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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cejnys, Sep 26, 2014.
this is a very good question I did not have a chance to even think about....I would probably had to leave the bike in the river and then return back when somebody showed up
this was the crossing; unfortunately I dont have a photo with big 4x4 crossing the river with all wheels under water....it was really deep. I had to take all my stuff from my cases afterwards and dry everything. My cases are not waterproof and i had couple of inches of water in them. When I got stuck they were half way in the water
Yeah there were many river crossings; fortunately for me most of them were dry. if I remember it correctly there were only couple of bridges to get over small creeks.
are you kidding me? it sounds like this one may be pretty interesting....lets do it! I guess I just need to survive this crazy Australian road
Ok guys, some photos from the road
When temperatures are reaching 40celsius, small sheds like this one are really nice; normally they are every 50 km
Just before reaching the Gibb River Road I stopped at Argyle dam; the air got a bit cooler from the water which was really nice for sleep.
This photo shows the actual dam; going for swim into that water was like certain suicide. Salt water crocks are everywhere out there. In the main lake are only fresh water crocks which is much better because they are kind of shy. Normally they don't attack humans, only when they are very hungry
After talking to a local ranger he recommended really cool place for a camp and a swim. I asked him several times whether he really meant “SWIM”. The place he suggested was a river created by the dam overflow; he confirmed that last rainy season when they had loads of water they had to release quite a bit of it and very strong current took all crocks with it. Since then nobody saw any crocks in that place.
Perfect camping spot
and morning refresher; I trusted the guy but still my eyes were constantly scanning surrounding area
From there I went to Kununurra to get some supplies and mainly fuel. My plan was to take enough to cover the whole Gibb River Road which was something around 750 km. There was one place selling fuel but it was quite expensive. Plus I wanted to see how the set up works.
I did not have to fill up all of my canisters; only 20 and 10
then I was ready for the road; about 650 km of pure Australian outback. Because it is already raining season here most of the places where you can get help are closed. Also during the raining season not many people visit this road which should make this experience much better
I wish you luck! Less people on an already deserted road seems a bit counter-intuitive though. You are one brave guy.
Amazing Rad!! Good luck on your journey
Great job, man! You have conquered what few would even consider. What a feeling, I imagine.
this Gibb River Road was just an easy warm up for the Canning Stock Road which is coming next. That one will be a bit more challenging.
The Gibb River Road can be quite challenging during the rainy season which is starting right now. At this moment there was not much rain around so only the first river was a bit of challenge. Actually I met a travelers who crossed the first river few days before me and there was hardly any water in it; conditions can change very fast here. The tricky part is that the rain doesn't have to be in your area but flush floods can create loads of trouble in places far away from the rain.
The road was actually really nice; well for cars could be a bit of bumpy with MANY corrugations through the whole road. With the bike I could go up to 120km/h and I would just fly over the bums without even noticing them. Sometimes this was tricky because there were places with a bit deeper sand on the road and bike started to move a lot underneath of me when approached in higher speed; the 990 could cope with it pretty well. It was born for fast speeds on sand and this should be natural for her.
The only limitation I had was the tires; I really need to save them for the Canning Stock Road so I did not want to be too aggressive to lose too much of them. Since Darwin I have done over 2000 km and I can already see some serious tear and wear.
This is very typical view of Australian outback when you get on any small hill; as far as you can see there is nothing
Finding a spot for camping is extremely easy; just two trees and 5 min later I can sleep. For the last few months I have been using the hammock nearly every day and totally love it.
most of the Gibb RR looked like this; it was basically a flat track without turns; well sometimes there was a slight turn which made me excited
Eventually I made it to NT Barnett Roadhouse which was closed at the time of my arrival. I did not care because I had all my supplies. The only thing I needed was a bit of shade and some clean space to take all my stuff out of my cases. During the deep river crossing my cases filled up with 2 inches of water. When my rear wheel got stuck, both cases were nearly submerged under water. After 3 years on the road they can hold pretty decent rain but a river stream is too much for them. When they were new they would be fine, after so many hits and crashes they are not.
When I pulled things out some of the spare parts were already corroding. I was glad I did this cleaning, otherwise I would lose few things which I may need.
This was a view from my hammock at the NT Barnett Roadhouse; some white parrots were flying and running around.....it was really funny to watch them....they were attacking each other, screaming and fighting for girls; I could see many similarities with humans
CSR ... drool...if only I was a younger man ...
"Any man who would travel this country for pleasure would go to hell for a pastime."
R.T. Maurice (1859 - 1909),
explorer from Australia
Fair enough, but in a sense it's all easy - until things go sideways. You seem to have your bases covered though.
When I was leaving NT Barnett Roadhouse I took this photo in front of the shop. I was ready to hit the road ad cover between 100 - 200 km that day. Since I left the French couple and started the Gibb River Road I had some “alone” time which I enjoyed; I don’t like to be alone for long so i started thinking that it would cool to hang out with somebody.
As soon as getting on my bike, an older Land Cruiser arrived to the station and parked right next to me
On the front passenger seat, a cute blond girl was sitting and smiling at me; as soon as they stopped she asked me whether I knew a place where to swim. I told her that there should be some creeks towards Broome and asked her where they were heading. It turned up that they were going the same direction as me. Behind a steering wheel a big dude looking like an American Indian was sitting. It was hard to see inside, but in about 2 minutes of our conversation a rear window came down and another cute girl showed up.
The whole situation was quite unexpected. We chatted for a bit and then they left.
The road was really nice and I enjoyed afternoon ride. There was not much to look at just to have fun fun fun on the straight flat track.
I wanted to do little test to see how many kilometers I can do on the full tank and 10 liters canister until I run out of fuel. It was exactly 550 km; I was pleased with it. Of course these were ideal conditions very close to the asphalt road. On a sandy road the consumption will go definitely up.
Also I wanted to try whether I can put 20 liters into my tanks. The canisters I have can take around 21 liters. When filling my tanks I could squeeze nearly the whole 21 liter canister in; I thing there was about 1 liter left. That was a good sign.
When it got a bit later and the day got closer to the sunset, temperatures dropped a bit and riding was very pleasant.
I thing this was one of the nicest sunsets on the road
Its hard to see it on this photo but the sun become very big and totally red. I have never seen anything like this before
About 10 km’s later when I was crossing a creek I suddenly saw both girls from the old toyota in their bikinis waving at me form the bottom of the creek. I was like hell yeah, that looks good. I found a dirt road which was leading to a place where they were standing. When I got there they were already up on the road waiting for me. They were camping at that spot and asked me whether I wanted to join. I asked them whether they had a fridge in the car with a cold beer in it. They looked at me with question marks in their eyes and and with a bit of laughing said “of course” . To be honest I would stay even without the beer
The next day we hanged around the creek and enjoyed a bit of shallow water. It was easy to check surrounding area for crocks. Few hundred meters on both sides it was clear. The only sign of a crock we found was this foot print. It looked like a small fresh water crock.
After a late lunch we packed all our stuff and went to Windjana Gorge National Park for camping
I was really surprised by this place; for the first time in Australia I really enjoyed national park
This is not as pretty shot as the previous one, but sill okish
There was nice and quite long walk; we did about half of it and watched few fresh water crocks
magic strings. gotta get one
Things are starting to perk up out there in the outback.
Great shots to ponder.
Enjoy the precious natural resources!
That's my brother!
I am not much of an adventurer for the first time in 65 months. So just lurking here and hoping for more bikini pictures. I am heading to Baja today for some sort of big off road race going on there. Probably won't be as much fun chasing "freshies" and "salties" in the outback.
Bikinis and CSR this is going to be the greatest RTW ride report ever!
Go man Go, can't wait for these next parts.