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Old 04-26-2007, 03:16 AM   #61
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Not far past Camooweal is the border into the Northern Territory. There is nothing here except a sign, and the need to adjust your watch for the first time-zone change of the trip. 30 minutes this time.


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Old 04-26-2007, 03:19 AM   #62
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I will insert the species of bird in this narrative when I get it confirmed. It was kind enough to pose for me while I took this shot. EDIT: I have just been informed that these are Black Kites and the small bird I killed earlier doesn't matter after all. It's quite common.


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Old 04-26-2007, 03:20 AM   #63
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Here's two of them. There was a whole mob of them. Maybe they were looking for my roommate?


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Old 04-26-2007, 03:22 AM   #64
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There was very little out here on the grasslands, but what little there was, I was killing.


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Old 04-26-2007, 03:25 AM   #65
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I reached the Barkly Roadhouse about 4.00pm, and with the next habitation on my route almost 400km away, I decided to call it quits and stay the night. Half of that shed is mine for the night. Not cheap though, and the fuel here was unbelievablely priced! They demanded (and who could argue?) $1.75/litre for 95 octane!


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Old 04-26-2007, 03:26 AM   #66
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Awesome trip Thats more than a 1000km avg. Pix are rocking.



PS: poor kangaroo. But bettor the kangaroo than you
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:34 AM   #67
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I mentioned there were mechanical repercussions to my altercation with the roadway, which had not yet surfaced. Here's one I noticed after pulling into the parking area at the Roadhouse. The left pannier is rooted. The lock has copped such a belting that it has bowed the base of the pannier, causing the pannier body to pop completely out! The bend is such that it couldn't be forced back together, even with my mallet, so my first attempt to hold it together is this: a bungie cord.


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Old 04-26-2007, 03:38 AM   #68
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This is a road train. It is not a particularly large one - some I saw on this trip had 4 trailers and the maximum length allowed in most places is (I think) 32.5 meters, which is about 100 feet. Local Aussie types feel free to chime in here with some facts.

Thanks to Paves (Perth, WA), I now have a fact. Maximum permitted length 53.5 meters, or around 176 feet!


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This is the Barkly Roadhouse itself. Quite impressive really, with a decent bar, proper (by outback standards) meals which I like, and a pay phone. No mobile access obviously.


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Heaps of these out the front. I think the one on the left is a BMW 3-Series and the one on the right is a Volvo. Or not.


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In the corner of the bar. Notice the military graffiti on the wall. I felt right at home here, what with beers and bikes and food. Real nice.


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Old 04-26-2007, 03:48 AM   #72
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I reached the Barkly Roadhouse about 4.00pm, and with the next habitation on my route almost 400km away, I decided to call it quits and stay the night. Half of that shed is mine for the night. Not cheap though, and the fuel here was unbelievablely priced! They demanded (and who could argue?) $1.75/litre for 95 octane!

I stayed in that exact donger after our traumatic leg from Lawn Hill last year. Could you still smell the foetid socks?

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Old 04-26-2007, 03:50 AM   #73
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Couple of these fell out of the bike when I started working on the panniers.


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Old 04-26-2007, 03:51 AM   #74
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I stayed in that exact donger after our traumatic leg from Lawn Hill last year. Could you still smell the foetid socks?

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Are you serious? Nothing could be smelled over my own socks!
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:55 AM   #75
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After thinking about it for a while, I instituted repair Mk II on the left hand pannier. A bit of colour-matched cloth tape. This was as a result of realising I'd been riding in the rain half the trip and there was no guarantee it wouldn't happen again. It was only later I realised that, while the tape might help keep water out while in situ, it probably wouldn't last long in the heat without the bungees. So repair Mk III involved three bungee cords and half a roll of tape, plus moving everything heavy to the other pannier, which itself had been damaged in my previous trip. See Red Center Australia report below.


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