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Old 03-07-2015, 02:46 PM   #1
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Murray Sunset / Colignan Caper Feb 2015

Everyone was keen to ride the Murray Sunset National Park ........ the first time for half of our group

However the weather golds were against us, with starting out temperatures forecast for 40C + in the area. Fortunately they were predicted to drop to a comfortable high 20C's on the return day so it was decided to challenge the gods and head east to the River Murray as fast as we could (legally that is ) saving the Murray Sunset National Pk for our return journey.

Our destination .......... the sand bar just south of town for a well deserved cool off & camp for the night .


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The meeting point ....... Palmer General Store on the eastern slopes of the Adelaide Hills, before heading to Swan Reach to cross the Murray River and on to Loxton to rehydrate bike & rider.





It was obvious from how people walked at our regroup, that we had tested the gravity holding abilities of bikes & riders on the exciting Old Loxton Rd with its high speed,
seemingly never ending limestone whoops





Even first timer bikes needed a rest though

............................................ and the only thing that had fallen off so far was the rider





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Old 03-07-2015, 03:25 PM   #2
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After a couple of hours of re-hydration at Loxton, we continued east along some most enjoyable tracks and prayed for the temperature to ease and the dust to settle quickly for the guys at the rear, although corners were well defined.





All except one that is ! .......... .......... and the inevitable



You're s'pose to turn left there, matey



It wasn't long before others arrived along similar lines.



Appearing to hide his embarrassment as he inspected the damage ........ luckily only to the bike.



But despite keeping his emotions together, the stress was showing



Oh ! No ! ...................................... where am I gunna keep my Caffe Latte now



By now after 4 hours of riding in the heat, KymW was feeling a tad faint & looking a bit worse for wear, so we stopped for a break while he held onto the fence to stop the world spinning around him.



After regaining some strength, he realized that he had forgotten to remove his winter lining from his jacket & pants ......... in 40C + heat



Onward to the Murray ...........



Stocking supplies on the way for the night.





Before setting up camp for a night of fun, frivolities and bull shit stories at this most beautiful location.


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Old 03-07-2015, 03:47 PM   #3
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First order of the day was the obvious .........





Despite showing perfect balance at this stage, time would tell on entering the sands of Murray Sunset.



It wasn't long before the strong winds of a cool change arrived, but luckily settled to a calm night.



Morning however was a different affair, realizing I wasn't as young as I used to be





Others on the other hand ......... " Oh ! No ! ...... what have I done, I'm pregnant" was his first thought



before coming to his senses and the inevitable morning after feeling



He proceeded to prepare breakfast .............





Regrouping after breakfast.


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Old 03-07-2015, 04:04 PM   #4
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Carnage at Colignan

After breakfast we prepared ourselves for the challenges of the Murray Sunset, however along the way there was this little matter of an innocent looking fork in the road

Luck was against me that day & you guessed it, the rest is history.



















Hey MB ............................. "Is this what it feels like to get old"


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Old 03-07-2015, 04:11 PM   #5
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Finally entering the Murray Sunset National Park we stopped at the iconic landmark.



and onto Rocket Lake, a dry ancient salt lake.



It was here that KymW and gravity had their numerous disputes, luckily without major injury.











To finish the ride how he started



Great two days riding with great mates.
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Old 03-07-2015, 04:51 PM   #6
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Great report as usual MB sorry Dr Brewer😄. That was an amazing ride, have not had this much fun in ages.
Great tracks, great mates, too much beer.
What a ride looking forward to doing it all again.
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:40 PM   #7
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that looked fun and it must have been fun, as I was laughing and I didn't even go...
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:55 PM   #8
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Old 03-07-2015, 08:59 PM   #9
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Great RR - all warmed up ready for a week of camping at Speedweek?

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Old 03-08-2015, 06:06 AM   #10
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very good Kym.................very good
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Old 03-08-2015, 03:27 PM   #11
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Some great pics and laughs MB.
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Old 03-09-2015, 12:59 AM   #12
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Old 03-09-2015, 01:50 AM   #13
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Looks like every one had a great ride MB, some more than others some less than others. That sand can be great at times and a nightmare for those that dont know how to ride it. Hot conditions dont make it any easier.
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Old 03-09-2015, 07:19 PM   #14
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Well done MB great report. I'll have to get down that way one day. That sandy track looks like great fun.
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Old 03-09-2015, 07:29 PM   #15
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great report Kym - looks like a lot of fun was had - you riding a DR on this ride as I don't see a TDM featured - cheers to you and all SA inmates - Oaters
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