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Old 02-18-2013, 05:12 AM   #1
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Caroona Creek to Yunta via Lilydale Stn

After a few overnight-only trips up to Caroona Creek CP, finally a chance to have an extra day to explore some of the area north-east, towards Sturt Vale, and up to Yunta, with a view to a future route continuing up to Aarkaroola (300kms from Yunta via dirt).

An initial 200km route was mapped out from Mt. Bryan East to Yunta. Not having been through this way before, travel times were rough estimates (between 3-5hours), so a couple of return route options were planned - either short, or long.

There were six of us in total: Pejie(Pete), HEKOT(Pavel), Bubba(Balazs), KIZ(Marty), berty(Brent), and myself.

With the forecast of 35-38 degrees & thunderstorms - it seemed like a perfect time to go

Day 1

Myself, Pete and Pavel met Marty and Bubba just out of Gawler, and then Brent joined us later at Burra.



From there it was straight up to the start of Taylor's Run:








(Below - Just entering the southern part of the Tothill Ranges).




Rejoining the main track after doing one of my favourite little detours to the foot of the ranges (below)




views to the north-west;


Joining the bitumen just out of Burra;


After a stop in Burra, where we topped up fuel, some supplies, and plenty of water, we headed up past Redbanks, to Caroona Creek CP - about a 40 minute easy ride.

Through the gate into the "Caroona" property;




The entrance to the Park is just a little further. We stopped at the little information signs and you can see the ominous clouds in the background, with that tell-tale bluish haze of a storm coming. Mindful that we could be in for an interesting night, we headed a little further up the track and set up camp.





And before long, dinner was on.


Fortunately, BananaBlue delivers here on Fridays, between 4-6pm, so we were able to enjoy a lavish feast
(Special thanks to Brent for the special sauces and seasoning, and well, pretty much everything else you can see in the salad

The flies were horrendous, making it tricky to eat our dinner without getting a mouthful of them.

Sunset at caroona;


...read on for Day 2
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:32 AM   #2
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Day 2

Most of us had a crap night's sleep, mainly because of the heat. Temperatures were still well into the 20's overnight, but did finally drop around 3am, when most of us agreed we started to actually sleep. The usual snoring comp was on, and according to Bubba, Brent took honours that night!

I was up at 0550 just in time to catch the sunrise - which was eerily quiet - devoid of almost any birds and their usual country morning songs.


HOWEVER! The tranquility was soon shattered, for as the sun's rays struck the landscape, you could hear the swarms of flies moving along with the break of day.

Morning shot of the camp area;


The road heading to the western entrance to the CP.


We were a bit slow getting away that morning (not till 9am) - Marty in particular, was not feeling that well, having a fever for most of the night. For one reason or another, we were damn sure we were all going to sleep well the coming night!

So we made our way to the western entrance to the park,


and up to the Mount Dare Hill lookout


For some spectacular views,


And continued along towards Ketchowla, with some ruins along the way;


Entrance to Ketchowla itself;


More ruins;




Turning east at Ketchowla, we'd hoped to find a track heading north-east to the Pindarie HS ruins - but no track was to be found, so we continued east towards Braemar. From here, the plan was to locate a track that ran north towards Tiverton.











The previous 4 pics represent pretty typical surroundings, and road surface/quality, for most of the day. There were a few sections of bull-dust, one in particular, which ran the full width of the road, and about 20-30 meters long - which everyone managed fine (though I'm sure there was a bit of puckering going on here and there )

By now the temps were well into the mid 30's at least. Whilst it was cooler to keep moving, we found our first road-side tree, with reasonable shade, for a brief stop.


Once we reached Braemar Stn, we once again found that the planned turn-off couldn't be found (despite a 6km back-track - sorry guys ), and instead continued east, and reached the western boundary of Lilydale Stn.


...and continued east






...finally reaching the turn-off towards Yunta;




We made it into Yunta around 1400, very hot, very wet, and very thirsty. Everyone then topped up EVERYTHING - stomachs, tanks, hydration packs. By this stage, hours of standing on his pegs, wearing sport road boots, Pavel's feet were done for the day, so he opted to head straight home from there. Brent, who lives about an hour west of Burra, decided to make a run for home too, whilst the remainder of us peeled off the bitumen at Terowrie, weaving some fantastic back-roads to Mt. Bryan East.

Just after the Terowrie turn-off;


Not far from Mt Bryan East, we came across part of the Mawson Trail, so followed it across the range;
Stopping at the top of the range;


And the views - always spectacular;


Finally, we arrived at the school house, which normally has a lock on the door - but not this time. So we wandered in to find 2 main rooms, originally dormitories, with one having a small kitchen off the side. Preserved for the Heysen Trail walkers, it would make a great overnight winter stop, especially with the open fire places inside, and sheltered sleeping.

The school house;




Views around the school house;






For a while, we sat indoors, to escape the flies, ants and heat, stretched out on some provided chairs, recounting the day's events. We then spent a restful evening chatting, pretty trashed from a long hot day in the saddle. It was time to get that good night's sleep we were craving.

Fortunately, it was a bit cooler that night, and sleep came more easily.

....Read on for Day 3
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:50 AM   #3
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Day 3

After a pretty good night's sleep, we were all awake around sunrise.




Marty seemed to be struggling again this morning.

We had an easy run down the Mongolata road, breaking camp around 0800. The roo's, and sheep, were out in huge numbers, so we took out time, and enjoyed the colours of the morning sun on the ranges, meanwhile checking every bloody tree shadow for another roo to jump from

Mongolata Road house;


By the time we got into Burra, poor Marty was turning all shades of green, had the shakes, and was having trouble trying to string a few words together. Knowing he couldn't walk the 500m to the hospital, Bubba got one of the locals to drive him up, then followed on Marty's bike.

Meanwhile, Shannon and his mob pulled up at the servo on their way up to speed week. So we had a quick yarn and then Pete, Bubba and myself rode up to check on Marty, after contacting his wife, and a mate, so we knew he would be taken care of.



Farewelling Marty before our final run home;


BTW - I spoke with Marty this afternoon (Mon 18th) and he's home and resting. He'll be ok - just a few things to follow up with his doc.

A hot, but otherwise uneventful ride home.

Thanks for the ride gentlemen - perhaps again some time in cooler weather.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:27 AM   #4
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My ride home became too eventful

After I peeled off you 2 at Verdun I was riding in a spirited mood , but as I arrived to Aldgate a small little car pulled in front of me doing 30-40 km-s spoiling all the fun (at least thats what I thought at that time), but as I turned in to the village proper there were about 5-6 motorcycle cops closing down all the exits towards Adelaide doing their business stopping everyone except me .

Again thank you very much for the ride throughly enjoyed it and wishing Marty a fast recovery!
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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Hope your alright Marty, good ride report Gonescratchin.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:02 PM   #6
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Great reporting GS

Sorry I missed joining you & riding those fabulous big bike suited tracks

Not sorry I missed the heat, lack of sleep & the meals of flies.

Can Brent's catering service come on my next trip.
Excellent photos, looks like you'll have to go back to find those missing tracks, hey?

Get well soon Marty.

PS where's the photos of the nurses

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:09 PM   #7
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Looks like you went above and beyond the call of trail riding duty on that ride , good onya


ps get well soon Marty, still lots of riding to be done.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:56 PM   #8
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GS, thanks for the report and thanks again for the ride!

Marty, get well!

On my way back I saw a very funny tornado. It sucked a portion of dirt up to the sky and dissolved it there. Where is that dirt now???
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:57 PM   #9
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:22 PM   #10
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I poured my 5L jerry can which I carried in my top box into my TA's tank and hoped to get home with no refilling. In less than 10 km to home, when odometer showed 299.5 km from Yunta and fuel gauge showed negative amount of petrol in the tank, I decided to refill. I cut in front of a 4WD (sorry man, I was a bit tired, and thank you for not driving me over) and dove to the Caltex. I managed to fit 18.04 litres of unleaded in TA's 18 litres tank. Definitely, TA was riding on Holy Spirit :)
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:48 PM   #11
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caroona ride

hope martys recovered and nothing to serious catch you guys some other time thinking about the classic if i can work it

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Old 02-18-2013, 10:05 PM   #12
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I poured my 5L jerry can which I carried in my top box into my TA's tank and hoped to get home with no refilling. In less than 10 km to home, when odometer showed 299.5 km from Yunta and fuel gauge showed negative amount of petrol in the tank, I decided to refill. I cut in front of a 4WD (sorry man, I was a bit tired, and thank you for not driving me over) and dove to the Caltex. I managed to fit 18.04 litres of unleaded in TA's 18 litres tank. Definitely, TA was riding on Holy Spirit :)
That extra 40mL must have been to top up the fuel line!
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:08 AM   #13
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Thanks Chris for all those Excelent Photos. Bike had an easy ride home on the back of the ute , and I was out of the 40c heat in the front with the wife yesterday. Fever from troublesome gall stones blocking things up (happens unpredictably) with the heat of the day and energy of rideing dehydrated me. Had temp of 39.9 when first measured at the hospital. Specialist to look at problem now got back with an appointment time next month. Might have to take a break from rideing at least till its cooler. Well I'm back to normal at the moment, thanks for the well wishes guys, cheers Marty
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GS, thanks for the report and thanks again for the ride!

Marty, get well!

On my way back I saw a very funny tornado. It sucked a portion of dirt up to the sky and dissolved it there. Where is that dirt now???
Well it's not in kansas dorothy
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:44 AM   #15
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Well done, guys. Mount Bryan is brilliant, isn't it? Hey Marty, glad you recovered from that. Your nurses are a weird looking bunch.
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