12-09-2011, 12:20 PM
P/T Shed Dwelling Hermit
Joined: May 2009
Location: The Shed, Coolup
Holland Track & Lake Ballard -West Australia
First proper RR - so here goes...
Well its been a long time in the planning and now its done.
I made the pannier racks and the wind screen, fitted the safari tank and steering damper and learned how to navigate the byzantine Garmin GPS menus - AusTOPO maps are brilliant though.
Little WRR was faultless and perfect for the tough track conditions. Only 1 little off going slow through , of course, bloody sand.
Travelling companions were Guy and Scott in his tricked Suzuki Jimny. Met at Karlgarin Sunday October 17 and stayed at Tressies in a cabins they have there on a working farm. Hit the road early on Monday and visited Mulkas Cave and Wave Rock then hit the Holland Track. Stayed on the Track, Menzies and Mukinbudin. Lake Ballard & the Gormley Sculptures Installation (Inside Australia) are truly surreal and quite brilliant. 1700 odd kays in total in 5 days. Im sure i missed alot but it was for me a rec'ee run and riding was the object. It was quite mint. Weather was very favourable the whole time. The country was looking just beautiful that time of year - spring time down in Aussie. Amazing what a little bit of rain will do in this country.
The Man & the history
Bike unladen. I made those racks - 12mm x 1.2mm steel tube & powdercoated. $70 worth of materials and about $500 of my time
I made this....& yes, its held on with velcro. Worked mint!
THE best last minute mod....
....more surface area....for sand stands
Left pannier, fuel water, tools
Right pannier - food, water, stuff
Freebee Tatonka & PICO chair. Highly recommended.
and good to go YFF's
That'll be good for cutting by the time i get home. Im heading that way up through the hills
Up through the hills
Across into the range
Out into the wheatbelt
Past Albert Faceys house, (A Fortunate Life). I have a very fortunate life indeed.
If ever your feeling down in the dumps, have a read of his memoir A Fortunate Life. You wont believe what this guy lived through and still thought himself fortunate. You'll get a reality check - for sure http://www.amazon.com/Fortunate-Life.../dp/0140079459
Stopping for fuel
Met my travelling companions at "Tressies" @ Karlgarin. Highly recommended.
Scott - its his Jimny. Good rig!
Guy - general all round good bloke and knows lots about lots!
I love this stuff
Monday morning - time to go
Nice crops all the way through the SW of WA up to that point. Late rains caused havoc to this years crops though. A real shame
Flowers are brilliant this time of year
Mulkas Cave.....near Hyden
Wave Rock @ Hyden
On the road. Bloody windy....
Last minute stuff
Start of the Holland Track........bloody sand. I love my steering damper.
Mt Holland - lots of flies
We're heading that way. Cant imagine cutting a track through that by hand
Surprise!.....see the little guy at the base?
....well, we met the rest of his little mates just a few clicks down the track. Having a marvelous time they were!
That was a highlight.
End of the Track. Only 1 nights camp @ Cat Camp and then off to Coolgardie for fuel then the blast thru to Menzies
1 night in Menzies,.....everyone should do it at least once. Bizarre is not the right word There was once 55000 people here - all the gold was mined out and only the alcho's and crazies remained. It seems to be a magnet for eccentric types too. A trip highlight for sure for lots of the wrong reasons.
Dress standards arent too high - lucky for us.
These things travel in convoys of 3 (complete rigs) fueling a whole bunch of gold mines
Fully auto gas station in Menzies - high security - no service - cool signs and memorabilia
Something there for everyone
Lake Ballard - Antony Gormleys' Inside Australia. Google it. Very Surreal, fits in with the whole outback thing and Menzies in particular. A Highlight.
Guy liked this one
.....so did I
Shot by Scott
Canon set to Vivid.....but really....it does look like this
Awesome colours - wished id stopped to take more photo's of the wildflowers actually. They were truly spectacular.
I stopped here for the boys for awhile but couldnt wait.
I had to go this way for a night @ the Mukinbudin Pub
Out of the bush......
Back into the Wheatbelt.
See how the even the sides of the roads in WA are paved with gold - We're RICH man!!
Down out of the range
Past the City
.....& back home
"......Yeah Honey, you can come next time"
Thats the sum total since Sunday arvo thru to Thursday arvo. A good trip