The plan was to ride from Newcastle to Birdsville & back in 10 Days, leaving on the Fri 21st Oct takeing the scenic route up to Birsville then a quick burn home to be back at work on the 31st. Day 1 5 of us left Newcastle & made our way up the Golden Valley HWY & onto Bylong Valley Way which was an awesome ride in itself. After a feed at Kandos we headed to Hill End & finally found our 1st Dirt sections. We had an unplanned rest stop at the Maquarie River Crossing as we managed to drown the XR650 so by the time we rolled into Orange it was dark. End of Day One 513.3 Km's.