All The Way To Nowhere & Back Again

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by guzzimike, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,420
    Location:
    Them Thar Hills WA Australia
    This whole thing started 2 years ago on the way to the Border Run.
    I apparently annoyed 2 cops so much that they teamed up and gave me 2 tickets to the value of $850 and 7 demerits.
    Time to get off road bikes and back on the dirt!
    At the BR I met a few riders on their way to the Off Centre Rally and thought, "Next one, in 2 years, I'm going."
    Now the OCR is held every 2 years and has 3 criteria.
    1. At least 200km of dirt to get there
    2. Pub
    3. Fuel
    Fast forward to Aug 2010.
    I'm off to try the quadrella
    Border Run
    OCR
    TTT
    Dargo Rally.
    We meet at the usual latte joint, so beloved by BMW riders and after a few hiccups, (forgot my phone) headed off into the Jarrah forest east of Perth for a little warm up.
    This did not meet universal acclaim among the troops, some thought we were going too far to be buggerizing around on bush tracks, but hey.
    At the end of the bush tracks we came to good dirt roads which took us to Hyden and then on to the traditional early starters first night stop, The Breakaways, on the Hyden Norseman Rd.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Here we are told by Ben that the F800 is the greatest bike in the world, hang about, no it isn't, the KTM 690 is, no wait..........................
    We are still confused.
    Friday morning we knock over the last 150k into Norseman, (named after a racehorse, not a Viking) and hit the tar for an easy run to our 2nd nights camp 30ks east of Balladonia.
    Time to sharpen the on bike camera skills.
    Robin on the 1150, this bike has 300k km
    [​IMG]

    Chris 1200GS

    [​IMG]

    Eaglebeak, Suzuki 1300 outfit, on it's first long trip

    [​IMG]

    And me, on the best bike in the world.

    [​IMG]

    Saturday morning saw more of the same, with stops at well remembered landmarks.

    [​IMG]

    Top of the Madura pass, where Robin gave us an enlightening talk on the Geology of the place and Eaglebeak brewed up a cuppa on his fold out stove, Bloody sidecars, too many comforts, may as well stay home, he says with just a touch of envy.
    [​IMG]
    So it was on to the Border Run and the usual frivolities that go on at this iconic Aussie get together.
    To be Confused er Continued
    #1
  2. Phil_Fong

    Phil_Fong Over Regulated

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2008
    Oddometer:
    14,964
    Location:
    Land of half a Schnitzel
    :lurk :lurk :lurk
    #2
  3. bully1

    bully1 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    5,634
    Location:
    Perth west aussie
    c'mon you've been home 48 hours
    #3
  4. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,420
    Location:
    Them Thar Hills WA Australia
    Yeah and Fotofuckit has just imploded

    #4
  5. pops

    pops Long timer

    Joined:
    May 15, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,619
    Location:
    Stirling North South Australia
    :thumb Hi Guzziemike.
    This should be good :clap .
    #5
  6. bully1

    bully1 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    5,634
    Location:
    Perth west aussie
    oh well you'll be able to brag about it at the meeting tonight
    #6
  7. Sundowner

    Sundowner Bort

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2009
    Oddometer:
    4,583
    Location:
    Sun Over Beach, Oz
    Heya mate. :wave Enjoying this story already. :thumb Were the locks changed by the time you got home? :D 5 weeks is a great ride. :clap :lurk
    #7
  8. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,420
    Location:
    Them Thar Hills WA Australia
    With aching heads we face the tar Sunday morning, pull out the laptop in Ceduna and find, not for the last time, that the weather has not been kind and road closures are the order of the day.
    Not to be deterred, in true ADV style we decide to go anyway, if it turns to shit we can always revert to plan F/305.
    After picking up a few supplies, Chris needed a new thong (or 2) we head on out to Wirrulla where we pick up Paul on the mighty ex Stevered 1200ADV and hit the dirt.
    [​IMG]
    This road from Wirrulla to Kingoonya is sometimes a bit sandy, but with the recent rain the sand is firm and we make good time to be past the lakes by camp time.
    Paul has a fancy new tent.
    [​IMG]

    But check out the bed beside it, Robin did.

    [​IMG]

    Some guys are so soft, words fail me.
    Chez Guzzi was a little more basic.
    [​IMG]

    Chris also took out a second mortgage on the family home and lashed out on a new tent.
    He complained that it leaked, but we all know what a dicky prostate can do.
    [​IMG]


    A bit of bench racing around the fire, an early start, (Robin, do you sleep at all?) and it's off up the track, very picturesque country this, but missed most of the photogenic stuff.
    [​IMG]

    Kingoonya, on the trans line consists of a pub. But they do good toasties and the beer was fine.
    [​IMG]

    TBC
    #8
  9. Clancy

    Clancy Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,279
    Location:
    Land of droughts, and flooding rains
    :ear :clap
    #9
  10. holmesie

    holmesie I like stuff...

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Oddometer:
    588
    Location:
    In the sticks - CANOWINDRA NSW Australia
    This is gonna be a great report :1drink
    #10
  11. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,420
    Location:
    Them Thar Hills WA Australia
    We trundle out to Glendambo, on the Stuart Hwy and it is here that the weather turns to shit.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    By the time we get to Woomera and then up to Roxby Downs it is throwing it down, we arrive in Roxby to find they have closed the Borefield track 15mins earlier.

    [​IMG]

    What to do?
    After much consensus, and the fact that we are like drowned rats at this stage, we decide to return to Woomera and await developments on the weather front. (It's OK Chris, I found later the Tanami was closed too, so the rabbits were out of reach)
    The Pub in Woomera resembles nothing so much as a 1950's military base, which indeed is what it was. Some of the accutrements remain.

    [​IMG]

    Next morning dawned fine (ish) so a plan was hatched to slab it to Coober Pedy and then hatch another plan.
    Phone calls were made and it was decided to press on with plan A-Z, which was to try to get to the OCR come hell or high water.
    Firstly we would trek out to William Creek and wait for the Oodnadata track to open.
    Rivetting scenery along the Track.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    At William Creek we discovered the Ood was open down to the Borefield, so, in view of the fact that it was blowing it's guts out and there's no cover at WC, we decided to cruise on down to Coward Springs were there is a great little campground.
    Woops.

    [​IMG]


    This loverly surface you see here turns to shit very quickly with a bit of rain on it, it's the sort of stuff that when you walk on it, (with difficulty) you grow about a centimetre with each step, it also has a gret affinity with bike tyres, and come to think of it, with anything else it touches.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I was leading at this stage, slip sliding away and when I stopped, not seeing lights behind me, about 20k's from Coward Springs and had a bit of a look around, it looked like this.
    [​IMG]

    Good spot to retire.
    The old Ghan line used to follow the Oodnadata track and I thought the abandoned rail line might give us a camping spot out of the mud, but no, the railbed was just more mud.

    [​IMG]


    The pics don't really do this mud justice, but the 2 GS's had great difficulty, with mud packing between the front tyre and guard, locking up the front wheel, with predictable results. Chris came off 5 times in as many k's and Robin 3.
    Paul, on the Thundermiester ADV had no front guard, so had no problems and the GS800, with it's narrower front wheel and more clearance around the brake calipers and stuff, seemed to handle it better.
    Or maybe I'm just a legend rider:rofl:rofl:rofl
    Chris removed the front guard of his 12, but Robin's 1150 has a crossover brake line which made this impossible, so out came the Leatherman......

    [​IMG]

    Pretty cool mod huh?
    By this time we had run out of light, so it was camp in the mud time

    [​IMG]

    The good thing about this crap is it dries as quickly as it wets, so by the morning it was ridable to Coward Springs, where Chris, who had hurt his back in one of his offs, tried out Paul's Gay Bed.
    [​IMG]

    Coward Springs comes highly recomended, a sandy oasis in a sea of mud.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Great bathroom with "Donkey"

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And a spa, courtesy of the Great Artesian Basin, at a constant 22deg.

    [​IMG]

    As I said earlier, the Oodnadata Track follows the old Alice Springs to Port Augusta rail line, the legendry "Ghan"
    I travelled on this train in the 1976, it took a day and a half from The Alice to Marree and averaged 15km/h!
    It was some trip, I don't remember Coward Springs (don't remember a lot, we drank the train dry!) but it was a siding on the way, the old buidings remain.
    This was the train drivers accomodation.

    [​IMG]

    We had a relaxing day at CS, did the washing, even had time for a gratuitous plug for Smelly Dog.

    [​IMG]

    The momentous morning arrived and we weaved round the mud puddles to Maree, where we ran into Stevered and the boys from TBAM who had come down a very muddy Birdsville Track and informed us (wrongly) that the Strezlecki Track was closed.
    This was the straw that broke the camel's back and when we arrived in Lydhurst, to hear another shitty weather forcast, Robin announced he'd had enough and was taking his bat and ball and going home.
    The others agreed.
    Me? "Fuck no, I'm not going home, I only just got here."
    In the next exciting episode I tackle my next iconic Aussie track.....alone.
    #11
  12. holmesie

    holmesie I like stuff...

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Oddometer:
    588
    Location:
    In the sticks - CANOWINDRA NSW Australia
    Right about here we camped off the road alongside the old railway around this time last year when Coward Springs was full for some reason - absolutely magic spot :1drink
    #12
  13. Vince_WA

    Vince_WA Rides badly :)

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2008
    Oddometer:
    789
    Location:
    Tapping, WA
    Don't stop now - more pics and story please !!!!! Can't wait for the next instalment .....
    #13
  14. Shmerel

    Shmerel

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2007
    Oddometer:
    11,152
    Location:
    Where my soul takes me
    great one mike. :clap

    wot make is that mattress bed? :ear
    #14
  15. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,420
    Location:
    Them Thar Hills WA Australia
    The Strezlecki Track turned out to be a breeze.
    Dirt Superhighway.

    [​IMG]

    But there's water in this desert

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I met a road gang foreman along the road who told me where the short cut is that saves 70k by cutting off the Merty-Merty loop.
    This was a bit of a challenge and I was glad it was only 25km long, as the detours around the bog holes were pretty deep sand.
    After a quick refuel and obligatary snap of Australia's most photographed bus...............

    [​IMG]

    I was drinking beer in the corner store at Cameron Corner by 1/4 to 5, having left Lyndhurst at noon.
    The famous Corner Store
    [​IMG]

    Friday was my birthday, and the day I was going to hit Wanaaring, venue for the 2010 OCR, so it was up and at 'em.
    The corner.............................

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The corner store is in Queensland, I then returned to South Australia and then through the gate into New South Wales.
    [​IMG]

    More great roads.

    [​IMG]

    Between every dune was this, water, pretty rare to see this country like this.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Tibooburra is about as far from anywhere as you can get in NSW and has that frontier feel to it. I stopped for a beer, it was my b'day after all.

    [​IMG]

    Bike porn photo

    [​IMG]

    About 50ks out of Tib. I had the closest thing to a moment I had on the whole trip, Ignoring a "Road Hazard" sign I hit a bloody big hole in the road at the old Dollar Twenty. I reckon the hole was about half a metre deep and for a moment there I wondered whether we were coming out the other side. Time for lunch by the lake.

    [​IMG]

    And so on to Wanaaring, where the first person I meet is Andrew (Eaglebeak, remember him?) And so set up my camp in the caravan park and slip on my drinking shoes.
    #15
  16. Eaglebeak

    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,948
    Location:
    Perth.
    Hi Mike, I'm sitting at home with a heavy head cold.
    I feel like crap . . .and then I saw your pics. I feel better now ! :thumb

    Andrew.
    #16
  17. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,420
    Location:
    Them Thar Hills WA Australia
    Thanks for your comments guys.
    The OCR has been covered by others but I did get some pics
    McCardigan doing a stocktake
    [​IMG]

    Prototype Multistrada tank on Airhead
    [​IMG]

    Gnome yabbying (the yabbies won)
    [​IMG]

    Gratuitous KTM on ute pic - yes there does seem to be an issue with hubs
    :hide
    [​IMG]

    Teo Lamers was there with a collection of Guzzis, including this custom framed monoshock NTX with kickstart
    Guzzi porn
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    This outfit from WA had a mishap on the way in - and will feature later on in this epic.
    [​IMG]

    Outfits were there in all shapes and sizes
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Claude was there of course
    [​IMG]

    More SmellyDog camerarderie? 3 legs & some ratbag from Roley.
    [​IMG]

    A lightly loaded Airhead
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Gad, "Now if I stick my tongue in your ear can I have one of your beers?"
    [​IMG]

    Phil, Oh don't..........................stop"
    [​IMG]

    Old Ozzie, "Fark now it's my turn?"
    [​IMG]

    Phil- "Wondered where that Yabby went"
    [​IMG]

    Is this Ozimick?
    In any case the water was Farkin cold.
    [​IMG]

    Getting deeper too
    [​IMG]

    By Sunday late morning only the die hards remained
    [​IMG]

    McCardigan bought round the Tuck Truck for supplies
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    A combined effort saw the GS upper suspension bush replaced with Wanaaring Tip Spare Parts.
    [​IMG]

    I needed an early night so missed a good one at the Pub.
    Tuesday morning saw Blue and I on our way North to Queensland.
    #17
  18. bully1

    bully1 Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    Oddometer:
    5,634
    Location:
    Perth west aussie
    lucky ,lucky bastard:eek1
    #18
  19. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,420
    Location:
    Them Thar Hills WA Australia
    Start planning for 2012 Bully.

    #19
  20. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,420
    Location:
    Them Thar Hills WA Australia
    Oh, by the way, I just figured out how to do this (badly!)
    So here's a map of my travels.
    [​IMG]
    #20