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Old 09-13-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
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Ghost Town Rally, Copi Hollow, NSW. Sep 2011



An invitation was received from burger muncher, GC (Honda Varadero) of Boulia Burger Busters, Hattah Burger Run, Underbool Burger Run fame, to join a newly formed group of Riverland riders in search of adventure; FesterC (KLR650), GregT (XLVR), ChrisG(BMW FGS650), Jerry (KLR), Jase (DR 650) & CraigC (KLR).
Unfortunately our regular riding buddy, YC had "junior C" duties & couldn't come to play.

It was blantanly obvious we were in for a challenging time when GC rocked up in this



Fester (aka Andy Gadget) had plotted an 'easy' course from Renmark via Pine Camp, Coombah Roadhouse, Tor Downs Station, Kinchega NP, Menindee to our destination at beautiful Copi Hollow to mix with some boys with "BIG shiny Toys"





Unfortunately "Bureaucracy" is reaching into our last bastion of freedom & adventure ........ OH & S ....... WTF?



Never the less my adventure started the day before as I headed out of the big smoke refueling along the way for the "as the crow flies" ride to Renmark



Fester & GregC tried to get in tune, but with no luck ............................. I tried to tell them the helmets were a different colour











Little did we anticipate what Fester had installed for us as we rode into the unknown


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Old 09-13-2011, 02:22 PM   #2
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LMAO!! I love that shirt. I want it. :P
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:42 PM   #3
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Looks like a lot of fun, copy hollow is a cool spot to camp
Which dirt roads are those?
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:55 PM   #4
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...........................................Which dirt roads are those?Russ
Just passed the entrance to Danggali & you turn right to Pine Camp.

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Old 09-13-2011, 04:23 PM   #5
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Hi MB .
I have been waiting for a ride report from you.
Looking good.
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Old 09-13-2011, 04:30 PM   #6
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Hi MB .I have been waiting for a ride report from you. Looking good. Cheers Ian
Can I tell you, it's been a long 2 years waiting to do another ride report too, but now life's lookin' good again

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Old 09-13-2011, 05:17 PM   #7
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Just passed the entrance to Danggali & you turn right to Pine Camp.

Thanks, wish I could spend more time out that way such a great riding area. Looking forward to Poon next month
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:51 PM   #8
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Can I tell you, it's been a long 2 years waiting to do another ride report too, but now life's lookin' good again
That my friend is very good news.

Now get on with it...


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Old 09-14-2011, 03:16 AM   #9
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That my friend is very good news. Now get on with it...
Ha!...ha!..ha!... Thanks Bender, I hope everything is as positive for you too.

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Old 09-14-2011, 03:30 AM   #10
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Looks like the sort of ride Tena Ray Trev might enjoy MB....
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:53 AM   #11
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Lovin the RR so far.

I grew up in Broken Hill and Dad was in the speed boat club. We used to go up to Copi every second weekend to waterski. Dad had a cool old wooden speed boat powered by a flathead Ford V8 and later he had one powered by a Y block Ford. Good times.
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continuing ...........

After regrouping a few times on the mainly easy tracks



We soon arrived at Coombah Roadhouse for an experience & a half with the very friendly, fabulously boisterous attendant



Interesting sign on the loo ....................... with legs like hers, she had obviously posed for both figures on the sign as well.



It wasn't long before other Copi Hollow devotees arrived for a similar refueling experience, before travelling via Broken Hill to get to their destination.



We then headed into the "interesting" part of this ride for some & as sweep it wasn't long before I came over a very sandy hill witnessing ChrisG spectactually going down, pirouetting in the process & eventually being pinned under his bike.



With the tank cap flapping loose, fuel was splashing over the hot exhaust & onto his leg luckily I managed to stop the gushing fuel & release his trapped leg without Guy Fawkes showing his presence.

While repairing damage to bike & rider, the others soon returned some 10kms or more to see what the hold up was







The next task was to restart his BMW which refused to cooperate



Does anyone know if he has BMW Road Side Assist? ........................ did you read the fine print boys obviously not .



........................................... so the heavy artillery was called for & jumper leads were brought out.

Unfortunately it wasn't long before gravity grabbed him again



His heavy luggage causing most of his problems, but unfortunately it was needed as he was flying for work direct from Mildura, (halfway home) to Melbourne. However once his panniers were shared amongst the group, good progress was able to be made.

Our next challenge soon be-friended us



OK! ........ who's going first?



Progress through Tor Downs Station was very slow & challenging for the big bikes, especially GC's Varadero over the very sandy tracks with only the occasional open areas, taking us some 4 hours to travel only 30kms

Wasn't this sandy last year guys, Fester kept reiterating .................... over & ....... over & ..... over again.

"Phuk this shit, I don't want to play anymore ...................... I'm going home"











Close attention was still required for unsuspecting wash outs & eroded sections



After the tough first 30kms, the remaining 27kms from the stock yards seemed a breeze



.............................. until we found this?????

Noooooooo! .......................I'm not riding 57kms back over that stuff



Embarrasingly as we proceeded to dismantle the gate hinges, the landowner's wife arrived & after some sweet talking by GC ............... I know it's hard to believe ................... she unlocked the gate for us.



and then we saw this sign ................. WTF ..... OH&S?



The remaining 80kms or so to Copi Hollow was ridden in the dark, ever alert for the numerous skippys, often riding side by side to increase the brightness of our dust dulled headlights & especially after two roos jumped between me & the lead rider.

Finally arriving at Copi Hollow after 7.30pm, we were directed to the far end of the grassed camp ground, which we didn't realise the significance until sunrise.

to be continued ............



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Old 09-14-2011, 05:32 AM   #13
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:06 AM   #14
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continuing ...........


.............................. until we found this





This is interesting MB.. before our trip I endeavored to contact Tor Downs Station to ask about road conditions and access from the Tandou Road south through to Coombah but despite numerous attempts I wasn’t successful in getting through. When we were at Bindara Station I enquired re access through that section and it seems that they aren't the most popular people in the district. The story went that they didn’t like people passing through and there were romours of the road having locked gates on it!

As it turns out we got washed out so it wasn’t an option but in talking to the copper in Medindee he said that as far as he was concerned it was a gazetted road and shouldn’t be locked.

I’d be interested to hear what they said to you about it

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Old 09-14-2011, 06:24 AM   #15
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Good one Kym...looks like the ride the other weekend was only a warm up for this.

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