A few days wandering the Mt Lofty Ranges (South Australia)

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  1. bull600

    bull600 Been here awhile

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    With another long weekend upon us it was time to load up the DR 650 and head off for a couple of days. The plan was to hook up with my mate Paul who lives near Victor Harbor, then spends a few days riding the roads and trails north along the Mt Lofty ranges to Truro via the mallee near Swan Reach. So with gear loaded I headed off to Victor late afternoon
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    After a quick burst up the Freeway I cut through Hahndorf
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    and Echunga
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    before picking up the dirt near Meadows
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    It wasn’t long before Victor Harbor came into view
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    And my bike was parked under Paul’s verandah for the night as the sun started to set in the background
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    Next morning the bikes were packed and ready to go
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    It was a fine but crisp morning and our route took us over Mosquito Hill towards Finniss and our first Road Closed sign

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    After digging a bit of a hole
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    we soon made it through towards Giles Creek

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    The crossing was pretty shallow and not too muddy
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    From there it was through some nice tracks towards Langhorn Creek

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    Once over the Wellington Road we headed north on Kangaroo Road through the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park

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    Then on to Callington via the Bremer Range

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    We wound our way through the flowing roads near Bondleigh before making our way over the range

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    After checking out a bit of flood damage near Mannum Falls

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    It was into the Mannum Bakery for lunch (best Kitchener buns in SA!)
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    After a bit of a break we continued on before our path was stopped by this
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    It was pretty deep and very soft so we looked for a way around

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    Only to find our escape path blocked by this

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    Bloody padlocks.. Oh well, a bit of re calculating on the gps and we were soon onto another track
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    Which led to more tracks


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    And finally to our campsite amongst the mallee
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    After setting up camp and avoiding these
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    We had a break before heading into Swan Reach to get a feed. First things first, we had to get across the river

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    The pub itself puts on a good meal and the view across the river from the dining room made it easy to sit back and down a few quiet ales
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    But not before Paul had dug the last of disintegrated earplug from inside his ear canal (notice the unique medical instrument used)
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    With the aid of my LED lights (and the gps J) we found camp and hit the sack for the night (after scaring the crap out of a wandering wombat on the way back or should I say it scared the crap out of me!)
    Up at dawn
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    With a fire going to try and warm up a little
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    Once camp was packed away it was off cross country
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    And then we picked up the road north past Yookumurra Sanctuary

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    Next it was west towards the ranges this time following the water pipeline that runs from Swan Reach to Stockwell
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    You can even stop for a top up along the way J

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    Soon we were up and over the range.

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    Just watch out for those damaged grids!

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    Often a sign of nice tracks ahead!

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    Ducking around near Truro more nice tracks were found


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    As well as a couple of unlucky foxes from the night before

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    More tracks as we run a loop around Dutton


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    Before rolling into Truro for a lunch stop. No prizes for guessing where..


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    From Truro it was back heading south through some great countryside


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    Lots of flowing roads



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    With a few smaller tracks thrown in


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    Then it was time to head back over the range via Pine Hut Road

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    We followed the foot of the range south past Sanderson until I bid Paul farewell and cut back towards Mt Pleasant and the Kersbrook , while he continued on home to Victor Harbor. By now it had got quite cold but the countryside was still providing some great roads.


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    While out this way I decided to check out a track I’d spied while researching another recent ride. It looked a bit dubious to start with as it seemed to pass through a private paddock at the beginning. All looked ok on the gps so I pressed on and found it hadn’t been used in a while.


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    With branches over the track becoming more common, a new fence line cutting off where I wanted to head and a farm now in close proximity it was time to retreat. At one point I had to walk the bike under some branches (I’d soon warmed up!)


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    and was just getting back on the bike when I was approached by someone walking up the track. It was no surprise to find he was the landowner and he explained that I was on private property. He was pretty good about it (after I had apologised for getting him away from the fire on such a cold day) and we had a short chat before I hit the road again. Of course just out of curiosity (some call it stubbornness) I took a long route around by road and found where my mystery track was supposed to come out on the other side. Sure enough there was a track there – with a locked gate!

    All in all a great few days away!

    Cheers :thumb
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  2. senfiddy

    senfiddy Been here awhile

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    Wow Greg, you sure have a knack of finding some great looking tracks.

    We went out Truro way on Monday and had to put up with dusty gravelly roads between Truro and Dutton. :cry

    More time investigating is obviously needed. :deal

    Great pics too. :clap

    Cheers,
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  3. holmesie

    holmesie I like stuff...

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    Nice :clap
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  4. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Great report :clap

    Just goes to show you don't have to go long distances to have a good time, thanks.

    Funny though, why does it always look greener on another man's ride report tracks :ricky
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  5. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    Good RR, great photos, some good tracks & looks like a top ride...

    What GPS are you using, love finding new tracks but it's a bit hit & miss

    Cheers Terry
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  6. Darnum Dingo

    Darnum Dingo Adventurer

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    Great Ride Report. Loved reading it. The scenry and tracks are great. Need to travel to SA.
    Cheers
    GS
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  7. bull600

    bull600 Been here awhile

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    No doubt we have some great rides in our own backyard!

    As for ride reports and track/route planning... from what I've read nothing holds a candle to the "Master" :bow

    Thanks Terry

    I use a Garmin 60sx GPS with a combination of maps, mainly Garmin Topo. Finding tracks sure is hit and miss but that can be half the fun I reckon:clap

    Cheers:thumb
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  8. Sundowner

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    Great looking ride. That cattle grid is a bit of a worry. :huh I've always just flown over those but I might have to reconsider that technique. Good looking campsite, even with the critters. Thanks for sharing. :beer
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  9. TerryK

    TerryK Ulysses

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    That's what i thought it was....looking to use a GPS on the XR (no battery) so a unit using AA's would be good...did you have to pay for maps or do you download ?
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  10. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Great read un ride guys:freaky............does seem weird though COLD IN AUZ
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  11. bull600

    bull600 Been here awhile

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    The Garmin gps is the single best thing I've every bought for the bike. I have a 12v cig socket to run it now but I used it with just batteries (2xAA) for quite a while and it was fine. (I use sanyo eneloop rechargables which are great). Use a RAM mount to hold it which has been very good.

    As for maps... I have downloaded them all :evil

    Cheers:thumb
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  12. AfricaWim

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  13. Miss Jane

    Miss Jane Ride like a girl

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    Thanks for a look at a little bit of SA. I've wondered what that country is like and now I have some idea - a visit is required at some point :D, maybe early September.
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  14. bull600

    bull600 Been here awhile

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    No worries :D. Thanks for the tips re Tassie :clap

    Let us know if you come over this way and I can pass on some info re places to visit.

    Cheers :thumb
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  15. Sol Erzenberg

    Sol Erzenberg Lost somewhere

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    Bull600, great ride report & top photos.

    I often do 1 day rides to either the Sedan Pub or Swan Reach Pub & back from Tea Tree Gully.

    Some of those tracks out North look in your photos look great, if you are ever planning anymore day rides I could be very keen to tag along, could meet up somewhere along the way.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers, Sol..:thumb
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  16. tompee

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    Very nice, enjoyed reading through that. Love those old, small tracks that haven't been used in a long time.
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  17. bull600

    bull600 Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a plan :clap

    I'll try and get along to the ride you have planned on the 17th if I'm back from a Darling River trip by then :lol3

    Cheers :thumb
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  18. Steve_C

    Steve_C Been here awhile

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    Really enjoyed your photos. Some beautiful colours.

    "No threw rowed" - luv it.

    Cheers,
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  20. rabrd001

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    amazing stuff guys, if ld love to tag along on one of your rides...:clap
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