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Old 06-05-2013, 03:23 AM   #1
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Rocking the Wheatbelt.

Last Monday was a Public Holiday in Western Australia so four of us decided to visit some rock formations in the Wheatbelt.

From the Capital, Perth, we went about 450 kms due east to the first formation, Baladjie Rock or as it's sometimes known, Lake Baladjie, due to the very large, mostly salt lake behind the rock.

Andrew D on his XR1200 Harley, I opted for my outfit, a Suzuki GSX1400, over my usual BMW mount, Mick on his Bonnie, minus sidecovers which were undergoing a custom paint job and Lance on his BM GS650/800 thingy.

It's winter here in the south, so Mick had his muffs fitted.
That plus an airhawk seat and he was a happy camper.

A few stops along the way, we weren't in a hurry.

This is my third ride with Andrew and I've got to say I'm pretty impressed with his new toy. I'd prefer tubeless tyres and a bigger tank, but overall, a fun bike.

I had opted for my outfit because I wanted to try out some food and stores combinations for an upcoming trip with my daughter.
I also had a couple of Esky's (coolers), one for food and the other for our mixers for the Rum and Scotch we were all carrying.

We planned to ride some back roads and fuel availability was a concern so I had another 20 litres for me and I (generously ) carried another 10 litres for the small tanked Triumph and Harley to share.

An easy run towards Brookton before cutting across to Beverley, Quairading, Bruce Rock and then Merredin.

Then due north up some dirt to have a look at an old mine site I'd been to before.

Unfortunately since I was last here it seems to have been used as an entertainment area for the local hoons.
A few wrecked car bodies around and some burn out evidence on a concrete pad.
It was a bit disappointing, I enjoy visiting bits of local history and having it sullied by dickheads was a shame. But I guess some would call it harmless fun or just "letting off steam."

It did give me a photo opportunity though.

Evil Harley riders !

We made it to Baladjie late afternoon and immediately got stuck into wood gathering. It was going to be a cold evening.
It's a pretty popular spot so we had a job to source our timber, but eventually we were satisfied we had enough to last well into the evening.

No pics, but we had a good night yarning around the fire before retiring late to swags and tents.

Eggs and bacon for breakfast. Ya gotta love an outfit !

We then wandered up and over the rock.

It gets cold up there.

Finally, late morning we left for our second nights camp, Elachbutting Rock, only about 80 kms away.

I pulled over to get some pictures.
Firstly, my outfit.

Then Lance, moving too fast for my feeble camera and skills.

and another shot of the outfit, because it's my story . . . okay ! !

Now, an aside.
Public holidays in Oz, the Goverment loves to double the demerit points you pick up for speeding. Get too many in a given space of time and lose your license for a spell.

That's one of the reasons I always avoid the regular holiday spots during Public Hols. The Police are out in force.
On this trip we didn't see a cop until we got back home.

Having said that, we tend to ride pretty conservatively when touring. We like to see what's around us whilst maximising our fuel economy.
I'd been leading since we left Perth, sitting on ~95 kph into a strong headwind.
The oufit, under those conditions, returned 11.1 kms/litre. The BM ~23-24 and the Bonnie and Harley ~ 20.
(With optimum conditions the outfit has returned 15-16 k/l)

Anyway, after the photo's I took off after the guys, opening up the big 4.
The road was well graded and maintained with a fair bit of loose gravel on top. I found I had so much rear wheel spin I was drifting around a lot at anything over 110 kph.

Andrew D, a motocross rider from way back found the Harley, with it's wide rear tyre, was also wandering around some. Mick and Lance on the Bonnie and BM respectively, with their narrower tyres found they tracked well.
Having had BM's myself over 35 years, I've always felt the trend to bigger fatter tyres on the BM's (and most modern roadies) has lost their "all rounder" ability.
They "float" on dirt.

What I would give for a modern, injected, airhead BM. Lose the Telelever, get some weight off.

Oh hang on, I guess that's a HP BMW !

Where was I ?

Elachbutting Rock. Beautiful !

There's a big crack in the rock that runs from one side to the other, maybe 50 metres. Andrew D and I went through.


Looking back.



A more secluded campsite that night at Elachbutting Rock.
Mick and I got into our steaks, again, courtesy of the outfit and we kicked back.

We were lucky, no rain, cold evenings, making the fire even more cheery, then cloud cover moving in each night giving us a warm nights sleep.

Coffee, porridge and toast for breakfast
Did I mention the outfit ? Ha, ha.

McCardle may have the Tuck Truck, I've got the Q Store !

Monday, our last day, home tonight.
But before that, a quick look at nearby Beringbooding Rock and water tank.

Mick adjusting his load.

From the look of Beringbooding I was glad we didn't camp there.
Designated gravel campsites and exposed to the wind.

The rock was utilised for water catchment in the 30's and although the tank is falling into disrepair and the water is no longer recommended for drinking, it does mean that this campsite has a toilet provided.

A real "Water Closet" not a long drop.

Well, our bush sojourn was coming to a close.

A mid morning feed in Mukinbudin, then the ~ 350 kms dash back home to the city.
At least we finally had a tail wind.


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Old 06-05-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:46 PM   #3
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Talking Rocking the Wheatbelt.

Hi Andrew ..

Good see that you are out & about..

See you at the Border ..

Cheers ...
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:00 PM   #4
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Enjoyed it. Thanks.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:46 PM   #5
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Great report and good to see a full assortment of nuts (err, I mean bikes!) out enjoying the sunshine. The rock looks a bit like Hollow Mountain in the Grampians here in Vic.
Now comes with less dak and more arrgh!
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:26 AM   #6
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Nice work Andrew - the outfit looks sorted.

Must say head says no, heart says yes to the XR1200 Harley.
Knit fast, Dye warm.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:14 AM   #7
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Hi Dave, I know what you mean about the XR.

Another mate has just bought a Dyna Custom, I think the only big Harley with mid position foot pegs.

I like it, could almost see myself riding one .

I quite often see the same dirty, travel stained, high mileage Harley around Fremantle. A pair of worn, stained saddlebags always mounted.

It looks right somehow.

I think it is the absence of shiny chrome and polish.

Oh and yes, the outfit is well and truly sorted. I think I've got it right. (for me)
The seat base is removable for loading heavy stuff when travelling without a passenger, everything fits and yet even with a passenger there is plenty of room for gear.

I prefer the look of a people carrying tub than a plain big box.

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Old 06-13-2013, 01:31 AM   #8
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Great RR

Love the outfit
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:02 AM   #9
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Very nice. Thanks.
I'd rather be dragging a club than clubbing in drag.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:16 AM   #10
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Another great trip report.

Onya Andrew. Great read.

Sorry I couldn't make it.
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