ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-16-2013, 07:31 AM   #16
havafati OP
Yassdafarian
 
havafati's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Yass, NSW, Australia
Oddometer: 1,977
Continued to the End

DAY SEVEN 9th of May
Today's the day that saw us leave the deserts behind and into the Flinders Ranges. We left Mungerannie at about 9am with a couple of really sore heads thanks to Phil's rum and lemonades. Heading south towards Maree we stopped and watch a couple of cattlemen working with their Kelpies, was really cool to watch. Hit Marree in time for a lunch fuel and a smoke then left as there really is stuff all there. Cruising along I spotted what appeared to be a big stick figure off to my left intrigued I pulled over to find it was a monument to John McDouall Stuart who explored the region back in the 1861-62. After a few piccies we headed on and found the Farina Ruins if we had more time I would have loved to camp the night and explore more but we were on a promise to fix the Disco and the part was hopefully waiting in Blinman.

Working the Cattle


Lake Eyre Yacht Club




Monument to John McDouall Stuart




A few Random shots of the Farina Ruins












Back on the road it was just a few hours before the Flinders Ranges started to appear and how spectacular they were. My bloody go pro camera went flat just as I crested a hill and they came into view. Breath taking. We kept heading south and turned left at Parachilna and headed through the Parachilna gorge until we hit Angorichina which would be our base for the next three nights. I grabbed some rum and meat from the store and we had a bang up BBQ and just chilled for the night.

The Flinders Ranges first glimpses


Bang up BBQ and a few laughs


Sunset at Angorichina



DAY EIGHT 10th of May
Headed into Blinman and found Jonesy's part for the Disco was waiting, hooray, so it was back to Ango to fit it. With the suspension now fixed we headed out to Glass Gorge and up to the Nuccaleena Mine ruins for a spot of 4wd action. Back to Ango again to clean up then of to Blinman for friday night pizza. Bloody good pizza too. Back to Ano again to watch Geelong smash somebody (I forget things) over a few more rums then off to bed.

Get off the Bloody road


Baby Emus… oh no not more of the bloody things


Taking an urgent call on a phone that doesn't work Blinman


Blinman Post Office to the rescue


The view on the road to Nuccaleena Mine ruins




Old man Gum


Teaching the kids how they made the original laser sounds for Star Wars (yes I'm a geek)


A wallaby with joey… why does its head look like a lama


Nuccaleena Mine ruins incredible stone work no mortar




What we could only ascertain were rum bottles and there were thousands Nuccaleena Mine ruins




Crazy Paving Nuccaleena Mine ruins


Where Wedgetail Eagles Dare


Day Nine 11th of May
Our last full day in the Flinders Ranges after checking out the great Wall of China we headed down to Brachina Gorge for a look around. This is something that has to be seen to be believed. Traveling back in time to the formation of the land we know today over 800 million years ago. We had a friendly visit from the threatened Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby which took us completely by surprise as he came up to us as if to say g'day, mind you he wouldn't come any closer than 5 meters but it was pretty cool. We looped back around and into Wilpena Pound which left me a little cold as it was just a big tourist operation, I'm sure there are some lovely bush walks there but it wasn't my cup of tea. It was getting late in the day so it was back to Ango for our last BBQ and a bit of fun with the camera. Early to bed off to Broken Hill tomorrow.

Great Wall of China


The Disco all happy again


The Flinders everywhere you look


Brachina Gorge twisted time


Sedimentary layers millions of years old Brachina Gorge








Threatened Species Yellow Footed Wallaby Brachina Gorge


Fossilised Worm tubes… Apparently


The Colours change every five minutes Flinders Ranges












Fun with the Camera on our last night at Angorichina












DAY TEN 12th of May
We left Angorichina early and headed for Broken Hill It rained at times.


I don't know what kind of porn they watch here but I'm not going to their Telecentre


Into NSW and our last Piccie





DAYS ELEVEN AND TWELVE 13th and 14th of May
Thats it we slabbed it for home as it got colder and wetter. Stopping a night in Cobar then all the way home via Dubbo.


This was a truly awe inspiring trip one I probably would never have made. I was content to be a keyboard warrior, but no longer. I know I can do it now and I mean really do it. Thanks to all who traveled with me Jonesy, Jdeks and my beautiful wife Tanya, but most of all thank you Tugboat Bill for inspiring me to do something out of the ordinary and to push myself into the extraordinary. Thank You.


Cheers
Havafati

havafati screwed with this post 05-25-2013 at 05:49 PM Reason: Video Added
havafati is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2013, 07:41 AM   #17
havafati OP
Yassdafarian
 
havafati's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Yass, NSW, Australia
Oddometer: 1,977
Here's the link to All the photos I want to share publicly for the trip if you want to see more.
Cheers
Havafati
havafati is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2013, 11:35 AM   #18
turbobob
Studly Adventurer
 
turbobob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Dunt
Oddometer: 510
Nice work

Great work Havafati. Great photos and story. I especially liked your last few words. Bill and others on ADV have inspired many of us. I agree we just need to get out there and do it. Well said.

Drjoe and I were the ones that pulled up and spoke to you guys just before heading in to Birdsville (when you were waiting for fuel to arrive). We were probably not to talkative at that point as Philth puts it "our asses were on fire and brains in neutral" by that stage. It was great to meet you guys and awesome to see everyone rolling in to Birdsville for Bills 50th.

Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos and details of your trip.
turbobob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2013, 01:31 PM   #19
Clancy
Beastly Adventurer
 
Clancy's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Land of droughts, and flooding rains
Oddometer: 5,518
Brilliant Fati For those of us who couldn't be there, you captured it brilliantly. Thank you
__________________
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended,
And at night the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars.
Clancy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2013, 04:43 PM   #20
UncleGra
CRASHING BORE
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: TWILIGHT ZONE
Oddometer: 2,722
Thats a great yarn there Fati thanks and nicely done..
__________________
.. I fixt it...my way....gjr
UncleGra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2013, 05:10 PM   #21
WILL_S
OUTLAW POSTIE 001
 
WILL_S's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: goodly satisfactory place, qld
Oddometer: 2,073
Great pics and rr
Thanks
__________________
out riding bored and stroked posties....braaaaaaaaaap
WILL_S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2013, 05:16 PM   #22
duckslider
unintentionaldrifter
 
duckslider's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Home of the Chiko.
Oddometer: 2,763
absolutely terrific RR fati...........see ya at Tuena.
__________________
2010 DR650.... ''Black Pearl''.
2007 CT110 Postie.... ''Pack Mule''.
''You'll never find a Black Pearl in a deep brown river''.
Wash it? It's a workhorse,not a bloody showpony.
duckslider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2013, 06:22 PM   #23
TouringDave
Tri Moto Veritas
 
TouringDave's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2005
Location: Frankston, Vic, Aust.
Oddometer: 6,879
Fati, terrific RR, thanks for sharing!
__________________
K7 Strom with Chair
84 Kwaka GT750 Cafe Project
84 Kawaka GT750 Outfit Project
TouringDave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-17-2013, 03:59 AM   #24
GordyOZ
Lesser grey wobbler
 
GordyOZ's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2013
Location: Between Orange and Blayney
Oddometer: 230
Well put together mate, will catch you again soon. The concept of a month of travelling into and through the channel country to the gulf then drifting home along the great divide next autumn is forming in my head.

RIP Bill, may we all take the road less travelled at least once in our life and never forget to ask "are you OK?"
__________________
Never take a motorcycle somewhere where your brain hasn't been three seconds before
GordyOZ is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2013, 02:06 AM   #25
Doctor
Banned
 
Doctor's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: The Promised land
Oddometer: 7,659
SENSATIONAL Fat Man .......

MORE
Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2013, 02:37 AM   #26
Fogo72
I Bleed Green
 
Fogo72's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: NSW
Oddometer: 1,415
Thanks Fati for spending the time to put your ride report so quickly, something that takes up a lot of time.

Cheers Fogo...
Fogo72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2013, 05:02 AM   #27
robbiedobbie
Robbiemyboy
 
robbiedobbie's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Armidale, NSW
Oddometer: 235
Awesome

Great report, great photos, Thanks!
__________________
When in doubt, PIN IT! It may not help, but it'll sure end the suspense...
robbiedobbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-2013, 03:46 PM   #28
Dee Cee
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Dee Cee's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: Newlyn. Victoria.
Oddometer: 198
I too wish I was there.

Yes I'm one of the people that wish that he had made the effort.
I never knew Bill but I have watched this whole affair unfold from Phill's first posting of the loss of husband, partner, father and mate Bill Laver and I too love to ride our great land and then started to make plans to head out to "Big Red" for his birthday and memorial service.

I had trouble understanding why such a capable character like this would feel that the only way out was to take his own life, he seemed to have all to live for, but that is the evil nature of the black dog I guess.

The feeling and compassion I see when I read these pages makes me realize that I probably made the wrong choice when I chose to head to Delegate with some mates and enjoy our common love of motorcycles, mates and a few beers at a top pub. But I recon that Bill would understand.

I can see that those who attended were moved by it all and it would have been an honour to see such a bloke off in this a fashion.

Thanks to all those who posted so as people like me can feel a very small part of what was a great tribute and send off to "Tugboat Bill".
__________________
Dee Cee
richard.campbell4@bigpond.com
Dee Cee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2013, 06:54 PM   #29
BergDonk
Beastly Adventurer
 
BergDonk's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: Snowy Mountains Oz
Oddometer: 2,960
Good to hear that you all got home OK Fati. We arrived on Friday about 20.30. Our clockwise loop after Alice was changed to anti after we holed the fuel tank in the BT50 on a dune. Got it to Melbourne where it was replaced under warranty.

Amazing job from Benz-in-Oz to ride home with the 'sprained' ankle that proved to be a broken tibia and more!

Here we are after after loading his bike before Walker's Xing.



I was figuring out how we'd load it when a DRZ400 arrived and then very shortly after a 4wd with his 3 man suppport crew, so dead easy. Immaculate timing!!



Then Thunder Dan crashed avoiding a head on with a 4wd in a creek bed crewed by 2 doctors and knocked himself up a bit. But we had no more space so he had to ride out, which he did after we lightened his load a bit. He's young and fit. The docs were a bit concerned, but he did it. Congrats Dan!

Not much more I can add to what's been said about the ceremony for Tugboat, but it was special for sure and we were pleased we were there. And I never knew I'd been lugging around a movie screen on the roof rack all that time.

The Simpson was bliss, and the BT50 with 15 psi in the tyres launched over all the dunes the hard way no worries.








Just as we were leaving Poeppel Corner we heard a bike coming from the west. Pulled up, as he did, removed his helmet, and said G'day Steve. WTF, a young bloke from Cooma on his uncle's 520 with the support 4wds an hour or so behind. We met the first one on the crest of a dune and it was driven by a doc that Sandra works with at Cooma Hospital!!!!!



One of the locals kept an eye on us.

Sorry about the car pics. I've gotta get back on the bike now, its been too long.
__________________
shed time IS quality time
BergDonk's DR650 BergDonk's XT1200Z

BergDonk screwed with this post 05-19-2013 at 08:22 PM
BergDonk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #30
Benz-in-Oz
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Benz-in-Oz's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Murrumbateman NSW
Oddometer: 164
Thanks Guys

I owe you guys a great big thanks for all your help on this and the days that followed. you saved my bacon. A big effort from Sandra & Steve loading the DR on the ute and taking it to Birdsville for me, sharing their accomodation with me, carting me around to the medical clinic, pub, out to Little Red and back, icepacks etc. etc. Dave Tanya and Jonsey you guys were great, more ice packs, fetching cold beers, running me around, good company and support. Tim for carrying me up and down the dune that afternoon, it would have been a struggle without your help, Gav. & Rowan, more icepacks, cold beers and great company for those few days we spent stranded in Birdsville.

Thanks Heaps
Graeme
__________________
Graeme

The journey is the reward.
Benz-in-Oz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 09:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014