5 Mate's, 10 Day's, 4571 Km's, Newcastle to Birdsville & back

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  1. creedyflyr

    creedyflyr Been here awhile

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    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.

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  4. creedyflyr

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    Day 2 518.5 Km's covered
    We were joined by 2 more of Rod's Mate's for the run from Orange to Cobar which gave us our first taste of the kind of riding that would set the standard for the rest of the trip. I've never done this type of riding where you run flatout for hundreds of K's before & I loved every minute of it. You just cant do this sort of riding where I live so it was a whole new experience for me. It was toward the end of the day that Dave's XR600 busted a chain, cracking the case & ending his trip.Rod had to visit the hospital in Cobar as he had a Moth fly into his ear that we had no luck extracting & we stayed in the shitest Hotel I have ever stayed in in my life but they did let us use the beer Garden to store & work on our Bikes.

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  5. creedyflyr

    creedyflyr Been here awhile

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    Day 3: 189.5 Km's covered
    Short Day, Cobar to Tilpa.
    I Picked up a nail in the Rear Tire that tore the Tube to shreds & we only carried 21" Tubes as spares to save weight so it was in with the new 21" untill I could souce another 18" Tube.
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    Tilpa Pub had heaps of character with thousands of people writing messages on the wall for a $2 donation to the Flying Doctors.
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    We were going to head down to Wilcannia , then up to White Cliffs but the Barman at Tilpa Pub talked us out of it & suggested a different route to White Cliffs so we decided to camp at the place they called the Wier on the Darling River, which turned out to be one of my favorite spots of the trip.
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    Awesome spot with plenty of wildlife & a great swimming hole to cool off in. I even whipped out the fishing Rod & caught a Carp on a piece of Vanilla Crisp Power Bar.

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    We finished the Day floating around in a natural whirlpool sucking back Beers & chilling out before heading back to Tilpa for a feed & more Beverages.
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    Me thinks I could get used to this Adventure Riding thing!
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  6. creedyflyr

    creedyflyr Been here awhile

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    Day 4: 446.3 Km's covered
    Up early for what turned out to be one of my favorite legs of the trip. The run from Tilpa to White Cliffs was a pearler. The roads were freshly graded & felt like one huge , never ending Motorcross Track. Too much fun!!
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    Found this cool old Car in the middle of no where
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    We pulled into White Cliffs & the weather started to look nasty & we had a fair bit of ground to cover if we wanted to make Tiboburra by dark so we made tracks.
    Saw a good oportunity to snap some pics as the thunderstorm rolled in. Luckily we kept one step ahead of it but it was bloody windy.
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    The Fella's​

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    The 21" Tube I had in the back cried enough & literally melted inside the Tire.
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    In with another Tube & off we went again only to have it happen again just out of Tiboburra.The Day finished with two going on ahead to organise some accomodation & a feed while Dan & I fixed the Tire & made the last 50 odd K's in the dark. Man its black out there when you turn off the lights.(Note to self, upgrade lighting for the next trip.)
    The Family Hotel looked after us, even keeping a feed for us long after the kitchen had closed for the night.​
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    I went searching for a new Rear Tube & managed to find one at the servo as we were running low on Tubes but I was starting to get suss on My rear Tire. I should have replaced it then & there but there was none available.Fingers crossed it would be ok for the next leg.
    Little did I know I would be in for one of the coolest, most stressfull, emotional & satisfying Days of my life tomorrow.
    Creedy.​
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  8. Jono660

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    Great read and awesome pictures. Looking forward to the rest. I don't know how a pub that let you work on the bikes in the beer garden could be the shittest pub ever though:1drink
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    You got me in!:D

    But I'm still waiting...:dunno and looking forward to the next instalment.:lol3
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  10. micanuck

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    I really enjoyed the story of your ride. My wife and I rented a BMW 1200 GS in Melbourne March of 2010 and took in the ride along the The Great Ocean Road to Adelaide, then the Borossa Valley and Birdwood, eventually stopping in Mildura overnight. All the motels were full with a fireman's convention, so we spent the night in the ER at the base hospital. We carried on to Woodonga, rode up Mt. Buffalo Park, then over the Dividing Range to Bega, Bateman's Bay, and a dozen or more other stops eventually arriving in Cairns. It was all good except trying to navigate in Sydney and Brisbane. The open spaces are many in Australia and worth another go. We are planning a ride in New Zealand for 2012.
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    Good photos,got any more photos of the ktm 660 rallye?
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  17. creedyflyr

    creedyflyr Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the positive comments,

    Ask and ye shall receive. I thought this Bike might spark some interest. Sounded HORNY!

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  18. creedyflyr

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    Day 5, 364 Km's covered
    The origional plan for the Day was to head out to Camerons Corner, then up the Old Strezlecki Track to Innamincka but after talking to the Locals & another Dude on a Tenere 660 who had just come from there, we decided to ditch Camerons Corner due to track conditions & instead take the Toona Gate & head North to Innamincka for a relaxing Arvo camping by the River.
    My fears about the rear tire came true only 15Km's out of Tibooburra when the Tire went flat again. The side walls had cried enough & I decided it would be silly to persist with it so I made the decision to head back to town to see if I could track down a new rear Tire while the rest of the Fella's continued on as planned.
    As the group was running short on tubes, I gave up my new rear tube to the Boys with the hope I could get another one delivered with a new tire. Rod (& one crazy Emu) escorted me back to town with the flat rear & left me at the Servo while he rejoined the others for the ride North.
    I was hoping at best to order a new tire & some tubes & wait for them to arrive ( could be Days), then either make my way home solo or catch the Boys on the way back. I did have a conversation with the lovely Lady at the servo the day before & she mentioned her Son might have some spares lying around but it was not often he was in town. So with Fingers crossed, I went into the Servo & told her my problem. As luck would have it, Her Son Damien,(My new Hero) was around the back fitting some Tires. So I introduced Myself & to cut a long story short, I rode away with a brand new Tire but he only had a 21" Tube so that would have to do. I cant say enough good things about the friendly people you come across in the outback. This bloke went back to his house to raid his personal stash of parts & even fitted it up for me all for $140. Close inspection of the old tire revealed the side wall was shredded to bits on the inside & had no support left whatsoever. No wonder it kept destroying tubes.
    Wooo Hoo..Creedy,s back in the game!!
    Before I left the group, we organised for them to ring the Family Hotel to check on Me when they arrived at Innamincka so I went to see the Publican who showed me the quickest & easyest way to Innamincka so I could rejoin the Fella's. He was to tell them which way I went when they rang so they would know where to start looking if I didnt turn up.
    So off I went on my own on what turned out to be a bloody long Day.
    The 1st half of the ride was awesome & I was feeling good when I hit one of the huge sharp white rocks that seem to be hiding at the bottom of every washout. I had upped the tire pressure before I left but it was no match for the rock that cracked the front rim & pinched my only 21" tube. I pulled over in the only shade I could find & set about repairing the tube. After a long search to find some logs to prop the Bike up, the wheel came off only to find the tube was beyond repair due to the huge twin slits in the side. After yelling a few strong words to the circling birds overhead, I got on with the job of getting myself out of the shit. I ended up cutting 3 holes in the tube & stuffing 4 pairs of socks, 3 pair of undies, one pair of hippy pants & My best wife beater (Blue Singlet) into the tube & wrapping the lot in electrical tape to get me going again.
    It just gets better (Read Worse)from here but I'll leave that for Part 2 of Day 5.
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    The shade gave me some relief from the scorching heat but it kept moving on me so I had to work in short bursts & then move back in the shade every 10 min of so. You can see the drag marks from where I dragged that big bloody log from back up the road.​

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    To be continued....................
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  19. poppy

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    Great read and pics so far , hurry up :D.
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  20. muztt500

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    sound's like a ripper trip there Creedy....
    look forward to future ride reports.:freaky
    cheers Muz
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