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Old 04-08-2013, 01:58 AM   #436
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I don't know Greg as I remember multiple punctures on a ride we did about 3 years ago Greg and luckily finding the wife of the local Tyre repair place in the BP servo at Mannum late at night. Maybe it is you

nah..... I'll take credit for the first puncture.... but the 4 after that... might have to give Sundowner the credit for those






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Old 04-08-2013, 02:13 AM   #437
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Gday again Glen...Cattlewater Pass was a great ride out to the Plenty...I think its closed now..Going back to the centre again..barely touched it last time..loved this RR..thanks for putting it up. Whats on for his winter....

UncleBob..!

Sounded like it was just about closed back then too

spoke to a few people about it..seems the cops and station owners got a bit tired of goin and pullin people out....

and also heard a (i think) french couple got stuck in there... hitched out and flew home... leaving the vehicle stuck in there and told no-one.... sparking a pretty big search for them...

not sure where (if ) i'm goin this year... Aubs Anne Beadell trip was soundin goood till he canned that... think i'm workin for the next 3 months.... but fair chance i'll get out somewhere after that...!



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Old 04-10-2013, 07:36 AM   #438
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UncleBob..!

Sounded like it was just about closed back then too

spoke to a few people about it..seems the cops and station owners got a bit tired of goin and pullin people out....

and also heard a (i think) french couple got stuck in there... hitched out and flew home... leaving the vehicle stuck in there and told no-one.... sparking a pretty big search for them...

not sure where (if ) i'm goin this year... Aubs Anne Beadell trip was soundin goood till he canned that... think i'm workin for the next 3 months.... but fair chance i'll get out somewhere after that...!



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Do you lot feel like going to the Safari this year, to spectate and tag along?
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:02 AM   #439
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Do you lot feel like going to the Safari this year, to spectate and tag along?

thats years away! late september yeah?

i though you'd put in to have July off...?

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Old 04-12-2013, 03:50 AM   #440
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What a great read and fantastic photos
May I make a suggestion?


Keep riding, keep taking pictures and keep posting
So get on your bike and be gone again
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:41 AM   #441
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What a great read and fantastic photos
May I make a suggestion?


Keep riding, keep taking pictures and keep posting
So get on your bike and be gone again

no, you may not make a suggestion!


















yeah ok, you can... and its not a bad one... in fact i'm typing up the next post now... but.... i'm sleepy


so you wont see it for a few more days

but thanks for watchin/feedback


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Old 04-13-2013, 04:09 AM   #442
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thats years away! late september yeah?

i though you'd put in to have July off...?

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Yep, late September.

I had but I've changed my mind - I have a cunning plan for the Oz Safari 2014. I'll need a pit crew. You clowns will work well.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:12 AM   #443
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Yep, late September.

I had but I've changed my mind - I have a cunning plan for the Oz Safari 2014. I'll need a pit crew. You clowns will work well.


i like cunning plans


clowns... not so much...


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Old 04-14-2013, 11:24 AM   #444
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Fantastic read and cool photos, thanks for sharing. You seem happy with 800, any niggles and is your seat standard or have you changed it.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:25 PM   #445
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Ok, big breath......



I packed up the bike, had another shower, picked up a new tube, did a tiny bit of shoppin.... and buggered off west
into the West MacDonnell Ranges.. about 1.30 in the arvo....






(oh i should mention... i'd been watching Sundowner's 'Spot Tracker' when i got the chance... i could only get
his co-ordinates... but i could wack them into my GPS to see where he was...
seemed he must have become 'watertight' again and they'd moved off from Finke... and had camped out
at (if memory serves me) around about Mt Dare.. whereever it was it was definately on our (west) side of the
Simpson Desert... good to see they were on the rd.. then a few days later (and prob a few days before now...) it was showing
him down in the Gawler Ranges....hmmm... no Simpson crossing after all... hmmm TonyRDR did sound pretty set on it...)


ok, back to me..

first stop was 'Ellery Creek Big Hole'..



then some more Ochre Cliffs...




then Ormiston Gorge




i then ducked into Glen Helen and topped up some fuel..

i'd never been into the gorge here, so went for a walk along the escarpment...



across the Finke River...




and around to the Gorge.. not bad..




and took the long way back to the bike...




someone (probably Robbie) had mentioned camping in the Finke River, to the north, just past Glen Helen...

I'd kinda hoped to camp at Redbank Gorge tonight, but i was a bit slow today and so found the river, rode up a sandy track along it..

there were a few other mobs out there camping...

one looked almost like a festival.... i accidentlly followed a track that led down to it... and got bogged in the river sand turning around...

got a push out by a bloke who parked somewhere sensible and walked down... he informed me it was a wedding.....

i stopped a little bit further on and was passed by a couple of frocked up ladies who suggested i should come down to the wedding...

i rode on a bit and found a spot that seemed ok... there was a couple down the river a bit, so i mosseyd over
for a quick chat and make sure i wasnt crowding their space... they were cool, so i settled on my spot....

it had a great view of my bath..




aww yeah , thats the shit!





after bath, i set up camp and went lookin for fire wood..





there was bugger all wood around... too many campers been thru here...

i returned to camp thinkin there would me no fire tonight... when the bloke
and his missus from 'next door' rocked up in their 4wd with a load of wood on the back..

you want some firewood mate... he asked... not much around here... and jumped out and started un-tieing firewood..

'well only if you have some spare..' i said..

yeah mate, we're headin over to the pub for tea and a few drinks, headin home tomorrow so we wont be needin it.....

sweet!!

i got a fire goin...





enjoyed the sunset with a beer or 3..





admired my camp site..




and got some tea going...





then burnt the rest of my wood... and called it a night..



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next morning was cold again..




i packed and headed of to Redbank Gorge..

Its a little bit of a walk, but thru a nice valley..




and well worth the effort...





probably my favorite Gorge in the MacDonnell Ranges..




the access track in is kinda cool too




so then it was time to get moving again...

hey look, Ayre's Rock!




oh, wait, no... thats Hasst Bluff... look, heres a closer pic..




its a meteor crater (or perhaps where a giant serpent came up out of the ground, depending on who you listen too)

figured i'd go have a look...

the track in was a fairly sandy one...




but again, worth the effort..




so parked and went for a bit of a hike up the side of the 'crater'...



sat up there lookin at the world for a while, a couple came up... chated to them... they'd been on another
peak and watched me ride in thru the sand...


climbed down... wondered what lived in here... still dont know...





ran into the couple from up the hill again and they invited me over to their bus for lunch.... nice ;)

so after lunch and cups of tea i was... ummm, Gone....again...

following the Macdonnell Range ..




was out far enough west that termite mounds started to be a feature of the landscape...



and some wildflowers...



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oh and did i mention the corrogations.....




they went on for a while...



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the road wound over the escarpment.. they'd bitumenised
that 1 km of rd (oh and i heard they had gotten funding to bitumen the whole rd!!)




i stopped in at Kings Canyon resort at nearly dusk to see
what a site (and hot shower) was worth... but it freaked me out a bit and i pushed
on an extra 30-odd km to Kings Creek Station and got a camp site, hot shower, feed and cold beer for a
better price and wasnt smothered it tourists..




next morning i backpedalled the 30 km to Kings Canyon... plenty of tourists
and tour busses etc... but well worth a few hours to do the hike...




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there is a little swim hole up in the middle..





and its a pretty damn big canyon....



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so from there i continued along the bitumen east... a stop at Kathleen Springs..
the walk in takes you past some old stock yards...




before getting to the springs...




Red Centre Way wound south, until hitting Lasseter Highway....Right on that and started heading west...

From Kathleen Springs, Id been makin 'real good time'...

stoped at this lookout for a drink..




while there, a fella from the UK rocked up in his 4wd and caravan...

'Came half way round the world to see that!' he tells me enthusiasticly...

in a fairly un-excited tone i simply replied back.. 'no you didnt'...


'Yeah mate, the wife and i, come out from the Uk to see this.....'

'no you didnt' i repeat...

'thats Mount cCnnor, not Ayers Rock... youve got another 100-odd km to go...'

'Shit' he says... now i'll have to get back in the car and tell the wife she was right......'

he heads of, i head off, give him a wave as i overtake him, then duck in here for some fuel..



the postie's had been thru here the day before...


i rolled on and got a site in the campground at Yulara, then ducked in to the Rock just on sunset..





rode around it....



and headed back to camp...

Had a text from OzBikeDude that he'd made it home, (out the Great Central Rd, then back along a bit of the Trans
Australia Railway Access track), and TonyRDR had gone solo across the Simpson...

well that explained Sundowners spot heading south instead of east....

a couple South africans living in Sydney and doing an East-West crossing on some 660 Tenere's had rolled in
and were camped nearby... had a bit of a chat, went got some tea at
an overpriced pub/cook your own tea place and called it a night....




Next day was fairly laid back... chatted to the Tenere guys... theyd come over the Simpson...

I mentioned that one of our crew headed over the opposite way...solo..

we chatted a bit about it... told em he was on a DR supertanker...

they asked if he was English..

no, Greek i think... but well spoken so you could i guess think english..

It was seeming like they'd 'maybe' seen him...

but then i remembered he had on a white helmet with a flip-up 'jawbone'...fairly unique..

YES...! they had seen him...

they had a support 4wd with them and, talking to the driver of that, he said..

'yeah.. i came over a dune and was going down it...and this guy comes flying up past me... we nearly collided...
he goes past, i stop and watch him in the rear view mirror... he gets up the dune, dumps his bike and starts running
down the hill towards me... I tought he was gonna go nuts at me for not getting out of this way or something.. ..


but then he starts appologising for fanging past...


and goes on to explain, that he couldnt stop... as he'd broken his clutch cable the day before
and so has no clutch!

Go TonyRDR! solo simpson Crossing without a clutch...has to be a first!


anyway, mid afternoon i went for another spin out to the Rock..




and had a bit of a walk around...




amazing some of the rock pools around the base..



and then back to camp... where someone had started setting up their tent right next to me... like real close...

they re-apeared, and they kinda took the hint after i suggested they may as well just climb in with me and save the hassle
of setting up their tent...

anyway, they moved along a bit... and we got chatting..

they were on their honey-moon... just got married they said...

'might be a strange question' i asked, 'but did you get married in the Finke River 2 nights ago..?'

"Yes.....'

bloody small world..

anyway talkin to the lads from Sydney ealier in the day, looked like we were all heading off tomorrow so got a bit organised for
a group tea at the camp kitchen...

good old feast before another long stretch on camp food..

(there was cheesecake as well...!



top night lads!


next morning everyone was up and packin..

Inmate MTBBKER is drivin the Ute,... one of the 660's...




so i was off and headed around the rock one last time..

there was a bit of a queue this morning to get into the national park... i was bored.. so i took a photo..



and then it was off to have a look at Kata Tjuta (The Olga's)



stopped in at a lookout on the way there... and caught the lads just leaving....



the view from the lookout..



and the on, around to The Olga's..

i chucked some lunch, camera, water etc in my daypack and headed off for a walk...



about 20 mins in i took a photo of something... only to have my camera laugh at me and tell me my memory card was full...

no drama... i've got another one..... back in the bike..

so walk back, get that sorted and walk back in again...



kinda hot, sparse end of the world...



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.its a longish walk but a good'n..




weird make-up to these masive mounds...



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view from 'valley of the winds'..



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some handsome bugger eating a can of tuna....



so it was near enough to 3pm when i got back to my bike...

hmmm... what to do next.... pretty much seen all the sights out this way now..

i toddled off again... and saw a dirt rd.. it had a sign down it which i couldnt
quite read... so i rode down and took a look...




and then this one on a bit further...




so i looked back at the Olga's..




down at the sandy road....



and kept on goin.................





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Old 04-16-2013, 07:51 AM   #446
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:51 AM   #447
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:19 AM   #448
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Fantastic read and cool photos, thanks for sharing. You seem happy with 800, any niggles and is your seat standard or have you changed it.

seat is standard ( i suspect BMW might have changed suppliers somewhere between the 09 and the 2012 models...)

no niggles (ok, she's heavy to drag up cliffs... )

little loose in the front end in the sand on this trip... but half putting that down to running the scorpion rally front (perhaps too aggressive for the terain...)

no dramas w the bike though... a couple of maintenance tasks after this ride.. (which i'll get to )

but yeah, all good...!

(oh, except the color... but i didnt have a choice... and it'll change one day )



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Old 04-17-2013, 06:25 AM   #449
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Hey Eugene...

thanks for watching...

you guys is Sth Africa or Sydney...?


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Old 04-17-2013, 11:49 PM   #450
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Greg, I am in South Africa, Morne stays in Brisbane and Piotr in Bundaberg. Morne is actually also an inmate - GasMonkey, poke him he wants to go and ride South America in 2016 (I have start saving some money...)
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