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Old 04-18-2013, 02:03 AM   #451
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Laugh bobs ya uncle

glad to see ya learned ta lite a fire..................

cheers matty

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Old 04-18-2013, 06:01 PM   #452
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XTZ crew.

Small world indeed. Glad you caught up with the overseas crew from the Simpson. The next day I caught up with a great bunch of Vics who had an emergency cable kit. I will never take my clutch for granted again .
Amazing pics and great narrative. You have a real flair for it and now you are officially our trip photographer. Great Work
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:29 AM   #453
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so the Great Central Road it was...

Aub (OzBikeDude) had been thru about a week earlier and reported no problems....

I found the first 100-odd km to be a real pain..

maybe just because it was late in the day.. but the sand and corrogations were not pleasing me..

but being such a wide road you could 'sometimes' find a line that wasnt too bad...

but in general is was just a bumpy old ride...

came across a few grassfires along the way...

but it wad been a fairly long a physical day... about 6:15, i left the road to set camp...

i was only about 200 metres off the rd, but the spinifex, being so long was great cover..

the Scorpion Rally's were holding together nicely..

i waited for the sun to drop...


and then, once i figured you wouldnt be able to see smoke....made some..


it was just on 8am when i stuck my head out of the tent the next morning..

not a bad camp...

the sun was climbing slowly...

i had no idea where i'd be tonight... but figured it would be a 'ride till dusk day.. so i packed, rode back out to the road
and kept heading west...

first stop was Lasseter's Cave..

this is what its about...

for the middle of know-where it was surprising how often the scenery changed...

i was getting tired of bumps...

so i headed in to Docker River..

where i found people and fuel..
typical Aboriginal comunity... more dogs than people, more rubbish on the ground than in bins...

oh and wild donkeys in the street..

anyway... my dose of 'culture' for the moring i was gone again...

(with my fingers crossed it wouldnt rain....)

typical of the signs out here.... lock up your jerry-cans...

hmmm.. still got a way to go before i get to Kalgoorlie..

keep an eye out for funky camels...!

time to stretch the legs..

continuing on, i came over a rise and saw 2 headlights up ahead...

seemed to be something big (wide) behind it...

its right headlight was higher than its left which didnt make a lot of sense to me,

so i figured it must be a grader or something like that..

i got a bit closer, and saw the outline of a person run off into the grass on the left of the road..

i got that dodgy... 'is some-one gonna wave me down for help while someone else comes
out of the grass and donks me on the head' sort of feeling..

but then i got closer still ..

and then a came upon this..

they were going the same way as me... trailer rolled 2 and a half times then spun and flipped the bus...

the couple were scratched up a bit but ok...

it had only happened about 20 mins ago, but they had unloaded most of their stuff...

another car had been thru and was going to raise the alarm at the next town about 70km further on..

since they were ok, i left them, but said it i didnt see any police etc come past before i got to the next town, i'd pull in and make sure the alarm had been raised..

they had been on the road for 6 weeks and were on their way home to perth (due home the next day) not the best way to end a trip..

anyway, off i went, past replica Gunbarrel Construction plaques..

a police 4wd came past...thats good..

the cloud was building.. would it rain...?

one way to find out...!

i'd come into Giles, the shop was shut, but a sign said that there was a tour on at the weather station in an hour...

so i rocked out there, had some lunch,

looked at part of Skylab that crashed nearby..

looked at Len Beadell's Grader..

read a plaque

took a photo of some weather tower thingies..

poked about with some other weather stuff..

and then a fella came out and asked if i wanted to go on a tour..

hell yeah!

i was the only one there so off we went..

they make their own Hydrogen out here for the balloons (which are made in Finland btw...)

dont worry folks, this man is a professional!

and we're off...


and then a mosey around their monitoring gear...really bloody informative!

this thing measures hours of sunlight per day..

it burns marks into the piece of paper behind it....
(you can make out a burn mark right next to the glass sphere.. )

so after a bloody good tour, it was back to Giles to fuel up on 'Opal'..

and then back out onto the open road..

the rain had stayed away, but the cloud clver made for some real nice light..

about 6pm i pulled up to have a better look at some maps etc to work out where i was gonna pull up for the night..

and settled on this spot..

i got the fire goin and pulled of a panier to sit on...

shoulda brought me fold up stool with me... makes a hell of a difference having something to sit on at the end of the day..

another fine sunset..

and another cold night staring into a fire......

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Old 04-22-2013, 03:31 AM   #454
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.....and now you are officially our trip photographer. Great Work

awww gawd

(thanks for the kind works but Tony... )

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Old 04-22-2013, 05:14 AM   #455
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Great ride. Wish I'd gone west. Way more interesting than I thought it'd be scenery wise. Great photography, mate.
I always thought Lasseter died in that cave and was buried nearby. Obviously another cave far away. Info on the sign was great. Lasseter's story is an amazing one. There's a cave in the side of Uluru that has aboriginal cave paintings that tells the story of the biplane, the "Golden Quest" that was forced down with engine trouble during the search for Lasseter. The pilot walked to the Rock looking for water and marked arrows around the rock base pointing in the direction he walked. He hid from the local aboriginals near a waterhole before being rescued by a camel team that was involved in the ground search. I have a couple of books you can borrow if you'd like to read about this famous episode in Oz history. Your photos bring it alive once again.
And not to sound like a suck up, mate, but this is becoming the best RR by an Oz inmate. Compulsory viewing, I reckon, ya bandy legged bastard. Very jealous of your travels. Hope you get eaten by a croc one day.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:02 PM   #456
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Hope you get eaten by a croc one day.

aww Sundowner.... you say the sweetest things!

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Old 05-01-2013, 11:35 AM   #457
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Nice pics again
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:17 AM   #458
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so the next morning.... yep , cold again..!

mmmm, icey..

i wasnt keen to sit on that... and the tent fly was soaking wet too...

so out with the clothes-line while i packed and had breakfast..

eventaully seat was dry enough, so i was Off-again..

reminded about some peoples 'spiritual connection' to the land..

and pulled up by 5 or 6 funky camels out for a morning stroll....


and then i hit 11 (or was it 21?) kms of bitumen....

seems the west australian government is pushing for the whole road to be made...

i supose that would mean they could come out and get stuff that had broken down....rather than just setting it on fire...

getting there!

the road had plenty of good moments..

and then plenty of sandy moments..

another fuel stop... this was at Tjukayirla Roadhouse..

was overdue for a hot shower...asked about prices to camp there... forget the answer, but i moved on...

only went another 20-odd kms... rolled out into the scrub and set camp again..

another fire, another cold night, and another early night..

next morning sure was fresh!

but any threat of rain had buggered off... next stop was this lookout..

then onward on that big red road towards 'Cosmo Newberry'..

hey a tree... thats a bit exciting!

Cosmo Newberry was a few kms off the rd, i headed in, got stopped by a fella in his car with his 'girlfriend', bonnet up,

'hey bruda, we broken down, u got some spare fuel...?'

a bit of banter, and me wondering how some fuel would fix a breakdown, and some excuses that i had no fuel,
thats why i was coming in here, saw me on my way..

'ok budda, but bring back some fuel'..

anyway, the servo wasnt open (didnt look like it would be again either....)

had a chat to a car full of locals that was parked there...

yep, no fuel..

asked if theyd seen a couple of blue and grey bikes come thru...

'yeah brudda, they just been here..' oh, with a hilux..? 'nah mate..'

i was none the wiser..

and headed on out of town a different way..

onward and onward...

ended up on the bitumen again...although i wasnt sure how long for...!

i was now 'overdue' for my 20k service...

i'd been thinging a bit about that the last few days... that i'd be well over by time i looped back to Adelaide...

anyway, a lookout..

the road i was travelling..

5:15pm... looked like i'd be in Leonora tonight...yay, wouldnt mind a few things (beer, hot water, steak..!)

so i made Leonora... rode around a little bit..

place wasnt tickling my fancy all that much...

i rolled up to the servo to have a look at my maps and see what options i had...

and then i heard bikes...

i looked up to see the South African mob rolling in...

what the..? how did they leave 5 hours before me and get here an hour after me...without even seeing each other..?

turns out the took a detour a few kms to the south from Laverton..

so 2 of us headed of to check out the campground/caravan park... hmmm didnt seem that welcoming, and no-one around the office..

i decided to head off south towards Kalgoorlie, they were heading more west, noth west for the WA coast then down to perth..

so we said out goodbyes and i was GoneAgain south down the bitumen..

I did the 100kms down to Menzies, but was pretty knackerd... and i hadnt really seen much in the way of spots to camp...the road mostly had fences along it too..

there was a few lakes and possible camp grounds closer to KAlgoorlie (another 130kms..)

but it was late, i figured i'd have a quick beer, another map look, and then get some take-aways and head on..

sigh... i had a beer, looked at the map, had another beer, then another one, then paid for a donga out the back, had another beer, moved bike to the compound out the back, had another beer,
some tea, some more beer, a hot shower and was out..

next morning was a fuel up at the '24hr, card only fuel place...

the pub...

the main street..

so last night i'd decided that since bike was overdue for a service.... and Perth was a lot closer than Adelaide...

that i should head for Perth..

It was Tuesday morning, i called BMW in Perth..and was able to book in for a service on Thursday...

That gave me 2 days to get to Perth... it was about 730kms by bitumen...perfect!.. so i turned right (west) and out into the dirt..

i figured, about 160kms west to Evanston, then south to Bullfinch, then backroads to perth.. with a night camped out 'somewhere'..


there was a lot of 'new' tracks in here, from mining exploration, that made navigating 'interesting..

oh and so the odd truck to pull over for...

took a detour into 'some rock' for a break...

fair place to camp too... but was a bit early for that..

anyway, i toddled on, past dry lakes..

over cattle grids..

past more usefull road signs..

one of my favorite signs....

but yeah... you can see how it would be 'interesting' in the wet..

and then you have to cross a 'highway'....

in the midle of no-where...

was tempted to go for a run down it, but it was pretty clear from signage that it wasnt perhaps the best idea..

and fuel was getting down..

amazing the money mining companies have to spend on 'their' roads..

oh well, 'my' road had its good bits...

more lakes and cattle grids..

thru the dog fence...

more lakes (with more good camping)

and then hit the bitumen........

i rolled into Bullfinch (which had moved!)
interesting place.. not much there but they moved the town so you come in thru a kind of graveyard of front gates
and paths with no houses before hitting the 'real town'

no fuel... no drama, i still had a 5 littre jerry..

i decided to push on for Mukinbudin..

i hit the bitumen and pulled the trigger...

my fuel light came on...

i had about 80km to go... and i normally get about 80km on reserve...

i coulda slowed down... but didnt...

i hit the 'Welcome to Mukinbudin' sign and the bike cut out...

i pulled the clutch and rolled in, hoping to roll into a servo... didnt see one and stopped here in the
main street outside a fish n chip shop...

no choice but to untie everything and fill up from the jerry... which didnt really bother as
i was on bitumen tomorrow into Perth

I'd done 424kms on that 16.1 litre tank of fuel...! a record (for me anyway!)

so after tiping the jerry into the bike, i road around town, and pulled up at the pub..

walked in and asked if the had any rooms for the night...

'we have a couple of motel units out the side with their own bathrooms...' came the reply... gawd a unit, with batchroom,
that'll be too pricey i thought to myself before asking how much..

"$40 bucks" came the reply...

"I'll have a beer, a room and the dinner menu thanks!"

40 bucks!

goin back there again!

main street, pub, next morning...

so from here it was bitumen back country roads all the way into Perth..

i was running a little early and so called BMW to see if i could drop my bike of tonight instead of in the
morning (wouldnt have to worry about overnight parking that way)

no worries..

i rode into Fremantle and checked into a backpackers, unloaded my gear and rode over to BMW and dropped of the bike with some 'new' friends..

and taxi'd back to Freo..

the next day was raining, so when i got the call about lunchtime that bike was ready, i asked if i could leave it there till tomorrow... no worries..

spent the day moseying around Fremantle..

looking at all sorts of stuff..

even Iranian paper cuttings...

and the night lookin at ferris wheels..

and drinking beer at the Little Creatures Brewery


and walkin around the wharf..


next day was still raining but it was supposed to be clearing the day after that...

called BMW again... hey um, its still raining... clearing tomorrow, ok to stay another day..? "no worries!"

so saturday came around and i taxi'd over to BMW to pick up the old girl,

i wasnt looking forward to the few thousand highway kilometres home across the nullarbor..

it was day 28 of a 10 day trip....

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Old 05-13-2013, 09:25 AM   #459
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Well done!....again!
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:43 AM   #460
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Your a champ mate..

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Old 05-14-2013, 03:18 AM   #461
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The weather was still patchy, with the odd shower here and there...

i figured it would be cold back home (hell its winter now)..

i also figured that i'd be riding in the last 3 days rain all the way home...

so i figured..

(a lot of figurin goin on! )

so i figured, i'd duck up the coast a couple of 100 km north of Perth for a couple of days of warm weather before heading home to months of cold..

there were a couple of showers heading out...

first detour was into the pinacles...

it was about 5pm by time i got there...

pretty magic spot...





from there it looked like i'd get to Jurien Bay..

i rolled in just in time to pay for an (overpriced) camp-site, quickly set up tent and made it down to the jetty just in time for sunset..

contemplated fish n chips for tea, but that was almost as expensive as the overpriced camp site..

the next day was June 29...

"dont ride a bike day"

Since Phil (Philmeup) and i had both written off our bikes and broken a few decent bones
on the 29th of june (albeit a year apart) we decided it was a pretty big co-incidence... and decided we wouldnt get on bikes
again on that date...

so i spent the day in Jurien Bay...

not really a hell of a lot there... but it was a good day to work out what i was doing...

although i didnt end up working out what i was doing...

what i did work out, was, that i could not be buggered with the ride home.... (about 3,300kms)

so tomorrow i was heading a bit further north...

no idea how far.......................................

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Old 05-16-2013, 04:36 PM   #462
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ya going well there greg,i reckon i will be a year older by the time you finish the r/r,intresting trip you are having,good look around.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:38 PM   #463
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Great stuff keep it coming.
What a wonderful trip
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:43 PM   #464
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Mate, this is bloody marvelous.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:27 PM   #465
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....... reckon i will be a year older by the time you finish the r/r,.........


fair point... but i got a few spare days now... so i 'might' try make a fibber of you

(might )

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