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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by bull600, Dec 1, 2016.
Top report & pics.
Great report and photos - looks like great riding until the pineapple . . . .
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
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.
very nice report with great photos. sorry about your mate's tranny! thanks for posting.
Beautiful country to ride in.
Really enjoyed your report, Thank you
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)
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
This route is then converted to a track using another bit of free software WinGDB3
This track is then transferred to my GPS and away we go
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 . 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 . 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!
Love it, brings back memories of my 3 years spent in your fair country.
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.
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.
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 ?
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.
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..
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.
I'm glad to say that it didn't take Pat long to source another ride. He just picked up his new (secondhand) DR650
It's in good nik and now he just needs to start transferring all the bits and pieces over from his old bike
Sorry about the bike, but bad trips make good RRs. :)
Thanks for sharing and great pics!
Awesome. Thanks. I would like to see it someday..
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.
Great pics and RR, good to see ol mate is back on the trails.
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!