A Darling Way to get to Tibooburra

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  1. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Old & young minded farts headed to Tibooburra in the far north west of outback New South Wales for the annual Ulysses Adv Riders gathering in mid September 2009.

    Our planned route :deal was to follow the Darling River to Menindee, across to Little Topar Roadhouse then north to Tibooburra or so we thought:lurk

    Meeting point for our mixed (up!) crew was the Golden Arches, Renmark where we exchanged condolences for each others' machines before Grumpy C (XT600), Young C (Dakar GS650) & HOC (TDM) aka OC on our last adventure together, but now a "Happy Ol' C" with a recent new look on life, together with our new recruits, Uncle Fester (KLR) & Andy on his 850km old KLR started our adventure.

    YC & I had made the "cut lunch" ride from Adelaide through fabulous tracks near Bakara Well the previous day enduring strong blusterly head winds.

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    Departure day was wet but the roads weren't slippery as we headed to Wentworth north of the River Murray.

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    Although there still isn't much water in Lake Victoria .... (they should fix that map :lol3 )

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    Wasn't long before there was heard the sound of loose bits in the gearbox of GC's XT

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    He managed to limp into Wentworth with our moral or lack thereof support & after much indecisive discussion, it was agreed that the KLRs' would continue as they had a room booked at Menindee.

    HOC & GC hightailed it on the more comfortable TDM 150kms back to Renmark to get the ute, against head winds, rain & constant spray from the many semi's on the highway.

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    YC waited patiently for us to travel the 300+km round trip

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    Creature comforts were now the order of the day, so the TDM was loaded up for the return journey

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    Then swapped over again.

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    "To hell with it, I'm still coming", but as we were now some 5 hours behind schedule, GC picked up some cold beers :wings & we found the nearest camping spot on the Darling approx 40kms north of Wentworth on the western side ........ brilliant, absolutely brilliant for our first night of adventure:freaky

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    with its own "street lighting" of course .................. aah! ....... the luxuries of a support vehicle. I thought I'd never say it but ..... :bow

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    Things are definitely not looking healthy

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    "Hey! ......You over there! ........ yes! YOU! .......... can you save some for us further down stream"

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    Next morning we weren't sure if we should head back to Wenworth to restock the beer supply :freaky or just make up time and scoot along the now drying "black soil" roads which had slowed the KLR boys the previous afternoon and forced them to ride the last 80kms or so into Menindee in the dark. :eek1

    Our only casualty was a non bouncing emu off the ute's bull bar.

    North of Broken Hill the country opened up ( ie became boring :lol3 ) and with the thought of not getting a "pretty one" :evil the lads prepared themselves

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    Race ya! last one gets the ugly one :lol3

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    I was beginning to enjoy the comforts of the stereo blasting ute following

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    But alas .......... all the birds looked the same :D

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    except for the odd old goat or two :poser

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    Finally cruising into Tibooburra around 5pm Friday after our brisk 700 + km dash from 70kms south of Pooncarie.

    It is amazing that in 1844 our famous explorer Captain Charles Sturt dragged his boat so far inland from Adelaide some 1,200kms away, in search of an inland sea which he never found

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    The bike display .................. takes a KLR owner doesn't it :lol3

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    Some interesting machines never-the-less

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    Even a Ural

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    This one is certainly looking out of place, until you look inside & see the three eskies :photog Can I be your friend? :raabia

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    A Fazer adventurer with 6 inch bar risers :huh ................. makes the TDM look normal me thinks ? :lol3

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    The rough roads getting up here took their toll on YC's Dakar ...... patent pending :poser

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    The day tour took in the very dusty, rocky, rough, sandy, roo infested Mt Wood "scenic drive"

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    Tibooburra in the distance ....................... did I mention they have rocks in these parts of the world :lol3

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    that's lots of rocks

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    and more rocks

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    an even more rocks :becca

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    early engineering was interesting

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    A precision tool ................ that is until the tree grew :poser

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    Obviously the start of belt drive way of thinking :wink:

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    think this was its last load

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    Interesting Milparinga

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    From there we headed south west to Pimpara Lake & The Veldt

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    Coming across refueling of a sheep mustering machine

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    "Sure Lady !...... I can fly one of those ......... up & down, looks easy with those motorbike controls"

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    "Oopps! what did you say? ......... my fly was down" :poser

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    We continued on over absolutely fabulously varying landscapes & tracks

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    With the luxuries of a support vehicle, it was no trouble to boil the billy anywhere:clap

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    While some refuelled

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    Others inspected their bike and wondered what this lid thing was for :(:

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    After we hit the main highway again it was south past Broken Hill until the Loch Lilly turn off.

    Apart from this stretch of water on the road it was quite dusty

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    anyone for a :photog

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    There were quite a few gates to open, but it as nice to be welcomed :lol3

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    Within 40kms to our planned camp site and as the sun was setting, the TDM unexpectedly just stopped dead in her tracks :nod ...... but why? :huh

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    So this looks like a great spot, right here to camp ....... I'd say. :lol3

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    Turns out 4 years of floggin' the battery on rough dirt roads & tracks is too much ................ when I took it out is was hot & swollen (the battery that is!) :jack

    Luckily there was a fresh one nearby .... thanks GC & his XT, the mighty TDM was a goer again.

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    The night was young, the beer was cold :freaky , the fire warm :kumbaya , the food was ....... err :dg , did I say the beer was cold :dutch, the stories tall :augie, the music rocked :drums & our final night was perfect :wings waking to a fantastic day with the predicted thunderstorms passing further north.

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    bastard! :bluduh ................... who moved the ute?

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    The run along the recently graded Morgan Mail Route was unfortunately extremely dusty after this section

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    But what trip would be complete without the mandatory bakery stop ....... of course you ask :raabia

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    Unfortunately we got as far as Blanchetown before the deafening hail on the helmet, pelting rain & storms hit YC & me all the way back to Adelaide while GC returned to Renmark in luxury :jkam

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    No matter what they say though ....... :bow :gerg

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    Another memorable adventure, thanks guys. :freaky

    It's not always the destination, but the journey with great mates that counts.:wings
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    And what a journey you've had!! Thanks for the report and all those fabulous pics :thumb
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  3. LC8TY

    LC8TY must......find........fuel

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    Good onya MB!
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  4. pugsley

    pugsley Little Man

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    A great report,that TDM is a cracker!
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  5. Chooky

    Chooky Gnarly Old Rivergum

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    Yet another top RR Kym! My crew had a ball up there, (without me of course!)

    Good one Mate!
    Cheers, Chooky
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  6. Hodgo

    Hodgo TWIN Cylinder ADV

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    Good Read,

    Great to see that flat red country out there.

    Tks Guys
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  7. LC4nicator

    LC4nicator Certified Wino

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    Nice one Kymbo
    No matter what...where there's a will there's a way
    The ol' TDM keeps on keping on.
    Cheers.
    Conman.
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  8. AJ..

    AJ.. Long timer

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    keep on riding the masterbrewer...:freaky
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  9. MymoJoe

    MymoJoe Ride Ride Ride

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    love seeing that TDM out there
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  10. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Thanks guys for your positive comments, there are some great ride reporters amongst you lot. :bow
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  11. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Two words: BLOODY BRILLIANT :clap :clap :clap

    Sad to see that XT go down early in the ride. Way to go to haul the f##ker along anyways.
    Sad to see the water level so low.
    Sad to hear that Cap. Sturtie never found his sea.

    Glad to hear that it was hot and swollen.:rofl
    Glad to hear that Fazers can be dual sported.
    Glad to read that you boys had a great time.

    I am a little surprised by your farm machinery. I thought Australia was more advanced technically than this. You guys should join the EU and benefit from the latest harvesters + all the Swiss Alp drinking water you can down.
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  12. la fletche

    la fletche Been here awhile

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    Great story, can't wait until I am 40! LOL. Good to see a TDM out there, like my Trannie there is not many places that they can't go.
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  13. HumanOne

    HumanOne shows Nomadic tendencies

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    ... good to see you are keeping up the tradition of "Riding with C's" :lol2

    Always a good laugh reading the words you attach to your excellent pics. Looking forward to seeing what difference your new camera makes too.

    Good to catch up with you last night. Summer's nearly on our doorstep. We'll be sure to have a few BBQs in the coming months. I just brought home a new batch of "U-Brews" yesterday too, so I'll save some with your name on them.

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  14. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Thanks H1 ................... be my friend :raabia ........... be my friend :raabia ........ YUM! :bow

    Congrats on your engagement to Deb too :freaky
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  15. Sol Erzenberg

    Sol Erzenberg Lost somewhere

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    Another great ride report MB, sorry to hear the mighty TDM gave you a bit of grief.

    We all know you hold a secret desire to own a DR650, could the time be right now to upgrade ? [​IMG] [​IMG]



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  16. StinkyCheese

    StinkyCheese Red or Green?

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    Nice RR and pics!

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  17. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Good one Sol! :jack ....................... and the answer is ................ :scratch ..................:puke2
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  18. charliew

    charliew Been here awhile

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    Yet another eventful trip MB, I am jealous.
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    Don’t get another bike, yours has character and soul.
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  19. pops

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    Another great ride report MB . Thank you:clap :clap .
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  20. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Thanks pops, did you forget there wasn't a sidecar on the KTM recently? :lol3

    Thanks Charlie, the :bow TDM is part of me now, it'll be like loosing a ... if I got rid of it.
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