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Old 04-27-2007, 08:18 PM   #196
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More red rock.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:20 PM   #197
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This is the Timber Creek Roadhouse, 160km further on from Victoria River RH, but still on the Victoria River itself, and still in the metaphorical shadow of the escarpment. I'll show you in a minute. I got fuel here, 300km into the day and almost halfway to my overnight stop at Kununurra.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:23 PM   #198
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A little out of Timber Creek was a narrow rocky track that looked like it might actually climb the escarpment itself, so naturally, off I went for a look.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:24 PM   #199
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Great report. Thank you.
Did the road train force you off the road. Did he know?
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:24 PM   #200
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It was pretty steep in places, so I didn't stop for too many pics, but the detour was well worth the trouble in the end. That's the Victoria River itself down there.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:39 PM   #201
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Since you're riding a GS Adventure with a 30 gallon tank, why do you feel the need to carry an additional gas tank?

Have you needed to use the gas already?

Are the distances so great between gas stations over there?

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Old 04-27-2007, 08:40 PM   #202
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Great report. Thank you.
Did the road train force you off the road. Did he know?
The road train back in western Queensland forced me off the road in the sense that, when one of them fekkers is coming, YOU GET OFF THE ROAD!
There is no alternative. I stopped there and then tried to remount the bitumen after he'd gone, so the accident wasn't really his fault. This has happened to me before (true - almost exactly the same, only much worse ). Did he know? I have no idea, but I can tell you that he did not care. They own the road; you are roadkill.

On a previous trip I thought I could just slow down and ride in the dirt on the side of the road when there was an oncoming road train. This error of judgement catapulted my ZRX1100 off the edge of an embankment through 8-foot tall grass into a deep ditch on the road between the Burke & Wills Roadhouse and Cloncurry in the gulf. I broke the rear brake mount, bent the right handlebar vertically (down), lost a mirror, bent my luggage rack, ripped my clothes, wounded my leg and foot and got grass and dust into everything I owned. That was not a good day. By comparison, this was a minor misadventure.

This is that bike just four days later after a guy in a muffler shop loaned me his welding gear and a big hammer. The dealer in Mount Isa had a mirror that fit, and I was back on the road. This was my first lap of the continent, by the way.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:46 PM   #203
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Since you're riding a GS Adventure with a 30 gallon tank, why do you feel the need to carry an additional gas tank?

Have you needed to use the gas already?

Are the distances so great between gas stations over there?

Lobby, the greatest distance I ended up doing between available fuel on this trip was about 300km, so no, I didn't need it in the end. However, had I been able to stick with plan A, riding from Normanton to Burketown, then continuing west to Borroloola in the gulf, I surely would have needed it. It's more than 550km between fuel stops there if Hell's Gate is closed, and it's all rough dirt. Then there's the Gibb River Road, which was on the schedule for day 12/13 etc. That's another big one and all dirt. But with even highway fuel stops being a couple hundred km apart, you only need one to be closed for whatever reason and you are in the shit, big time.
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Old 04-27-2007, 08:48 PM   #204
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But I digress. . .

Back to my escarpment. Another view from the top, showing the highway heading west.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:49 PM   #205
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. . . and a bit more of the river to the east.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:51 PM   #206
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Back on the flat, the highway opens up for quite a ways, and the heat gets pretty fierce.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:53 PM   #207
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I know it doesn't show very well, but this is just to demonstrate that that game we played before - the one with the roadside anthills pretending to be 'roos and the 'roos pretending to be roadside anthills - is very much in vogue out here in the west too. Keeps you from going as fast as you otherwise would, I can tell you.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:55 PM   #208
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I can not be bored riding through this country. Everything you look at is amazing.


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:56 PM   #209
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In places the road winds back among these. . .


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Old 04-27-2007, 08:58 PM   #210
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