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Old 01-05-2012, 12:21 PM   #31
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #32
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Cases

I got a PM asking about the Bunnings cases so I'll chuck a bit of info in here also:

Here's the thread that got me onto the Craftright cases:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=619341
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Bunnings have got their Craftright Case (Pelican knockoff) in their current cattledog - p29. Going for $65. Has been over 12mths since last on the shelves.

Mine has seen 8000km of use. One trip saw 2 days riding in constant rain. Another trip was 3 days in the usual WA dust. Proved absolutely watertight and dustproof.

Just sharing the love...

They were in the pre-Xmas catalogue on page 29:


They held up quite well... They had a few impacts on the bottom which broke a couple of the corner hinge gussets, I had the cases mounted a bit low... If I was buying them again I'd probably fill the gap between the gussets with some silicon sealant or sikaflex to re-enforce and support the gussets a bit better...



The bike only went down once on a steep rocky hill, it slid backward a couple of feet down a rock ledge with the full bikes weight on the right case... the case handled it ok...





The cases seem dust and water proof.... Good value for money IMO :)
(considering Pelicans are about $300 each here in Aus)

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Old 01-05-2012, 07:07 PM   #33
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I edited the day 2 post and added a modified version of the Long Marsh Dam video, it's been sped up by 3x so it's only 3 mins long... Good for people that bore easy and don't want to watch the 9min original:


The Day 3 report is coming soon :)
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #34
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I got a PM asking about the Bunnings cases so I'll chuck a bit of info in here also:

Here's the thread that got me onto the Craftright cases:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=619341

The cases seem dust and water proof.... Good value for money IMO :)
So the question is... how many trips would they last? Will you keep using them, or do you wanna upgrade?
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:48 PM   #35
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So the question is... how many trips would they last? Will you keep using them, or do you wanna upgrade?
Good question.... I'll probably raise them up a bit and do another trip... see what happens...

I ran the cases into the back of my legs/ankles a few times, no drama or damage done.... But I fear one day I'll get a bit crossed up in sand or something, throw a leg out to balance myself, have my foot dig in or catch the ground, then have the case ride up the back of my leg.... maybe break a leg or ankle....

The hard cases are great, but I think soft panniers would be more suited to rougher and harder riding....

The cases add a heap of weight to the bike also, the bare cases are over 5kg each, + mounting hardware and such...

I think they'll last ok even though I've smashed the lower corners up a bit... I'll attack the remaining hinge gussets with a tube of sikaflex to try strengthen them and stop them from getting broken, maybe cut the corners off the gussets at 45 degrees also....

keep in mind... I'm a total noob
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I ran the cases into the back of my legs/ankles a few times, no drama or damage done.... But I fear one day I'll get a bit crossed up in sand or something, throw a leg out to balance myself, have my foot dig in or catch the ground, then have the case ride up the back of my leg.... maybe break a leg or ankle....

The hard cases are great, but I think soft panniers would be more suited to rougher and harder riding....
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The cases add a heap of weight to the bike also, the bare cases are over 5kg each, + mounting hardware and such...

keep in mind... I'm a total noob
Well you are doing pretty well for a noob ;-)
Would the dangers of getting your leg's caught up in the panniers be the same for whatever pannier setup you had? 2 x 5kg is heaps! My duffle-bag strapped to the top wouldn't have been more than 15kg including all of my gear. Although, most of my gear is light-weight bushwalking stuff - since that's what I usually do. Once it was on the bike, it was great. Although, it took me ages to load it up each time.

Anyway, time for a road trip to bunnings to take a look around!
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Well you are doing pretty well for a noob ;-)
Thanks !
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Would the dangers of getting your leg's caught up in the panniers be the same for whatever pannier setup you had?
Soft panniers would be higher, closer to the bike, and SOFT with more rounded edges, more forgiving I imagine...

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Old 01-05-2012, 11:53 PM   #38
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Day 3

Day3:

Riding: 8:35am - 8:15pm

Distance:
GPS-359km
Odometer-369km

Camp 3: Down an overgrown forestry spur/old tram route around the corner from Mt Paris Dam.

Route: Ansons Bay - Eddystone lighthouse - Deep Creek - Mt William national Park - Musselroe - Gladstone - Lyme Regis - Tomahawk - Waterhouse Point - Forester - Branxholm - Mt Paris



Due to falling asleep so early last night I ended up waking at about 3am then dozed on and off till 6:30am when I crawled out of the tent... Due to the dozing and too much sleep I felt fairly crappy...

Spent the usual 2 hours having breakfast, packing up, and checking the bike over...

Todays plan was to poke around all the access points to the coast around the North East of Tassie, I've never been north of St Helens on land before... I wasn't sure where I'd end up tonight, I was just going to follow my nose...

The roads were mainly white dusty gravel with odd easy sandy patches.... The bike was a little skitterish on the gravel, but not too bad...

There was quite a few cars on the road towing boats and kicking up lots of dust, this got worse as the day went on... I knew the NE was a popular camping area at this time of year but this was crazy, every 30+ year old boat in Tasmania was up here... Maybe there was a Crysler & Mercury blueband convention on or something...

I headed out to Policemans Point at the southern end of Ansons bay, that turned out to be a big camp area with hundreds of people camped everywhere, I just did a quick lap around he camp area being amused by lots of hungover looking people and dodging the patches of spew on the track, it must have been a big night up here...

I then headed around to the boat ramp at Ansons bay, that wasn't a bad spot:


There's a track marked on the map between Ansons bay and Eddystone which I had a look at, it was sand and there was a sign implying it was extreme, carry recover gear, and such.... Being solo, and not having spot tracker or anything, I gave it a miss, I'll get back up there to do it another time when I'm a bit better prepared...

Headed back around the gravel roads about 15km to Eddystone lighthouse, that was quite nice, there was lots of tourists around and since I don't like crowds much I just did a flying visit with no stops for pics...

Continued north to Deep Creek, that was a nice quiet spot:


Pics of Eddystone lighthouse from a distance:




I forgot to mention yesterday, it started raining a bit so I wrapped the top bag in a garbage bag, it was caked dust by the end of the day so I figured it was wise to do it every day:


Next stop was Mt William National Park about 45km away:
http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3622

I cruised straight past the rangers station, I wasn't interested in paying park fees for a flying visit (they've had plenty of money out of me in the past so I don't feel guilty).... Being a National Park I was heading into Range Rover and other fancy 4x4 territory, everyone seemed to be driving nice and sedately up here, it was a pleasant change from the loonies in old cars that were hooning around the Anson bay area...

Went though the park up to Poole at Great Mussleroe Bay and out to Mussleroe Point, Poole was a nice holiday town with a few people about, most the houses were quite nice, it seemed like a classy holiday spot...

Cruised out to the beach south of the point, there was a nice camp ground out there with only a couple of people in it... Amazing how a national park changes the class of people that are about!, I guess the ones out for a cheap holiday dont want to pay the park entry and camping fees...







There was so many people about, and I was suffering from the heat, I didn't take anymore photos on the coast... I took a stack of shots earlier in the day to tie together for panoramic pictures, I'll post them later when I have time to piece them together...

From there I headed south and did a 20km loop around "Forester Kangaroo Drive", checked out the other National park camp grounds in this part of the park, there was quite a few campers down here and a few mini-buses with crowds of backpackers preparing for bush walks (up Mt William I guess)... I saw a couple of wallabies, no kangaroos though...

It was getting fairly hot and I was starting to suffer in my non-vented alpine jacket, there was frequent water stops... Headed about 15km back down the gravel past the Eddystone/Ansons turn off to Gladstone, stopped at the river at the northern end of town for a wash, cool down, and to fill my water bottles... The water wasn't too clear and tasted a bit metallic, probably due to all the mining up here in days gone by, I filled my bottles anyway... I was too lazy to take pics sorry, next time...

Went into Gladstone to refuel and grab a pie and 1.5L of bottled water... The river water was probably ok but I didn't want to risk getting crook just to save a couple of dollars... Gladstone seemed a lot cleaner and nicer than it was when I here 20 years ago! ....

From here I went North to check out the NE tip of Tassie... I was hoping to go out to Cape Portland but that area was all locked up with automatic gates and such, it seems they're building a wind farm out there... Went out to Petal Point south of the locked area... As I returned past the gate/entrance to the "security zone" a security guard drove out in a 4x4 with flags and orange lights on the roof, I gave him a wave but he had foul look on his face and didn't react... He followed me up to Lyme Regis stopping to wait for me when I stopped for a drink, I seemed to have a security escort...

Lyme Regis at Little Mussleroe bay was a great looking spot, a nice little sheltered bay with penguins across the water on the point, the thing that ruined it was the 200 people frolicking on the beach and in the water... I wanted to take pics but the pack of grannies in 2 piece bikinis turned me off, it would have been impossible to get some pics without it looking like I was taking pics of them, I didn't want to look like a GILF hunter...

I'm not sure how hot it was, it felt low 30's, and I was really suffering in my black sauna suit even though I had it 1/2 unzipped... My jacket has no vents in the back or arms so the wind couldn't blow through...

Returned the 30km back to Gladstone, topped the fuel up and grabbed some egg sandwiches, a "mother" energy drink, and 3 liters of water, the 1.5L I bought 75km ago was all gone...

From here I headed west on the tar and went up to Tomahawk, that was another nice holiday town that seemed quite peaceful and classy...Left Tomahawk and went about 30km around to Waterhouse Point, I think there was a 30+ year old car/boat convention out here also, passed a couple of crazy driver going flat out on the gravel/sand tracks, since it was hot and late in the day the beer was probably helping them drive so well .... There was a a couple of tracks out here I intended to ride, Big Waterhouse Lake and Croppies Point, but it was getting late, about 5pm, and I was really suffering from the heat/sun, I just rode out to the end of the point road and headed back out...

By this stage I just wanted to get off the coast and back into the forests, I've seen enough sand, surf, dust, and people, I want my trees, ferns, and solitude back thanks!

Got back to the hwy and headed towards Bridport, I only went 3km before turning onto a gravel road that headed south, went down here a bit and pulled over to consult the maps and work out a route through the forests... I figured I could probably make it down to Mt Paris dam tonight... Noticed a "Mt Horror" on the map in the middle of the forests, that seemed like a good detour to make...

While I was stopped I realized my face was looking and feeling quite burnt, my sunblock was in the backpack I usually take on day rides, I didn't have it with me, Sunblock was the only thing I forgot to take on this trip... Not good, there wasn't much I could do about it so I set off... With the sun low in the sky I couldn't even shield my face with the helmet peak, I didn't want to get burnt to a crisp because I'd end up suffering for the rest of the trip...

Then I had a vision of "Sons of Anarchy" with their bandannas across their faces, hey that'll work, here I was thinking they just did that to hide their identity and look tough, lol... Pulled over and covered my face with a rag, jamming it between my face and the helmet at the sides... The rag/bandanna worked quite well but as it moved in the wind it was rubbing the end of my burnt nose raw, pulled over and doused it with water, that did the trick and gave good relieve to my hot face and made me feel much cooler in general...

This is where the day improved immensely, I really hadn't been enjoying the day up until now, I love the forests, it's great to be back !

The tracks through Forester and up to Mt Horror were typical good rocky gravel and dirt roads, I arrived at Mt Horror to find a boom gate across the road, that was a little disappointing, later in the day I saw a sign mentioning the "Mt Horror Tower", so I assume there's a fire watch tower up there, maybe the boom gate is only open through the day, I'll return another time...

I headed south-east at the cross roads at the foot of Mt Horror and followed a narrow track that wound through a forest of HUGE man ferns and such, it was awesome, I was in a rush and enjoying it too much to take pics, but it's definitly on my list of places to return to... I highly recommend a trip up there...



Cruised into Branxholm, up the hwy about 1km and into Mt Paris Dam Rd, on the home stretch now! ... not far up the road I disturbed a wedge tail eagle feasting on a roadkill wombat, the eagle took off towards me and went a few feet over my head, damn I wish I had the GoPro running :( ... I pulled over up the road and took some pics, I didn't want to bug him and get too close, and since I didn't bring my 28-300 zoom lens I couldn't get any decent pics:

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Continued on and had a nice ride though interesting country side, the scars from the areas mining history were obvious, turned down the track to Mt Paris dam, the track got a bit crappy and appeared to end at a creek 20m ahead so I stopped, it was close to 7:30pm and I was cursing thinking I had taken the wrong track, as I turned the bike I looked up and realized I was at the foot of the dam wall, it was towering above me ... VERY COOL...





The creek below the dam:








Great place:






















I saw a lot of these around the North East, they seem to be a bit of a weed maybe....




Jumped on the bike and went looking for a camp site, I figured if I didn't find one between here and Weldborough I'd just stop at the Weldborough pub and camp there... Not even a minute down the road there was a grassy overgrown spur that looked perfect, went down there dodging a couple of downed trees and found a PERFECT camping spot in the middle of a pine forest, no chance of being disturbed here...

Looking out the track back to the road:


After wandering around a bit I realized I was probably camped on an old tram line, there was lots of railway ballast gravel around, and the track was flat and smooth with a built up train track like center... It seemed this spot has also been a logging trim/loading area, there was lots of old half rotten pine offcuts about also...






Dinner was another Sunrice meal, it was more juice than chunks so I added a can of tuna and wrapped it up in tortillas:


My soda can metho cooker sits in a butchered stew can which acts as a wind break and pot holder (I'll buy a Trangia eventually)


The tent was set up on a soft bed of decomposing pine needles, it was lush, I had a great nights sleep.





If you made it through all that you're doing well !!!

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Old 01-06-2012, 12:04 AM   #39
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:08 AM   #40
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I didn't run the GoPro on day 3 so I'll insert a video from day 2...

Riding between Upper Scamander and St Helens via Eastern Creek Rd, Skyline Rd, Loila Tier Rd, and Basin Creak Rd... sorry the camera was pointed a bit high..

10 min version:



x3 speed 3:20 version:


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Old 01-06-2012, 01:45 AM   #41
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Nice campsites, your right about the Eagle that would of been great footage.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:48 AM   #43
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Thanks for the comments :)

I don't have time to write about day 4 today, maybe tomorrow...

Here's a 3 min video from Day-4 though... Riding up Jacobs Ladder on Ben Lomond, nothing exciting, the usual plodding along


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Old 01-08-2012, 12:05 AM   #44
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Awesome RR, great pics and good background intro. I am very similar, little while off bikes but I have a yamaha bent and went with an XTZ660 tenere. Kept the price down, and the same with the camping equipment. But you (and I and others) are out there going it and not dreaming. Keep it comming.
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Day 4

Day4

Riding: 7:50am - 8:40pm

Distance:
GPS-425km
Odometer-442km

Camp 4: in a forest 5km east of Waratah.

Route: Mt Paris - Cascade dam - Derby - Ringarooma - Ben Lomond - Deddington - Evandale - Perth - West via back roads through farming areas - Mole Creek - Sheffield - Moina - Waratah



Day 4 was an awesome day, I had a very refreshing nights sleep on the nice soft bed of pine needles, the bike was handling great, and I covered a lot of miles on a huge variety of tracks and roads... It was a big day...

I got up around 6am and did the usual 2 hour morning routine, packing up was feeling like a routine exercise now, I didn't have to think about it... The only thing I did different today was check the tyre pressures and let them down a bit... Around 20 - 22 PSI... I used an old pen style pressure gauge, I don't think it's too accurate, so the pressures were probably lower...

I started the trip with around 25psi front and 27psi rear (cold) in the D606's, maybe a little higher... Being a noob I decided that was a good pressure to avoid punctures and get good wear... On day one I considered lowering the pressures but I hit a couple of sharp edged potholes and thought "geez I'm glad my pressures aren't any lower or my rims would be getting a beating".... So I left the pressures high...

The lower pressures made a huge difference to the grip, they were a bit on the low side though, the back was a bit spongy and wallowing a bit...

After thinking about it all, I think my day 1 handling issues were due to brand new tyres, and having the pressure too high... Oh well, you live and learn...

A couple more pics around the camp site:








Anyway, packed up camp and headed around to Mt Paris Dam for another look...

I posted this 5 min video a couple of days ago but I'll repost it here where it fits in the timeline... Riding from 3 camp to Paris dam, and walking around the dam:


From here I headed for Cascade dam, this was probably my favorite ride of the whole trip... Some nice fast gravel roads then some more technical tracks winding through thick ferny forest with plenty of water holes to dodge:

A 8min x3 speed video of the 24min ride from Paris dam to Cascade dam:


A 10min video at original speed of the last part of the track going into Cascade dam, and a quick look at the dam at the end:


Cascade dam was a nice spot, there's a cable suspension foot bridge across to the dam wall but it's been fenced off by the safety police:






Cascade Dam is a 27 metre rockfill dam built in 1936 after the Briseis dam disaster:
http://www.utas.edu.au/library/compa...20Disaster.htm
"Briseis Dam Disaster
The Briseis Dam Disaster resulted from the bursting of a dam constructed on the Cascade River above Derby to supply water for hydraulic tin mining operations. Following unprecedented rainfall of 450 millimetres during the previous two days, on 4 April 1929 a deluge of 125 millimetres fell in one and a half hours on the catchment area above the Briseis Dam. The resultant flood broke the dam, and a huge wall of water surged down the river valley towards the town, engulfing several houses and other buildings and pouring into the workings of the Briseis Mine. Fourteen lives were lost, including one family of five who were sitting down to a meal when their home was carried away. Senior Constable William Taylor was awarded the Royal Humane Society Medal and the King George Medal for bravery in saving eight stranded miners.."


From here I headed towards Derby but I took the wrong track, I ended up descending down a rocky track that followed down the Cascade river, it was getting steeper and rockier and it becoming clear I was on the wrong track... Turned around and and started powering back up... It wasn't too bad but there was a couple of rock outcrops to climb over with lots of loose rock, it was similar to the Swanston track where I got in trouble on day one, but a bit steeper...

As I powered up a rock ledge the front came up, I backed off to bring it down, lost momentum, got messed up and dropped the bike... I stepped off as it went down and the bike slid a few feet down the rock on the right pannier... The bike came to rest on the pannier and front brake lever, luckily I left the brake master cylinder assembly a little loose on the bars so it rotated about 30 degrees around the bar rather than anything breaking...

No damage to me or the bike, just a bit of a graze on the pannier All was good, I picked the bike up, straightened the brake assembly on the bars, and continued up the hill with no issues...


Headed into Derby for fuel and SUNBLOCK, then down the HWY to Branxholm where I turned off into the forests and took some overgrown dirt tracks through to Ringarooma, then via Talawa to Mathina Plains Rd...

Usual story, I didn't have a route planned, I just headed in the general direction I wanted to go and followed my nose...

Headed down Ben Ridge road and onto Telopea Rd to go around the back of Ben Nevis... The plan was to go through Roses Tier Rd to ben Lomond but I was confronted by this:


Jacobs Ladder in the distance laughing at me:

(it looks a little more extreme from this angle and distance)

I headed down there to see if it was passable or not, there was a line of boulders across the track which I squeezed between with no issues, then I came to another line of boulders and a landslide... The road and bank above the road had totally collapsed, there was a bit of a narrow track around the edge where it looked like bikes had gone before... The only issue was the boulders on the road were too close together to get the Dominator through, even with the cases off it would be a tight squeeze... Being solo, I figured it was wiser to turn around and find another route...

Headed back to Roses Tier where I turned into some grotty bush tracks, on the map they appeared to cut through to Upper Blessington Rd, but I followed a few tracks around that all came to dead ends, one track I had to go bush bashing around a couple of fallen trees and such, it was some fun...

There was a lot of large old tree stumps around here with the cuts in them where the old timers placed their standing boards, it seems Roses Tier was an old logging town...

This was on a rock at the side of the road:

(The wording on the plaque makes it sound like the village was wiped out by fire or something... Not sure... I did a quick search and couldn't find any info about it... Everyone probably just moved on..)

This place seemed a bit creepy, there was old fridges sitting in the middle of no-where, odd makeshift hut frames made from small trees, and camp sites scattered around the place... I felt like I was being watched, I was half expecting a 2-headed local to jump out of the bushes...

Anyway, had a look around and headed back out onto the main gravel road, detoured through Upper Blessington Rd which was a nice wide twisty haul road with good views, through to Ben Lomond... The ride up to Jacobs ladder was fairy boring ,being a national park and there being quite a few cars on the road it was a fairly slow ride...

Jacobs Ladder was fun, I've been up here a couple times in cars in the snow and didn't really find it that exciting, but it was quite exhilarating on the bike... Glad I went up there, I almost didn't...


Video going up: (I posted this yesterday, but I'll post it again in here)


Going down:
















When I stopped on the way up to put the GoPro on a group of cyclists passed by on their way down the mountain, when I was on my way down, it was quite a while later, they were stopped under a tree and one of the bikes was upside down, I continued on for a bit then considered they might have mechanical issues, and since I had 1/2 a workshop, including a compressor and such, in my panniers, I turned around to see if they needed help, they were fine, just having a rest... I got the usual elitist arrogant feel from them that cyclists usually exude... (maybe I'm just paranoid) Oh well, each to their own...

At the foot of Ben Lomond I got back into another forestry area and headed south through there to Deddington, I saw a couple of guys on CRF's in the forest and there was a lot of tyre tracks about so I took it pretty easy, I didn't fancy a head on with a local.... Then through to Perth on the tar where I refueled and grabbed some lunch...

There wasn't much shade at the servo, and quite a few people about, so I headed around to a park in Longford to eat lunch... I was suffering from the heat in my alpine jacket again so it was nice to have a 1/2 hour breather...

My rear tyre pressure was definitely too low and I forgot to pump it up at Perth so stopped at a servo in Longford, the rear was down at 18, and front about 20, no wonder it felt a bit squelchy, it appeared I had taken a lot of life off the tyres today, they were looking well worn... Since I had a long bitumen run ahead of me I put them upto around 25, maybe a little higher...

The plan now was to head west and get as far as I can, I originally intended to head for Smithton so I could head down the Western Explorer, but there was no hope of reaching Smithton by dark, so I aimed for Waratah...

I had a couple of fairly boring hours of sealed and unsealed roads winding through small farming towns, at Mole Creek I realized I would be pushing it to make it to Waratah on the fuel I had so I started searching for fuel, the closest was an unmanned eftpos place at Sheffield, so detoured up there and filled up... (due to the handling issues on day 1 I hadn't been filling my 5L fuel can, so my range was only about 250km)

My arse was starting to suffer on this 20yo seat, I spent 1/2 the day shifting my weight from cheek to cheek trying to ease the pain :p I'll re-pad and re-cover the seat soon)

Headed down over Lake Cethana, that was a glorious place, I will have to return and take some pics one day... Then across the Middlesex Plains, past Cradle Mountain, through to the Merchinson Hwy... This was all new to me, I've never been out this way before, quite unique sub-alpine scrubby plains....

It was gone 8pm now and time to look for a camp... I poked down a couple of odd tracks on the 17km to the Waratah turn off but didn't find any nice camp spots... I had Telstra reception now so stopped at the intersection to look up the Bischoff Hotel room rates, I was considering getting a room for the night, it had been a long day... The cheapest room was $70, being a tight-ass I decided that would be a last resort...

About 2km down the road I checked out a track that went down the side of a small forest, it went around into a network of tracks in this nice little well laid out forest, I poked around for 5 mins and found a perfect camp spot on a leafy track next to a fallen tree blocking the track... (no chance of being run over if a drunken 4x4er came belting through in the night)

Some pics of the camp site taken the next morning:






It was New Years eve and I was lucky enough to have a camping spot with internet reception, it was basically dark by time I set up camp so I jumped into bed and sent a few Happy-New-Year messages and such,.... I didn't bother having dinner, I had a couple of left over lunch dimsims when I was near Liffy falls earlier...

I finally felt like I had a good grasp on this adventure ! ... What a way to see 2011 out

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