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Old 11-21-2011, 09:57 AM   #16
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Good photos,got any more photos of the ktm 660 rallye?
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:52 PM   #17
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Good photos,got any more photos of the ktm 660 rallye?
Ask and ye shall receive. I thought this Bike might spark some interest. Sounded HORNY!




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Old 11-22-2011, 01:00 AM   #18
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Day 5

Day 5, 364 Km's covered
The origional plan for the Day was to head out to Camerons Corner, then up the Old Strezlecki Track to Innamincka but after talking to the Locals & another Dude on a Tenere 660 who had just come from there, we decided to ditch Camerons Corner due to track conditions & instead take the Toona Gate & head North to Innamincka for a relaxing Arvo camping by the River.
My fears about the rear tire came true only 15Km's out of Tibooburra when the Tire went flat again. The side walls had cried enough & I decided it would be silly to persist with it so I made the decision to head back to town to see if I could track down a new rear Tire while the rest of the Fella's continued on as planned.
As the group was running short on tubes, I gave up my new rear tube to the Boys with the hope I could get another one delivered with a new tire. Rod (& one crazy Emu) escorted me back to town with the flat rear & left me at the Servo while he rejoined the others for the ride North.
I was hoping at best to order a new tire & some tubes & wait for them to arrive ( could be Days), then either make my way home solo or catch the Boys on the way back. I did have a conversation with the lovely Lady at the servo the day before & she mentioned her Son might have some spares lying around but it was not often he was in town. So with Fingers crossed, I went into the Servo & told her my problem. As luck would have it, Her Son Damien,(My new Hero) was around the back fitting some Tires. So I introduced Myself & to cut a long story short, I rode away with a brand new Tire but he only had a 21" Tube so that would have to do. I cant say enough good things about the friendly people you come across in the outback. This bloke went back to his house to raid his personal stash of parts & even fitted it up for me all for $140. Close inspection of the old tire revealed the side wall was shredded to bits on the inside & had no support left whatsoever. No wonder it kept destroying tubes.
Wooo Hoo..Creedy,s back in the game!!
Before I left the group, we organised for them to ring the Family Hotel to check on Me when they arrived at Innamincka so I went to see the Publican who showed me the quickest & easyest way to Innamincka so I could rejoin the Fella's. He was to tell them which way I went when they rang so they would know where to start looking if I didnt turn up.
So off I went on my own on what turned out to be a bloody long Day.
The 1st half of the ride was awesome & I was feeling good when I hit one of the huge sharp white rocks that seem to be hiding at the bottom of every washout. I had upped the tire pressure before I left but it was no match for the rock that cracked the front rim & pinched my only 21" tube. I pulled over in the only shade I could find & set about repairing the tube. After a long search to find some logs to prop the Bike up, the wheel came off only to find the tube was beyond repair due to the huge twin slits in the side. After yelling a few strong words to the circling birds overhead, I got on with the job of getting myself out of the shit. I ended up cutting 3 holes in the tube & stuffing 4 pairs of socks, 3 pair of undies, one pair of hippy pants & My best wife beater (Blue Singlet) into the tube & wrapping the lot in electrical tape to get me going again.
It just gets better (Read Worse)from here but I'll leave that for Part 2 of Day 5.

The shade gave me some relief from the scorching heat but it kept moving on me so I had to work in short bursts & then move back in the shade every 10 min of so. You can see the drag marks from where I dragged that big bloody log from back up the road.



To be continued....................
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Old 11-22-2011, 02:31 AM   #19
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Great read and pics so far , hurry up .
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:10 PM   #20
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sound's like a ripper trip there Creedy....
look forward to future ride reports.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:45 PM   #21
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Great read and pics so far , hurry up .
You always bugger off when we really need to know what happened... I reckon you starved to death...

Love your photo's and ride report! Can't wait for the next instalment.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:17 PM   #22
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:16 PM   #23
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Day 5

Day 5 Continued.

It took me a few K's to get used to My new Custom Mousse Tube & I did heve to limit my speed a bit.It was pretty hairy in the corners but it was better than nothing.
I should have easily made the trip with the fuel range I had but as a result of the slower speeds I found I was using heaps more Fuel than I had been on the trip so far. The slow sandy corners really sucked the juice,so I started to get concerned when the 22L tank started to get low & I still had about 80K's to go.
To add to my wories,all this time I was slowly exhausting my water supply. I carried 2L on my Back, & 2 x 2L Bladders on the Saddle Bag & a bottle stapped to the top. When I finished the Bottle & the 2L in the camelbak, I went to get stuck into the Bladders when I saw a stick that went in one side of the bladder & out the other. My Water supply had suddenly gone from 4L to 2L. Still plenty but not enough in an emergency.
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So with all these different scenario's playing around in my Head, I started to look for some help.Sometimes this meant traveling a few K's out off course, & it was devestating to follow the signs to different stations & gas plants only to find them deserted. Santos was one of those Stations that was just Ruins so I was starting to get pretty bummed out.
I was heading towards a huge Flame I could see burning off in the distance when My luck finally changed for the better. I saw a 4WD parked at one of the many small Gas or Oil gizmo's they have littered throughout that area so I rode up to this Bolkes side window to ask for help. Scared the shit out of Him when he saw me as he had his head buried in his computer when I said G'day. He didnt have any Fuel but he did show me the way to the Main Facillity at Dullingary Oil & Gas Field where they might have some Unleaded.
I pulled up to the Site Office & was just about to open the door when this Fella comes out. Scared the shit out of Him too! After the usual "What the bloody hell are you doing out here" conversation, He invited Me inside while he got on the blower to his Mate to see if they could rustle up some Fuel for Me. He says to his Mate" Come down to the Office to check this out, Iv'e got this Bloke here who has been riding around the Desert with his Jocks & Socks in his Tires". He lead me through to the Smoko Room & sat me on a lounge next to the Water Chiller & told me to fill all my water containers while he & his Mate drove off to find some unleaded. It was truly a bizzar moment as I had gone from Being Hot, low on Fuel ,Water & patience to sitting in a Airconditioned Room on a lounge drinking Icy cold Water while I had My Bike filled to the brim for Me. After thanking My new best Mates, I headed of full of confidence & the rest of the Ride went without drama.
I pulled in at Innamincka hanging to see the Fella's & tell them all about My little adventure but they were noware to be seen. I thought for sure they would have beat me but after asking around they were noware to be seen.
After pondering my situation over a few $8 Beers at the Pub & I noticed a Guy using a laptop so I went over to say Hi & see if I could use his computer to log into Dans SPOT Tracker web page to see where they were. Turns out these Guys were fellow inmates,Brocksamoyed & Pete.Thanks again Fella's. The SPOT showed the Boys had just taken the long way to Innamincka & would be there soon so I booked the Bunkhouse & waited in the pub for the others to arrive.

The Pub & The Innamincka Trading Post

They finally rolled in just on darkness after Jas on the Big Vstrom we dubbed "The Mothership" ran out of Fuel just out of Town.
After a Feed & some story swapping over some coldies, it was off to service the Bikes & evaluate the Tire situation.
Rodney repaired all our tubes like a pro & I replaced the 21" Tube in the Rear with the 18" . After beating the Rim into shape, I marked the cracks & fitted another Tube ready for the next few nervous K's. I was unsure about the Rim for a while & considered pulling the pin but we decided to give it a go & hope it would hold. As it turns out the crack hardley grew for the rest of the trip but the wheel now had a noticable shake from the monster flat spot in the Rim.
Fingers crossed for the next Day.
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Old 11-25-2011, 12:40 AM   #24
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Innamincka

Yo,

We were glad to help fellow inmates. Having a netbook lappie on the trip came in handy on several occasions.

Looking fwd to the rest of your trip update.

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Old 11-25-2011, 03:33 AM   #25
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good read.

to the chap on the XR650R how do you find the Ballards jacket?
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:04 PM   #26
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good read.

to the chap on the XR650R how do you find the Ballards jacket?
I have one of those Ballards jackets and can say I wouldn't recommend it. Whilst it is a good design for a light weight enduro jacket it is poorly made. Mine is coming apart at the stitching in places and the zips a pure crap. The zips on the sleeves rip open by them selves when riding leaving the sleeves flapping down my arms. I no longer bother using the sleeves and only use the jacket as a vest for enduro rides during the cooler months.
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:57 PM   #27
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I have one of those Ballards jackets and can say I wouldn't recommend it. Whilst it is a good design for a light weight enduro jacket it is poorly made. Mine is coming apart at the stitching in places and the zips a pure crap. The zips on the sleeves rip open by them selves when riding leaving the sleeves flapping down my arms. I no longer bother using the sleeves and only use the jacket as a vest for enduro rides during the cooler months.
Yep, I agree, I was going to buy one untill I saw Rods. Very light weight, he has alredy had to replace the Zipper & its coming apart at the seams.
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:25 PM   #28
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Day 6

Day 6: 336 Km's covered

We origonally planned to take Cordillow Downs Rd to Birdsville but we were advised against it as apparently it was way rocky & not much fun at the moment so we decided to go the long way which meant 600K's between fuel stops so after yet another late start, we filled the Tanks & Bladders & hit the road.
Before long we stopped to change yet another flat, this time it was Dan's turn when the DR's Front Tyre went down. Luckily it was to be the last flat of the trip.

I was amazed at how often the road surface changes. One minute we would be on the Tar, then it would change to red dirt, then red sand, to sharp boulders mixed with loose marbles, to yellow, white & brown hard pack clay to soft sand with washouts & ruts to lookout for, all in the space of a few K's so there was not alot of time to relax & check out the scenery.
We stopped at Deons lookout in the Arvo & decided to Camp there for the night & finish the 200K's to Birdsville in the Morning. There was a concrete slab with a shelter that looked like a decent place to roll out the beds so we settled in for the night after a feed of freeze dried meals. It was my 1st time eating these meals & Iv'e got to say they were actually quite nice. We had Thai Chicken, Sweet & Sour Pork & Roast Chicken, but Jas did try the Breakfast one which was absolutely Hideous.
After some quick pics & a Killer Sunset, we noticed something that would remain on on our minds for the rest of the night. As soon as the Sun went down, the Rats came out to play. After scaring the 1st few away, we discovered they were coming from holes around the edge of the concrete slab. Obviously some one had encountered this problem before as there was rocks shoved into each hole in a feeble attempt to stop them coming out but there was just too many. I thought Bugger this & put up my tent while the other blokes perched themselves up on the picnic table & chairs. I slept like a baby..... Not so for the other Boys. After a while they got sick of fighting them & eventually befriended the little buggers.

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Old 11-25-2011, 10:32 PM   #29
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Hi Guys, I like the read so far.... The photo of the lightning is FANTASTIC.you should submit it in a photo comp. I have just returned ( 4950km in 13 days ..left 22/9/11) frm Birdsville , Innamincka, Cameron crn. depart frm Bris. the photo reminds me of the 14 hr day frm Birdsville to Innamincka. finishing in the dark surrounded by 3 fires the lightning had started from a massive electrical storm ..(no rain) can't say I enjoyed the last 2 hours..

Not sure if you experienced it but the ground is sooo hard at Tibooburra I bent two tent pegs.. ( used rocks instead)

great country with mad Emus.....Ian R
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:29 PM   #30
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Great report - love the pic of the BRP and lightning.

btw - instead of dragging logs around to prop the bike up for flat repairs - try one of these. I've got one - only used it once, but it works a treat. More info here on advrider
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