A few days wandering South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula and Upper Coorong (cut short..)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by bull600, Dec 1, 2016.

  1. Dances With Roos

    Dances With Roos Bikenomad

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    Top report & pics.
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  2. Goosefeather

    Goosefeather Captain Slow

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    Great report and photos - looks like great riding until the pineapple . . . .
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  3. bull600

    bull600 Been here awhile

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    Cheers Valleyam. I'm pretty sure the track is a gazetted road (it appears on the Cartographics Map I have). More so to keep an eye on things I guess. Haven't got any nasty emails yet :lol3
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  4. Dee Cee

    Dee Cee Been here awhile

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    Top report and good luck with your mates DR. I didn't know DRs had a gearbox weakness.

    I will have to remind some people I know who swear by their indestructible DRs.
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  5. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    very nice report with great photos. sorry about your mate's tranny! thanks for posting.
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  6. Vinbowie

    Vinbowie Been here awhile

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    Beautiful country to ride in.
    Really enjoyed your report, Thank you :clap:clap:clap
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  7. bull600

    bull600 Been here awhile

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    Hi John

    For trips within SA, I always start with a combination of paper maps - RAA and Cartographics (The RAA are only a couple of bucks each and from my understanding all roads/tracks on these maps are publicly accessible)

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    and Mapsource (a piece of free Garmin mapping software) loaded with a variety of maps (all available for free on line). A number of the maps loaded on Mapsource have an autorouting function. So by cross referencing with the paper maps a route can be quickly put together

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    This route is then converted to a track using another bit of free software WinGDB3

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    This track is then transferred to my GPS and away we go

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    Other sources of information re tracks in SA include things like the Mawson Trail. Although set up for pushbikes a lot of it is made up of public access roads/tracks. Then there is good old 'Google Earth' which can help ascertain whether it's worth checking out a track that I may or may not be 'viable'. Lastly, the TAUT site is growing and provides a great resource, especially for interstate trips.

    Now, after all of that, I still occasionally end up in someone's driveway, paddock or private road :lol3. Normally I'll stop, plead stupidity if anyone is around and have a chat. Otherwise, I tend to just wave from a distance like I'm supposed to be there and carry on :rofl. The one thing I have learnt is that 'No Through Road' signs are often just put up to discourage through traffic and riding to the the end of the 'Through' bit to check it out is perfectly legal and often worthwhile!

    Cheers :thumb
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  8. Skowinski

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    Love it, brings back memories of my 3 years spent in your fair country. :thumb
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  9. ghte

    ghte Been here awhile

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    Most enjoyable read. great pics too. I hope your mates DR is soon back on the road less traveled. Ports for the flag in 2017.
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  10. WRC51

    WRC51 Been here awhile

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    Great R&R, such a beautiful country you live in. It seems as though a person could do a RTW type trip in your country, and the roads all look to be in top shape. Thanks for posting.
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  11. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Some great pictures there.

    That camp site at Rapid Bay looks familiar.
    The final scene in an early Russell Crowe movie ?
    The one where he plays a getaway driver for some crims and ends up on the run with a runaway Japanese bride ?
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  12. boboneleg

    boboneleg we can rebuild him.

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    Thanks for showing me the view from the other side of the world. I hope your mate gets his bike sorted without too much pain.
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  13. bull600

    bull600 Been here awhile

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    You've got a good memory! It was a film called Heaven's Burning, with Russell Crowe sporting mutton chop sideburns. They crashed in the final scene on the beach right next to the campsite..
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  14. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    I have only seen the film once, on TV and that was years ago. I figured it was shot in SA but since I have never been down the Fleurieu Peninsula I didn't know Rapid Bay.

    Yeah, I have a good memory for interesting scenery.
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  15. bull600

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    Update:

    I'm glad to say that it didn't take Pat long to source another ride. He just picked up his new (secondhand) DR650

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    It's in good nik and now he just needs to start transferring all the bits and pieces over from his old bike :clap:clap

    Cheers :thumb
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  16. DanBarwick

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    Sorry about the bike, but bad trips make good RRs. :)
    Thanks for sharing and great pics!
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  17. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    Awesome. Thanks. I would like to see it someday..
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  18. XRman

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    I agree with your comments except for the last bit about the condition of our roads. Once you leave South Australia heading east into Victoria the roads turn to crud.
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  19. Problem Child

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    Great pics and RR, good to see ol mate is back on the trails. :thumb
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  20. jtb

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    Awesome trip and write up! I know how hard it can be trying to remember to stop and record via photo's what's unfolding in front of you... and then taking the time to post up the photo's and story to go with it.

    Very disappointing about your mates bike! Assume he just scrapped it? Hopefully you get to continue the ride and finish the story? It's a beautiful part of the country I intend on exploring myself!

    GREAT JOB. Thanks for taking the time to do it! :clap :beer :thumb
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