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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cejnys, Sep 26, 2014.
Over for 5 days and already brushed aside for the latest and greatest :-(
My RR had bikinis too.
yabut ... that was so yesterday ...
You had a hell of a good run Lalo, I too once thought my old RR was one of the greatest ever, that is until I crashed out and dropped the ball.
Btw, your bikinis where very nice too lol.
This CSR stuff is pure ADV porn:)
Dont worry mate; Africa is going to be here before you know it.....and I am not expecting anything less than many good stories from there
After visiting the park we wanted to camp there; the whole place was nice and the camp site looked inviting. The only alarming thing was the fee for camping; for a bike and one person it was around 20aud which was pretty steep. We were not sure whether it still applies during the rainy season. Few minutes after we entered the camp site a ranger showed up and confirmed that the fees were still the same and they applied. We were like fuck it and rode about 2 km down the road and found a cool place for a camp.
That night guys wanted to empty their fridge a bit because the next day they were planning to arrive to the civilization and wanted to use all older food. Mainly it was meat that needed to be eaten so BBQ sounded like a good idea. I could not contribute because a fridge on a bike is not very practical so I took care of a fire. That night I ate enough meat for the next couple of weeks.
The next day we headed to a Tunnel Creek National Park; this was also very cool place. I was surprised how difficult it was to get into the tunnel. We had to climb over few big stones before we made it into the tunnel entrance
Hannah was not happy, especially due to spiders that were absolutely everywhere; at the end she was really brave and made it all the way to the entrance
The actual entrance was pretty impressive; there was some water in the tunnel with few animals marks, fortunately none of them looked like a crock’s
The dark part on this photo is the actual tunnel; it was about 4 meters high
I really wanted to see whether I can make it all the way through the tunnel to the other side. Hannah was not feeling happy about it but Melanie was, so she joined me.
The kilt apache guy stayed with Hannah at the entrance and me with Mel went inside. We needed a flash light to move around; it was totally black. The whole tunnel was about 500 meters. There was some water but we did not have to wet our shoes, we could always jump from a stone to another stone
This is the other end of the tunnel and happy Mel
Me trying to do something stupid
After this photo we turned around and headed back
Mell was leading the way because she had the flash light; I did not mind to follow
When we made it out we took our final photo and headed our own ways. They were going towards Broome while I was going to Fitzroy Crossings.
I am sure you know this, but just for in case you don't, be careful overfilling you tank and leaving it a while in extreme heat (what we get here in africa ;-) ) the gas will expand and leak out, no sure what temps are there , but just a not of caution. No prob filling it to the brim and riding it
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Rad - you always have a way of coming across and hanging out with interesting people!
And doing off-the-wall cool things. Very inspiring.
I bet you're more relaxed now to continue on alone. At least till you come across the next folks. Keep on rockin!
Thanks mate, yeah I have already learned the hard way when some petrol was getting out of my tank when on kick stand; these days I am very careful about this; especially in this heat
After the Tunnel Creek National Park I headed towards the highway #1. Just before I reached it I had to go through one more river. This one looked like an easy one because it had sand bottom with few small stones around. Yeah it was easy, the biggest challenge here was the depth. When going through the river I did not notice how deep it was because my mind was set to get through. When I looked at my gopro video I was quite surprised. I thing I was very close to the actual bikes capability without the little snorkel it has on the air filter. I replaced it with a pre-filter which reduced the bikes capability to go through a deep water by about 15 cm.
The bike was running just fine so I dont believe it sucked any water.
From there it was close to Fitzroy Crossing where I found a camp with nice shower. I really needed one. It was more than a week since my last shower and everybody around could feel it
The first night I met a young girl from Taiwan at the camp ground; she was working in a local store to make some money for traveling around Australia. I believe thats one of the most common visa young people ask for. They can work legally for a while and then travel.
The next day she invited me for a beer; I could not refuse this offer. It was some kind of local beer and tasted just great
When we got back I immediately knew something was not right. My tent was wide open and my things were thrown everywhere. The camp owner came straight away and told me that they saw few aboriginals that came to my tent and searched inside. At the end they took one of my valets with some european money, some cards and some ID’s. They did not touch my Garmin or my HDD.
The owner started to shout at me that they told me that this was happening there all the time. Well they did not tell me and they were just trying to cover their arses in front of police.
The next day I went around the city and talked to every owner of a shop; I told them that somebody may be paying with european currency and that they need to call police if that happens.
While walking around the town I checked all bins
I found nothing
It was not much I could do so I had to pack my stuff again and head towards Halls Creek where I was meeting with AJ.
My new friend Joanna prepared me a nice sandwich for the road
To get to halls creek took few hours; today I finally met with AJ and we are both ready to tackle the one and only CSR.
He was in Europe last two week and brought me some spare parts, mainly the bottom part of my air filter (I believe it did not seal properly)
About one hour ago I finished working on the bike; I am just going to set up my tent to have a good sleep because tomorrow we are leaving this town for the CSR. I will try to post something tomorrow but I am not sure how it it looking with a signal out there. My feeling is that it will be 2-3 weeks without any connection.
There should be some good stories after (if) we finish. See you in 2-3 weeks guys!
I'm sorry to hear that. At least your lucky ribbon found a comforting angel at the right moment.
I wish you all the best for the upcoming adventure.
Wow, i guess i had an overly optimistic sense of security about Australia, too. Of all the places you've been, this is where you get pilfered - go figure. At least it doesn't sound like it's going to put you out too much; hope that's the case.
Hopefully you can expel it from your thoughts as you tackle this 2-3 week outback sojourn as that should require your full concentration. Wishing you an exciting and safe experience. Make sure you get back in good spirits to tell us about it! Inquiring minds, and all... Peace bro.
All fuel tanks full; I will be carrying about 76 liters of fuel. Let’s see whether that’s enough for the first 1000 km
She feels a bit heavy, in deep sand it will be fun
heavy, fun in deep sand ... love your sense of humor! I've watched several CSR videos and you are going to have a great tale for us. Three weeks are going to be painful waiting on the story. Ride safe!
Rad, good luck out there, I'll go ahead and have one for you tonight.
Noted, these guys brewing this stuff must really like it also, they glued the damn label on backwards!
Yeh, you got ripped off but the culprit was likely the camp owner and his buddies. Think the facts through carefully:
He sees the aboriginals there going through your stuff, but doesn’t run them off nor call the cops. ? This happens all the time. ? He yells at you stating that he warned you of the problem. ?
This was all to divert the attention away from the real criminals. You might even have a dirty cop in the mix.
Anyone else agree with me or have another theory?
Wishing you all the Best, Rad.
Hey guys, this is a bit unexpected but here I am; many interesting things happened last week!
We were ready to leave for Billiluna which was about 175 km from Halls Creek.
It must have been like 5 min before we wanted to go when we were approached by a couple with two kids. They introduced themselves and we had a little chat. At the end they invited us to visit a community they were working in. The couple was from Perth but they were working at school in a remote community about 180 km from Halls Creek.
In my opinion accepting invitations is very important part of adventure riding. They brig you into very interesting places and you meet interesting people. Together with AJ we agreed we would visit them before heading for the CSR; they gave us coordinates of their house and we went our own ways because they had some errands to run.
On our way out we stopped to look at the original Halls Creek settlement which was about 8 km away from the new one. It was interesting to read about history of this place. If I remember it correctly it was 1940 when they were still using horses to bring post.
Then it was another 170 km to the Ringer Soak, the road was pretty good and we could easily do 100km/hour
When we made it there the family was already home. They provided us with a nice room and told us that we will be visiting a gathering of people who are supporting the community. One of them was from New Zealand and he was cooking some meat using their old cooking method in the ground. I was very curious how is it going to be done and mainly how is it going to taste
This is how it looked when we arrived; more like a grave
There was about 7 wet bed sheets covering it all, the had to take one by one because they were very hot
Then banana leaves had to be removed; underneath there was a basked full of goodies
There was plenty of people and we could not eat it all. All these guys were paid to live in this community. Some of them look after electricity, some were running a shop and some were educating aboriginals. We were very surprised how much Australian government invests into aboriginal.
It was really cool bunch of guys and we learned a lot about the challenges with aboriginal people. They answered many of our questions and gave us many good advice. We could see local school and talk to kids. The whole school was very well equipped, the biggest problem was to get kids into the school. One of the trick they use is to provide them food every day. Apparently everybody shows up on Monday because they are hungry. The community shop is closed during Sunday and the don’t have enough food to eat. It is not due to lack of money, apparently aboriginals have very poor planning abilities.
The next day we put our stuff together and headed towards Wolfie Crater. Apparently there was a direct road they showed us in their map; when we got to the point we should be going on that road we could not find it. None of our maps was showing it and there was nobody to ask.
After a bit of effort we decided to return back to Halls Creek where we found a camp spot about 5 km behind the town.
hey MaNDan, I can see your point of view and never even thought about it. You are right; the camp ground owner knew about the burglary but never called the cops. I had to demand to get them there. Cops were extremely passive and looked like they were for some reason pissed off by doing their job.
On the other hand I am thinking that this case it was aboriginals because when I returned back to the tent everything inside smelled very badly. While in Australia I already learnt that these people don't really care about their hygiene much. Also they were so stupid that they left my 4TB HDD and Garmin GPS there. They just did not know what it was for. They were probably looking for money and alcohol only
Surprised to hear from you already and was so glad to see it was not a break down on the CSR that returned you to the wifi. Looks like a great time in the outback with some good cooking, what did they cook in the ground anyway, pig, kangaroo, wombat???
Yeah if you're gonna have a delay, that's about the best reason for it! Good on you for accepting their invitation. Curious about what they were cooking myself. We had an underground pig roast on our farm about forty years ago. A Cuban friend came, killed a pig with a large kitchen knife (very quickly), gutted, and spread the pig over glowing embers from the fire in the hole we dug. Así como se hace en Cuba!
Hey guys, I am back, all is good, I just needed a bit of time to reset my head
After AJ and I made it back to Halls Creek from the Ringer Soak community we found okish camping spot spot behind the town. The whole night I could see and hear thunderstorms everywhere around us, fortunately no single rain drop landed on us. In the morning AJ made oats and we set off towards Wolfie Crater. I was wandering how the thunderstorms that were happening everywhere around us impact the roads and especially the CSR.
To get to the Wolfie Crater it was about 150km and we made it in about 2.5 hours. The road was big and sometimes very rough but we could easily do 90 km/h in some areas to fly over corrugations.
Wolfie crater was really cool, it was similar to the one I saw in Bolivia. We just walked up to the crater which was about 300 meters from the parking lot.
While taking the photo with AJ I nearly stepped on this feller; he was master of camouflage
From the crater it was another 60km to Billiluna which was the last place to refuel and take some supplies before we start CSR. One hour later we were there. As soon as we parked our vehicles in front of a local shop we were welcomed by a local star. I don’t remember her name but she is a village mascot. She was around since she was very small, that was the time when aboriginals ate her mother
It was early afternoon and it was very very hot. You know that is VERY VERY hot when a camel is searching for a little bit of shade
I was telling her that she had to move because we needed to re-fuel.
Her response was very rude, she just turned her head towards me and burped into my face. I am not sure what she was eating but i nearly threw up......
The community was very similar to previous communities I saw. Trashed houses with trashed cars on streets. The shop looked like it was expecting an attack from a rocket launcher. When the shop open all locals just steamed in and started doing decent shoppings. They don’t know what personal hygiene is so the shop smelled pretty bad.
While shopping we met a kiwi guy Alan who was working in the community as a social worker trying to keep kids at school. He invited us for a coffee after we finish refueling. 20 min later we were sitting in his house with a nice cup of coffee in our hands and discussing with Allan local community and the whole aboriginal problem in Australia. The story in this community was very similar to the previous communities. Huge struggle with aboriginals and whoever was working in the community was close to burn out after about one year of their service.
About 1.5 hours before the sunset, we took one photo with Alan and headed towards start of the CSR.
The start was about 300 meter behind his house; I was ready to tackle whatever was about to come
We set off and AJ was driving in front of me because he needed to go a bit faster than me due to corrugations. After about 30 minutes I noticed something lying on the road; when I got closer I recognized AJ’s exhaust. He stopped about 400 meters later so I picked it up and brought it to his car.
AJ did not look like he wanted to carry the exhaust with him so I build a little statue for him. The exhaust stayed there and if you go there guys you should be able to see it
It was getting close to a sunset, and I spotted two trees not far away from the place where we were standing so we agreed to camp there. I hanged my hammock and we could enjoy really beautiful sunset
The only thing that spoiled the whole experience was bloody flies; as soon as we stopped they were in our face. For some reason their favorite place are eyes and ears. They don't have a problem to sit on your eyelashes even when you are blinking. I experienced flies before but this was totally different level.....they are sooooooooo annoying. Good thing was that they disappear as soon as it got dark