Around South America and beyond

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cejnys, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. gperkins

    gperkins graeme

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    It was great to catch up Radim, stay safe and enjoy the rest of your time in Aus. Who knows where next we'll catch up, maybe Europe, maybe State side?

    "Hey look mum, I'm on the Puta". :D
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  2. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    Great stuff. This Texan is quite impressed with your EPIC Ride/Adventure.
  3. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    thanks for the message mate, glad you are enjoying
  4. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    We made it to Melbourne just before NYE

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    For few nights we found a reasonably priced hostel in the center of the town to be right in the middle of 2018 celebration.

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    I dont have any fancy clothes to go into bars etc so together with Matthias we put flip flops on, got loads of beers and celebrated NYE in a park right in the middle of Melbourne. It was the first time I was outside the whole evening until midnight. There was a DJ playing so many people were around and just enjoying the last day of 17.

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    Matthias likes dancing so while he was enjoying himself during the evening I had to deal with people coming closer and asking what drug he was using. They could not believe when I told them it was Coopers and being back in civilization that made him dance.

    Shortly in 2018 our paths split again. Matthias parked his bike into BMW dealership to complete the forks recall and other work and then he flew to New Zealand to meet with some of his friends.

    I stayed in Melbourne and visited my friends. It was really hard time to be here, I had to deal with loads of food, beers and good comfy bed

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    I just chilled for little bit and enjoyed “normal life”; Melbourne is very modern city with many interesting places to visit.

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    Right in the middle of Melbourne I found this old school motorcycle spare parts shop. I think this is the coolest bike shop I have ever seen

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    Someone recommended to check out the Victoria Gallery, it was free and there were many cool expositions. It has been a while since I did something like this, for few hours it was fun

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    Until today it was just chilling out and resting; after few days I felt how much I really needed it. On the road you just go and go and deal with everything that comes. There is no time to be tired; as soon as you stop for little bit in a homy environment then you start realizing how tired you actually were.

    Last week I stayed with my good friend Mayun and his family. They gave me a very comfy bed and shared their space with me. I really enjoyed the time with them and slowly rested. I cannot say enough of thank you for all that.

    Mayun has a little Vespa; he mentioned that he didn't changed oil for more than 5 years. I could not leave it that way; one hour later his scooter was ready to go again

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    Last night I made them a good bye dinner; we all really enjoyed Australian T-bone and managed to eat it all.

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    Today I will be leaving Melbourne and heading towards Sydney. I found few very interesting tracks on the way up; cannot wait to jump back into Australian wildness
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  5. Olmatey

    Olmatey Adventurer

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    You got the Australia Alpine region, aswell as the south coast of new south wales. A life time of amazing tracks between Melbourne and Sydney.
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  6. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Sweet! The weather looks terrific there.
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  7. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Yeah it looks like I can ride one month around that region without doing one track twice!
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  8. Olmatey

    Olmatey Adventurer

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    Our alpine region isnt no european alps though, but still beautiful. Awesome ride report mate, i have watched the whole thing.
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  9. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    It did not take even one hour to get from Melbourne into a wine region and then another 40 min to the edge of Yarra ranges,

    Just before diving in I filled up my fuel tank and then followed my gps to the start of the first 4x4 track. How little I knew what I was facing. Unfortunately the first track was closed so I checked my gps again and there was another one not far away. 15 min later I was there and started another great adventure.

    The first part of the track was pretty easy and I was feeling comfortable; this feeling quickly changed when the track got steeper and steeper and the stones on the truck grown into size of two basketballs next to each other. To get my 990 over obstacles like this I had to keep momentum which was very difficult due to steepness of the track.

    This was very hard for the clutch as I had to control the speed through the clutch. One point I had to stop to have little rest, starting again from this spot was quite a bit of challenge. Th photo doesn’t show it well but the hill in front of me was pretty steep

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    I made it all the way up and I was sweating quite a bit. At the top I was awarded my much better road with okish view

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    That afternoon I made it to Big River region. Everywhere I went I could see many off-road tracks. I was very tempted to jump on all of them but after the first experience I knew that my bike is way to heavy for this terrain and traveling alone could be very risky.

    Nevertheless I could not resist temptation and picked another track just off the big river road. This time I had an amazing blast. It was still quite steep but no stones, just dry clay.

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    Around the river there were many free campsites so I picked one. Camping here is so easy

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    The next day something important changed, the Weather. Just when I was leaving the camp spot it started raining. I did not like that, in rain it’s impossible to ride the tracks. Everybody I met told me that clay, very steep hills and big wet stones make that environment driving hell, even for the best 4x4’s.

    This was yesterday and I had to stick to the gravel roads only, to be honest they were fun too


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    Yesterday was raining nearly all day, fortunately the temperature was quite high so I did not suffer that much.

    Unfortunately that was not the case today. Temperatures dropped close to 10 Celsius in 250 meters altitude and rain was strong as never

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    Right now I’m 30 km north of Omeo and it’s raining and is very cold. It will take few days to dry the tracks out. The problem is that tomorrow and few days after the forecast is rain and cold. And as may of you know camping in a rain is not fun!

    Colder the weather gets warmer the people are. Today I met a really cool guy who was running a small bar and he was selling Czech beer. I did not have Czech beer for very long time and could not resist an invitation to have one Kozel! I enjoyed it a lot

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  10. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Mate, your alpine region is 1000 times better than European alps! In Europe all is very controlled. Here in Australia is hundreds of tracks and you can go crazy off-road as much as you want. It’s a riding heaven! Next time I would take smaller bike (here I am again wanting a smaller bike!), because most of the tracks are very challenging.
    Talking to locals they always go 2 cars and they have to have a winch.
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  11. Olmatey

    Olmatey Adventurer

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    Yes i know what you mean, as i said a life time of trails there, check out mckillops bridge . I just meant its a different landscape to the european alps. Im living in Norway now amazing landscapes here but very little legal offroad compared to home, i miss the Aussie alpine region a lot. Hope the weather clears up for soon.
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  12. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    keep up the awesome reporting, but of course it's the adventure you do that make its great.

    cheers and thanks.
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  13. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Norway, eh... We still have some off-roading opportunity here, and from what i hear you'd be welcomed with open arms. :D

    That looks insanely gorgeous there!
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  14. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    That afternoon when the trmperatures dropped below 10 celsius and the rain was falling like crazy I started to expect very rough night. I knew there were some free huts around the mountains by the last map showing them was about 150km away and it did not show this region.

    So to make the night a bit more comfortable I went into a small corner shop and got 2litets of red wine for only 14 ausee dollars. What I like about these wine boxes is that there is a lot of it and also if you don’t drink it all it’s very easy to store it.

    While paying for the wine I started talking to a guy in the shop and asked him about the free huts around. He did not know but he suggested to check a local camp ground and camp under a little shed. It turned out it was a big shed with a fireplace in the middle. Somebody left a chair there so I had all comfort I needed. This is what I love about this type of adventure, one moment you are about to face the worse night of your life which turns to be one of the better ones

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    The next day the weather was a bit better. There were still many dark clouds around but it was not raining and I could spot a bit of sunshine. I packed and headed to Omeo. I went straight to an information center and asked about possible routes through mountains to NSW and the weather conditions.

    I was very surprised when a lady from the info center pulled out a nice map and showed me many tracks leading to NSW and confirmed that the weather there was actually very good and that rain was very minor. Also the forecast was good and she told me to go there and have fun.

    I was like wtf, I did not expect that. Then we had a cool conversation about the whole region and the 4x4 tracks they have; it was LOADS.

    I roughly knew where I wanted to end up so I picked really cool way to go which turned out to be one of the best riding days of my life.

    From Omeo I headed towards Benambra; there I turned right and just followed the road until it changed into a gravel road. It was really cool road with many nice views. Further I was going into the mountains, rougher the road was. One point I had to stop because there was a huge tree over the road. Fortunately I managed to squeeze through the gaps and kept going.

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    Few kilometers after the fallen tree I turned right and joined the Mount Gibbo Track. It was really fun track with few difficult sections. The road was going up and down and I just have loads of fun. I could see on my gps that I was very close to the summit of Mt Gibbo but the altitude was still very low. Then I saw in front of me where the track went. On the photo it doesn’t looks the same as it was in the real situation, it was basically a wall.

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    This was a great challenge for me and the bike. When approaching the climb I stood up and tried to keep decent momentum while playing with the throttle to find a grip. Situations like this always remind me how great 990 is. There were pretty large stones but the suspension took care of everything while the engine just pulled both of us nicely up. I’m totally out of shape so when we made it up I needed to catch up my breath.

    The first peak of the day was done!

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    On the way down I forgot to switch the ABS of so the first part of the descent was a bit hairy. With little bit of difficulty I managed to stop on one of these steps they create on steeps roads like this. With ABS off it was much better and I made it nicely down.

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    The second peak of the day, Mt Anderson was much easier because it was not as high as Gibbo.

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    The last peak of the day was the tallest; Mt Pinnibar is known for an amazing 360 view. From Anderson I had to first descent into a valley under Pinnibar and then start going up again. The road was just great!! It was very technical with many steep climbs and sharp drops. I was having serious fun out there.

    The last section of the climb to Pinnibar was also very steep but the road was mostly solid rock which was a piece of cake for 990 and mitas tyre. When I got up I was awarded but this amazing view

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    I was nearly touching the sky

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    This time I did not forget to switch the ABS off. Riding down was fun fun fun

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    While going down I met one car going up; he was really struggling in this section. It is hard to see but this was very steep drop. I had to use both brakes hard. If my front wheel went I would end up in one of these trees

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    After more than one hour of descending I made it to a Tom Groggin. Some of you guys left your shoe out there. Don’t worry if its any of you, the shoe is still waiting for you there

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    The last bit of challenge before getting on a normal road was a river. It was about 30 meters wide and the guy with a car going up told me that his wheels were all in while crossing one hour ago. When I got there I jumped straight in together with my 990 and we made it through; it was close one because the river was pretty deep. I don’t have any photo because I was just trying to get through it but I may have some gopro video from it.

    By crossing the river I made it to New South Wales; and this is what I found. The weather was amazing and kangaroos everywhere you look

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  15. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Rad, Rad!
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  16. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    you are livin like a rock star.....nice chair by the fire!!
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  17. JMforPres

    JMforPres Been here awhile

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    Wow!
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  18. gperkins

    gperkins graeme

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    Hey Rad, your moving into my neck of the woods. Pretty damn good eh :-). I just wish we could have hosted you.

    So whats next, are you staying more coastal than previously planned?
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  19. Olmatey

    Olmatey Adventurer

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    Look awesome mate brings back great memories for me of riding there.
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  20. cejnys

    cejnys Been here awhile

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    Hehe....yeah this was very unexpected! I did not complain mate.
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