6000 km for a dark sunrise

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by bonox, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. bonox

    bonox Tryin Hard

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    This was a week long run from Sydney to Cape Tribulation in Australia as a pilgrimage to see a total solar eclipse at least once in my list. Now complete, I enjoyed it so much i'm not quite ready to cross it off the bucket list :) While pretty busy for me, it's not really an epic ride report but a montage of outback Australia at the start of the wet season.

    Rough guide to route is Sydney-Narrabri-Mungindi-St George-Roma-Emerald-Charters Towers-Atherton-Cairns-Cape Tribulation.
    If you want to travel out west here, you need to accept the presence of animals on the road - some much bigger than others :)
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    It's also a long way in a straight line - I after 2000km of this I scared myself when a corner popped up!
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    The more mountain areas - highest local point only 300m ASL. Evidence of backburning everywhere
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    some still alight even in the rain.
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    The precursor to every storm looks like this
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    but sometimes you get more than you were expecting.
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    Plenty of ant hills to amuse you - lots of different styles, shapes and sizes and the colours change with the local dirt.

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    A map of less than 5% of the journey. It's not unusual to see signs like "No Fuel Next 240km" out here. And when you do get there, it had better not be after 4pm, or they'll all be closed!

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    Plenty of road trains about - dust and rocks spewing out the back and poo and piss streaming out the sides if they're full mean lots of entertainment for the rider.
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  2. bonox

    bonox Tryin Hard

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    Every now and then you'll come across an oasis where you'll find a bit of green and sometimes some water.
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    The appropriately named "Windy Hill" Windfarm
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    Atherton tablelands - motorcycle heaven.
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    Ferry to Cape Tribulation
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    Where you will find some great beaches
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    And it doesn't matter that it's 39 degrees with 98% humidity because you'll be killed if you enter the water
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    There are other not so deadly locals though - keep an eye on your lunch if you want to eat it yourself though.
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    And finally - what we came all this way for
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    A cool breeze on the coast
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    before heading inland again - This is the Gold Coast of the west - gold being the metal or wheat depending on who you talk to..
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    Too hot to stop and take pictures, so reverse to the top ;)
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  3. Parrothead

    Parrothead Cu Dubh

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    Very nice report. Good stuff there, great ride, thank you!
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  4. dirtsurfer

    dirtsurfer Thread killer

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    excellent - did you observe from the coast or out at Maytown?
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  5. johnno950

    johnno950 Long timer

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    Great photos and report,this photo looks like western side of emerald qld,known for its cotton,and hub for local coal mining
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  6. M.Medel

    M.Medel Been here awhile

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    Interesting photo ... you can say you saw it and you photographed

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    greetings
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  7. bonox

    bonox Tryin Hard

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    east side of Mareeba up on the tablelands.

    johnno950 - yes i'm being liberal with the descriptions around the few photos I posted - many more meet the descriptions like the gold and coal festival in Clermont ;)

    Medel - cheers mate, I can. I have a set of photos too - the exciting thing was the halo kept changing. Video would have been better, but so too would have been a comfortable bike seat! Can't win them all I guess :D

    Thankfully i got lucky with the trip - I got really really wet for half the trip and right up to that morning, Cairns was covered in cloud - thankfully it stayed where it was and the sun rose above it for the critical event. It was 'snowed in' about half an hour after totality again.
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  8. Russ

    Russ Let's ride Super Moderator

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    Thanks for sharing:clap
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  9. Not for Highway Use

    Not for Highway Use Wannabe hasbeen

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    Good report. Thanks.
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  10. advNZer?

    advNZer? Long timer

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    it was just a bit like dusk here,didnt really see any eclipse
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  11. philth

    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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    good stuff
    it got a bit like twilight here
    i dont watch the news and had no idea it was coming
    thought it was the apocalypse
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  12. XRman

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    No silly man; that will be when we have a Greens Prime minister.

    A good ride report and very arty photos.
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  13. vagueout

    vagueout Long timer

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    I'm really looking forward to riding up that way again. Mighty ride!:thumb
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  14. kano650

    kano650 Been here awhile

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    Great photos and ride report. Thanks for sharing.
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  15. KASUYAHO

    KASUYAHO Playing in the dirt

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    Good ride report and pics
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  16. J_B

    J_B Mid-life Crisis

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    Bloody brilliant!
    I love a man of few words
    Jb
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