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Old 12-30-2012, 05:24 AM   #395
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next day was another beauty...

that Sundowners Taj-Mahal...



breakfast done, camp packed and it was back out onto Binns track... the plan was to head up
to Old Andado homestead for a look then back over to Finke to make camp out on the track for the race tomorrow..



the first bit of track from camp was a fairly sandy encounter... with a sharp left hander at the end of a
particularly sandy stretch... Sundowner was up the front, and waited for us to all get thru..

i think from memory Unclegra was the only one who took the scenic route at the bend....

the track then headed off into dune country... but largely ran parallel with the dunes...

Uncle Gra coning past as i stopped to shake some life back into a carpel tunneled hand...



more sand...
note the tyre track!



UncleGra stops for a chat to an old mate...



another re-group stop...



and hitting the Finke-Old Andado road...





the road was a bit 'better'... and it started to cross a few of the dunes...



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Old Andado in the distance....




the final dune before the homestead...




we all regrouped at Old andado for lunch... Sandwiches under the
Marquee i believe....

and a bit of a look around the old homestead...

The old lady who used to live here (Molly) only recently moved into a nursing home in Alice Springs...

The place has been left as a bit of a living museum of how things were out here...



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the bikes waiting for lunch..



so after lunch ther was about 25kms of back-tracking...



before a final run in to Finke...



which was thru the odd gate...



and thru the odd dry river-bed..




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if you look closely, in front of the tree, coming in from the left... is a bicycle track....



and then we hit Finke... like all Aboriginal communities, photos are frowned upon....

so not many of them.... this is the petrol bowser...



there was plenty of activity in Finke... and it was the 'turn around' point, and overnight stop
for the desert race... lots of bikes and 4wd's coming thru..

and the odd local trying to sell camping in their front yards..

anyway, we fuelled up and headed out the race track a few kms... just over the Finke river...

and set camp a few hundred metres off the track to avoid a bit of dust..



it wasnt long before the sun set on another magic day.....



and the usual fire, feed n beers ...

oh and Ani collecting us lots of firewood....




it was a big night... we'd made it... and the anticipation of what was to happen tomorrow was up there...

but, after a big night (hell we were here now... nowhere to go tomorrow!) it seemed like no one had any trouble sleeping...

(oh except for the generator at 'next doors' camp....... )

next morning was race day....

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i woke up the next morning to the sound of chatter...

at first i thought it was my teeth...

but on poking my head out the tent i saw a few of the lads were up and had the billy on...



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so i climbed out of bed and stumbled about the campsite ...




and then, just on sunrise headed over to the fire for a cuppa...and some warmth.... bloody cold out here!




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the 950 enjoying the sunrise...



the 800 being frosty.....



morning color...



and UncleGra's setup.... shhhhhhh... he's still asleep...




so we wased up after tea last night... but didnt dry up, or put away....

did i mention it was cold out here!!




anyway, the fire and cups of coffee kept us warm for a few hours round the fire...



then the time was getting close...

we moseyed out to the track with some beers.... and it wasnt long before the
light buzz that could have been shrugged of as a bee or a wasp or some other insect...got louder and louder...

and then it became a roar...

and then the dust was visible on the horizon..

and then it was on!!




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