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Old 06-13-2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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Desert Raid 2013 - Desert Queen Baths - Wednesday 21 August 2013

I've been asked to kick this into play now, rather than later, so here we go...

If you are looking for an(other) excuse for a tough adventure ride in WA why not be part of the 3rd Desert Raid. The destination is Desert Queen Baths situated in the Rudall River NP, east Pilbara WA. Coords 2227'48.89"S 12215'40.27"E.

Get this in your ride calendar now! We'll gather there on Wednesday 21 August 2013.

Why this day/date?
1. It's a long way from anywhere so picking a weekend day is probably unnecessary.
2. 21 Aug is a full moon. The moonlight will help those of us who seem to end up riding at night . And will suit those who love to howl occasionally
3. Typically, its the driest month of the year in that area.

Permits? I'm quite sure none are needed but please check for yourself.

Don't miss out on the fun. 16 gnarly adventure riders managed to make it to Desert Raid 2011 (Neale Junction) and another 30 or so gave it a good crack but didn't get there.

Just like Neale Jcn there's no 'soft' way to get to Desert Queen Baths (DQB). Will there be sand? ...yep!

About Desert Queen Baths (DQB)
Part of a gorge system
Permanent water holes there
Gorge climbing for those so inclined
Very remote
Few travellers venture to this area
Exploroz has a good summary & pics - here

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Fuel - do your own logistics and be self sufficient because I'm sure no-one will be doing any fuel drops. Here is my early plan (distances are approx):
Refuel at Newman
Refuel at Cotton Creek 370km (aka Parnngurr - ph 08-9176 9009... aboriginal community... reported to have Opal fuel avail from mid-2011)
then DQB, Carawine Gorge*, Skull Springs Rd**
Refuel at Nullagine 615km

*Carawine Gorge - another permanent water hole in scenic gorge country. Deep water and approx 1km long & 300m across. This 'could' be a meeting point for those not wishing to tackle the Rudall River NP. I recommend the DQB riders lob here on their way home.

**Skull Springs Rd is one of the best bike rides in the Pilbara (and there are a few). Ruggedly scenic. 140kms of good continually undulating and winding stony track. Expect to encounter a couple of moderate water crossings - should be no trouble on a bike, wet boots maybe.

This ride could be an excuse (partic for you eastern staters) to take some time to explore the many scenic parts of the often by-passed Pilbara.

For the legal hawks out there, NOBODY is 'organising' this ride . Four of us are definitely going and I'm just telling you guys about our plans in case others would like to meet us there.


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Old 06-13-2011, 09:04 PM   #2
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They dont get much better than this

This will be a gem of a ride to a remote location.
The princess is planning her ball gown already.
Given her performance on the Neale Junction trip she will be in fine form.
See you there!
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:04 PM   #3
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You four are sure to have a great time
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:25 PM   #4
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This will be a gem of a ride to a remote location.
The princess is planning her ball gown already.
Given her performance on the Neale Junction trip she will be in fine form.
See you there!
You'll have to pencil in Vince to join us. It was great to see him at NJ.
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:30 PM   #5
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:38 PM   #6
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You four are sure to have a great time
You'll be bringing the DRZ won't you??
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:50 PM   #7
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ah, my neck of the woods.see you guys there maybe a couple of inmates from newman might be keen too.
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Planning?

I got no idea what i'm doing next weekend so August 2013.
Still, its out there.

Hang on, I do know what i'm doing next weekend.
BBQ at Bully's.
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I got no idea what i'm doing next weekend so August 2013.
Still, its out there.

Hang on, I do know what i'm doing next weekend.
BBQ at Bully's.
A few thought the name of the place was gunna invoke some sort of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert scenario. I said, so long as no-one pulls on budgie smugglers for a swim, it doesn't matter who shows up.

So Neil... leave the budgies home. I got a hunch you got a top drawer full of them.

Oh... you should ride into DQB, up on the pegs, with your silver silk cape flowing... a pic of that would make front page of advrider for sure. I bet you've got it in your calendar now.
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A few thought the name of the place was gunna invoke some sort of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert scenario. I said, so long as no-one pulls on budgie smugglers for a swim, it doesn't matter who shows up.

So Neil... leave the budgies home. I got a hunch you got a top drawer full of them.

Oh... you should ride into DQB, up on the pegs, with your silver silk cape flowing... a pic of that would make front page of advrider for sure. I bet you've got it in your calendar now.
Mmmm the name is not good.
Not a fan of the budgies heh?
One look at me nekked mate and you'll be begging me to put em back on.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:39 PM   #11
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Gday fellas

The plan sounds like a good one.

I'm heading through desert queens next week on the 990. Bit of a stretch on fuel for sure so got my fingers crossed :-)

Had a great ride up to Telfer last month through the Pilbara and went through Carawine Gorge, it's a great spot (see pics) I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Take a chainsaw as the only fire wood is huge buried logs and I scrounged THE last burnable stuff :)

Does anyone know if you can ride along the rabbit proof fence?

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Does anyone know if you can ride along the rabbit proof fence?

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In the mid-west the signs say no. But who'd be policing it up there??
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:43 AM   #14
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Um, turn left at Georgia Bore then second turn on the right.
Maybe get opal at Cotton Creek. ( my map says deisel only)
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:38 AM   #15
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Maybe get opal at Cotton Creek. ( my map says deisel only)
So does mine... but then I read this http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=630
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