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Old 08-29-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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Flinders Ranges to Adelaide OZ

In my previous written ride report ( no photos of this section) I mentioned that my aged Mum/Mom had fallen again and had been told that she needed to seek supported living arrangements. I was two days into a 10 day ride with 4 mates heading into the middle of Australia, when I felt I should bail out and go to assist my sister in Adelaide.



At the Parachilna intersection I took one last look at the scenic Flinders Ranges in South Australia and then turned south on the highway.

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Old 08-29-2014, 11:21 PM   #2
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Don't mention the Prairie Hotel

I won't mention the hotel at parachilna as they are undeserving of my support. Yuppie pricks!

Even though I was riding down the highway the ranges on my left kept me entertained. I did notice some very big blood puddles on the road surface , which reminded me to stay alert for wandering cattle. There are no fences to keep the cattle off the road in this region. I did see a couple of carcasses at the road's edge.

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Old 08-29-2014, 11:25 PM   #3
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Moralana Gorge

I took a Left at the Moralana Scenic drive, which runs through a shallow gorge. The colours of the hills are reddish and change with the sunlight. it is a pleasant way to meander over to a secondary sealed road, the Flinders Way-Wilpena road.
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:27 PM   #4
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Scenic?

It is quite a unique ecosystem with small pine tree on the hill slopes
and rocky creeks.

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Old 08-29-2014, 11:30 PM   #5
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More of Moralana

One view


two views



three views
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:39 PM   #6
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Hawker

Once I was back on the slab/sealed road I sat on 100 kph and meandered into the township of Hawker.



I found a cafe and ordered a pastie ( vegetable pie with a little mince meat sometimes) and coffee. I managed to find a tourist map that indicated a more interesting route than the highway.




I took the Cradock road ( dirt) and kept looking for an obtuse road to the left on my GPS that matched the road to Belton shape on the tourist map.I was on the RM Williams ( high)Way for a shor ttime when I was sure that I had found the right turn off, but after a few Kilometres it turned north. Not sure , so I headed back.

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Old 08-29-2014, 11:45 PM   #7
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Missed it by that much

It turns out that I failed to notice a track as I returned to the highway that would have got me over to the Crieton-Barata road. I should have brought my tablet with Basecamp loaded.

Oh well I did turn left at Carieton and headed out on the Johburg road. I came across one of many ruins and a lovley little valley.

Here


and here



and here



and here too

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Old 08-29-2014, 11:48 PM   #8
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Johburg

I found Johburg ( not much left there now) and headed south onto Orroroo. it was a long open road with hills either side.

I thought I was seeing things so I went back to check out this flock.

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Old 08-29-2014, 11:58 PM   #9
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Orroroo

Is that spelling correct? Sounds good eh?

I stopped at this tiny town and bought coffee and a snack. I also scored a proper regional map and a highlighter pen to plan my next section of the trip.


My objective was to get to Peterborough before roo o'clock ( 4 p.m. where I come from).

The pre-planning didn't help much because I took the incorrect road out of town and and was about 30 degrees out on my " mind map". Once I realized my error I just started to use the GPS with the occasional stop to consult the paper map to navigate to Peterborough.

I seem to have let the cold get to me and I neglected to take photos of Peterborough, or they just didn't upload to Photobucket.

Anyway I managed to rent a cabin ( luxury) with an electric blanket( essential ) . I did a bit of repair work on the DRZ chain guide and checked over the old girl. After a welcome shower I walked into town and checked out the motorcycle museum ( great) bought some food and booze and retired to my cabin with the heater on full. Cold as!
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Old 08-30-2014, 12:05 AM   #10
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Adelaide here I come

I woke early and packed the bike. it was frigid so I donned an extra layer and used my balaclava /hat- face protector. I fogged up too easily so I had to open the visor to see at all.





I took the Terowie road out of town and turned right onto the Booberowie road.


Once again I felt like I was on a bowling alley with low hills either side of the long straight road heading south. There was a large wind farm in the distance.
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Wal am I right

Lentils and canola on either side of the road.
The yellow stuff in the previous photo is the canola.
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RSL /Veterans league

I think many RSL clubs have a similar 25 pound Howitizer outside their meeting place, or a Leopard Tank.

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Old 08-30-2014, 12:16 AM   #13
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Farrell Flat

I eventually found my way to Farrell Flat and then turned left, then right onto Flagstaff Road. This looked as if it would end in a swamp, so I veered over to the Barrier Highway to Manoora. Soon After I found a loop off to the left that took my to Saddleworth. My family lived here when I was born, but I can't remember it at all.

I kept going skirting arounf the foot hills of the Tarlee- Kapunda road until I arrived in Kapunda. It had been a while since breakfast so coffee and scones were welcome.

Kapunda was an old mining town.

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Bypass the Barossa

I am fond of a good red wine, but today was not the day for tourism of that sort. I took the Grenock road and went straight through to Seppeltsfield winery ( sorry no photos) and then onto Chateua Yaldara. I used some rutted dodgy dirt tracks to bypass Tanunda ( I lived there from age 5-10).

I zoomed through Lyndoch, Williamstown,Mt Crawford forest and arrived in Gumeracha. I called in to visit my grand niece. Cute kid!.

Next I took the Gorge road through the Adelaide Hills and arrived in suburbia.

I turned off my GPS when I hit the city centre, but for some reason the plot shows that I flew like a crow towards the sea!!

I arrived at my destination much to the pleasure of my grand daughter.

This is me doing my super grandad pose. I forgot to suck in my gut!



If you want to follow where I went I have posted my 6 days trip on www.transaustraliatrail.com.au

This is a free lending library of GPS tracks for adventure riders use.
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:18 AM   #15
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Nice RR XR and a very scenic route......must do it some time
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