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Old 11-27-2011, 07:12 PM   #31
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Day 8 Considering all the water and mud around I had a reasonable night. I decided to ride out the 20 km to see Wills grave site. No one else was moving by 9am so I decided to try my luck. The sun was up and wind blowing hard as usual so I thought the road should dry out quickly. The first creek crossing ( no water, just mud ) was only 2km out. I surveyed the approach and decided to "walk " the bike through. I only JUST made it. ( see Pic) the mud was sticking like s..t to a blanket. Only one sand dune was encounted ..no probs there.

I also saw the site where King was found ( only survivor) And back to town by midday .
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:22 PM   #32
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The facilities at Innamincka are very limited. couple of showers and toilets, thats it...my original plan was to ride down the Strezelecki track to Cameron Corner via Merty Merty. Now with this rain and mud I had second thoughts. I took 45 minutes to clear the mud from my swingarm with a tent peg. I have never encountered mud so sticky. I could not pull 2nd gear with the grip around the tyre.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:34 PM   #33
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A decision was made to go via Nuccundra (pub only.. petrol available) 255km to the east. I finally left at about 1.30pm. and hit trouble only 10km later. Water was across the road. I dismounted and spent 20 mins looking for the best way through. Decision made..... and I sunk up to my bash plate. I'd had travelled less than a mtr. So much for my decision making process. With assistance we pulled it out.....most embarrassing
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:37 PM   #34
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Great stuff! Lovin' the story and pics. Keep 'em coming!
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:43 PM   #35
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At this moment a 4 x 4 truck with a few lads arrived. They were working at a "local" gas field that was being developed in the area. The driver was a motorcyclist from Melbourne. An offer was made to load the bike and drive to the bitumen about 20km. With 250k to go time was running out as I didn't want to ride in the dark again ( emus & roos a danger) I was not proud of this decision but said "yes thank you"

I gave them $50 towards a couple of beers .
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:48 PM   #36
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Car wash time....
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:32 PM   #37
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If there is ONE THING I've learnt from my Push bike and Motorcycle trips is when things get a bit tough, it is very easy on the spare of moment ( when you are wet, cold or hot, tied, sore, f..ked, ..the list goes on & on ) to " take the easy way out" We have all thought that way at some time.

So I would suggest that we all think very carefully before doing this...because when you get home you have to "live with that decision for "a long time". Thats not to say you cannot change your mind. I regret not trying harder to get to Big Red for the second time. I do not regret not riding the Cordillo track on my Mountain Bike. After seeing that road I would NEVER have made it with out a support vehicle.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:39 PM   #38
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The ride to Nuccundra ( 255kn) was a nice relaxing smooth run, all bitumen. The old girl was running sweet . On this leg I sat on 90 /95 kph , 4000rpm and returned 22 1/2 km per ltre.

Emus were allways around .. they are as tough as nails with pea size brains I think. just what one needs to survive in this country.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:42 PM   #39
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Suicide jockeys...EXTREME care required.
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:47 PM   #40
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Arrived just on dark.. set up my 'mobil Hilton" and enjoyed a great meal and live Country music at the Nuccundra Pub..... with a audience of four we had a great night. ( photo take next morning)
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:03 PM   #41
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Day 9 Nuccundra to Tibooburra. 233km.

We were all a bit concerned with heavy rain reported on this all dirt section. I just couldn't handle the sort of mud encountered yesterday.

A triple road train loaded with pipes decided to stay an extra day. ( I've been told by locals that years earlier some Road Trains go down to their axles and left on site for months untill bulldozers can be bought in the dig them out. Zigi Remienko, owner of the Betoota Pub was once stranded on the Birdsville track with 8 tons of beer for 18 weeks..not sure how much beer left when he finally got out )

I decided to give it a go..
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:06 PM   #42
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Initially the clay was dry and quick. but it didn't last.

Road train damage...
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:13 PM   #43
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There comes a time when you just can't turn back..doesn't look much.. (on a dirt bike with Knobs it would be "no worries") but with the heavily loaded KLR I did not made any quick decisions after my last effort... ( the side ground looks hard but don't be fooled)
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:18 PM   #44
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Bit of wild life out this way....saw several of these light brown snakes about 1 mtr long. ( mulga or King browns) not sure....
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:21 PM   #45
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Plenty of Shingle Back lizards as well
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