Aussie Outback Meeting anyone

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  1. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama

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    Outback Adventure Anyone - Off centre Rally 14 -15 August

    The Bi Annual Off centre rally is on again this year. Innamincka in the far NE of SA is the venue for this the 10th off centre Rally.

    The Off centre rally is a meeting of mainly off road tourers (there are always some crazy roadies there) in a remote location, the rules for the location are: it must have petrol and beer and have 200km of dirt road from any direction. Usually there are 60 - 90 bikes at the meeting. All riders and all types of bikes are welcome

    The rally moves around every time and generally follows an East of centre event followed by a west of centre event at the next one.

    Innamincka is a great place with huge waterholes surrounded by desert country so the concentration of bird life is amazing. History is all around you there with the restored AIM hospital and reminders of the Burke & Wills tragedy, you can even camp at the famous dig tree.

    Here are some stories of past Off Centre’s to wet your appetite.

    About the Off centre
    http://www.users.bigpond.com/rto/off_centr2.htm

    2002 Off centre at Urandangie in Qld
    http://www.ozmoto.com.au/veale01.html
    http://www.ozmoto.com.au/off2002-1.html

    2000 Off centre, Kimberley’s WA
    http://au.geocities.com/riderage/index.html

    94 Off centre at Mt Dare SA
    http://www.geocities.com/fwarner_au/trips/94aug/index.html

    92 Off centre at Stonehenge in Qld
    http://www.geocities.com/fwarner_au/trips/92aug/index.html

    90 Off centre at Mt Augustus WA
    http://www.geocities.com/fwarner_au/trips/90aug/index.html
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  2. Ziegfried

    Ziegfried Been here awhile

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    as long as I can find a job and then get time off from that job. Other than that, I`ll be there.
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  3. dave4462

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    how much loose sand is on that trip?
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  4. mitch

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    I am sure there will be no shortage of SAND and the dig tree was burnt down last year they should be :whip and then :shoot
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  5. slowbike smallpenis

    slowbike smallpenis Tester of Tooheys Old

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    I will be through there in May Greg, a bit early...
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  6. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama

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    Depends which way you go, but you will strike some no matter which way but some have a lot more than others
    Greg.
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  7. Frank Warner

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    Enought to fill yer jocks many times over. :1drink

    I'll be comin in from the west.. more sand that way. Either from Alice Springs or Western Australia...
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  8. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama

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    I hope to see some other advriders at Innamincka. If any Sydneysiders are interested a few of us are getting together to have a
    meal, a beer or 2 and check out some maps etc and do some offcentre
    planning, all welcome to come along.
    When - Tuesday 25th May
    Where: Drummoyne RSL, 162 Victoria rd Drummoyne
    Time;- 7-730pm
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  9. Humungus

    Humungus no it doesn't

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    :thumb why not.
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  10. Humungus

    Humungus no it doesn't

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    BLOODY HELL !!!!!!! I knew it was out the back but not that bloody far. :yikes

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  11. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama

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    My rough plan for heading Innamincka at this stage is;

    leave sydney on sunday 8th or monday 9th, probably head via Hillston, Ivanhoe , Wilcannia , White Cliffs. I want to have a night at the Family
    Hotel
    in Tibooburra on Wednesday 11th, camp at the Corner on thursday, friday to
    Innamincka possibly via the Bore Track. frid,sat,sun nights at Innamincka.
    For the trip home I'd like to spend a night at Nocundra and then maybe
    Hungerford.

    Greg
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  12. Frank Warner

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    I hope the next one is in WA. Yer want to try it from there Mark.

    By the sounds of things the Coongie Lakes may well be worth visiting if the water holds up. And the Bash is through on Tuesday.. so I may hang around Innaminka to see that, visit to the Lake inbetween.
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    atgreg Africatwinarama

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    If anyone is interested in coming to Innamincka and is looking for someone to ride with let me know as I can probably put you in touch with someone who is coming from whatever area you are in.
    Greg
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  14. Mick Fagan

    Mick Fagan Been here awhile

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    I'll be going and I'm starting to prepare the bike now. I went in 84 on the R100CS but this time I'm on the 1100GS with the missus on the back.

    Last time I went to QLD via Nocundra and headed to the East Coast where I met the missus when she was on a holiday out from Germany. As it happens the meeting at Innamincka will be 20 years to the day that we met.

    I've heard that Bear and Goldie from WA are coming and will be celebrating their fiftieth birthday's at the border run the week before. Looking forward to seeing them as I haven't seen them since Mt Augustus in 90.

    Mick.
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  15. dave4462

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    wouldnt mind going but not to sure about the amount of loose sand with wife on back. Maybe we could talk about traveling together. I,m 50 and ride a caponord, and live in ballarat. Could probably be talked into it
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  16. dave4462

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    Hey?
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  17. Mick Fagan

    Mick Fagan Been here awhile

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    Dave, if we did travel together it would be nice to have someone younger around. I travelled to WA in 1977 with a CX500 Honda for company, I was two up he was solo. It was the first time I'd seen a Japanese bike slog it's way through mud and water as easily as a BMW, however it didn't like deep water too much

    The old man and the old girl are buried in Jeparit and some uncles are also in Waracknabeal cemetary. Most of my brothers went to Rainbow school and I'm not sure, but one or two may have gone down to Horsham Tech.

    Yeah well sand with a fully loaded bike isn't fun but there is only about 1,800 Klm's of dirt of which about 900 Klm's could be a bit bad. That's the reason we are taking off two weeks, one week to get there with time up our sleeve if it rains and we get stranded for a couple of days, and one week to get home via whatever route is the driest.

    It's my intention to head up via Mildura, Broken hill, Tibooburra, Fort Grey, Cameron's Corner, head through the sand dune territory and pick up the Strzelecki Track, go past the Moomba Gas Rig and then Innamincka.

    Previous times I've headed up to Swan Hill and then straight Nth to Balranald, taking in Mungo Station and then heading up alongside the Darling river and coming out at Menindee onto the bitch and then a quick trip to Broken Hill and then head Nth etc,. However, as I'm getting on a bit and it's Winter, I'm taking the softer route and probably hitting caravan parks for an onsight van/cabin most nights if one is around, keeps the missus happy as well

    From memory it's about 450 Klm's from Tibooburra to Innamincka and that is about the minimum fuel range required. I realise that there is now a store at Cameron's Corner but I don't know about the availability of fuel there, perhaps someone can tell us. If you take the southern route in SA then you will need a reasonable fuel range. I run a large tank and solo I can get 700 Klm's but two up loaded and through sandy tracks I work on a safe maximum range of 500 Klm's. Also one must remember that only standard unleaded is available most areas and that means less bang for your buck so one has a lesser fuel range.

    Perhaps you could email me?

    Mick.
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  18. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama

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    Mick,

    there's fuel at Tib , and defineately at the Corner and Innamincka. For the route you suggested I reckon you will need 270km range ( Cameron Corner to Innamincka)

    For me from Sydney I need about 270km range.
    Greg
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  19. Alchemist

    Alchemist Been here awhile

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    This sounds seriously interesting. I'll try to get to the Drummoyne meeting but at least keep a watch on this thread.
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  20. philschl

    philschl Been here awhile

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    Hi,

    I'm really tempted, though haven't yet ventured off road much.

    I'm comfortable riding long distances (Sydney-Cairns-Sydney in 10 days, four of which were spent in Townsville) and have recently switched from various road bikes to the R1100GS.

    Would it make sense for me to come along or is this only for 'dirt veterans' ???

    Phil
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