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Old 05-13-2012, 03:43 AM   #1
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Wicked May 2012 Brisbane, to Birdsville, Marree, Merty Merty, Camron Corner, Broken Hill etc

3 riding Beemers and 2 in a Subaru with all our camping gear etc


The ride is around 5,000k's with a mix of high speed tar, dirt, stones and sand, we are running Conti TK80's


John was ready for a fast start by jumping off the balcony into his pants


The first day we rode a bit over 700k's out to Charleville,


Stayed in cabins because all a bit tired


Not a lot of traffic out here


After Charleville it was on to Windorah,
we fueled up at this dark looking garage owed and run by a blind guy,
you tell him how much it was and hand him the money that he feels and gives correct change
or uses your credit card, he runs the place 7 days a week from 6am to 6pm, Amazing.


Just out of Windorah we started to see sand so we went up for a look,
this was about the time I started to dislike sand riding, I was happy to get back to the tar road
without a fall






Then not long after Windorah the tar road ended and became a good gravel road,
we saw hundreds of birds with some of them flying low across the road in front of us,
all of a sudden Wack! one fair size bird hit my helmet and shoulder with feathers flying all over the place,
I was ok but the poor bird fell to the ground never to fly again



We arrived in Birdsville and stayed at the Caravan Park


Had a great meal at the pub


It's still very wet in front of Big Red, they do have a detour for those going over and further west

To be continued.....
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:40 AM   #2
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When this guy went outback he took everyhing with him


Ruins of the Birdsville Royal Hotel


Two bike riders and two from the car,
notice the face nets the flies are real bad.


On the way out of Birdsville heading for the start of the Birdsville track one of our group spoted a sign to the Bourke and Wills tree and let us all know on our UHF radios, I was first to turn around and head down that road which looked ok at first, I could see it had been a problem when wet so I went ahead slow in case it got bad but it was to late I sank in the mud, I then yelled over the radio "Dont come down here" as I turned back I tried to riide out but the bike went deeper and stuck in hard,
after trying to push it out failed we draged it out with the car




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Old 05-13-2012, 06:04 AM   #3
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:33 AM   #4
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
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Old 05-13-2012, 04:44 PM   #6
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So much mud was stuck up above the rear wheel it took some time to get most of it out,
looks like the bike has just relieved it's self in this pic


It still needed it's bum cleaned so we rode back into Birdsville and found this wash down area


Just going back a step.... before getting into Birdsville Deon's Lookout is well worth a look
we had lunch there, bit of a rocky road to the top but great views


The road to Birdsville in the right of photo


The road leading to Birdsville was mainly small lose stones/gravel,
we could ride along sections like this at 80 to 90kph


We came to a section with road works, a water tanker was driving along the left side as we came from behind to overtake, the truck was kicking up a huge amount of dust so we would be passing him blind for a few seconds, the road looked ok so we went for it, Tanys was in front followed by John with me back behind him, John disappeared into the dust as he was overtaking the truck and then all of a sudden his voice of terror came over the radio saying a few choice words,
In the dust cloud he had ridden into a deep sand section near the right edge of the road, after he came out of it he said he does not know how he managed to stay on the bike but he did!

Now getting back to Birdsville there has been lots of water around Big Red, the colours looked fantastic


Time to head south down the Birdsville Track




To be continued......
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:25 PM   #7
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:53 PM   #8
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Sitting on a good speed It did not take long to reach the South Australia border


Further south the road had more small rocks all over it but
we still got along at 80kph plus


Every hour or so we would have a little rest off the bikes and kick a few stones around


After some more of the same the girls in the car called us on the radio saying they have a flat
now lets have a look.......
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Yep they are correct......it's a flat


Had to unload heaps of gear to get to one of our spares


The speed over the stones was two much for the car tyres, during this trip many 4x4 drivers had tyre problems,
one guy told us he had done 4 tyres in 4 weeks, we only had one other spare so the girls slowed the car speed down to no more than 60kph for any road surface of stones.

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Old 05-14-2012, 03:01 AM   #9
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Passed you guys at The Granites (Tib) in Subaru Forester the other day. Looking forward to the rest of your report as there were some rough sections of road near Milparinka (where we overtook the Subaru Outback).

Great stuff and thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:56 AM   #10
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We only got home to our house today (tuesday 14-5-12) from this ride, this will be the first night in own beds for a couple of weeks and I will sleep so well, I have a story about air beds that I will tell you about later,

Cougar, The girls just said they remember waving at a white Forester, was that you?
And yes we have some more interesting bits to add to this report yet!

Now back to the report
Still on the Birdsville Track apprroaching Mungerannie some colourfull hills started to appear


And just a few K's down the road in the middle of nowhere we came to our ovenight stop at the Mungerannie Pub
what a great place to spend some time


Out front of the pub are a couple of the old mail trucks, (sorry to show similiar pics to other reports from this area)
not far behind the pub is an old small cemetery and one of the pub workers told us a 26 year old guy buried there was driving one of those trucks loaded with rabbits and drowned when the truck was pushed on its side at a flooded creek crossing, you can get a room at the pub or pick a camp site over in the tree area behind the trucks,


We got our own camp kitchen all set up for dinner,
check out the great looking down lights I setup for them.....(torches hanging from the trees)


After dinner it was time to relax around our first camp fire so far for this trip


Next morning sunrise over the wetlands behind the camp site


The bird life here is amazing


Another feature here is the hot artesian bore pool, that was so good!
Left to right is Lyn, Tanys, John, Thelma, Me (rob)


We liked this place so much we decided to stay another day, we needed a rest day anyway.

To be continued....
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:08 PM   #11
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:09 PM   #12
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Next day a bit further south we stoped for a look at the Old Mulka store ruins
amazing how people lived out here in the hot summer months








Back on the road heading for the end of the Birdsville Track at Marree


A short stop for a look at the MV Tom Brennan that was used to cross the Cooper Creek floodway


A bit futher along we came to some road works, this stuff was real bad to ride on,
looks ok in the photo but it was all slip and slide, I thought I was going to come off a couple of times as the back wheel fish tailed all over the place, you can see my back tyre all clogged up with the stuff, should have been riding on that dry hard shoulder to the left but when all of a sudden your in the stuff out in the middle it's hard to get across the soft mud walls on each side of the wheel ruts,
I think it was around half way along that John and Tanys out front of me had managed to get across to better ground on the right hand side, this section seemed like 1 or 2k's long and was not fun at all.


Another short rest stop, Hot tub is in the background


A little further down the track on our way to Marree Tamys got some road grit under her helmet and glasses into her left eye,
pulled over on the side of the road we used an eye wash and other methods to try to fix her eye but without success,


It was decided a visit to a doctor was needed as soon as we reached Marree,
we found Marree had a small hospital and the flying doctor was there today,,
No waiting for hours to see a doctor like at the city hospitals, Tanys had to keep the patch on for the next 24 hours.


to be continued....
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:54 AM   #13
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The old Ghan railway at Marree


We had some time to spare so we took the Oodnadatta Track to have a look at the southern end of Lake Eyre about 90k's out of Marree, plenty of water out there




Some interesting foot prints around here




The old Ghan line runs along side the Oodnadatta Track


Some of the road on the way back to our camp site at Marree,
others sections of th Oodnadatta Track was rough at times being very rocky and corrugated


Camp site Marree




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Our next stop was not all that far down the road, in the old days Farina was a full on town and there is lots of ruins to see here,
This was once a pub then a hospital.... or was that a hospital then a pub






The camp sites here are very good


Volunteers had the old Farina underground bakery up and running




Yum.... Foot long pasties, we had them for lunch


The old Ghan railway on the edge of Farina








A very lonely cemetry out the back of Farina


Late arvo colours of the ruins








Our camp kitchen all set up again for the evening meal




After dinner it was getting very cool so the fire was popular before bed time,
When we got up in the morning the temperature was only 4 C degrees Brrrrrrrrrrr....


It was time to push on to Lyndhurst and up the Strzelecki Track....

To be continued.....
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A sort stop at Lyndhurst to re fuel
Interesting sign on one of the doors at the petrol station


The first part of the Strzelecki Track was good but it started to get a little dusty


Sometimes very dusty! I'm in that dust cloud, could not see a thing,
Later the girls in the car said they should have let the dust clear instead of following not far behind the bikes
because if one of us fell off they would not see us and run us over


The road got worse with corrugations


And lose stones


Some sections had large sharp rocks all over the road which got us worried about the car tyres again,
Much of the Strzelecki is a shit of a road!
the girls took it slow and had no problem with the car





What's over that way


We made camp at Montecollina Bore, this place was fantastic camping in the sand dunes,
I'm not sure what that cement block near our tent was for, anybody know why it's there ?


It was Thelma's birthday today so we gave her some gifts that we had hidden away in the bikes for days,
Tanys gave her that special head gear and made her queen of the desert for a day


It's a special place






Next we ride on to Camron Corner
To be continued....
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