nothing...






then something...!






and finally i rolled in to "Forrest"...






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Old 08-19-2014, 06:05 AM   #789
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I bet you, after Namibia he ain't going back to Ozzie land
Yip, you are probably right, so Greg I can offer you a beer - way cheaper that the ones we had at that big rock in the middle of Oz
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Old 08-19-2014, 07:38 PM   #790
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Big Empty!

Now that's a lot of nothing! Thanks for the ride!
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:53 AM   #791
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Awesome RR,thanks for sharing,bringing back memories
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Old 08-20-2014, 10:34 PM   #792
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When you get to Perth, put your bike on a ship and sail West , South Africa, Namibia, Botswana .... is waiting for you
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Yip, you are probably right, so Greg I can offer you a beer - way cheaper that the ones we had at that big rock in the middle of Oz


South Africa..?!? Namibia..!??!..

Think it'll take more than a beer to get there..!

might have to pass the hat around too...!



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Old 08-20-2014, 10:36 PM   #793
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Now that's a lot of nothing! ...

thats kinda the beauty i guess....

not a lot of places you can go these days and see.....nothing....



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Old 08-21-2014, 12:47 AM   #794
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Can you share how much fuel you're carrying? What fuel economy/range you're getting out of the GS?

Just rode a 1200GS to Darwin and wasn't too impressed with its range. Lucky to get 300km

Thanks
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:29 AM   #795
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Can you share how much fuel you're carrying? What fuel economy/range you're getting out of the GS?

Just rode a 1200GS to Darwin and wasn't too impressed with its range. Lucky to get 300km

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